PSL 2018 Build up Thread - schedule announced, final to be played in Karachi

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  1. Bilal123
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    So majority of the star players are in. Just few left. Hopefully they will agree to play too
     
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    Gayle, Pollard or Bravo (if picked) wont play in Pakistan...apparently they refused when the WI cricket board talked to them re the postponed T20 series in Pakistan.
     
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    NSK faces race against time as renovation starts ahead of PSL

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    KARACHI: A view of the main stand of the National Stadium undergoing renovation.—Courtesy PCB


    KARACHI: It will be a race against time as renovation work at the National Stadium Karachi (NSK) was gearing up for holding Pakistan Super League (PSL) early next year.

    The country’s premier Test centre is without international activity since 2009 when it staged the first Test against Sri Lanka — which is famously remembered for Younis Khan’s epic knock of 313.

    Despite the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore on March 3, 2009 most of the international matches were organised at the Gaddafi Stadium, including ODI and T20 series against Zimbabwe, last year’s PSL final, T20 series against World XI and a T20 against Sri Lanka last month.

    Pressure was building up on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after Karachi was overlooked for staging international matches. Finally, PCB chairman Najam Sethi, during a press conference here a couple of weeks ago, announced that the NSK would be hosting two to four PSL matches and the final of the third edition.

    Holders Peshawar Zalmi, two-time runners-up Quetta Gladiators, 2016 champions Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars and new franchise Multan Sultan will compete in the 2018 tournament which is likely to start from the middle of February and end with the final on March 23.

    Overall 34 matches will be staged with 10 of them in Pakistan, including six in Lahore and four in Karachi, according to report.

    The National Logistics Cell (NLC) engineering department has been assigned the task to complete the first phase of the renovation work to ensure the stadium is ready for PSL matches.

    The PCB had allocated a hefty budget of Rs1.50 billion for the upgrading of the stadium to NLC with NESPAK as its consultant. The contractual work has to be completed within a year.

    Project Manager NLC Engineering retired Wing Commander Mohammad Sohaib said, “We are determined and eager to complete the task of the first phase within the allocated time.”

    A visit to the NSK shows that all 22 public bathrooms with eight to 10 toilets in the main block have already been dismantled while the roofs of VIP stands, including Hanif Mohammad and Javed Miandad enclosures, have already been removed.

    Installation of 30 new hospitality boxes with attached bathrooms located technically on the fourth floor is also part of the first phase with the installation of a modern lift for these boxes.

    Chairman boxes having a capacity of around 100 signatories, teams’ dressing rooms, umpires rooms, referee room, physiotherapy room, and broadcasters and media boxes will also be renovated.

    The entrance of the stadium will be improved and both the roads leading to it will be carpeted.

    Parking facilities for around 500 to 600 vehicles is also being set up.

    The 33,000-capacity stadium last staged a major international event when the Asia Cup was played in 2008. Title-winners Sri Lanka along with India, Pakistan and Bangladesh played their matches here.

    Published in Dawn, November 12th, 2017

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1370013
     
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    PSL producing talented players, says Waqar

    ISLAMABAD - Islamabad United's bowling coach Waqar Younis Monday said young talented players were coming to fore through Pakistan Super League (PSL) which was a good sign for Pakistan cricket.

    Addressing a press conference, he said he was hopeful his team would do well in the third edition of PSL . "Revival of international cricket in Pakistan is a good omen for Pakistan cricket," he said and added that Pakistan Army, Pakistan Police and other institutions have played an important role in reviving international cricket in the country.

    He said Test cricket is his favorite format of the game. "All Cricket greats have come to fore through Test Cricket and Twenty20 format has a different flavor," he said. He said it would take time to find replacements of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.

    About national team, he said attention needed to be drawn towards fielding department and other aspects as well. "The PCB must pay attention to young players and should improve domestic cricket," he said. On the occasion, Islamabad United head coach Dean Jones praised Wasim Akram for his coaching abilities.

    He said match fixing was a cancer for the game of Cricket. To a question, he said he was asked about only two balls regarding Sharjeel Khan. "I did not tell anything else to the tribunal about Sharjeel," he said and added: “I didn't know what he was upto.”

    He said if Islamabad United team made it to the final of PSL then all players would come to Pakistan. "All foreign players have shown their willingness to tour Pakistan in the PSL drafting," he said. He said Sri Lankan team's tour to Pakistan, World XI's tour and PSL final are steps towards revival of international cricket in Pakistan. Jones and Waqar also paid tributes to Saeed Ajmal who had announced to retire from cricket.

    http://nation.com.pk/14-Nov-2017/psl-producing-talented-players-says-waqar
     
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    ‘PSL 2018 would be more competitive than first two editions’

    KARACHI: Former national chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu hopes that the third season of the fast-rising Pakistan Super League (PSL) would offer more competitive edge than the first two editions of the franchise-based T20 league with Multan Sultans expanding the league to a six-team event.

    Speaking to Dawn on Monday, a day after the much-anticipated player draft was held in Lahore, Salahuddin, who is a current adviser to PCB chief for the southern region, observed the popularity of the tournament has risen to new heights.

    “One key factor that gauges the rise of PSL is the tremendous interest shown [in the PSL] by overseas players. No less than 501 entries were registered for the third season and that clearly explains the rapid growth of this popular T20 league,” Salahuddin, a former off-spinning all-rounder who played five Tests in the 1960s, pointed out.

    “There are some exciting signings by the franchises. Chris Lynn may not be a familiar name here but his reputation is globally known as a destructive T20 batsman who could be the star Lahore Qalandars were looking for after finishing bottom in both editions.

    “Imran Tahir, of course, is as recognisable as Yasir Shah and played a lot in Pakistan before migrating to South Africa. Multan Sultans have probably pulled off a master stroke in picking Imran given his prolific wicket-taking ability in this format.

    “Two-time runners-up Quetta Gladiators have strengthened their squad by signing up [West Indies T20 captain] Carlos Brathwaite and the experienced Shane Watson. That obviously gives them a chance to go one better this time under Sarfraz Ahmed’s dynamic leadership with the experience of head coach Moin Khan to guide them,” Sallu added.

    “Shahid Afridi should also make a big difference to Karachi Kings given his vast experience of T20 cricket. His power-hitting is awesome as always as indicated by his latest exploit in the BPL. He is still a force to be reckoned with despite being 37 now,” Sallu said.

