A Twenty20 league, following a model similar to the IPL and Big Bash, has been in the works since 2013 but the Pakistan Cricket Board has had to postpone it twice — in 2014 and 2015 — over what it said was lack of response from sponsors and logistics issues.But a team dedicated solely to the PSL project and headed by PCB Executive Committee chief, Najam Sethi, says there is now a strong commercial interest in the tournament and foreign players are lining up to sign up for it. In an interview with Dawn, Sethi reveals how his team has overcome hurdles, engaged international superstars and the PCB plans to transform domestic cricket with the help of PSL.
|Administrator:||PSL Governing Body Pakistan Cricket Board|
|First tournament :||2016|
|Last tournament :||2017|
|Next tournament :||2018|
|Tournament format :||Double round robin and playoffs|
|Number of teams :||6|
|Current champion :||Peshawar Zalmi|
|Most successful :||Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi (1 title each)|
|Most runs :||Pakistan Ahmed Shehzad (532)|
|Most wickets :||Pakistan Wahab Riaz (30)|
|TV :||List of Broadcasters|
|Peshawar Zalmi:||Peshawar Zalmi are won second season by defeating Quetta Gladiators in the final, held in Lahore on 5 March 2017|
|Officially began :||On 4 February 2016 in the United Arab Emirates|
|League uses :||Draft system for player recruitment|
|PSL’s official logo:||Launched on 20 September 2015 in a ceremony in Lahore, and was revealed by 3Di|
In September 2015, the PCB officially announced the launch of the PSL. Former Pakistani national team captains Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja signed up to promote the PSL and become brand ambassadors of the league for three years.After several years of planning and two previous failed attempts,the league officially began on 4 February 2016 in the United Arab Emirates. The first two seasons included five teams nominally based in Pakistani cities.Pakistanis have historically constituted the majority of the players in domestic T20 competitions, but in its first season the PSL had a higher percentage of international players. The league uses a draft system for player recruitment similar to that used in many North American professional sports leagues and as opposed to the auction system used in some other T20 leagues.
Sethi announced that there would be the sixth team in next season of PSL, few days after 2017 PSL held. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra announced that the PSL administration will be approached for the participation of team FATA as the sixth team in PSL 2018. He said PSL administration will be approached for the participation of FATA Team. Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman; chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan; also said to have the sixth team from Gilgit-Baltistan. PCB short-listed five names for sixth team; Faisalabad, FATA, Hyderabad, Dera Murad Jamali and Multan.
According to a PCB press release, around 20 parties showed an interest in buying franchises for the league before the first season.On 18 October 2015 the Board began accepting tenders for franchises with a deadline for bids of 15 November.According to a statement by the PCB, bid winners would be granted the rights to a franchise for a term of ten years. Interested parties included the ARY Group, Omar Associates, Arif Habib Group, Haier, Mobilink as well as international groups including Leonine Global Sports and the Qatar Lubricants Company (QALCO).In April 2017, PCB invited bids for sixth team and the deadline set for the submission of both the financial and technical proposals was May 30 and as many as 40 national and international parties expressed an interest in buying the sixth franchise.
The Hanif Mohammad award and a green cap are awarded to the leading run-scorer. It is an ongoing competition with the leading run-scorer wearing the cap throughout the tournament until the final game, with the eventual winner keeping the cap and receiving the award for the season. The Fazal Mahmood award and a maroon cap are awarded to the leading wicket-taker in the same way whilst the Imtiaz Ahmed award is awarded to the best wicket-keeper. All three awards were introduced in the 2017 Pakistan Super League season.
The league follows the rules and regulations dictated by the International Cricket Council. In the group stage, two points are awarded for a win, one for a no-result and none for a loss. In the event of tied scores after both teams have faced their quota of overs, a super over is used to determine the match winner. In the group stage teams are ranked on the following criteria:
- Higher number of points
- If equal, better run rate
- If equal, highest number of wins
- If equal, least number of losses
- If still equal, the results of head to head meeting
In any play-off match in which there is no result, a super over is used to determine the winner. If the super over is not possible or the result of the over is a tie, the team which finished in the highest league position at the end of the regular season is deemed the winner of the match.
The Islamabad United squad for the 2017 Pakistan Super League is as follows:
|Shadab Khan||Pakistan|| |
|Dwayne Smith||West Indies||All-Rounders||2016|
|Brad Haddin|| |
|Nicolas Pooran|| |
|Samuel Badree||West Indies||Bowlers||2016|
|Marlon Samuels||West Indies||Batsmen||2017|
|Darren Sammy||West Indies||All-Rounders||2016|
|Shakib Al Hasan||Bangladesh||All-Rounders||2017|
|Brendon McCullum||New Zealand||Batsmen||2017|
|Cameron Delport||South Africa||Batsmen||2016|
|James Franklin||New Zealand||All-Rounders||2017|
|Grant Elliott||New Zealand||All-Rounders||2017|
|Sunil Narine||West Indies||Bowlers||2017|