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PSL 5: All About Pakistan Super League 2020

It’s time of the year again when every Pakistani cricket fan waits for Pakistan Super League as soon as the New Year begins. We are into the year 2020 now and with that the 5th edition of the mega event is now less than 50 days away. The franchise-based T20 cricket league of Pakistan – PSL 5 or Pakistan Super League 2020 – will take place entirely in Pakistan. Yes, you read that right.

Unlike previous 4 editions, there will be no show in the deserts this year. The tournament will commence in its usual style i.e. with a grand ceremony which will take place in Karachi on 20th February 2020. The ceremony will be followed by the tourney’s first fixture between defending champions Quetta Gladiators and two times champs Islamabad United. PSL 5 will be played across 34 days from 20th February to 22nd March.

A total of 6 teams – Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Multan Sultans, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators – will be competing against each other twice in the double round robin stage before moving into the play-offs. Out of 34 matches, 14 games would be played in Lahore including the tournament Final. Karachi would be hosting 9 games including the Qualifier while Rawalpindi would be home to 8 matches. 3 matches would be played in Multan Cricket Stadium. It is pertinent to mention that out of 34 matches, 8 would be Day matches while 26 would be played at Night. Day matches would commence from 14:00 [PKT] while Night matches would start from 19:00 [PKT].

Pakistan Super League 2020

  • Tournament dates: 20th February to 22nd March (34 days)
  • Tournament format: Double Round Robin and Play-offs
  • Host country: Pakistan
  • Number of teams: 6
  • Number of matches: 34
  • Venues: Karachi, Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi

Pakistan Super League 2020 operate on double round robin format, each of the participating team will face every other team twice. In the early phase of group stages, each win shall translate in award of two points; one point in case of no result/tied and no points for loss. The top 4 teams will qualify for the play-off stage of the tournament.

PSL 2020 Squads

On 6th December, a glittery and star-studded PSL draft ceremony took place in Lahore. The owners of all the teams including the captains, coaches and the management handpicked the best possible available options out of a pool of over 500 international cricketers.

There were total 5 categories in which a player was picked or retained and they are categorized as following along with their salary bracket:

  • Platinum – PKR23m-PKR34m (approx. US$147K-US$218K)
  • Diamond – PKR11.5m-PKR16m (approx. US$73K-US$103K)
  • Gold – PKR6.9m-PKR8.9m (approx. US$44K-US$58K)
  • Silver – PKR2.4m-PKR5.4m (approx. US$15K-US$35K)
  • Emerging – PKR1m-PKR1.5m (approx. US$6.5K-US$9.5K)

The management of PSL set the budget cap for the optional supplementary round at PKR 19 million (approx. US$120K). As a result, teams were allowed to pick up to two players in this round.

Islamabad United

Platinum: Shadab Khan, Dale Steyn, Colin Ingram

Diamond: Faheem Ashraf (brand ambassador), Asif Ali, Colin Munro

Gold: Luke Ronchi (mentor), Hussain Talat, Rumman Raees

Silver: Amad Butt, Musa Khan, Rizwan Hussain, Zafar Gohar, Phil Salt

Emerging: Aqif Javed, Ahmed Safi Abdullah

Supplementary: Saif Badar, Rassie van der Dussen

Coach: Misbah-ul-Haq

Players released from PSL 2019: Alex Hales, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton, Ian Bell, Mohammad Sami, Nasir Nawaz, Philip Salt, Rumman Raees, Sahibzada Farhan, Samit Patel, Waqas Maqsood, Wayne Parnell, Zafar Gohar and Zahir Khan

Karachi Kings

Platinum: Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Alex Hales,

Diamond: Imad Wasim (brand ambassador), Iftikhar Ahmed, Chris Jordan

Gold: Aamir Yamin, Sharjeel Khan, Cameron Delport

Silver: Usama Mir, Mohammad Rizwan, Umaid Asif, Dan Lawrance, Ali Khan

Emerging: Umer Khan, Arshad Iqbal

Supplementary: Liam Plunkett, Awais Zia

Coach: Dean Jones

Players released from PSL 2019: Aaron Summers, Abrar Ahmed, Ali Imran, Awais Zia, Ben Dunk, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Jaahid Ali, Liam Livingstone, Mohammad Rizwan, Ravi Bopara, Sikandar Raza, Sohail Khan and Usman Shinwari (transferred to Lahore Qalandars)

