The Pakistan Super League is finally going to be underway on 4th February 2016. The tournament will be Pakistan’s premier T20 competition, replacing the existing Haier T20 Cup. A total of 5 teams have been proposed to participate in the inaugural edition of the tournament fighting for supremacy. Each team will have 16 players to pick its 11 from. This will include the allowed quota of 5 international players. Since there will just be 20 round robin matches and 4 playoffs; players are expected to retain their fitness in the main and justify the money poured on them.
The final teams are below:
|Karachi Kings Squad||Lahore Qalandars Squad||Peshawar Zalmi Squad||Quetta Gladiators Squad||Islamabad United Squad|
The 5 Pakistan Super League 2016 teams are:-
|Teams||PSL Teams Squad players list|
|Islamabad United||Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Shane Watson (News as on Feb 13th – Injured Watson out of PSL), Andre Russell, Samuel Badree, Mohammad Irfan, Brad Haddin, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Sami, Khalid Latif, Babar Azam, Imran Khalid, Kamran Ghulam, Umar Amin, Sam Billings, Ruman Raees, Amad Butt, Ashar Zaidi, Saeed Ajmal, Hussain Talat, Umar Siddiq|
|Karachi Kings||Shoaib Malik (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Sohail Tanvir, Imad Wasim, Ravi Bopara, Lendl Simmons, Mohammad Amir, Bilawal Bhatti, James Vince, Iftikhar Ahmed, Nauman Anwar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Usama Mir, Sohail Khan, Mir Hamza, Safiullah Bangash, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shazaib Hasan, Fawad Alam|
|Peshawar Zalmi||Shahid Afridi (captain), Wahab Riaz, Darren Sammy, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaun Tait, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Khan, Jim Allenby, Aamer Yamin, Dawid Malan, Imran Khan jnr, Shahid Yousuf, Abdur Rehman, Musadiq Ahmed Ali, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Asghar, Brad Hodge, Irsarullah, Taj Wali|
|Quetta Gladiators||Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Kevin Pietersen, Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Jason Holder, Luke Wright, Zulfiqar Babar, Umar Gul, Elton Chigumbura, Bilal Asif, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Nawaz, Saad Nasim, Mohammad Nabi, Akbar ur Rehman, Bismillah Khan, Kumar Sangakkara, Aizaz Cheema, Ramiz Raja jnr|
|Lahore Qalandars||Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shoaib Maqsood, Mustafizur Rahman, Kevon Cooper, Cameron Delport, Zafar Gohar, Hammad Azam, Zia-ul-Haq, Zohaib Khan, Azhar Ali, Naved Yasin, Adnan Rasool, Abdur Razzaq, Mukhtar Ahmed, Ehsan Adil, Imran Butt|
Pakistan Super League Franchises Sold
PSL T20 franchises sold for 10 year period, all sold out by 3 pm on 3rd December.
- Ary Media Group purchased Karachi for $2.6M.
- Qatar Oil purchased Lahore for $2.4M.
- UAE Capital Venture purchased Islamabad for $1.5M.
- Haier purchased Peshawar for $1.6M.
- Omar Associates purchased Queta for $1.1M.
Player auction took place by December. The players and their prices were based on their experience and their abilities which they have showcased so far. The price for players in different category were as follows:
- Platinum: 20 million rupees
- Diamond: 7 million rupees
- Gold: 5 million rupees
- Silver: 3 million rupees
- Emerging : 2 million rupees
While PSL has been getting shelved for long, owing to security concerns; this time it was the concurrent holding of Masters Champions League which spelt a threat. Incidentally, the MCL will be held at Abu Dhabi, while PSL will find its crowning glory in Dubai and Sharjah in the UAE.
There will be 24 matches in all and the tournament will be played in double round robin format before the business end or the playoffs. Long hitters and artistic bowlers from around the world will take part in the competition. Efforts are on to plug all holes in the coming months to ensure a smooth tournament.
The country has a strong cricketing heritage and keeps dishing out prominent players on the scene. The country’s capacity at hurling fast bowlers on the cricketing arena is almost incredible. The administrators are tweaking last-minute changes to ensure that everything is hunky dory.