PSL-3: Glitzy opening ceremony underway at Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Pauline Gross
February 23, 2018

DSport will telecast the latest edition of the Pakistan Super League that begins from Thursday and will be played in Dubai. Three of the four playoff games will be played in Pakistan with two matches at Lahore's Gadaffi Stadium and the final in Karachi on March 25.

Launched in 2016 after years of deliberation, the PSL is an annual T20 league which sees six city-based franchises fight amongst each other for the title.

To make sure the opening ceremony is as spectacular as the tournament itself, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited a glut of Pakistani and worldwide superstars to perform at the event.

The ceremony kicked off with national anthem of Pakistan.

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The one worry people had about Multan Sultans was the absence of enough power hitters, Shoaib Malik's men instead topping up on classical batsmen.

They will take on defending champions Peshawar Zalmi in the opening match in Dubai Thursday, after a rousing opening ceremony set to include a performance by U.S. rapper Jason Derulo. However, Lahore and Karachi would be hosting couple of qualifiers and a final of the PSL respectively.

Busy schedules mean top foreign players such as England's Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales and Jason Roy are only available for part of the tournament as are Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmuddullah Riyadh. Last year, 24 matches happened, this year there will be 34.

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