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    what kind of unprofessional cricket board is this?

    it is 2 days before the draft and there is still no foreign player list for diamond, gold, silver, etc.


    it is 2 days before the draft and there is still no local player list other than the ones who were on the teams last year


    where are the player lists? who is running this show?

    complete joke


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    So Islamabad United is doing a trade as per their social media handle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    So Islamabad United is doing a trade as per their social media handle.
    Hopefully this trade is smarter then when they gave away Babar Azam for a couple of picks.

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    I am not sure how successful PSL will be during Covid, just hosting the entire tournament in Karachi and Lahore? Also will spectators be allowed to attend with social distancing, how will the tournament be a financial success given limited number of spectators will mean limited revenue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    I am not sure how successful PSL will be during Covid, just hosting the entire tournament in Karachi and Lahore? Also will spectators be allowed to attend with social distancing, how will the tournament be a financial success given limited number of spectators will mean limited revenue?
    PSL is used to all this from playing in UAE days so I dont think its much of an issue. Decision on the crowds with regards to if they are allowed and how much is allowed will be taken near to the tournament.

    However, as I said in the last season PSL back in Pakistan is a huge thing with regards to the overall involvement, full stadiums and better sponsorship deals. Yes, crowd might not be there for this season but sponsors and every stake holder got glimpses of the overall potential by the first two legs of the PSL 2020 so they will be willing to think long term as we can already see from some of the last year's sponsors renewing for this year as well. Ticket revenue might not be there but as said stake holders are used to poor ticket revenue from UAE days so wont sweat another year much. Also not to forget with people at home in current scenario, TV viewership numbers might rise even further.
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    Franchises complete retention, release and trade process ahead of HBL PSL 2021 Player Draft

    Lahore, 9 January 2021:

    Defending champions Karachi Kings have retained Pakistan captain Babar Azam and Islamabad United have kept Pakistan’s white-ball vice-captain Shadab Khan as the two sides also completed a successful trade of Englishman Alex Hales and Colin Ingram of South Africa ahead of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021 Player Draft, which will take place at the High Performance Centre on Sunday.

    Babar was Player of the HBL PSL 2020, while Shadab was named captain of Team of the HBL PSL 2020. Both players who are automatic selections in the national men’s white-ball sides, they will once again be one of the star attractions in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021 that will be held in Karachi and Lahore from 20 February to 22 March.

    As per the event rules, five sides have consumed their allocation of retaining up to eight players except Peshawar Zalmi, which have retained five players.

    In the platinum category, last year’s losing finalists Lahore Qalandars have kept Mohammad Hafeez and Shaheen Shah Afridi, Multan Sultans have retained Shahid Afridi and Rilee Rossouw, Peshawar Zalmi have retained Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz and Quetta Gladiators have retained Sarfaraz Ahmed.

    Other foreign players retained by the franchises include Ben Dunk, David Wiese (both Lahore Qalandars), Imran Tahir, James Vince (both Multan Sultans), Liam Livingstone (Peshawar Zalmi) and Ben Cutting (Quetta Gladiators).

    In the only trade, Hales returns to Islamabad United after playing for Karachi Kings in the 2020 editions, while Colin Ingram is back to Karachi Kings after featuring for them in the 2018 and 2019 events.

    Following this trade, Karachi will take Islamabad’s pick in the first round of Diamond, while Islamabad will make their lone Diamond pick in the second round.

    Player retention/release/trade update:

    Islamabad United (retained) – Alex Hales (Platinum; traded from Karachi Kings); Asif Ali (gold); Colin Munro (diamond); Faheem Ashraf (diamond); Hussain Talat (gold, brand ambassador); Musa Khan (silver, successful relegation request); Shadab Khan (platinum); Zafar Gohar (silver, successful relegation request)

    Released – Ahmer Safi Abdullah, Akif Javed, Amad Butt, Dale Steyn, Luke Ronchi (unavailable due to coaching duties in New Zealand), Phil Salt, Rassie van der Dussen, Rizwan Hussain, Rumman Raees and Saif Badar

    Karachi Kings (retained) - Amir Yamin (gold); Arshad Iqbal (emerging); Babar Azam (platinum); Colin Ingram (platinum, traded from Islamabad United); Imad Wasim (diamond, successful relation request); Mohammad Amir (platinum); Sharjeel Khan gold) and Waqas Maqsood (silver, brand ambassador)

    Released – Ali Khan, Awais Zia, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton, Chris Jordan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mitchell McCleneghan, Mohammad Rizwan, Umaid Asif, Umer Khan and Usama Mir

    Lahore Qalandars (retained) - Ben Dunk (gold); David Wiese (diamond); Dilbar Hussain (gold); Fakhar Zaman (diamond, brand ambassador); Haris Rauf (diamond); Mohammad Hafeez; Shaheen Shah Afridi (both platinum) and Sohail Akhtar (silver, successful relegation request)

    Released – Abid Ali, Agha Salman, Chris Lynn, Dane Vilas, Dilbar Hussain, Farzan Raja, Jaahid Ali, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Salman Butt, Salman Irshad, Samit Patel, Seekkuge Prasanna and Usman Shinwari

    Multan Sultans (retained) - Shahid Afridi (platinum), Imran Tahir (diamond, mentor); James Vince (gold); Khushdil Shah (diamond); Rilee Rossouw (platinum); Shan Masood (gold, successful relegation request); Sohail Tanvir (Diamond, brand ambassador); Usman Qadir (gold)

    Released – Ali Shafiq, Asad Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Fabian Allen, Junaid Khan, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Ravi Bopara, Rohail Nazir, Wayne Madsen and Zeeshan Ashraf

    Peshawar Zalmi (retained) - Haider Ali (gold); Kamran Akmal (diamond, successful relegation request); Liam Livingstone (gold); Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz (both platinum)

    Released – Aamir Ali, Adil Amin, Amir Khan, Carlos Brathwaite, Hammad Azam, Hassan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Lewis Gregory, Liam Dawson (unavailable), Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Sikandar Raza, Tom Banton, Umar Amin and Yasir Shah

    Quetta Gladiators (retained) - Anwar Ali (silver, successful relegation request); Azam Khan (gold); Ben Cutting (diamond); Mohammad Hasnain (diamond); Mohammad Nawaz (diamond); Naseem Shah (gold); Sarfaraz Ahmed (platinum) and Zahid Mahmood (silver, brand ambassador)

    Released – Aarish Ali Khan, Abdul Nasir, Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali, Fawad Ahmad, Jason Roy (unavailable), Keemo Paul, Khurram Manzoor, Omair bin Yousuf, Shane Watson (retired), Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills (unavailable) and Umar Akmal (suspended).


