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Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020: Preview, Match Schedule, Team Squads and Tournament Predictions

Sarfaraz Ahmed will captain Quetta Gladiators in PSL 5
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All you need to know about the 5th edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which will be played in Pakistan entirely this time around from February 22 to March 22, 2020.

After playing a chunk of the PSL in Pakistan in the last couple of seasons, the management of the league has finally been able to convince all stakeholders to conduct the entire tournament in Pakistan this year.

This will not only mean a lot of excitement among the fans and the Pakistani players getting to play in front of their home crowd but also mean more buzz around the league, more people in the stadiums and increased revenue.

The league initially began with five teams in 2016 when Islamabad United were crowned the champions of the inaugural edition. The United repeated their feat with another title win in 2018, when Multan Sultan came into being.

Peshawar Zalmi have ended as runners-up in the last two editions of the league and would be strong contenders for the title this season.

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The teams along with their captains are as follows:


Islamabad United - Shadab Khan

Quetta Gladiators - Sarfaraz Ahmed

Peshawar Zalmi - Darren Sammy

Lahore Qalandars - Sohail Akhtar

Karachi Kings - Imad Wasim

Multan Sultans - Shan Masood

 

The league follows the double round robin format with each team playing the other five teams twice each in the the league stage. Following the group stage is the standard playoffs format in which the teams ending first and second get to clash in the Qualifier, while the winner moves straight to the final.

The losing team gets another chance to have a go at the final berth in Eliminator 2, where they clash against the winner of the Eliminator 1. The team losing the Eliminator 1 is knocked out of the tournament.

The Qualifier will be played on March 17 in Karachi. The Eliminator 1, Eliminator 2 and the Final will take place in Lahore on March 18, 20 and 22 respectively.

During the Player Replacement Draft that took place recently, Lewis Gregory, Carlos Brathwaite, Wayne Madsen, Dane Vilas, Dawid Malan and Zahid Mehmood have been added while Lendl Simmons, Dwaine Pretorius and Rassie van der Dussen will miss the entire tournament.

 

Tournament Predictions


Winner -  Peshawar Zalmi

Runners-up - Quetta Gladiators

Top Run Scorer -  Babar Azam (Karachi Kings)

Top Wicket Taker - Shaheen Shah Afridi (Lahore Qalandars)

Most Sixes - Asif Ali (Islamabad United)

 

Here are the squads of all teams:


Quetta Gladiators - Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hasnain, Ahsan Ali, Naseem Shah, Jason Roy, Ben Cutting, Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills, Abdul Nasir, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Keemo Paul (from March 7), Khurram Manzoor, Zahid Mehmood (until March 7)

Multan Sultans - Mohammad Irfan, Shahid Afridi, James Vince, Junaid Khan, Ali Shafiq, Shan Masood, Mohammad Ilyas, Moeen Ali, Rilee Rossouw, Zeeshan Ashraf, Ravi Bopara, Sohail Tanvir, Khushdil Shah, Usman Qadir, Fabian Allen (from March 7), Rohail Nazir, Imran Tahir, Bilawal Bhatti, Wayne Madsen (until March 7)

Islamabad United - Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali, Luke Ronchi, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Musa Khan, Rizwan Hussain, Dale Steyn, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Rumman Raees, Phil Salt, Zafar Gohar, Akif Javed, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Saif Badar, Dawid Malan

Peshawar Zalmi - Hasan Ali, Kieron Pollard (from March 7), Wahab Riaz, Kamran Akmal, Darren Sammy, Imam-ul-Haq, Umar Amin, Tom Banton, Shoaib Malik, Liam Dawson, Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Adil Amin, Amir Khan, Aamir Ali, Liam Livingstone, Haider Ali Khan, Lewis Gregory, Carlos Brathwaite (until March 7)

Karachi Kings - Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim, Iftikhar Ahmed, Aamir Yamin, Usama Mir, Umer Khan, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Sharjeel Khan, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Rizwan, Umaid Asif, Ali Khan, Arshad Iqbal, Awais Zia, Mitch McClenaghan, Chadwick Walton

Lahore Qalandars - Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Shah Afridi, David Wiese, Usman Shinwari, Haris Rauf, Sohail Akhtar, Salman Butt, Chris Lynn, Samit Patel, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ben Dunk, Farzan Raja, Jaahid Ali, Mohammad Faizan, Dilbar Hussain, Dane Vilas

 

Here's the complete schedule of the tournament:

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20 Feb – Opening ceremony to be followed by star Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United, National Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

21 Feb – Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi, National Stadium (9 am GMT/2pm local)

Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans, Gaddafi Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

22 Feb – Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi, National Stadium (9 am GMT/2pm local)

Islamabad United v Multan Sultans, Gaddafi Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

23 Feb – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators, National Stadium (9 am GMT/2pm local)

Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United, Gaddafi Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

26 Feb – Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi, Multan Cricket Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

27 Feb – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

28 Feb – Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings, Multan Cricket Stadium (9 am GMT/2pm local)

Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars, Pindi Cricket Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

29 Feb – Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators, Multan Cricket Stadium (9 am GMT/2pm local)

Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi, Pindi Cricket Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

1 Mar – Islamabad United v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

2 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

3 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars, Gaddafi Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

4 Mar – Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars, Gaddafi Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

5 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

6 Mar – Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans, Gaddafi Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

7 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United, Pindi Cricket Stadium (9 am GMT/2pm local)

Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators, Gaddafi Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

8 Mar – Multan Sultans v Islamabad United, Pindi Cricket Stadium (9 am GMT/2pm local)

Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings, Gaddafi Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

10 Mar – Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi, Gaddafi Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

11 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans, Gaddafi Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

12 Mar – Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars, National Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

13 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans, National Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

14 Mar – Karachi Kings v Islamabad United, National Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

15 Mar – Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars, Gaddafi Stadium (9 am GMT/2pm local)

Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings, National Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

17 Mar – Qualifier (1 v 2), National Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

18 Mar – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4), Gaddafi Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

20 Mar – Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1), Gaddafi Stadium (2pm GMT/7pm local)

22 Mar – Final, Gaddafi Stadium (start time TBC)

 

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