Pakistan Super League

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Pakistan Super League
Official logo of Pakistan Super League.png
Countries Pakistan
Administrator PCB
Format Twenty20
First edition 2016
Latest edition 2021
Next edition 2022
Tournament format Double round robin and playoffs
Number of teams 6
Current champion Multan Sultans (1st title)
Most successful Islamabad United (2 titles)
Most runs Babar Azam (2070) [1]
Most wickets Wahab Riaz (94) [2]
TV List of Broadcasters
Website PSL-T20.com

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league contested during February and March of every year by six teams representing six cities in Pakistan. The league was founded on 9 September 2015 with five teams by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Instead of operating as an association of independently owned teams, the league is a single entity in which each franchise is owned and controlled by investors. From 2021, The PSL will have an exclusive window in the ICC Future Tours Programme. [3]

Contents

Each team playing matches in double round robin format; the top four teams with the best record qualify for the playoffs and culminates in the championship game, the PSL Cup Final. The league is based in the Pakistan Cricket Board office in Lahore.

There have currently been six seasons of the PSL. Islamabad United has the 2 titles, being the most successful team of PSL. The current defending champions are Multan Sultans, who won the 2021 season.

History

Establishment

In September 2015, the Pakistan Cricket Board officially announced the launch of the PSL. Former Pakistani national team captains Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja signed up to promote the PSL and become brand ambassadors of the league for three years. [4]

After several years of planning and two previous failed attempts, [5] [6] the league officially began on 4 February 2016 in the United Arab Emirates where Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari, alongside Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, inaugurated the opening ceremony. [7] The first two seasons included five teams based on the capital cities of Pakistan's provinces and the Federal capital. [8] [9] In its first season the PSL had a higher percentage of international players. The league uses a draft system for player recruitment similar to that used in many North American professional sports leagues and as opposed to the auction system used in some other T20 leagues. [10]

The PSL's official logo was launched on 20 September 2015 in a ceremony in Lahore, and was revealed by 3Di. [11] The ceremony was attended by current and retired cricketers, as well as Pakistani celebrities.

The commercial rights to the initial franchises were sold for US$93 million for a span of 10 years in December 2015. The market value of PSL in 2017 was up to US$300 million according to Arif Habib, [12] and has grown significantly in the years since. [13]

Expansion

The possibility of adding a sixth team to the league in 2017, [14] possibly in Azad Kashmir, was discussed, but rejected in May 2016. [15] [16] [17] Sethi announced that there would be the sixth team in next season of PSL, a few days after the end of the 2017 PSL. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra also announced that the PSL administration would be approached for the participation of a sixth team in the 2018 PSL. [18] [19] Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, also said to have the sixth team from Gilgit-Baltistan. The PCB short-listed five names for sixth team: Faisalabad, FATA, Hyderabad, Dera Murad Jamali and Multan. [20]

The final name of the sixth team for PSL 2018 season was announced on 1 June 2017; Multan Sultans; owned by Schön Properties at $5.2 million annually. [21] [22] On 10 November 2018, PCB terminated franchise agreements with Schön Properties, resulting in a new owner being introduced. [23]

Hamaray Heroes

The HBL PSL Hamaray Heroes campaign was introduced in the HBL PSL 2020 and received an overwhelming response as the initiative rewarded prominent Pakistanis like Squash Player Farhan Mehboob, Founder of ACF Animal Rescue Ayesha Chundrigar, Mountain Climber Ali Sadpara and Professional eSports Player Arslan Ash. A total of 32 Hamaray Heroes awards were handed out during the HBL PSL 2020. [24] The HBL PSL 2021, like the previous year, continued recognizing Pakistanis for their achievements till the PCB has postponed the remainder of its premier T20 events aimed the global COVID-19 pandemic. Acclaimed Pakistanis rewarded during HBL PSL 2021 under the banner of HBL PSL Hamaray Heroes were Pakistani footballer Kaleemullah Khan, security researcher Rafay Baloch, karate player Kulsoom Hazara, and mountaineer Mirza Ali Baig among others. [25]

Profits

In May 2016, the PCB announced that the inaugural season of the PSL had yielded profits of US$2.6 million. [26]

Format

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PSL playoffs system

The PSL is played in a double round-robin format. Every team plays each other twice and the top four advance to the Playoffs.

The league follows the rules and regulations dictated by the International Cricket Council, although it introduced DRS system in T20s which was later emulated by International Cricket Council as well. In the group stage, two points are awarded for a win, one for a no-result and none for a loss. In the event of tied scores after both teams have faced their quota of overs, a super over is used to determine the match winner. In the group stage teams are ranked on the following criteria:

  1. Higher number of points
  2. If equal, better run rate
  3. If equal, highest number of wins
  4. If equal, fewest losses
  5. If still equal, the results of head to head meeting

In any play-off match in which there is no result, a super over is used to determine the winner. If the super over is not possible or the result of the over is a tie, the team which finished in the highest league position at the end of the regular season is deemed the winner of the match.

