About Pakistan Super Leauge (PSL)

Peshawar Zalmi

Peshawar Zalmi

Lahore Qalandars

Lahore Qalandars

Karachi Kings

Karachi Kings

Islamabad United

Islamabad United

Quetta Gladiators

Quetta Gladiators

Pakistan Super League
AdministratorPakistan Cricket Board
First tournament2016
Tournament formatDouble round robin and Playoffs
Number of teams(current)

 2016 Pakistan Super League
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) (Urduپاکستان سپر لیگ‎) is a professionalTwenty20 cricket league in Pakistan composed of 5 member clubs. Headquartered in Lahore, the PSL is considered to become the premier professional cricket league in Pakistan. The First season of league is composed of 5 teams and the PSL regular season runs through the month of February, with each team playing 8 games; the top 4 teams with the best record will qualify for the post season (or playoffs), culminating in the championship game, the PSL Cup. Instead of operating as an association of independently owned teams, the PSL is a single entity in which each team (or franchise) is owned and controlled by the league's investors; the investor-operators control their teams as owners. The early commercial rights of franchises were sold for Rs 985 Crores ($93 million) for a span of 10 years in December 2015. The inaugural season of the tournament will be held in the United Arab Emirates from 4 February 2016 to 23 February 2016.


In September 2015, the Pakistan Cricket Board officially announced the launch of the Pakistan Super League. Former captains Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja signed up to become brand ambassadors of the PSL for the next three years. After several years of planning, the league officially began on 4 February 2016, in the United Arab Emirates, after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the Haier T20 League. The PSL immediately took the place as one of the leagues that contested for the annual T20 cup. The PSL includes teams (all based in Pakistan) and, through a series of expansions over the next several seasons, will expand to a 10 teams league with two conferences. The league draws many highly skilled players from all over the world and currently has players from approximately 11 different countries. Pakistanis have historically constituted the majority of the players in the Haier T20 League - in the PSL however there is a higher percentage of Asian and European players. The league uses the draft system for player recruitment, similar to that of the National Football League in the United States, as opposed to the "auction" used in other T20 leagues. The PSL's official logo and anthem of the first season were launched on 20 September 2015 in a launching ceremony in Lahore. The anthem,Ab Khel Ke Dikha, was sung by Ali Zafar and the PSL logo was revealed by 3D.  The ceremony was attended by current and retired cricketers, as well as Pakistani celebrities.


The PSL will be played in a double round-robin format. Every team will play each other twice and the top 4 will qualify for thePSL playoffs. The top 2 teams will play the first qualifier, and the next two will play an eliminator. The loser of the first qualifier and the winner of the eliminator will meet in the second qualifier. The final will be between winners of both qualifiers.

Rules and regulations

The PSL follows rules and regulations dictated by the ICC. Points in the group stage are awarded as follows:
Win2 Points
No Result1 Point
Loss0 Points
In the event of tied scores after both teams have faced their quota of overs, a super over will determine the winner, even in the group stage. In the group stage, teams will be ranked on the following criteria
  1. Higher number of points
  2. If equal, higher number of wins
  3. If still equal, net run rate
  4. If still equal, lower bowling strike rate
  5. If still equal, result of head to head meeting.


  • Pakistan Rameez Raja
  • Pakistan Wasim Akram


Pakistan Super League is located in Pakistan

Location of PSL clubs
According to PCB press release around 20 parties shown interest in buying franchises. On 18 October 2015 PCB offered tenders for bidding the franchises. According to statement by PCB, the bid winners will be granted right of each franchise for a term of 10 years. The interested parties had to apply for bidding before 15 November. According to a press release, the interested bidding parties include ARY Media Group, Omar Associates, Arif Habib Group, Haier, Mobilinkas well as two foreign groups including Leonine Global Sports and Qatar Lubricants Company (QALCO).]
All the 5 franchises for the PSL were sold on 3 December 2015. Several companies bought the bidding documents, but only seven presented formal proposals, which also included companies from the Middle East
Untitled Document
Team City Owner Price Ten Year Agreement Captain Head Coach
Islamabad United Islamabad, Capital Territory Leonine Global Sports
(Ali Naqvi)
US$1.5 million US$15 Million Misbah-ul-Haq Dean Jones
Karachi Kings Karachi, Sindh ARY Media Group
(Salman Iqbal, CEO)
US$2.6 million US$26 Million Shoaib Malik Mickey Arthur
Lahore Qalandars Lahore, Punjab Qatar Lubricants Company Limited
(Fawad Rana, MD)
US$2.5 million US$25 Million Azhar Ali Paddy Upton
Peshawar Zalmi Peshawar, Khyber Pakthunkhwa Haier Pakistan
(Javed Afridi, CEO)
US$1.6 million US$16 Million Shahid Afridi Mohammad Akram
Quetta Gladiators Quetta, Balochistan Omar Associates
(Nadeem Omar, Director)
US$1.1 million US$11 Million Sarfraz Ahmed Moin Khan

