The Karachi Kings will start from where their successful HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 campaign ended by taking on 2019 champions Quetta Gladiators in the opening match of the 2021 edition at the National Stadium on February 20.
The following day, the 2020 Lahore Qalandars finalists will face off against the 2017 Peshawar Zalmi winners in one day, while the two-time winner Islamabad United will face the Multan Sultans in the evening.
The 30-day, 34-match tournament will culminate with the final at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on March 22, marking the first time the venue will host the final since 2017.
To safeguard the integrity of the HBL PSL 2021 and ensure the health and safety of all participants in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the PCB has decided to hold the matches only in Karachi and Lahore. The National Stadium will host the first half of the competition, while the Pakistan cricket venue at Gaddafi Stadium will host the second half of the competition, including the playoffs.
Regarding crowd attendance, given that Covid-19 is an evolving situation, a decision will be made closer to time, although the event organizers continually monitor the situation and remain in close contact with interested government officials.
In preparing the event schedule, the organizers have ensured that each side plays the same number of day and night matches. Furthermore, the event organizers have tried to make optimal use of the weekends by scheduling double matches that will ensure maximum follow-up and coverage.
The support period for HBL PSL 2021 will start from February 15 and foreign players competing in the league will arrive in Karachi with a negative PCR test. Upon arrival, they will require two more negative PCR tests before they can train and compete in the competition. Asymptomatic players or support staff who return a positive test must complete a five-day isolation period with RT-PCR testing on days one and four.
Babar Hamid, Director – Commercial: “We are delighted to announce the schedule for our flagship event, the HBL Pakistan Super League, which for the second consecutive season will be held in its entirety in Pakistan.
“We had to make the difficult decision to limit the matches to Karachi and Lahore, and this decision has been made in the general interest of the event, the participants, and the country. We want to limit unnecessary player exposure as much as practically possible so that players can operate in a safe and healthy environment which, in turn, will allow them to continue to entertain fans and supporters with their talent, dexterity, and prowess.
“The crowds in Multan and Rawalpindi were incredible last year and we owe them a huge thank you for your contribution to making HBL PSL 2020 a resounding success. I am sure that when life returns to normal, the two cities will get their share of matches, as the PCB remains committed and determined to host HBL PSL matches in as many places as possible.
“Apart from the competitors, the PCB also has a duty to take care of the spectators. Although we have a couple of options on the table, the PCB will continue to monitor the situation and delay the decision as late as possible on crowd attendance as for the PCB, health, and life are of the utmost importance.
“As for the six franchises and event organizers, the announcement of the schedule gives them the opportunity to begin planning the tournament. While all six parties will finalize their squads in the next Player Draft, the PCB has already been hard at work planning the event, and now is the time to shift gears so that we can strengthen our reputation and credibility as a high-performance board. “.
Event Schedule (Day matches will begin at 2 PM; Night matches will begin at 7 PM; Friday’s doubles matches will begin at 3 PM and 8 PM.
- Saturday, February 20 – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi
- Sunday, February 21 – Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United against Multan Sultans (N); both parties in NSK, Karachi
- Monday, February 22 – Lahore Qalandars vs. Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi
- Tue, February 23 – Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans (N); NSK, Karachi
- Wednesday, February 24: Karachi Kings v Islamabad United (N); NSK, Karachi
- Friday, February 26 – Lahore Qalandars vs. Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi against Quetta Gladiators (N); both parties in NSK, Karachi
- Saturday, February 27 – Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi against Islamabad United (N); both parties in NSK, Karachi
- February 28 – Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars (N); NSK, Karachi
- Monday, March 1: Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi
- Wednesday, March 3: Karachi Kings – Peshawar Zalmi (D); Quetta Gladiators vs. Multan Sultans (N); both parties in NSK, Karachi
- Thursday, March 4 – Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (N); NSK, Karachi
- Friday, March 5 – Multan Sultans vs. Karachi Kings (N); NSK, Karachi
- Saturday, March 6 – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (D); Peshawar Zalmi vs. Lahore Qalandars (N); NSK, Karachi
- Sunday, March 7 – Multan Sultans vs. Quetta Gladiators (D); Islamabad United vs. Karachi Kings (N); NSK, Karachi
- Wednesday, March 10 – Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings (N); GSL, Lahore
- Thursday, March 11 – Quetta Gladiators vs. Lahore Qalandars (N); GSL, Lahore
- Friday March 12 – Multan Sultans against Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United vs. Lahore Qalandars (N); both parties at GSL, Lahore
- Saturday, March 13 – Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings (D); Multan Sultans against Islamabad United (N); both parties at GSL, Lahore
- March 14 – Quetta Gladiators vs. Peshawar Zalmi (D); Lahore Qalandars vs. Karachi Kings (N); both parties at GSL, Lahore
- Mon, March 15: Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi (N); GSL, Lahore
- Tuesday, March 16 – Multan Sultans vs. Lahore Qalandars (N); GSL, Lahore
- Thu, March 18 – Qualifier (1 v 2) (N); GSL, Lahore
- Friday, March 19 – Eliminator 1 (3v4) (N); GSL, Lahore
- Saturday, March 20 – Eliminator 2 (Loser v Winner Eliminator Eliminator 1) (N); GSL, Lahore
- March 22: final (N), GSL, Lahore