After a long wait of nearly five years, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is finally a reality. This showcase event of the Pakistan Cricket Board will kick off its inaugural edition on February 4, 2016 with a host of stars from across the cricketing world participating in it. The grand finale of the tournament will be played on February 24, 2016, just weeks before the start of the World T20 which will be hosted in India later in the year.
A total of 24 matches will be played over the course of 21 days. The competition will be divided into two phases – group and knockout stage. The group stage will be in a round robin format with every team playing the other four teams twice. At the end of this stage, the top four teams will qualify for the semi-final rounds. The winner of each semi-final will face off in a one-off final to determine the winner.
The T20 tournament will see five teams with each team representing a city participating in it. Plans are already in place for the PSL to become a 10 team league within five years.