PSL 2023 is set to kick off on February 13; The Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Friday that the 2023 season of the Pakistan Super League will begin on February 13. (January 20). The opening match at the Multan Cricket Stadium will feature the two 2022 finals, Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans. Last year’s PSL championship final saw Qalandars overcome the Sultans, and they will now try to become the first team to successfully defend their title. The 34-game tournament will take hold in Peshawar, Multan, Lahore, and Karachi. There will be two legs to the competition. The matches will be held in Multan and Peshawar from February 13 to February 26 before the caravan travels to Karachi and Lahore. The Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will host the Qualifier, the two Eliminators, and the Final (March 19).
Adil Rashid, Matthew Wade, Wanindu Hasaranga, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jimmy Neesham, and Tabraiz Shamsi are just a few of the players that will be making their tournament debuts. Additionally, the PCB has scheduled three exhibition games featuring female cricket players to be played in Rawalpindi on March 8, 10, and 11. This is part of their effort to launch the Pakistan Women’s League in the future. Both domestic and foreign players will be on the rosters of the two women’s teams. The world’s top T20 cricket players will be playing in the HBL PSL 8, which will take place at four historic sites, according to PCB Chairman Najam Sethi. The main goal is to make the HBL PSL bigger, better, and stronger than ever before.to make it the event of choice for top T20 cricket players. “There are significant stakes for each of the six teams entering the HBL PSL 8. Lahore Qalandars will try to become the first team to win back-to-back championships, Islamabad United will try to become the most successful team with three championships, and the other four clubs will once more try to get their hands on the glistening trophy. This results in a 34-match competition that is thrilling, captivating, and entertaining.”
PSL 2023: PCB Announces Schedule for Eighth Edition
Pakistan Super League Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released the schedule for the eighth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Friday. The match will be played in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Multan, with the series scheduled to begin on February 13 and end on March 19.When Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans square off in the PSL 8’s inaugural game on February 13 at the gorgeous Multan Cricket Stadium, they will have the chance to make history. Lahore Qalandars defeated Multan Sultans, the reigning champions, by 42 runs in 2022 at the Gaddafi Stadium. They will now enter the eighth iteration of the competition with an added incentive: the possibility to become the first franchise to win back-to-back championships. When Peshawar Zalmi, the defending champions, advanced to 2018 final but fell short and lost to Islamabad United, who won their second championship in three years, Peshawar Zalmi were in a comparable predicament as Multan Sultans. The PSL 8 will be split into two halves, with matches taking place at Multan Cricket Stadium and National Bank Cricket Arena from February 13 to February 26 and then at Gaddafi Stadium and Pindi Cricket Stadium from February 26 to March 19. The qualification, two elimination rounds, and the championship game will all take place from March 15–19 at the cricket stadium in Pakistan. Three demonstration games will be played prior to the men’s matches on March 8, 10, and 11 in Rawalpindi, serving as the soft start for the Pakistan Women’s League. Leading domestic and international athletes are anticipated to make up the two women’s sides; further information will be released soon.
Pakistan Super League Schedule
(Afternoon matches will start at 2 pm; evening matches in Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi will start at 7 pm. Evening matches in Multan will begin at 6pm except for the tournament opener, which will commence at 8 pm)
Feb 13 — Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars, Multan Cricket Stadium
Feb 14 — Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi, National Bank Cricket Arena
Feb 15 — Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators, Multan Cricket Stadium
Feb 16 — Karachi Kings v Islamabad United, National Bank Cricket Arena
Feb 17 — Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi, Multan Cricket Stadium
Feb 18 — Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators, National Bank Cricket Arena
Feb 19 — Multan Sultans v Islamabad United, Multan Cricket Stadium; Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars, National Bank Cricket Arena
Feb 20 — Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi, National Bank Cricket Arena
Feb 21 — Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars, National Bank Cricket Arena
Feb 22 – Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings, Multan Cricket Stadium
Feb 23 — Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United, National Bank Cricket Arena
Feb 24 — Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United, National Bank Cricket Arena
Feb 26 — Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans, National Bank Cricket Arena; Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi, Gaddafi Stadium
Feb 27 — Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United, Gaddafi Stadium
Mar 1 — Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
Mar 2 — Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators, Gaddafi Stadium
Mar 3 — Islamabad United v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
Mar 4 — Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans, Gaddafi Stadium
Mar 5 — Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium
Mar 6 — Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
Mar 7 — Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Islamabad United v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium
Mar 8 — Pakistan Women’s League Exhibition Match 1, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium
Mar 9 — Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars, Pindi Cricket Stadium
Mar 10 — Pakistan Women’s League Exhibition Match 2, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium
Mar 11 — Pakistan Women’s League Exhibition Match 3, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium
Mar 12 — Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings, Gaddafi Stadium
Mar 15 — Qualifier (1 v 2), Gaddafi Stadium
Mar 16 — Eliminator 1 (3 v 4), Gaddafi Stadium
Mar 17 — Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1), Gaddafi Stadium
Mar 19 — Final, Gaddafi Stadium
Massive event; The Pakistan Super League 8 calendar has been officially confirmed, and according to PCB Management Committee Chairman Mr. Najam Sethi, this will enable the PCB and the six franchises to begin solidifying and finalizing their individual event plans and objectives. The PSL 8 will be a significant event for the PCB because it will be played at four legendary locations and feature the top T20 cricket players in the world. We want to make the PSL larger, better, and stronger than it has ever been with the overall goal of making it the top T20 cricket tournament. Each of the six teams will go into the PSL 8 with a lot on the line. Islamabad United will want to win the most championships with three Championships, Lahore Qalandars will try to become the first team to win back-to-back championships, while the other four teams will want to do the same. A 34-match tournament that results from this is thrilling, captivating, and enjoyable. “Over 34 days of exciting cricket, there won’t be any doubt about the caliber of the matches that will be played. I’m expecting that the PSL will once more meet its promise of discovering and spotting rising stars who will not only compete against the existing household names in this edition but also represent Pakistan.
