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Pakistan Super League

Pakistan Super League (Urdu: پاکستان سپر لیگ‎; PSL) is a Twenty20 cricket league, founded in Lahore on 9 September 2015 with five teams and now comprises six teams. Instead of operating as an association of independently owned teams, the league is a single entity in which each franchise is owned and controlled by investors.

Pakistan Super League
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Official logo of PSL
CountriesPakistan Pakistan
First Edition2016
Latest Edition2018
Next Edition2019
Tournament formatDouble round robin and playoffs
Number of teams6
Current champion Islamabad United (2nd title)
Most successful Islamabad United (2 titles)
Most runsPakistan Kamran Akmal (929)[1]
Most wicketsPakistan Wahab Riaz (46)[2]
TVList of Broadcasters

The commercial rights to the initial franchises were sold for US$93 million for a span of 10 years in December 2015. The market value of PSL in 2018 was up to US$1 billion, according to Arif Habib.[3]

The PSL season runs between the months of February and March, with each team playing matches in double round robin format; the top four teams with the best record qualify for the playoffs and culminates in the championship game, the PSL Cup Final. The league is directed out of the Pakistan Cricket Board head office in Lahore. Due to security reasons, the first season was played entirely in the United Arab Emirates. The inaugural champions were Islamabad United. Peshawar Zalmi were the 2017 PSL Champions, having defeated Quetta Gladiators in Lahore on 5 March 2017. The current champions are Islamabad United, who won the title on 25 March 2018 in Karachi.




In September 2015, the PCB officially announced the launch of the PSL. Former Pakistani national team captains Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja signed up to promote the PSL and become brand ambassadors of the league for three years.[4]

After several years of planning and two previous failed attempts,[5][6] the league officially began on 4 February 2016 in the United Arab Emirates where Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari, alongside Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, inaugurated the opening ceremony.[7] The first two seasons included five teams nominally based in Pakistani cities.[8][9] In its first season the PSL had a higher percentage of international players. The league uses a draft system for player recruitment similar to that used in many North American professional sports leagues and as opposed to the auction system used in some other T20 leagues.[10]

The PSL's official logo was launched on 20 September 2015 in a ceremony in Lahore, and was revealed by 3Di.[11] The ceremony was attended by current and retired cricketers, as well as Pakistani celebrities.


The possibility of adding a sixth team to the league in 2017,[12] possibly in Azad Kashmir, was also under discussion, but was rejected by May 2016.[13][14][15]

Sethi announced that there would be the sixth team in next season of PSL, few days after 2017 PSL held. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra announced that the PSL administration will be approached for the participation of team FATA as the sixth team in PSL 2018. He said PSL administration will be approached for the participation of FATA team.[16][17] Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, also said to have the sixth team from Gilgit-Baltistan. PCB short-listed five names for sixth team; Faisalabad, FATA, Hyderabad, Dera Murad Jamali and Multan.[18]

The final name of the sixth team for PSL 2018 season was announced on 1 June 2017; Multan Sultans; owned by Schön Properties at $5.2 million annually.[19][20] On 10 November 2018, PCB terminated franchise agreements with the owner of Multan Sultans, Schön Properties, resulting in a new team being introduced.[21]


In May 2016, the PCB officially announced that the inaugural season of the PSL yielded profits of US$2.6 million.[22]


PSL Playoffs

The PSL is played in a double round-robin format. Every team plays each other twice and the top four advance to the Playoffs.

The league follows the rules and regulations dictated by the International Cricket Council, although it introduced DRS system in T20s which was later emulated by International Cricket Council as well. In the group stage, two points are awarded for a win, one for a no-result and none for a loss. In the event of tied scores after both teams have faced their quota of overs, a super over is used to determine the match winner. In the group stage teams are ranked on the following criteria:

  1. Higher number of points
  2. If equal, better run rate
  3. If equal, highest number of wins
  4. If equal, fewest losses
  5. If still equal, the results of head to head meeting

In any play-off match in which there is no result, a super over is used to determine the winner. If the super over is not possible or the result of the over is a tie, the team which finished in the highest league position at the end of the regular season is deemed the winner of the match.


