- Last eight matches of 34 to be played in Pakistan with Lahore hostingthree and Karachi staging five, including the March 17 final
- HBL PSL 2019 is one of PCB’s marquee events and a gateway to resumption of international cricket in Pakistan
- Players vow to do better in HBL PSL 2019 than previous editions; former captains AB de Villiers, Steve Smith and Brendan Taylor set to make debuts
- For more information on HBL PSL 2019, please click here; more details to follow in due course
Lahore December 14, 2018: The countdown to the start of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 began today as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the schedule of the event, which will kick-off with the tournament opener between defending champions Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars in Dubai on February 14,
Thirty-four (34) matches will be played in the fourth edition and for the first time in the short history of this highly successful and much-awaited tournament, Lahore and Karachi will share eight matches between them at the backend of the 32-day event.
Karachi’s National Stadium will host the first of their five matches on March 7, 2019 when Karachi Kings will take on Peshawar Zalmi under lights. The other four matches will be: Karachi Kings versus Quetta Gladiators on March 10, 2019, Qualifier 1 versus Qualifier 2 on March 13, 2019, Eliminator 2 on March 15, 2019 and the final on March 17, 2019.
The iconic Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will be the venue of three matches, namely: Lahore Qalandars versus Islamabad United on March 9, 2019, Lahore Qalandars versus the Sixth team on March 10, 2019 and Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) on March 12, 2019. All the three matches will be played under floodlights.
In addition to the Gaddafi Stadium and National Stadium, 14 matches will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, four matches will be held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and eight matches will be staged at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah.
According to the event format, each side will play the other twice with the top-four after30 event matches advancing to the
“The PCB is delighted to announce the schedule of the HBL Pakistan SuperLeague 2019, which marks two months to go to one of the PCB’s marquee events which continues to grow in reputation and stature.
“The PCB is committed to working harder to make the HBL PSL an even bigger and better tournament, with the focus being to provide
“The PCB believes the HBL PSL is a gateway to
“The PCB would like to thank its esteemed commercial partners, including title sponsors HBL, for their continued support and patronage. Without the involvement and commitment of the sponsors, no event can be organised successfully. The PCB is confident that the strong and successful HBL PSL brand will also help the PCB’s commercial partners to secure maximum exposure and coverage both within and outside Pakistan.”
In only in its fourth year, the HBL Pakistan Super League has grown into one of the biggest and most competitive tournaments on this planet, evident from the fact that the world’s leading and most attractive cricketers continue to make themselves available for this competition.
South Africa’s AB de Villiers and Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe, who will wear Lahore Qalandars’ kits, and Steve Smith of Australia, who will represent the sixth team, are three of the 19 players expected to make their PSL debuts in 2019.
The others 16
The players have also expressed their enthusiasm and interest in the start of the HBL PSL 2019.
Waqar Younis, who is the mentor of Islamabad United, said: “The HBL PSL is one of the most entertaining but difficult tournaments in which each match counts. You have to turn up at the top of your game every time you step onto the field so that you stay clear of the danger zone.
“Islamabad United have a talented and
Lahore Qalandars’ newly appointed captain, Mohammad Hafeez, said: “The HBL PSL is no doubt one of the top franchise tournaments in the world and I look forward to captaining Lahore Qalandars to playing quality cricket in front of Pakistani fans both in UAE and Pakistan. Having played in the last three events, I have no apprehension that this will be an event to watch out for.
“We have an excellent and balanced team, which includes AB de Villiers amongst other top players. I am sure the boys will benefit from AB’s rich experience, and AB himself will have a great time with us.”
KarachiKings’ captain Imad Wasim said: “Eight HBL PSL matches taking place in Lahore and Karachi is great news for the Pakistan cricket fans and I look forward to captaining Karachi Kings at the historic National Stadium. We will have to be at our best in each match to ensure that we also feature in front of our home crowds on March, 17.”
Shoaib Malik, who will captain the sixth team, said: “We have a very balanced side, which is capable of going all the way in the HBL PSL. This tournament is not only designed to provide entertainment to the
“We also look forward to welcoming Steve Smith and Shahid Afridi, two absolute legends of the game, to the side and hope they will play their lead roles in helping us cross the line. Like all other players, I can’t wait for this event to start and hope to hit the ground running from the opening day.”
Sarfraz Ahmed, who captained Quetta Gladiators to two finals, said: “We are a team which has always received overwhelming support from
Daren Sammy, who captained Peshawar Zalmi to the title in 2017, said: “The HBL PSL is one of my favourite tournaments and I not only look forward to playing in it in a few weeks’ time, but also look forward to once again featuring in the final. “Zalmi are known for their aggressive and attacking cricket, and I am confident that we will win more hearts by successfully and regularly displaying our strengths every time we take the field.”
Foreign players to feature in HBL PSL 2019 are:
Afghanistan – Zahir Khan, Qais Ahmad, Waqar Salamkheil
Australia – Fawad Ahmed, Dan Christian, Ben Dunk, Steve Smith, Aaron Summers, Shane Watson
England – Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Liam Dawson, Joe Denly, Laurie Evans, Harry Gurney, Chris Jordon, Liam Livingstone, Wayne Madsen, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Samit Patel
New Zealand – Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi
Nepal – Sandeep Lamichhane
South Africa – AB de Villiers, Colin Ingram, Cameron Delport, Wayne Parnell, Rilee Rossouw
Wales – Phil Salt
West Indies – Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy
Zimbabwe – Sikandar Raza and Brendan Taylor
Teams’ performance at a glance:
|Islamabad United||2016 – to date||32||20||12||0||0||0||60.93|
|Karachi King||2016 – to date||31||12||18||0||1||1||41.66|
|Lahore Qalandars||2016 – to date||26||9||17||1||1||0||34.61|
|6th Team*||2018 – to date||10||4||5||0||0||1||44.44|
|Peshawar Zalmi||2016 – to date||34||19||14||0||0||1||57.57|
|Quetta Gladiators||2016 – to date||31||17||13||0||0||1||56.66|
*Multan Sultans have been replaced by the sixth team. Following the conclusion of the tender process, the team’s rights will be sold to the highest bidder