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The Pakistan Super League is the T20 Cricket league from the lands of Pakistan. The idea of organizing a franchise tournament in Pakistan was born in 2013. But the league could not be organized for the first three years because of various reasons.
The league was launched officially by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in September 2015. On 4th February 2016, the first season of the league kicked off. The first season of the league had five teams. The PSL 2018 saw the introduction of a sixth team. Currently, the league has six teams.
Since the inception, the PSL has taken place each year in February and March. Last year, the league stage was played in February-March only. But the last stage of the tournament was pushed ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The qualifier and the first eliminator were played on 14th November 2020. The second eliminator was played on 15th November 2020. The PSL 2020 final was played on 17th November 2020. PSL T20 2020 was the first time where all the PSL matches were played in Pakistan.
This year the league started on 20th February. It was the sixth edition of the league. The PCB could only organize 15 matches this year before there were reports of several players and staff testing positive for the coronavirus.
On 4th March 2021, it was announced that the PSL 2021 was suspended and the reaming matches will be played in June 2021. At first, it was announced that the remaining matches will be played in Karachi. But, because of rising cases of Covid-19 in Pakistan, the matches will be played in UAE. PCB had also announced that the tournament will resume from 1st June 2021.
During the first half of the PSL, fantasy players across the country won various contests on Fantasy Power 11. We will again host several contests, once the Pakistan Super League resumes. We release a lot of fantasy cricket tips before every match. Do read our blogs to get an in-depth knowledge of games.

PSL 2020 Teams

The first two seasons of the league had five teams. In April 2017, the Pakistan Cricket Board invited bids for a sixth team. More than 40 companies from Pakistan and other parts of the world showed interest. PCB shortlisted five cities to include in the league. These five cities were Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Dera Murad Jamali, and Multan. On 1st June 2017, Schön Properties bought the Multan region for a price of USD 5.2 million per year. The franchise was named Multan Sultan. On 12th November 2018, PCB terminated Schön Properties’ rights over the Multan team because of payment issues. The team was re-sold to the Ali Tareen consortium for USD 6.35 million for seven years.
Following is the list of teams that are part of the Pakistan Super League:

  • Islamabad United: The team represents the city of Islamabad, and Leonine Global Sports owns the team. Islamabad United is the most successful team of the PSL. It has won the title twice in 2016 and 2018. Barring the last season, Islamabad United has qualified for the knockout stage each year. Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is the home ground of the team. As of 2021, Shadab Khan is the captain, and Johan Botha is the coach.
  • Karachi Kings: The Kings represent the city of Karachi, and ARY Group owns the team. Karachi Kings are the defending champions. They won the PSL 2020 final against Lahore Qalandars. National Stadium Karachi is the home ground of the team. As of 2021, Imad Wasim is the captain, and Herschelle Gibbs is the coach of the Karachi Kings.
  • Lahore Qalandars: Lahore Qalandars is the team that represents the first capital of the country. Gaddafi Stadium is the home ground of the team, and Qatar Lubricants Company owns the team. As of 2021, Sohail Akhtar is the captain, and Aaqib Javed is the coach of the Lahore Qalandars. Lahore Qalandars were the runners-up of the 2020 season of the league.
  • Multan Sultans: Multan Sultans is the newest team in the Pakistan Super League. The team was founded in the year 2017 and played its first game in the year 2018. The team was first owned by Schön Properties and later the ownership was transferred to Ali Tareen Consortium in 2018. Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans are the only two teams in the league that have not won any season. Multan Cricket Stadium is the home ground of the team. Mohammad Rizwan is the current captain, and Andy Flower is the current coach.
  • Peshawar Zalmi: Peshawar Zalmi is the team that represents the city of Peshawar. Wahab Riaz is the current captain of the team, and Darren Sammy is the current coach. Sammy has been with the team since the inception of the league. Sammy helped Zalmi to clinch the title in the second edition. Sammy withdrew because of fitness issues in 2020. Zalmi then named him the coach of the team. Zalmi has qualified for the playoff stage every year since the inception of the league.
  • Quetta Gladiators: Quetta Gladiators is one of the teams in the Pakistan Super League and represents the city of Quetta. Bugti Stadium in Quetta is the home ground of the team. The team is owned by Omar Associates. Sarfaraz Ahmed is the captain of the team. He was appointed as the captain of the team in the first year of the tournament. Sarfaraz is the most successful captain in the tournament. Moin Khan is the head coach of the team and has been with the team since the first year. Also, Viv Richards is the mentor of the team since the first year.

PSL T20 2021 Schedule

The 2021 edition of the PSL started with a game between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators on 20th February 2021. The Gladiators made 121 runs before being dismissed in 18.2 overs. Arshad Iqbal took three wickets and gave 16 runs in four overs. He also bowled a maiden over. Joe Clarke, the wicket-keeper batsman, made 46 off 23 balls on his PSL debut. The tournament was hit in the face when Fawad Ahmed of Islamabad United tested positive for Covid-19 on 1st March 2021. The match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators on the same date was rescheduled to the next day. On 2nd March 2021, the match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators took place, and the United won the game by six wickets. But Tom Banton of the Quetta Gladiators and one member of the support staff returned with a positive report. On 4th March 2021, three more players tested positive for the virus, and the PCB had no other option other than postponing the league. The league will resume from 1st June 2021 and will be played in the UAE.

PSL 2021 Squad

On 27 April 2021, all the franchises roped in some players in the squad to replace other players who will not be available during the next leg of the league. Here’s a list of players who are picked up by the teams and the players they would be replacing:

  • Islamabad United
    In: Usman Khawaja, Janneman Malan
    Replacing: Alex Hales, Lewis Gregory
  • Lahore Qalandars
    In: Shakib Al Hasan, James Faulkner, Joe Burns, Callum Ferguson, Seekkuge Prasanna
    Replacing: Rashid Khan, Joe Denly, David Wiese, Tom Abell, Samit Patel
  • Peshwar Zalmi
    In: Fabian Allen, Rovman Powell, Fidel Edwards
    Replacing: Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood
  • Karachi Kings
    In: Martin Guptill, Najibullah Zadran, Thisara Perera, Liton Das
    Replacing: Colin Ingram, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Joe Clarke
  • Multan Sultans
    In: Mahmudullah, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, George Linde, Obed McCoy
    Replacing: Chris Lynn, James Vince, Adam Lyth, Carlos Brathwaite
  • Quetta Gladiators
    In: Andre Russell
    Replacing: Tom Banton

PSL 2021 Points Table

Karachi Kings532006
Peshawar Zalmi532006
Islamabad United431006
Lahore Qalandars431006
Multan Sultans514002
Quetta Gladiators514002

PSL Live Telecast

The PSL 2021 live streaming was available in the sub-continent region on SonyLIV platform. PSL live 2020 was available in more than 25 countries. Fantasy Power 11 is a pioneer of India fantasy league. Do visit our website to understand how to play fantasy cricket.