The stunning Pakistan Super League 2019 trophy was unveiled in a packed press-conference at the Dubai International Stadium. The same venue will kick-start the league on Thursday with a sparkling opening ceremony followed by a clash between heavyweights Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars.
The press-conference was graced by the presence of the six captains along with the Chairman PCB Ehsan Mani, Chief Marketing Officer HBL Naveed Asghar, and the Swarovski representative, Arsalan Saif.
“The HBL PSL 2019 is set to provide incredible excitement to cricket fans all around the world; we thank our sponsors, partners, the six franchises and all stakeholders who have contributed in putting together this cricket extravaganza. We look forward to seeing a competitive tournament with a galaxy of international and Pakistan stars showcasing their talent.” Ehsan Mani exclaimed.
The other two personalities present at the press conference, Naveed Asghar and Arsalan Saif, also gave their remarks about the brilliant opportunity that the PSL presents to the sponsors and how the league has become an international brand.
Newly appointed captain of the defending champs Islamabad United, Mohammad Sami, said: “It is a huge honour for me to be given this responsibility to lead Islamabad United this year. I have looked at the squad and there are so many options for us. The young guys have impressed everyone in our training sessions and we are carrying on our tradition of developing the emerging talent of Pakistan. I hope I can lead this group to another HBL PSL trophy.
We are all working really hard but in the end, we just want to keep things simple, play good cricket and if we do that then the results will come on their own.”
The 2017 PSL winning captain Darren Sammy revealed, “All six teams are very balanced and that is good because we will get to see quality cricket in HBL PSL once again.
I have had the great honour of leading a very talented Peshawar Zalmi side for two years and, this year, we have greater depth in the squad and the experience that guys like Misbah and Pollard bring to our squad is invaluable. We always get great support from our Zalmi fans in the UAE but we are all very excited to experience the love and warmth of crowds in Karachi once again. We are Zalmis and our goal is always to win.”
On the other hand, captain of Karachi Kings, Imad Wasim insisted: “The Karachi Kings squad has a balanced core of local players and some excellent foreign players. We are keen to do well this year and get our hands on the magnificent HBL PSL trophy. It will be a dream come true for all of us to lift the trophy in front of our home crowd on 17 March and we are going to do everything in our control to win it.”
Pakistan’s skipper across all three formats, Sarfaraz Ahmed, will be leading the Quetta Gladiators for the fourth consecutive season and he believes, “I think we have a lot of depth in our squad this year. We have come close in the past three years but we have not been able to get the desired results. The entire Quetta Gladiators squad is determined to change that this time around.
We focused on our retention list this year since we wanted consistency in developing our squad. It helps that we have senior pros like Shane Watson and Rilee Rossouw returning and they will help the young boys ease into the tournament. I am particularly excited about our young pace bowling talent and I can’t wait to see Ghulam Mudassar and Mohammad Hasnain in action whenever they get a chance.”
The sixth franchise, Multan Sultans, will be led by Shoaib Malik who claims, “We have a strong squad with depth and variety, and we all are looking forward to a competitive HBLPSL Season four. Of course, our eyes are on the trophy, and we as a team have decided that the best way to get there is to only focus on one match at a time. I wish rest of the teams the very best from the Sultans.”
Newly appointed Lahore Qalandars skipper, Mohammad Hafeez reveals, “This is an exciting time for me because I am leading a very talented bunch of cricketers. We have reworked our strategy this year and we are confident that if we play our natural game, and enjoy each moment of the tournament, we will do well. We realise what our performance means to our Qalandars fans across the world and we want to make them proud of their association with us. I am confident that they will be right behind us, as always.”
Coming back to the PSL trophy, the trophy represents the Pakistan flag, with the green, white, crescent and star.
The central interior of the trophy is decorated in Swarovski’s 16 faceted Xirius crystals with a sparkling green beam showing off the elegant Shooting Star on the top of the trophy.
Around the majestic star are six pillars with Swarovski’s Fine Rocks covering the sides to make a crescent. The six pillars depict the six franchises of the league.
More than 50,000 crystals were used in the making of the PSL Trophy, which took a time of about four months to build from the concept to the trophy.
The Trophy is dubbed as the Pakistan Trophy that celebrates the different cultures incorporated in Pakistan and the unity by which they stand together under one flag. The green and white colors unite the various colors of Pakistan, with each color being as flamboyant as the culture.
The trophy presents the whole message of the league, that helps to unite the Pakistanis under one common love, cricket.
Along with that, the trophies for individual awards were also unveiled at the presser. Trophies for Man of the Tournament, Best Batsman of the Tournament, Best Fielder of the Tournament, Best Bowler of the Tournament, Safest Hands (Best Wicket-Keeper of the Tournament) and the Spirit of Cricket Award (Most disciplined Team of the Tournament) were all revealed to provide for a stunning spectacle in Dubai today.