Festivity or Cricket Passion? “PSL Comes Home”
HBL PSL season 5 is not less than a festival for Pakistani’s. People are coming out in great numbers. The response of Pakistan Super League season 5 is extremely commendable. Pakistan Super League is advanced to global events after the successful four seasons. Every season has made their strong impression of attracting foreign players throughout the cricket world.
Why HBL Pakistan Super League season 5 is different from the previous four editions, the major fact is whole HBL PSL is happening in Pakistan. People of different cities of Pakistan are coming in huge numbers to support their players. They got the chance to see their heroes live while performing on grounds. Pakistan hosts HBL PSL season 5 in four cities i.e. Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, and Karachi. The response from spectators of these cities is remarkable as all matches went jam-packed. Players are also enjoying such responses from their spectators.
To make this practical, all associated authorities under Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have faced serious concerns and obstacles in making this possible to bring the entire event of Pakistan Super League Season 5 in Pakistan.
The response from spectators of these cities is remarkable as all matches went jam-packed. Players are also enjoying such responses from their spectators.
Prime Minister Pakistan, Imran Khan who is also known as the successful Pakistan cricket team captain had commanded last year to the chief of Pakistan Cricket Board Mr Ehsan Mani to bring Pakistan Super League season 5 in Pakistan, this event is for the people of Pakistan, this is the passion for all cricket lovers in Pakistan. Foreign players, who have participated in HBL PSL season 5, enjoying their journey so far as they believe the environment, support from crowd and security arrangements are fantastic.
34 matches will be playing in this season of HBL PSL in between six teams i.e. defending champions Quetta Gladiators, Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi, Multan Sultans, Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings. Two biggest teams of the history of HBL PSL, Quetta Gladiators, and Peshawar Zalmi are yet to find the momentum and still looking to find their spot in knockout rounds. Quetta Gladiators playing for their defending title which leads by Sarfraz Ahmed the former captain of Pakistan Cricket team.
Umar Akmal had been dropped by Pakistan Cricket Board at the start of HBL PSL season 5 over some controversies against him which Quetta Gladiators face the biggest setback in their team combination. Azam Khan who is the son of Former wicketkeeper Captain of Pakistan Cricket Team has made his debut in place of Umar Akmal in his team. Quetta Gladiator is at the fifth spot in the recent point table of HBL PSL.
Peshawar Zalmi who has won the title of HBL PSL season 2, under the captaincy of Darren Sammy, who is the Caribbean star who had won the ICC World T20 for their country West Indies twice in his career. In his recent press conference held on the 5th of March 2020, Darren Sammy has announced his decision to quit as captain of Peshawar Zalmi due to fitness issues. Which further elaborated by former Head Coach of Peshawar Zalmi Mohammad Akram that Darren Sammy will serve as the Head Coach of Team Peshawar Zalmi for next two seasons.
As the contract in between Franchise and Darren Sammy has already been made as player and Coach. Wahab Riaz named as a new team captain for Peshawar Zalmi in this season of HBL PSL season 5. This has happening second time in the history of HBL PSL, initially same had happened with Karachi Kings in season one where Shoaib Malik had been replaced by Ravi Bopara as Captain of Karachi Kings during the season. Experts have their views that Karachi Kings has a strong team in this season of HBL PSL 5 so far and has the tendency to win the title for the first time. But the coming matches have taken the crucial situation as the weather has also providing threats of washouts. Who is going to be the winner of HBL PSL Season 5 will be decided on 22nd of March-2020, but PSL has won the heart of million people in the cricket world.