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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended Quetta’s star batsman, Umar Akmal, with immediate effect under Article 4.7.1* of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code.

Defending champions of Pakistan Super League, Quetta Gladiators, have dealt with a huge blow just ahead of their opening game against Islamabad United tonight.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended Quetta’s star batsman, Umar Akmal, with immediate effect under Article 4.7.1* of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code, PCB said in a press release today.

The suspension means that the middle-order batsman will not be allowed to participate in any cricket-related activity.

“As this is an ongoing investigation, the PCB will not make any further comments,” the press release said.

On the other hand, PCB has allowed Quetta Gladiators to sign his replacement for the PSL. Quetta Gladiators are set to play their opening game in the Pakistan Super League tonight against Islamabad United.

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The opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be incurring a cost of around PKR 210 million.

Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United, who will play the first match of the tournament, are the only teams guaranteed to be at the event. However, Peshawar Zalmi officials have stated that their team will also be present at the National Stadium in Karachi for the opening event.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials, the teams that are scheduled to compete the following day will not be able to take part in the opening festivities.

WATCH: HBL PSL 2020 trophy unveiled ahead of fifth season

The colorful and extravagant HBL PSL 5 opening ceremony is scheduled to be held at the National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday. Popular local singers Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Abrarul Haq, Sajad Ali, Sanam Maarwi, Aima Baig, Abu Mohammad, Fareed Ayaz and Soch band are expected to perform at the event.

Singers Arif Lohar, Ali Azmat, Asim Azhar and Haroon, who sang the official HBL PSL 5 anthem, will also be present at the event. Fireworks will also light up the Karachi sky during the festivities.

A new company is set to organise the opening ceremony. Rehearsals for the event have been going on for a few days at the National Stadium in Karachi. The sound system is checked every day.

Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators are set to compete in the first day of the tournament. The other teams will, most likely, be represented by their respective owners in the opening ceremony.

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For what was the first-ever trophy unveiling ceremony on the Pakistani soil, squash icon Jahangir Khan brought the HBL PSL 2020 trophy at the National Stadium, Karachi, on Wednesday, 19 February, for its unveiling.

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Jahangir, in an international-styled ceremony, brought the silverware to the field of play and handed it over to the defending captain Sarfaraz Ahmed – of Quetta Gladiators – after which the brand new trophy was unveiled by PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani in the presence of six franchise owners and captains.

Jahangir Khan said: “It is truly a remarkable moment for me to play a role in the unveiling of the HBL PSL 2020 trophy. I am looking forward to the ceremony.

“The PCB has done a wonderful job in the resumption of top-flight cricket in the country and the success of the HBL PSL 2020 is going to send a profound message to the world that Pakistan is safe. I hope that with the success of this event, international teams belonging to other sports will also travel to Pakistan and this will spark a sporting culture which we have been missing over the last few decades.

“I wish the PCB all the best for what will be an exciting tournament. HBL PSL keeps every Pakistani glued to their TV sets and I will be following it keenly.”

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Pakistan’s all-rounder and captain of the Karachi Kings franchise in the upcoming Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 Imad Wasim, in an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan on Wednesday, claimed that there was no problem between him and the national team captain Babar Azam.

The 31-year-old claimed that both cricketers offered each other advice and shared a good relationship.

“Our preparations are going great. We are practicing and playing games as well. We played a match today as well. So we are happy that the players have started performing,” he said. “Obviously Babar Azam is number-one in the world rankings while Mohammad Amir is a great bowler but it depends on the players performances on the day. Whoever performs on the day is the most vital. T20 is a format where you have to play aggressively and you have no other option.”

Imad praised the legendary former pacer Wasim Akram, the president of the franchise, for his big impact on the team.

“He [Wasim Akram] has had a big impact on the team. The way he has served the game and the way he understands it, I think there aren’t any who get it better than him. We learn from him and we constantly seek their advice,” he said. “I have been with the new coaching staff for only a few days. They know all the players and the PSL itself. They have an attacking mindset which will give Karachi Kings the much-needed boost.”

