Pakistan Super League

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Pakistan Super League
Pakistan Super League.png
Official PSL logo
Countries  Pakistan
Administrator PSL Governing Body
Pakistan Cricket Board
Format Twenty20
First tournament 2016
Last tournament 2017
Tournament format Double round robin and Playoffs
Number of teams 5
Current champion Peshawar Zalmi
Most successful Islamabad United
Peshawar Zalmi
(1 title each)
Most runs Pakistan Ahmed Shehzad (532)[1]
Most wickets Pakistan Wahab Riaz (30)[2]
TV List of Broadcasters

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) (Urdu: پاکستان سپر لیگ‎) is a professional franchise Twenty20 men's cricket league. The league is headquartered in Lahore and, as of 2017, consists of five franchises nominally representing cities in Pakistan. It is operated by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and was established in 2016. Due to the security situation in Pakistan, the first season of the league operated entirely in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The final of the 2017 season was held in Lahore.

Instead of operating as an association of independently owned teams, the league is a single entity in which each franchise is owned and controlled by investors. The commercial rights to the initial franchises were sold for PKR 985 Crores ($91.4 million) for a span of 10 years in December 2015.

Peshawar Zalmi are the current champions, having won the second season by defeating Quetta Gladiators in the final on 5 March 2017. The inaugural champions were Islamabad United.



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.[3]

After several years of planning and two previous failed attempts,[4][5] 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.[6][7] 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.[8]

The PSL's official logo was launched on 20 September 2015 in a ceremony in Lahore, and was revealed by 3Di.[9] The ceremony was attended by current and retired cricketers, as well as Pakistani celebrities.


The possibility of adding a sixth team to the league in 2017,[10] possibly in Kashmir, was also under discussion[11] but was rejected by the middle of May 2016.[12][13]

Sethi announced that there would be the sixth team in 2018 PSL, few days after 2017 PSL held. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra announced the inclusion of FATA as the sixth team in PSL 2018. He said PSL administration will be approached for the participation of FATA Team.[14][15] Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman also said the inclusion of sixth team from Gilgit-Baltistan in PSL 2018. PCB short-listed five names for sixth team of PSL 2018. These names are Faisalabad, FATA(Federally Administered Tribal Areas), Hyderabad, Dera Murad Jamali and Multan. The name of new Team for PSL 2018 has not finalized yet but likely to be finalized till May 2017.[16]


In May 2016, the PCB officially announced that the inagural season of the PSL yielded profits of $2.6 Million.[17]

The profit for PSL 2017 has not disclosed yet but likely to be disclosed in May 2017.


PSL Playoffs

The PSL is played in a double round-robin format. Every team plays each other twice and the top four advance to the playoffs.

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:

  1. Higher number of points
  2. If equal, better run rate
  3. If equal, highest number of wins
  4. If equal, least number of losses
  5. 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.


Cities represented by PSL teams

According to a PCB press release, around 20 parties showed an interest in buying franchises for the league before the first season.[18] On 18 October 2015 the Board began accepting tenders for franchises with a deadline for bids of 15 November.[19]

According to a statement by the PCB, bid winners would be granted the rights to a franchise for a term of 10 years.[20] Interested parties included the ARY Media Group, Omar Associates, Arif Habib Group, Haier, Mobilink as well as international groups including Leonine Global Sports and the Qatar Lubricants Company (QALCO).[21]

All five franchises for the first season of the league were sold on 3 December 2015 after seven bidders presented formal proposals.[22]

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.[23]

Team City/Province Owner Price Joined Captain Head Coach
Islamabad United Islamabad, Capital Territory Leonine Global Sports
(Ali Naqvi & Amna Naqvi)
US$15 Million (Ten Year Agreement) 2016 Pakistan Misbah-ul-Haq Australia Dean Jones
Karachi Kings Karachi, Sindh ARY Media Group
(Salman Iqbal, CEO)
US$26 Million (Ten Year Agreement) 2016 Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara[24] South Africa Mickey Arthur
Lahore Qalandars Lahore, Punjab Qatar Lubricants Company Limited
(Fawad Rana, MD)
US$25 Million (Ten Year Agreement) 2016 New Zealand Brendon McCullum[25] South Africa Paddy Upton
Peshawar Zalmi Peshawar, Khyber Pakthunkhwa Haier Pakistan
(Javed Afridi, CEO)
US$16 Million (Ten Year Agreement) 2016 West Indies Cricket Board Darren Sammy[26] Pakistan Mohammad Akram
Quetta Gladiators Quetta, Balochistan Omar Associates
(Nadeem Omar, Director)
US$11 Million (Ten Year Agreement) 2016 Pakistan Sarfraz Ahmed Pakistan Moin Khan

Salary Cap[edit]

As of December 2016, Salary Cap for PSL is $1.2m. br>


Season results[edit]

Season No. of teams Final Final venue Player of the series
Winner Winning margin Runner-up
5 Islamabad United
175/4 (18.4 overs)
6 wickets
Quetta Gladiators
174/7 (20 overs)
Dubai Cricket Stadium, Dubai England Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings)
5 Peshawar Zalmi
148/6 (20 overs)
58 runs
Quetta Gladiators
90 (16.3 overs)
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore Pakistan Kamran Akmal (Peshawar Zalmi)

Team results[edit]

Teams 2016 2017
Islamabad United W 4th
Karachi Kings 4th 3rd
Lahore Qalandars 5th 5th
Peshawar Zalmi 3rd W
Quetta Gladiators R R

