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Pakistan Super League (PSL, Urdu: پاکستان سوپر لیگ) is a men's professional Twenty20 cricket league, sanctioned by the Pakistan Cricket Board, that represents the sport's highest level in Pakistan. The league was founded in Lahore on 8 September 2015 and presently comprises 6 teams. 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. The commercial rights to the initial franchises were sold for US$93 million for a span of 10 years in December 2015. The PSL season runs between the months of February and March, with each team playing 10  matches in double round robin format; the top 4 teams with the best record qualify for the Playoffs and culminates in the championship game, the PSL Cup Final. The league's head offices are directed out of the Pakistan Cricket Board head office in Lahore. Due to security reasons, the first season was played entirely in the United Arab Emirates. The inaugural champions were Islamabad United. Peshawar Zalmi were the 2017 PSL Champions, having defeated Quetta Gladiators in Lahore on 5 March 2017.

History

Establishment

In September 2015, the PCB 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.[3]

After several years of planning and two previous failed attempts,[4][5] 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.[6]. The first two seasons included five teams nominally based in Pakistani cities.[7][8] 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.[9]

The PSL's official logo was launched on 20 September 2015 in a ceremony in Lahore, and was revealed by 3Di.[10] The ceremony was attended by current and retired cricketers, as well as Pakistani celebrities.

Expansion

The possibility of adding a sixth team to the league in 2017,[11] possibly in Kashmir, was also under discussion, but was rejected by the middle of May 2016.[12][13][14]

Sethi announced that there would be the sixth team in next season of PSL, few days after 2017 PSL held. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra announced that the PSL administration will be approached for the participation of team FATA as the sixth team in PSL 2018. He said PSL administration will be approached for the participation of FATA Team.[15][16] Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman; chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan; also said to have the sixth team from Gilgit-Baltistan. PCB short-listed five names for sixth team; Faisalabad, FATA, Hyderabad, Dera Murad Jamali and Multan.[17]

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.[18][19]

Profits

In May 2016, the PCB officially announced that the inaugural season of the PSL yielded profits of US$2.6 million.[20] However, profits for the 2017 season were not officially disclosed.

Format

PSL Playoffs.svg

PSL Playoffs

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. 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, least number of 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

Cities represented by PSL teams

According to a PCB press release, around 20 parties showed an interest in buying franchises for the league before the first season.[21] On 18 October 2015 the Board began accepting tenders for franchises with a deadline for bids of 15 November.[22]

According to a statement by the PCB, bid winners would be granted the rights to a franchise for a term of ten years.[23] 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).[24]

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.[25][26]

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 May 30 and as many as 40 national and international parties expressed an interest in buying the sixth franchise.[27]

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.[28]

Team City/Province Owner Price Founded Home ground Captain Coach
Islamabad United Islamabad, Capital Territory Leonine Global Sports
(Ali Naqvi & Amna Naqvi)
US$15 million (ten-year agreement) 2015[lower-alpha 1] Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium Pakistan Misbah-ul-Haq Australia Dean Jones
Karachi Kings Karachi, Sindh ARY Group
(Salman Iqbal, CEO)
US$26 million (ten-year agreement) 2015[lower-alpha 1] National Stadium Pakistan Imad Wasim South Africa Mickey Arthur
Lahore Qalandars Lahore, Punjab Qatar Lubricants Company
(Fawad Rana, MD)
US$25 million (ten-year agreement) 2015[lower-alpha 1] Gaddafi Stadium New Zealand Brendon McCullum Pakistan Aqib Javed
Multan Sultans Multan, Punjab Schön Properties
(Nasir Schon & sons)
US$41.6 million (eight year agreement) 2017[lower-alpha 2] Multan Cricket Stadium Pakistan Shoaib Malik Australia Tom Moody
Peshawar Zalmi Peshawar, Khyber Pakthunkhwa Haier Pakistan
(Javed Afridi, CEO)
US$16 million (ten-year agreement) 2015[lower-alpha 1] Arbab Niaz Stadium 22x20px Darren Sammy Pakistan Mohammad Akram
Quetta Gladiators Quetta, Balochistan Omar Associates
(Nadeem Omar, Director)
US$11 million (ten-year agreement) 2015[lower-alpha 1] Ayub National Stadium Pakistan Sarfraz Ahmed Pakistan Moin Khan

Results

Season results

Season No. of teams Final Venue Player of the series
Winner Winning margin Runner-up
2016
Details
5 Islamabad United kit colours.png Islamabad United
175/4 (18.4 overs)
6 wickets
(scorecard)
Quetta Gladiators kit colours.png Quetta Gladiators
174/7 (20 overs)
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai England Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings)
2017
Details
5 Peshawar zalmi colours.png Peshawar Zalmi
148/6 (20 overs)
58 runs
(scorecard)
Quetta Gladiators kit colours.png Quetta Gladiators
90 (16.3 overs)
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore Pakistan Kamran Akmal (Peshawar Zalmi)

