LAHORE (December 3, 2021):-Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) unfolded the schedule of HBL PSL Season 7, as the countdown started of the PCB high profile cricket league, HBL Pakistan Super League on Friday here. Defending champions Multan Sultans will take on hosts Karachi Kings at the National Stadium in the opening fixture on January 27, 2022.
Two-time champions Islamabad will be in action on Sunday afternoon when they will lock horns with Peshawar Zalmi, with the evening match to be played between arch-rivals Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars.
It is pertinent to mention here that the 27 February final will be the first time since 2017 when the headquarters of Pakistan cricket will hold the final. National Stadium had staged the finals from 2018 to 2020, while Abu Dhabi was the venue for the 2021 final where Sultans defeated Zalmi by 47 runs.
HBL PSL Draft 2022
The PCB has decided the HBL PSL Draft 2022 will be held at the High Performance Centre in Lahore on Sunday, 12 December, with the event to kick-off at 3pm.
Each side will come to the draft with a maximum of eight player retentions from the last event. Following the finalisation of player categories, the transfer and retention window is now officially open and will close on 10 December.
In the Platinum Category, Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick, followed by Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in the Diamond Category, followed by Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans.
Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in the Gold Category, Peshawar Zalmi will have the first pick in the Silver Category, Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in Emerging Category and Quetta Gladiators will have the first pick in Supplementary Category.
Local players’ category renewals
The PCB, following a review and assessment process, has updated local players’ categories.
In the biggest moves, Pakistan wicketkeeper/batter and Multan Sultan’s captain Mohammad Rizwan (previously Silver), Asif Ali of Islamabad United (previously Gold) and Lahore Qalandars’ Haris Rauf (previously Diamond) have been placed in Platinum Category.
Multan Sultans’ Sohaib Maqsood, who was Player of HBL PSL 6, and Haider Ali of Peshawar Zalmi have moved up from Silver and Gold Categories to Diamond Category, respectively.
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja says:
“I am delighted that the HBL PSL 7 schedule has been announced. This will now get the ball rolling with the teams to start planning and finalising their line-ups and the PCB increasing the pace of the operational delivery to ensure they provide quality playing facilities for the players as well as five-star experience to the fans and our valued commercial partners.
“The HBL PSL 7 will also kick start what will be a bumper year for Pakistan cricket with the Australia men’s cricket team to play a full series in March-April with England men’s cricket side to tour Pakistan twice for white-ball and red ball cricket.”
Schedule (Matches from 27 Jan-7 Feb to be played at the National Stadium, Karachi; matches from 10-27 Feb 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
Friday’s double-headers – 3pm & 8pm
Other than Friday’s double-headers – 2pm & 7pm
All single-headers – 7pm