The all-rounder expressed sadness over the Kings’ inability to make it to the final of the PSL in the past, but claimed that this new-look team could prove to be the difference.

“It was really unfortunate to not make it into the final the last time. It is a part and parcel of the game. This time it is a very different side,” he said. “We are very excited to play in front of our home crowds. Pakistan is our home but Karachi has a special place in our hearts. The way that the people of Karachi shower us with love, we are yet to repay them by winning the title or reaching the final. I don’t think most fans support their teams as much as our fans support us. We will try to put on a good show for them and will work hard to not let them down.”

Imad believed that all teams in the upcoming HBL PSL were stacked with talented players who could win matches for their teams.

“In the draft we discussed how all teams are very equal in terms of talent. They all have great batsmen and bowlers. It is very hard to name just one. I can honestly say that all teams in the tournament are very good,” he concluded.

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PSL 2020 is just a day left to start and everyone is looking for buying PSL 5 tickets.

So the good news is PSL 2020 tickets are now available and you can easily purchase them. In fact, PSL 2020 final tickets are also available at a different place and online sites. If you want to receive PSL 2020 tickets at your doorstep then order your ticket online.

Here you will get all the relevant information related to PSL 5 tickets. Also, from where you can buy the cheapest PSL 5 tickets would be covered over here.  Furthermore, if you want to buy PSL 2020 tickets all free, then keep reading this article.

However, please note that the matches scheduled at night prices would be comparatively high. And the daytime matches prices would be low as the trend of night cricket has always been a great interest of Pakistani. Thereby, let us give you important information regarding Pakistan Super League 2020 tickets prices with respect to matches.

Tickets have been available for sale since 28th January for the Cricket fans at different websites. The price was also announced. Pakistan Cricket Board announced PSL 5 tickets price for 2020.

Moreover, in order to entertain the entire Pakistan PSL 2020 tickets are distributed among 38 Pakistan’s cities.

Opening Ceremony PSL 2020 Ticket Price

The ticket price for PSL 5 opening ceremony ranges from 1000 to 6000 PKR.

Lahore Match Final for PSL 2020 ticket is priced from 500 – 5000 PKR

Semi Final Lahore Match for PSL 5 ticket is priced from 500 – 4000 PKR

The price is kept affordable for different classes so each Pakistani can enjoy the Pakistan Super League 2020 to their fullest. Like before, 2020 will also make amazing memorable cricket memories and increase the love for cricket of Pakistanis.

 

PSL 2020 Live

A total of 8 thrilling matches would be played in the biggest cities of Pakistan Karachi and Lahore. Thereby, cricket fans will get an ample amount of time and chances to witness their favorite cricket stars live playing on the pitch. Thereby, joy and excitement of cricket is amplified when it is played in one’s home country so Pakistanis are super excited and eagerly waiting to witness PSL 2020 matches in the field.

Thereby, hurry up and do not miss the chance to watch PSL 2020 Live on the field. Else, all the tickets would be sold out and you would need to watch matches on TV.

 PSL 2020 TICKETS

The PSL 2020 tickets selling were started till the start of February. However, you still have time and you can buy tickets. If you don’t get the ticket for PSL 2020 opening ceremony then buy tickets for advance matches now.

PSL 2020 Tickets For Opening Ceremony

Some renowned stars including Rahet Fateh Ali Khan, Aima Baig, Sanam Marvi, Abrar-ul-Haq, Sajjad Ali and Soch the rock band will perform at the opening ceremony. These stars’ performance along with PSL 2020 craze will heighten the fascination and attraction of the PSL  2020 opening ceremony. Surely, it would be a grand evening worth attending.

None would want to miss it out and everyone is eager to get the ticket for PSL 2020 opening ceremony. Its price ranges from 4000 PKR to 8000 PKR.

Furthermore, the opening match is between Lahore Qalandars Vs Islamabad United.

The grand evening would be full of enthusiasm, love, joy, fun and stress as well. Because the peak moments of match always gives Pakistanis goosebumps.

