Pakistan Super League (PSL) is a professional T20 cricket league in Pakistan. Established in 2015, it features many franchise teams representing cities across Pakistan. It has become one of the most popular T20 cricket leagues, attracting both domestic and international talent. It has played a significant role in promoting cricket in Pakistan. The league is held annually in different cities across Pakistan. PSL 9, also known as PSL 2024, will be held in Pakistan at four different venues: Karachi, Lahore, Multan, and Rawalpindi. The last edition of Pakistan Super League 8 was won by the Lahore Qalandars, defeating the Multan Sultan team at Gaddafi Stadium.
Venues of PSL 9
The 9th edition of PSL will be held in six different venues in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, and Multan. The starting date of HBL PSL 9 is from February 9th to March 19th, 2024. Also, GEO Sports reported that PSL 9 is likely to move out of Pakistan because of the general elections in the last week of January 2024. If the decision to move PSL 9 out of Pakistan is made, then the PSL 9 will be held in the UAE.
PSL 9 Teams
It is expected that new teams will be added to PSL 9, but for now, there are no changes. The teams are:
- Peshawar Zalmi
- Lahore Qalandars
- Islamabad United
- Quetta Gladiators
- Multan Sultan
- Karachi Kings
Basic Details About PSL 9
- Country: Pakistan
- Teams: 6 (7th and 8th expected)
- Format: T20
- Edition: 9th edition
- Administration: PCB
- Opening Ceremony: February 9
- Final: March 19
- Total Matches: 34
PSL 9 Schedule
The 9th edition of HBL PSL is scheduled to take place on February 9, 2024, with each team playing ten matches. The first four teams on the point table will qualify for the playoffs. The final HBL PSL 9 is scheduled for March 19, 2024, at Gaddafi Stadium.
Players Drafting in PSL 9
The drafting of players for PSL 9 is expected to be held in November 2023. Several international players have already registered themselves for the draft, and each team will select players from various categories.
PSL 9 Team Drafting
There are expectations for the addition of two new teams in HBL PSL 9. The system used to select eligible players for the team is from various categories:
Players Retentions in PSL 9
Each team can retain a maximum of eight players. If they retain more than eight players, only the top eight will be selected. The retentions of players for each team are given below:
Lahore Qalandars Retentions of PSL 9
|Shaheen Shah Afridi||Platinum|
Islamabad United Retentions of PSL 9
|Rassie Van Der Dussen||Platinum|
|Fazal Haq Farooqi||Diamond|
Multan Sultan Retentions of PSL 9
Karachi Kings Retentions of PSL 9
Peshawar Zalmi Retentions of PSL 9
Quetta Gladiators Retentions of PSL 9
|Naveen Ul Haq||Silver|
Winner List of PSL So Far
|8||2023||Lahore Qalandars||Multan Sultans|
|7||2022||Lahore Qalandars||Multan Sultans|
|6||2021||Multan Sultans||Peshawar Zalmi|
|5||2020||Karachi Kings||Lahore Qalandars|
|4||2019||Quetta Gladiators||Peshawar Zalmi|
|3||2018||Islamabad United||Peshawar Zalmi|
|2||2017||Peshawar Zalmi||Quetta Gladiators|
|1||2016||Islamabad United||Quetta Gladiators|
Prize Money of PSL
|Winners||INR 3.40 crore|
|Runner-up||INR 1.36 crore|
|Best Batter||INR 14.86 lakh|
|Best Bowler||INR 14.86 lakh|
|Best Wicket-keeper||INR 14.86 lakh|
|Best Fielder||INR 14.86 lakh|
|Best Allrounder||INR 14.86 lakh|
|Spirit of Cricket Award||INR 14.86 lakh|
|Emerging Player of the Tournament||INR 14.86 lakh|
|Player of the Tournament||INR 14.86 lakh|
Key Players to Watch in PSL 9
Many players have emerged from the Pakistan Super League, like Saim Ayub, Azam Khan, and Ihsanullah, among others. Not only Pakistani players but also players like Harry Brook have been selected for their national teams after emerging from the PSL. These are some of the key players to watch in PSL 9:
Babar Azam: He is a key player to watch in PSL 9 because many critics claim he doesn’t have a good run rate. They say he plays only for personal milestones, but up until this moment, he has always silenced them with his performance. He plays for Peshawar Zalmi as an opener and captain of the team. He is also the highest run-scorer in PSL.
Saim Ayub: After his outstanding performances in the CPL and emerging as a player in the Pakistan Super League, he will be a key player to watch due to his consistency. He is the second-highest scorer in the CPL. It is surprising to see that he only made his debut this year in the PSL and the Pakistan international team, yet he has already improved significantly. He will be a key player to watch in PSL 9 as he can be selected for the upcoming T20 World cup.
Shaheen Shah Afridi: He is the captain of Lahore Qalandars and the main bowler of the Pakistan international cricket team. He is a key player to watch in PSL 9, as he led his team to win two consecutive PSL titles.
Public Impact of PSL 9
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has played a crucial role in promoting cricket in Pakistan. PSL has a significant fan following, not only in Pakistan but also around the world. PSL has brought many talented cricketers to Pakistan; Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf are prime examples of this. People eagerly await PSL each year, and the addition of two new teams in PSL 9 has heightened excitement as fans look forward to eight teams fighting for the trophy.
Ticket Updates for PSL 9
There are unofficial rumors about PSL 9 tickets being slightly more expensive than in previous years. You can buy them on the official website of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) or from PCB.