PSL 2021: Pakistan ready to launch T20 League with 20% capacity, Chris Gayle will gear up for Sixth edition

Pakistan Super League PSL 2021: Defending champions Karachi Kings (KK) will square off with Quetta Gladiators (QG) in the opening match of the PSL 2021 at Karachi's National Stadium in Karachi.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 20, 2021 11:11 IST
PSL 2021: Pakistan ready to launch T20 League with 20% capacity, Chris Gayle will gear up for Sixth edition
Pakistan ready to get their groove on at the PSL. (Getty Images)

Pakistan Super League PSL 2021: The sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will kickoff at Karachi's National Stadium on Saturday (February 20). The enthralling T20 league will witness the spectators' comeback to the stands, for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak in Pakistan, however, it has been limited to 20% capacity at present. Pakistan recently hosted South Africa in the Test and T20I series with empty stands. Pakistan's head coach Misbah-ul-Haq hopes that the player pool will even be larger after the PSL conclusion. There's going to be a crowd after all.

The defending champions Karachi Kings will square off with Quetta Gladiators in the opening match of the PSL 2021 at the National Stadium in Karachi. The evening matches will commence at 7:30 PM while the afternoon matches will have a 2:30 PM (IST) start. Meanwhile, there will be 6 teams competing for the title, and the matches will only be played in Karachi and Lahore. The epic PSL final will be scheduled for March 22.

Imad Wasim-led Karachi Kings, who clinched the trophy last year, will be going to defend their title. All eyes will be on paceman Mohammed Amir, who retired from international cricket in December last year after blaming the PCB. He will be playing for the defending champions Karachi Kings.

The forthcoming sixth season will also be significant in the context of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup to be scheduled in India later this year. Pakistan recently left out Fakhar Zaman and Wahab Riaz for the South Africa series and looked to blood in some young lads for the tournament. Therefore, some national call-ups - Zafar Gohar, Amad Butt, Danish Aziz, and Zahid Mehmood. 

How to watch Pakistan Super League 2021 live in India?

Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 will be live-telecasted on Sony Six and Sony Six HD.

How to watch the live-streaming of Pakistan Super League 2021?

Pakistan Super League 2021 will be streamed live on Sony Sports Network's digital platforms.

Pakistan Super League (PSL 2021) Squads:

Islamabad United:

Shadab Khan (Captain), Alex Hales, Akif Javed, Asif Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Hussain Talat, Paul Stirling, Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt, Rohail Nazir, Musa Khan, Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Zafar Gohar, Hassan Ali, Ali Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jr

Lahore Qalandars:

Sohail Akhtar (Captain), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Ben Dunk, David Wiese, Dilbar Hussain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Faizan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ahmed Danyal, Maaz Khan, Zeeshan Ashraf, Joe Denly, Tom Abell, Salman Ali Agha, Rashid Khan, Samit Patel, Zaid Alam

Karachi Kings:

 Imad Wasim (Captain), Aamer Yamin, Arshad Iqbal, Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Waqas Maqsood, Chadwick Walton, Dan Christian, Colin Ingram, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Ilyas, Noor Ahmed, Danish Aziz, Joe Clarke, Qasim Akram, Zeeshan Malik

Multan Sultans:

Mohammad Rizwan (Captain), Carlos Brathwaite, Shahid Afridi, James Vince, Imran Tahir, Khushdil Shah, Shan Masood, Sohail Tanvir, Chris Lynn, Sohail Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaib Ullah, Adam Lyth, Imran Khan Sr, Rilee Rossouw, Usman Qadir, Shahnawaz Dhani, Muhammad Umar

Quetta Gladiators:

Sarfaraz Ahmed (Captain), Chris Gayle, Tom Banton, Dale Steyn, Faf du Plessis, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Ben Cutting, Zahid Mahmood, Usman Khan Shinwari, Qais Ahmad, Usman Khan, Abdul Nasir, Saim Ayub, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Cameron Delport

Peshawar Zalmi:

Wahab Riaz (Captain), Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, Ravi Bopara, Saqib Mahmood, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Amir Khan, Mohammad Irfan Snr, Mohammad Imran, Umaid Asif, Tom-Kohler Cadmore, Amad Butt, David Miller, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sherfane Rutherford