After nearly a decade of anticipation, the Pakistan Super League T20 franchise cricket tournament has arrived, and fans can watch the 13th match streaming live online as Islamabad United faces Peshawar Zalmi on Friday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Due to security fears inside Pakistan, the five-team Super League will be played, like all of the Pakistan national cricket team's home games, in the United Arab Emirates — a short, two-hour flight across the Persian Gulf from Karachi, Pakistan.
UPDATE: February 11: Watch the 11th Pakistan Super League match, Islamabad United Vs. Peshawar Zalmi, streaming live online right on this page, in the video below.
At first glance, the PSL may seem like yet another entry in the increasingly busy annual calendar of T20 franchise tournaments that includes the Australian Big Bash League, Caribbean Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, South Africa's Ram Slam T20, and of course the most successful of them all, the Indian Premier League, among many others.
But for the cricket scene in Pakistan, the inaugural Super League represents a significant step forward for the sport's development in the cricket-crazy country, both in terms of international prestige and development of domestic talent. The PSL has already been deemed "the biggest thing to happen" for Pakistan cricket by no less than national team legend and former captain Wasim Akram.
"All the young cricketers would be rubbing shoulders with some of the greats of the modern game like Shane Watson, Kevin Pietersen, Chris Gayle, Brad Haddin, Andre Russell, living with them, watching them for 20-odd days, watching their training drills, what is their psyche," Akram said in an interview with ESPNCricinfo this week.
Akram also said that the "long term plan" calls for the Super League to actually play in Pakistan.
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UPDATE: February 11: To watch the 13th match of the long-awaited and hotly anticipated first-ever edition of the Pakistan Super League, Islamabad United Vs. Peshawar Zalmi, live online, watch the video above, or see the streaming links found in the final paragraph of this article.
The match is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Gulf Standard Time at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday, February 10. That's 9 p.m. for fans watching the live stream in Pakistan. And for United States-based cricket fans, the start time will be 11 a.m. Eastern Time, 8 a.m. Pacific.
The Quetta Gladiators boast a powerful batting lineup featuring imported stars Kevin Pietersen of England and Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara. Captained by Pakistan national wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, Quetta also stars Pakistan fast bowlers Answar Ali and Umar Gul. England all-rounder Luke Wright and Zimbabwe Captain Elton Chigumbura round out the foreign contingent for Quetta.
Australians Shane Watson and Brad Haddin lead the overseas corps for Islamabad United, along with Andre "Superman" Russell of the West Indies and England wicketkeeper Sam Billings.
Pakistan's own seven-foot fast bowling sensation Mohammad Irfan, off-break spinner Babar Azam, and longtime national team skipper Misbah-ul-Haq highlight the roster of domestic players on the United squad.
Watch a full preview of the all-new Pakistan Super League tournament in the video below from Cricket World.
The other three team rosters in the Pakistan Super League also sport a who's who of international all-stars. Power-batting West Indies superstar Chris Gayle, Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga, Bangledesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, and England bowler Chris Jordan are just a few big names who will feature in the 24 Pakistan Super League matches that run from February 4 until the championship final on February 23.
To watch the 2016 Pakistan Super League 13th match, Islamabad United Vs. Peshawar Zalmi, live online, go to Cricket Gateway at this link — or try this link for other streaming options. All 24 Pakistan Super League matches will be streamed live in Pakistan on YouTube, through a deal between the PSL and Google, at this link. To watch the live stream on mobile devices, download the Cricket Gateway app.
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