Update (Feb. 19, 2021): According to a press release by the Pakistan Cricket Board, the opening ceremony of PSL 6 is going to be an event to remember. It is scheduled for Feb. 20, 2021. Many world-famous Pakistani singers will perform at this colourful event. After the ceremony, the opening match between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators will further raise the excitement level of PSL fans.
UPDATE (Jan.27, 2021): Thanks to an extension of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and SNTV’s partnership, the latter will provide access to highlights of Pakistan Super League 2021 from each match across the world, to more than 1,200 clients.
Cricket may not be the national sport of Pakistan but it has remained, arguably, the country’s most popular sport for decades. In fact, passion for the game among Pakistanis has kickstarted a whole new genre: street cricket, which is played by people of all ages. Taking the sport’s widespread popularity to a whole new level, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) introduced Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2015. Since then, the cricket series has been organised annually and lauded by millions of die-hard cricket fans across the world.
The schedule of PSL 2020 cricket matches was affected after the Covid-19 virus outbreak. However, the remaining matches were resumed after an almost 8-month long break and the event was successfully completed. Despite the pandemic, preparations for the sixth edition of PSL are in full swing. The event is expected to begin in February this year. Similar to the schedule of last year’s event, all of the PSL 2021 matches will be held in Pakistan.
Owing to the coronavirus precautions, the matches will take place in only two cities: Karachi and Lahore. As per the latest updates on PSL 6, only 30% of spectators will be allowed to witness live cricket in the stadiums. These figures are tentative as the final decision is yet to be made. Now that PSL 2021 is just around the corner, let’s learn more about this exhilarating series.
PSL – An Overview
Pakistan Super League is a cricket series based on a group of teams named after the six major cities of Pakistan including Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar Zalmi, Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators. One of the most interesting things about this cricket event is that the squads of all these teams do not entirely feature local players, in fact, some of the most renowned international players are also invited to be a part of these teams. Another factor that significantly adds to the excitement of PSL is that this event is based on a series of T20 cricket matches. The Pakistani cricket event is also recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
History of PSL
It all started in 2016 when the first official edition of the Pakistan Super League was organised in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The event received an overwhelming response from local as well as international cricket fans. Let’s take a quick look at the history of PSL—the winners and high achievers of all the previous four editions of the series.
Highlights of PSL 1 (2016)
|Player of the Series||Ravi Bopara of Karachi Kings|
|Most Run Scorer||Umar Akmal (334 Runs)|
Highlights of PSL 2 (2017)
|Host Country(s)||UAE, Pakistan|
|Player of the Series||Kamran Akmal of Peshawar Zalmi|
|Most Run Scorer||Kamran Akmal (353 Runs)|
Highlights of PSL 3 (2018)
|Host Country(s)||UAE, Pakistan|
|Player of the Series||Luke Ronchi of Islamabad United|
|Most Run Scorer||Luke Ronchi (435 Runs)|
Highlights of PSL 4 (2019)
|Host Country(s)||UAE, Pakistan|
|Player of the Series||Shane Watson of Quetta Gladiators|
|Most Run Scorer||Shane Watson (423)|
Highlights of PSL 5 (2020)
|Player of the Series||Babar Azam|
|Most Run Scorer||Babar Azam (473)|
Revival of International Cricket In Pakistan
The absence of international cricket in Pakistan was strongly felt by millions of cricket fans in the country. Much to the joy of Pakistanis, the PSL final of 2017 marked the return of international cricket to the country. It was held in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, This event also served as a strong indicator of the improved security situation in Pakistan.
Pakistan Super League, therefore, majorly contributed to the revival of international cricket in Pakistan after almost a decade.
PSL 2021’s Official Song
With the magical voices of Naseebo Lal and Aima Baig as well as the outstanding singing talent of The Young Stunners, the newly-released official anthem of PSL 6 ‘Groove Mera’ has become a hit. Check out its video below!
PSL 2021 Teams
PSL 6 Team Squad
All of the six teams participating in PSL 2021 have announced their squads. You’ll get to see many renowned international players in PSL 2021 squad including Chris Gayle, David Miller, Chris Lynn, Tom Banton, and Rashid Khan as well as your favourite local cricket stars. So, let’s take a closer look at PSL 6 teams.