    “Moreover, the induction of legendary Zaheer Abbas in the PSL setup as board president of Peshawar Zalmi and inclusion of Multan Sultans as the sixth franchise are signs of better things to come. I foresee a big jump not just in the standard of play but also the overall competition.”

    Salahuddin further said the joining of Multan is sure to generate great interest, particularly the franchise’s big signing of Wasim Akram as its team director and inclusion of Shoaib Malik as the skipper.

    “Wasim needs no introduction, being one of the biggest names of international cricket and the greatest left-arm fast bowler to play the sport. As the team director of Islamabad United in the first two seasons, he was definitely one of the reasons behind them winning the inaugural edition last year. I’ve no doubt that Wasim will be very keen to ensure Multan make a good impression on their [PSL] debut,” he commented.

    “Zaheer is also a well-known personality of international cricket who also served the game as ICC president recently. Peshawar owner Javed Afridi has already mentioned that his franchise would benefit from Zaheer as the board president. The Zalmi also have the great Younis Khan as their mentor and with Darren Sammy to lead them, the defending champions really mean business.”

    Salahuddin complimented PCB chairman Najam Sethi for playing a huge role in bringing international cricket back to Pakistan and further lauded the board chief’s promise to stage the PSL final in Karachi.

    “There was lot of criticism from different quarters before PSL became a reality. Credit should always be given where it is due and Sethi deserves to be acclaimed for fulfilling the promises so far. His vision of seeing Pakistan play host to international teams has come true. The visits by World XI and Sri Lanka are examples of his sincere efforts,” he remarked.

    “Now the PCB chairman is adamant on holding the PSL final in Karachi because he feels people here have been deprived [of watching international matches] for a long time. The knowledgeable cricketing diehards are anxiously waiting to see top players in action once again because Karachi holds a special place in international cricket set-up.”

    Published in Dawn, November 14th, 2017

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1370441/psl-2018-would-be-more-competitive-than-first-two-editions
     
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    PCB readies measures to curb corruption in PSL3

    KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi presided over a meeting with the six franchise owners of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Monday and proposed a number of anti-corruption measures to avoid any kind of fixing in the third edition of the league scheduled to take place in February 2018.

    According to sources, PCB proposed that no official would be allowed to stay on the same floor of the hotel as the players of the six franchises. Meanwhile, if the owners of the teams want to meet the players, they’ll have to do so in the meeting rooms.

    PCB also proposed a curfew on players after 1am. They will not be allowed to leave the hotel after the postulated time. Even during the non-curfew hours, they will have to inform their team managers before the leaving the hotel.

    In response to the suggestions, questions were raised on the point of curfew. It was said that players who are involved in misdoings will be able to meet anyone during the evening, so there was no need of the curfew.

    The PCB was asked to augment its own security measures and keep an eye on suspected players; however, this was not enough to convince the board to remove the notion of curfew from the third edition.

    PCB disagrees with franchises over T10 reservations

    PSL franchises have forwarded their reservations on the participation of Pakistani players in the T10 cricket league which is scheduled to take place in Dubai in December this year.

    According to sources, PSL franchise owners said that participation in short-format cricket makes the players prone to misdemeanor, so Pakistani players should not be allowed to be a part of the T10 league.

    However, Sethi rejected their demand and clarified that PCB and ICC officials will be present in the event which nearly nullifies the chances of any misdeeds.

    Three matches in Pakistan

    Franchise owners were also given the proposed schedule for the third edition, according to which only three matches will be staged in Pakistan.

    No joint talent hunt program

    PCB also moved the franchises to work on a joint talent hunt program, but the idea was shot down by the owners.

    Franchises said that the PCB had tried the idea before, but it didn’t work out so they will be organising the talent hunt programs themselves

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1558227/7-pcb-readies-measures-curb-corruption-psl3/
     
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    PSL 3 schedule to be finalised after consultations with Faizabad protestors: Najam Sethi

    LAHORE – After the semi-finals of the National T20 Cup clashed with the final days of the Faizabad Interchange dharna, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to consult the Tehrik Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY) before finalising the schedule for the third season of the Pakistan Super league (PSL), expected to be held in February and March this year.

    “Since we’ll be hosting many matches, including the playoffs and the final of PSL 3, in Pakistan it is important to ensure that our schedule doesn’t clash with that of the Faizabad protestors,” Sethi said while addressing a press conference at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

    The PCB chairman said that the schedule of the TLY will be regularly monitored and updates would be shared in due course of time with the PSL organisation committee.

    “We want to make sure all high-profile star studded events get their due media coverage and airtime. So a clash won’t be of interest for either of the two parties,” Sethi said.

    “And also since both PSL and TLY appear to enjoy unparalleled popularity among the masses and all state institutions, it is important that the national gets to enjoy both of them one by one.”

    https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/20...tations-with-faizabad-protestors-najam-sethi/
     
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    PSL 2018 schedule sent off to franchises

    LAHORE: Pakistan Super League (PSL) schedule has been prepared and sent off to franchises for its third edition in 2018.

    According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the PSL event will begin with its first match on February 22, concluding the series with the final match on March 25, 2018, in a Peshawar Zalmi playoff against the new entrants Multan Sultans.

    The PSL matches will be distributed in Pakistan and United Arab Emirates (UAE) while Abu Dhabi has been dropped from the PSL - 3 venues, where PCB was expecting at least 6 matches in Abu Dhabi.

    Sources also added that none of the matches will be held in Abu Dhabi due to logistical issues.

    The official announcement for PSL - 3 will be made next week, a source related to the matter declared.

    PCB chairman Najam Sethi had earlier confirmed that Karachi’s National Stadium will host the final match of PSL - 3 in March next year.

    Karachi's National Stadium is going under renovation process which is expected to complete before PSL final for the third edition of the tournament in 2018.

    PCB has reportedly allocated ten million rupees for this purpose.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/251347-psl-2018-schedule-sent-off-to-franchises
     
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    PCB chief urged to host some PSL matches in Peshawar

    LAHORE - Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to host some of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in Peshawar. He said this during the Waqt TV programme “Game Beat”, adding a huge number of Zalmi fans belong to Peshawar and they want to witness their heroes in action at their home grounds. “PCB chairman Najam Sethi must ponder over it while regarding up-gradation of Peshawar Stadium, I will talk to KP government. Cricket-crazy Pakistani nation want to see PSLmatches to be played in the entire country,” he added.

    http://nation.com.pk/01-Dec-2017/pcb-chief-urged-to-host-some-psl-matches-in-peshawar
     
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    LAHORE: Pakistan Super League (PSL) schedule has been prepared and sent off to franchises for its third edition in 2018.

