PSL 5 to start from February 20; set to be played across four cities
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday announced the schedule for upcoming Pakistan Super League 2020 which will see all 34 matches played in Pakistan.
The four venues, as announced earlier, will be Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Multan. Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium will host 14 matches including the final on March 22 while the tournament opener will be played at National Stadium Karachi on February 20.
Rawalpindi, which was the venue for the recent Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test, will host eight games while three matches will be played at Multan.
Current champions Quetta Gladiators will lock horns with two-time champions Islamabad United in the tournament opener at Karachi.
National Stadium will also play host to the Qualifier between the top two sides, whereas the Gaddafi Stadium will be the venue of the two Eliminators and the final.
“After bringing Test cricket back to Pakistan, hosting of the entire HBL Pakistan Super League is our other major achievement,” said PCB chairman Ehsan Mani in a statement.
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“I never had any doubts it was Pakistan’s league and should be played in front of home crowds. We had made this commitment to the people of Pakistan at the end of last year’s event and I am pleased today we have announced the event schedule with four centers to share the 34 event matches between them.”
This year’s tournament will see top-flight cricketers including Jason Roy, Chris Lynn, Dale Steyn and Alex Hales in action which, according to Mani, will give a lot of boost to the economy and tourism in the country.
“This shows the confidence that players throughout the world have in playing in Pakistan. Through this event, we expect the economy and tourism to get a significant boost, which will have a direct impact on the overall health of the country.
“For the fans, this will be a long-awaited opportunity to see their cricketing heroes live in action and reinforce their love for this great game. I am expecting like last year, the entire country will get behind this tournament and by turning up in big numbers, they will once again show the world their passion for cricket.”