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PSL 2021: Kings-Gladiators clash to kick off event; final to be held in Lahore
Pakistan Super League 2021

PSL 2021: Kings-Gladiators clash to kick off event; final to be held in Lahore

Karachi Kings will begin their title defence with the clash against Quetta Gladiators on February 20 to start the sixth edition of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The Imad Wasim-captained Karachi Kings lifted their maiden title last year in November when they defeated Lahore Qalandars in the final at National Stadium.

Keeping in mind the Covid-19 restrictions and the arrangement of bio-secure facilities, the 34-match competition will be staged in Karachi and Lahore only.

The first 20 games of PSL 6 will take place in Karachi before the six teams travel to Lahore for the remainder of the event. The playoffs and the final will be hosted by Lahore, making it the first time since 2017 that the city has staged the grand PSL final.

The PCB has not yet made a clear decision on the attendance of fans for the tournament with the binding call to be made close to the commencement of the showpiece event.

A total of nine double-headers have been organised whereas the PCB has ensured each team will play an equal number of day and evening games during the league phase of PSL 2021.

The 'Support Period' for PSL will start on February 15, five days before the Kings-Gladiators game to kick off proceedings, and the foreign players will arrive in Karachi with a negative PCR test. All overseas recruits will have to test negative twice before being allowed to train with the rest of the squad.

“We had to make the tough decision to limit matches to Karachi and Lahore, and this decision has been taken in the larger interest of the event, participants and the country," said PCB Director-Commercial Babar Hamid.

"We want to limit the unnecessary exposure of the players as much as practically possible so that the players can operate in a safe and healthy environment that, in turn, will allow them to continue to entertain the fans and followers with their talent, skills and gamesmanship."

“Apart from the competitors, the PCB also has a duty of care towards the spectators. Although we have a couple of options on the table, the PCB will continue to monitor the situation and delay the decision as late as possible on crowd attendances as for the PCB, health and lives are of utmost importance," he added.

PSL 2021 Schedule

Sat, 20 Feb - Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators (N); Karachi

Sun, 21 Feb - Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United v Multan Sultans (N); Karachi

Mon, 22 Feb - Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators (N); Karachi

Tue, 23 Feb - Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans (N); Karachi

Wed, 24 Feb - Karachi Kings v Islamabad United (N); Karachi

Fri, 26 Feb - Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators (N); Karachi

Sat, 27 Feb - Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United (N); Karachi

Sun, Feb 28 - Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars (N); Karachi

Mon, 1 Mar - Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (N); Karachi

Wed, 3 Mar - Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans (N); Karachi

Thu, 4 Mar - Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (N); Karachi

Fri, 5 Mar - Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings (N); Karachi

Sat, 6 Mar - Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (D); Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars (N); Karachi

Sun, 7 Mar - Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators (D); Islamabad United v Karachi Kings (N); Karachi

Wed, 10 Mar - Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings (N); Lahore

Thu, 11 Mar - Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars (N); Lahore

Fri, 12 Mar - Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars (N); Lahore

Sat 13 Mar - Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings (D); Multan Sultans v Islamabad United (N); Lahore

Sun, 14 Mar - Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi (D); Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings (N); Lahore

Mon, 15 Mar - Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi (N); Lahore

Tue, 16 Mar - Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars (N); Lahore

Thu, 18 Mar - Qualifier (1 v 2) (N); Lahore

Fri, 19 Mar - Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) (N); Lahore

Sat, Mar 20 - Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1) (N); Lahore

Mon, 22 Mar - Final (N), Lahore