    According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the PSL event will begin with its first match on February 22, concluding the series with the final match on March 25, 2018, in a Peshawar Zalmi playoff against the new entrants Multan Sultans.

    The PSL matches will be distributed in Pakistan and United Arab Emirates (UAE) while Abu Dhabi has been dropped from the PSL - 3 venues, where PCB was expecting at least 6 matches in Abu Dhabi.

    Sources also added that none of the matches will be held in Abu Dhabi due to logistical issues.

    The official announcement for PSL - 3 will be made next week, a source related to the matter declared.

    PCB chairman Najam Sethi had earlier confirmed that Karachi’s National Stadium will host the final match of PSL - 3 in March next year.

    Karachi's National Stadium is going under renovation process which is expected to complete before PSL final for the third edition of the tournament in 2018.

    PCB has reportedly allocated ten million rupees for this purpose.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/251347-psl-2018-schedule-sent-off-to-franchises
     
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    This is great, because Dhabi is the worst venue for cricket on planet Earth. Pitches are a disgrace so as crowd attendance. More games should be given to Sharjah due to lively crowd and higher attendance.
     
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    PCB announces PSL 2018 schedule, final to be played in Karachi

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    PSL 2018 Schedule. (Photo Source: PSL Twitter handle)

    The third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is all set to be a glamorous affair, with the culmination of the tournament to be set in Karachi. The announcement regarding the match venues was made the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on December 7 (Thursday). This edition of the T20 tournament will witness the inclusion of a brand-new team, the Multan Sultans.

    The announcement by the PCB entailed that league stage matches will be distributed between stadiums in Dubai and Sharjah. While the subsequent qualifier will be set in Dubai, the eliminators will take place in Lahore. According to recent developments, the tournament will commence from February 22 next year, with the final game being slated for March 25.

    PCB Chairman expects huge turnout for PSL 2018

    The first match of PSL 2018 will witness the debutante franchise, Multan Sultans take on the Peshawar Zalmi. As reported by Cricbuzz, the press release issued by the PCB stated, “PSL 3 will kick start with a glittering opening ceremony at the Dubai International Stadium followed by a star-studded Peshawar Zalmi taking on league debutantes Multan Sultans, on 22nd Feb. Teams will play twice against each other before the top four teams qualify for the play-off stage. Fans will get a chance to see their favourite stars in a total of 34 games played across four venues. Efforts are underway to stage two playoff games in Lahore followed by what would be a historic PSL final in Karachi.”

    PCB Chairman, Najam Sethi expressed hope towards massive crown turnout for the star-studded tournament. “Pakistan Super League has grown to become a great platform for us to showcase Pakistani cricketing talent across the world. I am confident that fans will come to the stadiums in great numbers and that they will tune into our high-quality HBL PSL broadcast on TV and digital platforms,” said Sethi.

    https://www.crictracker.com/pcb-announces-psl-2018-schedule-final-played-karachi/
     
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    PSL is now the fastest growing cricket league in the World

    Pakistan Super League (PSL) was launched mere two years ago in December 2015 and became a success story with an inaugural edition drawing appreciations from fans, cricket pundits and legendary cricketers.

    In just two years of its inception, the league has become a high-flying sporting event across several fronts.

    How the PSL became so successful?

    After two successful editions of PSL in 2016 and 2017, PCB announced schedule for its 3rd edition starting from 22nd February 2018.

    Let’s take a look on what the PSL has achieved in just two years.

    The best thing happened to Pakistan Cricket after years of international cricket drought on home soil that the final of PSL Season-2 was held in Lahore with international stars in presence.

    And if we go by the schedule of the third PSL, it has a valuable edition’ of another franchise named Multan Sultans. Besides other prominent highlights, the PCB announcement to let Karachi host the finale of the mega event is certainly something that everybody will watch out for. It also ultimately revives hopes of fans back home that high-profile cricketing event is here to their long-awaited excitement. Courtesy Chairman PSL Najam Sethi whose continuous efforts over last three years are now finally bearing fruits.

    Another prominent aspect to PSL and Pakistan Cricket is that several international players from top teams have now started taking keen interest in the league. Before the recent drafting of players, many of the international stars consented with the PCB to become a part of PSL’s 3rd edition which is starting from 22nd February 2018.

    Click here to take a look on the list of players who have signed up for PSL’s 3rd edition.

    For the first time Indian Sports channel D-Sports is going to broadcast PSL’s 3rd edition. India, the arch-rival of Pakistan, has its broadcaster lending its interest in the PSL speaks volume of the league’s success.

    The backgrounder

    Now as we all know that digital media is growing very fast and everything is just a click away from access. Let us show you where we stand if we compare PSL with any other cricketing league in the world statistically.

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    There are some facts which can’t be ignored that PSL is the 2nd most followed online Cricketing League in the world in just 2 years.

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    There is another highlight that the PSL is the most watched cricketing league in Pakistan and other regions of the world, mainly Asia and Middle East, during its second edition as it surpassed all other genres whether its news or entertainment during the time it aired.

    The fans excitement is expected to fly high if the PSL management’s move to hold event final in Karachi takes its course.

    PCB hopes that it will take probably an year or two to completely shift the league from UAE to Pakistan.

    https://arynews.tv/en/psl-fastest-growing-cricket-league-world/
     
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    CM Sindh approves purchase of bulletproof buses for PSL final in Karachi

    KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved the purchase of armoured bulletproof vehicles for players for the proposed Pakistan Super League (PSL) third edition final in the provincial capital.

    Murad Ali Shah met with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi and other board officials on Friday, along with political and security leadership of the province to discuss arrangements for the PSL final in Karachi.

    “During the meeting, the CM ordered the relevant authorities to purchase bulletproof buses for the players during their stay in Karachi for the match,” a spokesman of the chief minister told Geo.tv.

    During the meeting, CM Murad reiterated his commitment to ensure best possible security for the PSL 3 final.

    “The people of Karachi want to witness international cricket at home, and we will do our best to ensure that,” CM Murad said in the meeting.

    It was also decided in the meeting that a full-dress rehearsal of the security arrangements will be conducted within 30 days.

    PCB chairman informed the meeting about the players’ views on visiting Karachi for playing the final.

    The meeting was also attended by Deputy DG Rangers, IG Sindh, Home Secretary among other officials.

