The exciting seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 7) is set to begin on tomorrow (Thursday 26.01.2022) at the famous National Stadium in Karachi. The defending champions Multan Sultans will be facing off against 2020 champions Karachi Kings after a curtain-raiser opening ceremony.
Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans
In the first PSL 7 match Karachi Kings will be led by Pakistan Captain Babar Azam, who set the record for most T20I wins as captain in a calendar year. Babar Azam is also named ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year. Multan Sultans will be led by Mohammad Rizwan, the first-ever batter to score more than 1,000 T20I runs in a calendar year.
In a statement, Babar Azam said: “I am very excited to be leading Karachi Kings this season. This is the first instance that I will be captaining in the PSL 7 and I am looking forward to it.”
“The first match of the tournament always has a lot of eyeballs and Multan Sultans can prove to be tough opposition. I am sure the fans will get to see a thrilling contest,” he added.
Mohammad Rizwan has pledged to defend his PSL title.
Meanwhile, defending captain Mohammad Rizwan has stated that the team have all of the necessary components to retain the title.
He said: “We have all the potential to defend our PSL title and we will be taking the field tomorrow with that mindset. This season will present us with new challenges and we will have to plan accordingly.
“Babar Azam is a wonderful batter and captain, and his leadership will certainly have a good impact on Karachi Kings. I am hopeful that the HBL PSL 7 will kick off with a great contest between the two sides,” he added.
Seating Capacity limited to 25% in PSL 7
According to a decision from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the seating capacity for all matches in Karachi has been lowered to 25%, with a decision on the number of spectators in Lahore to be made later. This edition’s health and safety protocols can be found here.
PS L7 Schedule
The first 15 games will be held at National Stadium till February 7, after which the action will shift to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, which will host the final 19 games from February 10 to 27.