Karachi Kings to face Quetta Gladiators in opening match as PSL 6 schedule announced

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Karachi: The reigning champions Karachi Kings will face Quetta Gladiators in the opening fixture as the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six schedule announced.

All the 34 matches of the tournament will be played in two venues, Karachi and Lahore. The National Stadium will stage the first half of the competition, while Gaddafi Stadium will be the venue of the second half of the competition, including the playoffs.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) made this decision to safeguard the integrity of the PSL 2021 and to ensure health and safety of all participants in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 30-day 34-match tournament will start on February 20 with final to played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on 22 March, marking the first time the venue will stage the final since 2017.

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Meanwhile, the decision of crowd presence will be made closer to the time of the event. The organizers are continuously monitoring the situation and remain in close contact with the concerned government officials.

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“While preparing the event schedule, the organizers have ensured each side is playing equal number of day and evening matches. Also, the event organizers have tried to make optimum use of the weekends while scheduling double-headers that will ensure maximum following and coverage,” PCB said in a statement.

The Day matches will start at 2 pm while the Night matches will start at 7 pm. Friday’s double-headers to start at 3 pm and 8 pm, respectively

The Support Period for the HBL PSL 2021 will commence from 15 February and the foreign players competing in the league will arrive in Karachi with a negative PCR test.

Upon arrival, they will require two more negative PCR tests before being allowed to train and compete in the competition. The asymptomatic players or support staff returning a positive test will have to serve a five-day isolation period with RT-PCR tests on day one and four.

Babar Hamid, Director – Commercial: “We are delighted to announce the schedule of our marquee event – the HBL Pakistan Super League, which for the second successive season will be held in Pakistan in its entirety.”

“We had to make the tough decision to limit matches to Karachi and Lahore, and this decision has been taken in the larger interest of the event, participants and the country. We want to limit the unnecessary exposure of the players as much as practically possible so that the players can operate in a safe and healthy environment that, in turn, will allow them to continue to entertain the fans and followers with their talent, skills and gamesmanship.

“The crowds in Multan and Rawalpindi were awesome last year and we owe a big thanks to them for their contribution in making the HBL PSL 2020 a resounding success. I am sure when life returns to normal, the two cities will get their share of matches as the PCB remains committed and determined to stage matches of the HBL PSL at as many venues as possible.”

Event Schedule

Sat, 20 Feb – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi

Sun, 21 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United v Multan Sultans (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi

Mon, 22 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi

Tue, 23 Feb – Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans (N); NSK, Karachi

Wed, 24 Feb – Karachi Kings v Islamabad United (N); NSK, Karachi

Fri, 26 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi

Sat, 27 Feb – Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi

Sun, Feb 28 – Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars (N); NSK, Karachi

Mon, 1 Mar – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (N); NSK, Karachi

Wed, 3 Mar – Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans (N); both matches at NSK, Karachi

Thu, 4 Mar – Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (N); NSK, Karachi

Fri, 5 Mar – Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings (N); NSK, Karachi

Sat, 6 Mar – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars (N); NSK, Karachi

Sun, 7 Mar – Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators (D); Islamabad United v Karachi Kings (N); NSK, Karachi

Wed, 10 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings (N); GSL, Lahore

Thu, 11 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars (N); GSL, Lahore

Fri, 12 Mar – Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore

Sat 13 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings (D); Multan Sultans v Islamabad United (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore

Sun, 14 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings (N); both matches at GSL, Lahore

Mon, 15 Mar – Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi (N); GSL, Lahore

Tue, 16 Mar – Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars (N); GSL, Lahore

Thu, 18 Mar – Qualifier (1 v 2) (N); GSL, Lahore

Fri, 19 Mar – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) (N); GSL, Lahore

Sat, Mar 20 – Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1) (N); GSL, Lahore

Mon, 22 Mar – Final (N), GSL, Lahore

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