It would completely be justified if we say PSL has now become the brand and identity of Pakistan. The 5th season of HBL PSL V is going to start from Thursday 20th February 2020. The opening ceremony of PSL V will be held in National Stadium Karachi with its full bang on the same date. More than 300 artists will perform in the opening ceremony. The Pakistani people not only in Pakistan but also all over the world are so enthusiastic about PSL V.
MATCH SCHEDULE OF PSL V:
|1||THUR||20.Feb||QUETTA GLADIATORS V ISLAMABAD UNITED||KARACHI|
|2||FRI||21.Feb||KARACHI KINGS V PESHAWAR ZALMI||KARACHI|
|3||FRI||21.Feb||LAHORE QALANDARS V MULTAN SULTANS||LAHORE|
|4||SAT||22.Feb||QUETTA GLADIATORS V PESHAWAR ZALMI||KARACHI|
|5||SAT||22.Feb||ISLAMABAD UNITED V MULTAN SULTANS||LAHORE|
|6||SUN||23.Feb||KARACHI KINGS V QUETTA GLADIATORS||KARACHI|
|7||SUN||23.Feb||LAHORE QALANDARS V ISLAMABAD UNITED||LAHORE|
|8||WED||26.Feb||MULTAN SULTANS V PESHAWAR ZALMI||MULTAN|
|9||THUR||27.Feb||ISLAMABAD UNITED V QUETTA GLADIATORS||RAWALPINDI|
|10||FRI||28.Feb||MULTAN SULTANS V KARACHI KINGS||MULTAN|
|11||FRI||28.Feb||PESHAWAR 2ALMI V LAHORE QALANDARS||RAWALPINDI|
|12||SAT||29.Feb||MULTAN SULTANS V QUETTA GLADIATORS||MULTAN|
|13||SAT||29.Feb||ISLAMABAD UNITED V PESHAWAR ZALMI||RAWALPINDI|
|14||SUN||1.Mar||ISLAMABAD UNITED V KARACHI KINGS||RAWALPINDI|
|15||MON||2.Mar||PESHAWAR 2ALMI V KARACHI KINGS||RAWALPINDI|
|16||TUES||3.Mar||QUETTA GLADIATORS V LAHORE QALANDARS||LAHORE|
|17||WED||4.Mar||ISLAMABAD UNITED V LAHORE QALANDARS||LAHORE|
|18||THURS||5.Mar||PESHAWAR ZALMI V QUETTA GLADIATORS||RAWALPINDI|
|19||FRIDAY||6.Mar||KARACHI KINGS V MULTAN SULTANS||LAHORE|
|20||SAT||7.Mar||PESHAWAR ZALMI V ISLAMABAD UNITED||RAWALPINDI|
|21||SAT||7.Mar||LAHORE QALANDARS V QUETTA GLADIATORS||LAHORE|
|22||SUN||8.Mar||MULTAN SULTANS V ISLAMABAD UNITED||RAWALPINDI|
|23||SUN||8.Mar||LAHORE QALANDARS V KARACHI KINGS||LAHORE|
|24||TUES||10.Mar||LAHORE QALANDARS V PESHAWAR ZALMI||LAHORE|
|25||WED||11.Mar||QUETTA GLADIATORS V MULTAN SULTANS||LAHORE|
|26||THUR||12.Mar||KARACHI KINGS V LAHORE QALANDARS||KARACHI|
|27||FRI||13.Mar||PESHAWAR ZALMI V MULTAN SULTANS||KARACHI|
|28||SAT||14.Mar||KARACHI KINGS V ISLAMABAD UNITED||KARACHI|
|29||SUN||15.Mar||MULTAN SULTANS V LAHORE QALANDARS||LAHORE|
|30||SUN||15.Mar||QUETTA GLADIATORS V KARACHI KINGS||KARACHI|
|31||TUES||17.Mar||QUALIFIER: TEAM 1 V TEAM 2||KARACHI|
|32||WED||18.Mar||ELIMINATOR 1: TEAM 3 V TEAM 4||LAHORE|
|33||FRI||20.Mar||ELIMINATOR 2: ELIMINATOR WINNER V QUALIFIER RUNNER-UR||LAHORE|
Matches and cities
A total of 34 T20 matches will be played in this season. Out of which 14 matches in Lahore, 9 matches in Karachi, 8 matches in Rawalpindi and 3 matches in Multan, is scheduled. The tournament will kick off on 20th February 2020 in National Stadium Karachi. The Defending Champions Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United will play the first match of PSL on the same day of the opening ceremony. The final match of the tournament is scheduled for 22nd March 2020 in Qadafi Stadium Lahore.
|9 Matches||Karachi||National Stadium||Capacity: 34,228|
|14 Matches||Lahore||Gaddafi Stadium||Capacity: 27,000|
|8 Matches||Rawalpindi||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium||Capacity: 15,000|
|3 Matches||Multan||Multan Cricket Stadium||Capacity: 34,228|
Efforts & Outcomes
The PSL V has helped a lot not only to find the emerging talent but also to scout the players. All the franchises of PSL actively participated in the entire four seasons of HBL PSL. In addition, they are also keen to put some efforts this season also. So, no one has thought of the league which started four years ago will be so successful in the future. It is just because of the consistent efforts and participation of not only PCB but also the Franchises. So let’s not forget the efforts of the Franchises.
Moreover, the most important thing to notice in this season of PSL is that all the matches will be held in Pakistan. The credit goes to of course PCB and also the LEA’s (Law Enforcement Agencies) of Pakistan.
Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi have lifted the PSL trophy once while Islamabad United has lifted the PSL trophy twice.
As far as the players in each team are concerned, all the teams have quality and master players in their squad.
Players like Luke Ronchi, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro comprise the top order of the Islamabad united. The power hitters in the middle order, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Fahim Ashraf included. The powerful bowling attack of Dale Steyn, Shadab Khan (Captain), Rumman Raees, so it will be a team to watch in the PSL.
The Karachi’s deadly top order includes Sharjeel Khan, Alex Hales, Cameron Delport, and middle-order comprises of Babar Azam, Imad Wasim (Captain), Iftikhar Ahmed. The killer bowling combination of Muhammad Amir, Chris Jordan, Amir Yamin. Above all, Karachi Kings has the master blaster squad this season.
The top order of Fakhar Zaman, Chris Lynn, and middle-order includes Muhammad Hafeez, Sohail Akhtar (Captain), David Wiese. The fiery bowling attack comprises of Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Shinwari, Samit Patel. Seeing the Lahore squad it is, therefore, their matches will be worth watching.
Quetta Gladiators has a balanced squad with the top order of Jason Roy, Shane Watson, Ahmad Shehzad. Middle-order includes Sarfaraz Ahmed (Captain), Ben Cutting, Umar Akmal, and young bowling attack of Muhammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Shane Watson. In other words, Quetta has the desired squad to defend their title.
The top order of Kamran Akmal, Tom Banton, Imam Ul Haq, and experienced middle-order comprises Shoaib Malik, Liam Dawson, Darren Sammy (Captain), Keiron Pollard. The bowling attack includes Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shoaib Malik. Zalmi has an experienced squad, let’s see how they manage their matches.
Multan sultans have a top order of James Vince, Rile Rossouw, Shan Masood (Captain). The destructive middle-order comprises Shahid Afridi, Ravi Bopara, Sohail Tanvir, and bowling attack of Muhammad Irfan, Moeen Ali, Junaid Khan. Above all, the Sultans are ready to clinch the trophy with big names in their squad.
The day matches will begin at 2 PM and night matches at 7 PM, PCB announced.
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