According to a PCB press release, around 20 parties showed an interest in buying franchises for the league before the first season.[23] On 18 October 2015 the Pakistan Cricket Board began accepting tenders for franchises with a deadline for bids of 15 November.[24]

According to a statement by the PCB, bid winners would be granted the rights to a franchise for a term of ten years.[25] Interested parties included the ARY Group, Omar Associates, Arif Habib Group, Haier, Mobilink as well as international groups including Leonine Global Sports and the Qatar Lubricants Company (QALCO).[26]

All five franchises for the first season of the league were sold on 3 December 2015, for a total price of US$93 million, after seven bidders presented formal proposals.[27][28]

PSL players drafted from foreign countries.

In April 2017, PCB invited bids for the sixth team and the deadline set for the submission of both the financial and technical proposals was 30 May and as many as 40 national and international parties expressed an interest in buying the sixth franchise.[29]

On 1 June 2017, from five regions short-listed by PCB Multan was bought by Schön Properties for a price of US$5.2 million per year becoming the most expensive team of the PSL.[30] However, on 12 November 2018, its rights were terminated by PCB due to payment issues. "The Sixth Team" in 2019 PSL will be owned by PCB itself.[21][31]

Team City/Province Owner Founded Home ground Captain Coach
Current Teams
Islamabad United Islamabad, Capital Territory Leonine Global Sports
(Ali Naqvi & Amna Naqvi)
2015[a] Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium   Luke Ronchi   Dean Jones
Karachi Kings Karachi, Sindh ARY Group
(Salman Iqbal, CEO)
2015[a] National Stadium   Imad Wasim   Mickey Arthur
Lahore Qalandars Lahore, Punjab Qatar Lubricants Company
(Fawad Rana, MD)
2015[a] Gaddafi Stadium   Mohammad Hafeez   Aaqib Javed
The Sixth Team TBD, Pakistan Pakistan Cricket Board
2018[b] TBD   Shoaib Malik TBD
Peshawar Zalmi Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Haier Pakistan
(Javed Afridi, CEO)
2015[a] Arbab Niaz Stadium   Darren Sammy   Mohammad Akram
Quetta Gladiators Quetta, Balochistan Omar Associates
(Nadeem Omar, Director)
2015[a] Bugti Stadium   Sarfraz Ahmed   Moin Khan
Defunct Teams
Multan Sultans Multan, Punjab Schön Properties
(Nasir Schön & sons)
2017[c] Multan Cricket Stadium N/A   Tom Moody


Season results

Season No. of teams Final Venue Player of the series
Winner Winning margin Runner-up
5   Islamabad United
175/4 (18.4 overs)
6 wickets
  Quetta Gladiators
174/7 (20 overs)
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai   Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings)
5   Peshawar Zalmi
148/6 (20 overs)
58 runs
  Quetta Gladiators
90 (16.3 overs)
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore   Kamran Akmal (Peshawar Zalmi)
6   Islamabad United
154/7 (16.5 overs)
3 wickets
  Peshawar Zalmi
148/9 (20 overs)
National Stadium, Karachi   Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United)
Islamabad United take a victory lap around the Dubai International Cricket Stadium after winning the first PSL final in 2016.

Team results

Teams 2016 2017 2018
  Islamabad United W 4th W
  Karachi Kings 4th 3rd 3rd
  Lahore Qalandars 5th 5th 6th
  Multan Sultans DNP 5th
  Peshawar Zalmi 3rd W R
  Quetta Gladiators R R 4th


The table below provides an overview of the performances of teams. Teams are sorted by best performance, then by total number of wins, total number of games, and alphabetical order respectively.

