PSL 5 – 2020
PSL 2020 is just around the corner and fans are eagerly waiting to see their favourite players. What started as a minor initiative of Pakistan Cricket Board has grown to an internationally much-admired event. The upcoming edition PSL is already attracting the attention of cricket fans in Pakistan but also generating excitement globally. The six franchises of the PSL have picked their sides for this year tournament that promises to be one of the best edition so far.
First time in PSL history all the matches will be played in four cities of Pakistan. Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Multan are the venues of PSL 2020. Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans and Islamabad United will have the home ground advantage in PSL 2020. With less than a month remaining in PSL 2020, Pakistan Cricket Board has announced all the ticket details. Here we will give you all the details from PSL draft to schedule for PSL 2020.
PSL 2020 | Player Draft
All six franchises had announced the retained players list and with more international stars added in the draft pool of PSL 2020, fans can expect more from this year Pakistan Super League. The franchises were allowed to retain a maximum of 8 players and have to keep the squad to 18 members only.
All franchises were allowed to pick at least 3 players from the Platinum category, 3 players from Diamond category, 3 players from Gold category, 5 players from Silver, 2 players from the Emerging category and 2 players in the supplementary category. In 2020, PSL the franchises were allowed to use wild card option. Through the wild card, the franchises can select a player from a diamond category into a platinum category or from a gold category into diamond category vice versa. However, franchises were permitted to use this wild card option only one time in a draft.
The draft of PSL 2020 was held at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on 6th December 2019. Here we will give you team-wise draft picks and retained players for PSL 2020. Here are the PSL teams.
The Quetta Gladiators are the defending champions of Pakistan Super League. With the inclusion of Jason Roy in their team for this year PSL, their squad looks excellent on paper. Below is the list of players retained by Quetta Gladiators.
Players Retained by Quetta Gladiators in PSL 2020
- Sarfaraz Ahmed (Platinum)
- Mohammad Nawaz (Platinum)
- Shane Watson (Diamond as Player Mentor)
- Ahmed Shehzad (Diamond)
- Umar Akmal (Gold as Brand Ambassador)
- Mohammad Hasnain (Gold)
- Ahsan Ali (Silver)
- Naseem Shah (Silver)
Draft Picks of Quetta Gladiators
|Silver||Sohail KhanTymal MillsAbdul Nasir|
|Emerging||Aarish KhanAzam Khan|
|Supplementary||Keemo PaulKhurram Manzoor|
Complete Squad of Quetta Gladiators
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Mohammad Nawaz, Jason Roy, Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Ben Cutting, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed, Naseem Shah, Ahsan Ali, Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills, Abdul Nasir, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Keemo Paul and Khurram Manzoor.
Peshawar Zalmi is one of the strongest team of Pakistan Super League. Peshawar Zalmi won PSL in 2017. They have made some smart decisions in this year PSL draft. They have picked players like Shoaib Malik and Tom Banton for this year PSL. Below is the list of players retained by Peshawar Zalmi.
Players retained by Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 2020
- Wahab Riaz (Platinum)
- Hassan Ali (Platinum)
- Kieron Pollard (Platinum)
- Kamran Akmal (Diamond)
- Daren Sammy (Gold)
- Imam-Ul-Haq (Gold)
- Umar Amin (Silver).
Draft Picks of Peshawar Zalmi
Peshawar Zalmi retained all players from a platinum category so they were not permitted to pick players in the platinum category.
|Diamond||Tom BantonShoaib Malik|
|Silver||Mohammad MohsinRahat AliDwaine PretoriusAdil Amin|
|Emerging||Amir KhanAamir Ali|
|Supplementary||Liam LivingstoneHaider Ali Khan|
Complete Squad of Peshawar Zalmi
Wahab Riaz, Hassan Ali, Kieron Pollard, Kamran Akmal, Tom Banton, Shoaib Malik, Darren Sammy, Imam-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Umar Amin, Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Dwaine Pretorius, Adil Amin, Amir Khan, Aamir Ali, Liam Livingstone and Haider Ali.
Islamabad United is one of the best and consistent teams of PSL. Islamabad United is the only team that has won PSL two times. For PSL 2020 they have retained all 8 players. They have added Dale Steyn and Colin Ingram in their squad for PSL 2020. With Misbah Ul Haq as their coach, they look quite good on Paper.
