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PSL 5 opens at National Stadium amid fanfare

KARACHI: The opening ceremony of the 5th edition of the Habib Bank-sponsored Pakistan Super League (PSL) was held on Thursday at Karachi’s National Stadium with thousands of Pakistanis participating with an unmatched enthusiasm for cricket at home.

The ceremony opened with national anthem which was followed by the history of the PSL’s journey narrated by Shahzad Nawaz. This is also the first Pakistan-only edition of PSL where all the matches will be played at home grounds in four cities — Lahore, Karachi, Multan and Rawalpindi.

Hosted by Fakhar-e-Alam, the ceremony officially started with the speech of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah who lauded the efforts of the PSL management in organising another successful edition of PSL.

Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani described the struggles and efforts made by the board to start, retain and bring the entire PSL from UAE to Pakistan.

“Pakistan is opening its doors to the rest of the world, and PSL is making this happen,” Mani said.

The ceremony was graced by various musical performances of regional and local musicians and singers to portray the rich culture of the country before the world.

The first performance saw a Sufi piece sung by Sanam Marvi and famous qawwali duo Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad which was followed by singer Sajjad Ali who mesmerized the Karachiites with some of his classic tunes such as Babia and Sohni Lagdi from the 90s.

Renowned singers Abrarul Huq, Ali Azamt, Arif Lohar, Haroon Rashid, Aima Baig and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan also performed at the event.

The ceremony concluded with glaring fireworks.

Citizens shared their excitement on micro blogging website Twitter, due to which the hashtag PSL2020 began trending in no time.

Dareen Sammy expressed his love for Pakistan, much to the joy of Pakistanis.

Fans were also mesmerised by exciting visuals and theatrics.

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