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PSL 6

2021 Pakistan Super League (also known as PSL 6 or for sponsorship reasons HBL PSL 2021) is the sixth season of the Pakistan Super League, a franchise Twenty20 cricket league which was established by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2015. This is the second season held entirely in Pakistan. A PSL executive confirmed that the sixth season consists of same six teams with no plans for expansion.[3] It is being held in February and March of 2021. Starting from 2021, PSL are having a dedicated window in the ICC Future Tours Programme.

Squads

Main article: 2021 Pakistan Super League players draft

Islamabad UnitedKarachi KingsLahore QalandarsMultan SultansPeshawar ZalmiQuetta Gladiators
Shadab Khan (c) Alex Hales Colin Munro Faheem Ashraf Hussain Talat Asif Ali Muhammad Musa Zafar Gohar Hasan Ali Lewis Gregory Phil Salt Rohail Nazir Reece Topley Iftikhar Ahmed Mohammad Wasim Ahmed Safi Abdullah Chris Jordan Akif Javed Fawad Ahmed Paul Stirling Ali Khan Zeeshan ZameerImad Wasim (c) Babar Azam Mohammad Amir Colin Ingram Aamer Yamin Sharjeel Khan Waqas Maqsood Arshad Iqbal Mohammad Nabi Dan Christian Chadwick Walton Joe Clarke Danish Aziz Mohammad Ilyas Zeeshan Malik Qasim Akram Noor Ahmad Abbas AfridiSohail Akhtar (c) Mohammad Hafeez Shaheen Afridi Fakhar Zaman David Wiese Haris Rauf Ben Dunk Dilbar Hussain Rashid Khan Samit Patel Tom Abell Zeeshan Ashraf Agha Salman Muhammad Faizan Maaz Khan Muhammad Zaid Joe Denly Ahmed Daniyal Salman MirzaMohammad Rizwan (c) Shahid Afridi Rilee Rossouw Sohail Tanvir Imran Tahir Khushdil Shah James Vince Usman Qadir Chris Lynn Sohail Khan Sohaib Maqsood Shan Masood Sohaibullah Adam Lyth Shahnawaz Dhani Mohammad Umar Imran Khan Carlos BrathwaiteWahab Riaz (c) Shoaib Malik Kamran Akmal Liam Livingstone Haider Ali David Miller Mujeeb Ur Rahman Sherfane Rutherford Amad Butt Umaid Asif Saqib Mahmood Imam-ul-Haq Mohammad Imran Mohammad Irfan Abrar Ahmed Mohammad Imran Ravi Bopara Mohammad Amir Khan Tom Kohler-Cadmore Waqar SalamkheilSarfaraz Ahmed (c) Ben Cutting Mohammad Hasnain Mohammad Nawaz Azam Khan Naseem Shah Zahid Mahmood Anwar Ali Chris Gayle Tom Banton Usman Shinwari Cameron Delport Qais Ahmad Abdul Nasir Saim Ayub Arish Ali Khan Dale Steyn Usman Khan Faf du Plessis Hasan Khan

On 9 January 2021, the PCB announced the retention players list. The players draft took place on 10 January 2021 in Lahore.On 15 February 2021, Mohammad Rizwan replaced Shan Masood as the captain of the Multan Sultans.

Venues

In June 2020, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that they plan to add Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar as a fifth venue in this edition of the PSL. However, delays in construction of the stadium may make it difficult to host the matches of the tournament. PCB also planned to hold few matches in Faisalabad and Hyderabad as well. Stadium in Hayatabad was also announced as a possible venue for some matches. In September 2020, the PCB confirmed that both the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar and Bugti Stadium in Quetta, would be unable to host this season’s matches. However, it was later decided that the tournament will be held at only Karachi and Lahore.

LahoreKarachi
Gaddafi StadiumNational Stadium
Capacity: 27,000Capacity: 32,000
Matches: 14Matches: 20
  Lahore Lahore Karachi Karachi

The stadiums will be allowed to host only 20% crowd out of total capacity per match; i.e. about 7,500 in Karachi and 5,500 in Lahore; in view of COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistan. The tickets can be booked only online via Pakistan’s online ticketing platform Bookme.pk, from 11 February

Match officials

Umpires

  • Faisal Afridi
  • Pakistan Aleem Dar
  • England Michael Gough
  • Pakistan Zameer Haider
  • England Richard Illingworth
  • Pakistan Imran Javed
  • Pakistan Ahsan Raza
  • Pakistan Shozab Raza
  • Pakistan Rashid Riaz
  • Pakistan Asif Yaqoob

Referees

  • Iftikhar Ahmed
  • Mohammed Anees
  • Muhammad Javed
  • Sri Lanka Roshan Mahanama
  • Pakistan Ali Naqvi

Promotion in media

Anthems

Main article: Groove Mera See also: List of Pakistan Super League anthems § 2021 HBL PSL Taranay

The league is being promoted on social media with the hashtags #MatchDikhao, #HBLPSL6 and of official anthem #GrooveMera by Naseebo Lal, Aima Baig and Young Stunners.

