The wait is slowly getting over as season 8 of the Pakistan Super League is only a few days away. The tournament will be 35 days long, and the six teams will feature in 34 games. Four different cities across the country will host the PSL. The first match of the tournament will be played in Multan, while the playoffs and final will be played in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. Only 4 double-headers are scheduled, so there will be 30 night matches and only 4 day games.
Match timings will be different in different cities. Talking about the playoffs, the first qualifier will be played between the top 2 teams on the points table. Then, the first eliminator will feature the 3rd and 4th ranked teams. Next up, the winner of eliminator 1 will face the loser of qualifier 1 in eliminator 2. The winners of qualifier 1 and eliminator 2 will face each other in the finals.
Keep reading to find out the entire schedule, match timings, and venue details for PSL 2023.
When Will PSL 2023 Start?
Season 8 of PSL will kickstart on 13 February 2023. The two finalists from the last year, Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans, will lock horns in the PSL opener. The match will be played after the inauguration ceremony concludes. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 PM local time. Multan Cricket Stadium will have the honor of hosting the first match of the Pakistan Super League season 8.
Venues for PSL 2023
Pakistan’s T20 League will be hosted by 4 different cities this year. Let’s get more insights into the PSL 8 venues:
National Stadium Karachi
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It is the biggest stadium in the country with a capacity of 34,000 spectators. The venue hosts International and domestic games regularly in Pakistan. 9 matches in this PSL season will be played at this venue. However, cricket fans in Pakistan haven’t been pleased with the matches being played at this venue. The reason behind it has been the empty stands in the Karachi Cricket Stadium. Let’s see whether the Karachiites turn up to the stadiums or not.
Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
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Just like Karachi, Lahore will also host 9 matches in this year’s Pakistan Super League. Gaddafi Stadium has the capacity to hold 27,000 fans. The more important thing is that the last 5 games of the season will be played here. These 5 matches include a league game, one qualifier, two eliminators, and the all-important Final.
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
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The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium has been entrusted to host the highest number of matches in PSL 2023. 11 games will be contested in this stadium with a capacity of 15,000 individuals. Rawalpindi will get the hosting honors in the second half of the tournament.
Multan Cricket Stadium
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Multan will host just 5 matches at the start of the league, as it is still a new venue. However, the Multan Cricket Stadium’s capacity is higher than Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium and Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. The venue can host 30,000 spectators and is known for its scenic beauty.
Match Timings in PSL 8
Out of 34 games to be played in PSL 2023, 30 are scheduled as night games. The remaining 4 will be played in the daytime. The start time for the first match of the season is 7:30 PM. All the night games in Lahore, Karachi, and Rawalpindi will start at 6:30 PM and at 5:30 PM in Multan. The day games in Karachi and Multan will begin at 1:30 PM and at 1:00 PM in Karachi, respectively.
PSL 2023 Full Schedule
Underlying is the complete schedule of the Pakistan Super League season 8, along with the match date and time and the venues:
Match # Teams Date Day Match Time (Local) Venue
1 Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars Feb 13 Monday 7:30 PM Multan Cricket Stadium
2 Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi Feb 14 Tuesday 6:30 PM National Stadium Karachi
3 Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators Feb 15 Wednesday 5:30 PM Multan Cricket Stadium
4 Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United Feb 16 Thursday 6:30 PM National Stadium Karachi
5 Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi Feb 17 Friday 5:30 PM Multan Cricket Stadium
6 Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators Feb 18 Saturday 6:30 PM National Stadium Karachi
7 Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United Feb 19 Sunday 1:30 PM Multan Cricket Stadium
8 Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars Feb 19 Sunday 5:30 PM National Stadium Karachi
9 Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi Feb 20 Monday 6:30 PM National Stadium Karachi
10 Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars Feb 21 Tuesday 6:30 PM National Stadium Karachi
11 Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings Feb 22 Wednesday 5:30 PM Multan Cricket Stadium
12 Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United Feb 23 Thursday 6:30 PM National Stadium Karachi
13 Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United Feb 24 Friday 6:30 PM National Stadium Karachi
14 Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans Feb 26 Sunday 1:00 PM National Stadium Karachi
15 Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi Feb 26 Sunday 6:30 PM Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
16 Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United Feb 27 Monday 6:30 PM Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
17 Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings Mar 1 Wednesday 6:30 PM Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
18 Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators Mar 2 Thursday 6:30 PM Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
19 Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings Mar 3 Friday 6:30 PM Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
20 Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans Mar 4 Saturday 6:30 PM Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
21 Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators Mar 5 Sunday 6:30 PM Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
22 Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings Mar 6 Monday 6:30 PM Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
23 Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars Mar 7 Tuesday 1:30 PM Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
24 Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Mar 7 Tuesday 6:30 PM Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
25 Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Mar 8 Wednesday 6:30 PM Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
26 Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars Mar 9 Thursday 6:30 PM Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
27 Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans Mar 10 Friday 6:30 PM Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
28 Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans Mar 11 Saturday 6:30 PM Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
29 Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi Mar 12 Sunday 1:30 PM Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
30 Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings Mar 12 Sunday 6:30 PM Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
31 TBC vs TBC, Qualifier Mar 15 Wednesday 6:30 PM Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
32 TBC vs TBC, Eliminator 1 Mar 16 Thursday 6:30 PM Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
33 TBC vs TBC, Qualifier 2 Mar 17 Friday 6:30 PM Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
34 TBC vs TBC, Final Mar 19 Sunday 6:30 PM Gaddafi Stadium Lahore