Team results

Teams 2016 2017 2018
Islamabad United kit colours.png Islamabad United W 4th TBD
Karachi Kings kit colours.png Karachi Kings 4th 3rd TBD
Lahore Qalandar Colors.png Lahore Qalandars 5th 5th TBD
Multan Sultans colours.png Multan Sultans TBD
Peshawar zalmi colours.png Peshawar Zalmi 3rd W TBD
Quetta Gladiators kit colours.png Quetta Gladiators R R TBD

Debutant teams

Year Team(s)
2016 Islamabad United kit colours.png Islamabad United, Karachi Kings kit colours.png Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandar Colors.png Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar zalmi colours.png Peshawar Zalmi, Quetta Gladiators kit colours.png Quetta Gladiators
2017
2018 Multan Sultans colours.png Multan Sultans

Overview

The table below provides an overview of the performances of teams. Teams are sorted by best performance, then by total number of wins, total number of games, and alphabetical order respectively.

Appearances Statistics
Team Total First Latest Best result Mat. Won Lost Tie NR Win%*
Peshawar zalmi colours.png Peshawar Zalmi 220162017Champions (2017)211280160
Islamabad United kit colours.png Islamabad United 220162018Champions (2016)211290057.14
Quetta Gladiators kit colours.png Quetta Gladiators 220162018Runners-up (2016, 2017)211280160
Karachi Kings kit colours.png Karachi Kings 220162017Play-offs (2016, 2017)197120036.84
Lahore Qalandar Colors.png Lahore Qalandars 220162017Group Stage (2016, 2017)165110031.25
Multan Sultans colours.png Multan Sultans 12018--------
Last Updated: 15 Febrary 2018
Source: [29]

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.[30] The Fazal Mahmood award and a maroon cap are awarded to the leading wicket-taker in the same way[31] whilst the Imtiaz Ahmed award is awarded to the best wicket-keeper. All three awards were introduced in the 2017 Pakistan Super League season.[32]

Team records

Team Span Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR Win %
Islamabad United kit colours.png Islamabad United 2016–present 21 12 9 0 0 0 57.14
Karachi Kings kit colours.png Karachi Kings 2016–present 19 7 12 0 0 0 36.84
Lahore Qalandar Colors.png Lahore Qalandars 2016–present 16 5 11 0 0 0 31.25
Multan Sultans colours.png Multan Sultans 2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 00.00
Peshawar zalmi colours.png Peshawar Zalmi 2016–present 21 12 8 0 0 1 60.00
Quetta Gladiators kit colours.png Quetta Gladiators 2016–present 20 12 7 0 0 1 63.15

Source: ESPNcricinfo; Last Updated: 5 March 2017

Note:

  • Tie&W and Tie&L indicates matches tied and then won or lost by "Super Over"
  • The result percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win

Sponsorship

The PSL's initial title sponsorship was awarded to HBL Pakistan for three years in December 2015.[33] Sponsorship deals associated with the league including the title sponsorship, are estimated to be worth more than $6 million.[34]

Broadcast

For the first three seasons of the league, Sunset + Vine were awarded production rights as official broadcasters, and PTV Sports, Ten Sports and Geo Super were awarded broadcast rights in Pakistan. The value of the broadcasting deal was US$15 million, with the PCB selling the global television rights to Tech Front, a United Arab Emirates' group.[35]

In 2017, DSports (India) bought the broadcasting rights of PSL, becoming the first channel in India to do so.

Matches streamed live in Pakistan on YouTube, and on PSL official site and app through cricketgateway.pk; while streamed globally on cricketgateway.com.[36][37]

Territory Years Channels
Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan 2016–present PTV Sports
Ten Sports
Geo Super
Flag of Afghanistan.svg Afghanistan 2017–present Moby
Flag of Australia.svg Australia 2017–present Channel 44
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh 2016–present Gazi TV
Flag of Canada.svg Canada 2017–present Sportsnet
Willow TV
22x20px Caribbean 2016–present Flow TV
Flag of India.svg India 2018 DSport[38]
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya 2017–present Star Times
22x20px Middle East & North Africa 2016–present OSN Sports
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 2017–present Sky Sport
Flag of the Philippines.svg Philippines 2018–present ESPN 5
Solar Sports
Fox Sports 2
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 2017–present Star Times
SuperSport
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 2016–present Ten Sports
CSN
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 2016–present Prime TV: Sky 792
A-Plus TV
Channel 44 UK
Flag of the United States.svg USA 2017–present A-Plus TV
Willow TV
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe 2017–present SuperSport

Advertising rights for the first three years of the league's operation were awarded to Pakistani company Blitz Advertising.[39]

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The team was founded in 2015 and made its PSL debut in the 2016 season.
  2. The team was founded in 2017 and will make its PSL debut in the 2018 season.

See also

References

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