Fifth edition of PSL kicks off with colourful opening ceremony

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Staff Report

Islamabad

The fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) kicked off with style at a dazzling opening ceremony at National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday evening.

Renowned artists including Abrar-ul-Haq, Aima Baig, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sajjad Ali, Sanam Marvi entertained the crowd during the colourful ceremony.

Ali Azmat, Arif Lohar, Haroon and Asim Azhar performed PSL 2020’s anthem “Tayyar Hain”.

A large number of sports personalities, artists, politicians and cricket fans attended the ceremony.

The provincial government has made all the arrangements for the event and security measures have been put in place with deployment of Rangers and police personnel at all the key points and surrounding areas of the venue.

It is for the first time that all the matches of PSL are being played in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan while final of the event will be held at Lahore.

Congratulating the people of Karachi, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah stated that in the past, he had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to stage at least a single match in Karachi.

“But it was not possible at the time,” he said, adding that the credit for the opening ceremony goes entirely to the people of Karachi. Thanking the PCB, he called for the people to show the world the true spirit of Karachi.

Meanwhile, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani stated that in 2019 the board had promised that the entirety of the tournament will be staged in Pakistan, and today the board has fulfilled that promise.