The PSL 2021 will be starting on February 20, 2021. The tournament will mark only the second time that the entire tournament is being played entirely in Pakistan. Even after the COVID restrictions, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has done a commendable job getting itself for a tournament of such a high scale.
As the tournament will be in its sixth edition, it is a great time to look back at the previous winners. Islamabad United is the only team that has won the tournament twice so far. They won the inaugural season in 2016 when they beat Quetta Gladiators by six wickets in the only final which was played in Dubai.
They repeated the feat once again in 2018 when they defeated the defending champions of that season, Peshawar Zalmi in the final by three wickets. Islamabad has a unique record of never having lost a PSL final. On the other hand, both Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi have lost two finals and won only one.
PSL Winners over the years
Speaking of Peshawar, their only triumph came in the 2017 PSL, where they went past Quetta Gladiators, in the first-ever PSL final to be played on Pakistani soil. They have won that match in Lahore by 58 runs. However, Quetta returned the favour to Peshawar two years later. In the 2019 PSL Final, Quetta came in after losing two final appearances, but this time there was no hiccup as they managed an eight-wicket win over Zalmi in Karachi.
By the time the 2020 season of the tournament started, only three teams had played in the final. But, in the year which was marred by COVID-19 lockdown, the league witnessed two new finalists. Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars met in the final at the National Stadium in Karachi.
The Kings, under the leadership of Imad Wasim, defeated their arch-rivals to clinch their first title. Kings will play the opening match of the 2021 season when they take on the two-time champion team Quetta Gladiators at the same venue where they won their first tournament.
|2016||Islamabad United||Quetta Gladiators|
|2017||Peshawar Zalmi||Quetta Gladiators|
|2018||Islamabad United||Peshawar Zalmi|
|2019||Quetta Gladiators||Peshawar Zalmi|
|2020||Karachi Kings||Lahore Qalandars|