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    Why did they let go of Alex Hales?

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    Why did Zalmi released Hasan Ali?
    He is in form and has no fitness issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waheed_sofi View Post
    Why did Zalmi released Hasan Ali?
    He is in form and has no fitness issues.
    Islamabad should pick hassan ali straight away

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    Quote Originally Posted by waheed_sofi View Post
    Why did Zalmi released Hasan Ali?
    He is in form and has no fitness issues.
    apprently he wanted to move

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    Really really hope that we have more sporting pitches and longer boundaries. The PSL will again be used for national selection and it's important that it can at least resemble international cricket in terms of playing conditions and dimensions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    I’m beginning to agree with @MMHS on having PSL during the IPL window, as long as it remains profitable in broadcasting numbers. At least we’ll have the IPL left overs who are better than this platinum selection.
    I was a bit busy few days - look at the final collection of PSL and then how many of those end-up playing, you'll be able to figure-out which option is better.

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    Islamabad: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has approached the governments of Punjab, Sindh, and the federal government to allow a limited crowd during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 6 in Karachi and Lahore.

    According to the details, the PCB has asked for permission to grant access to up to 14,000 people in the stadium in each match at both venues.

    As per the details, PCB will plan strict COVID-19 protocols if they will be allowed to bring crowds to the stadium.

    It must be noted here that the sixth edition of the PSL is scheduled to start on February 20 in Karachi. National Stadium will host 20 matches while Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium will host the last 14 matches including knock-out stage and final.

    https://arysports.tv/pcb-approach-go...ted-crowd-psl/


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    Lahore: The National Control Operation Centre (NCOC) has confirmed that they received Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’S request to allow a limited crowd in stadiums during PSL 6 matches.

    According to the sources, NCOC will reply to PCB on this matter in the first week of February following the current COVID-19 situation across the country. Meanwhile, PCB have started preparing strict COVID-19 SoPs for the crowd if they get a green signal from the government.

    On the other hand, PCB has released a tender for the service of ticket sales of all matches in Pakistan in the calendar year 2021.

    https://arysports.tv/ncoc-reply-pcbs...sl-6-february/


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Lahore: The National Control Operation Centre (NCOC) has confirmed that they received Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’S request to allow a limited crowd in stadiums during PSL 6 matches.

    According to the sources, NCOC will reply to PCB on this matter in the first week of February following the current COVID-19 situation across the country. Meanwhile, PCB have started preparing strict COVID-19 SoPs for the crowd if they get a green signal from the government.

    On the other hand, PCB has released a tender for the service of ticket sales of all matches in Pakistan in the calendar year 2021.

    https://arysports.tv/ncoc-reply-pcbs...sl-6-february/
    might as well as social distancing not the done thing in Pakistan - just keep players safe.


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    PCB confident to get NCOC’s permission to host crowd in PSL 6

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is confident of getting permission to allow a limited crowd in stadiums during the upcoming matches of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six, ARY Sports reported.

    According to sources, PCB is waiting to receive official permission from the National Control Operation Centre (NCOC) while they have started initiated talks with different companies for distribution of tickets sale.

    Sources further revealed that if the NCOC gives permission, the sale of tickets will start immediately.

    Note, NCOC will reply in this regard in the first week of February after viewing the COVID-19 situation in the country.

    It must be noted here that the sixth edition of the PSL is scheduled to start on February 20 in Karachi. National Stadium will host 20 matches while Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium will host the last 14 matches including knock-out stage and final.

    https://arysports.tv/pcb-confident-g...t-crowd-psl-6/

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    KARACHI: Pakistan Super League (PSL) has roped Naseebo Lal, Aima Baig and Young Stunners to sing the official anthem for the sixth edition of the tournament, which will commence from February 20.

    Recording for the official song has been launched with a hope it will not disappoint the cricket fans, who had massively bashed Ali Azmat for his song for the fifth edition of the PSL.

    Previously, Ali Zafar sang anthems of the first three editions of the PSL while song for the fourth edition was performed by Fawad Khan. In PSL 5, Ali Azmat, Haroon, Asim Azhar, and Arif Lohaar had performed.

    Karachi Kings will begin from where they finished their successful Pakistan Super League 2020 campaign by taking on 2019 champions Quetta Gladiators in the opening fixture of the 2021 edition at the National Stadium on 20 February.

    On the following day, 2020 finalists Lahore Qalandars will take on 2017 winners Peshawar Zalmi in a day fixture, while two-time winners Islamabad United will square off against Multan Sultans in the evening.

    The 30-day 34-match tournament will culminate with the final at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on 22 March, marking the first time the venue will stage the final since 2017.

    To safeguard the integrity of the HBL PSL 2021 and to ensure health and safety of all participants in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the PCB has decided to hold the matches in Karachi and Lahore only. The National Stadium will stage the first half of the competition, while the Pakistan cricket headquarters at the Gaddafi Stadium will be the venue of the second half of the competition, including the playoffs.

    With regards to crowd attendances, since Covid-19 is an evolving situation, a decision will be made closer to time though the event organisers are continuously monitoring the situation and remain in close contact with the concerned government officials.

    While preparing the event schedule, the organisers have ensured each side is playing equal number of day and evening matches. Also, the event organisers have tried to make optimum use of the weekends while scheduling double-headers that will ensure maximum following and coverage.

    The Support Period for the HBL PSL 2021 will commence from 15 February and the foreign players competing in the league will arrive into Karachi with a negative PCR test. Upon arrival, they will require two more negative PCR tests before being allowed to train and compete in the competition. The asymptomatic players or support staff returning a positive test will have to serve a five-day isolation period with RT-PCR tests on day one and four.

    https://www.paktribune.com/news-deta...them-for-psl-6


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    What does SA and Aus series postponement mean for PSL I think now in replacement draft franchise shall target these players

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    Quote Originally Posted by taqi View Post
    What does SA and Aus series postponement mean for PSL I think now in replacement draft franchise shall target these players
    very true ... DeCock, DuPlessie, Van Dussan, Rabada should be great inclusions


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    Its not a bad song. They took 3 different kind of music trends in Pakistan and mixed it into one. Three generations mixed and they came out with a good song.

