Pakistan Super League (PSL)

PSL: Pakistan Super League is a professional franchise comprising Twenty 20 Men’s cricket league. Its headquarter is located in Lahore and is administered by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). It was established in 2016. It comprises of six franchises representing various cities of Pakistan.

PSL is a breath of fresh air for Pakistan Cricket after a long spell of International isolation. It infused fresh blood into our cricketing line-up and brought Pakistan back into limelight. Security situation in Pakistan compelled the authorities to organize PSL matches in United Arab Emirates (UAE). That was a good decision choosing UAE as the venue for holding PSL as it has a considerable population of South Asian countries that are, naturally into the game of cricket.
The league is a single entity, which is financed by investors instead of functioning as independently owned teams. There are six teams representing six major cities of Pakistan namely:
1.    Islamabad United
2.    Karachi Kings
3.    Lahore Qalandars
4.    Peshawar Zalmi
5.    Quetta Gladiators
6.    Multan Sultans are bracing to join PSL in 2018.
Until now, it has held two tournaments, one in 2016 and next in 2017. Peshawar Zalmi is the current champions after defeating Quetta gladiators.

History

PSL is relatively new, commencing in September 2015. Former Team captains and veteran players, Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja became brand ambassadors of the league for three years. PSL played in Pakistan mostly comprised local players but in the first season of PSL played in UAE, international players were induced in greater numbers. PSL adopted draft system as a hiring process of international players like most North American professional leagues, unlike other T20 leagues, which used auction for the same.

Here are some interesting facts about PSL

It is a positive addition to Pakistani Sports calendar and gives hope, not only to Pakistani people for better rapport among international community but also for young budding cricketers who aspires to be the next Imran Khan and Javed Miandad of the next generation. It is a positive sign and hopefully with the improving security situation in Pakistan, PSL will finally come home and we will get to see our stars shining on our home grounds.

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