PSL 8 exhibition match to be staged in Quetta
The eight edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the country’s largest cricket festival, will take place in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Multan from February 13 to March 19.
The Pakistan Cricket Board’s new management committee, headed by Najam Sethi, is dedicated to involving fans from all over the country in the lead-up to the extravaganza, according to a statement from the PCB.
As soon as he took over as chairman of the management committee, Sethi announced that Quetta would be the fifth location to host the eighth season of PSL, pending security clearance.
While Quetta is celebrating “Kashmir Day” on February 5, PCB has decided to host an exhibition match between the Quetta Gladiators and the Peshawar Zalmi to keep the fans interested.
Last weekend, PCB reportedly visited Quetta’s lone cricket stadium in consultation with production and marketing teams.
PCB is attempting to draw up a financial plan for holding only exhibition games in the metro area. PCB is dedicated, in conjunction with security officials, to providing cricket fans with top-notch competition.
It has been confirmed by reliable sources that construction on Bugti Stadium is well underway. After a long hiatus, international-level cricket will be played on the stunning venue that last hosted an ODI in 1996.
A Gladiators representative, however, has also confirmed that all of their Pakistani starters will be present for the upcoming exhibition match against Zalmi.
They were overjoyed to host their first ever match at their home, as their representative put it.
“It’s a positive move by PCB, and we share the excitement of the fervent Quetta faithful who can’t wait for this match. We expect all of our Pakistani players to show up for the game. Hosting this match is not without its difficulties. I’m crossing my fingers and praying for a positive outcome “Moreover, he said.
The exhibition match will feature former Test captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and current national skipper Babar Azam.
In the Quetta Gladiators’ Pakistani player-heavy roster, you’ll find names like Mohammad Nawaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Hasnain, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Umar Akmal, Naseem Shah, Ahsan Ali, Umaid Asif, Muhammad Zahid, Abdul Bangalzai, Aimal Khan, and Omair Bin Yousuf.
Babar Azam (c), Wahab Riaz (wk), Mohammad Haris (wk), Aamir Jamal (aa), Salman Irshad (wk), Danish Aziz (wk), Arshad Iqbal (wk), Saim Ayub (wk), Usman Qadir (wk), Sufyan Muqeem (wk), and Haseeb Ullah (wk) make up the Peshawar Zal