 

Retailers Selling PSL 2020 Tickets

You can also buy the tickets for the PSL 2020 from different retailers. However, know that these retailers are only in Karachi and Lahore where the live matches would be played. You can get the tickets from TCS Express as well.

PSL 2020 Ticket Price In Karachi

The final would also be played in Karachi and the price for ticket starts from 500 and goes till 3000 PKR.

PSL 2020 Final Ticket

The final match is always much more excited than other matched and it would be played in the city of lights Karachi. Karachities would be getting the chance of around 5 matches as 5 matches will be played in Karachi at the National Stadium.

However, final would be held on 17th March 2020.

Thereby, the most in demand match of PSL 5 final and its ticket are making people craving to get the tickets. Also, with the heavy demand, the price of PSL 2020 final is talking to skies. Let’s see who can afford this ticket.  For General enclosure the ticket price is 1000 PKR.

For first-class you can get the ticket for 4000 PKR

Premium ticket price is 12000 PKR

Apart from their high prices, you still need to hurry to get tickets before they are sold. As entire Pakistan is looking for buying tickets and National Stadium is not that much spacious.

PSL 2020 Online Tickets

You can also get the tickets for PSL 2020 from different online websites like Yayo.com and many else. You have various options for making a purchase online as you can pay via your credit card. Else, you can also pay in cash when the ticket is delivered at your place.

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Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, who has not played since November, has suffered a serious hamstring tear on his return to training.

The France international, 22, pulled out of training on Monday.

The club said tests have revealed “a complete proximal hamstring tear in his right thigh”.

Dembele was making his comeback from a muscle injury in his right thigh sustained against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on 27 November.

Barcelona added they would shortly decide “on the treatment to be followed for his recovery”.

Dembele has suffered several injuries in both legs since joining Barcelona from Dortmund in 2017.

He has played only three full games for the La Liga champions this season and has missed 63 games in all competitions at Barcelona due to injury.

France team-mate Kylian Mbappe posted a message for Dembele on Twitter, saying: “My brother, I know for you it must be a lot and that it becomes unbearable, but you must remain strong despite everything.

“Of course it is easier said than done but I will always be there to support you and I know you will come back to amaze us.”

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Kim Clijsters, 36, who is starting her second comeback to professional tennis in Dubai next week, will not have an easy return, as she was handed a first-round tie against world number eight Kiki Bertens in Saturday’s draw. Clijsters, a Belgian mother-of-three, joked in Dubai that she was not receiving the full support of her family. “My son Jack is hoping I’ll lose early, so I’ll be home soon,” she told Belgian media. Bertens, 28, said earlier this year in a column for the BBC that “although I never really enjoyed watching tennis when I was young, Kim Clijsters was my role model”.

“I think it would be nice if I could play against her one day. I don’t know how I’d feel if that happened, but of course I’d want to beat her,” the Dutch player continued.

Clijsters, a four-time Grand Slam singles champion, has not competed on Tour since the 2012 US Open.

She retired for the first time in May 2007 and returned in August 2009 after the birth of her first child Jada. She went on to reclaim the number one ranking and win three more majors. Since retiring for a second time she has had sons, Jack and Blake.

She had initially scheduled her comeback for January to compete in the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, which she won in 2011.

But a knee injury forced her to change plans. She said that her first tournament would be in Monterrey, Mexico in March before bringing the date forward to the hard-court tournament in Dubai.

“There have been a few bumps but looking forward to returning to the match court,” she tweeted.

She told Belgian media this week that “things were going well in training” but added “I need matches the most”.

The tennis world in general has welcomed Clijsters’ return, even though in Belgium, some people are questioning her ability to return to the top level.

“After so many years, it’s the explosiveness that’s the hardest to catch up with,” said compatriot Justine Henin, who won seven Grand Slam titles.

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Four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters lost her first match in her second tennis comeback on Monday following a 6-2, 7-6 (8/6) defeat to Garbine Muguruza in the opening round of the WTA event in Dubai. Former world number one Clijsters, 36, had been out for seven years before the clash with world ranked 16 Muguruza, who reached the final of the Australian Open last month. Spain’s two-time Grand Slam winner Muguruza will play one of Veronika Kudermetova and Dayana Yastremska in the next round after having to fight off a determined Clijsters in a tight second set following a simple first.

