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    PSL 7 to take place between 27 Jan & 27 Feb, 1st 15 games in Karachi, remaining in Lahore

    The countdown of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s marquee event, the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022, began today when the schedule of the seventh edition of one of the most popular and competitive cricket leagues was announced on Friday.

    Following an opening ceremony, defending champions Multan Sultans will take on hosts and 2020 champions Karachi Kings at the National Stadium with the first ball to be bowled at 7pm PKT.

    2019 champions Quetta Gladiators will go toe to toe with 2017 winners Peshawar Zalmi on the following day on Friday.

    In first of the six double-headers to be played in the 32-day and 34-match tournament, Multan Sultans will take on 2020 runners-up Lahore Qalandars at 2pm PKT, which will be followed by the Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators’ fixture that will begin at 7pm PKT on Saturday.

    Two-time champions Islamabad will be in action on Sunday afternoon when they will lock horns with Peshawar Zalmi, with the evening match to be played between arch-rivals Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars.

    After Karachi, which will host 15 matches from 27 January to 7 February, action will shift to the Gaddafi Stadium where the remaining 15 league matches and the four play-offs will be played from 10-27 February.

    The 27 February final will be the first time since 2017 when the headquarters of Pakistan cricket will hold the final. National Stadium had staged the finals from 2018 to 2020, while Abu Dhabi was the venue for the 2021 final where Sultans defeated Zalmi by 47 runs.

    The PCB has designed the 2022 tournament in such a way that each side will play equal number of matches in Karachi and Lahore, as well as games under natural and artificial lights.


    HBL PSL Draft 2022

    The PCB has decided the HBL PSL Draft 2022 will be held at the High Performance Centre in Lahore on Sunday, 12 December, with the event to kick-off at 3pm.

    Each side will come to the draft with a maximum of eight player retentions from the last event. Following the finalisation of player categories, the transfer and retention window is now officially open and will close on 10 December.

    In the Platinum Category, Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick, followed by Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in the Diamond Category, followed by Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans

    Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in the Gold Category, Peshawar Zalmi will have the first pick in the Silver Category, Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in Emerging Category and Quetta Gladiators will have the first pick in Supplementary Category.

    Local players’ category renewals

    The PCB, following a review and assessment process, has updated local players’ categories.

    In the biggest moves, Pakistan wicketkeeper/batter and Multan Sultan’s captain Mohammad Rizwan (previously Silver), Asif Ali of Islamabad United (previously Gold) and Lahore Qalandars’ Haris Rauf (previously Diamond) have been placed in Platinum Category.

    Multan Sultans’ Sohaib Maqsood, who was Player of HBL PSL 6, and Haider Ali of Peshawar Zalmi have moved up from Silver and Gold Categories to Diamond Category, respectively.


    PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja

    “I am delighted that the HBL PSL 7 schedule has been announced. This will now get the ball rolling with the teams to start planning and finalising their line-ups and the PCB increasing the pace of the operational delivery to ensure they provide quality playing facilities for the players as well as five-star experience to the fans and our valued commercial partners.

    “The HBL PSL 7 will also kick start what will be a bumper year for Pakistan cricket with the Australia men’s cricket team to play a full series in March-April with England men’s cricket side to tour Pakistan twice for white-ball and red ball cricket.”

    Schedule (Matches from 27 Jan-7 Feb to be played at the National Stadium, Karachi; matches from 10-27 Feb to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium)

    27 Jan - Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans

    28 Jan - Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi

    29 Jan - Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars; Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators

    30 Jan - Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United; Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars

    31 Jan - Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans

    1 Feb - Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans

    2 Feb - Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars

    3 Feb - Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United

    4 Feb - Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi

    5 Feb - Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars; Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans

    6 Feb - Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United

    7 Feb - Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars

    10 Feb- Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi

    11 Feb - Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans

    12 Feb - Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators

    13 Feb - Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings; Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators

    14 Feb - Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings

    15 Feb - Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators

    16 Feb - Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings

    17 Feb - Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi

    18 Feb - Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators; Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings

    19 Feb - Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United

    20 Feb - Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings; Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United

    21 Feb - Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi

    23 Feb - Qualifier (1 vs 2)

    24 Feb - Eliminator 1 (3 vs 4)

    25 Feb - Eliminator 2 (Loser Qualifier 1 vs Winner Eliminator 1)

    27 Feb – (Qualifier v Eliminator 2) Final



    Match timings:

    Friday’s double-headers – 3pm & 8pm

    Other than Friday’s double-headers – 2pm & 7pm

    All single-headers – 7pm


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    Exciting times ahead - Really enjoy PSL.


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    Why no matches in Multan/Pindi ect?

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    Disappointing that it's only 2 cities. Minimally they could have moved all playoffs to Pindi so less teams to manage logistically for bubble etc.

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    The only reason why Karachi gets any games in PSL is because of its strong media ecosystem. Otherwise PCB would hold the whole of PSL in Lahore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RehanG View Post
    Why no matches in Multan/Pindi ect?
    Multan should have got some games

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    Reports in local media quoting the country’s top monitoring body on novel virus said fully vaccinated people will be allowed to watch the matches of country’s flagship cricket league in the stadium while vaccination of those over 12 years of age will be pre-requisite to enter the stadium.

    It also added that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will develop a mechanism for issuing tickets to vaccinated persons only.

    In a letter issued to the federal and provincial administration, it stated that the PCB would be responsible for security arrangements for cricket matches and implementation of SOPs at the cricket ground and that masks and social distance would be required for spectators at the cricket stadium.

    The seventh edition of PSL will start from January 27, for which the drafting process was completed this month.

    https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/30-D...-psl-2022-ncoc


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    Quote Originally Posted by Angrez Pakistani View Post
    The only reason why Karachi gets any games in PSL is because of its strong media ecosystem. Otherwise PCB would hold the whole of PSL in Lahore.
    Not really. It also has to do with the economic contribution, abundance of facilities and resources...

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    Karachi, January 4 2022: Chairman PCB Mr Ramiz Raja spent a busy day in Karachi as preparations for the HBL Pakistan Super League 7 go into full swing.

    The first leg of the seventh edition of one of the most sought after cricket leagues in the cricketing world will be played at the National Stadium, Karachi from 27 January to 7 February.

    Mr Ramiz Raja met with the Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah at the CM House on Tuesday morning. During the meeting various PCB initiatives for talent-hunt and grooming in Sindh, renovation of cricket grounds, developing high performance centres besides plans for the successful hosting of the HBL PSL in Karachi were discussed at length.

    Later in the day, Mr Ramiz Raja met with senior police officials, district administrators, Sindh government officials and security officials who will be involved in the staging of the HBL PSL Karachi-leg.

    The meeting was aimed at discussing all possible means and measures to ensure a smooth entry to the National Stadium for cricket fans while providing then world-class facilities including the provisions of a fan park.

    All stakeholders extended their full cooperation to the PCB initiatives for fan engagement and ease of security clearance and operations at the National Stadium for the spectators.

    In the coming days, the PCB and all relevant stakeholders will work closely to provide cricket fans in Karachi the best possible experience for the HBL PSL, similar plans are being brought in shape for the HBL PSL 7 Lahore-leg which follows the Karachi-leg from Thursday, 10 February.

    https://www.pcb.com.pk/press-release...n-karachi.html


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    You simply can't have a viable league in only two locations. It has to be home and away. I know we have other issues but this one big issue will reslly stagnate the league even more. Who can be bothered with watching 15 games in one ground? Especially if their team isn't even playing.

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    Disappointing. Was planning to attend Pindi matches.

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    This year PSL needs to be postponed.

    It is inevitable someone within the team will get covid, especially with cases at a all time high.

    PCB and government will spend a huge amount of money on arrangements only to be cancelled at a moment notice.

