Pakistan Super League 2018 Wait Is Over!
It was a sad morning of 3rd March 2009, when Srilankan team targeted by a terrorist attack, they were coming to Qaddafi stadium Lahore for day three of the second test match. After 2009 incident the door of games and grounds were closed for Pakistani’s. Millions of fan deprived to watch matches or games on their grounds. Pakistani cricket team played their home series at Sharjah and Abu Dhabi stadium because foreign players and team avoided the country due to security risk.
After 5 years of the incident, Zimbabwean team toured Pakistan. All match was played on the same ground and city Lahore. It was the first tour by any country since the attack on sir Lankan team after 2009. In this tour, although Pakistan won series Zimbabwean won Pakistani hearts due to their tour. Zimbabwean tour was the hopeful sign for the country and people. And this hope was fulfilled when after 8 years of attack again Srilankan team visited Pakistan in 2017 at the same ground and city. On Oct 29, the final of 3 T20 matches was played in Qaddafi stadium and Pakistan won T20 series by 3-0.
After the last match of the series vs Srilanka at Qaddafi Stadium Lahore, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Najam Sethi deliver the historical speech.
He said that this will set a way to bring back International Cricket in Pakistan. This series indicates that Pakistan is safe for International Sports. Meanwhile, Srilanka Cricket Board Chairman Thilanag Sumathipala said they will not leave Pakistan in difficult times as Pakistan always stand with Srilanka in difficult times. He said that it is not possible for world cricket to leave Pakistan Cricket alone in difficult times because the Pakistani Nation always shows dedication and support to Cricket. He said that Pakistan Super League is one of the greatest tournaments in the world.
After Srilanka and Zimbabwe tours to Pakistan shows positive image all over the world that Pakistan is not a terrorist country. It was really a glad time for Pakistan and their people too…
Sept. 2015 was the great day when PCB chairman Najam saith announced to launch a super league in Pakistan ۔The first Pakistan super league officially began on Feb 2016 with five teams of major cities, all matches were played in the United Emirates. While second held in 2016 but the good thing was that after the first season, the finale of the second PSL was played in victim city Lahore. PSL season runs between Feb and March, each team play 10 matches. The inaugural champion was Islamabad united while Peshawar zalmi was second PSL season champion. PCB officially reports showing that the first season of Pakistan Super League earns the profit of 2.6 million US$.
Now, The PSL schedule for the 2018 edition has been released and will kick-start from February 22 in Dubai. In the opening ceremony, Pakistan legend singer Abida Parveen will perform. Along with her American pop singer Jason Derulo, and Pakistan superstar Ali Zafar, and Shehzad Roy will perform in an opening ceremony. Four Venues have been selected for Pakistan Super League 3. The opening match will be played between Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultan will be followed by a double-header on Friday, February 23 in the same city. Karachi Kings will take on Quetta Gladiators and Multan Sultans will play Lahore Qalandars that evening. Islamabad United will kick-start their campaign on Saturday with a game against Peshawar Zalmi and on the same day, the Gladiators will also face the Qalandars.
Pakistani people are waiting for bash league and especially Karachi cricket fans are waiting for welcome Pakistani cricketers and international heroes as well after 2009.