An Ultimate Guide to PSL 2023

PSL 2023

We are all set to witness the 8th edition of Pakistan’s T20 league, known as the Pakistan Super League. The league will be played in 4 different cities in Pakistan for more than a month. Several superstars from Pakistan and other countries will be in action.

Here, you will get to know each and everything about the PSL. We will tell you about the history, venues, format, and match timings. We will also let you know about the participating teams and the complete schedule of the tournament.

So, without any further ado, let’s get right into it.


PSL History


In 2015, Pakistan Cricket Board announced the launching of their T20 league, named Pakistan Super League. The first edition of the league was played with 5 teams in 2015. The included teams were Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, and Quetta Gladiators. The teams were based on 4 provincial capitals and the federal capital.


  • Drafting System


The league introduced the drafting system instead of the bidding system. The players were assigned different categories, which included the Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver, and Emerging category. The salaries of the players depend upon the category assigned to them. Each team picked players in each category to form their squad. The same drafting system is still used in the league.


  • Addition of the 6th Team


After the first couple of seasons, PCB decided to add one more team to the league. The representatives from Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, FATA, Hyderabad, and Faisalabad asked for a team based on their city. But, the 6th team in the Pakistan Super League was named Multan Sultans, which participated in the PSL for the first time in 2018.


  • Winners of Each Season


The inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League was won by Islamabad United. Then, Peshawar Zalmi clinched the title in 2017. Islamabad United won their second trophy in 2018 to make it two in three. After losing the finals of the first two PSL editions, Quetta Gladiators eventually became the champions of PSL 2019.

In the first 4 years, Lahore Qalandars finished at the bottom of the table each time. Karachi Kings was the other team who had gone trophyless in 4 seasons. But, PSL 2020 saw a PSL final between Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars, with Karachi emerging victorious. Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars won the PSL 2021 and PSL 2022, respectively. So, all 6 PSL teams have claimed the title at least once, with Islamabad United getting it twice.


  • Cricket Returning to Pakistan

Cricket returning to Pakistan

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One of the prime purposes of starting the Pakistan Super League was to bring cricket back into the country. Since the 2009 Karachi attack on the Sri Lankan team, International matches were not held in the country. The first season of the league was played in the United Arab Emirates. In the second season in 2018, the final was played in Lahore.

Next year, PCB decided to hold the playoffs and the final in Karachi and Lahore. 2020 was a big year for the league, as the whole tournament was held in Pakistan. PSL 2021 was also scheduled in Pakistan, but after the postponement of the league due to COVID-19, the remaining matches were played in Abu Dhabi. PSL 2022 was peacefully held in Pakistan, and now we hope all the same for PSL 2023.


PSL 2023 Teams


The 8th edition of the Pakistan Super League will be played between 6 teams. Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans (who were also the finalists of the previous year) will represent the province of Punjab. Quetta Gladiators is the team of the Quetta province, while Peshawar Zalmi is from Khyber-Pakhtunhwa. The 6th team is Islamabad United which represents the federal capital.


PSL 2023 Venues


PSL 2023 will be played completely in Pakistan. 4 different venues have been chosen for this purpose. Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium will host the most number of matches (11). National Stadium Karachi will host 9 games in the first half of the league. Gaddafi Stadium Lahore will also host 9 matches, including the playoffs and the final. The remaining 5 matches will be played in Multan Cricket Stadium.


PSL 2023 Format


PSL has adopted the classic franchise league format. The league stages will be based on a double round-robin format. Each team will play every other team twice before the playoffs. Therefore, every team will be playing 10 games in the league stages. 2 points will be awarded to the team winning a match. If a match doesn’t produce any result, the points will be shared (1 point to each team).

The 4 teams with the highest points will qualify for the playoff stages. If two teams tie on the points, the team with the better net run rate will proceed to the next stage. Then, the two top teams in the points table will play each other in the first qualifier. The winning side will qualify for the finals, and the losing team will have one more chance.

The 3rd and 4th position teams will contest in the first eliminator. The losing team will be out of the race for the final. Whereas the winning team will lock horns with the loser of the first qualifier. The winner of this match will play the winning team of the first qualifier in the final. The side that loses this game will also get ruled out of the tournament.


PSL 2023 Schedule


Underlying is the complete schedule of the league, along with the match timings, match day, and the venue:

