The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the schedule for the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
PCB Chairman Najam Sethi announced the complete schedule of the tournament in a press conference. He also said that he expects high-quality cricket in the next four weeks.
Defending champions Lahore Qalandars will face Multan Sultans in the opening match of the competition on February 1 in Multan. Lahore beat Multan by 42 runs in the final of the 2022 edition and have a chance to become the first franchise to win. Subsequent topics.
The four venues for the 34-match event are Lahore, Karachi, Multan and Rawalpindi. All four home sides played five games in front of their home crowd – one against each.
gave Lahore Qalandars They will play five matches on their soil and five matches in Multan (one), Karachi and Rawalpindi (two each). Meanwhile, Multan SultansFive away games will be played in Rawalpindi (three), Karachi and Lahore (one each).
gave Karachi Kings Three away fixtures will be held in Rawalpindi (three), one match each in Lahore and Multan. Similarly, Islamabad UnitedFive away matches will be held in Karachi (three) and one each in Lahore and Multan.
gave Quetta Gladiators They will play their 10 league matches in Karachi, Rawalpindi (four each), Lahore and Multan (one each). Finally, Peshawar ZalmiThe matches will be held in Rawalpindi (five), Karachi (three) and one each in Lahore and Multan.
The seventh edition of PSL will be played in two legs. Multan and Karachi will split the matches between February 13 and 26 before the action shifts to Lahore and Rawalpindi from February 26 to March 19. It will have qualifiers, two eliminators and the final from March 15 to 19 in Lahore.
The soft launch of Pakistan Women’s League will also take place during HBL PSL 8. Three exhibition matches are scheduled between March 8 and 11 before the men’s matches begin in Rawalpindi.
“Each of the six sides will enter HBL PSL 8 with lots” – Chairman PCB
Najam Sethi expects this year’s PSL to be a big event for PCB. Sethi added that they aim to make it bigger and stronger with each passing year as the six teams battle it out for the title.
As quoted by pcb.co.pk, PCB Chairman said:
“I am pleased to officially confirm the schedule for HBL PSL 8, which will allow the Pakistan Cricket Board and the six franchises to consolidate and finalize their respective event plans and objectives.
“HBL PSL 8 will be a huge event for PCB, featuring the best T20 cricketers in the world at four iconic venues.”
“We want to make HBL PSL bigger, better and stronger than ever and make it the event of choice for top T20 cricketers. Each of the six sides will enter HBL PSL 8 with lots to play.
“Islamabad United will aim to become the most successful team with three titles, Lahore Qalandars will try to become the first team to win back-to-back titles and the remaining four teams will try to get their hands on the silverware once again. “
Sethi also expects the tournament to produce new talent and hopes that fans will witness a large number of leading T20 players from the country and the world:
There will be no questioning the quality of cricket played in 34 days of action-packed cricket. I hope the HBLPSL once again lives up to its expectations of finding and identifying future stars who will not only challenge. Established household names will represent Pakistan in this edition.
“Finally, I would request the passionate Pakistani cricket fans to come out in large numbers to support HBL PSL 8 and show their appreciation and support not only for their favorite teams and players but for all the other participants.”
Following a request from the franchises, the PCB has specifically agreed to increase the number of players per side to 20, allowing the sides to choose two supplementary players. The alternate draft for him will be held on January 24.
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