    Its going to be a tournament held during the pandemic, so they have talked about mostly about the viewers watching it on TV.

    Anyways, people on facebook will hate it just for the sake of it. Not understanding the song or anything. Don't understand what people want in this country


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    David Miller will be returning to South Africa with the T20 squad to participate in the CSA domestic T20 Challenge.

    He will return to Pakistan to take part in the second half of the Pakistan Super League at the conclusion of the South African tournament.


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    RAWALPINDI: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has exempted 29 British and South African citizens — the international cricket players and support staff — from the requirement of getting tested for coronavirus before travelling to Pakistan while other conditions will be fulfilled here after their arrival.

    The CAA approved the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s request in this regard for facilitating the participation of international players in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T-20 cricket league, beginning on February 15.

    The sixth edition of PSL T-20 cricket matches will be played in Karachi and Lahore.

    The CAA has placed six countries — the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands — in C-category countries. International travellers from the countries in the C category are restricted and only allowed with certain conditions as per guideline of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) for Covid-19.

    The aviation authority said the approval for inbound travellers from the C-category countries was subject to the condition that the passengers would complete PCR testing, mandatory quarantine and other formalities specified by the health authorities upon their arrival here. Therefore, the international players and support staff from the UK and South Africa would also be subjected to PCR testing, mandatory quarantine and other stipulations as specified by the Pakistani health authorities.

    As per their intended travel itineraries, the players and staff will be arriving by Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines flights.

    At the same time, the CAA said, SOPs issued regarding coronavirus on January 29 had been extended till February 28.

    DAWN


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    LAHORE – The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021’s opening ceremony will be shot in Istanbul, a city in Turkey, reported local media.

    Naseebo Lal, Aima Baig, Talha Anjum, and Talha Younus of Young Stunners, who performed the PSL6 anthem, have reached Turkey for recording. The recorded event will go live on TV screens in Pakistan on February 20.

    The PCB has taken this decision as the event could not be held in Karachi’s National Stadium due to COVID-19 protocols.

    Earlier this month, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) allowed twenty per cent of spectators to attend the sixth edition of Pakistan Super League 2021.

    With the latest development, 7,500 ticketed spectators will be allowed access inside the National Stadium per match, while around 5,500 will be able to attend each match day at the Gaddafi Stadium.

    https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/13-F...turkey-reports


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    ‘Chose Turkey for better production’ Khan on PSL 6 opening ceremony

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s CEO Wasim Khan confirmed that this year’s PSL opening ceremony will be a pre-recorded show.

    Talking to reporters on the sideline of Pakistan vs South Africa – the second T20I at Gaddafi Stadium, Khan shared that due to COVID-19 protocols, it wasn’t possible for them to organize a live opening ceremony on the ground.

    “Due to COVID-19, we couldn’t organize a live ceremony at the ground. It will be a pre-recorded show. The Quetta leg of the shoot has been completed and the remaining will be shot in Turkey,” he said.

    Responding to a debate on why they chose a foreign venue for the shoot, Khan said they took this decision for better production. “We chose Turkey for better production. It doesn’t mean we don’t have production but we needed high quality. Once we get high-quality production and technicians in our country, we will shoot here,” he highlighted.

    It must be noted here that PSL 6 anthem artists have reached Turkey for the shoot. The pre-recorded ceremony will go live before the first PSL 6 contest between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators.
    Link: https://arysports.tv/chose-turkey-be...ning-ceremony/

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    What a waste of money if it is going to be a disaster like last year

    This money could be used for increase in domestic earning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman View Post
    Why not bring those technicians from Turkey, have them work with local Production guys in Pakistan and get some knowledge transfer and know how.. and Build local skills.

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    Glittering opening ceremony lined-up for HBL PSL 6

    • Atif Aslam to make his HBL PSL opening ceremony debut, Imran Khan, Humaima Malik and the HBL PSL 6 anthem stars to also provide rich entertainment on Saturday, 20 February evening

    Karachi, 14 February 2021:

    The HBL Pakistan Super League 6 will start with a glittering opening ceremony on 20 February with an entertainment-packed event which will include renowned artists including Atif Aslam, Imran Khan, Humaima Malick and the HBL PSL 6 Anthem artists: Naseebo Lal, Aima Baig & Young Stunners.

    Internationally acclaimed singer Atif Aslam will be making his first appearance in the HBL PSL opening ceremony. The league has been launched every year with a colourful opening ceremony since its inception in 2016.

    Along with Atif, renowned rap artist Imran Khan will also be marking his debut at the HBL PSL stage.

    The HBL PSL 6 opening ceremony will be have some parts filmed offshore in a specially designed studio space in Turkey.

    The first four ceremonies were held at the Dubai International Stadium while the 2020 opening ceremony was staged at the National Stadium Karachi, and the same venue will play host to the 2021 ceremony.

    As has been the tradition in earlier editions, the opening ceremony will be followed by the first-match of the season in which defending champions Karachi Kings will play Quetta Gladiators in the night match.

    Director Commercial PCB Babar Hamid: “This year’s opening ceremony promises to be really exciting especially with the state-of-the-art technology being used to create this experience for Pakistani fans.

    “As always, the excitement is further raised with the opening clash of the tournament, and the people in Karachi, I am sure will look forward to see Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators take the field as they both enjoy a huge fan base in the city.”
    The ceremony will be aired on PTV Sports and Geo Super.

    The opening ceremony start time will be revealed in the coming week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Who cares? Ali Zafar is boring and cringeworthy

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    Du Plessis, Fawad, Tom-Kohler Cadmore, Stirling and Ali Khan join HBL PSL 6

    • Teams make replacement picks for players unavailable due to international cricket commitments

    • Three changes in Islamabad United’s squad, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators make a change each

    Lahore, 15 February 2021:

    A total of five foreign players’ replacements have been made in the HBL Pakistan Super League teams that will take the field for the HBL PSL 6 at the National Stadium Karachi and Gaddafi Stadium Lahore from Saturday 20 February.

