KARACHI: The opening ceremony of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 — the first edition to take place entirely on home ground — is currently underway at Karachi’s National Stadium.
Host Ahmed Godil started the festivities by getting the crowd pumped up for the tournament before the national anthem.
Kicking the ceremony into high gear, a small army of drummers and trumpet players, dressed in the national colours, performed an instrumental version of the official PSL 2020 anthem.
Taking the stage, singer Fakhre Alam invited Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to say a few words.
Congratulating the people of Karachi, the chief minister stated that in the past, he had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to stage a single match in Karachi.
“But it was not possible at the time,” he said, adding that the credit for today’s ceremony goes entirely to the people of Karachi.
Thanking the PCB, he called for the people to show the world the true spirit of Karachi.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani stated that in 2019 the board had promised that the entirety of the tournament will be staged in Pakistan, and today the board has fulfilled that promise.
“Next year, we will try to include Peshawar in the league,” he said, adding that the entire credit for the league goes to the cricket lovers in Pakistan.
Thanking the provincial governments of Punjab and Sindh, as well as law enforcement agencies, the chairman said that none of this would have been possible without their cooperation.