Is Pakistan Super League PSL a successful cricket league?

Mudassir Ali
Mar 09, 2020 06:47 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Mar 09, 2020 06:48 PM

Cricket leagues have made modern cricket much more fascinating and interesting in the last few years. With all other major cricketing nations having their own leagues, it was necessary for the Pakistani cricket to have one too.

PCB had been planning to organize the Pakistan Super League for several years and after two unsuccessful attempts, the Pakistan Super League was finally announced on 9 September 2015 in Lahore by Pakistan Cricket Board.

The Pakistan Super League itself is a major breakthrough for Pakistan cricket. It not only has paved the way to open the gates of international cricket in the country but has also served as a great platform for domestic cricketers to show their potential.

The Pakistani cricket fans seem so happy to have their own league and being able to watch cricket in their home ground. Many international star cricketers have visited Pakistan and many more are willing to visit in future. The likes of Darren Sammy, Tamim Iqbal, Thisara Perera, Marlon Samuels, David Malan, Chris Jordan, Luke Ronchi, and JP Duminy are a few to name who came to Pakistan to play for their sides in different editions of PSL.

One of the great impacts of PSL is the emerging talent that Pakistan cricket has discovered. Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Muhammad Nawaz, Asif Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Hussain Talat are the ones who have already debuted for the national team.

The earlier mentioned players were also the ones who played a vital role in clenching the recently held Champions Trophy final against the arch-rivals, India.

The rise in Popularity over the Years

The PCB sold commercial rights to the franchises for US$93 million for a time span of 10 years in 2015. In 2016, after the successful completion of the first edition, the market value of PSL was claimed to be US$300 million by Arif Habib – a member of the Pakistan Super League Governing Council.

PSL in the last 3 years

PSL has become a brand since it was launched in 2015. It has got bigger and bigger after each of its consecutive successful editions over the past 3 years.

First Edition – The inaugural edition was held in 2016 which included 5 teams. The whole league was held in UAE because of security concerns in Pakistan. A total of 24 matches were played. The final which was held in Dubai International Stadium saw the Misbah ul Haq led Islamabad United claiming an easy victory over Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Quetta Gladiators.

Second Edition – The second edition also comprised of 5 teams and 24 matches. But this time, the final was held in Pakistan. It was 5 March 2017, when the Qaddafi Stadium held one of the historic matches in Pakistani cricket history.

It was again Quetta Gladiators in the final facing their rivals and also tournament favorites, Peshawar Zalmi. The tournament favorites Zalmis didn’t disappoint their fans and won the league after quite a one-sided final.

Third Edition – The latest edition of PSL was held in February – March of 2018. With the addition of a new team – Multan Sultans, this time the number of matches was increased to 34 out of which, 3 were held in Pakistan. The historic National Stadium Karachi was honored to hold the final.

The other two matches, Eliminator and Qualifier 2 were hosted by Lahore’s Qaddafi Stadium. The final was a battle between two of the former league winners – Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United.

Despite being a weak side comparatively, Zalmi gave quite a tough time to United but the United kept their nerves and the match ended in their favor. Islamabad was victorious for the second time.

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