Cricket fans excited for the opening ceremony of Pakistan Super League 2019
The day is finally here! Pakistan Super League 2019 is all set to begin today at the Dubai International Stadium.
The opening ceremony will start at 8:00pm UAE time (9:00pm PST) and will feature performances from Junoon, Aima Baig, Shuja Haider, Fawad Khan and Young Desi.
Besides the performers will include a series of exciting acts including a grand fireworks display at the end of ceremony.
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“The HBL PSL 2019 is set to provide incredible excitement to cricket fans all around the world; we thank our sponsors, partners, the six franchises and all stakeholders who have contributed in putting together this cricket extravaganza. We look forward to seeing a competitive tournament with a galaxy of international and Pakistan stars showcasing their talent,” said Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani.
The first match will be played between last year’s champions Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars at Dubai International Stadium on Thursday.
Captain of Peshawar Zalmi, Darren Sammy said, “I have had the great honour of leading a very talented Peshawar Zalmi side for two years and, this year, we have greater depth in the squad and the experience that guys like Misbah and Pollard bring to our squad is invaluable. We always get great support from our Zalmi fans in the UAE but we are all very excited to experience the love and warmth of crowds in Karachi once again. We are Zalmis and our goal is always to win.”
Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim said, “The Karachi Kings squad has a balanced core of local players and some excellent foreign players. We are keen to do well this year and get our hands on the magnificent HBL PSL trophy. It will be a dream come true for all of us to lift the trophy in front of our home crowd on 17 March and we are going to do everything in our control to win it.”
Captain of the Multan Sultans Shoaib Malik said, “We have a strong squad with depth and variety, and we all are looking forward to a competitive HBLPSL Season four. Of course, our eyes are on the trophy, and we as a team have decided that the best way to get there is to only focus on one match at a time. I wish rest of the teams the very best from the Sultans.”
Lahore Qalandars captain Mohammad Hafeez said, “This is an exciting time for me because I am leading a very talented bunch of cricketers. We have reworked our strategy this year and we are confident that if we play our natural game, and enjoy each moment of the tournament, we will do well. We realize what our performance means to our Qalandars fans across the world and we want to make them proud of their association with us. I am confident that they will be right behind us, as always.”
Sarfaraz Ahmed who is leading the Quetta Gladiators for the fourth successive year said, “I think we have a lot of depth in our squad this year. The entire Quetta Gladiators squad is determined to change that this time around. We focused on our retention list this year since we wanted consistency in developing our squad. It helps that we have senior pros like Shane Watson and Rilee Rossouw returning. I am particularly excited about our young pace bowling talent and I can’t wait to see Ghulam Mudassar and Mohammad Hasnain in action whenever they get a chance.”