    The teams made replacement picks for the players who have either become fully or partially unavailable due to international cricket commitments.

    South Africa star Faf du Plessis who represented Peshawar Zalmi in the HBL PSL 2020 play-offs last November makes a return to the league as a partial replacement player in the Quetta Gladiators outfit in place of West Indian Chris Gayle.

    Australia leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed who has represented Gladiators in the earlier HBL PSL seasons replaces New Zealand batsman Colin Munro in the Islamabad United squad.

    Munro would be unavailable for United due to the prevailing Covid-19 related managed isolation space challenges in New Zealand.

    United have also included USA fast bowler Ali Khan as a replacement for England’s Reece Topley who has been included in England’s T20I squad on their ongoing tour of India.

    Ireland batsman Paul Stirling is the third replacement in the United squad in place of England fast bowler Chris Jordan who has also been included in the T20I squad for the series against India.

    England batsman Tom-Kohler Cadmore who represented Gladiators in the 2018 season will replace compatriot Liam Livingstone in the Zalmi squad with Livingstone also set to be part of England's T20I team in India.

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    Ali Khan's signing is pretty poor especially when he will be filling in for Chris Jordan. Could have selected Dwayne Bravo.

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    The Pakistan Cricket Board today urged the players, players support personnel and match officials featuring in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021 to religiously follow the bio-secure and PCB’s Covid-19 Protocols to ensure health and safety of all participants as well as the integrity of the 34-match event.

    The PCB has successfully delivered nearly 235 matches in the 2020-21 season to date, including international matches against Zimbabwe and South Africa. During a busy season, three players were found to have violated the protocols in pre-season while only one player was found guilty of violating the bio-secure protocols and was immediately sent packing.

    With over 120 players, 60 player support staff, around dozen match officials, family members and event staff in the bubble of the PCB’s marquee event, it is critical than ever before for everyone to respect, implement and follow the protocols, which have been designed in the best interest of all participants and were shared late last month.

    To further facilitate the six sides, the PCB has assigned a Covid Compliance Officer (COO) with each side, who will be supervised by the event doctor. The compliance officers will be responsible for player testing, implementation of PCB Covid-19 protocols, sanitisation and players’ temperature checks. If required, they will escalate the matter to the event doctor.

    Within the hotels, players have been provided with housekeeping and entertainment rooms with separate dining areas/meal room and dedicated lifts.

    Dr Sohail Saleem, PCB – Director, Medical and Sports Sciences: “This is an extremely critical phase in the tournament as the sides are in the process of assembling in Karachi. As such, it is important that each side provides a detailed and thorough briefing to their players on the dos and the don’t during the competition so that there are no misunderstandings and the event can not only commence successfully but progress in a safe and secure environment.

    “The PCB Covid-19 Protocols are simple and straightforward but stringent. We implemented these successfully during the domestic and international matches, and there is no reason why we cannot ensure these are followed during the HBL Pakistan Super League.

    “Like domestic and international teams, the team managements and the players are ultimately responsible and will have to take the ownership of following the protocols as reputation and integrity of the competition, as well as health and safety of all participants rests with all the competitors.

    “The PCB has a duty of care, which it takes very seriously. Anyone found guilty of breaching the protocols will be dealt with in accordance with the regulations. This may include expulsion from the competition.”

    As per the PCB Covid-19 Protocols, all participants entering the bubble require two negative tests and a mandatory 72-hour quarantine period before being allowed to resume training and integrating with all members. As the Pakistan T20I members had moved from the Lahore bubble, they required a 24-hour quarantine period besides a negative test.


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    PSL 6 : Practice matches discussion

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    I think we will be better off if the likes of Sohail Khan and Sohail Tanveer go into coaching rather than taking a spot of a youngster.

    This is probably the reason why were are not finding any new good quality fast bowlers. The oldies just dont wanna let go.
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    Anybody know if Karnal Zahid was selected by Lahore Qalandars?

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    Final scorecard of the practise game between Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars. Multan won by 7 wickets, chasing 181.

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    Is ahmed danyal a all rounder ?

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    Pre tournament warmup match.

    Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by 23 runs in Practice match

    Quetta Gladiators 180 for six in 20 overs.

    Azam Khan 69 off 42 3x6, 7x4
    Sarfaraz 41 off 34 6x4
    Usman Khan 33 off 16 1x6, 4x4

    Peshawar Zalmi 157 all out in 18.1 overs

    Haider Ali 52 off 33 2x6, 6x4
    Wahab Riaz 46 off 27 3x6, 1x4

    Zahid Mahmood 3 wkts
    Qais Ahmad, Naseem Shah, Usman Shinwari 2 wkts each



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    Quetta Gladiators supplementary pick Dale Steyn will miss his side’s first two HBL Pakistan Super League 6 matches due to a family commitment. The South African fast bowler is expected to reach Karachi on 22 February after which he will be available for the franchise after going through the necessary testing and quarantine.

    The Gladiators have brought in young all-rounder Hassan Khan as his partial replacement to the squad, the teams are allowed to make two supplementary round picks at the HBL PSL Draft.

    The combination for this can be two local players or one local or foreign player.

    Islamabad United’s pacer Akif Javed is recovering from a surgery and will not be available for HBL PSL 6, fast bowler Zeeshan Zameer has been included in the United squad as Akif’s replacement.

    https://psl-t20.com/news/1170/


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    Top six to watch-out for in HBL PSL 2021

    Lahore, 18 February 2021:

    There are a number of top players featuring in HBL Pakistan Super League 2021, but we have selected one player from each side who can prove critical and decisive in his side’s quest for the biggest prize in Pakistan cricket’s marquee’s event.

    Azam Khan (Quetta Gladiators)

    Azam Khan can be the next big thing from HBL PSL 2021. He has been on the selectors’ radars, who think he can give Pakistan the much-needed power-hitting in the middle and late overs of a Twenty20 International.

    However, Azam needs to attain complete fitness and a good show in the HBL PSL 2021 that can edge him closer to Pakistan’s ranks.

    Two years ago when Quetta Gladiators owner Nadeem Omar announced Azam could be Pakistani Chris Gayle, very few people took him seriously but those who had watched Azam’s clean hitting believed him.
    Azam has a pedigree for being World Cup winner, all he needs to do is to match the hard work of his father Moin Khan, known for being one of the fittest cricketers ever to represent Pakistan.