Appearances Statistics
Team Total First Latest Best result Mat. Won Lost Tied Tie&W Tie&L NR Win%*
  Islamabad United 3 2016 2018 Champions (2016, 2018) 32 20 12 0 0 0 0 62.50
  Peshawar Zalmi 3 2016 2018 Champions (2017) 34 19 14 0 0 0 1 57.57
  Quetta Gladiators 3 2016 2018 Runners-up (2016, 2017) 31 17 13 0 0 0 1 56.66
  Karachi Kings 3 2016 2018 Third Place (2017, 2018) 31 12 17 0 0 1 1 41.66
  Multan Sultans 1 2018 2018 Group Stage (2018) 10 4 5 0 0 0 1 44.44
  Lahore Qalandars 3 2016 2018 Group Stage (2016, 2017, 2018) 26 7 17 0 1 1 0 30.76
Last Updated: 25 March 2018


  • Tie&W and Tie&L indicates matches tied and then won or lost by "Super Over"
  • The result percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as full win.

Individual awards

The Hanif Mohammad award and a green cap are awarded to the leading run-scorer. It is an ongoing competition with the leading run-scorer wearing the cap throughout the tournament until the final game, with the eventual winner keeping the cap and receiving the award for the season.[33] The Fazal Mahmood award and a maroon cap are awarded to the leading wicket-taker in the same way[34] whilst the Imtiaz Ahmed award is awarded to the best wicket-keeper. All three awards were introduced in the second PSL season.[35]


The PSL's initial title sponsorship was awarded to HBL Pakistan for three years in December 2015.[36] Sponsorship deals associated with the league including the title sponsorship, are estimated to be worth more than $6 million.[37] HBL later renewed their sponsorship for three more years.[38]

Title sponsor Period Sponsorship amount (per year) Ref.
  HBL 2016-2018 US$5 Million [39]
2019-2021 US$14.3 Million [39][38]


PSL Live Broadcast

For the first three seasons of the league, Sunset + Vine were awarded production rights as official broadcasters, and PTV Sports, Ten Sports and Geo Super were awarded broadcast rights in Pakistan. The value of the broadcasting deal was US$15 million, with the PCB selling the global television rights to Tech Front, a UAE group.[40]

In 2017, DSport (India) bought the broadcasting rights of PSL, becoming the first channel in India to do so.

Matches streamed live in Pakistan on YouTube, and on PSL official site and app through; while streamed globally on[41][42][43]

Territory Years Channels
  Pakistan 2016–present PTV Sports
Ten Sports
Geo Super
  Afghanistan 2017–present Moby
  Australia 2017–present Channel 44
  Bangladesh 2016–present Gazi TV
  Canada 2017–present Sportsnet
Willow TV
  Caribbean 2016–present Flow TV
  India 2018–present DSport[44]
  Kenya 2017–present StarTimes
  Middle East & North Africa 2016–present OSN Sports
  New Zealand 2017–present Sky Sport
  South Africa 2017–present StarTimes
  Sri Lanka 2016–present Ten Sports
Dialog TV
  United Kingdom 2016–present Prime TV
Hum TV
City 44 UK
  USA 2017–present A-Plus TV
Willow TV
Yupp TV
  Zimbabwe 2017–present SuperSport

Advertising rights for the first three years of the league's operation were awarded to Pakistani company Blitz Advertising.[45]


  1. ^ a b c d e The team was founded in 2015 and made its PSL debut in the 2016 season.
  2. ^ The team will make its PSL debut in the 2019 season.
  3. ^ The team was founded in 2017 and made its PSL debut in the 2018 season.

See also


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  39. ^ a b "ﻣﻠﺘﺎﻥ ﺳﻠﻄﺎﻥ ﮐﯽ ﭼﮭﭩﯽ ! ﭘﯽ ﺍﯾﺲ ﺍﯾﻞ ﮐﯽ ﭼﮭﭩﯽ ﭨﯿﻢ ﮐﻮﻧﺴﯽ ﮨﻮﮔﯽ ﺑﮍﯼ ﺧﺒﺮ !". Crictale. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
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