"I will always remember this victory."
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is one of the most exciting and exhilarating global T20 cricket events.
Ever since the PSL came to fruition in 2016, fans have got to witness some brilliant cricket, featuring some of the biggest stars from the world.
The Pakistan Super League has evolved and seen it all. This includes vision, creativity, performances, incidents, a winning mentality and vitality.
There are various facts on and off the cricket field which make the PSL a unique event in comparison to other leagues worldwide.
Some of these facts reflect a positive beacon of hope for many, especially cricket players.
DESIblitz dives in deeper by presenting 5 cricket facts about the Pakistan Super League that every cricket enthusiast should know.
Qatar was to Host the PSL
With no major cricket tournaments happening at home, the inaugural 2016 season was planning to go ahead in Doha, Qatar.
Despite, the UAE being the original choice, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to host it in Qatar.
The reason for shifting came after the PSL was clashing with the Masters Champions League.
At the time, the PCB Executive Head, Najam Sethi had said:
“After extensive negotiations with various stakeholders, the Pakistan Super League governing council has decided to lock Doha as its preferred location for the tournament.”
But later, the PCB managed to arranged the PSL in the UAE, with the Emirates Cricket Board.
In the long run, this was a good move for the PCB, with the UAE having better cricket infrastructure. It was also more financially viable.
Qatar in comparison only has the West End International Stadium.
For Qatar, it was definitely an opportunity, which went begging away, especially to develop the game.
Nevertheless, if more international grounds are constructed in Qatar, then major events can take place there.
Pakistan Super League Logo and Player Resemblance
The Pakistan Super League logo strongly resembles former Pakistani dashing all-rounder Abdul Razzaq.
It is the bowling action of Razzaq that the logo seems to have taken inspiration from.
The most striking similarity is the hand up in the air ready to deliver the ball, with the other arm going straight across just beneath it.
The designers of the PSL logo have cleverly put a twist to the league’s emblem. This is because, in the logo, the animated bowler is delivering the ball left-handed.
Whereas Razzaq was a right-arm fast-medium bowler during his prime cricket days.
Aloo Parantha, a fan went on a PakPassion cricket forum, highlighting the likeness stating:
“Yes, it look like a left handed Razzaq”
Anfield, another supporter said it “looks like a mirror-image of Razzaq.” Whilst, it may be a mere coincidence, the PSL logo is definitely a look-alike of Abdul Razzaq.
Interestingly, Razzaq did not feature in a single PSL edition. However, he did go on to become the Assistant Coach for the Quetta Gladiators.
Mohammad Aamir and Junaid Khan Hat-Tricks
The first two hat-tricks of the Pakistan Super League were taken by Pakistani left-arm fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan.
Mohammad Amir took the first hat-trick in PSL history during the first edition in 2016.
Representing Karachi Kings, he sent three Lahore Qalandar batsmen back to the pavilion on consecutive deliveries on February 5, 2016.
His first delivery hit the middle batsman stuff of Dwanye Bravo (14). He then had Zohaib Khan caught behind by wicketkeeper Saifullah Bangash for zero.
Finally, Kevon Cooper was adjudged lbw also for a golden duck.
Junaid claimed his hat trick also against the same opposition as in Qalandars during the third edition of the PSL.
Junaid went onto pick three wickets on successive balls when playing for the Multan Sultans. This was on February 23, 2018.
Yasir Shah (0) was his first victim, with wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara taking an easy catch.
Cameron Delport (3) then found Ahmed Shehzad at deep mid-wicket. Lastly, Raza Hasan hit the ball straight to Shoaib Malik at short-midwicket without scoring a run.
Intriguingly, both Amir and Junaid completed hat-tricks under the captaincy of Shoaib Malik each on a Friday at the Dubai International Stadium.
Islamabad United win the 2018 PSL without Regular Captains
Islamabad United became the 2018 Pakistan Super champions in the absence of their captain and vice-captain.
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq had to miss the final versus Peshawar Zalmi on March 25, 2018, due to a wrist hairline fracture.
Whilst his deputy, fast-medium bowler Rumman Rees saw a knee injury ruling him out well before the final.
This left Jeal-Paul Duminy of South Africa in charge. Duminy led his troops well, considering he had to stand in.
Islamabad made 157-7 from 16.4 overs in reply to Zalmi’s 148-9. Thus, Islamabad comfortably won by three wickets, with nineteen balls to spare.
Before departing from Karachi, Duminy highlighted this special win saying:
“I will always remember this victory.”
He went on to describe the win as an “unbelievable” experience, even though the team was “under a lot of pressure.”
Being the vice-captain of the South African team, definitely came to his advantage.
Keiron Pollard – Obstructing the Field
All-rounder, Kieron Pollard from the West Indies became the first batsman in the PSL to be given out from a rare situation.
The match in question was between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United at the National Stadium, Karachi on March 15, 2019.
The incident came in the 18th over, after right-arm fast-medium bowler, Faheem Ashraf bowled a delivery to Pollard.
Playing for Peshawar, Pollard did not connect with a yorker-length ball, which wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi did not grasp properly.
Pollard and Zalmi captain Darren Sammy were quick to run a single. And then Pollard wanted a second.
Fearing danger, Sammy had no interest in running two. Hence, he did not move. However, as Pollard went running down the pitch, when a throw was targeting the stumps, he put his left leg in the way to block the ball.
Islamabad United appealed instantly as Pollard (37) was out obstructing the field.
Summarising his wicket, the official Twitter account for ESPNcricinfo, tweeted:
“Kieron Pollard is dismissed obstructing the field!”
“He kicks the incoming throw away as he is left stranded near the bowler’s end following a mix-up with Darren Sammy”
Law 37.1 of the cricket rule clearly states:
“Either batsman is out Obstructing the field if he wilfully obstructs or distracts the fielding side by word or action.”
Therefore, in this instance, it was the correct decision to give Kieron Pollard out.
There are plenty of other facts that many will probably not know about. For example, Swarovski was the first major designer for the Pakistan Super League trophy from 2017 to 2019.
Heading into the future, there will be many more interesting facts relating to the Pakistan Super Leagues, especially when it comes to batting and bowling.
Cricket fans are always on the radar, sharing a variety of facts, particularly on social media.