    Azam played in just one match, scoring 12 runs in the HBL PSL 2019. But, the 2020 edition highlighted his talent as he thrilled the Karachi crowd with a blistering 33-ball 59 against Islamabad United. Although he ended up with a not-so-prominent 150 runs in the tournament, he demonstrated he had the talent to go places.

    Azam can hit big and long. The best thing about him is that he remains nonchalant, never caring who the bowler is. After hitting a six, he never shows his emotions or excitement as if that is just his habit.

    Watch out for Azam. He knows how to hit it big.

    Babar Azam (Karachi Kings)

    “I see Babar Azam is batting on a different pitch to everyone else .... Class!”, remarked former England captain and reputed commentator Nasser Hussain last year.

    His fractured thumb had deprived fans in New Zealand of his artistry at the batting crease last year and they lament that. But the thumb is back in shape, a big thumbs up for the fans to watch the best of Babar in HBL PSL VI.

    Pakistan all-format skipper is touted around the world. He plays it late, plays it to perfect timing, like a Swiss watch, and leaves bowlers in a state of hypnotism as to how easily he dispatches the ball to the boundary.

    Till recently, he was the only batsman at international level to be in the top-five rankings in all three formats.

    Just like Pakistan look to Babar for runs, Karachi Kings will depend on him to give solid starts. He has represented Karachi Kings in all but the first edition in 2016, when he was with Islamabad United.

    Babar’s 473 in 12 matches at 59.12 and at a strike-rate of 124 formed the basis of Karachi Kings clinching the title last year. He eased them to the title with a solid half-century in the final.

    With 1,516 in 47 matches at 37.90 and at a strike-rate of 118, Babar is only second behind cousin Kamran Akmal in scoring most runs in HBL PSL history.

    Fans are in for a treat as Babar promises to be one to watch out for in HBL PSL VI.

    Haider Ali (Peshawar Zalmi)

    Haider Ali, the former Pakistan U19 star batsman, is another player who has made it big through the HBL Pakistan Super League. The Attock-born managed 239 runs in 10 innings at an average of 26.55 in the 2020 edition, that caught the attention of then chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq with his astronomical strike rate of 157.23.

    Haider was selected for Pakistan’s tour of England and when he was given a chance in the third and final Twenty20 International, he made an instant impact, smashing a 33-ball 54. That became the highest score by a Pakistani on a T20I debut.

    Haider has the talent, in fact, he is loaded with talent and when he bats, he literally makes it look simple and easy. Haider has the power to clear any boundary and he has shown this trait to the hilt at international level as well.

    Anything short or anything pitched up, Haider hurries into a shot and clears the boundary. Fans love those who hit big and long and Haider is also getting popularity amongst Pakistani fans for this ability.

    Pakistan tried Haider as an opener in the last T20I against South Africa. Peshawar Zalmi can also use that ploy to get a robust start.

    Hasan Ali (Islamabad United)

    Hasan Ali is truly a product of HBL Pakistan Super League. He was inducted in the Peshawar Zalmi squad as an Emerging Player in the inaugural edition in 2016. Next season, he grabbed 12 wickets in 11 matches to herald his arrival.

    Just over a year, Hasan became a star with a stellar Player of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 award, helping Pakistan to the title. Hasan’s name was everywhere as he was the main wicket-taker in middle overs of a one-day match.

    Hasan has progressed by leaps and bounds.

    Soon after an unimpressive ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, Hasan had a spate of injuries that kept him out of action.

    He, though, returned with a bang, collecting the Player of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy award with 43 wickets and 273 runs that included a fighting century in the final that resulted in the first-ever tied first-class final.

    Once back in Pakistan fold, Hasan was at his superb best. He helped Pakistan win the second Test with a maiden 10-wicket haul in Rawalpindi. He was again the star for Pakistan in the third and final Twenty20 International in Lahore, claiming two wickets and then hit two sixes and a boundary in the penultimate over to anchor the win.

    Fans love his celebration style, imitating a generator exploding to power as he pumps the blasting machine.

    After five seasons with Peshawar, Hasan has now joined Islamabad United for HBL PSL 2021. His induction will be key to change the fortunes of two-time champions, who finished an abysmal sixth last year.

    Mohammad Rizwan (Multan Sultans)

    Mohammad Rizwan is in the form of his life. Everything his bat touches, turns into gold. He has shown in all three formats that he can be a destructive player.

    Rizwan was never regarded as a player for the shortest format before last year. That was evident in his non-selection for Karachi Kings in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020. Critics believed his inability to hit sixes was a major reason for him being benched on most occasions.

    But since he was inducted in the Pakistan team on the tour of Australia in 2019 and then to England last year, Rizwan’s luck and status have changed. He has been the leading run-getter for Pakistan. This ultimately earned him the PCB Test Cricketer of 2020 award.

    Admirably, he transformed his longer format form into the shortest one with aplomb and aggression. It started at Napier where he castigated the best New Zealand bowlers at will, scoring 89 runs in a consolation win.

    He continued as an opener in the T20I series against South Africa. Rizwan made that series his own, cracking a maiden undefeated hundred in the opening match and followed it up with scores of 51 and 42 – a total of 197 in Pakistan's series win. That richly earned him the Player of the Series award.

    Taking stock of his rich form, Multan Sultans took a bold decision to appoint him as captain. He has the experience of leading Pakistan in New Zealand. Rizwan is expected to take that responsibility in his strides and take the attack to the bowlers.

    He has form in support and the will to prove his HBL Pakistan Super League detractors wrong.

    Shaheen Shah Afridi (Lahore Qalandars)

    The lanky paceman has made a name for himself. He is the lynchpin in Lahore Qalandars’ attack as he is for Pakistan in international matches. Shaheen can make the ball dance to the tunes of his left hand. His height is an added advantage, bombarding lethal yorkers and ferocious bouncers.

    It was a story of “he came, he saw, he conquered” for Shaheen in 2018. He devastated Multan Sultans with unbelievable figures of five for four, and next month he was in Pakistan team playing against the West Indies in the home Twenty20 series.

    Since then he has become an all-format, go-to-bowler for Pakistan. He was in superb form in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, grabbing 16 wickets in just five games.

