What is This PSL 6 Hype All About?
Pakistan Super League is a T20 tournament arranged annually by the Pakistan Cricket Board. The purpose of the PSL emerged in 2007 during the regime of Dr Nasim Ashraf, the chairman of PCB. It took 8 years to live with the plan. In 2016, the first version of PSL came live, featuring five teams from Pakistan’s major cities: Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Quetta, and Peshawar.
It’s a three-week competition scheduled between February and March of every year. To date, five editions have been completed. Now we are witnessing the most awaited PSL6 in 2021. This is the second time Pakistan will host the league. Before, the bulk of the matches were hosted in the United Arab Emirates and were broadcasted.
The big news!
The Pakistan Cricket Board has got permission to allow spectators in Stadium during PSL 6 Group Matches. About 20 percent of the fans will be allowed in the stadium following the SOPs of Covid-19. The event will begin from 20th February and will go on till 22nd March. The decision was made official by Pakistan Cricket Board after they got permission from NCOC. NCOC allowed the entry of spectators into the stadium after a detailed briefing by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
This decision means that 7500 spectators will be allowed at the National Stadium of Karachi, while 5500 spectators will be allowed at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. The fans will have to follow Covid-19 Protocols. Meanwhile, a decision on how many spectators will be allowed during the Playoffs and the Final of the event will be made later.
The Grooving Anthem is here!
So the wait is here, and it’s the PSL time! While we remain meekly for the craziness to take over, the first impression of what’s to arrive in here at last. The much-awaited PSL anthem has ultimately released, featuring Naseebo Laal, Aima Baig, and our very own Young Stunners!
Named Groove Mera, the first thing that would catch your eye is the vibrance of the video. Video director by Fida Moin has topped his play. While the audience criticized the early PSL anthems for having darker videos, it seems like this time around. They won’t be having the same complaint.
The track begins with Naseebo Lal’s powerful vocals, and as she takes hold, the audience is ensured to begin grooving to the anthem. We move on to hear Aima Baig, who, in her prototypical way, gives strong vocals. Moving ahead, we see Young Stunners making an entrance as they rap their way into the song. The artists themselves have written the rap.
Created and produced by recent EP chief man Adnan Dhool and Xulfi, Groove Mera promises to be with you. The track was shot a few weeks ago, keeping in mind the Covid-19 SOPs. We see singers, cricketers, and fans in different settings to remember social distancing. Apart from the artists, we also see Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan, and Sarfaraz Ahmed.
The previous year, fans were left unsatisfied with Ali Azmat, Asim Azhar, and Haroon Shahid’s PSL anthem, Tayyar Hain. The star-studded alliance sank to make an impression on the fans, resulting in poking fun at the song. Azhar says, “As a crazy cricket fan, I understand the significance that cricket and PSL hold for my Pakistani fellows. With that, I’m sorry for not meeting the expectations of those fans. I know you guys waited long enough for this period of the year.”
“You have all the rights to like and dislike for sure, but kindly understand we all do this for the same reason, for the improvement of cricket, PSL, and most importantly, our Pakistan. All the anthems of PSL are OUR anthems. If you don’t like a certain one, unfortunately, you have others to enjoy them as well,” he said.
“Please try to refrain and stick to criticism only. Making personal remarks, degrading comments, or saying someone should die just for a few likes isn’t cool,” he said.
The Heroic Squad
The PSL is not just about the memic anthem, but it has got some passionate teams with enthusiastic captains!
We have the champion of Karachi Kings leading by the brilliant captain Imad Wasim, and there’s no doubt that Islamabad United is also not coming slow! The very energetic Shadab Khan leads the team. When we talk about a strong and passionate team, Lahore Qalandars never stay back. The team’s captain is the perfect right-armed bowler, Sohail Akhtar. Yet, how can the fascinating team be leftover? Zalmis are never too old for PSL! The most loved fast bowler Wahab Riaz is the captain of this adorable team. And yes, the unforgettable “Kyun k Sarfaraz Dhoka Nahi Dega!” team Quetta Gladiator is still there. Our very own Sarfaraz Ahmed leads this heroic team.
And last but not least, the team with our best leader, Multan Sultans! Though Shahid Afridi (Lala) isn’t leading this team yet, he has our heart. Our Kuwaiti leader, Shan Masood, leads Multan Sultans.
Online Streaming and Live Broadcast
It’s been 6 total matches till now, and we still have a lot to watch!
Just like a few past years’ versions, this time, Pakistan Super League will be watched on Youtube. The formal Youtube channels of Pakistan’s only Sports channel, Geo Super(Geo Network), and PTV Sports by Pakistan Telecommunication network will live stream all the PSL Action in High definition.
Youtube Streaming is only open in Pakistan. If you’re an international viewer, you need to have a VPN.
CricketGateway keeps the official worldwide streaming rights internationally. You can watch the performance on Cricketgateway from anywhere in the world.
Official Broadcasting TV Channels
PSL 6 is globally live broadcasted on the following channels.
As the event is going live, let’s expect this one to be a big bang in Pakistan and spread out as the best entertainment of 2021.
Sharline Saleem is a content writer by day and an avid reader by night. Her mission is to share her knowledge with people around the globe. She has been writing for 2 years about diverse subjects, but is more interested in technology, music, and lifestyle