Players retained by Islamabad United in PSL 2020
- Shadab Khan (Platinum)
- Faheem Ashraf (Diamond)
- Asif Ali (Diamond)
- Luke Ronchi (Gold As Mentor)
- Hussain Talat (Gold)
- Ammad Butt(Silver)
- Rizwan Hussain (Silver)
- Musa khan (Silver)
Draft Picks of Islamabad United
Islamabad United retained only Shadab Khan from platinum category so they were allowed to pick two players from platinum category.
|Platinum||Dale SteynColin Ingram|
|Silver||Phil SaltZafar Gohar|
|Emerging||Akif JavedAhmed Safi Abdullah|
|Supplementary||Saif BadarRassie van der Dussen|
Complete Squad of Islamabad United
Shadab Khan, Dale Steyn, Colin Ingram, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Hussain Talat, Rumman Raees, Ammad Butt, Rizwan Hussain, Musa Khan, Phil Salt, Zafar Gohar, Akif Javed, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Saif Badar and Rassie van der Dussen.
The team of one of the biggest city in Pakistan failed to live up to the expectations of their fans. Karachi Kings, considered as one of the best team in Pakistan Super League failed to perform well in all previous editions of PSL. With players like Babar Azam and Mohammed Amir in their team, they failed to perform in the previous editions of PSL. For PSL 2020, Karachi Kings have appointed Dean Jones as their coach. Dean Jones will have Wasim Akram alongside him. With a strong management team, Karachi fans are expecting big from their team.
Players retained by Karachi Kings in PSL 2020
- Babar Azam (Platinum)
- Mohammed Amir (Platinum)
- Imad Wasim (Diamond)
- Iftikhar Ahmad (Diamond)
- Amir Yamin (Gold)
- Umar Khan (Emerging)
- Usama Mir (Silver)
Draft Picks of Karachi Kings
Karachi kings retained two players Babar Azam and Mohammed Amir in the platinum category so they were allowed to pick only one player from platinum category.
|Gold||Sharjeel KhanCameron Delport|
|Silver||Mohammad RizwanUmaid AsifDan LawrenceAli Khan|
|Supplementary||Liam Plunkett, Awais Zia|
Complete Squad of Karachi Kings
Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Alex Hales, Imad Wasim, Iftikhar Ahmed, Chris Jordan, Aamir Yamin, Sharjeel Khan, Cameron Delport, Usama Mir, Mohammad Rizwan, Umaid Asif, Dan Lawrence, Ali Khan, Umer Khan, Arshad Iqbal, Liam Plunkett and Awais Zia.
In all previous editions of Pakistan Super League, Lahore Qalandars failed to reach the play-offs stage of the tournament. In PSL 2020, Lahore Qalandars are going to play most of the matches in Lahore and with home ground advantage, fans expectations are high for this PSL. They have made some good inclusions in the squad for PSL 2020 but some Lahore Qalandars are not happy with their captain choice. In PSL draft, the owner of Lahore Qalandars announced Sohail Akhtar as their team captain. They have also traded Usman Khan Shinwari from Karachi Kings in the diamond category.
Players retained by Lahore Qalandars
- Mohammad Hafeez (Platinum)
- Fakhar Zaman (Platinum)
- Usman Khan Shinwari (Diamond)
- Shaheen Afridi (Diamond)
- David Wiese (Diamond)
- Haris Rauf (Gold)
- Sohail Akhtar (Gold)
- Salman Butt (Silver)
Draft Picks of Lahore Qalandars
|Silver||Seekkuge PrasannaBen DunkFarzan RajaJaahid Ali|
|Supplementary||Lendl SimmonsDilbar Hussain|
Complete Squad of Lahore Qalandars
Chris Lynn, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, David Wiese, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Shinwari, Sohail Akhtar, Haris Rauf, Samit Patel, Salman Butt, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ben Dunk, Farzan Raja, Jaahid Ali, Muhammad Faizan, Lendl Simmons and Dilbar Hussain.
In PSL 2018, Pakistan Cricket Board added one more team in the tournament, making it a six-team tournament. The team was bought by Schön Properties. Before the PSL 2019 draft, the Multan Sultan owners were failed to pay their annual fee of US$5.2 million to PCB which results in contract expiration. Ali Khan Tareen and Taimoor Malik won the rights of the team in 2018 but they were unable to participate in the draft of 2019 PSL. This year they have made some inclusions in the squad and with Andy Flower as a coach, Multan Sultans fans have high expectations.
