With two months to go, the PCB announces schedule of HBL PSL 2019

  • Last eight matches of 34 to be played in Pakistan with Lahore hostingthree and Karachi staging five, including the March 17 final
  • HBL PSL 2019 is one of PCB’s marquee events and a gateway to resumption
    of international cricket in Pakistan
  • Players vow to do better in HBL PSL 2019 than previous editions; former
    captains AB de Villiers, Steve Smith and Brendan Taylor set to make debuts
  • For more information on HBL PSL 2019, please click here; more details to follow in due course

Lahore December 14, 2018: The countdown to the
start of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 began today as the Pakistan Cricket
Board (PCB) announced the schedule of the event, which will kick-off with the
tournament opener between defending champions Islamabad United and thesixth
team* in Dubai on February 14, 2019 and culminate with the final in Karachi on March
17, 2019.

Thirty-four
(34) matches will be played in the fourth edition and for the first time in the
short history of this highly successful and much-awaited tournament, Lahore and
Karachi will share eight matches between them at the backend of the 32-day
event.

Karachi’s
National Stadium will host the first of their five matches on March 7, 2019
when Karachi Kings will take on Peshawar Zalmi under lights. The other four
matches will be: Karachi Kings versus Quetta Gladiators on March 10, 2019, Qualifier
1 versus Qualifier 2 on March 13, 2019, Eliminator 2 on March 15, 2019 and the
final on March 17, 2019.

The
iconic Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will be the venue of three matches, namely: Lahore
Qalandars versus Islamabad United on March 9, 2019, Lahore Qalandars versus the
Sixth team on March 10, 2019 and Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) on March  12, 2019. All the three matches will be played
under floodlights.

In
addition to the Gaddafi Stadium and National Stadium, 14 matches will be played
at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, four matches will be held
at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and eight matches will be staged at
the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah.

According
to the event format, each side will play the other twice with the top-four after
30 event matches advancing to the play-offs. In the March 13, 2019 Qualifier,
the table-toppers will play the second-placed side with the winner progressing
to the final. The losing side will get a second chance to qualify for the final
when, in the March 15, 2019 Eliminator 2, they will play the winner of March
12, 2019 Eliminator 1, which will be between the third and fourth-placed sides.

“The PCB is delighted to announce the schedule of the HBL Pakistan Super
League 2019, which marks two months to go to one of the PCB’s marquee events
which continues to grow in reputation and stature.

“The PCB is committed to working harder to make the HBL PSL an even
bigger and better tournament, with the focus being to provide top notch playing
facilities to the players, increase the fan base and provide the followers
complete entertainment, and ensure all interests of our key stakeholders are
adequately and professionally taken care of.

“The PCB believes the HBL PSL is a gateway to resumption of
international cricket in Pakistan. By successfully staging eight matches in
Lahore and Karachi with the support of the local authorities, the PCB is
optimistic that it will once again prove to the world that Pakistan is as safe
and secure a place as any other part of the world to play international
cricket.

“The PCB would like to thank its esteemed commercial partners, including
title sponsors HBL, for their continued support and patronage. Without the
involvement and commitment of the sponsors, no event can be organised
successfully. The PCB is confident that the strong and successful HBL PSL brand
will also help the PCB’s commercial partners to secure maximum exposure and
coverage both within and outside Pakistan.”

In only
in its fourth year, the HBL Pakistan Super League has grown into one of the
biggest and most competitive tournaments on this planet, evident from the fact
that the world’s leading and most attractive cricketers continue to make themselves
available for this competition.

South
Africa’s AB de Villiers and Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe, who will wear Lahore
Qalandars’ kits, and Steve Smith of Australia, who will represent the sixth team,
are three of the 19 players expected to make their PSL debuts in 2019.

The
others 16 are: Fawad Ahmed, Qais Ahmed, Corey Anderson, Ian Bell, Dan
Christian, Ben Dunk, Laurie Evans, Harry Gurney, Liam Livingstone, Wayne
Madsen, Tom Moores, Sandeep Lamichanne, Wayne Parnell, Sikander Raza, Waqar
Salamkheil and Phil Salt.

The
players have also expressed their enthusiasm and interest in the start of the
HBL PSL 2019.

