The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced schedule of this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), with all 34 matches to play in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan from February 20 to March 22.
The tournament kicks off on February 20 at the National Stadium of Karachi as defending champions Quetta Gladiators take on two-time champions Islamabad United.
The two eliminators as well as the final will be played in Lahore at the Gaddafi Stadium this time around, with Karachi hosting the first qualifier.
The 36-player overseas contingent for this year’s PSL includes international stars including Dale Steyn, Ben Cutting, Chris Lynn, Alex Hales and Chris Jordan.
The six franchises signed six overseas players each, with only four allowed in the playing XI per game. A total of 425 overseas players from 22 countries had registered for the PSL 2020 draft.
Defending champions Quetta Gladiators will play three matches in Lahore, four in Karachi, one in Multan and two in Rawalpindi, while Peshawar Zalmi will play one match each in Lahore and Multan, three in Karachi and five in Rawalpindi. Lahore Qalandars will play eight matches in Lahore and travel to Karachi and Rawalpindi for one game each.
Karachi Kings have two of their games in Lahore, five in Karachi, one in Multan and two in Rawalpindi while Multan Sultans will travel to Lahore for five matches, Karachi and Rawalpindi for one each, with three of their home games in Multan. Islamabad United will travel between Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi for five, three, and two matches respectively.
PCB Chairman Statement
“After bringing Test cricket back to Pakistan, hosting of the entire Pakistan Super League our other major achievement,” PCB chairman Ehsan Mani quoted as saying in a press release by the board.
Moreover he said “I always wanted Pakistan’s league should be played in home.”
“We had made this commitment to people of Pakistan at the end of last year’s event.
“I am pleased today we announced the event schedule with four centers to share the 34 event matches between them.”