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Here is All You Need to Know About PSL 9

As the countdown to Pakistan’s most exciting cricketing event, Pakistan Super League (PSL) Season 9, narrows down to just 10 days, the anticipation and excitement among Pakistan cricket fans are reaching new heights. The league has consistently introduced many talented local players since its inception, featuring international star players who showcased their skills. This time, it promises to be an equally exciting event.

Adding to the excitement, the schedule for the 9th season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been announced, including the venues. Fans can find all the details here and learn how to book tickets for the matches. Additionally, information on live streaming is available for fans who cannot attend the stadium, allowing them to watch their favorite teams in action.

 
 

Moreover, this season features squads from all six franchises, including some new and exciting players. Here’s everything you need to know about PSL 9.

Venues of PSL 9

PSL 9 will captivate fans across four iconic cities of Pakistan, just like the previous two seasons, including Karachi, Lahore, Multan, and Rawalpindi, which will host 34 exhilarating matches.

1. National Bank Stadium, Karachi

The National Bank Cricket Arena will host most of the matches of PSL 9, including 11 matches, the qualifier, two eliminators, and the most important mega-final of the league.

This stadium has a history of hosting thrilling and exciting matches of the PSL in past seasons. For instance, Islamabad United lifted the title for the second time in the 2018 season of the PSL, and South African batter Cameron Delport smashed a fast hundred in 2019 while playing for Islamabad United against Lahore Qalandars. Now, it promises to see another thrilling match and more firepower in the stadium in the upcoming season.

2. Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

One of Pakistan’s most beautiful cricket stadiums, Gaddafi Stadium, will host 9 matches of PSL 9, including the opening match of the league, and the home team, Lahore Qalandars, will kick off the tournament in the opening match at this iconic stadium.

The stadium witnessed the best experience for fans during the 2020 season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Ben Dunk from Australia, who played for the Lahore Qalandars, hit 12 sixes and smashed 99 runs, single-handedly winning the game for the team against Karachi Kings. Additionally, Lahore Qalandars clinched the PSL title consecutively in the last two seasons, both times on their home ground. Once again, the Qalandars will kick off their campaign as the defending champions.

3. Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

In addition to Lahore, the Pindi Stadium will also host nine matches during the upcoming ninth edition of the PSL. The two-time champions, Islamabad United, will play five games at their home ground.

The Pindi Stadium is renowned for its electrifying boundaries, with many sixes hit out of the park in past seasons. It also has a history of high-scoring matches, and the highest total in PSL history was achieved here last season by the Multan Sultans when they scored 262 runs against Quetta Gladiators.

Additionally, the spotlight on that innings was Sultan’s batter Usman Khan, who also smashed the fastest century in PSL history in just 36 balls. It is expected that fans will witness even more explosive performances in the upcoming season.

4. Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan

Just like the previous season of the PSL, Multan Stadium will again host only five matches of this year’s PSL, and the home side Multan Sultans, will play all five matches on their home ground.

This iconic stadium has hosted many thrilling matches of the PSL in past seasons. One of the best moments was when South African star batter Rile Rossouw played for Multan Sultans and smashed the fastest 100 in just 43 balls during the 5th edition of the PSL against Quetta Gladiators.

Full Schedule

The opening match of PSL is scheduled to start on February 17th, featuring the defending champions, Lahore Qalandars, and the former two-time champions, Islamabad United, in Lahore.

The most exciting clash of PSL between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings is scheduled for 24 February and 9 March. The game on 24 February will be held at Gaddafi Stadium, and the match on 9 March will take place at National Bank Stadium.

