Pakistan Super League PSL 2016

Pakistan Super League PSL 2016The Pakistan Super League T20 is finally on and with the Habib Bank Limited being announced the title sponsors for the first 3 years of the league, it sure sounds like it is here to stay! PSL 2016 tickets go on sale worldwide.

The HBL PSL is the premier professional T20 cricket league in Pakistan which has been in the pipeline for years now, which is why there’s so much anticipation around it. The trophy will be awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

After years of battling security concerns and inner hassles, the authorities have lined up a set of spectacular contests. The matches will be held, 24 in all, from February 4-24, 2016 just before the World T20.

The authorities have intelligently chosen February as it doesn’t hold any other T20 event in the main. Every step is being taken to ensure smooth transactions of PSL tickets; sale of merchandise, building up of brand equity and smoothing the broadcasting rights.

PSL Teams:

The inaugural edition of the PSL Pakistan Super League 2016 will see five teams participating in it with each team representing a city. However, plans are in place for an expansion of the PSL to be a 10-team league within the next five years (do let us know how many teams would you like!)

The league will be played in place of the existing Haier T20 Cup and is expected to draw highly skilled players from all over the world, and currently has players signed from approximately 10 different countries. Pakistani players, obviously, will constitute the majority of the players in the league.

80 players including 25 graded international players will make their presence felt in the tournament that promises $1, 00, 000 to the winning team. It also promises plenty of excitement as teams from Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Lahore take part in the PSL.

Of course, what takes priority is the level of cricket played. Given that each team is allowed a maximum of 16 players, 80 players will participate in the PSL, of which 55 will be local players while the other 25 will be internationals. Quality international coaches have been roped to manage the five teams with precision and bite.

Former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja have been roped in as brand ambassadors of the tournament for the next three years. The likes of Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Dwayne Bravo, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews among others have all given their names for the PSL Draft which will take place later in the year.

The league will use a draft system – similar to the National Football League in the United States for player recruitment as opposed to the auction system which is used in other popular T20 leagues across the world.

The Pakistan t20 league will not be played in Pakistan but instead will be based out of UAE. All matches would be played at two grounds – Dubai and Sharjah cricket stadiums which was confirmed by the PCB in September 2015. Earlier there were plans for the tournament to be played in Doha but that was changed back to UAE where the tournament will be played now.

The cricketing fans are all eagerly awaiting the kick-off and planning their sojourns in advance. This should be a cracker of a tournament to behold and you can get all the information for it in the days to come on this site.

185 comments… add one
  • Raja Mustaqeem Feb 7, 2016, 7:01 am

    I am disappointed on islambad united ….they have choosen the worse captain …Misba

    • Kashif Hussain Feb 8, 2016, 9:10 am

      Why is Misbah a bad captian ? Malik had lost the same with probably a better team does that make him worse ?

    • Majid Rahaman Sk Feb 8, 2016, 3:30 pm

      I think misbah is a better captain than Shoaib Malik . He is the all time worst captain of Pakistan.

  • Rana usman Feb 7, 2016, 4:49 pm

    PSL is just pissed of due to bad management they just made spin tracks and matches are very long scoring. No one watches a 120 runs match . Spinners are just killing every star.
    Every thing is just vanished due to bloody tracks. People like T20 for boundaries and high scoring matches. Is there any adventure in 100 or 110 runs game.
    It’s redicilous

  • Muhammad Feb 7, 2016, 8:12 pm

    Doing practice in pak , playing matches on flat pitches , then going for series in other countries, our players are suffering a lot from all this …and for T20 batting pitches are more entertaining …

  • shafiq Feb 8, 2016, 4:52 am

    Azhar Ali dunya ka 3rd class batsman hy ODI aur T20 ka. kisi club ka match dekh len to unka opening stand b azhar ki opning sse kahin bahtar hoga.

    Azhar Ali ko T20 main khilane wala dunya ka ahmaq tareen insaan hy. Muhammad Rizwan b T20 ka player nahi hy

    mazeed zulm ye huwa k Azhar Ali jese 3rd class palyer ko lahore ka captain bana diya gaya. jis player ko t20 team k kareeb b nahi ane dena chahye tha usay captain hi bana diya? subha nallah

  • Moe Feb 8, 2016, 12:09 pm

    Y’all need to stop winning like a lil baby. Be thankful that this shitt Started. It took so much time and effort for it all to begin. Look at other leagues, they all started way before psl and why it took pakistan so long, just think about it and please stop COMPLAINING

  • Arsalan Feb 8, 2016, 12:59 pm

    Please Make batting pitches not bowling pitches!!!!!!!

  • adnan hameed Feb 8, 2016, 5:08 pm

    sir it would be very nice to see the matches if geta bigger target at the end……its a balling pitch it should be converted to batting pitch for more entertainment please

  • Fahim Hanifa Feb 8, 2016, 6:26 pm

    Hi.salam I am from Sri Lanka I very love this psl tournament also my support for Lahore qalandors must every years we watch this tournament. Thanks FAHIMHANIFFA

  • Anas Feb 8, 2016, 7:46 pm

    I would really want to see maximum 8 teams next year to make it more interesting. As for international players I would like Ab de Villiers, David miller, David Warner, Faf du plesis, Glenn Maxwell and Jos Butler for interesting and enjoying cricket.Thank you PCB

  • Musrikh Feb 9, 2016, 3:04 am

    Its good ! Any team win the PSl its win Pakistan

  • muhammad irshad Feb 9, 2016, 6:09 am

    game hy es ky bary kuche nahi keh sakty
    insha allah united apny form ky sath khely ga

  • Rahim dad Feb 10, 2016, 3:11 am

    Azhar Ali ki ODI MAIN JAGA NI T20 to dooor ki bat .i thik abi b time hai unki jaga kisi naye player ko chance dain ta k captan talash kia ja sakay

  • M Shahzad Saeed Feb 10, 2016, 8:29 am

    Why as a pakistani we are not respecting our legends. We people forget about the legendri ABDUL RAZAQ. We won so many matches because of his tail ending hitting but i am feeling sad to say that we all forget him and the team LAHORE QALANDER captain and owner are insulting him. These shame full for them and as well as for us.

    • Imran Pervaiz Feb 11, 2016, 6:52 am

      Gree with you… Shahzad

    • Imran Pervaiz Feb 11, 2016, 6:52 am

      Agree with you… Shahzad

  • Imran Pervaiz Feb 11, 2016, 6:15 am

    Please add full scorecard of all the matches on the site to make it more attractive.

  • m bilal Feb 11, 2016, 8:41 am

    The pitches doesn’t matter. Good batsman will show their quality. That’s where u know what qualities they have. Azhar ali is a test player. No place for him in odi’s & t20’s. This league will help building the pak team as long as our selectors are honest & not selecting their loved ones.

  • Fahad Feb 11, 2016, 8:59 pm

    Why azhar ali captain of lhr????why spin tracks instead of flate as pakis wil have to bear in cmg t20wc, still I feel the spirit of true cricket in psl as no cheerleaders wearing shorts portraying themselves like walking porn… give them time to get mature…keep it up

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