HBL Pakistan Super League or HBL PSL Pakistan Cricket Board’s Professional Twenty20 Cricket League tournament. After years of delay PCB announced to organize PSL in may 2015. In Sep 2015 formal announcement made. Investors were called to bid to purchase franchise teams of PSL in October 2015. In Dec 2015 drafting of Players and bidding of teams were completed. 5 teams franchises including Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators were auctioned for a collective sum of USD 93 million for a period of 10 years. This is the single largest investment by anybody in Pakistan’s sports sector. HBL PSL Matches will be played in two grounds in UAE. A total of 24 matches will be played in Inaugral session of HBL PSL with most matches to be played in Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
In an interview Najam Sethi, Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board said that Pakistan Super League might be second most famous Cricket league in upcoming years. Pakistan Super League got support from Paksitanis and people from other countries. Indian Batsman Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli Shown Support for Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings respectively. Numerous other players posted video in support of Pakistan Super league and wished to join PSL. PCB also shown interest for inclusion of Indian Players in PSL. BCCI Secretary Rajiv Shukla also said if a formal request came from PCB we will consider inclusion of Indian Players in PSL. However no further development was seen. Currently players from 9 different countries are participating in PSL.
Pakistan Super League PSL Teams
Multiple investors shown interest to purchase teams in Pakistan Super League. After scrutiny process 7 parties were called to bid for 5 teams. On 3, Dec 2015 bidding process was completed and 5 teams were sold. These 5 teams will participate in Inaugural session of HBL PSL.
1. Karachi Kings
Karachi Kings is the most expensive franchise of Pakistan Super League. Karachi Kings was purchased by Salman Iqbal of ARY Media group on Dec 3, 2015. With $26 million purchase Karachi Kings became the most expensive team in PSL. Karachi Kings selected Shoaib Malik as Icon Player and Captain. The team includes 5 Foriegn Players including Ravi Bopara, Lendl Simmons, James Vince, Tillakaratne Dilshan. Visit profile Page of Karachi Kings to read more about players, owners, brand ambassadors and complete list of players.
2. Lahore Qalandars
Lahore Qalandars is second most valued Team in HBL Pakistan Super League. The name was chosen to represent Sufi Culture of Punjab. Team logo also represents traditional cutlture and colors, Lahore Qalandars team was purchased by Qatar Lubricants Company for $24 million. Azhar Ali, captain of Pakistan’s ODI Team is also captain of Lahore Qalandars. The team contains some most vibrant T20 Players including Chris Gayle, Abdul Razzaq, Dwayne Bravo, Umer Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood and Yasir Shah. The team consists of most of young players. Check out complete list of Lahore Qalandar Players here.
3. Islamabad United
Islamabad United is Pakistan Super League’s franchise team that represents Pakistan Capital Islamabad. The name was chosen to show unity among players and Nation and hence Islamabad United. Their Slogan is “United We Win”. Shane Watson was picked up by Islamabad United as Icon Player while Misbah ul Haq was named as Captain of Islamabad United. This team also very strong in terms of players performances. They have chosen Magician Bowler Saeed Ajmal for their side while forigen players include Shane Watson, Andre Russel, Brad Haddin, Sam Billings and Samuel Badree. All of these players are match winners on their day. Pakistan’s ex pacer and Sultan of Swing Waseem Akram is current director of Islamabad United.
4. Peshawar Zalmi
Peshawar Zalmi Team was purchased by Haier Pakistan’s owner Javed Afridi in open bidding held for sale of 5 Franchises of Pakistan Super League. It represents capital of KPK Province Peshawar. Shahid Afridi the star all rounder of Pakistan’s T20 side and Captain is also Icon Player of Peshawar Zalmi. Shahdi Afridi will also act as Captain of Peshawar Zalmi. The team has 5 foriegn players including Tamim Iqbal, Brad Hodge, Darren Sammy, Jim Allenby, Dawid Malan and Liam Plunkett. This makes Peshawar Zalmi one of the strongest teams in Pakistan Super League. Check out Profile Page for complete list of Players of Peshawar Zalmi
5. Quetta Gladiators
Pakistani Business group Omar Associates purchased the Quetta Gladiators franchise for $11 million. This is the most young team in PSL. Sarfaraz Ahmed, the wicket keeper of Pakistan National Side is the Captain of Quetta Gladiators while Freelance batsman Kevin Peterson is Icon Player for Quetta Gladiators. The team has 7 Foreign Players including Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright, Elton Chigumbra, Muhammad Nabi, Thisara Perera, Kumar Sangakara and Jade Dernbach. The team announced that West Indies’ legendary cricketer Sir Viv Richards to metor Quetta Gladiators in PSL.