“I want to express my gratitude for continuing to hold the title sponsorship rights after supporting this tournament since it began in 2016. Additionally, I would like to express my gratitude to all of our other esteemed corporate sponsors, broadcasters, and franchise owners for their support. I sincerely hope they will continue to place their trust in our premier event and the PCB’s leadership vision, abilities, and competence so that we can all work together to raise the profile and reputation of Pakistan cricket. “Finally, I’d like to appeal to the devoted Pakistani cricket fans to support the PSL 8 by attending in large numbers and demonstrating their love and support for all of the competitors as well as their favorite clubs and players. On March 19, may the top team win the most coveted trophy in Pakistan cricket history in the country’s home stadium! Additionally, the PCB has decided to raise the number of players per side to 20 at the franchises’ request, allowing each franchise to select an additional two Supplementary players. The Replacement Draft, which will take place on Tuesday, January 24, will select the Supplementary players.
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Squads (foreign player names and their categories in brackets)
Pakistan Super League
Islamabad United — Alex Hales (England), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan), Shadab Khan (Platinum), Asif Ali, Fazal Haq Farooqi (Afghanistan), Wasim Jr. (Diamond), Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali (Gold), Abrar Ahmed, Colin Munro (New Zealand), Paul Stirling (Irel (both Emerging). Mubasir Khan and Moeen Ali, both of England (Supplementary)
Karachi Kings — Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, James Fuller, James Vince, both from England, Haider Ali, Imran Tahir (South Africa), Matthew Wade (Australia) (all Platinum), Irfan Khan Niazi, Qasim Akram, Mohammad Amir, Shoaib Malik, Aamer Yamin, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Akhlaq, Sharjeel Khan, Tayyab Tahir (all Silver), and (both Emerging). South Africans Tabraiz Shamsi and Mohammad Umar (Supplementary)
Lahore Qalander — Ahmad Daniyal, Dilbar Hussain, Harry Brook (England), Kamran Ghulam, Mirza Tahir Baig (all Silver), Shawaiz Irfan, Zaman Khan, Hussain Talat, and Haris Rauf (all Platinum); Fakhar Zaman, Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Shaheen Shah Afridi (all Diamond); Dawid Wiese (Namibia); Sikander Raza (Zimbab (both Emerging). England’s Jordan Cox and Jalat Khan (both Supplementary)
Multan Sultans —Khushdil Shah, Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Shan Masood (all Diamond), Akeal Hosein (West Indies), Shahnawaz Dahani, Tim David (Australia) (all Gold), Mohammad Rizwan (all Platinum), David Miller (South Africa), Josh Little (Ireland), Anwar Ali, Sameen Gul, Sarwar Afridi, Usama Mir, Usman Khan (both Silver), Abbas Afridi, and I (both Emerging). Arafat Minhas and Adil Rashid, both of England (Supplementary).
Peshawar Zalmi — All of the platinum winners are: Babar Azam, Rovman Powell (West Indies), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka), Mujeeb Ur Rehman (Afghanistan), Sherfane Rutherford (West Indies), Wahab Riaz (all Diamond), Arshad Iqbal, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Haris (all Gold), Aamer Jamal, Tom Kohler-Cadmore (England), Sa (both Emerging). From New Zealand, Jimmy Neesham (Supplementary). The second Supplementary pick in the Replacement Draft will be made by Peshawar Zalmi.
Quetta Gladiators —Ahsan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Sarfaraz Ahmed (all Gold), Mohammad Zahid, Naveen-ul-Haq (Afghanistan), Umar Akmal, Umaid Asif, Will Smeed (England) (all Silver), Aimal Khan, and Abdul Wahid Bangalzai. Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Wanindu Hasaranga (all Sri Lanka) (all Platinum), Iftikhar (both Emerging). Omair Bin Yousuf and Martin Guptill, both of New Zealand (Supplementary).
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