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HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 – An Overview

HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 – An Overview

PSL 2021 is almost here and if you are looking for the highlights and complete overview, we have you covered with this blog.

Cricket is, without any doubt, one of the most popular sports in the world. Although the sport has been originated in England, Pakistan is one of the many countries where the passion for game touches the sky and it is evident via street cricket and local tournaments. Considering the primitive passion and widespread fame of the game among common people, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) introduced a new genre of the game called ‘Pakistan Super League’ (PSL) in 2015.

Keep scrolling this blog as we share the most exhilarating parts of this annual event!

More About Pakistan Super League 2021

Pakistan Super League – most popularly known as PSL – is a unique tournament series like ODI, IPL, Test matches, etc. The only thing that set it apart is that it is played within the country between six major cities including Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, and Quetta. It is recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

There are more than one most interesting things about the league, but something that deserves a mention is that the event is quite similar to T20 cricket series.

The squads in the PSL do not only feature the top cricketers of Pakistan, but some teams also include most renowned international players. Darren Sammy, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Luke Ronchi, Shane Watson, and Tom Banton are some mentions in this regard.

PSL at a Glance

Although the league was established in 2015 with five teams, the very first match of Pakistan Super League was played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2016. After receiving a tremendous response from cricket fans across the world, the series continued to exist as an association to Pakistani cricket.

If you’ve missed any of the previous series, we have highlighted the essential information you would need to stay updated including winning team, high achievers, and the name of hosting country.

HIGHLIGHTS OF PSL 1

Year: 2016

Hosting CountryUAE
Winning TeamIslamabad United
Player of the SeriesRavi Bopara of Karachi Kings
Most Run ScorerUmar Akmal (334 Runs)

HIGHLIGHTS OF PSL 2

Year: 2017

Hosting CountryUAE and Pakistan
Winning TeamPeshawar Zalmi
Player of the SeriesKamran Akmal of Peshawar Zalmi
Most Run ScorerKamran Akmal (353 Runs)

HIGHLIGHTS OF PSL 3

Year: 2018

Hosting CountryUAE and Pakistan
Winning TeamIslamabad United
Player of the SeriesLuke Ronchi of Islamabad United
Most Run ScorerLuke Ronchi (435 Runs)

HIGHLIGHTS OF PSL 4

Year: 2019

Hosting CountryUAE and Pakistan
Winning TeamQuetta Gladiators
Player of the SeriesShane Watson of Quetta Gladiators
Most Run ScorerShane Watson (423)

HIGHLIGHTS OF PSL 5

Year: 2020

Hosting CountryPakistan
Winning TeamKarachi Kings
Player of the SeriesBabar Azam of Karachi Kings
Most Run ScorerBabar Azam (473)

Significance of PSL

Psl 2021 Schedule
PSL revived international cricket in Pakistan

After the 2009 incident with the Sri Lankan cricket team, Pakistani cricket lovers were abandoned from enjoying international cricket. But thanks to PCB, the final match of PSL 2017 brought cricket back home

The first match of the series was held in the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. 

While PSL revived international cricket in Pakistan, it’s not the only significance of the league. PSL plays an important role in discovering fresh and talented individuals from the corners of the country.

PSL Teams 2021

Six teams of Pakistan Super League
PSL features six teams from different cities of Pakistan

Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar Zalmi, Multan Sultans, and Quetta Gladiators are the teams from six major cities of Pakistan.

PSL 2021 Squad

We have mentioned the recent squad that are going to play from each team in 2021:

C= Captain

TeamsSquad
Islamabad UnitedPakistani Players
Shadab Khan (C)
Faheem Ashraf
Hussain Talat
Asif Ali
Muhammad Musa
Zafar Gohar
Hasan Ali
Rohail Nazir
Iftikhar Ahmed
Mohammad Wasim
Ahemd Saifi Abdullah
Akif Javed
Fawad Ahmed
Ali Khan
International Players
Alex Hales
Lewis Gregory
Phil Salt
Paul Stirling
Karachi KingsPakistani Players
Imad Wasim (C)
Babar Azam
Mohammad Amir
Aamer Yamin
Sharjeel Khan
Waqas Maqsood
Arshad Iqbal
Mohammad Nabi
Danish Aziz
Mohammad Ilyas
Zeeshan Malik
Qasim Akram
Noor Ahmed
Abbas Afridi
International Players
Colin Ingram
Dan Christian
Chadwick Walton
Joe Clarcke
Peshawar ZalmiPakistani Players
Wahab Riaz (C)
Shoaib Malik
Kamran Akmal
Haider Ali
Mujeeb-Ur-Rehman
Amad Butt
Umaid Asif
Saqib Mahmood
Imam-Ul-Haq
Mohammad Imran
Mohammad Irfan
Abrar Ahmed
Mohammad Imran
Mohammad Amir Khan
International Players
David Miller
Sherfane Rutherford
Ravi Bopara
Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Multan SultanPakistani players
Mohammad Rizwan (C)
 Shahid Afridi
Sohail Tanvir
 Imran Tahir
 Khushdil Shah
Usman Qadir
 Sohail Khan
 Sohaib Maqsood
 Shan Masood
Sohaibullah
Shahnawaz Dhani
 Mohammad Umar
 Imran Khan
International Players
Rilee Rossow
James Vince
Chris Lynn
Adam Lyth
Carlos Brathwaite
Lahore QalandarPakistani Players
Sohail Akhter (C)
Mohammad Hafeez
Shaheen Afridi
Fakhar Zaman
Haris Rauf
Dilbar Hussain
Rashid Khan
Zeeshan Ashraf
Agha Salman
Mohammad Faizan
Maaz Khan
Mohammad Zaid
Ahmed Daniyal
International Players
David Wiese
Ben Dunk
Samit Patel
Tom Abell
Joe Denly
Quetta GladiatorsPakistani Players
Sarfaraz Ahmed (C)
Mohammad Hasnain
Mohammad Nawaz
Azam Khan
 Naseem Shah
 Zahid Mahmood
 Anwar Ali
Usman Shinwari
Qais Ahmed
Abdul Nasir
Saim Ayub
Arish Ali Khan
Usman Khan
International Players
Ben Cutting
Chris Gayle
Tom Banton
Cameron Delport
Dale Steyn
Faf Du Plesis

