Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Pakistan Super League

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pakistan super leagueThe Pakistan Super League, also known as the PSL, is a T20 tournament that was created by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). This competition is played each year over a four-week period in February and March, with the first season being played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to security issues in Pakistan. For more information about this Pakistani cricket tournament, carry on reading.

When is the next edition of the Pakistan Super League?

The 2021 edition of the Pakistan Super League, also known as PSL 6, will occur from 20 February to 22 March 2021. It will be contested by six teams – Islamabad United, Lahore Qalanders, Quetta Gladiators, Multan Sultans, Peshawar Zalmi, and the Karachi Kings.
This is the second season of the tournament that will be held entirely in Pakistan. The two venues for the matches will be Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and National Stadium in Karachi. The stadiums are only allowed to be filled at 20% capacity (i.e. about 7,500 in Karachi and 5,500 in Lahore) in view of current COVID-19 restrictions in place in Pakistan. Tickets can be booked only on cricket.bookme.pk.
Sony Pictures Networks India will provide the live broadcast of PSL 6 in India. Sky Sports will show the competition in the UK while PTV will broadcast live in Pakistan itself.
You can follow the tournament or make your own predictions using our downloadable PSL 6 brackets sheet.

Our PSL 6 Betting Predictions

Below you’ll find the odds we’ve written up for each PSL team. We have also added our reasons to our seeding.

Karachi Kings – 3/1
The Karachi Kings won in 2020, beating Lahore by 5 wickets. This was their first time to lift the trophy, thanks mainly to Babar Azam, who hit 473 runs. This year they have a very good chance of winning again. They may not have the best bowlers but Mohammed Nabi and Dan Christian are excellent all-rounders.

Lahore Qalanders – 7/2
Lahore made it to the finals in 2020 on the backs of their amazing bowling performance. Shaheen Afridi took the most wickets with 17. Samit Patel took 4 wickets only conceding 5 runs. In the batting department, Ben Dunk made the most sixes. They will still have Afridi, Patel and Dunk this year so they might do it this time.

Quetta Gladiators – 4/1
They finished poorly in 5th place last year. Only Mohammad Hasnain’s taking of 14 wickets was memorable. They have worked really hard this year to recover from that. New players Chris Gayle, Tom Banton and Dale Steyn now give the team a good mix of experience and youth. They should do better this year.

Peshawar Zalmi – 9/2
Although they did badly in 2020, Kamran Akmal hit the highest runs score in the tournament – 101 off 55 balls. He also managed to break the boundary 41 times. Shoaib Malik also did well with three half-centuries from seven innings. Malik and Akmal are still on the team. New additions Ravi Bopara, David Miller and Sherfane Rutherford will also hope to reverse last year’s fortunes.

Islamabad United – 5/1
They came in last place in 2020. Colin Munro and Shadab Khan were their best batsmen and scored three half centuries each. They have kept Khan and Munro and added England internationals Chris Jordan and Alex Hales. We don’t quite believe that they will win it this year, but they will still bring better value for cricket bettors in 2021.

Multan Sultans
They were at the top of the table at the end of the 2020 regular season and just barely missed out on the finals thanks to the Karachi Kings. Yet, despite this and having a good squad (including Chris Lynn, Carlos Braithwaite, James Vince and Imran Tahir) most bookies are not giving them good odds to win PSL 6. If they do put on a stunning performance, they will be fantastic value for money.

Cricketonlinebetting.in’s PSL 6 Predictions

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, PSL 6 will continue. Our prediction for the regular season and then the play-offs is as follows:

  1. Lahore Qalanders
  2. Karachi Kings
  3. Quetta Gladiators
  4. Islamabad United
  5. Multan Sultans
  6. Peshawar Zalmi

Overall Winners: Lahore Qalanders

Runners Up: Quetta Gladiators

When Did the Pakistan Super League Begin?

The first edition of this competition was held in 2016, after two years of planning and two failed attempts. In October 2015, the PCB started to accept bids from interested parties to buy the rights to one of the five franchises that would compete in the tournament. All five teams were sold for a combined total of $93 million. In April 2017, the PCB decided to add a sixth team to the league and, once again, accepted bids for the franchise. This new team was eventually bought for $5.2 million per year, making them the most expensive team in the league. In 2018, the team was resold because of payment issues and fetched a whopping $6.35 million a year contract.

