The sixth edition of Pakistan’s biggest cricket festival, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is just around the corner. All the cricket lovers and fans are excited about the world’s biggest cricket players arriving in Pakistani stadiums facing off the city rivalries to the next level.
The good news is that even though the world is facing an unprecedented pandemic situation, the entire tournament will go as planned from February 20 to March 22.
Earlier, the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The news was confirmed on PSL’s official Twitter page and added that matches would be rescheduled for a later date.
However, Karachi Kings took home the title for Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 after defeating Lahore Qalandars by five wickets.
This year, the matches of PSL 2021 will be played in two major cities of Pakistan; Karachi and Lahore. Only 20% of the audience will be allowed to watch live cricket in the stadiums.
7,500 ticketed spectators will be allowed access inside the National Stadium, Karachi per match day, while around 5,500 will be able to attend each match day at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
During the course of the event, the NCOC and the PCB will continue to work together and monitor the situation before a decision to increase crowd numbers for the three playoffs and the final is made.
The NCOC made the decision following a detailed and comprehensive briefing by the PCB officials, in which they assured that the event organizers and the PCB will strictly follow government Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures, including social distancing.
History Of PSL:
Pakistan Super League (PSL) is the country’s own highest level of domestic Twenty20 cricket and its first season was played in 2016. When the league was started, it had only five teams: Karachi Kings, Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United, and Lahore Qalandars, however, from its 3rd edition played in 2018, a new team “Multan Sultans” was added as the sixth team to compete in the tournament.
|HIGHLIGHTS OF PSL 1 (2016)|
|Player of the Series||Ravi Bopara of Karachi Kings|
|Most Run Scorer||Umar Akmal (334 Runs)|
|HIGHLIGHTS OF PSL 2 (2017)|
|Host Country(s)||UAE, Pakistan|
|Player of the Series||Kamran Akmal of Peshawar Zalmi|
|Most Run Scorer||Kamran Akmal (353 Runs)|
|HIGHLIGHTS OF PSL 3 (2018)|
|Host Country(s)||UAE, Pakistan|
|Player of the Series||Luke Ronchi of Islamabad United|
|Most Run Scorer||Luke Ronchi (435 Runs)|
|HIGHLIGHTS OF PSL 4 (2019)|
|Host Country(s)||UAE, Pakistan|
|Player of the Series||Shane Watson of Quetta Gladiators|
|Most Run Scorer||Shane Watson (423)|
|HIGHLIGHTS OF PSL 5 (2020)|
|Player of the Series||Babar Azam|
|Most Run Scorer||Babar Azam (473)|
PSL 2021 Official Anthem:
The official anthem of PSL 6 “Groove Mera” is recorded in the voices of Naseebo Lal, Aima Baig, and Young Stunners. The video features Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shaan Masood, and Wahab Riaz.
PSL 2021 Teams:
PSL 2021 Squads:
Imad Wasim (C), Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nabi, Sharjeel Khan, Colin Ingram, Chadwick Walton, Dan Christian, Danish Aziz, Joe Clarke, Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Ilyas, Amir Yamin, Arshad Iqbal, Zeeshan Malik, Noor Ahmed, Qasim Akram.
Shadab Khan (C), Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Chris Jordan, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt, Zafar Gohar, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir, Reece Topley, Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Akif Javed.
Wahab Riaz (C), Imam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Kamran Akmal, David Miller, Sherfane Rutherford, Ravi Bopara, Amad Butt, Haider Ali, Mohammad Irfan Sr, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Umaid Asif, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Amir Khan.
Mohammad Rizwan (C), Shahid Afridi, Shaan Masood, Rilee Rossouw, Sohail Tanvir, Chris Lynn, Imran Tahir, Carlos Brathwaite, Khushdil Shah, James Vince, Adam Lyth, Imran Khan Sr., Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaibullah, Mohammad Umar, Shahnawaz Dhani, Sohail Khan, Usman Qadir.