    Even IPL was all their state of the art facilities could not prevent it, although they waited for people to be dying on roads before they cancelled the event.

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    The PCB in the last few years has been treating the PSL as the Domestic T-20 League where they have restricted things to 2 venues.

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    I am sure everyone would have wanted more venues but few big factors would have influenced decision for this year at least.
    1. The nz backout on security reasons after Afghanistan change.
    2. Covid debacle in first phase of psl last year
    3. Omicron, covid in WI series etc.

    With all that they are trying to minimize risk, logistical issues, etc to ensure it gets done. If above 3 three things hadn't been there I am sure they would have gone eith 3 to 4 venues this year and possibly add Peshawar in 2023.

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    Reports state that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has planned to enlist the services of Pakistan Army medics for each team competing in the coming Pakistan Super League (PSL) seventh edition 2022 as part of its anti-COVID-19 measures - One doctor from Pakistan Army Medical Corps will be part of each squad of the PSL teams. Similar to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, players and officials of each PSL team will have to go through rapid antigen tests at the hotel on a daily basis.

    During the tournament, strict procedures will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to sources, who added that PCR tests will not be available every day.

    The Army’s doctors will be in charge of conducting health tests and taking the players’ temperatures. They were also hired during the PSL-6, according to the sources.

    According to well-informed sources, domestic and foreign players cannot be confined for the entire week prior to the league, as per the COVID-19 protocols issued by the PCB.

    All players, however, must have a negative PCR test report (within 72 hours) before leaving their home or country. Each player will be tested for the virus once more when they arrive in Karachi.

    According to the reports, players who pass two negative tests in a week will be able to enter the bio-secure bubble. A PCB high-ranking official said that PCB is helpless when it comes to containing the virus in the prevailing situation, adding that the board will, still, take measures to ensure rapid antigen tests of each player is carried out on daily basis.

    As per the standard operating procedures (SOPs), instead of commercial flights, chartered flights will be used to take players from Karachi to Lahore.

    Two teams will travel in one chartered flight at a time, sources added.


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    Im glad no matches are in Pindi. The traffic situation becomes terrible.

    Surprised that Multan didnt get any matches. Karachi fails to get people in the stadium, Should had not not given 15 matches to them. Multan and Karachi could had shared some matches.

    I think karachi and Lahore got these matches because of the hotel and travelling.


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    NSK getting ready for the tournament...


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    Quote Originally Posted by mon858 View Post
    I am sure everyone would have wanted more venues but few big factors would have influenced decision for this year at least.
    1. The nz backout on security reasons after Afghanistan change.
    2. Covid debacle in first phase of psl last year
    3. Omicron, covid in WI series etc.

    With all that they are trying to minimize risk, logistical issues, etc to ensure it gets done. If above 3 three things hadn't been there I am sure they would have gone eith 3 to 4 venues this year and possibly add Peshawar in 2023.
    More money and more work is required to increase number of venues. Unfortunately PCB is extremely lazy org with very little money to operate with.


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    PCB decides not to hold opening ceremony of HBL PSL 7

    PCB decides not to hold opening ceremony of HBL PSL 7

    The decision was taken due to the Covid-19 situation and logistical problems.

    Muhammad Yousaf in Lahore

    11 January, 2022

    Not so good news for cricket fans across the country as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided not to hold the opening ceremony of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) season seven.

    According to sources, there will be no cultural activities on January 27 at National Stadium Karachi like the previous editions. The decision was taken due to the Covid-19 situation and logistical problems.

    However, there will be a short ceremony in which PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja will address and after it, the first match of the tournament will commence. Defending champions Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings will face each other in the first match.

    Meanwhile, the official anthem of this season will be released by January 20 or 21. PCB officials are finalizing the program in this regard.

    It must be noted that the opening ceremony of PSL 6 also didn't take place at the start of the competition. It was shot in Turkey and the fans witnessed it via state-of-the-art technology.

    The first four ceremonies were held at the Dubai International Stadium while the 2020 opening ceremony was staged at the National Stadium in Karachi.

    Link: https://cricketpakistan.com.pk/en/ne...-ceremony-psl7

    Comments: I can live with scrapping the opening ceremony, but they should have released and finalized the anthem now atleast.

    Also it's 17 days before the start of the tournament, where is the hype, marketing, advertising and promotion?

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    Good decision
    It is a waste of time. Abysmal.

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    Finally good decision

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    Obviously Covid makes things logistically difficult as you have to limit travelling etc but, say, in 5 years time I want to see a proper league, with proper home and away fixtures. Say:

    Lahore Qalandars: Gadaffi Stadium
    Karachi Kings: Rafi Stadium (if it ever finishes)
    Multan Sultans: Multan
    Islamabad United: That new stadium they are building in Isloo
    Peshawar Zalmi: The new Peshawar stadium
    Quetta Gladiators: Unlikely Quetta will be deemed safe so maybe they can play at NSK and hopefully the situation in Balochistan and Quetta improves, maybe in 10 years we can see games in Quetta

    Then we can use venues like Pindi, Faisalabad for the playoffs and have the final at NSK.

    This will ensure big crowds, teams will build their supporter base and become a part of the culture of the city they are in, like football clubs in the UK etc.

    Also yes, totally agree about the cringey Tapal Tea nonsense in the crowd. Even some players get sponsored by these companies and start doing silly things to celebrate wickets....I think Wahab kept brushing dandruff off his shoulders last year. Enough of that rubbish, please.

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    The HBL Pakistan Super League 2022 will be held in Karachi and Lahore from 27 January to 27 February with some of the world’s best shortest format players in action in the 34-match competition.

    The HBL PSL has evolved and come a long way since its inception in 2016 and has now become a global brand that not only unites the nation but also attracts some of the biggest and most respected commercial entities. The recent landmark commercial agreements signed for the 2022 and 2023 events is a case in point and speaks volumes of this event’s value and significance.

    The first edition that was competed by five sides was played from start to finish in the United Arab Emirates, while the final of the 2017 tournament was staged at the Gaddafi Stadium.

    In 2018, Multan Sultans joined as the sixth side and the two Eliminators were played in Lahore while the final was staged in Karachi. Eight matches of the 2019 edition took place in Karachi, whereas all 34 matches of the 2020 tournament were held across four Pakistan venues.

    In 2021, 14 matches were played in Karachi and the remaining 20 were staged in Abu Dhabi in June after the event had to be suspended in March following Covid-19 outbreak within the teams.

    The 2022 event is planned in Karachi and Lahore, and promises to be as exciting as the last six editions. Below is a quick history of the previous HBL PSL events that has not only produced high-quality cricket but has given world cricket some of the most entertaining and exciting players of this era.

    HBL PSL 2016:

    Islamabad United made history when they beat Quetta Gladiators in the final of the inaugural edition of the HBL PSL to become the first-ever side to lift the silverware. Islamabad cruised past the 175-run target for the loss of four wickets with eight balls spare at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

    West Indian Dwayne Smith was named the player-of-the-match for his scintillating 73 (51 balls, 7 fours, 4 sixes). Karachi Kings’ all-rounder Ravi Bopara was named the player-of-the-tournament for his all-round contributions (329 runs at 54.83, 11 wickets at 13.81).

    The tournament was played on a double-league basis. Peshawar Zalmi topped the standings at the end of the round-robin stage but lost out on a place in the final after losing both their play-offs to Quetta and Islamabad, respectively.

    Qalandars’ Umar Akmal topped the batting charts, finishing with 335 runs in seven innings while United’s Andre Russell topped the bowling charts with 16 wickets in 10 games.

    HBL PSL 2017:

    Zalmi outclassed Gladiators in a one-sided final at the Gaddafi Stadium to lift the glittering HBL PSL 2017 trophy. Batting first in the final, Zalmi posted 148 for six in their 20 overs. Gladiators were dismissed for 90 runs in reply to lose their second consecutive final.

