The second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is set to begin with the opening ceremony at Dubai Cricket Stadium.
The 27-day tournament will feature the same five franchises who took part in the opening edition, as Islamabad United will start their title defense against Peshawar Zalmi on Thursday.
Harbhajan Singh comes out in support of Peshawar Zalmi
The opening ceremony will feature performances from Pakistani pop singers Ali Zafar, Shehzad Roy and Jamaican star Shaggy.
Unlike last time where all five captains were Pakistani’s, this time only two franchises are being led by the local players. Pakistan Test captain Misbhahul Haq will captain United, whereas newly selected ODI captain Sarfraz Ahmed will lead Quetta Gladiators.
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Other franchises will be captained by former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum (Lahore Qalandars), veteran Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakara (Karachi Kings) and former West Indies two-time World T20 winning captain Darren Sammy (Peshawar Zalmi).
So the opening ceremony is finished here. We will be catch up in a while with all the live action of the first match.
It’s Ali Zafar time now!
Time for some desi thumkas on Pakistan’s very own Shehzad Roy’s song for PSL.
Some performance from Shaggy.
And the party starts! Jamaican music star Shaggy is on stage.
Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja is reading the pledge, which will be signed by the captains of every franchise.
Najam Sethi: This is a great honour to start this second edition of the PSL in the Emirates.
Pakistan nation has proved once again that we can deliver in the most of difficult times.
The biggest achievement of this year’s PSL is that we are taking cricket back to Pakistan.
We want to show the world that Lahore is the heart of Pakistan, and that Pakistan nation is a peaceful nation.
Hopefully after the PSL final, we will also going to bring international cricket back to the country.
It’s now your responsibility, the people living in this country, to make sure that this tournament is successful.
Last comes in last year’s Quetta Gladiators under the leadership of new Pakistan ODI captain Sarfraz Ahmed.
Courtesy: Express Tribune