Pakistan Super League PSL 2016
The Pakistan Super League T20 is finally on and with the Habib Bank Limited being announced the title sponsors for the first 3 years of the league, it sure sounds like it is here to stay!
The HBL PSL is the premier professional T20 cricket league in Pakistan which has been in the pipeline for years now, which is why there’s so much anticipation around it. The trophy will be awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season. After years of battling security concerns and inner hassles, the authorities have lined up a set of spectacular contests. The matches will be held, 24 in all, from February 4-24, 2016 just before the World T20. The authorities have intelligently chosen February as it doesn’t hold any other T20 event in the main. Every step is being taken to ensure smooth transactions of PSL tickets; sale of merchandise, building up of brand equity and smoothing the broadcasting rights.
Pakistan Super League teams:
The inaugural edition of the PSL Pakistan Super League 2016 will see five teams participating in it with each team representing a city. However, plans are in place for an expansion of the PSL to be a 10-team league within the next five years (do let us know how many teams would you like!).
The league will be played in place of the existing Haier T20 Cup and is expected to draw highly skilled players from all over the world, and currently has players signed from approximately 10 different countries. Pakistani players, obviously, will constitute the majority of the players in the league. 80 players including 25 graded international players will make their presence felt in the tournament that promises $1, 00, 000 to the winning team. It also promises plenty of excitement as teams from Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Lahore take part in the PSL. Of course, what takes priority is the level of cricket played. Given that each team is allowed a maximum of 16 players, 80 players will participate in the PSL, of which 55 will be local players while the other 25 will be internationals. Quality international coaches have been roped to manage the five teams with precision and bite.
Former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja have been roped in as brand ambassadors of the tournament for the next three years. The likes of Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Dwayne Bravo, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews among others have all given their names for the PSL Draft which will take place later in the year. The league will use a draft system – similar to the National Football League in the United States for player recruitment as opposed to the auction system which is used in other popular T20 leagues across the world. The Pakistan t20 league will not be played in Pakistan but instead will be based out of UAE. All matches would be played at two grounds – Dubai and Sharjah cricket stadiums which was confirmed by the PCB in September 2015. Earlier there were plans for the tournament to be played in Doha but that was changed back to UAE where the tournament will be played now. The cricketing fans are all eagerly awaiting the kick-off and planning their sojourns in advance. This should be a cracker of a tournament to behold and you can get all the information for it in the days to come on this site.
PSL Teams and Squads 2016
A comprehensive list of all Pakistani and foreign (International) T20 players taking part in Pakistan Super League PSL T20 2016 in the first season in UAE. The list has been compiled based on confirmation by PCB and official sources.
Official list of Players under all categories
A total of 308 top foreign and local cricketers will be available at the Pakistan Super League Draft, scheduled to be held on December 21 and 22, 2015.
Australia: James Faulkner, Shaun Tait, Andrew Symonds, Shane Watson, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin, Brad Hogg
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal
England: James Anderson,Luke Fletcher, James Taylor, Ian Bell, Jade Dernbach, Chris Jordan, Monty Panesar, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Luke Wright, Michael Carberry, Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn , Chris Woakes
Ireland: Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling
New Zealand: Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Jesse Ryder, James Franklin, Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan
Netherlands: Ryan ten Doeschate
South Africa: Robin Peterson, Jacques Kallis, Johan Botha, Richard Levi
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Ajantha Mendis, Kumar Sangakkara
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kerion Pollard, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine, Dwayane Bravo, Jason Holder, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Samuel Badree, Denesh Ramdin, Tino Best
Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Elton Chigumbura, Chamunorwa Chibhabha
Platinum Category Players
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday announced the names of players placed in the platinum category for the inaugural edition of upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL). According to details, seven Pakistani players along with 18 foreign players are placed in platinum category.
The Pakistani players who are in the top category include
The overseas players who are included in the platinum category include
List of National & Foreign Coaches
Top international coaches from different countries have signed up on the Pakistan Super League roster.
Eric Simons, Darren Berry, Chris Adams, Andy Moles, Gordon Greenidge, Mickey Arthur, Chaminda Vaas, Robin Singh, Dean Jones, Michael Bevan, Venkatesh Prasad, Abdul Rehman, Graham Ford, Stuart Law, Otis Gibson, Ray Jennings, Shane Jurgensen, Mohammad Akram, Sanath Jayasuriya
Please note these are all players & coaches who have consented to participate in the inaugural season of PSL. There will be at least around 100 foreigners in total in the draft at the time of official start in Feb 2016. Only 20 top players will be selected (based on set value by PCB, experience and other factors) where only 4 foreign players will be selected under each franchise.
The PSL teams squads will be updated here as soon as they are announced. 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 5 Pakistan Super League teams are;
Islamabad United (representing the Islamabad Capital Territory and Punjab province)
Karachi Kings (representing Sindh province)
Lahore Qalandars (representing Punjab province)
Quetta Gladiators (representing Balochistan province)
Peshawar Zalmi (representing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province)
Pakistan Super League Franchises Sold
PSL 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.
While the teams are still in the purchase phase, some of the top international have been hired to do business. The likes of Eric Simons, Chaminda Vaas and Mickey Arthur will be around.
Player auction will take place by December. The players and their prices will be based on their experience and their abilities which they have showcased so far. The price for players in different category is as follows:
Platinum: 20 million rupees
Diamond: 7 million rupees
Gold: 5 million rupees
Silver: 3 million rupees
Emerging : 2 million rupees
Five of the top 10 T20 all-rounders in the ICC rankings have already signed up for the draft pick for PSL.
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Matthews, Lasith Malinga. Tilakaratne Dilshan and Ajantha Mendis are all signed up for PSL. Thisara Perera is another player who has shown interest.
From West Indies Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree have expressed interest so far. Chris Gayle has also signed up with the PSL’s pre-draft agreement and will be one of the hot picks of the competition.
New Zealand’s Grant Elliot and James Franklin are expected to be present. South African Richard Levi and Robert Peterson and England’s Tim Bresnan and Michael Carberry are also players who have expressed an interest in the PSL.
Recently, it has been reported that Kevin Pietersen has signed up for the PSL Draft as well. Brad Haddin and Brad Hodge are the two players from Australia who have shown interest to sign up for the PSL Draft.
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.