Pakistan Super League 2018
2018 Pakistan Super League is the third season of the Pakistan Super League, a franchise Twenty20 cricket league which was established by the Pakistan Cricket Board in 2015. It features six teams, the first expansion of the league since its formation. The final match will be played at the National Stadium, Karachi.
American pop singer Jason Derulo featured alongside Pakistani veterans including Abida Parveen, Ali Zafar and Shehzad Roy in the performance at opening ceremony in Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 22 February. Hareem Farooq and Bilal Ashraf were the hosts of the ceremony. The ceremony also featured Pakistani Sachal Orchestra and firework display. Teaser of Zafar’s first Pakistani film Teefa in Trouble was also released.
Teams and squads
The 2018 PSL features six team franchises, with five teams which also appeared in previous seasons; and a new team based in Multan.
The player draft for the 2018 season was held in Lahore on 12 November 2017. 501 players, including both Pakistani and international players, were divided into five different categories. Each franchise was allowed to pick a maximum of seven foreign players in their squads, which could have a maximum of 21 members
Eight umpires and two match referees were included in the officials panel for the tournament. Aleem Dar, Ranmore Martinesz and Tim Robinson will stand in matches during the tournament. Pakistani umpires Ahmed Shahab, Shozab Raza, Rashid Riaz, Khalid Mehmood and Asif Yaqoob will be part of the panel as well. The match referees panel consists of former Sri Lankan ICC match referee Roshan Mahanama and Pakistani match referee Mohammad Anees.
Similar to 2016 and 2017 seasons, most of the matches of 2018 season will be played in UAE. However, some matches are planned to take place in Pakistan; they will be played in Lahore and Karachi, subject to security clearance. Each foreign cricketer who plays PSL matches in the country will be paid extra US$10,000 for each of these matches.
The International Cricket Council security team visited National Stadium, Karachi, on 23 October, to ensure its condition. So, chairman PCB Najam Sethi said on 22 November that the renovation of stadium will be completed in February 2018, to host PSL Final.