    The PCB has already announced to hold the PSL 3 final in Karachi on March 25, 2018.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/173454-cm...of-bulletproof-buses-for-psl-final-in-karachi
     
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    PSL will help in bringing back International cricket to Pakistan: Shahid Afridi

    Former Pakistan all-rounder, Shahid Afridi credited the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and its president Najam Sethi for successfully organizing the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in the country. The PCB officials have been trying very hard to develop the required confidence for restoring International cricket in the country. It’s been eight years since the horrific militant attack against the Sri Lankan team.

    With the PCB successfully hosting the finale of PSL 2016, the locals got to see at least a few foreign starts play in their backyard. Afridi always tried his level best to make things better for the Pakistani fans. He also reached out to the Indian cricketers during the World XI tour of Pakistan.


    PSL will help PCB restore International cricket in Pakistan
    Afridi credited the PCB chairman, Sethi and other officials for organizing PSL in Pakistan, he also said that this would help them revive international cricket in their nation. “The credit to organize PSL in Pakistan goes to Pakistan Cricket Board and it’s Chairman Najam Sethi who has made serious efforts to revive cricket in Pakistan,” he said addressing the media in a press conference.

    The Pakistan cricketing legend participated in a charity match organized by his foundation to raise funds for various welfare projects. Speaking at the press meet he also thanked all the participants for taking part in the event. The charity T10 match featured many popular names of Pakistan cricket. While Afridi captained one side, the legendary Misbah-ul-Haq led the other side.

    Afridi’s green XI win by 8 wickets over Misbah’s red XI
    The fundraiser also included Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Amir, and Fahad Mustafa. Afridi’s team triumphed over Misbah’s side by 8 wickets. The legendary all-rounder stated that he wanted to do his part in providing education, health and water facilities to every individual in the country.

    The cricketer thanked Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif for supporting him in almost every welfare project. Afridi stated that he is constructing a hospital in Karachi and Punjab CM extended his support and helped him complete the plan.


    https://www.crictracker.com/psl-wil...ernational-cricket-to-paksitan-shahid-afridi/
     
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    Lack of local heroes makes PSL franchises look strangers

    LAHORE: Almost all six Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises aren’t in a mood to give maximum representation to players belonging to their respective cities. And apart from a few, the 20-22 inductees in each franchise are mostly cricketers from other regions/cities plus the mandatory quota of overseas stars.

    For example, current Pakistan discard Sohaib Maqsood is the solitary representative from Multan in the new franchise Multan Sultans, while the gangling fast bowler Mohammad Irfan actually hails from Gaggu Mandi, a remote area near the famous city of the saints.

    The Sultans have the likes of skipper Shoaib Malik (Sialkot), Ahmed Shahzad (Lahore), Mohammad Abbas (Sialkot), Abdullah Shafiq (Sialkot), Saif Badar (Sialkot), Junaid Khan (Matra), Umar Gul (Peshawar), Sohail Tanvir (Rawalpindi) and Umar Siddique (Lahore) are prominent figures in Pakistan cricket but they obviously do not belong from Multan.

    Similarly, Peshawar Zalmi have just two cricketers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Khalid Usman (Maneri) and Mohammad Arif (Peshawar), while big names in their squad are skipper Mohammad Hafeez (Sargodha), Wahab Riaz and Kamran Akmal (Lahore), Hasan Ali (Gujranwala), Haris Sohail (Sialkot), Mohammad Asghar (Kot Abdullah, Balochistan), Saad Nasim (Lahore).

    However, the situation in Karachi Kings is slightly better than the rest. Retired Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has played cricket throughout his career in Karachi despite being born in Khyber Agency. The Kings captain is joined in the squad by five other Karachiites — Khurram Manzoor, Tabish Khan, Hasan Mohsin and Saifullah Khan Bangash.

    In contrast, both Islamabad United and two-time runners-up Quetta Gladiators hardly have any player from their cities.

    Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s most successful Test captain, hails from Faisalabad, while team-mates Rumman Raees Khan, Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Hasan are all from Karachi). They are joined by Iftikhar Ahmed (Peshawar) and Ammad Butt (Sialkot) as well.

    The Gladiators missed the golden opportunity of inducting the prodigiously talented Balochistan-born slow left-armer Mohammad Asghar at the time of player draft and barring the Kings, the remaining five franchises are all led by ‘outsiders’ since Gladiators skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who is also the Pakistan captain, comes from Karachi.

    The PSL’s third edition runs from Feb 22 to March 25 with matches scheduled in Dubai, Sharjah, Lahore (two playoffs) and Karachi, which will host the final this year.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1380385/lack-of-local-heroes-makes-psl-franchises-look-strangers
     
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    PCB puts tickets for Sharjah matches on sale

    LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday announced that the tickets for the 13 matches of the HBL PSL 2018, to be played in Sharjah, are now up for sale.

    According to a statement issued by the board, there will be two legs played at the historic Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The first leg begins with a match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators on Thursday, February 28, the second leg will commence from Tuesday, March 13 with a match between Multan Sultans and Islamabad United.

    Ticket details for the Dubai leg and games in Pakistan would be announced later.

    Ticket rates for Sharjah (Weekday Single Match):

    • North Stand AED 20
    • East Stand AED 40
    • West Stand AED 70
    • Members Enclosure AED 150
    Ticket rates for Sharjah (Weekend Single Match):

    • North Stand AED 30
    • East Stand AED 50
    • West Stand AED 90
    • Members Enclosure AED 180
    Ticket rates for Sharjah (Weekend Double Match):

    • North Stand AED 40
    • East Stand AED 60
    • West Stand AED 100
    • Members Enclosure AED 200
    Tickets can be booked online on http://www.q-tickets.com/psl2018

    Tickets can also be bought from various locations all over the UAE, details of the ticket selling outlets along with tournament schedule are attached to this mail.

    https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/sports/psl-2018-pcb-puts-tickets-for-sharjah-matches-on-sale/
     
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    Commentary panel for the third edition of PSL revealed

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    Commentary panel for the third edition of PSL revealed

    A glittering commentary panel has been revealed for the most awaited cricket event Pakistan Super League for its third edition starting from 22 February.

    The big names for the commentary panel include Ramiz Raja, Danny Morrison, Alan Wilkins and Bazid Khan would be joined by Australian stars Michael Slater and Damien Fleming while former West Indian Test opener Daren Ganga would also be making his PSL commentating debut.

    Slater and Fleming were mainstays of Australia’s world-beating Test and ODI teams of the late 1990s that carried their winning momentum well past the new millennium.

