People of Pakistan miss no chance of entertainment and when it comes to cricket then there is no other exception for this game. Cricket is very popular among all age groups in Pakistan. Sadly, international cricket remained ban in Pakistan after the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan team in 2009. After this depressing period, came a great revival of cricket in Pakistan when the chairman of Cricket Board Mr. Najam Sethi founded PSL (Pakistan Super League) in Lahore in 2015.
The Unprecedented Success of PSL
Pakistan Super League (PSL) was launched mere 3 years ago but it has become a success story from all angles. This mega event of cricket is causing to increase and improve the profile of the player every year and keeping money pouring in. It is drawing appreciation and attention of fans, legendary cricketers, and cricket pundits from all over the world. It has become a high-flying sporting event across several fronts in a very short period.
The Interesting Format and Participants of the Event
PSL 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. 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.
The Big Revenue of the Event
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.
Open the Doors for International Cricket
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.
Greatly Helpful to Hunt the Local Talent
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 also proved to be beneficial for local industries like hotels and restaurants, advertising, 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.
PSL- Undoubtedly A Success for Pakistan
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.