The 8th season of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL), Pakistan’s elite T20 cricket league begins today 13 February 2023, with reigning champs Lahore Qalandars travelling to the Multan Cricket Stadium to take on the winners of the 2021 edition and the finalists of the last, Multan Sultans in the opener. The match kicks off a month-long battle for the Supernova Trophy that ends on March 19, 2023.
The 34-match tournament is straightforward. 6 teams compete in a double round robin format with the top 4 making the knockout rounds that will eventually determine the winner.
PSL 8 will see top Pakistan names like Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi rub shoulders with the likes of proven T20 stars Rashid Khan, Imran Tahir, Matthew Wade, Alex Hales and David Miller.
The 4 venues for PSL 8 are Multan, Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Lahore.
All 6 have won the PSL at least once, so there are no early favourites as we get started.
– the inaugural champions, are the only side to win the PSL twice (the 2nd time in 2018)
Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Colin Munro, Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abrar Ahmed, Sohaib Maqsood, Rumman Raees, Zeeshan Zamir, Hassan Nawaz, Moeen Ali (available from March 14), Mubasir Khan, Tom Curran, Zafar Gohar, Gus Atkinson, Tymal Mills, Rassie van der Dussen
– were the first home side to lift the trophy when they beat Lahore Qalandars in Karachi in 2020
Haider Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shoaib Malik, Aamir Yamin, Mir Hamza, Sharjeel Khan, Qasim Akram, Matthew Wade, Imran Tahir, James Vince, James Fuller, Andrew Tye, Tayyab Tahir, Mohammad Akhlaq, Muhammad Irfan Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Mohammad Umar, Ben Cutting, Musa Khan, Faisal Akram, Adam Rossington
– Shaheen-led Qalandars are the defending champs
Rashid Khan, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, David Wiese, Abdullah Shafique, Harry Brook, Kamran Ghulam, Zaman Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Hussain Talat, Sikandar Raza, Liam Dawson, Dilbar Hussain, Mirza Tahir Baig, Ahmed Danlyal, Shawaiz Irfan, Jordan Cox, Jalat Khan, Ahsan Bhatti, Sam Billings, Shane Dadswell, Kusal Mendis
– won their maiden title in 2021
Mohammad Rizwan, Khushdil Shah, Rilee Rossouw, Shan Masood, Shahnawaz Dahani, Tim David, Abbas Afridi, Ihsanullah, David Miller, Josh Little, Akeal Hosein, Usama Mir, Usman Khan, Sameen Gul, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Sarwar, Adil Rashid, Arafat Minhas, Kieron Pollard, Ammad Butt, Wayne Parnell, Izharulhaq Naveed
– Winners of the 2017 edition
Babar Azam, Sherfane Rutherford, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Haris, Aamir Jamal, Salman Irshad, Tom-Kohler Cadmore, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rovman Powell, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Danish Aziz, Arshad Iqbal, Saim Ayub, Usman Qadir, Suifyan Muqeem, Haseeb Ullah, Jimmy Neesham, Khurram Shahzad, Haris Sohail, Richard Gleeson, Peter Hatzoglou
– finalists in the first 2 editions, won the PSL in 2019
Mohammad Nawaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, Jason Roy, Mohammad Hasnain, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Naveen ul Haq, Umar Akmal, Will Smeed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Naseem Shah, Odean Smith, Ahsan Ali, Umaid Asif, Muhammad Zahid, Abdul Bangalzai, Aimal Khan, Martin Guptill, Omair Bin Yousuf, Qais Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Dwaine Pretorius, Will Jacks, Nuwan Thushara