Pakistan super league is back again with its 5th edition. Ever since its inception in 2015, the tournament has grown tremendously and became the country’s one of the most popular gaming event. Now the preparations of the 2020 session are in full swing, we are bringing here all the updates & special information you need to know.
PSL pick order gets a traditional touch:
Giving a fun and street cricket touch, PCB management decided this year to pick rounds to be chosen a new way. Two traditional methods were under consideration weather to do “Pugan pugayi” or choose pick rounds by drawing lines on the ground hiding by bat and then each team’s representative will choose its round.
World’s biggest names join PSL draft:
Breaking all the records of popularity Pakistan Super League is among the most iconic tournaments the cricket world has ever witnessed. Although the matches were played in Dubai, the tournament pulled crowds and the level of cricket played was up to mark. In the inaugural session played in Dubai, the tournament was lit up with performances from the likes of Chris Gale, Darren Sammy, Shane Watson and many other notables were part of the tournament.
Now that the preparations of upcoming season are underway, PCB has just revealed the list of platinum category players to star in 2020 season. Some of the biggest names who have signed up for this year’s draft include Hashim Amla, Dale Styen, Moeen Ali, Ben Cutting and others.
The diamond category foreign players in PSL 2020 draft are also no unknown names. Tim Bresnan from England, Luke Wright, Kyle Abbot, Ian Bell, Phil Salt are some of the great players who have signed for the diamond category of 5th HBL PSL season.
Season 5 draft date:
Although there have been quite a talk already about the event, still there is so much time in draft. The draft for 2020 season will take place on December 6 and 7 where teams will choose players and build their squad.
PSL rules update for 2020:
Pakistan Cricket Board also made a few changes to this years tournament rules & regulations. PCB made some changes regarding the pick rounds which we have talked earlier about. Also, Cricket board of Pakistan after a meeting with franchise representatives reduced the squad size from 21 to 18.
A few more changes regarding squads were made that include retention of players. Teams can now retain 8 players from the squad.
One more major change made for the 2020 session was reducing the salary cap of platinum and gold category players. The salary cap of platinum category was reduced from $1.38 million to $1.1million. While the salary cap of gold category was cut keeping in mind the financial situation in the country.
PSL comes to Pakistan:
The entire tournament will be played for the first time in Pakistan. Four venues have been selected which include Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi & Multan.
Earlier only a max of 8 matches had been played in Pakistan due to security concern and issues. But the efforts of Pakistan Government and Army have become fruitful in prevailing peace.