Whereas other T20 competitions, such as the Indian Premier League (IPL), make use of auctions for teams to acquire players, the PSL uses a draft system. This means that all eligible players who want to play in the league are put into a pool and each team takes it in turn to choose players. Each team is allowed a maximum of sixteen players and are allowed to have four back-up players just in case of injuries.

It is time for some stats!

Kamran Akmal has scored 1286 runs in 46 matches, making him the leading runscorer in the competition’s history.

Wahab Riaz has taken 65 wickets in 44 matches, making him the leading wicket-taker since the tournament began.

The most wickets taken in one season is 25, which was achieved by Hasan Ali.

During the 2016 season, Ravi Bopara achieved the best bowling figures in a match when he took 6 wickets for just 16 runs.

During the 2019 edition, Shaheen Afridi went for 62 runs from his 4 overs, which is the most runs a bowler has conceded in a single match.

Four bowlers have taken hat-tricks in this competition. These are Mohammad Amir, Imran Tahir, Junaid Khan, and Mohammad Sami.

What Teams Compete in the PSL?

Six teams play in this competition. All the information you need about these teams can be found in the following table.

Team

City Cricket Ground Captain Coach

Owner(s)

Islamabad United

Islamabad Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium Shadab Khan Dean Jones

Leonine Global Sports

Karachi Kings

Karachi National Stadium Imad Wasim Brendon McCullum

ARY Group

Lahore Qalandars

Lahore Gaddafi Stadium Mohammad Hafeez Mahela Jayawardene

Qatar Lubricants Company

Multan Sultans

Multan Multan Cricket Stadium Shoaib Malik Mike Hesson

Ali Tareen and Taimoor Malik

Peshawar Zalmi

Peshawar Arbab Niaz Stadium Darren Sammy Mohammad Akram

Haier Pakistan

Quetta Gladiators

Quetta Bugti Stadium Sarfaraz Ahmed Moin Khan

Omar Associates

What Format Will You Find in This Cricket League?

The six teams are placed into one group and each team plays every other team twice, with the 4 best teams going through to the play-offs. The teams that finish in the TOP 2 positions will play each other, with the winner going straight through to the final. The losing team will then play the winners of the match between the third and fourth placed teams, with the winning side going through to compete in the final.
If scores are tied at the end of the match, a super over is played to determine which side will get the two points for a win.

What is the Prize Money?

The table below reveals the prize money that was dished out for the 2019 edition.

Position

Prize Money ($)

Winners

500,000

Runners-up

200,000

3rd Place

100,000

4th place

52,000

Additional prizes can be seen below.

Player

Award

Prize ($)

Shane Watson

Batsman of the Series

20,000

Hassan Ali

Bowler of the Series

20,000

Kieron Pollard

Best Fielder

20,000

Luke Ronchi

Safest Hands

20,000

Which Teams Have Lifted the Cup?

To date, there have been five editions of this tournament. The table underneath shows which teams have won it, how much they won by, and who were the unfortunate runners-up.

Season

Winner Runner-up

Winning Margin

2016

Islamabad United Quetta Gladiators

6 wickets

2017

Peshawar Zalmi Quetta Gladiators

58 runs

2018

Islamabad United Peshawar Zalmi

3 wickets

2019

Quetta Gladiators Peshawar Zalmi

8 wickets

2020

Karachi Kings Lahore Qalandars

8 wickets

 

If you want to know how each team has performed in every tournament so far, please check out the table below.

Team

2016 2017 2018

2019

Islamabad United

W 4th W 3rd

Karachi Kings

4th 3rd 3rd

4th

Lahore Qalandars

5th 5th 6th

6th

Multan Sultans

N/A N/A 5th

5th

Peshawar Zalmi

3rd W R

R

Quetta Gladiators

R R 4th

W

W = Winners

R = Runners-up

N/A = Did not compete

As is shown, Islamabad United are the most successful team to date as they have won the tournament twice.

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Summary
Event
Pakistan Super League 2021 edition
Location
National Stadium, National Stadium Rd,Karachi City,Sindh
Starting on
February 20, 2021
Ending on
March 22, 2021
Description
Dates and venue for PSL 6
Offer Price
PKR 500
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