Pakistan Super League 2018 is all set to get underway in Dubai on 22 February and the third edition of the tournament is all set to quench the thirst of the cricket-crazy fans who are expected to flock to the stadiums. There are a couple of major changes ahead of IPL 2018.
The third edition will see Multan Sultans making their PSL debut and Karachi will also get to host a PSL game for the first time. Darren Sammy's Peshawar Zalmi will be looking to become the first side to defend their crown. Three of the four playoff games will be played in Pakistan with two matches at Lahore’s Gadaffi Stadium and the final in Karachi on March 25.
The opening ceremony will be held at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on February 22. Hareem Farooq and Bilal Ashraf will host the ceremony that will see American pop star Jason Derulo performing alongside many others including the Pakistani Sachal Orchestra.
Let us take a look at some of the important points that you need to know going into the tournament.
Number of teams: 6
Number of matches: 34
Venues: Dubai, Sharjah, Lahore
Telecast: Discovery's sports channel, DSport will broadcast PSL 2018 in India and in the subcontinent (Afghanistan, Nepal, Maldives, and Bhutan). The live streaming of the tournament for Indian viewers will be available on cricketgateway.com,
Defending champions Peshawar Zalmi will open the proceeding against the newest member of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai on February 22. The major change in the schedule for the third edition of the tournament is not just the addition of Multan Sultans but also the fact that the last three matches of the tournament will be held in Pakistan.
The first qualifier will take place in Dubai while both the Eliminators will be held in Lahore with the final in Karachi.
Here is the complete schedule.