    When the entire HBL Pakistan Super League was played in Pakistan last year, Shaheen was in a starring role for Lahore Qalandars, taking 17 wickets – the most in the league. His devastating bowling helped Lahore finish runner-up.

    This year too, Shaheen will be the stand out bowler for his team and fans will continue to watch his typical style of celebration, arms wide apart and both index fingers up.


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    Islamabad chases 192 in 15 overs against Karachi’s full strength bowling lineup

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Islamabad chases 192 in 15 overs against Karachi’s full strength bowling lineup
    Muhammad"the managemen mistreats me" amir goes for 43 in 2. Althouh when shadab scores a 20 ball 50 u know the boundaries must have been brought in by alot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MHN1293 View Post
    Muhammad"the managemen mistreats me" amir goes for 43 in 2. Althouh when shadab scores a 20 ball 50 u know the boundaries must have been brought in by alot.
    I do think Amir is out of form but he went for 19 in 2 here. However that’s largely because of Phil Salt as you can see. Amir’s failure to take a wicket is the bigger concern.

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    After successfully delivering over 235 matches in 11 domestic events in the 2020-21 season during the difficult and challenging Covid-19 pandemic, its time for the big one – the HBL Pakistan Super League 6, which gets underway at the iconic National Stadium in Karachi on Saturday, 20 February, with the opener between defending champions Karachi Kings and 2019 winners Quetta Gladiators.

    The event organisers have promised to make this marquee event more safer and spectacular than the other domestic events as six franchise teams will vie for the glittering trophy and a cash award of PKR80million from a total prize money of PKR112million.

    With the event restricted to Karachi and Lahore, strict PCB Covid-19 Protocols will be followed in the stadiums, filled with a limited number of fans being around to cheer their favourite players on.

    After hosting the full version of the fifth edition at home, the fact that the sixth event in the PSL history will be played in Pakistan once again means a lot of joy for the local fans. This is after the first four editions were played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) means a huge fillip to the tournament.

    The fact that over the last couple of years the return of international cricket and the entire edition of the HBL PSL is a huge tribute to the effort of the security establishment of the country, the efforts of the Federal Government and the untiring will and endeavours of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

    The overseas player contingent feels a lot safer to come over and play in Pakistan, which means that the re-integration is now complete.

    The return of the crowds to the HBL Pakistan Super League in the 2021 edition is a huge step-up after the final four league matches in the previous year were played in front of an empty stadium following the Covid-19 outbreak. Even during the play-offs there were no crowds at the National Stadium in Karachi, including the mouth-watering title clash between arch rivals Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars.

    This time around, the first 20 HBL Pakistan Super League 6 matches from February 20 to March 7 will be played in Karachi. Following a two-day break, the remaining 14 matches, including the March 22 final, will be staged in Lahore.

    The good news for the fans is that 20 per cent will be allowed, some 7,500 in Karachi and around 5,500 in Lahore. More are expected to attend the play-offs and the final, health regulations permitting.

    PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan is excited to welcome the country’s most talked about event.

    “We are in the sixth year of HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) and it’s a matter of great pride for all of us that this edition will be safer and spectacular than ever before,” said Wasim Khan, adding: “We are thankful to the National Command and Operation Centre for allowing us to have 20 per cent fans during the matches. The presence of fans will lift the players and create a good atmosphere, something which embodies live sport.”

    It has been a successful time for PCB who have managed to successfully stage all domestic and international matches in all age categories/across genders with strict PCB Covid-19 Protocols.

    “Fittingly, the HBL PSL 6 will be the culmination of a highly successful 2020-21 season. We are the only country that has successfully delivered over 235 matches to date in the season despite the challenges of Covid19.

    “This shows our will to fulfill our obligations and commitments. Hopefully, when the final ball will be bowled in the HBL PSL 6 on March 22, we would have delivered 275 matches from 16 events, which would be a monumental achievement,” said Wasim Khan.

    STARS GALORE

    As always, a galaxy of international stars will add to the local flavour of players.

    • For the first time, Twenty20’s magical spinner Rashid Khan of Afghanistan will be seen in action during the tournament alongside his compatriot batch of mystery spinners including Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Qais Ahmad and Noor Ahmed.

    • England is represented by a bunch of short format specialists, as such Tom Banton, Adam Lyth, Alex Hales, Joe Clarke, James Vince, Samit Patel, Saqib Mahmood and Lewis Gregory

    • Australia’s T20 specialists – Chris Lynn, Dan Christian, Ben Cutting, Ben Dunk and Fawad Ahmed – will be on ground this time around to show their skills

    • Caribbean flavour will spice up the tournament with the presence of Chris Gayle, Chadwick Walton, Sherfaine Rutherford and Carlos Brathwaite.

    • South Africans during the tournament will be David Miller, Colin Ingram, Dale Steyn, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Cameron Delport.

    Wasim Khan is thrilled with the full complement of foreign stars arriving for the sixth HBL Pakistan Super League.

    “The success of HBL PSL has grown by leaps and bounds, and the fact that some 425 foreign players registered for the draft and over 50 of them will be coming to feature in the PSL, is ample proof of that,” said Wasim Khan.

    Local players will have the motivation to impress the selectors with their performances and break into the national team for the mega event, the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2021 in October.

    SAGACIOUS SIX

    When you compare the relative strengths of the six franchises, it becomes increasingly clear that it is near impossible to decipher who can win it.

     The two-time champion Islamabad United are like wounded tigers. They finished last in the previous edition, so expect a strong comeback from them as they have strengthened their outfit with the inclusion of in-form Hasan Ali

     The 2019 champion Quetta Gladiators will be anxious to improve on their fifth-place finish in 2020 as they have recruited Gayle and Banton to bolster the top-order. Leg-spin of Qais and Zahid Mahmood will also be helpful in halting the rival march

     Lahore Qalandars will be hungry for the title after finishing runner-up in the 2020 event. They have the best bowling attack with Afghanistan superstar Rashid Khan and Pakistan’s T20I pace spearheads Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf in their line-up. Mohammad Hafeez's form will also be handy in batting

     Multan Sultans were on top of the table when the league was suspended due to Covid-19 last year and then lost their way when play-offs were played. Under an in-form Mohammad Rizwan, they will be the team to beat. Lynn and Lyth along with Shahid Afridi and Sohaib Maqsood will also provide a lot of firepower

     Peshawar Zalmi are also in the run after finishing without a title in the last three editions. Their captain Wahab Riaz is the leading wicket-taker in the HBL Pakistan Super League history and they now boast of a spin attack with Afghanistan's Mujeeb and young Abrar Ahmed. Veteran Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik will also aspire to finish on a high

     Defending champions Karachi Kings will be keen to hold onto the title with all their might. In Wasim Akram, they have one of the best brains of cricket who plans astutely with new Head Coach Herschelle Gibbs. They have a star-studded batting line-up in current heartthrob Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan and Colin Ingram alongside a balanced bowling attack led by the supremely talented Mohammad Amir.