Teams

According to a PCB press release, around 20 parties showed an interest in buying franchises for the league before the first season. [27] On 18 October 2015 the Pakistan Cricket Board began accepting tenders for franchises with a deadline for bids of 15 November. [28]

According to a statement by the PCB, bid winners would be granted the rights to a franchise for a term of ten years. [29] Interested parties included the ARY Group, Omar Associates, Arif Habib Group, Haier, Mobilink as well as international groups including Leonine Global Sports and the Qatar Lubricants Company (QALCO). [30]

All five franchises for the first season of the league were sold on 3 December 2015, for a total price of US$93 million, after seven bidders presented formal proposals. [31] [32]

PSL Map of Participating Nations PSL Map of Participating Nations.png
PSL Map of Participating Nations

In April 2017, PCB invited bids for the sixth team and the deadline set for the submission of both the financial and technical proposals was 30 May and as many as 40 national and international parties expressed an interest in buying the sixth franchise. [33]

On 1 June 2017, from five regions short-listed by PCB Multan was bought by Schön Properties for a price of US$5.2 million per year becoming the most expensive team of the PSL. [34] However, on 12 November 2018, its rights were terminated by PCB due to payment issues. PCB invited bids and resold the "6th team" to Ali Tareen consortium after successful bid with US$6.35 million for 7 years on 20 December 2018.

TeamCity/ProvinceOwnerHome Ground/VenueFoundedCaptainCoach
Islamabad United Islamabad, Capital Territory Leonine Global Sports
(Ali Naqvi & Amna Naqvi)
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Islamabad 2015 [lower-alpha 1] Flag of Pakistan.svg Shadab Khan Flag of South Africa.svg Johan Botha
Karachi Kings Karachi, Sindh ARY Group
(Salman Iqbal, CEO)
National Stadium, Karachi 2015 [lower-alpha 1] Flag of Pakistan.svg Imad Wasim Flag of South Africa.svg Herschelle Gibbs
Lahore Qalandars Lahore, Punjab Qatar Lubricants Company
(Fawad Rana, MD)
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 2015 [lower-alpha 1] Flag of Pakistan.svg Sohail Akhtar Flag of Pakistan.svg Aaqib Javed
Multan Sultans Multan, Punjab Ali Khan Tareen & Alamgir Khan Tareen Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan 2017 [lower-alpha 2]
2018 [lower-alpha 3]
Flag of Pakistan.svg Mohammad Rizwan Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Andy Flower
Peshawar Zalmi Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Haier Pakistan
(Javed Afridi, CEO)
Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar 2015 [lower-alpha 1] Flag of Pakistan.svg Wahab Riaz Flag of Saint Lucia.svg Darren Sammy
Quetta Gladiators Quetta, Balochistan Omar Associates
(Nadeem Omar, Director)
Bugti Stadium, Quetta 2015 [lower-alpha 1] Flag of Pakistan.svg Sarfaraz Ahmed Flag of Pakistan.svg Moin Khan

Results

Due to security reasons, the first season of the PSL was played entirely in the United Arab Emirates. The inaugural champions were Islamabad United, who defeated Quetta Gladiators in the final. Peshawar Zalmi were the 2017 PSL champions, beating Quetta Gladiators in Lahore on 5 March 2017. Islamabad United were the 2018 PSL champions, beating defending champions Peshawar Zalmi on 25 March 2018. Quetta Gladiators defeated Peshawar Zalmi to win their first title on 17 March 2019 in Karachi. [35] The current champions are Karachi Kings, who won their first title defeating Lahore Qalandars on 17 November 2020 in Karachi.

Season results

SeasonNo. of teamsFinalVenuePlayer of the series
WinnerWinning marginRunner-up
2016
Details
5 Islamabad United
175/4 (18.4 overs)
6 wickets
Scorecard
Quetta Gladiators
174/7 (20 overs)
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Flag of England.svg Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings)
2017
Details
Peshawar Zalmi
148/6 (20 overs)
58 runs
Scorecard
Quetta Gladiators
90 (16.3 overs)
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore Flag of Pakistan.svg Kamran Akmal (Peshawar Zalmi)
2018
Details
6 Islamabad United
154/7 (16.5 overs)
3 wickets
Scorecard
Peshawar Zalmi
148/9 (20 overs)
National Stadium, Karachi Flag of New Zealand.svg Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United)
2019
Details
Quetta Gladiators
139/2 (17.5 overs)
8 wickets
Scorecard
Peshawar Zalmi
138/8 (20 overs)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators)
2020
Details
Karachi Kings
135/5 (18.4 overs)
5 wickets
Scorecard
Lahore Qalandars
134/7 (20 overs)
Flag of Pakistan.svg Babar Azam (Karachi Kings)
2021
Details
Multan Sultans

