The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday the schedule for the highly anticipated fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League that begins on February 20.
The 34 matches will be played in Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi. Of the 34 matches of the event, the National Stadium will organize nine matches, while the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will host 14 matches.
The current champions, Quetta Gladiators, will open the event at the back of an opening ceremony at the Karachi National Stadium, when they will face each other with the two-time Islamabad United winners.The National Stadium will also host the Qualifier between the two best teams, while Gaddafi’s Stadium will host the two Eliminators and the final.
First Match of PSL 2020
According to the schedule of the event, defending champions Quetta Gladiators will play three games in Lahore, four in Karachi, one in Multan and two in Rawalpindi; while Peshawar Zalmi, the winners of 2017 and the losing finalists of 2019, will be in action in one match each in Lahore and Multan, three in Karachi and five in Rawalpindi.
Islamabad United will play three matches in Lahore, two in Karachi and five in Rawalpindi; Karachi Kings will play two games in Lahore, five in Karachi, one in Multan and two in Rawalpindi; Multan Sultans will play five games in Lahore, one in Karachi, three in Multan and one in Rawalpindi; and Lahore Qalandars will play eight games in Lahore and one in Karachi and Rawalpindi.
The president of PCB, Ehsan Mani, expressed his satisfaction for the league that is played at home and said he would allow Pakistan to be recognized as a safe country.
“After bringing test cricket to Pakistan, hosting the entire Pakistan Super League is our other great achievement. I never had doubts that it was the Pakistan league and should be played against local crowds. We had made this commitment to the Pakistani people at the end of last year’s event, “he said.
PSL 2020 Foreign stars
“Pakistan Super League 2020 will feature 36 foreign stars. It was gratifying that 425 foreign players from 22 countries registered their interest in playing in the tournament. This demonstrates the confidence that players around the world have in playing in Pakistan,” added Mani,
PSL 2020 Schedule
- February 20 – Opening ceremony followed by Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United, National Stadium
- February 21 – Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi, National Stadium; Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans, Gaddafi Stadium
- February 22 – Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi, National Stadium; Islamabad United v Multan Sultans, Gaddafi Stadium
- February 23 – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators, National Stadium; Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United, Gaddafi Stadium
- February 26 – Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi, Multan Cricket Stadium
- February 27 – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium
- February 28 – Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings, Multan Cricket Stadium; Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars, Pindi Cricket Stadium
- February 29 – Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators, Multan Cricket Stadium; Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi, Pindi Cricket Stadium
- March 1 – Islamabad United v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
- March 2 – Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
- March 3: Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars, Gaddafi Stadium
- March 4 – Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars, Gaddafi Stadium
- March 5 – Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium
- March 6 – Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans, Gaddafi Stadium
- March 7 – Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators, Gaddafi Stadium
- March 8 – Multan Sultans v Islamabad United, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings, Gaddafi Stadium
- March 10 – Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi, Gaddafi Stadium
- March 11: Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans, Gaddafi Stadium
- March 12 – Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars, National Stadium
- March 13 – Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans, National Stadium
- March 14 – Karachi Kings v Islamabad United, National Stadium
- March 15 – Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars, Gaddafi Stadium; Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings, National Stadium
- March 17 – Qualifier (1 v 2), National Stadium
- March 18 – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4), Gaddafi Stadium
- March 20 – Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1), Gaddafi Stadium
- March 22 – Final, Gaddafi Stadium