PSL 2017 was indeed a celebration of the revival of cricket in Pakistan. It was a day of PSL2 2017 final when Pakistanis, cricket, and sports have overcome terrorism and violence, prevailed in the region. At one time, organizers of this tournament were facing match-fixing issues, security challenges and the rumors of international players pulling out of the final. However, as the event entered its mid phase, the excitement and participation of the international players and crowd, changed the whole scenario. During the PSL2 final, people thronged the Gaddafi Stadium irrespective of recent terrorist attacks in Lahore.
Here we have included some amazing happenings of PSL2 2017 that you would love to know.
PSL2 Opening Ceremony
Pakistan Super League (PSL2) started with a grand opening ceremony at Dubai International Stadium. After the national anthems of Pakistan, the crowd warming performances by Jamaican pop star Shaggy and Pakistani singers Shahzad Roy and Ali Zafar entertained the audience. Apart from this, LED light show and a mesmerizing fireworks display also enhanced the festivity of this mega event .
PSL2 2017 Trophy
The sparkling trophy for Pakistan Super League 2017 (PSL2) was officially revealed at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Najam Sethi, Chairman PSL unveiled the dazzling trophy. The PSL2 Trophy shines with more than 50,000 crystal fine rocks. This worthy to watch crystal-studded sculpture was made with precision-cut technology. It took four months to give final shape to this unique trophy and its inspiration was taken from the Galaxy of stars.
What’s new about PSL2 2017
The signings of various new players had energized the season2 of the PSL 2017. However, some notable mentors and coaches were also included to boost the league’s campaign. The top most addition is Younis Khan, who remained unpicked by the franchises in the first PSL. Nevertheless, he was selected as mentor and batting coach by Peshawar Zalmi. This decision of the management of Peshawar Zalmi has paid off with respect to the performance of the batsmen.
In addition, Abdul Razak who was away from Pakistan cricketing scenes for a long time got his place in Quetta Gladiators as bowling coach. Similarly, the Lahore Qalandars declared Aaqib Javed as Director of Cricket Operations.
Summary of Some Outstanding Matches of PSL 2017
The most interesting match was played between Quetta gladiators and Lahore Qalandars. Lahore Qalandars scored massive 200 runs, which was unbelievably chased by Quetta gladiators after a great fight. Kevin Petersen was the top scorer with smashing 88 runs from 42 balls. Another outstanding competition was witnessed in 1st qualifying final played between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. Zalmi put 199 runs on the board and the same was chased by Gladiators at the loss of 7 wickets. Ahmad Shehzad played a memorable inning while scoring 71 runs of 38 balls.
The 3rd qualifying final was played at Dubai international cricket stadium between Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi kings. Zalmi while playing first gave a target of 181 runs at the loss of 3 wickets. On the other hand, Karachi Kings could reach up to 157 runs. Zalmi won this match by 24 runs and the brilliant innings of Kamran Akmal (104/65) played a key role for his team.
Intensive Security Measures for PSL 2017 Final
Amid speculations and threats, especially after recent terrorist attacks, it was indeed a daring decision to conduct PSL2 final in Lahore. In order to secure this event, a five-layer unprecedented security plan was devised. Pakistan Army, Rangers and Punjab police took control of Qadhafi Stadium and its surrounding areas one day before the PSL2 final. Similarly, vigilance teams were deployed for the security of high profile guests and international players.
These extraordinary measures were necessary to ensure a safe environment for this event and pave a way for revival of international cricket in Pakistan. Hence, the commendable role our security and law enforcement agencies for conducting a highly secure PSL2 would surely be remembered for the years to come.
Highlights of PSL Final 2017
The final of Pakistan Super League 2 was held at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore on Sunday 5 March 2017. This was possibly the most positive and the biggest news for Pakistani cricket enthusiasts and the whole world. Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators were the two best teams of the tournament who made through the finals. Peshawar Zalmi put reasonable 148 scores on the board and Quetta Gladiator lost all their wickets for just 90 runs. Darren Sammy, Zalmi’s captain was the man of the match with an individual score of 28 included three sixes and one boundary.
Man of the Tournament for PSL 2017
The final of PSL 2017 turned out to be a memorable day for wicket keeper and batsman of Peshawar Zalmi, Kamran Akmal. He proudly received three awards including Man of the tournament, best wicket keeper and that of the best batsman of the tournament. Akmal played 11 innings in total and scored 353 essential runs for his team. Moreover, his score of 104 in one inning was also the highest score of the tournament. This might be his chance to rejoin international squad of Pakistani cricket team. Kamran was rejoiced at this moment and stated that he has gained much confidence from this event.
ICC willing to send World XI team to Pakistan
After conducting a successful PSL2017 final at Lahore, PCB has won the trust of ICC. The management of ICC is willing to send World Xl to Pakistan for T20 series in Sept 2017. The PSL chairman Najam Sethi confirmed this news and shared his best wishes for the revival of international cricket in Pakistan. He also unveiled that PCB is having words with cricket boards of other countries like West Indies and Bangladesh to hold international series in Pakistan.
PSL 2018 Final will be Held in Karachi
PCB has declared that the final of PSL3 2018 is going to be held in Karachi. Sheharyar Khan, Chairman PCB has shared these thoughts with media after the success of PSL 2017. Moreover, he also stated that in the final of PSL3 more participation of the crowd would be facilitated by increasing the numbers of economy class tickets.