The fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is set to commence on February 20. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the schedule of the upcoming season on Wednesday which will be played until March 22. A total of 34 matches will be played across four cities and for the first time in its history, the whole of PSL will take place in Pakistan.

Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Multan will host the matches this season. It remains to be seen though how many overseas players visit the country. The recent Sri Lanka series should pave the way though for more foreign players to travel to Pakistan to play in the PSL. As far as the schedule is concerned, the defending champions Quetta Gladiators will face the Islamabad United in the tournament opener after a glittering opening ceremony.

Karachi and Lahore to host the PSL playoffs

After 30 matches in the league stage, Karachi will host the first qualifier to be played on March 17 after which the extravaganza will completely shift to Lahore. The final is scheduled to take place on March 22. The PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani was delighted that the whole PSL will be played in Pakistan finally. He reiterated that he had no doubts about the same after Sri Lanka played a whole tour in the country.

“After bringing Test cricket back to Pakistan, hosting of the entire HBL. Pakistan Super League is our other major achievement. I never had any doubts it was Pakistan’s league and should be played in front of home crowds. We had made this commitment to the people of Pakistan at the end of last year’s event and I am pleased today we have announced the event schedule with four centers to share the 34 event matches between them,” Ehsan Mani said in an official statement.

As far as the distribution of matches to the venues is concerned, the National Stadium in Karachi will play hosts to 9 out of 34 matches. Most number of matches (14) will be played in Lahore while Multan and Rawalpindi will host 3 and 8 matches respectively.

Here’s the schedule:

# DAY DATE MATCH Match Timings VENUE
1 THURSDAY 20-Feb QUETTA GLADIATORS V ISLAMABAD UNITED 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST KARACHI
2 FRIDAY 21-Feb KARACHI KINGS V PESHAWAR ZALMI 2:00 PM PKT / 2.30 PM IST KARACHI
3 FRIDAY 21-Feb LAHORE QALANDARS V MULTAN SULTANS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST LAHORE
4 SATURDAY 22-Feb QUETTA GLADIATORS V PESHAWAR ZALMI 2:00 PM PKT / 2.30 PM IST KARACHI
5 SATURDAY 22-Feb ISLAMABAD UNITED V MULTAN SULTANS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST LAHORE
6 SUNDAY 23-Feb KARACHI KINGS V QUETTA GLADIATORS 2:00 PM PKT / 2.30 PM IST KARACHI
7 SUNDAY 23-Feb LAHORE QALANDARS V ISLAMABAD UNITED 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST LAHORE
8 WEDNESDAY 26-Feb MULTAN SULTANS V PESHAWAR ZALMI 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST MULTAN
9 THURSDAY 27-Feb ISLAMABAD UNITED V QUETTA GLADIATORS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST RAWALPINDI
10 FRIDAY 28-Feb MULTAN SULTANS V KARACHI KINGS 2:00 PM PKT / 2.30 PM IST MULTAN
11 FRIDAY 28-Feb PESHAWAR 2ALMI V LAHORE OALANDARS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST RAWALPINDI
12 SATURDAY 29-Feb MULTAN SULTANS V QUETTA GLADIAOTRS 2:00 PM PKT / 2.30 PM IST MULTAN
13 SATURDAY 29-Feb ISLAMABAD UNITED V PESHAWAR ZALMI 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST RAWALPINDI
14 SUNDAY 1-Mar ISLAMABAD UNITED V KARACHI KINGS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST RAWALPINDI
15 MONDAY 2-Mar PESHAWAR 2ALMI V KARACHI KINGS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST RAWALPINDI
16 TUESDAY 3-Mar QUETTA GLADIAOTRS V LAHORE QALANDARS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST LAHORE
17 WEDNESDAY 4-Mar ISLAMABAD UNITED V LAHORE OALANDARS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST LAHORE
18 THURSDAY 5-Mar PESHAWAR ZALMI V QUETTA GLADIATORS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST RAWALPINDI
19 FRIDAY 6-Mar KARACHI KINGS V MULTAN SULTANS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST LAHORE
20 SATURDAY 7-Mar PESHAWAR ZALMI V ISLAMABAD UNITED 2:00 PM PKT / 2.30 PM IST RAWALPINDI
21 SATURDAY 7-Mar LAHORE QALANDARS V QUETTA GLADIATORS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST LAHORE
22 SUNDAY 8-Mar MULTAN SULTANS V ISLAMABAD UNITED 2:00 PM PKT / 2.30 PM IST RAWALPINDI
23 SUNDAY 8-Mar LAHORE QALANDARS V KARACHI KINGS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST LAHORE
24 TUESDAY 10-Mar LAHORE QALANDARS V PESHAWAR ZALMI 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST LAHORE
25 WEDNESDAY 11-Mar QUETTA GLADIATORS V MULTAN SULTANS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST LAHORE
26 THURSDAY 12-Mar KARACHI KINGS V LAHORE QALANDARS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST KARACHI
27 FRIDAY 13-Mar PESHAWAR ZALMI V MULTAN SULTANS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST KARACHI
28 SATURDAY 14-Mar KARACHI KINGS V ISLAMABAD UNITED 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST KARACHI
29 SUNDAY 15-Mar MULTAN SULTANS V LAHORE QALANDARS 2:00 PM PKT / 2.30 PM IST LAHORE
30 SUNDAY 15-Mar QUETTA GLADIATORS V KARACHI KINGS 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST KARACHI
31 TUESDAY 17-Mar QUALIFIER:

TEAM 1 V TEAM 2

7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST KARACHI
32 WEDNESDAY 18-Mar ELIMINATOR 1:

TEAM 3 V TEAM 4

7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST LAHORE
33 FRIDAY 20-Mar ELIMINATOR 2:

ELIMINATOR WINNER V QUALIFIER RUNNER-UP

7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST LAHORE
34 SUNDAY 22-Mar FINAL 7:00 PM PKT / 7.30 PM IST LAHORE