KARACHI: The much-anticipated HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 will kick-off from tomorrow, Thursday, with the first ball of the tournament scheduled to be bowled at 9 pm.
At the opening match of the tournament, Quetta Gladiators will begin their title defence by taking on two-time champions Islamabad United at Karachi’s National Stadium.
On Friday, Karachi Kings will host Peshawar Zalmi at the National Stadium, while, in Lahore, at the Gaddafi Stadium, Pakistan’s home of cricket, Lahore Qalandars will take on Multan Sultans.
The cricket-crazy nation will be served with thrilling encounters all over the country as all six captains aim for berths in the 22 March final at the Gaddafi Stadium, for a shot at the US$500,000, the winning prize money, and the brand new glittering trophy.
The opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be incurring a cost of around PKR 210 million.
Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United, who will play the first match of the tournament, are the only teams guaranteed to be at the event. However, Peshawar Zalmi officials have stated that their team will also be present at the National Stadium in Karachi for the opening event.
According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials, the teams that are scheduled to compete the following day will not be able to take part in the opening festivities.
The colorful and extravagant HBL PSL 5 opening ceremony is scheduled to be held at the National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday. Popular local singers Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Abrarul Haq, Sajad Ali, Sanam Maarwi, Aima Baig, Abu Mohammad, Fareed Ayaz and Soch band are expected to perform at the event.
Singers Arif Lohar, Ali Azmat, Asim Azhar and Haroon, who sang the official HBL PSL 5 anthem, will also be present at the event. Fireworks will also light up the Karachi sky during the festivities.
A new company is set to organise the opening ceremony. Rehearsals for the event have been going on for a few days at the National Stadium in Karachi. The sound system is checked every day.
Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators are set to compete in the first day of the tournament. The other teams will, most likely, be represented by their respective owners in the opening ceremony.