Islamabad Utd, Quetta Gladiators to play exhibition match ahead of PSL

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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators will clash in an exhibition match at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on February 15.

“We want to launch this pre-tournament match to create excitement ahead of the event. This will be happening for the first time in the history of PSL,” Islamabad United’s owner Ali Naqvi told a news briefing at the stadium on Wednesday.

Flanked by Islamabad United skipper Misbahul Haq and Quetta Gladiators coach Moin Khan, Naqvi said the exhibition match would be an all-star event.

“The match is not aimed at generating money but to create hype for the PSL and provide entertainment to the residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Moin Khan said the initiative to hold pre-PSL exhibition match was very good. “Abdul Razzaq and I will be there in this match. Besides, there will be other former stars featuring in this match. Some celebrities will also be there to attract the crowd,” he added.

Moin revealed that another match between the two sides would take place in Quetta after the conclusion of the third edition of the PSL. “We’ve requested Islamabad United to come to Quetta for that match. It will be very good for the people of Balochistan,” he added.

Misbah said on the occasion that all teams in PSL’s third edition were comprised of talented and skilled players and the fans would see very exciting and thrilling competitions.

He said other franchises also have tried to include the best players in their teams; you never know who will win the tournament.

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