Shahid Afridi
Afridi will play under Darren Sammy for Peshawar Zalmi this season Reuters

Competition: Pakistan Super League 2017

Date: 9 February, Thursday to 7 March, Tuesday

Venue: United Arab Emirates and Pakistan

TV Coverage: In Singapore, there is no live TV coverage of PSL matches.

Live streaming: Cricket Gateway, PSL Youtube channel, OSN Play will provide live coverage online across the globe.

Overview

The second edition of Pakistan Super League Twenty20 begins at the Dubai International Stadium on 9 February with defending champions Islamabad United taking on Peshawar Zalmi and will conclude at Lahore on 17 March.

A total of five teams, which also includes last year's finalists Guetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars, play 24 matches across 21 days. Each team will play a double-legged round robin group stage and the top-four will progress to the play-offs, which will see battle between first and second-placed teams and also the third and fourth-placed teams.

PSL, this year, has three foreign captains - Kumar Sangakkara (Karachi), Brendon McCullum (Lahore) and Darren Sammy (Peshawar) along with Pakistan internationals Misbah-ul-Haq (Islamabad) and Sarfraz Ahmed (Quetta). Islamabad are among the strongest outfits on paper with the likes of Shane Watson, Sam Billings, Sharjeel Khan, Samuel Badree and Saeed Ajmal in their ranks.

Chris Gayle's presence makes Karachi a unit to watch out for while McCullum's Lahore has the likes of Yasir Shah, Umar Akmal, Jason Roy and James Franklin. Shahid Afridi will ply his trade with Peshawar along with Mohammad Hafeez, Shakib Al Hasan, Eoin Morgan, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Wahab Riaz.

TV Schedule

Pakistan: Ten Sports, PTV, Geo Super

Sri Lanka: Ten Sports, CSN

UK: Prime TV

West Indies: Flow TV

Bangladesh: Gazi TV

UAE: OSN Sports

Teams News

Islamabad United: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Shane Watson, Steven Finn, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Samuel Badree, Mohammad Sami, Khalid Latif, Brad Haddin, Sam Billings, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Dwayne Smith, Ben Duckkett, Shadab Khan, Zohaib Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Imran Khalid, Asif Ali, Rumman Raees, Syed Muzammil Shah
Karachi Kings: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Shoaib Malik, Chris Gayle, Babar Azam, Ravi Bopara, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Safiullah Bangash, Shazaib Hasan, Sohail Khan, Kieron Pollard, Ryan McLaren, Khurram Manzoor, Kashif Bhatti, Abrar Ahmed, Abdul Hameed/Hasan Mohsin, Mahela Jayawardene, Usama Mir, Rahat Ali, Amad Alam
Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (captain), Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Eoin Morgan, Wahab Riaz, Tilakaratne Dilshan, Mohammad Hafeez, Chris Jordan, Samit Patel, Kamran Akmal, Iftikhar Ahmed, Harris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Asghar, Marlon Samuels, Andre Fletcher, Khushdil Shah, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imran Khan (jr), Junaid Khan, M. Irfan Khan
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Umar Gul, Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Nawaz, Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright, Rilee Rossouw, Mahmudullah Riyad, Anwar Ali, Tymal Mills, Hassan Khan, Nathan McCullum, Thisara Perera, Bismillah Khan, Mir Hamza, Zulfiqar Babar, Saad Nasim, Umar Amin, Noor Wali
Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum (captain), Azhar Ali, Aamer Yamin, Sohail Tanvir, Sunil Narine, Umar Akmal, Jason Roy, Yasir Shah, James Franklin, Mohammad Rizwan, Cameron Delport, Fakhar Zaman, Bilawal Bhatti, Ghulam Mudassar, Usman Qadir, Grant Elliot, Chris Green, Saif Badar, Mohammad Irfan (Jr.), Zafar Gohar

Tournament Schedule

DateMatchVenueTime
9 February, FridayPeshawar v IslamabadDubai12am SGT (Saturday)
10 February, SaturdayLahore v QuettaDubai7:30pm SGT
10 February, SaturdayKarachi v PeshawarDubai12am SGT (Sunday)
11 February, SundayIslamabad v LahoreDubai7:30pm SGT
11 February, SundayQuetta v KarachiDubai12am SGT (Monday)
12 February, MondayPeshawar v LahoreDubai12am SGT (Tuesday)
15 February, WednesdayIslamabad v QuettaSharajah12am SGT (Thursday)
16 February, ThursdayLahore v KarachiSharjah12am SGT (Friday)
17 February, FridayPeshawar v QuettaSharjah7:30pm SGT
17 February, FridayKarachi v IslamabadSharjah12am SGT (Saturday)
18 February, SaturdayQuetta v LahoreSharjah7:30pm SGT
18, February, SaturdayIslamabad v PeshawarSharjah12am SGT (Sunday)
19, February, SundayPeshawar v KarachiSharjah12am SGT (Monday)
20 February, MondayLahore v IslamabadSharjah12am SGT (Tuesday)
23 February, ThursdayKarachi v QuettaDubai12am SGT (Friday)
24 February, FridayPeshawar v LahoreDubai7:30pm SGT
24 February, FridayQuetta v IslamabadDubai12am SGT (Saturday)
25 February, SaturdayLahore v KarachiDubai7:30pm SGT
25 February, SaturdayPeshawar v QuettaDubai12am SGT (Sunday)
26 February, SundayKarachi v IslamabadDubai12am SGT (Monday)
28 February, TuesdayPlayoff 1: Team 1 v Team 2Sharjah12am SGT (Wednesday)
1 March, WednesdayPlayoff 2: Team 3 v Team 4Sharjah12am SGT (Thursday)
3 March, FridayPlayoff 3: Loser PLayoff 1 v Winner Playoff 2Dubai12am SGT (Saturday)
7 March, TuesdayFinalLahore8pm SGT