    Sammy was named the player-of-the-match for his match turning unbeaten 28 off 11 balls (three sixes, one four) and astute leadership.

    Kamran Akmal with 353 runs in 11 games including a century in the play-off against Kings and 12 dismissals behind the stumps was declared the player-of-the-tournament. He also bagged best batsman and best wicketkeeper of the tournament awards.

    Kings’ Sohail Khan, with 16 wickets, topped the bowling charts, while Wahab finished on the second-spot on the bowling charts for the second consecutive time collecting 15 wickets in 10 games.

    HBL PSL 2018:

    United reclaimed the title when they defeated Zalmi by three wickets in an exciting final at the National Stadium. Batting first, Zalmi posted 148 for nine with United chasing down the target with 19 balls to spare.

    Luke Ronchi capped off his player-of-the-match performances with a brilliant 52 off 26 balls (four fours, five sixes).

    Ronchi scored 435 runs in 11 games to be adjudged player-of-the-tournament. Faheem Ashraf doubled United’s joy with a bowler-of-the-tournament performance (18 wickets in 12 matches).

    HBL PSL 2019:

    It was a case of third time lucky for the Gladiators as they finally lifted the trophy at the National Stadium after defeating Zalmi by eight wickets. Batting first, Zalmi posted 138 for eight as speedster Mohammad Hasnain and the richly experienced T20 globe-trotter Dwayne Bravo shared five wickets between them. Ahmed Shehzad and Rilee Rossouw saw off the chase with an unbroken 73-run third-wicket partnership to give Gladiators a much awaited HBL PSL title. Ahmed scored 58 off 51 balls while Rossouw made 39 off 32 balls.

    Gladiators’ Australian import Shane Watson dazzled with the bat with a 430-run tally in 12 innings at 43.00 and a strike-rate of 143.81. Kamran was once again the mainstay for Zalmi producing 357 runs in 13 innings, while United’s Cameron Delport stood third with 355 runs in 12 innings.

    Hasan Ali had a magnificent season for Zalmi; the right-arm-pacer took 25 wickets in 13 games. Faheem took 21 in 12 games for the United while Wahab was once again among the top three, finishing the tournament with a 17-wicket tally in 13 matches.

    Team of HBL PSL 2019, selected by an independent panel, was (in batting order): 1-Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators), 2-Kamran Akmal (wicket-keeper) (Peshawar Zalmi), 3-Babar Azam (Karachi Kings), 4-AB de Villiers (captain) (Lahore Qalandars), 5-Colin Ingram (Karachi Kings), 6-Asif Ali (Islamabad United), 7-Kieron Pollard (Peshawar Zalmi), 8-Faheem Ashraf (Islamabad United), 9-Wahab Riaz (Peshawar Zalmi), 10-Hasan Ali (Peshawar Zalmi), 11-Umer Khan (Karachi Kings). Sandeep Lamichhane (12th, Lahore Qalandars)

    HBL PSL 2020:

    Babar Azam had an event to remember when hit a 49-ball 63 to guide Karachi Kings to their maiden title when they defeated Lahore Qalandars by five wicket at the National Stadium. In pursuit of a 135-run target, Kings reached victory with eight balls and five wickets to spare.

    Babar was later judged player of the final, best batsman of the tournament and player-of-the-tournament.

    Qalandars’ Shaheen Shah Afridi won the Best bowler of the HBL PSL 2020 award with 17 scalps – the most in the edition –and Ben Dunk won the Best wicketkeeper of the HBL PSL 2020 award for accounting for nine batsmen behind the stumps. Peshawar Zalmi’s Haider Ali was declared as the Emerging Player of the HBL PSL 2020 as he scored an impressive 239 runs at a strike rate of over 157.

    HBL PSL Team of 2020, selected by an independent panel, was (in batting order) – 1-Babar Azam (Karachi Kings), 2-Chris Lynn (Lahore Qalandars), 3-Alex Hales (Karachi Kings), 4-Haider Ali (Peshawar Zalmi), 5-Mohammad Hafeez (Lahore Qalandars), 6-Shadab Khan (captain, Islamabad United), 7-Ben Dunk (wicketkeeper, Lahore Qalandars), 8-David Wiese (Lahore Qalandars), 9-Mohammad Amir (Karachi Kings), 10-Shaheen Shah Afridi (Lahore Qalandars), 11-Mohammad Hasnain (Quetta Gladiators). Fakhar Zaman (12th, Lahore Qalandars)

    HBL PSL 2021:

    Multan Sultans became the fifth team to win the HBL PSL when they defeated Peshawar Zalmi at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi by 47 runs.

    Batting first, Sultans scored a record 206 for four that revolved around Sohaib Maqsood’s 65 not out and Rilee Rossouw’s 50. In turn, Zalmi finished at 159 for nine with Imran Tahir collecting three for 33 and, Blessing Muzarabani and Imran Khan picking up two wickets apiece conceding 26 and 27 runs, respectively.

    Sohaib Maqsood not only earned a Pakistan call-up for the England and West Indies tours for his 428 runs, he also walked away with the player of the final, best batsman of HBL PSL 2021 and player of HBL PSL awards.

    Multan Sultans’ Shahnawaz Dahani won the best bowler of HBL PSL 2021 for his 20 wickets and was also adjudged Best Emerging Cricketer of HBL PSL 2021, while Sultan’s captain Mohammad Rizwan was declared best wicketkeeper for his 20 dismissals.

    The Team of HBL PSL 2021, selected by an independent panel, was (in batting order): 1- Hazratullah Zazai (Peshawar Zalmi), 2-Babar Azam (Karachi Kings), 3-Colin Munro (Islamabad United), 4-Sohaib Maqsood (Multan Sultans), 5-Mohammad Rizwan (captain, wicketkeeper)(Multan Sultans), 6-Asif Ali (Islamabad United), 7-Wahab Riaz (Peshawar Zalmi), 8-Rashid Khan (Lahore Qalandars), 9-Hasan Ali (Islamabad United), 10-Shaheen Shah Afridi (Lahore Qalandars), 11-Shahnawaz Dahani (Multan Sultans). James Faulkner (12th, Lahore Qalandars)


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    PSL should be postponed. Coronavirus situation in Karachi worsens as positivity rate nears 40%

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    Karachi is witnessing a alarming surge in coronavirus cases during the fifth Covid-19 wave fuelled by Omicron variant with positivity rate exceeds 39 per cent in the metropolis during the last 24 hours.

    Out of 15,172 people who were tested for coronavirus, 2,670 came out positive in Sindh, according to the latest figures issued on Sunday.

    The city’s positivity rate has increased by 4% in a single day and Sindh’s Covid-19 death toll reached 7,697 after three more patients succumbed to the virus during the past 24 hours.

    Meanwhile, the Sindh health department has decided to conduct random coronavirus testing of students across all schools of the province.

    The provincial health department has also issued directives to district health officers (DHO) in this regard via notification, according to Express News.

    The notification stated that 100 samples will be collected from schools in each district of the province which will be sent to Dow Hospital laboratory to check disease prevalence.

    Also read: Omicron spread sets off alarm bells

    Based on the results, the provincial government will take final decision regarding closure of educational institutions.

    A day earlier, the Provincial Taskforce on Coronavirus meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah was informed that infection rate had increased to 35.3% in Karachi, 5.12% in Hyderabad and 2.4% in the rest of the province. However, it was assured that the situation remained under control.

    The health department informed the meeting that at present, there was no pressure on the hospitals while Covid-19 patients were recovering fast and the death rate had fallen to 1.6%. CM Murad directed for an audit of all the public and private hospitals to assess their facilities like beds, doctors, medicines etc.