“I’ve seen her play when I started on the tour, she’s an incredible player,” Muguruza said of Clijsters.

“I was excited to be the first (opponent of the comeback). She played very well, especially in the second set.

“At the end. It was very tight. It was a fun match to play.

“I’m sure she’s going to get better and better, for sure she give me a lot of trouble. She played really well after all these years (away).”

Ninth seed Muguruza, 10 years younger than Clijsters, dominated early on as the veteran Belgian played her first official match since the 2012 US Open.

Mother of three Clijsters, who was playing in Dubai for the first time in her career, was on the back foot from the start, losing serve in the first game of both sets.

She found herself a two breaks down early in the second set after being swept aside in the first but fought back gamely to lead 5-4 after nine games.

However Muguruza took the set to a tie-break and emerged victorious with a service winner on her second match point after nearly an hour and three-quarters on court.

Earlier, Ons Jabeur beat Alison Riske 7-6 (7/3), 1-6, 6-3 to earn a second-round date with top seed Simona Halep.

Tunisian Jabeur, ranked 45 in the world, saw off American Riske amid passionate home support for a player who trains in Dubai.

“I’m so grateful for the crowd, they really gave me energy. It feels like home here,” said Jabeur.

“Alison is tough, she made me run everywhere, I was down in the second set but got it back in the third,” added the first Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final last month at the Australian Open.

Barbora Strycova turned a corner after a poor start this season as she defeated US teenager Amanda Anisimova 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-4, winning only her second match of 2020.

The 18-year-old Anisimova managed 43 winners but was weighed down by 67 unforced errors in a struggle lasting just over two-and-a-half hours.

“It wasn’t really a great match from both sides, the balls were flying everywhere, it was a struggle to keep them on the court,” the 33-year-old Strycova said.

“But I got through the match and I’m happy to be in the second round.”

Strycova will face the winner between Su-Wei Hsieh and eighth-seed Petra Martic.

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Spanish champions Barcelona have been granted special permission by La Liga to make an emergency signing outside of the transfer window.

The decision comes after French forward Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for six months with a serious hamstring injury.

La Liga rules allow clubs to apply to make new signings if a player is ruled out for more than five months.

Those players must be a free agent or already playing in Spain and they can not play in Uefa competition.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was ruled out for four months in early January with a knee injury, before Dembele suffered a serious hamstring tear on his return to training in February.

Barcelona submitted a medical report to the Spanish top flight, whose medical commission reviewed Dembele’s injury and subsequently authorised the club’s request.

Dembele has suffered several injuries in both legs since joining Barcelona from Dortmund in 2017 and has played only three full games this season.

Quique Setien’s Barcelona are second in La Liga, one point behind leaders Real Madrid.

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Barcelona have denied hiring a firm to produce disparaging social media posts aimed at its own players such as Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique.

A radio station claim Barcelona wanted to protect the reputation of president Josep Maria Bartomeu and damage the image of those who disagreed with him.

SER Catalunya said the club worked with a company “that creates opinion” on social media accounts to achieve that.

But Barcelona say they “roundly deny any relationship” with the accounts.

“The club demands an immediate rectification of the information published and reserves the right to exercise legal action against those who continue to implicate the club in such practices,” a statement added.

It says through these accounts attacks were made on Messi, Pique, former manager Pep Guardiola, ex-players Xavi and Carles Puyol and some of Bartomeu’s presidential rivals.

The podcast claims Barcelona found the posts “necessary to preserve the reputation of the president and the brand”.

In response, Barcelona say I3 Ventures is a service provider to the club but “has no relationship with the accounts mentioned and, if any relationship were to come to light, the club would immediately end their contractual agreement and bring about any necessary legal action to defend their interests”.

It added: “As such, FC Barcelona confirm it has services contracted relating to the monitoring of social media with the aim of analysing both positive and negative messages about the organisation itself.”

Barcelona says the “protection of this reputation is a fundamental element and responsibility for those who work for the organisation”.

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