Year venue Matches
Winner Result Runner-up
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Year Final venue Final
Winner Result Runner-up
Dubai International Cricket Stadium

PSL player draft system

The player auction system has never been implemented in Pakistan and in to ensure a check is kept on the spending; the much safer and balanced player draft system is being used. Each franchise will have a budget of $1 million that can be used to spend on playing and coaching staff. Every team will have a purse of US$1.1 million. The Pakistan Super League Draft pick order for round 1 is as follows: Islamabad United followed by Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars.Initially in round 1 Islamabad was the first team to pick a player but they exchange their pick order with Peshawar Zalmi. Peshawar Zalmi wanted to get Shahid Afridi on their team costing them PKR 50 LAC during this process. They gave Islamabad United PKR 50 LAC.
  • The franchises will be paying a fixed price for each player.
  • Teams need to pick a minimum of 16 players and a maximum squad of 20 with 4 supplementary players.
  • A minimum salary cap of $985,000 is in place in case teams pick 16 players while in case of 20 players, they can pay a maximum of $1.1 million.
  • Teams need to pick three players from the Platinum, Diamond and Gold categories.
  • Five players from the Silver Category.
  • Two will be picked from the Emerging category.
  • A minimum of 7 Pakistani players including one emerging and four foreign players in Playing XI.

Icon players of first season

These are the five icon players announced on 15 December 2015. These players will be selected first in draft event on 21, 22 December. They are the brand ambassadors for the PSL and their teams, in lieu of which they will be paid an additional amount aside from match fee. Shahid Afridi is the first Pakistani player followed by Shoaib Malik and Shane Watson is the first overseas player picked in the draft followed by Kevin Pietersen and Chris Gayle.
  • Pakistan Shahid Afridi
  • Pakistan Shoaib Malik
  • Australia Shane Watson
  • West Indies Cricket Board Chris Gayle
  • England Kevin Petersen


The PSL's title sponsorship goes to Habib Bank Limited for a period of three years. Sponsorship Deal, including the title sponsorship, is estimated to be more than $6 million. Other sponsors include Brighto Paints, J. Triptym, Zong 4G, Cool and Cool, Giggly Boom Boom Bubble, ZIC Lubricant Oil, Huawei, PTCL and Qatar Airways.


Sunset + Vine are the official Production broadcasters for 4 years Ten Sports and PTV Sports are official broadcasters in Pakistan for a period of three years. The value of the broadcasting deal is $15 million, with the PCB selling the Global television rights to Tech Front, a United Arab Emirati group, for the same duration. Matches will be streamed live onYouTube in Pakistan. Viewers worldwide excluding Pakistan and Middle East, can live stream the matches oncricketgateway.com.
Country Years Channels
 Pakistan 2016 – present PTV Sports
Ten Sports
Geo Super
 United Arab Emirates 2016 – present OSN
 United Kingdom 2016 – present Prime TV
 Bangladesh 2016 - present Gazi TV
 West Indies 2016 - present Flow TV

Media Advertising Rights

Communications Group Region Country Years
Blitz Advertising Pakistan Pakistan 2016-2018

PSL Governing Body

  • Najam Sethi (2016 – present)
  • Salman Sarwar Butt (2016 – present)

PSL awards

At the conclusion of each season, the league presents several awards for outstanding achievements, mostly to players, but also to coaches, referees, and teams. The finalists in each category are determined by voting from PSL players, team employees, and the media.


Year Player of the final Player of the tournament Most runs Most wickets

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