Individual Awards[edit]

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.[27] The Fazal Mahmood award and a maroon cap are awarded to the leading wicket-taker in the same way[28] whilst the Imtiaz Ahmed award is awarded to the best wicket-keeper. All three awards were introduced in the 2017 Pakistan Super League season.[29]

Team records[edit]

Team Span Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR Win %
Peshawar Zalmi 2016–present 21 12 8 0 0 1 60.00
Quetta Gladiators 2016–present 20 12 7 0 0 1 63.15
Islamabad United 2016–present 20 11 9 0 0 0 55.00
Karachi Kings 2016–present 19 7 12 0 0 0 36.84
Lahore Qalandars 2016–present 16 5 11 0 0 0 31.25

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 5 March 2017


  • Tie&W and Tie&L indicates matches tied and then won or lost by "Super Over"
  • The result percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win


The PSL's initial title sponsorship was awarded to HBL Pakistan for three years in December 2015.[30] Sponsorship deals associated with the league including the title sponsorship, are estimated to be worth more than $6 million.[31]


Sunset + Vine were awarded production rights as official broadcasters for the first three seasons of the league. PTV Sports, Ten Sports and Geo Super were awarded broadcast rights in Pakistan for the first three seasons. The value of the broadcasting deal was $15 million, with the PCB selling the global television rights to Tech Front, a United Arab Emirates' group, for the same duration.[32] In the first season matches were streamed live on YouTube in Pakistan, on the PSL official site and via the PSL app.[33] Pakistani viewers can catch the live stream on, while global viewers on[34]

Territory Years Channels
 Pakistan 2016–present PTV Sports
Ten Sports
Geo Super
 Afghanistan 2017–present Moby
 Bangladesh 2016–present Gazi TV
West Indies Cricket Board Caribbean 2016–present Flow TV
Arab League Middle East & North Africa 2016–present OSN Sports
 South Africa 2017–present Star Times
 Sri Lanka 2016–present Ten Sports
 United Kingdom 2016–present Prime TV
Geo Entertainment
Channel 44[disambiguation needed]
 USA 2017–present A-Plus TV

Advertising rights for the first three years of the league's operation were awarded to Pakistani company Blitz Advertising.[35]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Most Wickets in PSL". ESPNcricinfo. 5 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja become official ambassadors for PSL". The Express Tribune. 8 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Pakistan Super League set to be moved to UAE Gulf Times, 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
  5. ^ Rishad Mahmoud (2016) Pakistan Super League: Morale booster or gimmick? Al Jazeera, 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
  6. ^ Qasim Nauman (2016) Pakistan Super League: Twenty20 Underdogs Quetta Gladiators Emerge as Favorites in Final, The Wall Street Journal, 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
  7. ^ "Dubai, Sharjah venues for Pakistan Super League". Cricinfo. 
  8. ^ "Pakistan Super League: Draft pick order decided, logo launched". The Express Tribune. 15 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Umer Toor. "Projection Mapping Event Goes Live on Tv Channels in Pakistan on Pakistan Super League Launch". Projection Mapping - Pakistan since 2010. 
  10. ^ PSL to include a sixth team for the second edition, ARY Sports 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  11. ^ Najam-Sethi dreams about including Kashmir in PSL ARY Sports 2016-04-23. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  12. ^ PSL's second edition to remain five-team event, PKKH/, 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  13. ^ PSLs second edition to remain five team event, "The Express Tribune", 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  14. ^ "FATA to participate as sixth team in PSL 3". Samaa TV. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "FATA name coming up as sixth team in PSL 2018". The Express tribune. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "PCB Shortlists five possible regions for 6th team in PSL 3". GEO News. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  17. ^ "PCB reaps $2.6m profit from Pakistan Super League" (The Express Tribune). 3 May 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "PSL promises IPL style Cricket". NDTV Sports. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  19. ^ "PCB invites bids for Pakistan Super League franchises". Daily Pakistan. Ali Zain. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  20. ^ "PCB initiates bids for Pakistan Super League franchises". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  21. ^ "Pakistan Super League: Seven companies fight it out to buy franchises". Express Tribune. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  22. ^ "Pakistan Super League: Seven companies fight it out to buy franchises". The Express Tribune. Nabeel Hashmi. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  23. ^ "PCB invites bids for sixth PSL team". Pakistan Observer. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "Sangakkara to lead kings in 2nd season of PSL". Samaa TV. 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  25. ^ "Qalandars sign inspirational Former NZ Captain McCullum as captain in 2nd season of PSL". The Daily News. 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  26. ^ "Afridi handed over Zalmi captaincy to Darren Sammy". Dunya News. 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  27. ^ "Leading run scorer will get Green Cap" (Dawn News). Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  28. ^ "Leading wicket-taker will win the Maroon Cap" (Dawn News). Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  29. ^ "Pakistan Super League trophy unveiled" (Dunya News). Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  30. ^ Pakistan Super League PSL Teams, Sponsors, Broadcasting Rights Sold, Total Sported, 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  31. ^ "Pakistan Super League ropes in HBL bank as title sponsors". (Gulf News). Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  32. ^ "Karachi attracts highest bid as PSL teams sold for $93 million". Associated Press of Pakistan and Dawn Sport. DAWN. 4 December 2015. p. 1. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  33. ^ "PSL: Live on internet". ARY News. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  34. ^ PSL 2017 on Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  35. ^ PSL. "PCB has awarded the Media Advertising Rights for the first three seasons of HBL PSL". Pakistan Cricket Board. 

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