Pakistan Super League Fifth edition is almost completed but due to severe condition of covid-19, playoffs were suspended by PCB. Later, they announced the dates of playoffs and final in Lahore but due to severe smog here, all matches are now shifted to Karachi.
Playoffs Schedule and Point Table
- 1st Play OFF on November 14: Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings – Qualifier (3 pm PKT, 10 am GMT)
- 2nd Play OFF on November 14: Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi – Eliminator (8 pm PKT, 3 pm GMT)
- 3rd Play OFF on November 15: Loser of Qualifier v Winner of Eliminator (8 pm PKT, 3 pm GMT)
- Final on November 17: TBD vs TBD (8 pm PKT, 3 pm GMT)
The mesmerizing sixes of Ben Dunk and elegancy of Babar’s batting, every Pakistani is waiting for these moments. Now we are less than 24 hours behind this nerve wrenching matches. Despite Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United fans, Every other team supporters are eagerly waiting for these matches. All matches are being played on National Stadium Karachi.
The tournament returns to action after an eight-month gap, as it was postponed on 17 March due to Covid-19 pandemic. Multan Sultans: Sultans topped the table at the end of the double-league round-robin group stage by winning six matches. While two of their matches ended in no-result due to rain, they faced losses in the other two.
The qualified teams include Multan Sultan, Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars. Here are some glimpsing moments from each of these teams to remind you about their brilliant performances.
Ali Tareen-owned franchise surprised everyone by winning four of their opening five matches and then make it to first place. They are with a captain who is not even a natural ODI player, let alone T20; a middle-order with two local lefties yet to make their mark internationally.
Multan Sultan Squad:
Shan Masood (c), Adam Lyth (England), Ali Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe), Imran Tahir (South Africa), Joe Denly (England), Junaid Khan, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Ravi Bopara (England), Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Rohail Nazir, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Usman Qadir, and Zeeshan Ashraf
Karachi Kings may have the privilege of playing at home, but their 2020 campaign will forever be tinged with significant a kind of bad fortune. Head coach Dean Jones guided the side to a second-place finish, their highest in PSL history. The tragic twist of fate, won’t let him continue his job through after he died of a heart attack on September 25. Wasim Akram will now take the roles on the management side.
Karachi Kings Squad:
Imad Wasim (c), Aamer Yamin, Alex Hales (England), Arshad Iqbal, Awais Zia, Babar Azam, Cameron Delport (South Africa), Chadwick Walton (West Indies), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Sharjeel Khan, Sherfane Rutherford (West Indies), Umaid Asif, Umer Khan, Usama Mir, Waqas Maqsood and Wayne Parnell (South Africa)
We can surely say that after spending four hard years sitting at the bottom of the point table, Lahore Qalandars finally turned a corner, making their way into the playoffs for the first time. They have also struggled a lot to make a mark in the PSL and often finishing last. But finally, they succeeded in winning four out of the final five pool games to end this bad fortune.
Lahore Qalandars Squad:
Sohail Akhtar (c), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, David Wiese (South Africa), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Shinwari, Samit Patel (England), Haris Rauf, Agha Salman, Ben Dunk (Australia), Farzan Raja, Jaahid Ali, Abid Ali, Mohammad Faizan, Maaz Khan, Dane Vilas (South Africa) and Dilbar Hussain
It is to be seen that Zalmi can claim the most distinguish signing for the playoffs, bringing in South African captain Faf du Plessis in what was a bit of surprise for other franchises. It is also seen that they aren’t without their setbacks either, due to absence of Kieron Pollard, who just recently helped his IPL side Mumbai Indians to yet another title.
Peshawar Zalmi Squad:
Wahab Riaz (c), Aamir Ali, Adil Amin, Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies), Faf du Plessis (South Africa), Haider Ali, Hardus Viljoen (South Africa), Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Khurram Shehzad, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Saqib Mahmood, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Amin and Yasir Shah