People of Pakistan crave for entertainment and when it comes to cricket it’s their favorite. But due to the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009, international cricket was banned in Pakistan. During this depressing time chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Mr. Najam Sathi founded PSL (Pakistan Super League) in Lahore on 9 September 2015.
It is twenty 20 format game which was initially started with five teams Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi, Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars. These teams were owned and controlled by local investors like Ali Naqvi and Amna Naqvi, Javed Afridi, Nadeem Omar, Salman Iqbal and Rana Fawad respectively. To add the glamour to the super league, celebrities including Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Maya Ali and Shehzad Roy etc. associated with it making the event more interesting and appealing.
In the start, PSL was held in UAE (United Arab Emirates). At that time not many international players were interested in it but the success of PSL 1st season made them change their minds and as a result, PSL 2 was a star-studded event many of whom came to Lahore for the finals – marking history.
Multan Sultan – 6th PSL team – owned by Nasir Schon and Sons was introduced this year. Its entry increased the competition which was exciting for the cricket lovers in Pakistan.
Karachi Kings was considered as the most expensive team of PSL 1 which worth 260 million rupees but in PSL 3, Multan Sultans was bought in 550 million rupees. In PSL 4 more than half of the matches will be held in Pakistan which will double up the revenues.
PSL also helped to show a softer image of Pakistan to the world. Several foreign players, including England’s Kevin Petersen and Luke Wright, skipped the final over safety fears, but Darren Sammy, who captained Peshawar Zalmi to the title, showed enough courage to come to Lahore and play the finals. After his bold step, now many international teams like World Eleven, West Indies, and Sri Lanka are showing interest in playing cricket in Pakistan.
PSL also provided exposure to the local talent like Shahdab Khan, Fakhar Zaman and Hassan Ali etc. It is also encouraging investment in domestic players by proving them foreign training tours and best couches which will eventually help in improving Pakistan’s national cricket team.
PSL is also helping us to get even more patriotic and united because, in the end, Pakistan wins. PSL also proved to be beneficial for local industries like hotels and restaurants, advertising, print/electronic media, and tourism industry. Other sponsors also took a keen interest in the league. Whether its HBL, Boom Boom Bubble or Qatar Airways, their support brought quality and excitement to the Pakistani Cricket.
And because of these matches being played in Pakistan local cricket stadiums are renovated. PSL also managed to become world’s 2nd biggest cricket league after IPL (Indian Premier League). A couple of Pakistani news & internet media already compare Pakistan Super League with IPL. Even Pakistan cricket fans also started to raise their voice to popularize PSL over IPL. They used each available forum to support their local cricket game and showed their love towards it. In short Pakistan Super League is actually a success for Pakistan.