206/4 (20 overs)

47 runs
Scorecard
Peshawar Zalmi
159/9 (20 overs)
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi Flag of Pakistan.svg Sohaib Maqsood (Multan Sultans)

Team results

Season
(No. of teams)
2016
(5)
2017
(5)
2018
(6)
2019
(6)
2020
(6)
2021
(6)
Hosts(s)
Teams
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Flag of Pakistan.svg
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Flag of Pakistan.svg
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Flag of Pakistan.svg
Flag of Pakistan.svg Flag of Pakistan.svg
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Islamabad United W (3rd)4th (4th)W (1st)3rd (3rd)6th3rd (1st)
Karachi Kings 4th (4th)3rd (3rd)3rd (2nd)4th (4th)W (2nd)4th (4th)
Lahore Qalandars 5th6thR (3rd)5th
Multan Sultans Team did not exist5th3rd (1st)W (2nd)
Peshawar Zalmi 3rd (1st)W (1st)R (3rd)R (1st)4th (4th)R (3rd)
Quetta Gladiators R (2nd)4th (4th)W (2nd)5th6th
Notes

Individual awards

The Hanif Mohammad award and a green cap are awarded to the leading run-scorer. It is an ongoing competition with the leading run-scorer wearing the cap throughout the tournament until the final game, with the eventual winner keeping the cap and receiving the award for the season. [36] The Fazal Mahmood award and a maroon cap are awarded to the leading wicket-taker in the same way [37] whilst the Imtiaz Ahmed award is awarded to the best wicket-keeper. All three awards were introduced in the second PSL season. [38]

Sponsorship

The PSL's initial title sponsorship was awarded to HBL Pakistan for three years in December 2015. [39] Sponsorship deals associated with the league including the title sponsorship, are estimated to be worth more than $6 million. [40] HBL later renewed their sponsorship for three more years. [41]

Title sponsorPeriodSponsorship amount (per year)Ref.
HBL 2016–2018US$5 Million [42]
2019–2021US$14.3 Million [41] [42]
TBATBATBATBA

Broadcast and digital distributions

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PSL broadcasting map 2020

For the first three seasons of the league, Sunset and Vine were awarded production rights as official broadcasters, and PTV Sports, Ten Sports and Geo Super were awarded broadcast rights in Pakistan with the PCB selling the global television rights to Tech Front, a UAE group. [43] PSL 5th season of the league, DSport, SportsTiger and Cricketgateway app were official streaming partner [44] [45] [46] and for 6th season PTV Sports, Sony Six and Sony Ten TV channel were awarded broadcast rights. [47] [48]

TerritoryYearsChannels
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Geo Super
PTV Sports
Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Lemar TV
Sony Six
Sony Ten
Flag African Union.svg  Africa (2021–present) SuperSport
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Sony Six
Sony Ten

T Sports (UAE Matches Only)
Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan (2021–present) Sony Six
Sony Ten
Flag of Brunei.svg  Brunei (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada (2021–present) Willow TV
Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of CARICOM.svg  Caribbean (2021–present) Flow Sports
Central Asia (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
East Asia (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Europe.svg  Europe (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of France.svg  France (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of India.svg  India (2021–present) Sony Six
Sony Ten
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland (2021–present) Sky Sports
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya (2021–present) SuperSport
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Laos.svg  Laos (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives (2021–present) Sony Six
Sony Ten
Flag of the Arab League.svg Middle East (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal (2021–present) Sony Six
Sony Ten
Flag of the Arab League.svg North Africa (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
North America (2021–present) Willow TV
Flag of Russia.svg North Asia (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand (2021–present) Sky Sport
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa (2021–present) SuperSport
Flag of UNASUR.svg  South America (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
South Asia (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Southeast Asia (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka (2021–present) Sony Six
Sony Ten
Flag African Union.svg Sub-Saharan Africa (2021–present) SuperSport
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom (2021–present) Sky Sports
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates (2021–present) eLife TV
Flag of the United States.svg  United States (2021–present) Willow TV
Western Asia (2021–present)
(2021–present)
Facebook
Tapmad TV
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies (2021–present) Flow Sports
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe (2021–present) SuperSport
Worldwide Internet Rights(2021–present) Facebook [49]
(2021–present)Tapmad TV

Advertising rights for the first three years of the league's operation were awarded to the Pakistani company Blitz Advertising. [50]

Broadcasting Channels Of Pakistan Super League 2021:- [51]

See also

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 The team was founded in 2015 and made its PSL debut in the 2016 season.
  2. The team was founded in 2017 and made its PSL debut in the 2018 season. But team's contract was terminated in 2018, after they failed to pay their annual fee of US$5.2 million to PCB.
  3. The team was founded in 2018 with new owners and with the same name and made its PSL debut in the 2019 season.