The seventh season of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL 7 2022) will kick off from 27 January 2022 in Karachi and conclude on the 27 February 2022 in Lahore. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the schedule for the PSL 7 2022 along with the venue and match timings in their latest press release.
According to the details, the PSL 7 2022 tournament will kick off in Karachi on 27 January 2022 with defending champions Multan Sultan taking on the hosts and 2020 champions Karachi Kings. Meanwhile, the 2019 champions Quetta Gladiators will go toe to toe with 2017 winners Peshawar Zalmi on the following day on Friday.
In first of the six double-headers to be played in the 32-day and 34-match tournament, Multan Sultans will take on 2020 runners-up Lahore Qalandars at 2pm PKT, which will be followed by the Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators’ fixture that will begin at 7pm PKT on Saturday.
After Karachi, which will host 15 matches from 27 January to 7 February, action will shift to the Gaddafi Stadium where the remaining 15 league matches and the four play-offs will be played from 10-27 February.
The 27 February Final will be the first time since 2017 when the headquarters of Pakistan cricket will hold the final. National Stadium had staged the finals from 2018 to 2020, while Abu Dhabi was the venue for the 2021 final where Sultans defeated Zalmi by 47 runs.
The PCB has designed the PSL 7 2022 tournament in such a way that each side will play equal number of matches in Karachi and Lahore, as well as games under natural and artificial lights.
PSL 7 2022 Schedule & Venue
Karachi Kings vs Multan Sultans
Quetta Gladiators vs Peshawar Zalmi
Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars
Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators
Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United
Karachi Kings vs Lahore Qalandars
Quetta Gladiators vs Multan Sultans
Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans
Peshawar Zalmi vs Lahore Qalandars
Quetta Gladiators vs Islamabad United
Karachi Kings vs Peshawar Zalmi
Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars
Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans
Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United
Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalandars
Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi
Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans
Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators
Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings
Lahore Qalandars vs Quetta Gladiators
Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings
Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators
Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings
Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi
Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators
Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings
Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United
Quetta Gladiators vs Karachi Kings
Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United
Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi
Qualifier (1 vs 2)
Eliminator 1 (3 vs 4)
Eliminator 2 (Loser Qualifier 1 vs Winner Eliminator 1)
(Qualifier v Eliminator 2) Final
Double-Header Matches will be held at 2PM and 7PM, however, the Friday Double-Headers will take place at 3PM and 8PM due to the Friday Prayers. Meanwhile, all single matches will take place at 7PM.
HBL PSL 7 2022 Draft
The PCB has decided the HBL PSL Draft 2022 will be held at the High Performance Centre in Lahore on Sunday, 12 December, with the event to kick-off at 3pm.
Each side will come to the draft with a maximum of eight player retentions from the last event. Following the finalisation of player categories, the transfer and retention window is now officially open and will close on 10 December.
In the Platinum Category, Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick, followed by Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in the Diamond Category, followed by Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans.
Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in the Gold Category, Peshawar Zalmi will have the first pick in the Silver Category, Lahore Qalandars will have the first pick in Emerging Category and Quetta Gladiators will have the first pick in Supplementary Category.
Local players’ category renewals
The PCB, following a review and assessment process, has updated local players’ categories.
In the biggest moves, Pakistan wicketkeeper/batter and Multan Sultan’s captain Mohammad Rizwan (previously Silver), Asif Ali of Islamabad United (previously Gold) and Lahore Qalandars’ Haris Rauf (previously Diamond) have been placed in Platinum Category.
Multan Sultans’ Sohaib Maqsood, who was Player of HBL PSL 6, and Haider Ali of Peshawar Zalmi have moved up from Silver and Gold Categories to Diamond Category, respectively.