Pakistan cricket grounds were presenting a desert scene, disappointment was on the faces of cricket fans, foreign teams were not ready to come to Pakistan, suddenly the city rang, the grounds were decorated and the game was frozen.

In the year 2017, the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and the doors of international cricket, which had been closed to Pakistan for many years, were opened, the excitement returned and the disappointment disappeared from the faces of the cricket fans.

It may not be easy to decide what is the greater contribution of PSL to Pakistan cricket. Bringing new talent or rehabilitating cricket grounds?

PSL and three big stars

The highlight of the Pakistan Super League is the Emerging Cricketers category. From the first edition, the PSL management has mandated every franchise to include a young player in the playing XI.

Thus emerging cricketers at the junior level got the opportunity to play with the big names of the world, share the dressing room and face the crowd pressure.

Leg spinner Shadab Khan can undoubtedly be called the first star of PSL. Fast bowler Haris Rauf, who was showing talent in tap ball cricket at local level, was discovered by PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars.

Today Haris Rauf is needed not only in Pakistan cricket but in T20 leagues around the world.

PSL has been instrumental in grooming Pakistan captain Shaheen Shah Afridi as a fast bowler and captain in T20 cricket.

Lahore Qalandars not only chose him as a bowler at a very young age but also gave him the opportunity of captaincy and he was able to win the trophy for the first time.

Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars

If all eyes are on the Ashes and Pakistan vs India in international cricket, the most watched match in the Pakistan Super League is between traditional rivals Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars.

                                       The most watched match of PSL is between traditional rivals Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars.

This match is similar to the match between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Spanish Football League. In PSL Nine, matches between Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars will be played on February 24 and March 9.

Karachi Kings in a new look

Karachi Kings will enter the field with a new captain this time. The performance of Karachi Kings in PSL seven and eight was very disappointing.

Thus, Babar Azam and Imad Wasim had to lose their captaincy respectively. This time, fast bowler Mohammad Amir and opening batsman Sharjeel Khan also could not be part of Karachi Kings.

Shaan Masood will lead the Karachi Kings. Hassan Ali will represent Karachi Kings this season after Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United.

Quetta Gladiators with new captain and new team management

Sarfaraz Ahmed of Quetta Gladiators was the captain who led the most number of matches in PSL, the team also won the trophy but this franchise which played impressively in the first four seasons of PSL completely failed in the next four seasons. stayed

Questions were also raised on Sarfaraz Ahmed’s leadership, form and fitness. Team owner Nadeem Umar had hinted to remove Sarfaraz Ahmed from captaincy in recent days, thus Sarfaraz Ahmed had to leave the captaincy.

Riley Russo has been appointed as the team captain for PSL Nine. Shane Watson will now be the team coach in place of Moin Khan, Sean Tait has been appointed bowling coach.

Where will the matches of PSL 9 be held?

A total of 34 matches will be played in the ninth edition of the Pakistan Super League starting from February 17. These matches will be held in Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi.

Karachi has hosted 11 matches. Lahore and Rawalpindi will host nine matches each. Five matches will be played in Multan. The final of the tournament will be held on March 18.

Which are the big foreign names in PSL 9?

In the ninth edition of Pakistan Super League, many big foreign stars will be seen in action. Among them are notable players like Colin Munro, Alex Hales, James Vince, Tim Seifert, Tabriz Shamsi, Shai Hope, David Malan, David Wiley, Jason Roy, Riley Russo and Tom Koehler Cadmore.


A look at the PSL record book 

If we look at the record book, Babar Azam is the most successful batsman of Pakistan Super League, he has scored 2 thousand 935 runs in 79 matches.

Fakhar Zaman has the honor of hitting the most 100 sixes. Jason Roy has the honor of playing the highest individual innings of 145 runs.

Wahab Riaz was the most successful bowler with 113 wickets in 88 matches. The best bowling honor in the match goes to Ravi Bopara who took six catches for 16 runs in 2016.

Then the whistle will blow

In the first three editions of the Pakistan Super League, the songs sung by singer Ali Zafar became extremely popular. ‘Ab Khele Jame Ga’ became the identity of the PSL but the anthems presented in the later editions failed to capture the attention of the fans and the PSL management also faced severe criticism.

PSL management has once again hired Ali Zafar for the ninth edition. He will perform the song along with Aima Baig. 


                                                   (AHD NEWS)

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