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.
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:
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.
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:
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