    The chief minister also directed the health department for the Covid-19 preparation plan so that necessary and timely measures could be taken. He added that he would review the Covid situation again within the next few days so that necessary decisions could be taken accordingly.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2339011...-rate-nears-40
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    Rlaely it deson’t mttaer waht I wirte you’ll sitll uanrtednsnd it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Runner Up View Post
    PSL should be postponed. Coronavirus situation in Karachi worsens as positivity rate nears 40%

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    Karachi is witnessing a alarming surge in coronavirus cases during the fifth Covid-19 wave fuelled by Omicron variant with positivity rate exceeds 39 per cent in the metropolis during the last 24 hours.

    Out of 15,172 people who were tested for coronavirus, 2,670 came out positive in Sindh, according to the latest figures issued on Sunday.

    The city’s positivity rate has increased by 4% in a single day and Sindh’s Covid-19 death toll reached 7,697 after three more patients succumbed to the virus during the past 24 hours.

    Meanwhile, the Sindh health department has decided to conduct random coronavirus testing of students across all schools of the province.

    The provincial health department has also issued directives to district health officers (DHO) in this regard via notification, according to Express News.

    The notification stated that 100 samples will be collected from schools in each district of the province which will be sent to Dow Hospital laboratory to check disease prevalence.

    Also read: Omicron spread sets off alarm bells

    Based on the results, the provincial government will take final decision regarding closure of educational institutions.

    A day earlier, the Provincial Taskforce on Coronavirus meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah was informed that infection rate had increased to 35.3% in Karachi, 5.12% in Hyderabad and 2.4% in the rest of the province. However, it was assured that the situation remained under control.

    The health department informed the meeting that at present, there was no pressure on the hospitals while Covid-19 patients were recovering fast and the death rate had fallen to 1.6%. CM Murad directed for an audit of all the public and private hospitals to assess their facilities like beds, doctors, medicines etc.

    The chief minister also directed the health department for the Covid-19 preparation plan so that necessary and timely measures could be taken. He added that he would review the Covid situation again within the next few days so that necessary decisions could be taken accordingly.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2339011...-rate-nears-40
    No other window for the PCB in the year, no choice but for the show to go on. Even CA held the ashes and big bash inspite of a bad Covid situation in Australia and players testing positive left, right and centre
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    Pakistan Cricket Board has asked all the national players participating in the ongoing Big Bash League in Australia to return home immediately in order to give themselves ample time to prepare for the seventh edition of PSL, which begins here from January 27.

    The PCB has asked Muhammad Hasnain, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan to return home immediately ahead of the upcoming Pakistan Super League.

    The Board has also confirmed that the PSL would be held as per original schedule in two phases at Karachi and Lahore.

    The PCB had already released the match schedule for the tournament, which begins at the National Stadium here, before the event is being shifted to Lahore from February 9.

    Having signed enhanced new broadcast and title sponsorship deals for the PSL 7, the PCB is banking on the league to be a major success despite the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in the country.

    The PCB has written to the franchises employing the Pakistani players that they are all required to return home for the PSL preparations.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/crick...350647086.html


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    Not sure why they all had to return home. Seems like a classic spiteful decision by the PCB rather than anything else.

    In terms of covid, there is almost certainly going to be an outbreak within the bubble because omicron is far too infectious to contain as shown by its spread everywhere it has been so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babeikh View Post
    Not sure why they all had to return home. Seems like a classic spiteful decision by the PCB rather than anything else.

    In terms of covid, there is almost certainly going to be an outbreak within the bubble because omicron is far too infectious to contain as shown by its spread everywhere it has been so far.
    Maybe worried about quarantine or if they test positive and miss games etc.


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    So far there is no major hype or promotion for the PSL, neither the PCB nor the Franchises are doing anything. It's like all stakeholders are taking it for granted that just because cricket is the major sport in Pakistan that spectators are going to turn up automatically, no one has learnt any lessons from empty stadiums in the last PSL, Domestic T-20 League or the WI series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    So far there is no major hype or promotion for the PSL, neither the PCB nor the Franchises are doing anything. It's like all stakeholders are taking it for granted that just because cricket is the major sport in Pakistan that spectators are going to turn up automatically, no one has learnt any lessons from empty stadiums in the last PSL, Domestic T-20 League or the WI series.
    They got their sponsors - who cares about spectators? [Their view] - but that is where PCB's duty comes in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    They got their sponsors - who cares about spectators? [Their view] - but that is where PCB's duty comes in.
    Sponsors, Broadcasters look at the crowds for the league as well. Hard to push for higher sponsorship and broadcasting deals if the average crowd attendance is lower

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    So far there is no major hype or promotion for the PSL, neither the PCB nor the Franchises are doing anything. It's like all stakeholders are taking it for granted that just because cricket is the major sport in Pakistan that spectators are going to turn up automatically, no one has learnt any lessons from empty stadiums in the last PSL, Domestic T-20 League or the WI series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babeikh View Post
    Not sure why they all had to return home. Seems like a classic spiteful decision by the PCB rather than anything else.

    In terms of covid, there is almost certainly going to be an outbreak within the bubble because omicron is far too infectious to contain as shown by its spread everywhere it has been so far.
    They need to be in quarantine 10-14 days before the league starts. They cant just show up to play as if anyone one is infected everyone will get sick and tournament need to be stopped. With the 10-14 days quarantine they can filter out the infected.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Couch Cricketer View Post
    They need to be in quarantine 10-14 days before the league starts. They cant just show up to play as if anyone one is infected everyone will get sick and tournament need to be stopped. With the 10-14 days quarantine they can filter out the infected.
    There is no quarantine requirement on arrival in Pakistan - you only need to provide a negative test (taken 48 hours prior to arrival) and a vaccine certificate.

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    PCB officials themselves are getting COVID high chance they can transmit it on ground to players.

    Ten members of PCB staff test positive for COVID-19

    LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday has confirmed 10 positive cases of COVID-19 among its staff members.

    According to an official statement released by the board in this regard, five members of the PCB staff, while five ground employees have tested positive for the virus.

    The infected members have been isolated after their tests came positive, the board said in the statement, adding that the tests were conducted last week.

    It is pertinent to mention here that the cricket board has already administered the booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine to its staff.

    The PCB has said that all coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be followed and all meetings will be virtual, while the staff will strictly abide by the protocols.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/393852-ten...e-for-covid-19


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    ICC’s Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle will make his HBL Pakistan Super League debut when he will referee in the seventh edition of the PCB’s marquee event, which will be held in Karachi from 27 January to 7 February and then from 10-27 February in Lahore.

    Madugalle played 21 Tests and 63 ODIs for Sri Lanka from 1979 to 1988 and has refereed in 125 Twenty20 Internationals. This is in addition to the 201 Tests and 370 ODIs he has refereed since joining the ICC’s elite panel of match referees in 1993.

    Madugalle has been a regular visitor to Pakistan for international assignments, with his last visit being in January 2020 for the three T20Is against Bangladesh.

    Madugalle’s first match in the tournament will be the high-profile match between Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars, which will be held in Karachi on Sunday, 30 January. For this match, Madugalle will lead the Playing Control Team, which will comprise Richard Illingworth and Michael Gough (both on-field umpires), Faisal Afridi (third umpire) and Imran Jawed (fourth umpire).

    Madugalle will be involved in nine of the 30 preliminary round matches and his presence is expected to help and assist Pakistan’s emerging umpires and match referees.

    Madugalle will be joined by his former team-mate Roshan Mahanama, who has previously refereed in the HBL PSL.

    Mahanama will also referee in nine matches, including the 27 January tournament opener between Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans. Aleem Dar and Richard Illingworth will be the on-field umpires, while Ahsan Raza will be the third umpire and Imran Jawed as fourth umpire.

    The other three event match referees will be Ali Naqvi, Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Javed Malik from the PCB’s elite panel of match referees.

