The seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League to kick-off from January 27, 2022

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Multan Sultans lifting the trophy of the seventh edition of PSL

The seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is all set to start from January 27, 2022, with the draft to be slated from next Sunday (December 12). 

The seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is all set to kick off from January 27, 2022, with the draft to be slated from next Sunday (December 12). 

The league has been pushed back by a month to make room for the upcoming Australia tour in March-April.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has divided the matches between Karachi and Lahore. The first 15 games of the season will take place in Karachi from January 27 to February 9, and the last 19 in Lahore including the final on February 27.

The draft will also see a couple of changes for the players in the categories, with Mohammad Rizwan, who led Multan Sultans to the title last year to the Islamabad United batter Asif Ali and Lahore Qalandars bowler Haris Rauf, who are all now in the Platinum bracket.

Each of the six sides will join the drafting session with a maximum of eight retentions from the last tournament. Following the finalization of players and their categories, the transfer and retention window closes on December 10.

“I am delighted that the HBL PSL 7 schedule has been announced,”

said Ramiz Raja, the PCB chairman. 

“This will now get the ball rolling with teams planning and finalizing their line-ups and the PCB increasing the pace of the operational delivery to ensure they provide quality playing facilities for the players as well as five-star experience to the fans and our valued commercial partners.

“The HBL PSL 7 will also kick start what will be a bumper year for Pakistan cricket with the Australia men’s cricket team to play a full series in March-April with England men’s cricket side to tour Pakistan twice for white-ball and red-ball cricket.”

Apart from all other changes, the schedule has been drawn up to ensure all teams get equal games in Karachi and Lahore – the only two venues picked as hosts this edition – and likewise, an equal number of games will be played under lights.

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