PSL 2018: Islamabad United to face Quetta Gladiators in a Pre Exhibition
Islamabad United beat Quetta Gladiators by 59 runs
Gladiators vs United Pre Exhibition Match Prediction 15 Feb 2018
The Pakistan Super League will kick off on February 22 but the the PSL franchises Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators will feature in a pre-tournament exhibition game at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi a week before that match on February 15.
Why the game? The reason behind organising this pre-tournament encounter is to ensure some kind of an excitement in the lead-up to the third season of the PSL. Speaking to the media, Islamabad United’s owner Ali Naqvi said:
We want to launch this pre-tournament match to create an excitement ahead for the event – PSL. This will be happening for the first time in the history of PSL.
The game will count as an all-star event with Pakistan’s top players from the present and the past featuring in and reprising the two sides. And Naqvi was clear the sole purpose for the game was to try and create the necessary hype instead of generating revenue for the tournament.
Moin Khan supported the decision to hold the game and said:
Me and Abdul Razzaq will be there in this match. Besides there will be other former stars featuring in this match. Some celebrities will also be there to create an excitement.
Interestingly, the former keeper also said that the two teams could feature in another game at the end of the PSL-3, which will be played in Quetta. He added: “It will be very good for the people of Quetta and entire province of Balochistan.” Moin revealed they had been given a verbal confirmation for cooperation for this tie in Quetta.
Misbah-ul-Haq, who was also present at the occasion, said there will be a lot of talented players who would be involved during this game and it would be interesting for the fans to watch the game.