Pakistan Super League
Official PSL logo
|Administrator||PSL Governing Body
Pakistan Cricket Board
|Tournament format||Double round robin and Playoffs|
|Number of teams||6|
|Current champion||Peshawar Zalmi|
|Most successful|| Islamabad United
(1 title each)
|Most runs||Ahmed Shehzad (532)|
|Most wickets||Wahab Riaz (30)|
|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 six 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.
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.
The PSL's official logo was launched on 20 September 2015 in a ceremony in Lahore, and was revealed by 3Di. The ceremony was attended by current and retired cricketers, as well as Pakistani celebrities.
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 the inclusion of FATA as the sixth team in PSL 2018. He said PSL administration will be approached for the participation of FATA Team. 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; Faisalabad, FATA, Hyderabad, Dera Murad Jamali and Multan.
In May 2016, the PCB officially announced that the inaugural season of the PSL yielded profits of $2.6 Million.
The profit for PSL 2017 according to the sources are $15million but not disclosed officially.
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:
- 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.
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.
|Islamabad United||Islamabad, Capital Territory||Leonine Global Sports
(Ali Naqvi & Amna Naqvi)
|US$15 million (ten-year agreement)||2016||Misbah-ul-Haq||Dean Jones|
|Karachi Kings||Karachi, Sindh||ARY Group
(Salman Iqbal, CEO)
|US$26 million (ten-year agreement)||2016||Kumar Sangakkara||Mickey Arthur|
|Lahore Qalandars||Lahore, Punjab||Qatar Lubricants Company
(Fawad Rana, MD)
|US$25 million (ten-year agreement)||2016||Brendon McCullum||Paddy Upton|
|Multan||Multan, Punjab||Schön Group
(Nasir Schon & sons)
|US$5.2 million (per year agreement)||2018|
|Peshawar Zalmi||Peshawar, Khyber Pakthunkhwa||Haier Pakistan
(Javed Afridi, CEO)
|US$16 million (ten-year agreement)||2016||Darren Sammy||Mohammad Akram|
|Quetta Gladiators||Quetta, Balochistan||Omar Associates
(Nadeem Omar, Director)
|US$11 million (ten-year agreement)||2016||Sarfraz Ahmed||Moin Khan|
|Season||No. of teams||Final||Final venue||Player of the series|
|5|| Islamabad United
175/4 (18.4 overs)
| Quetta Gladiators
174/7 (20 overs)
|Dubai Cricket Stadium, Dubai||Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings)|
|5|| Peshawar Zalmi
148/6 (20 overs)
| Quetta Gladiators
90 (16.3 overs)
|Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||Kamran Akmal (Peshawar Zalmi)|
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.
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. Sponsorship deals associated with the league including the title sponsorship, are estimated to be worth more than $6 million.
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.Matches are streamed live on YouTube in Pakistan, on the PSL official site and via the PSL app. Pakistani viewers can catch the live stream on cricketgateway.pk, while global viewers on cricketgateway.com.
|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|
Advertising rights for the first three years of the league's operation were awarded to Pakistani company Blitz Advertising.
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- List of Pakistan Super League cricketers
- List of Pakistan Super League centuries
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