From #AbKhelKeDikha and #AbKhelJamayGa to #DilSeJaanLagaDe, Pakistan Super League (PSL) has truly been a smashing success. It’s something we crick-freaks are always looking up to and eagerly waiting for!
The past 3 seasons of Pakistan Super League have been a jubilation, and now we are all eyes on what’s more to witness in PSL4, that is #KhelDeewanoKa!
No doubt, PSL is probably the best thing happened to Pakistan cricket recently as it has not only ignited the real spirit of cricket, but also consolidated us as a nation. The popularity of the league has grown to an extent that the number of international players in PSL is escalating with each passing season, clearly depicting the success itself and steadying the foundations of the league.
The Success Journey of Pakistan Super League
Pakistani people are always craving for entertainment and out of all sports, they love Cricket the most. After the traumatic incident of the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan team in 2009, Pakistani cricket fans were left in depths of despair and had lost all hopes of sports rehabilitation in Pakistan. In 2015, the former PCB Chairman, Mr. Najam Sethi, commenced the idea of Pakistan Super League, known as PSL.
The proposed idea of PSL hinted inclusion of 5 teams in a T20 format game, including teams from Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, KPK and Quetta, owned by local investors including Rana Fawad, Salman Iqbal, Ali Naqvi and Amna Naqvi, Javed Afridi and Nadeem Omar respectively. To further add glamor, different celebrities associated themselves with the team of their choice, including names such as Maya Ali, Mahira Khan, Fawad Khan and Shehzad Roy etc.
The first season of PSL was held in UAE, in 2016, and many of the international players were still not convinced for participation in the league. The immense success and popularity of PSL paved out ways for Pakistan Cricket and as a result, many of the foreign players were convinced and changed up their minds to appear in the star-studded PSL2.
The successful two seasons of PSL resulted in the inclusion of the 6th team, Multan Sultan, in season 3, owned by Nasir Schon and sons. It was wholeheartedly welcomed by all cricket lovers, increasing the competition and escalating the thrill even more. This team was even more expensive than Karachi Kings, the most expensive team of PSL1 that was worth 260 million rupees. Multan Sultan was bought in 550 million rupees.
Now, PSL4 is going to have more than half of the matches conducted in Pakistan, and is expected to double up the revenues for Pakistan Cricket.
One of the most loved foreign players, Darren Sammy showed up the courage to come to Lahore and play the finals, captaining Peshawar Zalmi to the title. After this bold step, many other international players showed up their interest in showing up in Pakistan Super League.
What PSL has provided us so far is something worth to mention, bringing exposure to some great players of the time including Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali and Fakhar Zaman. Local media has also played an important role in the digital marketing of PSL and making it a preferred choice of all the sports lovers.
Within a small tenure, PSL has made it to the world’s 2nd largest cricket league after Indian Premier League. Because of these matches, local cricket stadiums are also being renovated. Without any doubt, PSL has successfully made it to our hearts, giving us moments of rejoice.
What wins at the end is PAKISTAN!