Players Retained by Multan Sultans in PSL 2020
- Mohammad Irfan (Platinum)
- Shahid Afridi (Diamond-Mentor)
- James Vince (Gold)
- Junaid Khan(Gold)
- Shaan Masood (Silver)
- Ali Shafiq (Silver)
- Mohammad Ilyas(Emerging)
Draft Picks of Multan Sultans
The Multan Sultans picked Moeen Ali as their first Platinum category pick. Other draft picks are given below.
|Platinum||Moeen AliRilee Rossouw|
|Diamond||Zeeshan AshrafRavi Bopara|
|Silver||Khushdil ShahUsman QadirFabien Allen|
|Supplementary||Imran TahirBilawal Bhatti|
Complete Squad of Multan Sultans
Mohammad Irfan, Moeen Ali, Rilee Rossouw, Shahid Afridi, Zeeshan Ashraf, Ravi Bopara, James Vince, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Shaan Masood, Ali Shafiq, Khushdil Shah, Usman Qadir, Fabian Allen, Mohammad Ilyas, Rohail Nazir, Imran Tahir and Bilawal Bhatti.
PSL 2020 | Venues
As we mentioned earlier that all matches of 2020, PSL will be played in Pakistan announced by Pakistan Cricket Board. Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Multan are the cities selected by PCB for PSL 2020. With Lahore going to host most matches in PSL this year followed by Karachi. Following is the number of the matches these four cities will host.
- LAHORE (14 Matches)
- KARACHI (9 Matches )
- RAWALPINDI (8 Matches)
- MULTAN (3 Matches)
PSL 2020 Schedule and Matches
In the countdown ceremony of PSL 2020, PCB announced the schedule for PSL 2020. The opening ceremony of PSL will take place in National Stadium Karachi on February 20, 2020, followed by the opening match of the tournament between defending champions Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United. Here we have compiled a complete stadium-wise schedule for you.
Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
The Gaddafi Stadium Lahore will host most matches in PSL 2020. The Gaddafi Stadium Lahore will host only one day match in this year PSL.
15 March 2020 Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars (2 pm-5.15 pm)
The list of night matches to be played on Gaddafi Stadium Lahore in PSL 2020 is given below:
21 February 2020 Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans (7 pm-10.15 pm)
22 February 2020 Islamabad United v Multan Sultans (7 pm-10.15 pm)
23 February 2020 Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (7 pm-10.15 pm)
3 March 2020 Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars (7 pm-10.15 pm)
4 March 2020 Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars (7 pm-10.15 pm)
6 March 2020 Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans (7 pm-10.15 pm)
7 March 2020 Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators (7 pm-10.15 pm)
8 March 2020 Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings (7 pm-10.15 pm)
10 March 2020 Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi (7 pm-10.15 pm)
11 March 2020 Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans (7 pm-10.15 pm)
18 March 2020 Eliminator 1 (3rd vs. 4th) (7pm-10.15pm)
20 March 2020 Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1) (7pm-10.15pm)
22 March 2020 Final
National Stadium Karachi
The National Stadium Karachi will host 9 matches of PSL 2020. The list both day and night matches are given below:
21 February 2020 Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi (2 pm-5.15 pm)
22 February 2020 Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi (2 pm-5.15 pm)
23 February 2020 Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators (2 pm-5.15 pm)
20 February 2020 Opening ceremony to be followed by a match between Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United.
12 March 2020 Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars (7 pm-10.15 pm)
13 March 2020 Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans (7 pm-10.15 pm)
14 March 2020 Karachi Kings v Islamabad United (7 pm-5.15 pm)
15 March 2020 Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings (7 pm-10.15 pm)
17 March 2020 Qualifier (1st vs. 2nd) (7pm-10.15pm)
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
The Rawalpindi cricket stadium will host 8 matches in PSL 2020. Below is the list of day and night matches to be played on Rawalpindi cricket stadium.
7 March 2020 Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United (2 pm-5.15 pm)
8 March 2020 Multan Sultans v Islamabad United (2 pm-5.15 pm)
27 February 2020 Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (7pm-10.15pm)
28 February 2020 Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars (7 pm-10.15 pm)
29 February 2020 Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi (7 pm-10.15 pm)
1 March 2020 Islamabad United v Karachi Kings (7 pm-10.15 pm)
2 March 2020 Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings (7 pm-10.15 pm)
5 March 2020 Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators (7 pm-10.15 pm)
Multan Cricket Stadium
The Multan Cricket stadium will host the least number of matches in PSL 2020. Only three matches of 2020, PSL will be played on Multan Cricket Stadium.
