CRICKET: Pakistan Super League Kicks Off!

Pakistan Super League cricketThe PSL Pakistan Super League 2017 is scheduled to begin on 9th February 2017 in United Arab Emirates (UAE). The PSL will be broadcast live on StarSat, Sports Premium, channel 246, from the 9th February to the 7th March.

The 2nd season of PSL in 2017 will have the same five franchise teams as finalized in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) during the first season of 2016. International players have been roped in for the 2nd season of Pakistan Super League PSL 2017 in UAE with players from major cricket playing nations of Australia, England, Bangladesh, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and others.

The opening ceremony and the first match will be played on Feb 9th with the final taking place in Lahore on March 7. The number of matches has been increased from 16 to 18.

The 2017 season will be  tournament will be longer as well consisting of four weeks this year with a larger contingent of international players.

PSL 217 Schedule

 

The reputation of England’s players as exciting practitioners of the shortest version of the game is clearly on display as they represent the joint largest contingent of players from one country who were selected in the draft process.

Thus, in Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Luke Wright, Tymal Mills, David Willey, Sam Billings and Ben Duckett, there is more than enough firepower to set the tournament alight.

While among the hundred players chosen by the franchises, 66 of Pakistan’s finest will be present – experienced campaigners such as Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez, rubbing shoulders with the equally exciting names of Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Imad Wasim and Sharjeel Khan.

Pakistan’s younger talent is also well represented in the shape of Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Asghar and the rapidly improving and record-breaking batsman Babar Azam.

Ravi Bopara (L) and Chris Gayle (C) are two big names set to turn out for the Karachi Kings team
Ravi Bopara (L) and Chris Gayle (C) are two big names set to turn out for the Karachi Kings team

In terms of overseas players, Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Kumar Sangakkara and Shane Watson add extra star-power to the tournament.

The limelight may well be on the star-performers above, but the presence of a number of high-profile mentors associated with the franchises such as the great West Indian batsman Sir Vivian Richards (Quetta Gladiators), the ‘Sultan of Swing’ Wasim Akram (Islamabad United) and the hugely popular Younus Khan (Peshawar Zalmi) is sure to add more glitter to the tournament.

The players in the previous edition spoke about immense benefits from the presence of mentors for the improvement of their game and this tradition is set to continue.

On the negative side, there may rightly be some criticism due to the inclusion of a large number of foreign players and with three of the five teams having foreign captains.

In the 2016 season the Peshawar Zaimi topped the charts with the best run rates compared to the Islamabad United.The first ever edition of the Pakistan Super League T20 ended on February 23, 2016 with Islamabad United winning the title after defeating Quetta Gladiators in the final of the tournament. This year is a gamble and the teams have been revitalized with a number of key international players, we can expect an upset in the PSL Standings for 2017.

Pakistan Super Leage Standings 2016

Among the five sides, Lahore Qalandars faced the bitter end of disappointment as they failed to qualify for the final four. Despite having a strong squad with names like Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, they managed to win just two matches out of the eight.

PSL Teams

The official teams list include 4 provincial teams & one federal team (Islamabad) that are set to take part in the inaugural season.

PSL Franchises & Owners

ARY Group purchased Karachi for $2.6 million
Qatar Oil purchased Lahore for $2.4 million
Leonine Global Sports purchased Islamabad for $1.5 million
Haier purchased Peshawar for $1.6 million
Omar Associates purchased Quetta for $1.1 million

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