Pakistan Super League 2017 Schedule
The maiden season of the Pakistan Super League turned out to be a big hit among the fans, as they now wait eagerly for the second season. And given how the PSL draft for the 2017 season went, things can only get more interesting come the next season.
The format of the league is quite similar to the other cricket leagues in the world – a group stage followed by the playoffs where the top four sides play to reach the final and eventually be crowned as the champions.
The tournament already boasts of big international names such as Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shane Watson, Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum and many more. Some of these players were retained by their respective teams, others were brought in during the auction while there were a few who joined in afresh.
The PSL draft for the 2017 season took place on October 19 this year, and similar to the last year, players were categorized in five groups – Diamond, Silver, Platinum, Gold and Emerging. The last category is particularly interesting, since the players in this group must be under 23 years of age as on January 1st, 2017. There was also a 9% increase in the salary caps of the players.
New Zealand legend Brendon McCullum and English T20 skipper Eoin Morgan were added not only to the Draft but also selected by teams during the Draft by respective teams. More than a dozen quality signings were also made for the draft and further selected by the five teams.
The Lahore Qalandars were given the first chance to pick up players in each category in the Draft and Islamabad United, on account of having won the title last season, were given the last chance.
The time table of PSL 2017 will runs over the course of 21 days with a total of 24 matches to be played. The competition will be divided into two phases – group and knockout stage. The group stage will be in a round robin format with every team playing the other four teams twice. At the end of this stage, the top four teams will qualify for the semi-final rounds. The winner of each semi-final will face off in a one-off final to determine the winner.
The T20 tournament will see five teams with each team representing a city participating in it. Plans are already in place for the PSL to become a 10 team league within five years. Watch this space for more updates.
|February 9, 2017||Opening Ceremony||Dubai|
|February 9, 2017||Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United||Dubai|
|February 10, 2017||Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators||Dubai|
|February 10, 2017||Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi||Dubai|
|February 11, 2017||Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars||Dubai|
|February 11, 2017||Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings||Dubai|
|February 12, 2017||Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars||Dubai|
|February 15, 2017||Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators||Sharjah|
|February 16, 2017||Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings||Sharjah|
|February 17, 2017||Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators||Sharjah|
|February 17, 2017||Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United||Sharjah|
|February 18, 2017||Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars||Sharjah|
|February 18, 2017||Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi||Sharjah|
|February 19, 2017||Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings||Sharjah|
|February 20, 2017||Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United||Sharjah|
|February 23, 2017||Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators||Dubai|
|February 24, 2017||Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars||Dubai|
|February 24, 2017||Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United||Dubai|
|February 25, 2017||Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings||Dubai|
|February 25, 2017||Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators||Dubai|
|February 26, 2017||Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United||Dubai|
|February 28, 2017||Playoff 1: Team 1 vs Team 2||Sharjah|
|March 1, 2017||Playoff 2: Team 3 vs Team 4||Sharjah|
|March 3, 2017||Playoff 3: Winner Playoff 2 vs Runner Up Playoff 1||Dubai|
|March 7, 2017||PSL 2017 Final||Lahore|
All matches will be played at two grounds – Dubai International Cricket Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium as announced by the PCB.
The Dubai International Cricket Stadium, earlier known as the Dubai Sports Cricket Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Dubai, UAE. It is mainly used for cricket and is one of only three stadiums in the country. It is part of the Dubai Sports City in Dubai and has a seating capacity of 25,000 spectators but is expandable to 30,000 spectators.
The Dubai International Stadium is lit by a special system of floodlights named ‘Ring of Fire’ where the lights are fixed around the circumference of the round roof of the stadium which minimizes the shadow of objects on the ground. It has 350 numbers of floodlights attached in series.
It includes VIP and VVIP sections with indoor box and outdoor terrace seating, a Members’ Club seating area and press facilities for nearly 100 members of the media.
The Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium is in the emirate of Sharjah in UAE. It initially started with a few limited seats and very modest facilities but by 2002 it had a seating capacity of 27,000 spectators. It is also capable of hosting day-night encounters because of its excellent floodlights.
The seating in the stadium includes Chairman Suite, Corporate Hospitality box, 12 seater box, eight seater box, 16 seater box, seven seater box, diamond box and a media box.
The stadium also holds the record for hosting the most number of one-day international matches. It is currently being used as the home ground for the Afghanistan cricket team for One-Day International and First-Class matches.