PSL 2021: Complete Schedule announced by PCB
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The schedule for the upcoming sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The glitzy franchise-based T20 tournament of Pakistan will start on February 20 in Karachi at the National Stadium.

The defending champions Karachi Kings are going to start off their campaign in the tournament opener against Quetta Gladiators. The PSL 2021 will be played across 34 matches with approximately 30 days of action-packed cricket played across two venues.

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The first half of the tournament will be hosted by Karachi and the latter part including the big final will be hosted by Lahore. The final will be played on the 22nd of March at the Gaddafi Stadium.

The decision regarding the participation of crowds is not taken yet by the authorities and they will continue to monitor the covid-19 situation in the two cities before reaching a final conclusion.

“We are delighted to announce the schedule of our marquee event – the HBL Pakistan Super League, which for the second successive season will be held in Pakistan in its entirety,” said Babar Hamid, Director – Commercial.

“We had to make the tough decision to limit matches to Karachi and Lahore, and this decision has been taken in the larger interest of the event, participants, and the country. We want to limit the unnecessary exposure of the players as much as practically possible so that the players can operate in a safe and healthy environment that, in turn, will allow them to continue to entertain the fans and followers with their talent, skills, and gamesmanship.”

“The crowds in Multan and Rawalpindi were awesome last year and we owe a big thanks to them for their contribution in making the HBL PSL 2020 a resounding success. I am sure when life returns to normal, the two cities will get their share of matches as the PCB remains committed and determined to stage matches of the HBL PSL at as many venues as possible.”

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“Apart from the competitors, the PCB also has a duty of care towards the spectators. Although we have a couple of options on the table, the PCB will continue to monitor the situation and delay the decision as late as possible on crowd attendances as for the PCB, health and lives are of utmost importance.”

“As for the six franchises and the event organizers, the schedule announcement gives them an opportunity to start planning for the tournament. While the six sides will be finalizing their squads at the upcoming players’ Draft, the PCB has already been working hard on event planning, and now its time to change gears so that we can strengthen our reputation and credibility as a high-performing board.”

Event schedule (Day matches to start at 2 pm; Night matches to start at 7 pm; Friday’s double-headers to start at 3 pm and 8 pm, respectively):

Sat, 20 Feb – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi

Sun, 21 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United v Multan Sultans (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi

Mon, 22 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi

Tue, 23 Feb – Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans (N); NSK, Karachi

Wed, 24 Feb – Karachi Kings v Islamabad United (N); NSK, Karachi

Fri, 26 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi

Sat, 27 Feb – Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi

Sun, Feb 28 – Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars (N); NSK, Karachi

Mon, 1 Mar – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi

Wed, 3 Mar – Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi

Thu, 4 Mar – Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (N); NSK, Karachi

Fri, 5 Mar – Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings (N); NSK, Karachi

Sat, 6 Mar – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars (N); NSK, Karachi

Sun, 7 Mar – Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators (D); Islamabad United v Karachi Kings (N); NSK, Karachi

Wed, 10 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings (N); GSL, Lahore

Thu, 11 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars (N); GSL, Lahore

Fri, 12 Mar – Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore

Sat 13 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings (D); Multan Sultans v Islamabad United (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore

Sun, 14 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore

Mon, 15 Mar – Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi (N); GSL, Lahore

Tue, 16 Mar – Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars (N); GSL, Lahore

Thu, 18 Mar – Qualifier (1 v 2) (N); GSL, Lahore

Fri, 19 Mar – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) (N); GSL, Lahore

Sat, Mar 20 – Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1) (N); GSL, Lahore

Mon, 22 Mar – Final (N), GSL, Lahore


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