For the first time this year, 5 more tracks were also released under the cricket album titled HBL PSL Taranay

Opening ceremony

See also: Pakistan Super League opening and closing ceremonies § 2021

The ceremony will be telecasted as a virtual opening programme after being recorded in Istanbul, Turkey, instead of having live ceremony at the stadium due to the pandemic. The artists line up include Atif Aslam, Imran Khan and Humaima Malik, aside of the performers of the official anthem.

Commentators

  • Sikander Bakht
  • England Dominic Cork
  • New Zealand Simon Doull
  • South Africa JP Duminy
  • England David Gower
  • Pakistan Bazid Khan
  • Zimbabwe Pommie Mbangwa
  • Pakistan Sana Mir
  • New Zealand Danny Morrison
  • Pakistan Urooj Mumtaz
  • Pakistan Rameez Raja
  • Pakistan Tariq Saeed
  • Wales Alan Wilkins

Presenters

  • Zainab Abbas

League stage

Format

The six teams play 10 matches each and get 2 points for every win, none for a loss and 1 point for a no result. The top four team in the group stage qualify for the play-offs.

Points table

PosTeam   v t ePldWLNRPtsNRR
1Lahore Qalandars220040.792
2Islamabad United220040.468
3Karachi Kings211021.398
4Peshawar Zalmi21102−0.086
5Multan Sultans20200−0.583
6Quetta Gladiators20200−2.007

Updated to match(es) played on 24 February 2021. Source: ESPNcricinfo

  • The top 4 teams qualified for the playoffs
  •   Advanced to Qualifier
  •   Advanced to Eliminator 1

Summary

Visitor team →IUKKLQMSPZQG
Home team ↓
Islamabad United Match 20Match 24Islamabad
3 wickets
Match 29Match 12
Karachi KingsIslamabad
5 wickets
 Match 11Match 9Match 13Karachi
7 wickets
Lahore QalandarsMatch 15Match 28 Match 7Lahore
4 wickets
Lahore
9 wickets
Multan SultansMatch 26Match 16Match 30 Match 23Match 19
Peshawar ZalmiMatch 10Match 21Match 18Peshawar
6 wickets
 Match 8
Quetta GladiatorsMatch 17Match 25Match 22Match 14Match 27 
Home team wonVisitor team won
  • Note: Results listed are according to the home (horizontal) and visitor (vertical) teams.
  • Note: Click on a result to see a summary of the match

Fixtures

The PCB confirmed the fixtures for the tournament on 8 January 2021, and all the match officials on 12 February 2021. All times are in UTC+5 (PKT).

20 February 2021
20:00 (N)
Scorecard
Quetta Gladiators
121 (18.2 overs)
vKarachi Kings
126/3 (13.5 overs)
Chris Gayle 39 (24)
Arshad Iqbal 3/16 (4 overs)
 Joe Clarke 46 (23)
Mohammad Hasnain 2/18 (4 overs)
Karachi Kings won by 7 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Arshad Iqbal (Karachi Kings)
  • Karachi Kings won the toss and elected to field.
  • Saim Ayub (Quetta Gladiators) made his T20 debut.

21 February 2021
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Peshawar Zalmi
140/6 (20 overs)
vLahore Qalandars
143/6 (18.3 overs)
Ravi Bopara 50 (44)
Shaheen Afridi 3/14 (4 overs)
 Mohammad Hafeez 33* (26)
Saqib Mahmood 2/22 (4 overs)
Lahore Qalandars won by 4 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Shozab Raza (Pak) and Rashid Riaz (Pak)
Player of the match: Shaheen Afridi (Lahore Qalandars)
  • Lahore Qalandars won the toss and elected to field.
  • Ahmed Daniyal, Salman Mirza (Lahore Qalandars) and Mohammad Imran (Peshawar Zalmi) all made their T20 debuts.

21 February 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Multan Sultans
150/8 (20 overs)
vIslamabad United
151/7 (19 overs)
Mohammad Rizwan 71 (53)
Mohammad Wasim 3/29 (4 overs)
 Lewis Gregory 49* (31)
Carlos Brathwaite 2/23 (4 overs)
Islamabad United won by 3 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Lewis Gregory (Islamabad United)
  • Islamabad United won the toss and elected to field.
  • Mohammad Wasim (Islamabad United) and Mohammad Umar (Multan Sultans) both made their T20 debuts.

22 February 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Quetta Gladiators
178/6 (20 overs)
vLahore Qalandars
179/1 (18.2 overs)
Chris Gayle 68 (40)
Haris Rauf 3/38 (4 overs)
 Fakhar Zaman 82* (52)
Zahid Mahmood 1/28 (3 overs)
Lahore Qalandars won by 9 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Asif Yaqoob (Pak)
Player of the match: Fakhar Zaman (Lahore Qalandars)
  • Lahore Qalandars won the toss and elected to field.

23 February 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Multan Sultans
193/4 (20 overs)
vPeshawar Zalmi
197/4 (19 overs)
James Vince 84 (55)
Saqib Mahmood 2/36 (4 overs)
 Tom Kohler-Cadmore 53 (32)
Shahnawaz Dhani 2/44 (4 overs)
Peshawar Zalmi won by 6 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Aleem Dar (Pak)
Player of the match: Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Peshawar Zalmi)
  • Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and elected to field.
  • Shahnawaz Dhani (Multan Sultans) made his T20 debut.