Match #TeamsDateDayMatch Time (Local)Venue
1Multan Sultans vs Lahore QalandarsFeb 13Monday7:30 PMMultan Cricket Stadium
2Karachi Kings vs Peshawar ZalmiFeb 14Tuesday6:30 PMNational Stadium Karachi
3Multan Sultans vs Quetta GladiatorsFeb 15Wednesday5:30 PMMultan Cricket Stadium
4Karachi Kings vs Islamabad UnitedFeb 16Thursday6:30 PMNational Stadium Karachi
5Multan Sultans vs Peshawar ZalmiFeb 17Friday5:30 PMMultan Cricket Stadium
6Karachi Kings vs Quetta GladiatorsFeb 18Saturday6:30 PMNational Stadium Karachi
7Multan Sultans vs Islamabad UnitedFeb 19Sunday1:30 PMMultan Cricket Stadium
8Karachi Kings vs Lahore QalandarsFeb 19Sunday5:30 PMNational Stadium Karachi
9Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar ZalmiFeb 20Monday6:30 PMNational Stadium Karachi
10Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore QalandarsFeb 21Tuesday6:30 PMNational Stadium Karachi
11Multan Sultans vs Karachi KingsFeb 22Wednesday5:30 PMMultan Cricket Stadium
12Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad UnitedFeb 23Thursday6:30 PMNational Stadium Karachi
13Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad UnitedFeb 24Friday6:30 PMNational Stadium Karachi
14Karachi Kings vs Multan SultansFeb 26Sunday1:00 PMNational Stadium Karachi
15Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar ZalmiFeb 26Sunday6:30 PMGaddafi Stadium Lahore
16Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad UnitedFeb 27Monday6:30 PMGaddafi Stadium Lahore
17Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi KingsMar 1Wednesday6:30 PMRawalpindi Cricket Stadium
18Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta GladiatorsMar 2Thursday6:30 PMGaddafi Stadium Lahore
19Islamabad United vs Karachi KingsMar 3Friday6:30 PMRawalpindi Cricket Stadium
20Lahore Qalandars vs Multan SultansMar 4Saturday6:30 PMGaddafi Stadium Lahore
21Islamabad United vs Quetta GladiatorsMar 5Sunday6:30 PMRawalpindi Cricket Stadium
22Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi KingsMar 6Monday6:30 PMRawalpindi Cricket Stadium
23Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore QalandarsMar 7Tuesday1:30 PMRawalpindi Cricket Stadium
24Islamabad United vs Multan SultansMar 7Tuesday6:30 PMRawalpindi Cricket Stadium
25Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta GladiatorsMar 8Wednesday6:30 PMRawalpindi Cricket Stadium
26Islamabad United vs Lahore QalandarsMar 9Thursday6:30 PMRawalpindi Cricket Stadium
27Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan SultansMar 10Friday6:30 PMRawalpindi Cricket Stadium
28Quetta Gladiators vs Multan SultansMar 11Saturday6:30 PMRawalpindi Cricket Stadium
29Islamabad United vs Peshawar ZalmiMar 12Sunday1:30 PMRawalpindi Cricket Stadium
30Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi KingsMar 12Sunday6:30 PMGaddafi Stadium Lahore
31TBC vs TBC, QualifierMar 15Wednesday6:30 PMGaddafi Stadium Lahore
32TBC vs TBC, Eliminator 1Mar 16Thursday6:30 PMGaddafi Stadium Lahore
33TBC vs TBC, Qualifier 2Mar 17Friday6:30 PMGaddafi Stadium Lahore
34TBC vs TBC, FinalMar 19Sunday6:30 PMGaddafi Stadium Lahore


PSL 2023 Key Dates


PSL 2023 will kickstart on the 13th of February. The previous year’s finalists, Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans, will play in the league’s opener. The final game of the league stage will be played between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings on the 12th of March.

The first qualifier is scheduled for the 15th of March. It will be followed by the first eliminator on March 16. Then, the second eliminator will be played on March 17. The tournament will conclude with the final being played on the 19th of March.


PSL 2023 Match Timings


Most of the games in PSL 8 will be night games. Only 4 out of 34 matches will be played in the daytime. The night games in Rawalpindi, Karachi, and Lahore will start at 6:30 PM. The first match of the season will start at 7:30 PM, while the night games in Multan will kickstart at 5:30 PM. The day games in Multan will begin at 1:00 PM, while they will begin at 1:30 PM in Karachi. The three playoff matches and the Final will start at 6:30 PM.


PSL 2023 Top 5 Players


Underlying are the top 5 players in the upcoming Pakistan Super League season 8:


  • Babar Azam


The current Pakistan captain is the highest run-scorer in PSL history. He also holds the record for most fifties in the PSL. Babar was Player of the Match in the final and the qualifier of the PSL 2020 when his previous team Karachi Kings won the title. He has been a consistent performer in every season of the league, and we will expect the same this year.


  • Shaheen Shah Afridi

 Shaheen Shah Afridi in PSL

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Shaheen was the leading wicket-taker in the previous season of the PSL. He is also the skipper of the Lahore Qalandars and led them to their maiden title last year. He is a force to reckon with the new ball, and batters find it hard to get through his opening spell.


  • Mohammed Rizwan


Mohammed Rizwan has been the Mr. Consistent in T20 cricket for the last 2 years. He is currently the #2 ranked T20I batter and was the 2nd highest run-getter in the last 2 PSL seasons. It’s quite likely for him to finish as one of the top 3 run-scorers this season as well.


  • Shadab Khan


Shadab Khan is the most valuable player in the PSL 2023. Not only does he bowls 4 key overs for his side, but he also holds the batting lineup together. He is the highest wicket-taker amongst the spinners in tournament history, and now he contributes equally well with the bat.


  • Rashid Khan


With more than 500 T20 wickets at the age of 21, Rashid Khan is building his own legacy. He is one of the most in-demand T20 players in franchise cricket. He was in brilliant form in the last PSL season and made an impact with both bat and ball.


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