On Monday, February 13th, the Lahore Qalandars will face off against the Multan Sultans in the inaugural match of the eighth season of the Pakistan Super League at the beautiful Multan Cricket Stadium.
In 2022, the Lahore Qalandars beat the Multan Sultans at the Gaddafi Stadium by 42 runs, and now they have an opportunity to become the first franchise to win back-to-back titles in the upcoming eighth edition of the event. Former champions Peshawar Zalmi were in the same position as Multan Sultans when they reached the 2018 final but lost to Islamabad United, who went on to win their second title in three years.
When it comes to cricket’s greatest, most difficult, and most demanding league, only the Peshawar Zalmi and the Multan Sultans have ever been able to defend their titles and advance to the final.
The four host teams (in Karachi, Lahore, Multan, and Rawalpindi) will each play five times in front of their own fans and supporters during the 34-match competition.
As a result, out of Qalandars’ ten total matches, five will take place at the Gaddafi Stadium, with the other five split between Multan (one), Karachi, and Rawalpindi. Also, three of the Sultans’ five away matches will be played in Rawalpindi, while one each will be played in Karachi and Lahore. Three of the Kings’ five away matches will be played in Rawalpindi, while one each will be played in Multan and Lahore.
Peshawar Zalmi will play five games in Rawalpindi, three in Karachi, and one each in Lahore and Multan, while Quetta Gladiators will play all ten of their league matches in Karachi, Rawalpindi, Karachi, and Lahore.
The first half of the PSL 8 will take place from February 13–26 at Multan Cricket Stadium and National Bank Cricket Arena, with the second half taking place from February 26–March 19 at Gaddafi Stadium and Pindi Cricket Stadium. From March 15-19, the Qualifier, two Eliminators, and the Final will all be played at the home of the Pakistan Cricket.
On March 8, 10, and 11, prior to the men’s matches in Rawalpindi, three exhibition matches will be played to softly launch the Pakistan Women’s League. The two women’s teams will likely feature notable domestic and international players; specifics will be released at a later date.
The Pakistan Cricket Board and the six franchises can now begin finalising their own event plans and goals now that the HBL PSL 8 schedule has been officially confirmed, which fills me with joy,” Mr. Najam Sethi, Chair of the PCB Management Committee, stated.
With the best T20 cricketers in the world competing, “The HBL PSL 8 will be a massive event for the PCB. It will be held at the four iconic venues. With the ultimate goal of making it the first-choice event for top T20 cricketers, we plan to make the HBL PSL bigger, better, and stronger than ever before.”
There is a lot on the line for all six teams in HBL PSL 8. Islamabad United will try to win their third title and become the most successful team, while Lahore Qalandars will try to become the first side to win back-to-back titles, and the other four sides will try to win the trophy for the second time. As a result, the entire 34-match tournament should be a lot of fun.
No one can doubt the high standard of play over the course of the entire 34-day tournament. I have high hopes that this season’s HBL PSL will, as in previous years, serve as a proving ground for up-and-coming players who will not only pose a threat to the league’s established big names, but will also go on to represent Pakistan at the international level.
I’d like to thank HBL, the tournament’s title sponsor since its inception in 2016, for their continued support. I’d also like to extend my gratitude to the PCB’s other commercial partners, broadcasters, and franchise owners for their support, and I hope they’ll keep believing in our showcase event and the PCB’s administrative foresight, expertise, and prowess in order to help us raise Pakistan cricket’s profile.
Finally, I’d like to ask all the cricket fans in Pakistan to support the HBL PSL 8 by showing up in large numbers to cheer on their favourite teams and players, as well as the other teams and players in the league.
On March 19, at “the home of Pakistan cricket,” may “the best side lift the most prestigious Trophy of the Pakistan cricket calendar!”
Meanwhile, the PCB has accepted the franchises’ request to raise the team size from 18 to 20, with the caveat that each team may select two more Supplementary players. A replacement draft will be held on January 24 to choose the supplemental players.
SCHEDULE OF MATCHES (afternoon matches will start at 2pm; evening matches in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi will start at 7pm. Evening matches in Multan will begin at 6pm except for the tournament opener, which will commence at 8pm)
13 Feb – Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars, Multan Cricket Stadium
14 Feb – Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi, National Bank Cricket Arena
15 Feb – Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators, Multan Cricket Stadium
16 Feb – Karachi Kings v Islamabad United, National Bank Cricket Arena
17 Feb – Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi, Multan Cricket Stadium
18 Feb – Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators, National Bank Cricket Arena
19 Feb – Multan Sultans v Islamabad United, Multan Cricket Stadium; Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars, National Bank Cricket Arena
20 Feb – Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi, National Bank Cricket Arena
21 Feb – Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars, National Bank Cricket Arena
22 Feb – Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings, Multan Cricket Stadium
23 Feb – Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United, National Bank Cricket Arena
24 Feb – Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United, National Bank Cricket Arena
26 Feb – Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans, National Bank Cricket Arena; Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi, Gaddafi Stadium
27 Feb – Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United, Gaddafi Stadium
1 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
2 Mar – Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators, Gaddafi Stadium
3 Mar – Islamabad United v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
4 Mar – Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans, Gaddafi Stadium
5 Mar – Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium
6 Mar – Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
7 Mar – Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Islamabad United v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium
8 Mar – Pakistan Women’s League Exhibition Match 1, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium
9 Mar – Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars, Pindi Cricket Stadium
10 Mar – Pakistan Women’s League Exhibition Match 2, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium
11 Mar – Pakistan Women’s League Exhibition Match 3, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium
12 Mar – Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings, Gaddafi Stadium
15 Mar – Qualifier (1 v 2), Gaddafi Stadium
16 Mar – Eliminator 1 (3 v 4), Gaddafi Stadium
17 Mar – Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1), Gaddafi Stadium
19 Mar – Final, Gaddafi Stadium