    Keeping up with the top-class commenting standards established in the first two seasons, the third season takes a bigger leap with an assembly of superstars.

    The first match will be held in Dubai where six franchises will battle for the title, the final will be played in Karachi on 25th March respectively.

    https://arysports.tv/commentators-third-edition-psl-revealed/
     
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    Rift between PSL franchises, PCB over sponsorship struggles

    KARACHI: With the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) just around the corner, the franchises are finding it difficult to lock deals with sponsors.

    Reliable sources have confirmed to this correspondent that almost all the teams are struggling to get deals inked and time is running out.

    “Teams are struggling to meet their target of sponsorship, few have been able to get secondary logo placement deals, most of them were carried from previous editions,” a source privy to the matter told this correspondent.

    “There are a few reasons, some are cricketing and some are political,” the source added.

    The reason behind the lukewarm response from sponsors, according to sources, is that there is no hype being initiated from the PSL secretariat about the event.

    “Some potential sponsors have questioned why there is no hype being built for the tournament,” mentioned a source privy to the matter.

    “Also, the in-stadia share of advertisement to the franchises is very limited and most of the share is going to the PCB,” the source added.

    This correspondent spoke with various stakeholders related to the PSL, and it has been observed that most of the franchises are not happy with the way the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is dealing with them.

    This correspondent has also learnt from various sources that some teams have requested the PCB for some kind of bail-out package.

    “It is true that franchises have contacted PCB, at least one of them has for sure, to seek some bailout or financial concessions to overcome hefty expenses,” the source informed.

    Sources further confirmed that despite the losses, at least three franchises have paid full money to the PCB for season three, while one has paid only the annual fees and sought time from the PCB to pay $600,000. Two others have not paid anything to the PCB yet.

    PCB sources, meanwhile, said the board is trying to enforce PSL contracts with franchisees in order to facilitate the third edition of the tournament.

    Two franchises are in default, which is creating financial difficulties for the PCB. As per rules, if they fail to make payments in time, the PCB can take control of the franchises, the PCB sources added.

    Meanwhile, PCB sources – while confirming that franchises have sought some relief – said that PCB is not in a position to give relief to franchises and it will be against the terms of the agreement.

    “To get sponsors for franchises is not PCB’s job, this has to be done by franchises, yet we are trying to help them,” said a source on condition of anonymity.

    The source said that giving relief to one franchise would be violation of terms of agreement signed with the other franchises by PCB

    PCB chairman Najam Sethi said earlier today the promotion is about to kick off.

    "#PSL3 is firmly on track. First match in Dubai on 22nd Feb and Final in Karachi on 25th March. Promo campaign about to kick off," he tweeted.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/177814-rift-between-psl-franchises-pcb-over-sponsorship-struggles
     
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    Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators to face off in all-stars match


    Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators have announced on Wednesday that they will face off in an all-stars exhibition match on February 15 in Rawalpindi.

    The declaration was made in a joint press conference in Islamabad, where United owner Ali Naqvi and captain Misbahul Haq were joined by Gladiators coach Moin Khan.

    While talking to the media, Naqvi said the initiative was taken to add to the hype surrounding the third edition of the PSL.

    “We are excited to announce this news to everyone,” said Naqvi. “We believe this match will greatly help increase the pre-tournament hype. The reason we named this an all-star event is because present as well as former players will take part in it.”

    Moin, while talking to the media, also endorsed the decision and revealed that he and former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq will also take part in the match. “I can assure you that there will be former stars playing in the match,” he said. “Me and [Abdul] Razzaq will be there to help the team. We might have some celebrities in the playing eleven as well.”

    Moin, who had a successful stint as the coach of the Safraz Ahmed-led Gladiators, expressed his desire of hosting the second match in Quetta. “I hope Quetta will host the next match,” he said. “Balochistan is a neglected province and I am sure events like these can bring smiles to the people’s faces there.”

    Both teams have impressed during the two editions of the PSL, with United winning the first one and Gladiators finishing as runners-up in both editions.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1616974/7-islamabad-united-quetta-gladiators-face-off-stars-match/
     
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    Pindi Stadium to host United-Gladiators clash on Feb 15

    RAWALPINDI - Islamabad United will play exhibition match against Quetta Gladiators on February 15 at Pindi Cricket Stadium to shoot up Pakistan Super League (PSL) fever among the masses.

    Islamabad United owner Ali Naqvi, along with United skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, Quetta Gladiators’ Moin Khan, HBL representative Naveed Asghar, announced this during a mismanaged press conference held at Pindi Stadium on Wednesday. Like witnessed in the past, United made tall claims to involve twin cities’ masses and sports journalists and not to repeat past mistakes, but they never lived up to their promises.

    A non-professional person was hired by United to deal with media at Islamabad, who, instead of doing his duty, remained busy in appeasing his near and dear ones. It was first announced that questions would be asked from front row and everyone would be given chance, but he allowed only a few certain journalists while the rest of the journalists left the venue with their queries unanswered. There were also no proper seating arrangements and despite repeated requests being made to the organisers, nothing in practical was done.

    Ali said it would be very first time in the PSL history that two teams would be playing against each other to create festivity for local spectators. Although he announced that the tickets would be available for the spectators at the main points, but he didn’t reveal the exact prices and venues, where these tickets would be available.

    To a query regarding announcing free entry for masses to make the venue jam-packed, Ali said: “The expenditures would be more than the sponsorship, anyhow, I promise to look into the issue. I would try to announce free entry at few stands or may be at the entire venue, but it depends, as first, I will check the situation and then announce the exact nature.” In their last event, many of the sports journalists were not provided accreditation cards. Ali promised that this wouldn’t happen this time.

    When asked how many local players would be part of United and what happened to talent hunt started by them, Ali replied: “Shadab Khan was part of United and now emerging talent Rohail Nazir is also onboard. We got 35,000 youngsters from trials at Pindi Stadium and they were divided into different teams. Their data has been completed and the best among them would be made part of United in future.”

    Sharing his views, Quetta Gladiators’ Moin Khan said: “The match would be a good opportunity for both the teams and the spectators of twin cities. I have also proposed the second match between the two teams in Quetta, which Ali has very kindly accepted. The details of the match will be announced later. It is our national responsibility to give Quetta and Balochistan what they deserve. The match would be held after PSL-3. We will talk to all stakeholders and off course, army’s help would also be sought to conduct the match.”