Lahore Qalandars

Platinum: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Chris Lynn

Diamond: Shaheen Shah Afridi (brand ambassador), David Wiese, Usman Shinwari

Gold: Haris Rauf, Sohail Akhtar, Samit Patel

Silver: Salman Butt, Seekkuge Prsanna, Ben Dunk, Farzan Raja, Jaahid Ali

Emerging: M Faizan

Supplementary: Lendl Simmons, Dilbar Hussain

Coach: Aqib Javed

Players released from PSL 2019: AB de Villiers (not available in 2020), Agha Salman, Aizaz Cheema, Anton Devcich, Asela Gunaratne, Brendan Taylor, Carlos Brathwaite, Corey Anderson (not available in 2020), Gohar Ali, Hardus Viljoen, Haris Sohail, Hassan Khan, Mohammad Imran, Rahat Ali, Riki Wessels, Ryan ten Doeschate (not available in 2020), Saad Ali, Sandeep Lamichhane, Umair Masood, Yasir Shah

Multan Sultans

Platinum: Mohammad Irfan, Moeen Ali, Rilee Rossouw

Diamond: Shahid Afridi (mentor), Zeeshan Ashraf, Ravi Bopara

Gold: James Vince (brand ambassador), Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir

Silver: Ali Shafiq, Shan Masood, Khushdil Shah, Usman Qadir, Fabian Allen

Emerging: Mohammad Ilyas, Rohail Nazir

Supplementary: Imran Tahir, Bilawal Bhatti

Coach: Tom Moody

Players released from PSL 2019: Andre Russell (not available in 2020), Chris Green, Dan Christian, Hammad Azam, Joe Denly, Johnson Charles, Laurie Evans, M. Irfan Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Junaid, Nicholas Pooran, Numan Ali, Qais Ahmed, Shakeel Ansar, Shoaib Malik, Steve Smith (not available in 2020), Tom Moores and Umar Siddiq

Peshawar Zalmi

Platinum: Hasan Ali, Kieron Pollard, Wahab Riaz

Diamond: Kamran Akmal (brand ambassador), Tom Banton, Shoaib Malik

Gold: Darren Sammy (mentor), Imam-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson

Silver: Umar Amin, Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Dwaine Pretorius, Adil Amin

Emerging: Amir Khan, Amir Ali

Supplementary: Liam Livingstone, Haider Ali Khan

Coach: Muhammed Akram

Players released from PSL 2019: Andre Fletcher, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Ibtesam Sheikh, Jamal Anwar, Khalid Usman, Lendl Simmons, Liam Dawson, Misbah-ul-Haq (not available in 2020), Nabi Gul, Sameen Gul, Samiullah, Sohaib Maqsood, Tymal Mills, Umaid Asif, Waqar Salamkheil and Wayne Madsen

Peshawar Zalmi captain Darran Sammi (C) wears a traditional turban as he celebrates with teammates his team’s victory over Quetta Gladiators in the final cricket match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at The Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on March 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Quetta Gladiators

Platinum: Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Jason Roy

Diamond: Shane Watson (mentor), Ahmed Shehzad, Ben Cutting

Gold: Umar Akmal (ambassador), Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed

Silver: Ahsan Ali, Naseem Shah, Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills, Abdul Nasir

Emerging: Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan

Supplementary: Keemo Paul, Khurram Manzoor

Coach: Moin Khan

Players released from PSL 2019: Anwar Ali, Danish Aziz, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Fawad Ahmed, Ghulam Mudassar, Harry Gurney, Jalat Khan, Max Waller, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Azam Khan, Mohammad Irfan Jr, Rilee Rossouw, Saud Shakil and Sohail Tanvir

PSL 2020 Schedule

A total of 34 matches will be played across 34 days from 20th February to 22nd March 2020 across four different venues of Pakistan (Karachi, Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi) between 6 different teams for one PSL trophy. The schedule of Pakistan Super League 2020 is as following:

Matches in Karachi

February 20 – Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United (Night)

February 21 – Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi (Day)

February 22 – Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi (D)

February 23 – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators (D)

March 12 – Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars (N)

March 13 – Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans (N)

March 14 – Karachi Kings v Islamabad United (N)

March 15 –Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings (N)

March 17 – Qualifier (1 v 2) (N)

Matches in Multan

February 26 – Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi (N)

February 28 – Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings (D)

February 29 – Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators (D)

Matches in Lahore

February 21 – Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans (N)

February 22 – Islamabad United v Multan Sultans (N)

February 23 – Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (N)

March 3 – Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars (N)

March 4 – Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars (N)

March 6 – Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans (N)

March 7 – Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators (N)

March 8 – Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings (N)

March 10 – Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi (N)

March 11 – Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans (N)

March 15 – Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars (D)

March 18 – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4), Gaddafi Stadium (N)

March 20 – Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1) (N)

March 22 – Final, Gaddafi Stadium (N)

Matches in Rawalpindi

February 27 – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (N)

February 28 – Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars (N)

February 29 – Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi (N)

March 1 – Islamabad United v Karachi Kings (N)

March 2 – Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings (N)

March 5 – Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators (N)

March 7 – Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United (D)

March 8 – Multan Sultans v Islamabad United (D)

Which side you will be rooting for in PSL 5?

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  1. Anonymous

    05/01/2020 at 7:27 pm

    Karachi kings

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