|Islamabad United||Shadab Khan (C), Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Chris Jordan, Hasan Ali,Faheem Ashraf, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt,Zafar Gohar, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir,Reece Topley, Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Akif Javed,|
|Karachi Kings||Imad Wasim (C), Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nabi,Sharjeel Khan, Colin Ingram, Chadwick Walton, Dan Christian,Danish Aziz, Joe Clarke, Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Ilyas, Amir Yamin,Arshad Iqbal, Zeeshan Malik, Noor Ahmed, Qasim Akram.|
|Peshawar Zalmi||Wahab Riaz (C), Imam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Kamran Akmal,David Miller, Sherfane Rutherford, Ravi Bopara, Amad Butt, Haider Ali,Mohammad Irfan Sr, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Imran Randhawa,Umaid Asif, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Amir Khan.|
|Multan Sultan||Shan Masood (C), Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, Rilee Rossouw,Sohail Tanvir, Chris Lynn, Imran Tahir, Carlos Brathwaite, Khushdil Shah,James Vince, Adam Lyth, Imran Khan Sr., Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaibullah,Mohammad Umar, Shahnawaz Dhani, Sohail Khan, Usman Qadir.|
|Lahore Qalandar||Sohail Akhtar (C), Mohammad Hafeez, Rashid Khan, Haris Rauf,Ben Dunk, Fakhar Zaman, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Dilbar Hussain,David Wiese, Tom Abell, Zaid Alam, Zeshan Ashraf, Joe Denly,Samit Patel, Salman Ali Agha, Maaz Khan, Ahmed Danyal, Mohammad Faizan|
|Quetta Gladiators||Sarfaraz Ahmed (C), Chris Gayle, Cameron Delport, Azam Khan,Mohammad Hasnain, Ben Cutting, Dale Steyn, Tom Banton,Nasim Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Abdul Nasir, Qais Ahmed, Arish Ali,Usman Shinwari, Zahid Mahmood, Usman Khan, Saim Ayub.|
PSL 2021 Venues
As per the latest updates on PSL 2021, Karachi, and Lahore are the two cities chosen to host the entire season of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League. Let’s get to know more about the number of matches to be hosted and seating capacity in the National Stadium, Karachi, and Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, which are two of the most popular stadiums in Pakistan.
|PSL 2021 Venues||No. of Matches to be Hosted||Seating Capacity|
|National Stadium, Karachi||20||35,000|
|Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||14||27,000|
PSL 2021 Complete Schedule
Let’s take a quick look at the PSL 2021 schedule of all 34 matches that are going to be held in Karachi, and Lahore.
|20th February||Opening ceremony followed by Quetta Gladiators vs. Karachi Kings||National Stadium, Karachi|
|21st February||Lahore Qalandars vs. Peshawar Zalmi||National Stadium, Karachi|
|21st February||Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans||National Stadium, Karachi|
|22nd February||Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators||National Stadium, Karachi|
|23rd February||Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi||National Stadium, Karachi|
|24rd February||Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings||National Stadium, Karachi|
|26th February||Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans||National Stadium, Karachi|
|26th February||Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators||National Stadium, Karachi|
|27th February||Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans||National Stadium, Karachi|
|27th February||Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi||National Stadium, Karachi|
|28th February||Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars||National Stadium, Karachi|
|1st March||Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators||National Stadium, Karachi|
|3nd March||Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi||National Stadium, Karachi|
|3rd March||Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators||National Stadium, Karachi|
|4th March||Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars||National Stadium, Karachi|
|5th March||Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans||National Stadium, Karachi|
|6th March||Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators||National Stadium, Karachi|
|7th March||Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators||National Stadium, Karachi|
|10th March||Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|11th March||Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|12th March||Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|12th March||Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|13th March||Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|13th March||Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|14th March||Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|14th March||Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|15th March||Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|15th March||Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|18th March||Qualifier Match||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|19th March||Eliminator Match 1||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|20th March||Eliminator Match 2||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|22nd March||PSL 2021 Final Match||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
PSL 2021 Ticket Prices
PSL 2021 ticket prices will range from PKR 250 to PKR 4000 for different enclosures in Karachi and Lahore stadiums. For the convenience of cricket fans and keeping in view the coronavirus SOPs, HBL—the official sponsor of the sixth edition of Pakistan Super League 2021—has partnered with Yayvo.com for the availability of PSL 2021 tickets online. Here’s how to buy them.
How to Buy PSL 2021 Tickets Online?
- Visit Yayvo.com, the official online ticket selling partners of the event.
- On the website, you can easily pick the ticket of the match you want to spectate.
- In the next step, you have to fill out the necessary information to finalize the purchase.
- You can either go for online payments via your credit/debit card or pay cash upon receiving the ticket.
- In case you have selected the “cash on delivery” option, you’ll be provided with a unique order number.
- You can easily collect your Ticket from any of your nearest TCS Express Center.
- Tickets will neither be Refundable nor Exchangeable.
This brings us to the end of our overview of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League. Stay tuned for the latest updates on PSL 2021. If you have any questions or feedback regarding our blog, feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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