    Moin said next year, Quetta Gladiators would also start their talent hunt programme and youth would be involved in it. He said he, along with Abdul Razzaq and Misbah, would be the part of the exhibition match and he is very excited to play again after a long time.”

    Ali said there are always two aspects of business. “Popularity wise, the PSL is a huge success, while as far as its financial aspect is concerned, we attain a lot from it. Off course, one should not expect profits from the very first edition, but we are quite satisfied and want to give people healthy cricket and to involve them as much as we can. We will soon start cricket matches at different venues of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and we want to provide youth a platform to excel at higher level.”

    Islamabad United skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, while commenting on his team, said he is very satisfied with his team combination. “Changes are made in every team and we picked the best team according to situation and hopefully, they will deliver well.”

    When asked about Wasim’s departure and Waqar’s arrival, he replied: “Both are cricket greats of Pakistan. I don’t see any major difference between the two legends. I feel Waqar is more demanding and he is more involved with the team and taking keen interest. Hopefully, we will benefit from his vast experience and his presence will boost the United a great deal.”

    Quetta Gladiators owner Nadeem Omar was notable absentee and when asked about his absence, it was informed that he had some important assignments, so he could not turn up, but he would visit Rawalpindi and Islamabad soon.

    https://nation.com.pk/25-Jan-2018/pindi-stadium-to-host-united-gladiators-clash-on-feb-15
     
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    Wasim Akram set to make a comeback on the cricket field

    Wasim Akram had been one of the most fierce left-arm seamers in world cricket. He used to generate prodigious movements off the wickets and subsequently bamboozle the best in the business. The Pakistan prodigy plied his trade in Tests and One Day Internationals and has tasted equal success in all the formats. Meanwhile, he was no mug with the bat as he racked up handy runs lower down the order.

    Over the years the bowling all-rounder garnered a substantial fan-following which doesn’t spring a surprise by any stretch of the imagination. Most recently, the former cricketer decided to give his fans plenty to cheer and gave them a delightful news. As per reports in geo.tv, Akram is set to make a comeback on the cricketing field next month.


    He is set to return to the game at the Multan Cricket Stadium where he will play an exhibition game at the launch event of his team Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super league (PSL) on February 4, 2018. He is also selected as the skipper of his team against Shoaib Malik’s Toofan XI. The tournament will also feature former speedster Shoaib Akhtar, who partnered Wasim Akram for several years.

    Malik and Akram to compete against each other
    “Multan Da Muqabla is going to be a spectacular event for the locals as they will get to witness top players like Wasim Akram and Shoaib Malik competing head on,” an official was quoted as saying in the interaction with the media. The official also mentioned about the composition of the teams to the media.

    “Each team will include four members from the Multan Sultans 2018 PSL squad, two celebrities, one member from AMK Associates, two kids from local clubs and one underprivileged youngster from Muslim Hands Foundation,” he added. The Multan Sultans Twitter handle also dropped a Tweet welcoming Akram to the squad.

    – Have you bought tickets from MCB Bank, Crystal Arcade or Crystal Mall yet?

    This price range guide will come handy.
    Waiting to see our Sultans cheer in Multan Cricket Stadium! #SaadaMultan#SaadaMuqabla #SaadiVaari pic.twitter.com/GYPrnmKTAf

    — Multan Sultans (@MultanSultans) January 20, 2018

    Sachin Blasters
    This isn’t the first time Wasim Akram will be playing after announcing his retirement from the international circuit. In November 2015, he graced his presence for the Sachin Blasters against the Warne’s Warriors in an All-Stars T20 series. In the United States of America (USA). He opened the bowling, unleashed his resourceful bowling skills in the games and conjured roars from the stands.

    https://www.crictracker.com/wasim-akram-set-make-comeback-cricket-field/
     
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    Ali Zafar releases new anthem for PSL 3





    Like every year, Ali Zafar has just released an anthem for the latest installment of PSL. Zafar is back for the third time as the voice and soul of the Pakistan Super League. Titled Dil Se Jaan Laga De the video shows cricket players gearing up for the series.

    It also features Ramiz Raja drumming to the song while Ahmed Shehzad tries his luck strumming a guitar. Other players featured in the video include Junaid Khan, Misbah ul Haq and Shahid Afridi getting ready for the pitch.

    Zafar has also earlier composed the official anthem Ab Khel Kay Dikha for the PSL debut season and Ab Khel Jamay Ga for the second year of PSL, the latter of which has been seen and heard over 6 million times on YouTube alone.

    “I cannot explain how humbling it was to hear it play from every car, home and in every street when the final came home to Pakistan. In fact, when I was writing it, I wrote the entire chorus based on the vision, hope and dream of cricket returning to Pakistan and we are very fortunate that it did! This year’s anthem takes that thought further and it is based on a celebration; that last year’s dream was fulfilled, that the PSL embraces the very essence of cricket and pride; that Pakistan and Pakistanis will take the Super League to the next level again this year,” said Zafar.

    Dil Se Jaan Laga De has been composed, written, produced and sung by Zafar as well.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1620867/4-ali-zafar-releases-new-anthem-psl-3/
     
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    PCB to hire integrity officers during PSL

    LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to hire two integrity officers to watch over players during the upcoming third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in a bid to prevent any corruption approach. The PCB has floated an advertisement informing of two new openings for the post. The ad lists down the eligibility requirements for two Integrity Officers who would be hired “on a temporary basis (maximum 60 days)” for general vigilance and control. The ad mentions that retired Army Officers of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel will be preferred for the position.

    Those who have completed Intelligence Course would also be given preference. The initiative comes in the aftermath of a spot-fixing scandal that hit the PSL last year, which saw cricketers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif get suspended by the PCB for five years after the board’s anti-corruption tribunal found them guilty of playing a role in the corruption. Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz were also suspended for twelve and two months, respectively, for not reporting the corrupt approach to the board in a timely manner.

    The probe is ongoing against Karachi Kings batsman Shahzaib Hasan and former Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed. The PSL third edition starts from February 22 and will end on March 25. The league will be held in UAE (Dubai/Sharjah) with two matches scheduled in Lahore and the final set to be played in Karachi.

    https://dailytimes.com.pk/189683/pcb-hire-integrity-officers-psl/
     
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    Prominent WI players skip 2019 World Cup qualifiers to play in PSL

    ST JOHN’S: Chris Gayle was named in a 15-man West Indies squad for the 2019 World Cup qualifying tournament on Thursday, but other leading players ruled themselves out in order to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 tournament.

