“Worst ever anthem of the PSL."
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is fast approaching and to get everyone in the cricketing spirit, the PSL has released its official 2020 anthem, ‘Tayyar Hain’ on Tuesday, 28 January 2020.
Over the last four years, the Pakistan Super League has a tradition of releasing an official anthem in the run-up to the tournament.
This years anthem features the vocals of Pakistan’s finest musician including Ali Azmat, Haroon, Asim Azhar and Arif Lohar.
It was composed by Xulfi and the official video was directed by Kamal Khan who is best known for the Pakistani crime thriller, Laal Kabootar (2019).
In the video, fans can be seen celebrating the homecoming of the T20 league. This is the first time that the entire league will be held in Pakistani since 2009.
As a result of the unfortunate attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore, March 2009, foreign players refused to travel to Pakistan over safety concerns.
Since then, the Men in Green were forced to adopt the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as their second home.
After years of cricketing isolation in the country, Pakistan is set to welcome back the entire PSL league matches on home soil starting February 20, 2020.
Despite this nationwide excitement, it seems the anthem has failed to impress fans of the game. One Twitter user by the name Sardar Adnan Imran said:
“Worst ever anthem of the PSL. Expectations were so high and in the end when I heard the anthem it was like ‘5 mint waste Kar die.” (5 minutes wasted).
— Sardar Adnan (@Chishmish_hon) January 29, 2020
In particular many took to Twitter to ridicule Asim Azhar’s performance in the video. One user said:
“So January wasn’t Coronavirus and WW3 (World War Three) enough that you gave us Asim Azhar on a PSL song?”
Another user said: “Asim Azhar’s part in PSL anthem hits differently on mute.”
Fans also went on to compare ‘Tayyar Hain’ (2020) to Ali Zafar’s PSL anthem, ‘Abb Khel Jamay Ga’ (2017).
A Twitter called Chatter box said: “No one can match the level of Ali Zafar’s PSL anthems.”
Faizan Rasul took to Twitter to share a picture of a horse that started on being drawn well but got worse.
He captioned it: The official journey of #PSL anthems all 5 seasons #TayyarHain #PSL2020.”
Unfortunately, it seems the PSL Anthem 2020 has miserably failed to impress cricketing fans in Pakistan. We will have to wait and see if the anthem manages to attracts fans during the PSL or if it continues to draw criticism.