 
DateMatchTeamsVenueDay/Night
Saturday, February 17, 2024Match 1Lahore Qalandars Vs. Islamabad UnitedLahoreNight
Sunday, February 18, 2024Match 2Quetta Gladiators Vs. Peshawar ZalmiLahoreDay
Sunday, February 18, 2024Match 3Multan Sultans Vs. Karachi KingsMultanNight
Monday, February 19, 2024Match 4Lahore Qalandars Vs. Quetta GladiatorsLahoreNight
Tuesday, February 20, 2024Match 5Multan Sultans Vs. Islamabad UnitedMultanNight
Wednesday, February 21, 2024Match 6Peshawar Zalmi Vs. Karachi KingsLahoreDay
Wednesday, February 21, 2024Match 7Multan Sultans Vs. Lahore QalandarsMultanNight
Thursday, February 22, 2024Match 8Quetta Gladiators Vs. Islamabad UnitedLahoreNight
Friday, February 23, 2024Match 9Multan Sultans Vs. Peshawar ZalmiMultanNight
Saturday, February 24, 2024Match 10Lahore Qalandars Vs. Karachi KingsLahoreNight
Sunday, February 25, 2024Match 11Multan Sultans Vs. Quetta GladiatorsMultanDay
Sunday, February 25, 2024Match 12Lahore Qalandars Vs. Peshawar ZalmiLahoreNight
Monday, February 26, 2024Match 13Peshawar Zalmi Vs. Islamabad UnitedLahoreNight
Tuesday, February 27, 2024Match 14Lahore Qalandars Vs. Multan SultansLahoreNight
Wednesday, February 28, 2024Match 15Karachi Kings Vs. Islamabad UnitedKarachiNight
Thursday, February 29, 2024Match 16Karachi Kings Vs. Quetta GladiatorsKarachiNight
Saturday, March 02, 2024Match 17Peshawar Zalmi Vs. Lahore QalandarsRawalpindiDay
Saturday, March 02, 2024Match 18Islamabad United Vs. Quetta GladiatorsRawalpindiNight
Sunday, March 03, 2024Match 19Karachi Kings Vs. Multan SultansKarachiNight
Monday, March 04, 2024Match 20Islamabad United Vs. Peshawar ZalmiRawalpindiNight
Tuesday, March 05, 2024Match 21Peshawar Zalmi Vs. Multan SultansRawalpindiNight
Wednesday, March 06, 2024Match 22Quetta Gladiators Vs. Karachi KingsRawalpindiDay
Wednesday, March 06, 2024Match 23Islamabad United Vs. Lahore QalandarsRawalpindiNight
Thursday, March 07, 2024Match 24Islamabad United Vs. Karachi KingsRawalpindiNight
Friday, March 08, 2024Match 25Peshawar Zalmi Vs. Quetta GladiatorsRawalpindiNight
Saturday, March 09, 2024Match 26Karachi Kings Vs. Lahore QalandarsKarachiNight
Sunday, March 10, 2024Match 27Islamabad United Vs. Multan SultansRawalpindiDay
Sunday, March 10, 2024Match 28Quetta Gladiators Vs. Lahore QalandarsKarachiNight
Monday, March 11, 2024Match 29Karachi Kings Vs. Peshawar ZalmiKarachiNight
Tuesday, March 12, 2024Match 30Quetta Gladiators Vs. Multan SultansKarachiNight
Thursday, March 14, 2024QualifierTeam 1 v Team 2KarachiNight
Friday, March 15, 2024Eliminator 1Team 3 v Team 4KarachiNight
Saturday, March 16, 2024Eliminator 2Eliminator Winner v Qualifier Runner-upKarachiNight
Monday, March 18, 2024Match 34FinalKarachiNight

 

Full Squad of all Six Franchises

1. Lahore Qlandars

Lahore Qalandars, who have won two PSL titles in a row, are ready for PSL 9. Even though their top spinner Rashid Khan won’t play the whole season due to injury, they’ve built a strong team for the upcoming season.

Here’s Lahore Qalandars’ complete squad:

Player NameCategory
Shaheen AfridiPlatinum
Fakhar ZamanPlatinum
Rassie van der DussenPlatinum
Haris Rauf (BA)Diamond
David WieseDiamond
Sahibzada FarhanDiamond
Sikandar RazaGold
Abdullah ShafiqueGold
Zaman KhanGold
Mirza Tahir Baig (demotion)Silver
Dan LawrenceSilver (partial)
Syed Faridoun MehmoodEmerging
Jahandad KhanEmerging
Shai HopeSupplementary 1
Kamran GhulamSupplementary 2
Bhanuka RajapaksaSupplementary 3
Tayyab AbbasSupplementary 4

 

2. Islamabad United

Islamabad United has a great team led by their captain, Shadab Khan. They’ve added some awesome new players like Naseem Shah, who bowls fast, Jordan Cox, a skilled English batsman and wicket-keeper, and Imad Wasim, who joined the squad through a trade. With these additions, Islamabad United’s team is strong and well-rounded.

Player NameCategory
Shadab KhanPlatinum
Naseem ShahPlatinum
Jordan CoxPlatinum
Imad Wasim (Mentor)Diamond
Azam KhanDiamond
Tymal MillsDiamond
Alex HalesGold
Faheem AshrafGold
Colin MunroGold
Rumman RaeesSilver
Shahab KhanSilver
Matthew FordeSilver
Salman Ali AghaSilver
Qasim AkramSilver
Hunain ShahEmerging
Ubaid ShahEmerging
Shamyl HussainSupplementary 1
Obed McCoySupplementary 2
Haider AliSupplementary 3
Muhammad WaseemSupplementary 4

3. Quetta Gladiators

Quetta Gladiators have built a strong team for PSL 9 by combining international stars. They have got Wanindu Hasaranga, a talented spinner from Sri Lanka, in the top Diamond Category. In the Platinum Category, they’ve secured Rilee Rossouw, a powerful batter from South Africa, along with Sherfane Rutherford, known for his explosive batting, and Mohammad Amir, a seasoned player.