    All-rounders Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell, off-spinner Sunil Narine and batsman Darren Bravo have all decided to miss the qualifiers in Zimbabwe, which will run from March 4-25.

    “We are pleased that Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels have indicated their full support and commitment to the cause,” chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said in a statement.

    “Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo and Andre Russell however indicated that they were unavailable to help us qualify as their priority was playing in the Pakistan Super League.”

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1385466/prominent-wi-players-skip-2019-world-cup-qualifiers-to-play-in-psl
     
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    OPPO strengthens position by sponsoring HBL-PSL

    OPPO, the selfie expert and leader is the proud new official Smartphone Partner of HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018. After partnering as a global partner of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for four years, now OPPO has set a benchmark again in the field of cricket. OPPO has also introduced speedster of Pakistan Cricket team and renowned bowler, Hassan Ali who will be featuring as a lead actor in its first TVC of Pakistan. The TVC will be released officially in an exclusive media conference to be held on the8th of February 2018 in Lahore. HBL PSL 2018 will be the third season of the Pakistan Super League, a franchise Twenty20 cricket league which was established by the Pakistan Cricket Board in 2015.It will kick-start from February 22ndin Dubai. The virtual semi-finals i.e Qualifier and Eliminator would be played in Lahore while the Final would be played in Karachi. OPPO becomes the first international smartphone brand to sponsor the PSL.—PR

    https://pakobserver.net/oppo-strengthens-position-sponsoring-hbl-psl/
     
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    Date and time announced for opening ceremony of HBL PSL 2018

    The complete schedule for HBL Pakistan Super League 2018 (PSL) with the specific timing of the opening ceremony and matches has been released.

    The tournament will be kicked off with a glittering opening ceremony on February 22 at Dubai at 8 PM followed by the first match of the 2018 edition between the defending champions, Peshawar Zalmi and the newest team of HBL PSL family, Multan Sultans at 10 PM.

    Karachi Kings will play their first game of the third season on February 23 against the two-time finalists, Quetta Gladiators at 4:30 PM, whereas Lahore Qalandars will begin their campaign against Multan Sultans on the same day at 9 PM respectively.

    The champions of the inaugural edition of HBL PSL, Islamabad United will take the field for the first time in the third season on February 24 against Darren Sammy’s Peshawar Zalmi in the first game of the day.

    The tournament is comprised of 34 matches including the playoffs and the final, it will be played from February 22 to March 25.

    The two eliminators will take place in Lahore on March 20 and 21 at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, the same venue that hosted the final of HBL PSL 2.

    Whereas, the final of the tournament is scheduled to be played at National Stadium Karachi, for which the preparations are in full swing.

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    The timing for matches in Pakistan are yet to be announced.

    https://arysports.tv/date-time-opening-ceremony-psl-2018/
     
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    PSL franchises unhappy at Governing Council’s termination

    KARACHI: The Governing Council of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was silently terminated much to the chagrin of franchises, who believe it will lead to a ‘one-man show’ and termed the move to be against ‘fair play’.

    According to details, the four-member PSL Governing Council — headed by then head of Executive Committee Najam Sethi and composed of Chief Financial Officer Badar Manzoor Khan, Chief Executive Officer Subhan Ahmed and Director Marketing Naila Bhatti — was terminated after Sethi was elected PCB chairman.

    The Governing Council was supposed to keep the PSL away from the PCB’s operations and function as an separate entity.

    The idea of making the PSL autonomous was also floated during the same time and the names of a five-member committee consisting of Sethi, Mansoor Masood Khan, Shakeel Sheikh, Arif Habib and Zia Rizvi was also proposed.

    However, when Sethi replaced former PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan at the helm, he dismissed the powerful Executive Committee and now believes that there is no need for a PSL Governing Council.

    Franchises unhappy with move

    The revised contracts, with PSL’s Governing Council excluded from them, were sent to the five franchises for them to sign, while there is no mention of the body in Multan Sultan’s contract.

    Sources believe the franchises are not happy with the new contract and believe it will give Sethi more authority than he should have, disturbing the balance of power.

    Franchises think the absence of the Governing Council will lead to “imbalance” and a “neutral person should have been made the chairman of the body”.

    Franchises additionally think that “Sethi will now take all the decisions. He has complete authority now. He is the head of the PCB and he will also decide what happens in the PSL. This is not in line with the fair play that we expect”.

    PSL Governing Council no more: PCB official

    An official of the PCB also confirmed the dismissal of the Governing Council to the Daily Express, but added that the decisions are still being taken by the four members of the body.

    The official also revealed that some franchises have signed and returned the renewed contract and the PCB hopes that other will follow suit.

    Earlier, a number of issues between franchises and the PSL management surfaced which included problems with the organisation of the T10 Cricket League and delayed payments by the franchises to the PCB.

    Sources believe that PSL is facing a lot of impediments before the third edition but the franchises are not ready to confront the management since the event is just a few weeks away.

    All the issues will be talked on as soon as the third edition of the league takes place.

    The 2018 edition of league is set to kick-off on February 22, while the final of the event will be held in Karachi this year in the National Stadium.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1624735/7-psl-franchises-unhappy-governing-councils-termination/
     
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    Anyone know how much tickets for Dubai matches are usually? Planning on going to a double header this year iA
     
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    These are the prices for Sharjah. I’ll see if I can find anything for Dubai. I paid £25 for international T20 tickets in dubai a couple of years back.
     
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    Ya I saw this - I guess Dubai hasn't been released yet.
     
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    Again the organizers are missing a trick.

    We just won't see a good turnout for the weekday games unless they reduce their prices or introduce something like a season pass.
     
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    Uber becomes official transport partner of Pakistan Super League 2018

    LAHORE: Uber, the global smartphone app that seamlessly connects riders to drivers operates in more than 600 cities worldwide is set to become a partner for the upcoming HBL Pakistan Super League 2018 after partnership signing with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). This signing marks the brand’s commitment to enter the cricket arena for further support in the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (HBL PSL) 2018.

    For this purpose, a signing ceremony took place between Uber Pakistan and TransGroup, the sports agency, which has rights to cricket in Pakistan and abroad.

    Speaking about this partnership, Safee Shah, Uber Pakistan General Manager, said, “We are thrilled to be partners of the upcoming HBL PSL 2018, we are humbled to be part of the journey of bringing cricket back home. This one of its kind partnership will see us bring safe, reliable and convenient rides to match goers and hope we are able to deliver an amazing experience to the fans.”

