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Pakistan Super League 2019

Sports Dubai Sports City 14 Feb 19 00:00 AM
Pakistan Super League 2019
Pakistan Super League 2019 season 4 held in Dubai from 14th Feb- 5th March promises some intense action as the top drafted Pakistani talent and handpicked overseas players are ready to taste victory.
AED20 for single headers, AED30 for Pakistan Super
Event Location
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sheikh Mohammed bIn Zayed Road, Dubai
Dubai Sports City
Start Time
14 February 2019, 12:00 AM
End Time
05 March 2019, 12:00 AM

Season 4 of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) kicked off on February 14th with the opening ceremony being held at Dubai International Stadium. The opening ceremony started with the national anthems of Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and hit high notes with upbeat performances by Jamaican singing sensation Shaggy and Pakistani singers Shahzad Roy and Ali Zafar. Celebrity and TV show host Fahad Mustafa charged up the crowd with chants of "This league belongs to the whole of Pakistan". Songs in the four provincial languages were played, as dancers in traditional wear took center stage. The cultural act included a 3D projection for the first time ever in a Pakistani show which illuminated the famed 'Ring of Fire' stadium in Dubai. A remarkable fireworks display concluded the event, and participants of the ceremony cleared the field to make way for the first match between Lahore Qalanders and Islamabad United.

The 2016 Pakistan Super League match between Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars managed to grab more eyeballs than the India-Pakistan quarterfinal match in the 2011 World Cup. And, if the numbers are anything to go by, then the PSL is sure to set new benchmarks in the years to come. But for now five teams - defending champions Islamabad United, runners-up Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars - are ready to create a sandstorm in the desert with some nail-biting and lip-smacking cricket.

The 'Spirit Trophy' dazzles with the innovative Crystal Fine Rocks - a product made using over 50,000 double pointed crystals from Swarovski. Sitting on the pinnacle is the Shooting Star, a multi-faceted crystal sculpture made with precision cut technology.

HBL PSL 2019 trophies will also be awarded for the best batsman, best bowler, wicket-keeper and man-of-the-tournament. The Best Batsman's trophy (a crystallized cricket bat) is named after legendary Pakistan batsman Hanif Mohammad; the Best Bowler's trophy (a crystallized cricket ball) is named after legendary fast bowler Fazal Mahmood (a crystallized cricket ball); the Best Wicket-keeper's trophy (a crystallized wicket-keeper's glove) named after legendary wicket-keeper Imtiaz Ahmed; and the Man of the Tournament's trophy (a crystallized rising star).

The number of matches has been increased from 24 to 34 in the fourth season, with Dubai playing host to 13 of them including the Playoff 3 on March. The Dubai International Stadium has hosted international cricket since 2009 and has staged more T20Is than any other venue -.43. Each of the five sides will be involved in a double-leg round-robin league thereby playing eight games each. The top four teams will then qualify for the playoffs wherein the first-ranked team at the end of the league stage will take on the second-placed side in the first playoff. The second playoff will see the third and the fourth ranked side take on each other before the losing team from the first playoff faces the winning team from the second playoff. The PSL between the winner of the first playoff and the third playoff will be held in Lahore on March 5 after the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed that it will be played in Pakistan.

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