Now Reading: PSL 2021 Details: Opening Ceremony, Venues, Schedule and More
Following the success of PSL 2020, the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League has fans of cricket in the country looking forward to the absolute spectacle that its shaping up to be. With the official anthem for the league also stirring up a storm in the country, for better or for worse, everyone nowadays seems to be talking about it (as they should).
As per sources, the opening ceremony for this once-a-year stupendous tournament will be taking place in the largest city in Turkey i.e. Istanbul. According to details, this opening ceremony of the PSL 6 is all set to be shot in the Turkish city and the singers for its official anthem “Groove Mera”, namely Naseebo Lal, Aima Baig and Young Stunners have also already reached Istanbul for the shoot.
It is pertinent to mention here that none of the previous opening ceremonies for the past PSLs were held in Turkey. PSL 5, held in 2020, was an oddball in and of itself when it held its opening ceremony is the Karachi National Stadium as all of the past ones i.e. PSL 1-4 had their opening ceremonies held in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Sources have stated that the reason the opening ceremony would not be held in National Stadium, where it was staged last year, is due to the area being designated as a bio-secure bubble. They added that the recorded ceremony will instead be aired on television screens across the country on February 20.
As far as things that have already been declared for the biggest event for cricket in the country go, the umpiring panel for the sixth edition of PSL has also been announced. This panel will include a total of ten umpires, among whom will be two foreign umpires also officiating at the event. These two foreign umpires who will be seen in action are the acclaimed Michael Gough, along with Richard Alingorth.
Pakistani umpires include Zameer Haider, Faisal Afridi, Aleem Dar, Ahsan Raza, Imran Javed, Shozab Raza, and Rashid Riaz. Asif Yaqub, who is considered the best umpire of domestic cricket, is also on this impressive panel. The umpiring panel is expected to make an official announcement, also cementing this panel, in the next few days.
As far as ticketing is related, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has yet to announce all ticket prices, though they are expected to be slightly higher as compared to last year. The general sale of tickets for PSL matches has also started from last month. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had also finalized PSL 6 ticket selling policy.
According per this policy, fans can buy only one PSL 6 ticket per CNIC whereas children below 18 are required to register with their B-form number. Moreover, these tickets can be purchased from TCS Express Centers across 38 cities. There is also a dedicated round the clock TCS helpline available for people that will assist the customers throughout the ticketing process.
PSL 6 matches are to be played in Pakistan. Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Multan are the cities that have been selected by PCB for PSL 2021. Two additional cities, namely Quetta and Peshawar, were also set to feature this year. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic and as a precautionary measure, both the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar as well as the Bugti Stadium from Quetta will not be used.
According to NCOC’s announcement earlier, it had been decided after detailed deliberations with health officials that 20% i.e. a maximum of 7500 spectators will be allowed for PSL group matches at the venues, in compliance with strict guidelines that have also already been issued.
Around 14 Enclosures at the stadiums will be opened to cater to the maximum capacity of 7500 ticketed people in each match, though two out of these 14 will be just for families. Seat numbers will get allocated to each ticket holder and a gap of three seats will also be made mandatory between families/people. Additionally, the food stalls will be available outside the enclosures, the sources added.
Schedule for the PSL Matches
Following is the schedule for the upcoming PSL 6:
Sat, 20 Feb – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi
Sun, 21 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United v Multan Sultans (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi
Mon, 22 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi
Tue, 23 Feb – Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans (N); NSK, Karachi
Wed, 24 Feb – Karachi Kings v Islamabad United (N); NSK, Karachi
Fri, 26 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi
Sat, 27 Feb – Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi
Sun, Feb 28 – Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars (N); NSK, Karachi
Mon, 1 Mar – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi
Wed, 3 Mar – Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi
Thu, 4 Mar – Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (N); NSK, Karachi
Fri, 5 Mar – Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings (N); NSK, Karachi
Sat, 6 Mar – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars (N); NSK, Karachi
Sun, 7 Mar – Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators (D); Islamabad United v Karachi Kings (N); NSK, Karachi
Wed, 10 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings (N); GSL, Lahore
Thu, 11 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars (N); GSL, Lahore
Fri, 12 Mar – Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore
Sat 13 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings (D); Multan Sultans v Islamabad United (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore
Sun, 14 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore
Mon, 15 Mar – Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi (N); GSL, Lahore
Tue, 16 Mar – Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars (N); GSL, Lahore
Thu, 18 Mar – Qualifier (1 v 2) (N); GSL, Lahore
Fri, 19 Mar – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) (N); GSL, Lahore
Sat, Mar 20 – Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1) (N); GSL, Lahore
Mon, 22 Mar – Final (N), GSL, Lahore