    Apart from Aleem Dar, Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth of the ICC’s elite panel of umpires, local umpires to share umpiring responsibilities include Ahsan Raza, Asif Yaqoob, Faisal Khan Afridi, Imtiaz Iqbal, Imran Jawed, Nasir Hussain, Rashid Riaz, Shozab Raza and Waleed Yaqub. All are members of the PCB’s elite panel of umpires.

    Match referees (5): Ali Naqvi, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Javed Malik, Ranjan Madugalle and Roshan Mahanama.

    Umpires (12) - Ahsan Raza, Aleem Dar, Asif Yaqoob, Faisal Khan Afridi, Imtiaz Iqbal, Imran Jawed, Michael Gough, Nasir Hussain, Rashid Riaz, Richard Illingworth, Shozab Raza and Waleed Yaqub

    Umpire and match referee appointments (Matches from 27 Jan-7 Feb to be played at the National Stadium, Karachi; matches from 10-21 Feb to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium)

    27 Jan - Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans. Aleem Dar and Richard Illingworth (on-field umpires), Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Imran Jawed (fourth umpire); Roshan Mahanama (match referee)
    28 Jan - Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi. Ahsan Raza and Michael Gough (on-field umpires), Shozab Raza (third umpire), Imtiaz Iqbal (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed Malik (match referee)
    29 Jan - Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars. Ahsan Raza and Richard Illingworth (on-field umpires), Faisal Afridi (third umpire), Imtiaz Iqbal (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed Malik (match referee); Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators. Michael Gough and Shozab Raza (on-field umpires), Aleem Dar (third umpire), Imran Jawed (fourth umpire); Roshan Mahanama (match referee)
    30 Jan - Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United. Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza (on-field umpires), Shozab Raza (third umpire), Imtiaz Iqbal (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed Malik (match referee); Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars. Richard Illingworth and Michael Gough (on-field umpires), Faisal Afridi (third umpire), Imran Jawed (fourth umpire); Ranjan Madugalle (match referee)
    31 Jan - Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans. Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza (on-field umpires), Faisal Afridi (third umpire), Imtiaz Iqbal (fourth umpire); Roshan Mahanama ( match referee)
    1 Feb - Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans. Shozab Raza and Michael Gough (on-field umpires), Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Imran Jawed (fourth umpire); Iftikhar Ahmed (match referee)
    2 Feb - Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars. Aleem Dar and Faisal Afridi (on-field umpires), Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Imtiaz Iqbal (fourth umpire); Roshan Mahanama (match referee)
    3 Feb - Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United. Faisal Afridi and Richard Illingworth (on-field umpires), Shozab Raza (third umpire), Imran Jawed (fourth umpire); Ranjan Madugalle (match referee)
    4 Feb - Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi. Aleem Dar and Shozab Raza (on-field umpires), Faisal Afridi (third umpire), Imtiaz Iqbal (fourth umpire); Iftikhar Ahmed (match referee)
    5 Feb - Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars. Michael Gough and Faisal Afridi (on-field umpire), Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Imtiaz Iqbal (fourth umpire); Iftikhar Ahmed (match referee); Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans. Richard Illingworth and Shozab Raza (on-field umpires), Aleem Dar (third umpire), Imran Jawed (fourth umpire); Roshan Mahanama (match referee)
    6 Feb - Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United. Ahsan Raza and Richard Illingworth (on-field umpires), Aleem Dar (third umpire), Imtiaz Iqbal (fourth umpire); Ranjan Madugalle (match referee)
    7 Feb - Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars. Aleem Dar and Michael Gough (on-field umpires), Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Imran Jawed (fourth umpire); Roshan Mahanama (match referee)
    10 Feb- Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi. Ahsan Raza and Richard Illingworth (on-field umpires), Shozab Raza (third umpire), Waleed Yaqub (fourth umpire); Ali Naqvi (match referee)
    11 Feb - Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans. Asif Yaqoob and Michael Gough (on-field umpires), Faisal Afridi (third umpire), Nasir Hussain (fourth umpire); Roshan Mahanama (match referee)
    12 Feb - Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators. Faisal Afridi and Richard Illingworth (on-field umpires), Rashid Riaz (third umpire), Waleed Yaqub (fourth umpire); Ranjan Madugalle (match referee)
    13 Feb - Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings. Aleem Dar and Rashid Riaz (on-field umpires), Shozab Raza (third umpire), Nasir Hussain (fourth umpire); Ali Naqvi (match referee). Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators. Asif Yaqoob and Michael Gough (on-field umpires), Rashid Riaz (third umpire), Waleed Yaqub (fourth umpire); Roshan Mahanama (match referee)
    14 Feb - Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings. Asif Yaqoob and Richard Illingworth (on-field umpires), Rashid Riaz (third umpire), Nasir Hussain (fourth umpire); Ranjan Madugalle (match referee)
    15 Feb - Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators. Rashid Riaz and Michael Gough (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Waleed Yaqub (fourth umpire); Ali Naqvi (match referee)
    16 Feb - Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings. Asif Yaqoob and Richard Illingworth (on-field umpires), Aleem Dar (third umpire), Nasir Hussain (fourth umpire); Ranjan Madugalle (match referee)
    17 Feb - Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi. Ahsan Raza and Richard Illingworth (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Waleed Yaqub (fourth umpire); Ranjan Madugalle (match referee)
    18 Feb - Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators. Aleem Dar and Rashid Riaz (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Nasir Hussain (fourth umpire); Ali Naqvi (match referee); Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings. Asif Yaqoob and Michael Gough (on-field umpires), Rashid Riaz (third umpire), Waleed Yaqub (fourth umpire); Ranjan Madugalle (match referee)
    19 Feb - Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United. Rashid Riaz and Richard Illingworth (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Waleed Yaqoob (fourth umpire); Roshan Mahanama (match referee)
    20 Feb - Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings. Aleem Dar and Asif Yaqoob (on-field umpires), Rashid Riaz (third umpire), Nasir Hussain (fourth umpire); Ali Naqvi (match referee); Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United. Rashid Riaz and Michael Gough (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Waleed Yaqub (fourth umpire); Ranjan Madugalle (match referee)
    21 Feb - Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi. Asif Yaqoob and Richard Illingworth (on-field umpires), Rashid Riaz (third umpire), Nasir Hussain (fourth umpire); Ali Naqvi (match referee)

    Umpire and match referee appointments for the following play-offs will be announced closer to match (all matches to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium):
    23 Feb - Qualifier (1 vs 2)
    24 Feb - Eliminator 1 (3 vs 4)
    25 Feb - Eliminator 2 (Loser Qualifier 1 vs Winner Eliminator 1)
    27 Feb – (Qualifier v Eliminator 2) Final
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babeikh View Post
    There is no quarantine requirement on arrival in Pakistan - you only need to provide a negative test (taken 48 hours prior to arrival) and a vaccine certificate.
    I am talking about the bubble for the PSL

    https://www.crictracker.com/psl-2022...mbers-allowed/


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    The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has approved 25 per cent crowd attendance for the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022 Karachi-leg matches, which will be played at the National Stadium from 27 January to 7 February.

    The decision means around 8,000 spectators will be allowed inside the venue each match day. However, to ensure their health and safety as well as others attending the matches, the spectators’ entry will be subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, which are:

    • Individuals above the age of 12 years must be fully vaccinated

    • Valid vaccination certificates must be shown at the time gaining access to the stadium

    • Wearing of masks inside the venue is mandatory

    • Anyone violating the NCOC guidelines shall be liable to be evicted out of the stadium

    PCB Chief Operating Officer and HBL PSL Tournament Director Salman Naseer: “Spectators are the essence of any sport event and in this background, we now hope to set the stage with 25 per cent crowds to attend the Karachi matches of the HBL PSL 2022.

    “As a responsible organisation, we completely understand our obligations in relation to health and safety of the fans and will leave no stone unturned in strictly implementing the NCOC guidelines.

