PSL Season -VIII Unveiled

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Defending champions Lahore Qalandars will take on Multan Sultans in the opening match

Lahore Qalandars will have an opportunity to make history when they take on Multan Sultans in the opening match of the HBL Pakistan Super League 8 at the picturesque Multan Cricket Stadium on Monday, 13 February.

Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi will share between them the 34-match tournament, and the event schedule has been designed in such a way that the four home sides will each play five matches in front of their fans and supporters – one against each side.

The HBL PSL 8 will be held in two legs, with Multan Cricket Stadium and National Bank Cricket Arena splitting matches from 13-26 February before the action shifts to the Gaddafi Stadium and Pindi Cricket Stadium, where the matches will be played from 26 February to 19 March. This includes the Qualifier, two Eliminators and the final at the home of Pakistan cricket from 15-19 March.

The soft launch of the Pakistan Women’s League will also take place during the HBL PSL 8, when three exhibition matches will be played in the lead-up to the men’s matches in Rawalpindi on 8, 10 and 11 March. The two women’s sides are expected to comprise leading local and foreign players, details of which will be announced in due course.

Chair of PCB Management Committee, Mr Najam Sethi: “I am delighted to formally confirm the schedule of the HBL PSL 8, which will allow the Pakistan Cricket Board and the six franchises to start firming up and finalising their respective event plans and objectives.

“The HBL PSL 8 will be a massive event for the PCB, taking place at the four iconic venues with the world’s best T20 cricketers in action. We aim to make the HBL PSL bigger, better and stronger than ever before, with the overarching ambition to make it the first-choice event for leading T20 cricketers.
“Each of the six sides will enter the HBL PSL 8 with lots at stake. There will be no question on the quality of cricket that will be played in over 34 days of action-packed cricket. I am hoping the HBL PSL will once again live up to its expectations of unearthing and identifying future stars who will not only challenge the established household names in this edition but will go on to represent Pakistan.
“May the best side lift the most prestigious Trophy of the Pakistan cricket calendar at the home of Pakistan cricket on 19 March!”

SCHEDULE OF MATCHES (afternoon matches will start at 2 pm; evening matches in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi will start at 7 pm. Evening matches in Multan will begin at 6 pm except for the tournament opener, which will commence at 8 pm)

  • 13 Feb – Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars, Multan Cricket Stadium
  • 14 Feb – Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • 15 Feb – Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators, Multan Cricket Stadium
  • 16 Feb – Karachi Kings v Islamabad United, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • 17 Feb – Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi, Multan Cricket Stadium
  • 18 Feb – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • 19 Feb – Multan Sultans v Islamabad United, Multan Cricket Stadium; Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • 20 Feb – Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • 21 Feb – Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • 22 Feb – Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings, Multan Cricket Stadium
  • 23 Feb – Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • 24 Feb – Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • 26 Feb – Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans, National Bank Cricket Arena; Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi, Gaddafi Stadium
  • 27 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United, Gaddafi Stadium
  • 1 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • 2 Mar – Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators, Gaddafi Stadium
  • 3 Mar – Islamabad United v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • 4 Mar – Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans, Gaddafi Stadium
  • 5 Mar – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • 6 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • 7 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Islamabad United v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • 8 Mar – Pakistan Women’s League Exhibition Match 1, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • 9 Mar – Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • 10 Mar – Pakistan Women’s League Exhibition Match 2, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • 11 Mar – Pakistan Women’s League Exhibition Match 3, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • 12 Mar – Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings, Gaddafi Stadium
  • 15 Mar – Qualifier (1 v 2), Gaddafi Stadium
  • 16 Mar – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4), Gaddafi Stadium
  • 17 Mar – Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1), Gaddafi Stadium
  • 19 Mar – Final, Gaddafi Stadium
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