UAE to host matches for Pakistan Super League next year

Muhammad Hafiz (seen here) will essay the role of Lahore Qalandar's new captain. (Photo Courtesy – PSL Twitter account)
Updated 15 December 2018

UAE to host matches for Pakistan Super League next year

  • Several foreign players are expected to participate in the event's fourth edition
  • Out of 34 matches, the final eight will be played in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The countdown has begun for the 2019 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) after the Pakistan Cricket Board announced the schedule on Friday, with the first match to take place in the UAE on February 14.

The final, however, will be played in Karachi on March 17, a statement released by the PSL read.

“34 matches will be played in the fourth edition and for the first time in the short history of this highly-successful tournament, Lahore and Karachi will share eight matches between them at the backend of the 32-day event,” it said.

It added that 14 matches will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, four matches at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi while eight matches will take place in Sharjah.

South Africa's AB de Villiers and Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe, and Steve Smith of Australia are three out of the 19 players who are expected to make their PSL debut next year.


De Silva hundred in rain-hit historic Pakistan Test

Updated 15 December 2019

De Silva hundred in rain-hit historic Pakistan Test

  • Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 308-6 after 20 minutes of batting on day five
  • The second Test will be played in Karachi from December 19

RAWALPINDI: Middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva completed his century on the fifth and final day against Pakistan in Rawalpindi on Sunday, the first Test in the country since 2009 shooting.
The 28-year-old right-hander drove paceman Mohammad Abbas to cover boundary for his 15th boundary to complete his sixth Test hundred in his 28th Test.
Sri Lanka, who had won the toss and batted, declared their first innings at 308-6 after 20 minutes of batting on day five as the rain-affected Test is set to end in a draw after almost three days of play were lost.
De Silva remained unbeaten on 102 after 241 minutes of batting, having come at the score of 127-4 on Thursday. He hit 15 boundaries. Dilruwan Perera remained unbeaten on 16.
Any hopes of a result in Pakistan’s historic Test have been dashed by rain and bad light which ended the first day’s play after 68.1 overs.
Only 18.2 overs were possible on day two, 5.2 on the third and the fourth day’s play was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The pick of the Pakistan bowlers were 16-year-old pace bowler Naseem Shah who took 2-92 and Shaheen Shah Afridi with 2-58.
The Test is the first in Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus killed eight people in March 2009, leading to the suspension of international cricket in the country as foreign teams refused to visit over security fears.
The second Test is in Karachi from December 19.