    “However, we will also require complete and unconditional support from the spectators so that they and others can continue to enjoy the matches in a safe and secure environment. This is something they can do by simply following the guidelines.”

    The NCOC will make a decision closer to time for the Lahore-leg matches scheduled in the Gaddafi, which will be played from 10-27 February.


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    Karachi stadium normally don't get more than 10% attendance. Social distancing at NSK should be the last of the worries for NCOC.


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    Pakistan Cricket Board today announced a reserve pool of 19 players for the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022, which will be played in Karachi and Lahore from 27 January to 27 February.

    Fifteen players will be part of the Managed Event Environment and will check-in in the team hotel on Friday, 21 January. The remaining four players will remain outside the Managed Event Environment and will be called-up in case of an emergency.

    The 15 players who will be part of the Managed Event Environment are: Aamer Jamal (Northern), Abrar Ahmad (Sindh), Amad Butt (Balochistan), Ammad Alam (Sindh), Bismillah Khan (Balochistan), Hassan Khan (Southern Punjab), Khalid Usman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Musadiq Ahmed (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Nasir Nawaz (Northern), Salman Ali Agha (Southern Punjab), Tayyab Tahir (Southern Punjab), Umar Amin (Northern), Umar Siddiq (Southern Punjab), Usman Shinwari (Northern) and Waqas Maqsood (Central Punjab)

    Players outside the Managed Event Environment are: Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan), Omair bin Yousuf (Sindh), Saud Shakeel (Sindh) and Zahid Mahmood (Sindh)

    The initial list of players was put together by the franchisees, which was then reviewed by the Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim, who made slight changes by withdrawing Test players who are likely to participate in a training camp from next week for the series against Australia.

    The teams will be allowed to select players of their choice from the reserve pool of players on medical grounds only and will require Technical Committee’s approval.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Pakistan Cricket Board today announced a reserve pool of 19 players for the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022, which will be played in Karachi and Lahore from 27 January to 27 February.

    Fifteen players will be part of the Managed Event Environment and will check-in in the team hotel on Friday, 21 January. The remaining four players will remain outside the Managed Event Environment and will be called-up in case of an emergency.

    The 15 players who will be part of the Managed Event Environment are: Aamer Jamal (Northern), Abrar Ahmad (Sindh), Amad Butt (Balochistan), Ammad Alam (Sindh), Bismillah Khan (Balochistan), Hassan Khan (Southern Punjab), Khalid Usman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Musadiq Ahmed (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Nasir Nawaz (Northern), Salman Ali Agha (Southern Punjab), Tayyab Tahir (Southern Punjab), Umar Amin (Northern), Umar Siddiq (Southern Punjab), Usman Shinwari (Northern) and Waqas Maqsood (Central Punjab)

    Players outside the Managed Event Environment are: Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan), Omair bin Yousuf (Sindh), Saud Shakeel (Sindh) and Zahid Mahmood (Sindh)

    The initial list of players was put together by the franchisees, which was then reviewed by the Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim, who made slight changes by withdrawing Test players who are likely to participate in a training camp from next week for the series against Australia.

    The teams will be allowed to select players of their choice from the reserve pool of players on medical grounds only and will require Technical Committee’s approval.
    Who got withdrawn by wasim ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    Who got withdrawn by wasim ?
    HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises have raised their concerns over the changes in the reserve pool list for the upcoming seventh season.

    Pakistan Cricket Board on January 20 revealed a list of 19 players. Fifteen players will be part of the bio-bubble while the remaining four players will remain outside the bio-bubble and will be called up in case of an emergency.

    Representatives of the teams consulted and named 15 cricketers to the PCB, including Imam-ul-Haq, Saud Shakeel, Zahid Mahmood and Omair bin Yousuf.

    But, Chief Selector Muhammad Waseem removed these cricketers from the list and added Umar Amin, Khalid Usman, Musadiq Ahmed and Salman Ali. The franchises are irked after PCB didn't consult them regarding these changes.

    PCB said saying in a press release that potential players for the Test series against Australia have been changed so that they can attend training camp starting from the next week.

    The franchises opined that if such a decision had to be made, we would have been informed, but no consultation was held on replacing these names.

    It must be noted that despite the positive cases, if at least 13 cricketers are available in the squad then the match will be held. If required, a player can be selected from the reserve pool.

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    Pakistan Cricket Board today confirmed playing conditions of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022, which will be played in Karachi and Lahore from 27 January to 27 February.

    Some of amendments to the playing conditions, which are sitting on the corporate website under Documents/Men’s Playing Conditions, are:

    · If a team loses players due to positive results, it can seek the Technical Committee’s approval for replacement players from the reserve pool of players (Clause 1.2.5.1)

    · For a match to go ahead, a team must have, at least, 13 players who are Covid-19 negative (Clause 1.2.5.2)

    · Playing line-up must comprise a minimum of seven and a maximum of eight local players including an emerging player. However, if a team is affected by Covid to the extent that it is impossible for it to create a playing 11 in accordance with the relevant requirements, the requirements will stand waived to the necessary extent (Clause 1.2.5)

    · Fielding side must be in position to bowl the first ball of the final over of the innings by the scheduled or rescheduled time for the end of the innings. If they are not in such a position, one fewer fielder will be permitted outside of the 30-yard circle for the remaining overs of the innings (Clause 13.8)

    · There will be a reserve day for the final. If no result is achieved on the reserve day, then the side finishing on top of the points table after 30 league matches will be declared champion (Clause 16.11.1)

    · TV umpire to call no balls (Clause 21.5)


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Pakistan Cricket Board today confirmed playing conditions of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022, which will be played in Karachi and Lahore from 27 January to 27 February.

    Some of amendments to the playing conditions, which are sitting on the corporate website under Documents/Men’s Playing Conditions, are:

    · If a team loses players due to positive results, it can seek the Technical Committee’s approval for replacement players from the reserve pool of players (Clause 1.2.5.1)

    · For a match to go ahead, a team must have, at least, 13 players who are Covid-19 negative (Clause 1.2.5.2)

    · Playing line-up must comprise a minimum of seven and a maximum of eight local players including an emerging player. However, if a team is affected by Covid to the extent that it is impossible for it to create a playing 11 in accordance with the relevant requirements, the requirements will stand waived to the necessary extent (Clause 1.2.5)

    · Fielding side must be in position to bowl the first ball of the final over of the innings by the scheduled or rescheduled time for the end of the innings. If they are not in such a position, one fewer fielder will be permitted outside of the 30-yard circle for the remaining overs of the innings (Clause 13.8)

    · There will be a reserve day for the final. If no result is achieved on the reserve day, then the side finishing on top of the points table after 30 league matches will be declared champion (Clause 16.11.1)

    · TV umpire to call no balls (Clause 21.5)
    I had heard they changed it to minimum 12 players required to conduct the match?

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    Since its inception in 2016, the HBL Pakistan Super League has proved to be a brilliant platform for the cricketers from around the world to ply their trade.

    The foreign contingent of cricketers in successive HBL PSL seasons have made no secret of their admiration for the young local talent and, since the league’s homecoming in 2020, they have thoroughly enjoyed the Pakistani culture. After spending time in the country and witnessing the hospitality of the nation, these foreigners have emerged as Pakistan’s ambassadors.

    The upcoming HBL PSL 7, which kicks off at the National Stadium on Thursday, will serve as another avenue for cricketers from around the world to explore Pakistani cuisine, music and other cultural aspects with the first 14 matches in Karachi and the last 19 games in Lahore.

    And, they are excited at the prospect.

    Johnson Charles: “I am very excited to be touring Pakistan. It will be my second time in Pakistan and I am looking forward to sampling the cuisine and seeing the culture.

