The second edition of the Pakistan Super League, a t20 tournament involving Pakistani and overseas cricketers, will be held in the early part of 2017 and will be hosted in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai. The latest Pakistan Super League betting odds & a few tips and predictions can be found below once the tournament details are revealed.
Islamabad United were the winners of the first ever edition of Pakistan Super League, having won the title after beating the Quetta Gladiators by six wickets in the final of the competition. Batting first, the Gladiators seemed to have made a reasonable score of 174 for seven but Dwayne Smith smashed a 51-ball 73 to guide United home to the first title.
Hear some of our Pakistan Super League predictions & team previews for the second season:
Ravi Bopara was adjudged the man-of-the-tournament for his excellent all-round showing with the bat and ball. He was also the PSL’s second-highest scorer with 329 runs. Umar Akmal ended at the top of the run-scoring charts with 335 runs while Andre Russell’s 16 wickets was the most in the competition.
Pakistan Super League betting tips & predictions:
Match 23: Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings tips & predictions:
Karachi to win
The second edition of the Pakistan Super League will continue to have five teams after the sides refused the proposal to increase the number of teams for this season. This means Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators will be joined by Peshawar Zalmis, Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars in the tournament yet again.
The technical and financial proposals for acquiring the teams need to be submitted by November 18, after which the technical bids will be opened and the interested parties will be asked to present their cases by November 21. Following this, the parties whose technical bids qualify for the next stage, will be selected for round two in which their financial proposals will be opened.
The Pakistan Super League, or the PSL as it’s called, has had a couple of aborted attempts at starts. The first time it was to begin was when Zaka Ashraf was the chairman of the PCB and the second time it happened was under Najam Sethi.
Now, if does happen, the PCB have only one possible window of opportunity to conduct the tournament and that will be in February 2016, just before the World T20 that will be played in India.
The consultants have also advised the PCB on the format of the PSL and the number of teams involved. Reports have pegged it five teams which will play in the tournament and each of them will take on each other in a two-leg league stage. After a total of 20 matches, the top two will qualify for the final and the winner of that final will obviously win the trophy.
Pakistan are supposed to tour New Zealand late in 2015 which will end in January 2016. And following that series, Pakistan will be involved in the World T20 from February, which gives them a very narrow window to hold the tournament.
According to latest reports, the Pakistan Super League will be played between February 4 & 24 in Sharjah and Dubai while Doha won’t be hosting the matches. Five teams, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Islamabad, will participate in the tournament and a prize money of $1 million has been announced.
Players from all Test-playing nations barring India will be seen in action during the PSL, rubbing shoulders with the Pakistani talent.
Currently, Pakistani domestic cricketers are involved in the Haier Super T20 Cup and the Haier T20 Cup which means that if the PSL comes through, it will replace one of those tournaments.
What was earlier announced was that the first edition of the PSL won’t be played in UAE. The UAE has been ear-marked for the Masters Champions League and all three grounds have been booked for that tournament which means the PCB has had to approach Doha in Qatar as a possible venue for the PSL.
However, it has now been decided that tournament will run concurrently with the Masters Champions League.
Chris Gayle, T Dilshan, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bavo and Shane Watson are some of the big names from outside Pakistan who have all put their names in the PSL Draft for the first edition.
Interestingly, the PCB has also said they would like for the Indian cricketers to join the first edition of the PSL but with the bilateral ties between India and Pakistan remaining suspended it remains to be seen if the BCCI allows that to happen.