The Pakistan Cricket Board’s premier event, the Pakistan Super League 2022, started today with the announcement of the timetable for the 7th edition with one of the most famous and able to compete cricket leagues.
Going to follow an inauguration ceremony, the defending champions Multan Sultans will face hosts and 2020 champions Karachi Kings at the National Stadium on Thursday, January 27, 2022, with the first ball bowled at 7 pm PKT.
On Friday, January 28, the 2019 champions Quetta Gladiators will face the 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi.
Multan Sultans will face 2020 runners-up Lahore Qalandars at 2 pm PKT in the first of six double-headers in the 32-day and 34-match tournament, which will be followed by the Karachi Kings vs. Quetta Gladiators match at 7 pm PKT on Saturday, January 29, 2022.
Two-time champions Islamabad will face Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday, January 30, with the evening match between arch-rivals Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars.
Following Karachi, which will host 15 matches from January 27 to February 7, the action will shift to the Gaddafi Stadium, which will host the remaining 15 league matches and four play-offs from February 10-27.
The final on February 27 will be held at Pakistan Cricket’s headquarters for the first time since 2017.
From 2018 to 2020, the finals were held at National Stadium, while the 2021 final was held in Abu Dhabi, where Sultans defeated Zalmi by 47 runs.
The PCB has structured the 2022 tournament so that each team will play an equal number of matches in Karachi and Lahore, as well as games under natural and artificial lighting.
Draft 2022 of the PSL
The PCB has decided that the PSL Draft 2022 will be held on Sunday, December 12th, at the High-Performance Centre in Lahore, beginning at 3pm.
Each team will enter the draught with a maximum of eight players retained from the previous event. The transfer and retention window is now officially open and will close on December 10th, following the finalization of player categories.
Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in the Platinum Category, followed by Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi, and Quetta Gladiators. In the Diamond Category, Lahore Qalandars will be the first pick, followed by Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings, and Multan Sultans.
Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in the Gold Category, followed by Peshawar Zalmi in the Silver Category, Lahore Qalandars in the Emerging Category, and Quetta Gladiators in the Supplementary Category.
Renewals of local players’ categories
Following a review and assessment process, the PCB has updated the categories of local players.
Mohammad Rizwan of Multan Sultans (previously Silver), Asif Ali of Islamabad United (previously Gold), and Haris Rauf of Lahore Qalandars (previously Diamond) have all been promoted to the Platinum Category.
Sohaib Maqsood of Multan Sultans and Haider Ali of Peshawar Zalmi have advanced from the Silver and Gold categories to the Diamond category, respectively.
Matches from January 27 to February 7 to be played at the National Stadium, Karachi; matches from Feb 10-27 to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium)
27 Jan – Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans
28 Jan – Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi
29 Jan – Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars; Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators
30 Jan – Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United; Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars
31 Jan – Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans
1 Feb – Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans
2 Feb – Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars
3 Feb – Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United
4 Feb – Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi
5 Feb – Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars; Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans
6 Feb – Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United
7 Feb – Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars
10 Feb – Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi
11 Feb – Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans
12 Feb – Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators
13 Feb – Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings; Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators
14 Feb – Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings
15 Feb – Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators
16 Feb – Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings
17 Feb – Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi
18 Feb – Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators; Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings
19 Feb – Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United
20 Feb – Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings; Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United
21 Feb – Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi
23 Feb – Qualifier (1 vs 2)
24 Feb – Eliminator 1 (3 vs 4)
25 Feb – Eliminator 2 (Loser Qualifier 1 vs Winner Eliminator 1)
27 Feb – (Qualifier v Eliminator 2) Final