    “I am extremely excited to be afforded another opportunity to represent Multan Sultans and looking forward to do great things for them. It is a great feeling to be joining my teammates and I am looking forward to beating some of them in Fifa.”

    Alex Hales: “The HBL PSL is a really high quality league. The quality of local players, especially bowlers, is really high and it makes the league extremely competitive. In this league, you do not know which four teams will qualify until the very last day and that makes it even more exciting.

    “I am looking forward to joining Islamabad United again in this HBL PSL. I played my first HBL PSL match in Pakistan for Islamabad United back in HBL PSL 4. Conditions in Pakistan are really good, and I enjoy the ball coming on to the bat. These are very different conditions to other Asian venues.

    Rilee Rossouw: “I have great memories of playing in the HBL PSL. Every year, I have had great teammates, and hopefully this time will not be different. It is one of the highly competitive tournaments and it is very close to my heart.

    “It is special to get the opportunity to defend the title and to be in the same dressing room. It is a challenge I am looking forward to and I am really looking forward to this season. We have got a fantastic bunch of cricketers, led by a very good leader.

    Chris Jordan: “The HBL Pakistan Super League is one of the most competitive leagues around and it is always a pleasure being involved. I am excited to be back with Karachi Kings. It is a great bunch and the last time we were together, we won it all. I am looking forward to another great showing and being able to do my part in getting back to the top.”

    Colin Munro: “I am looking forward to another season in Pakistan. HBL PSL in Pakistan is special. The fans are some of the most passionate and knowledgeable in cricket. I always enjoy playing in Pakistan conditions, the pitches are good, the atmosphere is amazing and above all the hospitality is unmatched.

    “I absolutely love playing for Islamabad United. The team truly is built like a family and it is one of the best dressing rooms I have been a part of. We have a good mixture of overseas pros and young Pakistani talent, and Shadab Khan is a wonderful captain to play under. His understanding of the game is second to none. The way he takes care of youngsters is exemplary. One of the roles I play with younger guys is to mentor them and teach them about pressures of league and international cricket.”

    Lewis Gregory: “I have liked being a part of the HBL PSL in the past. You see some real talent being showcased. I am looking forward to being part of the Karachi Kings family now, getting to know the crew, and going deep into the season and making memories.”


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    I am so worried for this PSL, COVID might still have a part to play in postponing it

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    Pcb need to keep an eye on covid watch and if anyone is positive then don't panic just follow the protocol and quarantine them and move on, covid is here to stay no matter what,, we just need be extra vigilant in our conduct.

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    Worried that the PCB, Franchises, players and fans will panic in the event of high Covid cases. The Big Bash and Ashes went on despite record Covid positive cases in Australia but no our fans will shoot themselves in the foot.

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    The PM's message....



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    Quote Originally Posted by princeuk View Post
    I am so worried for this PSL, COVID might still have a part to play in postponing it
    You're worried. Why?

    What about the doctors and nurses that have been going and working day in and out managing covid patients for the last 2.5 years?

    For us it's part of life.

    Stop using covid as an excuse.

    Use proper equipment, quarantine, and move on with your life.
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    The stage is set for the seventh edition of HBL Pakistan Super League to commence on Thursday at the iconic National Stadium in Karachi with defending champions Multan Sultans facing off 2020 champions Karachi Kings following a curtain-raiser opening ceremony.

    Babar Azam, who made the record for most T20I wins as captain in a calendar year with 20 in 2021, will lead Karachi Kings. Mohammad Rizwan, first-ever batter to score more than 1,000 T20I runs in a calendar year, will lead Multan Sultans.

    Babar Azam: “I am very excited to be leading Karachi Kings this season. This is the first instance that I will be captaining a side in the HBL PSL and I am looking forward to it.

    “The first match of the tournament always has a lot of eyeballs and Multan Sultans can prove to be a tough opposition. I am sure the fans will get to see a thrilling contest.

    “Peter Moores is a seasoned coach and I have had fruitful discussions with him. Karachi Kings will display good, competitive cricket this season.”

    Mohammad Rizwan: “We have all the potential to defend our HBL PSL title and we will be taking the field tomorrow with that mind set. This season will present us new challenges and we will have to plan accordingly.

    “Babar Azam is a wonderful batter and captain, and his leadership will certainly have a good impact on Karachi Kings. I am hopeful that the HBL PSL 7 will kick off with a great contest between the two sides.”

    As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) directive, the seating capacity has been reduced to 25 per cent for all matches in Karachi, while a decision on the number of spectators in Lahore to be taken in due course. The health and safety protocols for this edition is available here

    On the second match day on Friday, Quetta Gladiators will play Peshawar Zalmi with the match starting at 2pm PKT, while the third match day on Saturday will serve the fans a double-header with Multan Sultans playing Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings taking on Quetta Gladiators.

    Lahore Qalandars, captained by Shaheen Shah Afridi, who has had stratospheric rise in international cricket since his debut in 2018, will hope the change in leadership leads to a change in their fortunes and they secure the glittering trophy.

    Islamabad United are led by Shadab Khan. Sarfaraz Ahmed, who is the only player to lead his side in all the editions, will continue to command his Gladiators from Quetta, while Peshawar Zalmi will be led by Wahab Riaz.

    The HBL PSL has established itself as one of the top T20 leagues around the world and it has featured most sought-after cricketers from around the world. The competitiveness of this league and the quality of action has served up and coming Pakistan cricketers opportunities to learn, enhance their skills and learn nitty-gritties of the game.

    National Stadium will host the first 15 matches till 7 February, before the action moves to Lahore, where Gaddafi Stadium, the home of Pakistan cricket, will stage the last 19 games from 10-27 February.

    The competitive nature of the league has seen five of the six sides getting crowned champions since the league’s inception in 2016 with Islamabad United, the inaugural champions, being the only team to bag the title twice.

    Peshawar Zalmi won the title in 2017 when they beat Quetta Gladiators in the final in Lahore in what was the first HBL PSL match on Pakistan soil. Islamabad United became the champions for the second time with a win over Peshawar Zalmi at Karachi in 2018. Quetta Gladiators were third time lucky in 2019. Karachi Kings made history in 2020 as they beat their arch-rivals Lahore Qalandars at home.

    The PCB has also adopted the ICC’s recent playing conditions. If a side are not in a position to field their last over of the innings on scheduled time, one fewer fielder will be permitted outside of the 30-yard circle for the remaining overs of the innings. There will be reserve day for the final and in case a result is not achieved, then the side topping the group stage will be declared champions. Amendments in playing conditions are available here.

    To ensure the continuation of action in these unprecedented covid times, the PCB has allowed a side to field a playing XI based on all local players in case they are unable to field foreign players and the matches will go ahead if a side has at least 13 players available. The PCB has also created a pool of reserve players.

    Fans in Pakistan will be able to watch all the action in HD on A Sports and PTV Sports. HBL PSL 7 will be telecasted around the world on Fox Sports (Australia), Etisalat (Middle-East and North Africa), Flow Sports (Caribbean), Sky NZ (New Zealand), Sky Sports (United Kingdom), Sony (South Asia outside Pakistan), Super Sports (Sub-Saharan Africa) and Willow TV (North America).

    Daraz App will live-stream the action in Pakistan, while OTT platforms ICC TV and Tapmad will provide action in Andorra, Antarctica, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bouvet Island, Bouvet Island, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Cocos Island, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, East Timor, Ecuador, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Faroe islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guyana, Heard Island, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgystan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Caledonia, North Korea, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Vietnam and Venezuela.


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    Reports of first at the NSK last night - caused by electric cabling

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    A fire erupted in a make-shift commentary box at National Stadium Karachi for HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) event, which is set to begin tomorrow.

    According to the sources, the fire was caused due to short circuit in the power lines during the preparation for the marquee event last night.

    The sources confirmed that no casualties were reported.

