Entirety Of PSL will be played at Pakistan as PSL 2020 schedule is out
After a long wait, cricket in Pakistan is returning on track. International cricket has also returned and now the board is preparing to have all the matches of Pakistan Super League 2020 (PSL 2020) in its house for the first time. For this, the board has selected four cities for 34 matches. In a statement issued by Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday, it said that there will be 34 matches of PSL 2020 in these four cities of Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Multan.
This will be the first time in the history of the tournament when the entire league will be played in front of the domestic audience. The PSL 2020 season will run from 20 February to 22 March. The league, which started in 2016, was still being organized by Pakistan in Dubai. However, they have held the finals of the last three seasons at their home. Last year itself, Test cricket returned to Pakistan after 10 years. The Sri Lankan team played a two-match Test series in Pakistan.
Board chairman Ehsan Mani said in his statement that after the return of Test cricket in Pakistan, getting all the PSL 2020 matches in Pakistan is another big achievement. He said that he never had any doubt that this is Pakistan’s league and its matches should be held in front of the domestic audience. The first match of the tournament will be played between defending champions Quetta Gladiators and two-time champions Islamabad United.
Final will be played in Lahore
Most of the matches of the last season of PSL 2019 were played in the UAE and Pakistan was able to get only eight matches of the league at home. Four cities have been selected for this season. In which Lahore has got the maximum number of matches hosted. Qualifier matches will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi, which will be between the two top teams of the group stage. At the same time, two eliminator matches and one final match will be played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Nine out of 34 matches will be played in Karachi, 14 matches in Lahore, 8 matches in Rawalpindi and 3 matches in Multan.