Waqar Younis, who is the mentor of Islamabad United, said:
“The HBL PSL is one of the most entertaining but difficult tournaments in which
each match counts. You have to turn up at the top of your game every time you
step onto the field so that you stay clear of the danger zone.

“Islamabad
United have a talented and all-round side, with each and every member capable of
consistently producing match-winning performances. I have no doubts that the
2019 event will be a great spectacle and I urge all the spectators and fans to
play their part in making this a successful event.”

Lahore Qalandars’ newly appointed
captain, Mohammad Hafeez, said: “The
HBL PSL is no doubt one of the top franchise tournaments in the world and I
look forward to captaining Lahore Qalandars to playing quality cricket in front
of Pakistani fans both in UAE and Pakistan. Having played in the last three
events, I have no apprehension that this will be an event to watch out for.

“We have an excellent and balanced team, which includes AB de Villiers amongst
other top players. I am sure the boys will benefit from AB’s rich experience,
and AB himself will have a great time with us.”

Karachi
Kings’ captain Imad Wasim said:
“Eight HBL PSL matches taking place in Lahore and Karachi is great news for the
Pakistan cricket fans and I look forward to captaining Karachi Kings at the historic
National Stadium. We will have to be at our best in each match to ensure that
we also feature in front of our home crowds on March, 17.”

Shoaib Malik, who will captain thesixth
team, said: “We have a very balanced side, which is capable of going all the
way in the HBL PSL. This tournament is not only designed to provide
entertainment to the fans, but is also a vehicle for the local players to learn
and getter better by featuring in high pressure matches and through the
presence of international stars.

“We also
look forward to welcoming Steve Smith and Shahid Afridi, two absolute legends
of the game, to the side and hope they will play their lead roles in helping us
cross the line. Like all other players, I can’t wait for this event to start
and hope to hit the ground running from the opening day.”

Sarfraz Ahmed, who captained Quetta Gladiators to two
finals, said: “We are a team which has always received overwhelming support
from the entire Pakistan, particularly Quetta. This has been one of the cornerstones
of our strong performances in the past events and hopefully we will be able to
do one better in 2019 by lifting the silverware in front of the National
Stadium crowd.”

Daren Sammy, who captained Peshawar Zalmi to the
title in 2017, said: “The HBL PSL is one of my favourite tournaments and I not
only look forward to playing in it in a few weeks’ time, but also look forward
to once again featuring in the final. “Zalmi are known for their aggressive and
attacking cricket, and I am confident that we will win more hearts by
successfully and regularly displaying our strengths every time we take the
field.”

Foreign players
to feature in HBL PSL 2019 are:

Afghanistan – Zahir Khan, Qais Ahmad, Waqar
Salamkheil

Australia – Fawad Ahmed, Dan Christian, Ben Dunk,
Steve Smith, Aaron Summers, Shane Watson

England – Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Liam Dawson, Joe
Denly, Laurie Evans, Harry Gurney, Chris Jordon, Liam Livingstone, Wayne
Madsen, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores, Samit Patel

New Zealand – Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Colin
Munro, Luke Ronchi

Nepal – Sandeep Lamichhane

South Africa – AB de Villiers, Colin Ingram, Cameron
Delport, Wayne Parnell, Rilee Rossouw

Wales – Phil Salt

West Indies – Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil
Narine, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy

Zimbabwe – Sikandar Raza and Brendan Taylor

Teams’
performance at a glance:

Teams Span Matches Won Lost Tied/Won Tied/Lost No-Result Win %
Islamabad
United
2016 –
to date
32 20 12 0 0 0 60.93
Karachi
King
2016 –
to date
31 12 18 0 1 1 41.66
Lahore
Qalandars
2016 –
to date
26 9 17 1 1 0 34.61
6th
Team*
2018 –
to date
10 4 5 0 0 1 44.44
Peshawar
Zalmi
2016 –
to date
34 19 14 0 0 1 57.57
Quetta
Gladiators
2016 –
to date
31 17 13 0 0 1 56.66

*Multan Sultans have
been replaced by the sixth team. Following the conclusion of the tender process,
the team’s rights will be sold to the highest bidder

To knowmore about the HBL Pakistan Super League, please click here.