Sohail Akhtar (C), Mohammad Hafeez, Rashid Khan, Haris Rauf, Ben Dunk, Fakhar Zaman, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Dilbar Hussain, David Wiese, Tom Abell, Zaid Alam, Zeshan Ashraf, Joe Denly, Samit Patel, Salman Ali Agha, Maaz Khan, Ahmed Danyal, Mohammad Faizan.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (C), Chris Gayle, Cameron Delport, Azam Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Ben Cutting, Dale Steyn, Tom Banton, Nasim Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Abdul Nasir, Qais Ahmed, Arish Ali, Usman Shinwari, Zahid Mahmood, Usman Khan, Saim Ayub.
This year, PSL 6 will be played in two cities; Karachi and Lahore.
|PSL 2021 Venues||No. of Matches to be Hosted||Seating Capacity|
|National Stadium, Karachi||20||35000|
|Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||14||27000|
Schedule of matches at National Stadium, Karachi:
- Feb 20: Opening Ceremony followed by Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators
- Feb 21: Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans (N)
- Feb 22: Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators (N)
- Feb 23: Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans (N)
- Wed, 24 Feb – Karachi Kings v Islamabad United (N)
- Feb 26: Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators (N)
- Feb 27: Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United (N)
- Feb 28: Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars (N)
- March 1: Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators (N)
- March 3: Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi (D); Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans (N)
- March 4: Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United (N)
- March 5: Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings (N)
- March 6: Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators (D); Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars (N)
- March 7: Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators (D); Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings (N)
Schedule of matches at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore:
- March 10: Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings (N)
- March 11: Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars (N)
- March 12: Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars (N)
- March 13: Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings (D); Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United (N)
- March 14: Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi (D); Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings (N)
- March 15: Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi (N)
- March 16: Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars (N)
- March 18: Qualifier (1 vs 2) (N)
- March 19: Eliminator 1 (3 vs 4) (N)
- March 20: Eliminator 2 (Loser of Qualifier vs Winner of Eliminator 1) (N)
- March 22: Final (N).
PSL 2021 Format
The format of PSL 2021 is the same as last year. Each team will play group stage matches against each other and will gain points, each team will earn two points after every win. At the end of the group stage matches, the top 4 teams of the table will qualify for playoffs.
Moreover, the top two teams will battle for a slot in the final in the first play-off match. While the teams positioned 3rd and 4th will fight for survival in the first eliminator match with the winning team
The winner of that match will go on as the second team in the final. The 6th Edition of PSL, like all seasons, will be endorsed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
PSL 2021 Rules & Points
The basics of the 6th edition of PSL are the same as before as two points will be awarded to the winning team. Therefore, a “no result” will award one point to both the playing sides while the losing side in any match will not gain any point. If a match is tied, the fate of both the teams will be decided in a Super Over.
If the Super Over is tied, then the team with the maximum boundaries will win the match. Here are some pointers to help you understand the PSL table better:
- The top position will be deduced by the maximum number of points in the PSL table.
- If multiple teams are tied with the same number of points, then the net run rate (NRR) will come into force and the team with the highest (NRR) will top the others.
- Moreover, If in case, even the NRR is tied, the team with the most wins will top the others.
- If two teams are tied on all the above criteria, then the head-to-head contest between these teams will determine the eventual superior.
PSL 2021 Tickets:
The tickets of PSL 2021 will be sold online ranging from PKR 250 to PKR 4000 for different enclosures in Karachi and Lahore stadiums.
How To Buy PSL 2021 Tickets Online?
- Visit Yayvo.com, the official online ticket selling partners of the event.
- On the website, you can easily pick the ticket of the match you want to spectate.
- In the next step, you have to fill out the necessary information to finalize the purchase.
- You can either go for online payments via your credit/debit card or pay cash upon receiving the ticket.
- In case you have selected the “cash on delivery” option, you’ll be provided with a unique order number.
- You can easily collect your Ticket from any of your nearest TCS Express Center.
- Tickets will neither be Refundable nor Exchangeable.