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HBLPSL season 2 kick-starts today in Dubai By Khurram Zia

HBL brings yet another exciting season of Pakistan’s biggest cricket event, HBL Pakistan Super League (HBLPSL). The league kick-starts today in Dubai with a grand opening ceremony having performances by acclaimed Jamaican reggae singer Shaggy along with Pakistani pop artists Ali Zafar and Shehzad Roy. The ceremony will be followed by the first face-off match of the season between defending champions Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.



Islamabad, who have veteran Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq as their inspirational leader, clash with a Peshawar side that now has the talismanic Darren Sammy as the captain in place of flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi. 

Darren Sammy is the only captain to lead his team to the title of T20 world cup twice and he also aspires to make Pesawar Zalmi champions of HBL PSL.

As last year, the five teams participating in the league are Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators, with each team comprising of both Pakistani and international players. The series will be hosted by UAE with matches being played in Dubai and Sharjah. However, the highlight of HBLPSL 2.0 will be the final clash, which will be played in Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore on March 5.

Pakistan Cricket Board Chief, Mr. Najam Sethi said, “I am delighted with the progress that we have made in a span of 12 months. We are ready to deliver the second edition of HBL Pakistan Super League and we are confident that the second season will be even bigger and better than the last season. We have some of the biggest T20 stars featuring in the tournament and we are all set to witness some enthralling cricket.”

He further added, “Pakistanis around the world can be proud of this tournament as we have succeeded in portraying the message that we are cricket lovers and absolutely passionate about the game. We hope to see crowds in big numbers in the two UAE venues Dubai and Sharjah. The final in Lahore should be the crowning glory for HBLPSL 2017. Come support Pakistan cricket and HBLPSL as it is a spectacle that you will remember forever.”

Expressing his views about HBL PSL, Chief Marketing Officer, HBL, Mr. Naveed Asghar said, “Today is a day of immense pride for HBL as we are geared up for the second season of HBL Pakistan Super League. With a 75-year long legacy of enablement, HBL is delighted to be the only leading financial institution of the country that has played a pivotal role in enabling the dreams of millions of cricket enthusiasts by sponsoring Pakistan’s first international cricket league.

HBLPSL has been a stepping stone in uplifting the country’s cricket scenario by providing a platform that is nurturing our local talent as they become the cricketing icons of tomorrow. I can assure that the second edition of HBL Pakistan Super League will be remembered for many more historic moments, while bringing the nation together through the spirit of this great sport. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for an exciting spell of cricket ahead.”

HBL PSL this year will be handing out caps to the bowlers with most wickets and the batsman with most runs. 

The bowler with the most wickets in the tournament will wear the maroon cap, while the batsman who has the highest number of runs to his credit will flaunt the green cap. It will be interesting to see how much the two caps change possession.

The two caps of honour will also endorse the Edhi foundation logo in memory of Abdul Sattar Edhi who passed away last year.

HBL PSL Schedule (all times PST):
Feb 9: Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi (Dubai, 10:00pm).
Feb 10: Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators (Dubai, 4:30pm).
Feb 10: Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi (Dubai, 9:00pm).
Feb 11: Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars (Dubai, 4:30pm).
Feb 11: Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators (Dubai, 9:00pm).
Feb 12: Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi (Dubai, 9:00pm).
Feb 15: Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators (Dubai, 9:00pm).
Feb 16: Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars (Sharjah, 9:00pm).
Feb 17: Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators (Sharjah, 4:30pm).
Feb 17: Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings (Sharjah, 9:00pm).
Feb 18: Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators (Sharjah, 4:30pm).
Feb 18: Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi (Sharjah, 9:00pm).
Feb 19: Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi (Sharjah, 9:00pm).
Feb 20: Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators (Sharjah, 9:00pm).
Feb 23: Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators (Dubai, 9:00pm).

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