Pakistan Super League PSL Fixtures
PCB announced the schedule of Pakistan Super League. A total of 24 matches will be played between between 5 teams of PSL. After the initial round of matches four teams will qualify for the play-off matches. Top Team of Play off 1 will qualify for final match. The winner of 2nd Play off will have to play another Play-off 3 match against the runners up team of Play-off 1 match. The winner of this third play-off match will become 2nd finalist.
Here’s the complete schedule:
February 4 – Islamabad vs Quetta – Dubai
February 5 – Karachi vs Lahore, Peshawar vs Islamabad – Dubai
February 6 – Quetta vs Karachi, Lahore vs Peshawar – Dubai
February 7 – Islamabad vs Karachi, Quetta vs Peshawar – Dubai
February 8 – Lahore vs Quetta – Dubai
February 10 – Islamabad vs Lahore – Sharjah
February 11 – Karachi vs Peshawar, Islamabad vs Quetta – Sharjah
February 12 – Karachi vs Lahore, Peshawar vs Islamabad – Sharjah
February 13 – Quetta vs Karachi, Lahore vs Peshawar – Sharjah
February 14 – Islamabad vs Karachi, Quetta vs Peshawar – Sharjah
February 16 – Lahore vs Quetta – Dubai
February 17 – Karachi vs Peshawar, Islamabad vs Lahore – Dubai
February 19 – Playoff 1 [1st place vs 2nd place] – Dubai
February 20 – Playoff 2 [3rd place vs 4th place] – Dubai
February 21 – Playoff 3 [winner of playoff 2 vs loser of playoff 1] – Dubai
February 23 – Final [winner of playoff 1 vs winner of playoff 3]
For more information on PSL Schedule please visit PSL Fixtures Page.
PSL Logo and Brand Marketing
At a colorful event in Lahore on Sep, 21 2015 PCB Launched Pakistan Super League PSL Logo. Alot of celebrities and singer including Ali Azmat, Ali Zafar, Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Humaima Malick, Ayesha Omar, Iman Ali, Aijaz Aslam, Nadia Hussain, Urwa Hussain, Gohar Mumtaz, Farhan Saeed, Cybil Chaudhry from the entertainment industry participated in PSL Logo Launching Ceremony and shown support for Pakistan’s very own cricket League. Ramiz Raja and Waseem Akram was named as Brand Ambassadors for Pakistan Super League. PCB Launched different events with the participation of People from Show Biz and Media industry to promote the event. Karachi Kings hold their own Team launching event in Karachi.
HBL Pakistan Super League 2016 PSL’s matched will be played in two locations in UAE. Out of 24 Matches in the starting session, 15 matches will be played in Dubai International Cricket Stadium while rest of the 9 matches will be played in Sharjah International Cricket Stadium. See here for complete list of matches, venues and fixtures.
On 15 jan 2015, PCB announced Worldwide sale of Tickets for HBL Pakistan Super League 2016. The tickets are available in 5 different categories.
|1||General East and General West Stand, Dubai International Cricket Stadium||AED 20.00|
|2||International East and International West Stand, Dubai International Cricket Stadium||AED 40.00|
|3||Premium East and Premium West Stand, Dubai International Cricket Stadium||AED 80.00|
|4||Platinum category Stand, Dubai International Cricket Stadium||AED 220.00|
Pakistan Super League tickets are also available on our website at discounted rates. You can check PSL Tickets Page to know more about the PSL Tickets and how to purchase.
PSL Points Table
Here are the Current Pakistan Super League Standing. The PSL Points Table was updated regularly after each match. Here are the Pakistan Super League points table after the end of league matches.
PSL Broadcasting & Media Rights
Pakistan Cricket Board have only two broadcasting media partners PTV Sports and Ten Sports at home for all of their matches and series. Same two media groups got the rights to broadcast PSL for 3 years. The deal was made around $15 million. London based Sunset is the official TV Production partner.
PSL Title Sponsors
The largest corporate bank of Pakistan Habib Bank Limited – HBL purchased the title sponsorship rights of Pakistan Super League for 3 years. The league is now officially called as HBL Pakistan Super League of HBL PSL. “HBL’s association with Pakistan Super League is another indication of established brands partnering with the league,” said Najam Sethi. According to sources HBL invested more than $6 million for Title Sponsorship.
PSL Live Streaming
Live Streaming information is updated for each match on PSL News Section