    “HBL PSL provides brands one of the biggest promotional platforms, and I amglad Uber is keen on supporting the tournament and Team Pakistan’s journey. We are delighted to associate with Uber for a one-of-a-kind partnership in the transportation category to provide an unmatched viewing experience to fans,” added Sohaib Sheikh, PCB Senior General Manager.

    Apart from helping millions of Pakistanis move around the seven cities by offering access to reliable and safe rides, Uber is utilizing its platform to support the community on a greater level. As a responsible corporate organization, Uber works on the fundamental of giving the community back with every opportunity that comes its way. Currently, over tens of thousands of drivers are using the app to be connected to part time work, and the number keeps growing every month.

    https://dailytimes.com.pk/195915/uber-becomes-official-transport-partner-pakistan-super-league-2018/
     
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    Top five things to look forward to in this PSL

    The teams are geared up, the fans are pumped, and the grounds are ready to host the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) from February 22.

    As we wait for the action and buzz to get underway, here’s a look at top five things to look forward to in this PSL.

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    They are fiery, they are cool, and they are unstoppable: the big-hitting duo of Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum will be seen in action together in the upcoming PSL for the first time ever.

    The Aussie-Kiwi opening pair, famous for their power hitting in the Big Bash League which earned them their nickname of ‘The Bash Brothers’, will be donning the neon green colours of Lahore Qalandars.

    McCullum already made his heroic captainship skills known in the last edition of PSL, and this time it’s only going to be bigger and better with the two playing in the same side.

    The history is simple: When Lynn bats, it rains sixes. When Lynn and McCullum bat together, it’s fireworks all around. Time to get ready for #Lynnsanity.

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    This PSL, fans have a whole new team to look forward to: Multan Sultans, led by none other than veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik, with the ‘Sultan of Swing’ Wasim Akram its director of operations.

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    Shoaib Malik will lead Multan Sultans in PSL 3

    If that wasn’t enough already, the Sultans have snapped up star spinner Imran Tahir, who will be playing his first ever PSL.

    The South African leggie is currently the number one ODI bowler in the latest ICC rankings, and the fifth ranked T20 bowler.

    But even more fascinating is his running speed after he takes a wicket. Look no further than this analysis from ICC itself.

    The 38-year-old has 217 wickets from 187 T20s with a best haul of 5 for 24 (as of January 31, 2018).

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    From a little-known English county cricketer, the Barbados-born Jofra Archer has become the latest buzzword in T20 circuit after his brilliant pace bowling in the BBL this year.

    Deadly yorkers, mean bouncers, stunning catches, sensational run outs, and power batting.. you name it, Archer has done it. And he will do it again, this time for Quetta Gladiators.

    After his BBL heroics went viral, the 22-year-old Sussex player has not only gotten famous, he’s also become a millionaire, with IPL team Rajasthan Royals splashing $1.125 million on him.

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    Ever since John Cena got cricket tips from Shane Watson in Sydney last year, the WWE superstar seems to have found a new love for the game.

    And guess what, he will soon be seen in action for Peshawar Zalmi Foundation during the PSL!

    Javed Afridi, the owner of Peshawar Zalmi, broke the news on Twitter while replying to Cena’s post.

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    The best part? Cricket will come home, again! Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium and Karachi’s National Stadium will light up to host the last two playoffs of this PSL and the finale, respectively.

    Cricket’s journey back to its homeland began with the finale of last year’s PSL, which was hosted by a roaring Lahore crowd. That memorable evening paved the way for Pakistan to host the Independence Cup and Sri Lanka for a T20 international later that year.

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    Excited fans show off their tickets for the PSL 2017 final in Lahore

    And the homecoming will continue with the upcoming PSL, as the cricket-loving nation gets ready to welcome its heroes once again.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/179897-top-five-things-to-look-forward-to-in-psl-3
     
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    PCB will have to do more for PSL3

    February 22 is nearly here. The third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is ready to witness more of the fireworks, bat drops, team selfies and fascinating celebrations — everything that lightened up the second edition, but promisingly bigger and better.

    24 match days await the cricket-mad audiences around the world as they will eat, sleep and breathe cricket for nearly a month courtesy 34 matches across four cities: first in UAE’s Dubai and Sharjah, then in Lahore, and finally the grand finale in Karachi.

    With the first edition setting standards and the second one raising the bar even higher, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is looking right into the eyes of a challenge.

    Pakistani cricket fans have been known to hold unrealistic expectations from their cricket teams in all three formats, and they are further strengthened when the team delivers in the most surprising of manners in the most impossible of moments.

    However, this time around, the board and management of the PSL are going to feel the pressure of the expectations. Players will be the last ones bearing the brunt of expectations, in PSL at least.

    What expectations?

    A sixth team, the roster stretched, two matches in Lahore and a final in Karachi. All these things will test the PSL management’s experience and organising skills which they acquired and then developed in the first two editions.

    A sixth teams means more matches and a month-long event. In an age where cricket-loving audiences have become used to of quick-fire centuries and hat-tricks, to keep the audience engaged would not be an easy job for the management with an extended roster.

    PCB would have to take a leaf out of other domestic T20 league’s book and organise off-field events to keep the audience stuck to the TV or willing to attend matches, especially in the 21 match days in Dubai and Sharjah.

    Players can visit schools and colleges, have public appearances on off days for meet-and-greet sessions.

    Next up, the problem of filling up Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore would not be a problem since the country is already hungry for action. But, as we saw last year, most of the Quetta Gladiators’ players didn’t travel to Pakistan, which led to a one-sided encounter where Peshawar ran over Sarfraz Ahmed and co with ease.

    Lahore offers a blueprint of security arrangements and boasts the organisation of many international matches in the city, but even if you check this problem off your list, you just won’t be able to look away when the discussion on the final in Karachi starts.

    Two major problems come to mind.

    Firstly, the logistics of the match. Unlike Lahore, Karachi hasn’t experienced any international match since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan players’ bus. The security plan that will be put in place for the final would be tried and tested when the teams lands in the city, travel to the hotel, then visit the stadium, play the match and leave back for the hotel.

    A full-dress rehearsal on February 11 has been planned to tackle this issues, but the practicality of the plan will be tested only when March 25 comes.

    Secondly, international stars might be fine with Lahore, now, since they saw the PSL2 final happen in Lahore without any hiccups, but will they be ready to play in the financial capital of the country is still unknown.

    All in all, PSL3 will be a new test for the tournament’s organising team. PCB will have to put in an augmented effort and nothing else to pull off a historic edition.

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