 
Player NameCategory
Rilee RossouwPlatinum
Sherfane RutherfordPlatinum
Mohammad AmirPlatinum
Jason RoyDiamond
Wanindu HasarangaDiamond (partial)
Mohammad Wasim Jr.Diamond
Mohammad HasnainGold
Abrar AhmedGold
Sarfaraz Ahmed (BA)Gold
Will SmeedSilver
Usman QadirSilver
Sajjad Ali JnrSilver
Saud ShakeelSilver
Umair bin YousufSilver
Khawaja NafayEmerging
Adil NazEmerging
Akeal HussainSupplementary 1
Sohail KhanSupplementary 2
Laurie EvansSupplementary 3
Bismillah KhanSupplementary 4 (partial)

 

4. Multan Sultans

The Multan Sultans, led by Captain Mohammad Rizwan and supported by all-rounders Iftikhar Ahmed and David Willey, aim to win the PSL 9 title after being runners-up in the last two seasons, boasting a balanced team in the upcoming season.

Player NameCategory
Mohammad RizwanPlatinum
Iftikhar AhmedPlatinum
David WilleyPlatinum
Khushdil ShahDiamond
Usama MirDiamond
Dawid MalanDiamond
Abbas AfridiGold
Reeza HendricksGold
Reece TopleyGold
Ihsanullah (BA)Silver
Usman KhanSilver
Tayyab TahirSilver
Shahnawaz DahaniSilver
Mohammad AliSilver
Faisal AkramEmerging
Yasir KhanEmerging
Chris JordanSupplementary 1
Aftab IbrahimSupplementary 2
Johnson CharlesSupplementary 3
Mohammad ShahzadSupplementary 4

 

5. Peshawar Zalmi

Under Babar Azam’s leadership, Peshawar Zalmi has built a strong team for the next Pakistan Super League season. Babar, a skilled captain, leads the team with Rovman Powell from the West Indies. The team includes young opener Saim Ayub, the energetic Tom Kohler-Cadmore, and powerful hitter Asif Ali, creating a blend of new talent and seasoned players.

Player NameCategory
Babar AzamPlatinum
Rovman PowellPlatinum
Gus Atkinson/Shamar JosephPlatinum
Saim AyubDiamond
Tom Kohler-CadmoreDiamond
Asif AliDiamond
Mohammad Haris (BA)Gold
Aamer JamalGold
Naveen-ul-HaqGold (Partial)
Khurram ShehzadSilver (partial)
Daniel MousleySilver
Umair AfridiSilver
Arif YaqoobSilver
Salman Irshad (Retained using Right-to-Match card)Silver
Haseebullah KhanEmerging
Mohammad ZeeshanEmerging
Waqar SalmakheilSupplementary 1
Mehran MumtazSupplementary 2
Luke WoodSupplementary 3
Sufyan MuqeemSupplementary 4

 

6. Karachi Kings

Under the new leadership of Shan Masood, Karachi Kings have refreshed their team for PSL 9, blending seasoned players with new talent for a fresh start. Key players include the powerful West Indian batsman Kieron Pollard, Australian all-rounder Daniel Sams, and the adaptable Mohammad Nawaz.

 
Player NameCategory
Kieron PollardPlatinum (Partial)
Daniel SamsPlatinum
Mohammad NawazPlatinum
James VinceDiamond
Hasan AliDiamond
Tim SiefertDiamond
Shan Masood (BA)Gold
Shoaib Malik (Mentor)Gold
Tabraiz ShamsiGold
Mir Hamza (demotion)Silver
Mohammad AkhlaqSilver
Arafat MinhasSilver
Anwar AliSilver
Mohammad Amir KhanSilver
Irfan Khan NiaziEmerging
SirajuddinEmerging
Saad BaigSupplementary 1
Jamie OvertonSupplementary 2
Lues Du PlooySupplementary 3
Mohammad RohidSupplementary 4

 

Live Streaming 

‘Tamasha’, Pakistan’s premier homegrown OTT video streaming and entertainment platform, is set to offer HD live streaming of PSL 9 matches to cricket fans across the nation. Once again, fans can anticipate the excitement of every game in stunning high definition on the Tamasha mobile app. Tapmad is another live-streaming platform where fans can enjoy live matches of PSL 9.

On the other side, ProSports will also provide full coverage of all matches of PSL 9 with the latest updates on matches and scores. Fans can stay in touch through the website. 

 

Fans can pre-book their tickets online through TCS, starting from 1700 rupees. Physical tickets are a must for all PSL 9 matches; e-tickets won’t get you in. You can buy physical tickets at TCS express centers from February 12, 2024. If you book online, you can pick them up at TCS centers or get them delivered to your home.

 

Here are the ticket prices: VIP – 6,000 rupees, Premium – 3,000 rupees, First Class – 2,000 rupees, and General – 1,000 rupees.

For the final match on March 18 at the National Bank Stadium in Karachi, prices are: VIP – 8,000 rupees, Premium – 4,000 rupees, First Class – 2,500 rupees, and General – 1,000 rupees.

For the qualifier, prices are VIP – 5,000 rupees, Premium – 2,500 rupees, First Class – 1500 rupees, and General – 750 rupees. And for the two eliminators, prices are VIP – 5,000 rupees, Premium – 3,000 rupees, First Class – 1500 rupees, and General – 750 rupees.

In just 10 days, fans will finally get to see the much-awaited Season 9 of PSL kick-off. The tournament is expected to begin with an opening ceremony on February 17th, followed by the start of the campaign on the same day.

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