24 February 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Karachi Kings
196/3 (20 overs)
vIslamabad United
197/5 (19.1 overs)
Sharjeel Khan 105 (59)
Hussain Talat 1/25 (2 overs)
 Iftikhar Ahmed 49* (37)
Waqas Maqsood 1/22 (2.1 overs)
Islamabad United won by 5 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Rashid Riaz (Pak)
Player of the match: Alex Hales (Islamabad United)
  • Islamabad United won the toss and elected to field.

26 February 2021
15:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Lahore QalandarsvMultan Sultans
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Faisal Afridi (Pak) and Aleem Dar (Pak)

26 February 2021
20:00 (N)
Scorecard
Peshawar ZalmivQuetta Gladiators
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Asif Yaqoob (Pak)

27 February 2021
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Karachi KingsvMultan Sultans
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Rashid Riaz (Eng)

27 February 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Islamabad UnitedvPeshawar Zalmi
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Shozab Raza (Pak) and Asif Yaqoob (Pak)

28 February 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Karachi KingsvLahore Qalandars
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Richard Illingworth (Eng)

1 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Islamabad UnitedvQuetta Gladiators
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Ahsan Raza (Pak) and Shozab Raza (Pak)

3 March 2021
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Karachi KingsvPeshawar Zalmi
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Imran Javed (Pak)

3 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Multan SultansvQuetta Gladiators
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Faisal Afridi (Pak) and Asif Yaqoob (Pak)

4 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Islamabad UnitedvLahore Qalandars
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Rashid Riaz (Pak)

5 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Karachi KingsvMultan Sultans
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Shozab Raza (Pak)

6 March 2021
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Islamabad UnitedvQuetta Gladiators
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Imran Javed (Pak) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)

6 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Lahore QalandarsvPeshawar Zalmi
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Shozab Raza (Pak)

7 March 2021
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Multan SultansvQuetta Gladiators
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Shozab Raza (Pak)

7 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Islamabad UnitedvKarachi Kings
   
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Rashid Riaz (Pak) and Asif Yaqoob (Pak)

10 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Karachi KingsvPeshawar Zalmi
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)

11 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Lahore QalandarsvQuetta Gladiators
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Rashid Riaz (Pak)

12 March 2021
15:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Multan SultansvPeshawar Zalmi
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Shozab Raza (Pak)

12 March 2021
20:00 (N)
Scorecard
Islamabad UnitedvLahore Qalandars
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Asif Yaqoob (Pak)

13 March 2021
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Karachi KingsvQuetta Gladiators
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Zameer Haider (Pak)

13 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Islamabad UnitedvMultan Sultans
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Shozab Raza (Pak)

14 March 2021
14:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Peshawar ZalmivQuetta Gladiators
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Michael Gough (Eng)

14 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Karachi KingsvLahore Qalandars
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Umpires: Zameer Haider (Pak) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)

15 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Islamabad UnitedvPeshawar Zalmi
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Asif Yaqoob (Pak)

16 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Lahore QalandarsvMultan Sultans
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Rashid Riaz (Pak)

Playoffs

Preliminary Final
   22 March — Lahore
18 March — Lahore 
1  
2          
     
  
   
 20 March — Lahore 
   
       
   
  
19 March — Lahore 
3  
4    
  

Qualifier

18 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
1st placed teamv2nd placed team
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Eliminator

Eliminator 1

19 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
3rd placed teamv4th placed team
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Eliminator 2

20 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Loser of QualifiervWinner of Eliminator 1
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Final

Main article: 2021 Pakistan Super League Final

22 March 2021
19:00 (N)
Scorecard
Winner of QualifiervWinner of Eliminator 2
   
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Awards and statistics

Most runs

PlayerTeamMatInnsRunsAveSRHS100504s6s
Mohammad RizwanMultan Sultans2211256.00138.277101114
Sharjeel KhanKarachi Kings2210954.50173.0110510108
Chris GayleQuetta Gladiators2210753.50167.18680197
Mohammad HafeezLahore Qalandars22106179.6673*01106
James VinceMultan Sultans2210050.00138.888401104
Source: ESPNcricinfo.com, Last updated: 24 February 2021   The Player with most runs will be awarded with a Green cap and Hanif Mohammad Award at the end of the season.

Most wickets

PlayerTeamMatInnsWktsAveEconBBISR4WI5WI
Arshad IqbalKarachi Kings22411.506.573/1610.500
Shaheen AfridiLahore Qalandars22414.257.123/1412.000
Saqib MahmoodPeshawar Zalmi22414.507.252/2212.000
Haris RaufLahore Qalandars11312.669.503/388.000
Waqas MaqsoodKarachi Kings22314.339.552/219.000
Source: ESPNcricinfo.com, Last updated: 24 February 2021   The Player with most wickets will be awarded with Maroon cap and Fazal Mahmood Award at the end of the season.