    So fasten your seat belts and get ready for an exciting turbulent ride during the HBL Pakistan Super League 6.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    I do think Amir is out of form but he went for 19 in 2 here. However that’s largely because of Phil Salt as you can see. Amir’s failure to take a wicket is the bigger concern.
    Oh my mistake i confused amir yamin with muhammad amir.

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    The HBL Pakistan Super League is known for providing a launching pad to the emerging players every year. The budding players get a major breakthrough as they rub shoulders with top players, share the dressing room and watch them before their eyes.

    The HBL Pakistan Super League has been an ideal platform to a number of players in the five editions. Hasan Ali started his career as an emerging player for Peshawar Zalmi in HBL PSL 2016 and rose rapidly to become a world known player, starring in Pakistan’s ICC Champions Trophy win a year later.

    That same stage propelled Shadab Khan, Haider Ali, Umar Khan, Arshad Iqbal and Rohail Nazir to name a few.

    The HBL Pakistan Super League 6 will also see all six teams giving two emerging players each the launch pad to fire on. Here is a brief introduction of all the emerging players.

    Islamabad United

    Mohammad Wasim Junior is a medium-fast bowler with immense potential. He was part of the Pakistan U19 team that featured in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa last year. He picked up five wickets in Pakistan’s win over Scotland.

    “I am super excited to be part of Islamabad United,” said Wasim. “I am picked on my performances at the domestic level, so I am ready to prove my talent.”

    Ahmed Safi Abdullah is a left-arm spinner of prominent ability. Abdullah was associated with Islamabad United in last year’s HBL PSL as well. He took four wickets in three matches at a good economy of 8.12.

    Since then, he has lived up to his potential in the domestic season. He featured for joint-champions Central Punjab and scored 245 runs in 10 matches and, more importantly, fetched 34 wickets.

    Karachi Kings

    Watch out for Qasim Akram. At just 18, Qasim has already made waves at the domestic level, impressing expert and commentator Bazid Khan no end. He is a solid middle-order batsman who can give impetus to the innings in the final overs. Qasim is a quality off-spinner and that aspect of his game increases his utility as a player.

    Qasim was part of the Pakistan U19 squad for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup last year. Although he managed just 93 runs in four innings, but his average of 46.50 was impressive. He also took three wickets with an economy of 3.57.

    Qasim graduated to first-class cricket last year and knocked 389 runs with three half centuries and grabbed 13 wickets – prominently contributing in Central Punjab finishing as joint-winner of the Quaid Trophy.

    “I am from the fertile land of Lahore and feel very lucky that I have been picked up by champions Karachi Kings,” remarked Qasim. “I know this is my chance to make it big and I am all for that.”

    Mohammad Abbas Afridi was picked by legendary Wasim Akram. That can easily sum up his talent.

    “I was impressed with his action when I saw his video,” said Wasim of the right-arm fast bowler from FATA.

    Abbas rose to prominence when he was selected for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup last year. Abbas finished with nine wickets in five matches – the most by a Pakistani in the event.

    Lahore Qalandars

    Lahore Qalandars stand out in unearthing talented players and then groomed them in their development program.

    Maaz Khan, a spinner who has the knack to turn the ball and get wickets, is from Jamrud in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Lahore head coach Aqib Javed says Maaz has the attitude of a fast bowler, has a good googly, a flipper and can turn the new ball well too.

    He has also represented Lahore Qalandars in the T-10 league with success.

    Zaid Alam’s story is that of rags-to-riches. He is the son of a tea-staller owner and used to help his father at the stall. In his spare time Zaid would play cricket in the streets.

    He started off with tape-ball cricket on the streets of Lahore and from there he was picked for Pakistan's squad for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2018 held in New Zealand.

    He failed to showcase his talent in his age group matches, finishing with just 93 runs in five matches. But Zaid has now matured and is ready to take his chance in the HBL PSL VI.

    Multan Sultans

    Right-arm fast bowler Mohammad Umar regards HBL Pakistan Super League as a fantastic opportunity for him. He is a fast bowler who played for Sindh in the domestic season, doing well with the white ball.

    That prompted Multan Sultans to give him a chance in the emerging category and he is keen to grab the opportunity with both hands.

    “HBL PSL is a fantastic event,” admits Umar, adding: “I used to watch it from the sidelines and now I am lucky that I am part of Multan Sultans, so I will leave no stone unturned and make my mark.”

    Shahnawaz Dhani also believes he has a big stage to make an impact.

    “I know that this is my chance to make it big,” said Dhani, who hails from Larkana, Sindh and is a right-arm fast bowler.

    “I am happy that I have got a chance to play under Azhar Mahmood (bowling coach) and Andy Flower (head coach) in Multan Sultans. This will give me a very good chance to hone my talent.”

    Dhani caught the eyes with his 135-140kph speed during the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He took 26 wickets in seven matches. He also has an effective bouncer, so watch out for Dhani in the emerging category.

    Peshawar Zalmi

    Abrar Ahmed is not new to the HBL Pakistan Super League. He was part of Karachi Kings in 2017 when he was spotted as a “mystery spinner” by former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif.

    But Abrar failed to get a wicket in two matches before injury ruled out any further participation.

    Peshawar Zalmi has picked up Abrar after a stellar show in the three-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy last year. Abrar was outstanding, taking a whopping 57 wickets in six matches for the Sindh Second XI with eight five-wicket haul and two 10-wicket hauls. However, when he was promoted to first-class cricket, he failed to repeat his wicket taking ability.