28 February 2020 Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings (2 pm-5.15 pm)
29 February 2020 Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators (2 pm-5.15 pm)
26 February 2020 Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi (7 pm-10.15 pm)
PSL 2020 | Ticket details
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced all ticket prices and purchase details. You can buy tickets from www.yayvo.com and TCS express centres.
The sale of PSL 2020 tickets is starting from tonight and fans can buy tickets from www.yayvo.com. However, the general sale of tickets for PSL matches will start from January 28, 2020. PSL fans can purchase tickets from TCS Express Centers across 38 cities of the country. There is a dedicated round the clock TCS helpline available for people that will provide support to the customers throughout the ticketing process.
The price of tickets for the PSL grand opening ceremony and opening match in Karachi on February 20 has been priced between Rs 1,000 to Rs 6,000.
The price of a ticket for the final match of PSL in Lahore on March 22nd will be between Rs 500 to Rs 5,000.
The price of the ticket for the qualifier and two eliminators have been set between Rs. 500 to Rs. 4,000.
PSL Broadcasting Channels
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officially launched the Pakistan Super League in 2015. It started as a minor league which later turned out to become a global brand.
The six teams (Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans, Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi) of the Pakistan Super League have picked their sides for this year PSL.
The PSL 2020 is already creating excitement in fans. First time all matches of Pakistan Super League will be played in Pakistan. With four cities of Pakistan hosting all the matches of PSL, PSL 2020 will be one of the best edition of Pakistan Super League so far.
The initial title sponsorship of PSL was awarded to HBL for three years. HBL has renewed their sponsorship for three more years.
With its fans all over the world, PCB management is trying to make it easier for them to watch PSL live on TV or the internet. People who cannot watch matches of PSL on TV will be able to watch the PSL live streaming on Cricketgateway.pk (Pakistani Viewers) and Cricketgateway.com (International Viewers).
In December 2018, PCB sold the broadcasting rights to a consortium of Blitz Advertising and Techfront. The Sunset + Vine had the broadcasting rights for the first three seasons of the PSL but for the next three years, Blitz Advertising and Techfront secured the broadcasting rights.
Pakistan Cricket Board sold PSL Broadcasting rights for three years (2019 to 2021) to Blitz Advertising and Techfront for $36 million. Blitz Advertising is part of Pakistan’s largest full-service communications group that has a nationwide presence.
Techfront is a UAE-based conglomerate of Global Sports Commerce (GSC) which is one of the largest sports technology and management companies. The Global Sports Commerce (GSC) is providing commercial management to different sports stakeholders in the world.
The consortium of Blitz Advertising and Techfront outbid other 5 bidders to secure PSL broadcasting rights.
PSL fans can easily watch their favourite league on TV and they can live stream matches of PSL as well. The PSL live streaming will be available on Pakistan Super League official YouTube channel. The draft for PSL 2020 was also streamed live on Pakistan Super League YouTube channel.
The fans in Pakistan can watch PSL live on TV. PTV Sports and Geo Super will do the live coverage of PSL 2020 in Pakistan. People in Pakistan can watch the PSL live streaming on Cricketgateway.pk. For fans around the globe, they can watch the PSL live streaming on Cricketgateway.com.
List of PSL Broadcasting Channels
Pakistan: PTV Sports, Geo Super
Sri Lanka: Dialog TV (DTV)
Bangladesh: Gazi TV (GTV)
UK: HUM TV
UAE / MENA: OSN Sports Cricket HD, Yupp TV
South Africa: SuperSport
USA: Willow TV
Caribbean: Flow Sports
People in India can watch PSL 2020 on DSPORT and can also watch the PSL live streaming on Cricketgateway.com. DSPORT is the only channel that secured the exclusive broadcasting rights of the tournament in India.
If you are in North America (the USA and Canada), you can watch the PSL 2020 on Willow TV. HUM TV will broadcast PSL 2020 in the UK which is available on Sky and Virgin TV for the viewers in the UK.
The worldwide internet rights of Pakistan Super league were awarded to Cricketgateway and Cricingif in 2019. You can watch the ball by ball clips and highlights on Cricingif.
Only Cricketgateway has OTT (over-the-top) rights to provide PSL live streaming.
People from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Countries that includes Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and many other countries can watch PSL live streaming by using Cricketgateway digital platforms.