HBL PSL Anthem 2021

HBL PSL releases promo songs for the series every year to boost the spirits of cricket fans. Here’s the video of PSL anthem 2021:

PSL Venues in 2021

 Psl 2021 Venue
The opening ceremony would be held in National Stadium Karachi
Credits: PSL (Official Facebook)

Looking for the latest updates on PSL 2021 venues? Well, we’ve it covered under this section.

Due to safety concerns (Coronavirus), only two cities will be hosting the matches, Karachi and Lahore. On a side note, these are the two most popular stadiums in Pakistan.

PSL 2021 VenuesNo. of matches to be hostedSeating Capacity
National Stadium, Karachi2035,000
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore1427,000

Note: Considering the current need for social distancing and SOPs, the cricket stadiums will only be filled upto 30% of capacity.

PSL 2021 Schedule

Pakistan Super League 2021 will start in the month of February. The opening ceremony will be held on 20th February in National Stadium, Karachi.

Furthermore, the performing artists for the opening ceremony of PSL 6 are Atif Aslam, Aima Baig, Young Stunners, Naseebo Lal and Imran Khan. 

We have mentioned below the PSL 2021 Schedule:

DateVenueTeams 
20th FebruaryNational Stadium, KarachiQuetta Gladiators Vs. Karachi Kings
21st February National Stadium, KarachiLahore Qalandars Vs. Peshawar ZalmiIslamabad United Vs. Multan Sultan
22nd FebruaryNational Stadium, KarachiLahore Qalandars Vs. Quetta Gladiators
23rd FebruaryNational Stadium, KarachiMultan Sultan Vs. Peshawar Zalmi
24th FebruaryNational Stadium, KarachiIslamabad United Vs. Karachi Kings
26th FebruaryNational Stadium, KarachiLahore Qalandars Vs. Multan SultanPeshawar Zalmi Vs. Quetta Gladiators
27th FebruaryNational Stadium, KarachiKarachi Kings Vs. Multan SultanIslamabad United Vs. Peshawar Zalmi
28th FebruaryNational Stadium, KarachiKarachi Kings Vs. Lahore Qalandars
1st MarchNational Stadium, KarachiIslamabad United Vs. Quetta Gladiators
3rd MarchNational Stadium, KarachiKarachi Kings Vs. Peshawar ZalmiMultan Sultan Vs. Quetta Gladiators
4th MarchNational Stadium, KarachiIslamabad United Vs. Lahore Qalandars
5th MarchNational Stadium, KarachiKarachi Kings Vs. Multan Sultan
6th March National Stadium, KarachiIslamabad united Vs. Quetta Gladiators
7th MarchNational Stadium, KarachiMultan Sultan Vs. Quetta Gladiators
10th MarchGaddafi Stadium, LahoreKarachi Kings Vs. Peshawar Zalmi
11th MarchGaddafi Stadium, LahoreLahore Qalandars Vs. Quetta Gladiators
12th MarchGaddafi Stadium, LahoreMultan Sultan Vs. Peshawar ZalmiIslamabad United Vs. Lahore Qalandars
13th MarchGaddafi Stadium, LahoreKarachi Kings Vs. Quetta GladiatorsIslamabad United Vs. Multan Sultan
14th MarchGaddafi Stadium, LahorePeshawar Zalmi Vs. Quetta GladiatorsKarachi Kings Vs. Lahore Qalandars
15th MarchGaddafi Stadium, LahoreIslamabad United Vs. Peshawar ZalmiLahore Qalandars Vs. Multan Sultans
18th MarchGaddafi Stadium, LahoreQualifier Match
19th MarchGaddafi Stadium, LahoreEliminator Match 1
20th MarchGaddafi Stadium, LahoreEliminator Match 2
22nd MarchGaddafi Stadium, LahorePSL 6 Final

PSL Ticket Prices in 2021

Psl Tickets Online
The details of the tickets and their prices are available on the official website
Credits: PSL (official Twitter)

Nobody can deny the fact that the experience of watching cricket in a stadium is exceptional and doesn’t compete with sitting behind the screen and dealing with annoying advertisements flashing every now and then. Besides, you get live updates and you can share them with your social circle before they can see it on TV.

The information on PSL 2021 ticket prices can be obtained from the official website of Pakistan Cricket Board, HBL Pakistan Super League, and other such websites. You can also use these platforms to make bookings for your friends and family.  The prices may start from PKR 500 to PKR 5000, depending on the enclosure, stadiums, and type. For your convenience, we have shared the different categories in the below-mentioned table:

Ticket CategoryTicket Range in PKR
General500 – 2,000
First Class2,000 – 4,000
Premium1,000 – 3,000
VIP3,000 – 5,000

PSL 2021 Live Streaming

Pakistan Super League 2021 will be live streamed for cricket lovers all over the world. Some of the streaming services for various countries are as follows:

Pakistan: PTV sports, Geo Super, Jazz TV, Mjunnon TV, Tapmad, BSports and YouTube.

India: DSport, CricHD, Smartcric, hotstar

Canada: CriketGateway

UK: Sky Sports Cricket

USA: Willow TV, Cricket Gateway

These are the updated details of PSL 2021. We have shared with you an overview of PSL, its significance, the participating players and their teams. 

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