    But no one can rule him out. Abrar can be damaging as his fingers have the knack to turn the ball square.

    Mohammad Imran Randhawa is a talented right-arm fast bowler who has speed and aggression to rattle the best batsmen.

    Quetta Gladiators

    Arish Ali Khan has been a top performer on the junior circuit for the past couple of years. He is a left-arm spinner with uncanny ability to disguise the batsmen and can stop the flow of runs in white ball cricket.

    He was part of Pakistan’s squad in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup held in South Africa last year but unfortunately did not get to play a single match.

    Arish emerged from a PCB-conducted tournament in 2016, ending as the leading wicket-taker with 45 strikes at 12.24. He was also the second-highest wicket-taker in the PCB National Under19 three-day tournament with 30 wickets, striking at 16.27 in 2019.

    Saim Ayub is a left-handed batsman of high quality. Saim has led Pakistan at the U16 level and helped Pakistan win against Australia. He can hit big and long. He was unlucky to miss the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup last year due to an injury.

    Saim said he is all geared up for the big chance.

    “I am all prepared, mentally and physically, and would do my best to take a flight from the HBL PSL and achieve what I have set out for in cricket,” vowed Saim.


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    Waqar Salamkheil of Afghanistan will join Peshawar Zalmi as a partial cover for David Miller.

    Salamkheil is in silver category and he is coming in as replacement for David Miller, who will travel to Pakistan on Monday, March 1 after finishing his domestic cricket commitments.

    Quetta Gladiators supplementary pick Dale Steyn will miss his side’s first two HBL Pakistan Super League 6 matches due to a family commitment.

    The South African fast bowler is expected to reach Karachi on 22 February after which he will be available for the franchise after going through the necessary testing and quarantine.

    The Gladiators have brought in young all-rounder Hassan Khan as his partial replacement to the squad, the teams are allowed to make two supplementary round picks at the HBL PSL Draft.

    The combination for this can be two local players or one local or foreign player.

    Islamabad United’s pacer Akif Javed is recovering from a surgery and will not be available for HBL PSL 6, fast bowler Zeeshan Zameer has been included in the United squad as Akif’s replacement.


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    The only way PSL is gonna attract a lot more foreign stars is by buffing the prize pool by a fair few margin.

    If I'm not mistaken, Mumbai Indians got about $3 million in prize earnings when IPL 2020 concluded.

    It is a much more mainstream league with higher prize pools and more lucrative offers for international players. The MOTM award also offers a good amount of money, so from a purely monetary standpoint, if I were a good international cricketer, I'd sign up for IPL immediately.

    It's also a very hospitable league, rarely have I heard about any events that state otherwise. The international reputation is also incredible, primarily because of large earnings and how entertaining it is for the general public.

    If the PSL aspires to become the second best T20 League (notice how I said second-best, PSL will not become better than the IPL anytime soon), it must go more towards marketing and mainstream media, creating more entertaining games and a larger fan following. It needs to integrate itself into a part of Pakistani culture to gain more revenue and attention, and needs to really captivate audiences. Right now, we're at a developing stage. It's the second season back in Pakistan, so the PCB will likely use PSL as a means of funding their other operations. A couple of really good PSL seasons would allow the board to cover up it's own finances and start investing more in the league, such as increasing the prize pool.

    Don't expect PSL to attract quality foreign stars until about PSL 8, if we're lucky, it will happen near PSL 7.

    I reckon the board should buff up the prize pool for the winning team to take at least $1.5 million. When the general prize pool increases, and teams start making more money yearly, they'll be able to pay players more, and as that keeps happening, you'll soon start to see the likes of Stokes, Buttler, Warner, and others make their way towards a league.

    Everyone wants more money, what better way to get quick money than participate in a relatively short T20 tournament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UzmanBeast View Post
    The only way PSL is gonna attract a lot more foreign stars is by buffing the prize pool by a fair few margin.
    *by getting a block in the international calendar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gotham Cronie View Post
    *by getting a block in the international calendar.
    That seems difficult in my opinion.

    You've got the IPL expanding the number of teams, taking more time to complete.

    If PSL gets its own block, it won't be a long time, so PCB will have to develop more stadiums ASAP so that we can have 2 games a day regularly whilst entertaining more franchises as well.

    February-March is a good international window for the PSL.

    But the prize pool is equally as important, for attracting the likes of Russell, Pollard, etc. who don't necessarily play for their national teams but are still quality players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UzmanBeast View Post
    But the prize pool is equally as important, for attracting the likes of Russell, Pollard, etc. who don't necessarily play for their national teams but are still quality players.
    Both have played seasons in the PSL already.

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    I think Shane Watson's going to be a miss, was a familiar face and good servant of PSL over the years.

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    The Pakistan Cricket Board will use the platform of HBL Pakistan Super League to create awareness about childhood and breast cancer as part of its corporate social responsibility.

    The National Stadium Karachi will turn golden on 27 February to commemorate the Golden Ribbon Day and the four teams featuring in double-header – Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi – will present signed shirts to two cancer patients.

    On 12 March – when Multan Sultans play Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United play Lahore Qalandars – the Gaddafi Stadium will turn pink as the PCB, in partnership with Pink Ribbon Pakistan, will direct its efforts towards creating awareness regarding breast cancer.

    According to the World Health Organisation, there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458,000 deaths from breast cancer each year. The survival rates can improve if it is diagnosed earlier, which can be achieved through regular check-ups.

    On both days, messages will be displayed on screens inside the stadiums, while commentators will announce awareness messages during live commentary. The stumps and in-stadia hoardings will turn golden and pink on the respective days.

    The two initiatives have turned into a tradition since the PCB first marked the Pink Ribbon Day during the 2018 edition, while the Golden Ribbon Day was organised in the 2019 edition.

    PCB Director – Commercial, Babar Hamid: “The HBL Pakistan Super League is one of the most followed leagues in the world so it is appropriate that we, once again, use its reach to play a part in creating awareness about childhood and breast cancer and play a role to encourage the society to improve the quality of life.

    “The PCB has been undertaking such initiatives to reach out to the maximum people as cricket is the most followed s


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    What is the basis of the Spirit of Cricket points for teams in PSL?

    What is the basis of that and how do they evaluate it? Does the owner dancing around during his team's matches lead to full points?


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