KARACHI: The opening ceremony of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 kicked off Thursday, with fans demonstrating excitement and enthusiasm as more than 300 artists are set to deliver high-octane performances before Islamabad United locks horns with the Quetta Gladiators.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairperson Ehsan Mani were in attendance.
Taking the stage, Mani thanked the fans, saying he hoped they “have a great time!”
“You’re the real reason behind PSL’s success. I can’t thank you all enough,” he said.
“PSL has become the biggest brand of Pakistan because of you. Thank you for coming here, I hope you have a great time! Pakistan is opening its door to the rest of the world,” he added.
“Pakistan is love, Pakistan Zindabaad [long live, Pakistan]!”
Quetta Gladiators and the Islamabad United will lock horns as the two-time champions face off against arguably the strongest team in the tournament and defending champions Quetta Gladiator.
Thousands of fans in the stadium will be on the edge of their seats and millions around the globe will be glued to their television sets as renowned artists like Abrar-ul-Haq, Aima Baig, Abu Mohammad, Fareed Ayaz, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sajjad Ali, Sanam Marvi, and rock band Soch embellish the ceremony with their breath-taking performances.
Ali Azmat, Arif Lohar, Haroon, and Asim Azhar will perform PSL 2020’s anthem “Tayyar Hain”.
The glittery ceremony — which will be held before the opening match of the tournament between defending champions Quetta Gladiators and two-time champion Islamabad United — will also include riveting acts and a spectacular fireworks show.
The match begins at 9PM.
Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hasnain, Ahsan Ali, Naseem Shah, Jason Roy, Ben Cutting, Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills, Abdul Nasir, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Keemo Paul, Khurram Manzoor, Zahid Mehmood
Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali, Luke Ronchi, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Musa Khan, Rizwan Hussain, Dale Steyn, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Rumman Raees, Phil Salt, Zafar Gohar, Akif Javed, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Saif Badar, Dawid Malan