    Following this incident, a PCB spokesperson confirmed that a fire brigade vehicle and personnel have been deployed at the stadium to deal with any emergency from now onward.

    It should be noted that the commentary box on the third floor of the National Stadium has been moved to the ground due to being part of the biosecure bubble of commentators and broadcasters.

    https://cricketpakistan.com.pk/en/ne...tadium-karachi
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    Reports of first at the NSK last night - caused by electric cabling

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    Reports of what? I didn't understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Reports of first at the NSK last night - caused by electric cabling

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    A fire erupted in a make-shift commentary box at National Stadium Karachi for HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) event, which is set to begin tomorrow.

    According to the sources, the fire was caused due to short circuit in the power lines during the preparation for the marquee event last night.

    The sources confirmed that no casualties were reported.

    Following this incident, a PCB spokesperson confirmed that a fire brigade vehicle and personnel have been deployed at the stadium to deal with any emergency from now onward.

    It should be noted that the commentary box on the third floor of the National Stadium has been moved to the ground due to being part of the biosecure bubble of commentators and broadcasters.

    https://cricketpakistan.com.pk/en/ne...tadium-karachi
    Chalo and so it begins

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    From a media report:

    The 20-minute opening ceremony for PSL 7 in Karachi cost nearly Rs25 million.

    Atif Aslam and Aima Baig performed the PSL anthem 'Agay Dekh' live at the opening ceremony.

    The event began with a video of PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja and Prime Minister Imran Khan, where the latter announced the opening of the game followed by a documentary highlighting the journey of cricket in Pakistan, featuring a voiceover by Raja.

    Paragliders also descended from the sky at one point, making a clean landing in the stadium.

    In contrast:

    More than Rs200 million was spent on last year's virtual PSL opening ceremony.

    Some bits of last year's opening ceremony were recorded in Turkey, Istanbul, and aired on TV due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, 20% crowd was in attendance.


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    After an enthralling 15-match Karachi-leg, the HBL Pakistan Super League 7 moves to Lahore. The last 19 matches of the season will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium as PCB’s marquee event returns to the headquarters of Pakistan cricket after a two-year gap.

    All six teams remain in contention of securing the top-four play-off slots. The 2020 champions Karachi Kings who lost all their five matches at their home ground (National Stadium, Karachi) are still in the hunt and can still claw their way back into the competition if they undergo a change of fortunes in Lahore.

    At the end of the Karachi-leg, Multan Sultans, the defending champions led by Mohammad Rizwan, are sitting pretty at the top of the points table with 10 points courtesy of their unbeaten run in Karachi (five matches, five wins).

    The 2016 and 2018 champions Islamabad United led by their in-form captain Shadab Khan occupy the second spot with six points (five matches, three wins, two defeats). Lahore Qalandars, led by Shaheen Shah Afridi also have the same points tally (five matches, three wins, two defeats) but their inferior run-rate compared to United has put them in the third spot.

    The 2019 champions Quetta Gladiators, led by Sarfaraz Ahmed are number four (five matches, two wins, three defeats) with four points. Wahab Riaz-led Peshawar Zalmi who won the title in 2017 occupy the fifth spot (five matches, two wins, three defeats) with as many points as the Gladiators but an inferior net run-rate.

    The Babar Azam-led 2020 champions Karachi Kings have had to endure a barren run in Karachi (five matches, five defeats) and are yet to register a point. They are languishing at the bottom of the points table – sixth spot.

    Qalandars opener Fakhar Zaman meanwhile is presently at the top of the run-getters list with 356 runs at 71.20 and a strike-rate of 173.65.

    Shadab who has been in red-hot form with both bat and ball, leads the bowlers list with 14 wickets from five games at 8.57 (economy rate 6.00).

    All six captains are looking forward to the Lahore-leg with the battle set to intensify for the prestigious HBL PSL trophy.

    Islamabad United - Shadab Khan: “I am really pleased with our performance in Karachi and despite a narrow loss to Lahore Qalandars, being top two on the points table at the half-way stage is impressive. The team has played the brand of cricket that we are known for and have shown full commitment which as a captain is all I ask for.

    “I am also happy with my own performances and contributing to the team's success, and want to continue to lead my team from the front. We are fully focused on not only qualifying for the play-offs but on regaining the trophy that we last won in 2018. The United squad is full of talent and the players in our squad are willing to give it their all for the team.

    “The Lahore-leg promises to be even more exciting with maximum attendance expected at the Gaddafi Stadium for the business end of the tournament and I am sure that the fans in Lahore will be as entertained as the Karachi fans were with some world-class performers from all six sides on show.”

    Karachi Kings - Babar Azam: “It has been a really tough start for us and we are left with no option but to win all our remaining five matches.

    “I am confident that the whole team will be upbeat and ready to make a turnaround when we take on Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday in our opening match of the Lahore-leg.”

    Lahore Qalandars - Shaheen Shah Afridi: “We played some outstanding cricket in Karachi in what was a very competitive start to the HBL PSL 7. At present, number three on the points table is not a bad position to be in as it keeps us in the hunt of a top-two finish and a potential advantage in the play-offs.

    “As a captain, I am pleased with the efforts the Qalandars have put in so far. Fakhar Zaman has been batting exceptionally well for us at the top of the innings and his consistency has been a major help to the side.

    “We have a quality bowling attack and I am confident that our bowling will win us matches in Lahore. The second-half of the tournament is at our home turf and I am sure we will receive impassioned support, backing and following at the Gaddafi Stadium, especially with a 100 per cent crowd towards the backend of the tournament. I would urge the Lahore fans to get ready for some world class entertainment and make their way to the GSL for the support of not only the Qalandars but the HBL PSL.”

    Multan Sultans - Mohammad Rizwan: “I am really proud of my players and support staff who have succeeded in sustaining the momentum that we gained in Abu Dhabi last season. As title defenders I really could not have asked for anything more from my team and they have been simply outstanding as reflected with our unbeaten record in the Karachi-leg.

    “I have simply asked my players to keep doing what they did in Karachi and avoid any complacent thoughts as we know that all our opponents have enough firepower in their ranks to catch us off guard any day of the tournament.

    “We are very excited to play the Multan Sultans’ brand of cricket in Lahore and entertain the fans there who would be seeing HBL PSL action at their own venue for the first time in nearly two years.”

    Peshawar Zalmi - Wahab Riaz: “The Karachi-leg didn’t go out as planned and we were not able to play to the best of our abilities. However, Peshawar Zalmi has always fought its way through in the HBL PSL and as always we have enough depth, class and experience in our squad for a turnaround in the Lahore-leg.

    “Our first aim in Lahore would be to register victories and ensure qualification in the play-offs. As we proved last year, once we are in the play-offs we become as dangerous and capable a side as any. Zalmi has a history of appearing in the HBL PSL finals regularly and this year we are as determined as ever to find a place in the final and repeat our 2017 success which we achieved at the Gaddafi Stadium.

    Quetta Gladiators - Sarfaraz Ahmed: “Our sensational victory against Lahore Qalandars has given us renewed hope and we are determined to carry on in the same vein in Lahore. Jason Roy made a memorable contribution for us and his presence at the top of the order has given us great firepower that I am sure will come in handy for us in Lahore.

    “We are really looking forward to the Lahore-leg and I am sure the cricket fans in Lahore are super excited to see us and the other teams in action from Thursday.

    “The Gladiators are known for fighting hard and despite some poor performances in the previous edition and the Karachi-leg, I firmly believe that we have the team strength and some incredibly skilled and experienced cricketers who can take us to the play-offs and beyond this season.

    “I am sure that the Gladiators would have a big fan following in Lahore and would support quality cricket from all six teams. I also want to thank Karachi fans who came out in big numbers despite the covid related challenges and created a wonderful atmosphere at the National Stadium especially during our chase against Qalandars on Monday.”


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