PSL 2022: PSL 7 begins on Thursday – All you need to know;

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PSL 2022: PSL 7 begins on Thursday – All you need to know;

PSL 2022: The stage is set for the seventh edition of Pakistan Super League to commence on Thursday at the iconic National Stadium in Karachi with defending champions Multan Sultans facing off 2020 champions Karachi Kings following a curtain-raiser opening ceremony.

Babar Azam, who made the record for most T20I wins as captain in a calendar year with 20 in 2021, will lead Karachi Kings. Mohammad Rizwan, first-ever batter to score more than 1,000 T20I runs in a calendar year, will lead Multan Sultans.

Babar Azam:

“I am very excited to be leading Karachi Kings this season. This is the first instance that I will be captaining a side in the PSL and I am looking forward to it.

“The first match of the tournament always has a lot of eyeballs and Multan Sultans can prove to be a tough opposition. I am sure the fans will get to see a thrilling contest.

“Peter Moores is a seasoned coach and I have had fruitful discussions with him. Karachi Kings will display good, competitive cricket this season.”

Mohammad Rizwan:

“We have all the potential to defend our PSL title and we will be taking the field tomorrow with that mind set. This season will present us new challenges and we will have to plan accordingly.

“Babar Azam is a wonderful batter and captain, and his leadership will certainly have a good impact on Karachi Kings. I am hopeful that the PSL 7 will kick off with a great contest between the two sides.”

PSL 2022: As per the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) directive, the seating capacity reduced to 25 per cent for all matches in Karachi, while a decision on the number of spectators in Lahore to be taken in due course.

On the second match day on Friday, Quetta Gladiators will play Peshawar Zalmi with the match starting at 2pm PKT, while the third match day on Saturday will serve the fans a double-header with Multan Sultans playing Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings taking on Quetta Gladiators.

Lahore Qalandars, captained by Shaheen Shah Afridi, who has had stratospheric rise in international cricket since his debut in 2018, will hope the change in leadership leads to a change in their fortunes and they secure the glittering trophy.

Islamabad United are led by Shadab Khan. Sarfaraz Ahmed, who is the only player to lead his side in all the editions. He will continue to command his Gladiators from Quetta, while Peshawar Zalmi will be led by Wahab Riaz.

The PSL has established itself as one of the top T20 leagues around the world. And it has featured most sought-after cricketers from around the world. The competitiveness of this league and the quality of action has served up. And coming Pakistan cricketers opportunities to learn, enhance their skills and learn nitty-gritties of the game.

PSL 2022: National Stadium will host the first 15 matches till 7 February, before the action moves to Lahore, where Gaddafi Stadium, the home of Pakistan cricket, will stage the last 19 games from 10-27 February.

The competitive nature of the league seen five of the six crowned champions. Since the league’s inception in 2016 with Islamabad United. The inaugural champions, being the only team to bag the title twice.

The PCB has also adopted the ICC’s recent playing conditions. If a side are not in a position to field their last over of the innings on scheduled time. One fewer fielder to permitted outside of the 30-yard circle for the remaining overs of the innings. Reserve day for the final in case a result not achieved. Then the side topping the group stage to declared champions.

To ensure the continuation of action in these unprecedented covid times. The PCB has allowed a side to field a playing XI based on all local players. In case they are unable to field foreign players and the matches will go ahead if a side has at least 13 players available. The PCB has also created a pool of reserve players.

Fans in Pakistan will be able to watch all the action in HD on A Sports, PTV Sports, Tensports, Daraz, Tapmad and Cricwick.

PSL 7 will be telecasted around the world on Fox Sports (Australia), Etisalat (Middle-East and North Africa), Flow Sports (Caribbean), Sky NZ (New Zealand), Sky Sports (United Kingdom), Sony (South Asia outside Pakistan), Super Sports (Sub-Saharan Africa), Willow TV (North America) and ICC TV & tapmad TV (Australia, Mainland Europe, South East Asia & RoW).

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