PSL kicks off with a glittering ceremony

PSL kicks off with a glittering ceremony
PSL kicks off with a glittering ceremony
Shukriya Pakistan

DUBAI: The second edition of the Pakistan Super League kicked off at Dubai stadium on Thursday with an impressive and glittering opening ceremony exhibiting colours of all four provinces of the host country and entertaining music led by Jamaican ragge star Shaggy.

The opening ceremony started with the whole stadium in darkness while spectators displaying the LED lights on their armbands. The national anthems of host country the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan were played as crowd bullt up with every minute.

The most eye-catching scene was flying drummers tied from strings who descended on the ground much to the applause of the crowd.

Songs in the four provincial languages were played, as performers danced to the tune of their province’s famous songs before the famous national song “DIL DIL, Pakistan” sung by Junaid Jamshed was played. Jamshed died in an unfortunate plane crash last year.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaheryar Khan presented the welcome address and announced his board was ready to deliver a more bigger and successful PSL.

“We welcome you all in the PSL and this year it will be a bigger and more successful event,” he promised.

“The success of PSL will open the gates for others (teams) to start coming into Pakistan.” He added that the match in Lahore is significant as it will show that Pakistan has “normalised” it terms of security which we will see and the world will see on March 5..

His speech was followed by march past of the five teams with defending champions Islamabad United leading the way

UAE’s minister for culture, youth and social Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan also welcomed the audience while PSL chairman Najam Sethi declared the event open.

A laser show and fire work followed which entralled the crowd.

Lastly, Shaggy and famous Pakistan singers — Ali Zafar and Shahzad Roy — performed.

Shaggy said he was estatic to perform in a cricket event for the first time.

“It’s great to be here and I look forward to performing at the ceremony… I have a long association with Chris Gayle while Courtney Walsh (Former West Indian Fast Bowler) was my neighbour in Jamaica,” said the Jamaican star.

After the opening ceremony title holders Islamabad United will take on Peshawar Zalmi.