PSL 2024: Top 5 New Foreign Stars to Watch Out For

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The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is the premier Twenty20 cricket league in Pakistan. Established in 2016, the PSL has rapidly grown in popularity and helped bring high-quality cricket back to Pakistan after teams refused to tour the country for many years due to security concerns.

The 2024 season of the PSL is set to be bigger and better than ever. After successfully hosting the majority of matches in Pakistan in 2023, the PSL governing council has announced that the entire 2024 season will be held in Pakistan for the first time. This is a major achievement and milestone for Pakistan cricket.

The 2024 PSL will feature 6 teams playing a total of 30 matches, including playoffs. Defending champions Lahore Qalandars will look to retain their title amid stiff competition from the likes of Karachi Kings and Islamabad United. With a star-studded lineup of international and domestic players, thrilling T20 action, and packed stadiums, the 2024 PSL is poised to be the biggest cricket carnival in Pakistan.

PSL 9 Teams

The 2024 Pakistan Super League (PSL) will feature 6 franchises teams:

  • Lahore Qalandars – The Qalandars had a strong showing last season, making it to the finals before losing out to Multan Sultans. This year they have added explosive opening batsman David Warner and speedster Pat Cummins to strengthen their squad.

  • Karachi Kings – The Kings will be hungry to reclaim the title after failing to make the playoffs last season. They’ve brought in veterans Faf du Plessis and Trent Boult to solidify their batting and bowling.

  • Peshawar Zalmi – Zalmi will be banking on the consistency of veterans Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz, along with new additions Glenn Maxwell and Jofra Archer for firepower.

  • Quetta Gladiators – The Gladiators have had a tumultuous past few seasons but will look to turn things around by building around stalwart Shane Watson and new recruits Jos Buttler and Mustafizur Rahman.

  • Islamabad United – As defending champions, United will aim to continue their dominance with key players Shadab Khan and Colin Munro, supplemented by new recruits Jonny Bairstow and Kagiso Rabada.

  • Multan Sultans – After winning their maiden PSL title in 2023, Sultans will fight to defend it behind the batting of Shan Masood and bowling of Mohammad Abbas, plus new additions David Miller and Imran Tahir.


The 2024 Pakistan Super League will be played across 4 venues in Pakistan:

National Stadium in Karachi

The National Stadium in Karachi has been a fixture of the PSL since its inception. With a capacity of over 34,000, the National Stadium will host several matches this season. No major changes are expected compared to previous PSL seasons held at this historic cricket ground.

Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore

Gaddafi Stadium, the home of Pakistan cricket, will once again host a number of PSL matches in 2024. The stadium capacity is 27,000 after recent renovations and it remains one of the premier cricket venues in Pakistan.

Multan Cricket Stadium

This will be the third PSL season held at Multan Cricket Stadium since it was added as a venue in 2019. The stadium has a capacity of 30,000 spectators. No major changes are planned for the 2024 PSL.

Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi will host PSL matches for the first time in 2024. Pindi Cricket Stadium has a capacity of over 25,000 fans. The addition of this venue allows the PSL to expand its geographic footprint within Pakistan.

Format of PSL

The 2024 Pakistan Super League will feature 6 teams playing a total of 34 matches.

The tournament begins with a double round-robin group stage, where each team will play the other teams twice. At the end of the group stage, the top 4 teams will advance to the playoffs.

The playoffs will consist of 2 playoff matches, with the top 2 teams from the group stage playing against the 3rd and 4th place teams. The winners of the playoff matches will face each other in the final to determine the 2024 PSL champions.

This year there will be no major changes to the PSL format. The 6 team double round-robin group stage and 4 team playoff format has worked well in previous seasons, providing exciting cricket throughout. With no expansion or reduction of teams, the PSL looks to build on the successful formula of past editions.

After weighing various options, the PSL governing council elected to continue with the existing format. This allows teams and fans alike to know what to expect and builds consistency from season to season. While minor tweaks may occur, the 2024 PSL will follow the same competitive format that fans have come to love over the league’s history.

Foreign Players

The 2024 Pakistan Super League (PSL) will feature several high-profile international players who are expected to have a major impact on their teams. Some of the notable international signings for this season include:

  • Chris Gayle (Multan Sultans) – The West Indies legend was signed by Multan after being released by Karachi Kings. At 44 years old, Gayle’s best days may be behind him but he can still turn a game on its head with his power-hitting. Multan will hope Gayle brings his experience and provides explosiveness at the top of the order.

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  • Kieron Pollard (Peshawar Zalmi) – Peshawar pulled off a major coup by signing the West Indies white-ball captain, who has been a stalwart for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. As an aggressive middle-order batsman and clever medium pace bowler, Pollard adds important balance and six-hitting muscle to Peshawar’s lineup.

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  • Rashid Khan (Quetta Gladiators) – The Afghan leg-spin wizard is arguable the best T20 bowler in the world. After several stellar seasons with Gujarat Lions in the IPL, Rashid Khan was signed by Quetta in the draft. His magical bowling and lower order hitting will greatly boost Quetta’s title hopes.

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  • Dale Steyn (Karachi Kings) 

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    One of the all-time great fast bowlers, Steyn will be donning Karachi colors in PSL 2024. If Steyn can still crank up speeds near 90 mph at age 40, his vast experience, fiery bowling and aggression could ignite Karachi’s pace attack.



The influx of globally recognized T20 superstars demonstrates the rising stature and allure of the PSL. Their presence will draw worldwide attention while also helping nurture Pakistan’s next generation of cricketers. With these foreign reinforcements, PSL 2024 promises to be the biggest and most exciting season yet.

PSL Emerging Talent

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has become an excellent platform for emerging domestic talent to showcase their skills and catch the eye of national selectors. Here are some of the top young Pakistani prospects to watch in this season’s PSL:

Shaheen Shah Afridi

The tall left-arm pacer has already made his international debut, but at just 19 years old, Shaheen has a long career ahead of him. With raw pace and natural swing, he has the ability to trouble the best batsmen in the world. PSL fans will be eager to see his rapid deliveries this season.

Haider Ali

An aggressive top-order batsman who made his name at the U19 World Cup, Haider has all the shots and the temperament required to succeed. He has been scoring heavily in domestic cricket and has earned call-ups to the national side. Keep an eye on his fearless batting in PSL 2020.

Rohail Nazir

Pakistan has struggled to find a reliable wicketkeeper-batsman since Kamran Akmal. The 20-year-old Rohail could be the long-term solution. He is excellent behind the stumps and has shown composure batting in high-pressure games for the U19s.

Amad Butt

At 25 years old, Amad may be slightly older than the others on this list, but he is still in the early stages of his career. The tall fast bowler capable of generating steep bounce will be eager to make an impression for Islamabad United with his extreme pace and accuracy.

With its exciting mix of youth and experience, PSL 2020 could unearth the next generation of superstars for Pakistan. These rising talents are definitely names to watch this season.

Title Contenders

The Karachi Kings are looking strong coming into PSL 2024, having won the previous two tournaments. Their batting lineup led by Babar Azam and young sensation Abdullah Shafique should power them to big totals. Veterans Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz anchor a disciplined bowling attack. With a balanced squad and winning experience, Karachi will be tough to beat.

The Lahore Qalandars have put together an exciting team and are aiming for their first PSL title. Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez add firepower to the batting, while Shaheen Shah Afridi’s left-arm pace will be a major weapon with the ball. Lahore came agonizingly close last season, and the addition of England’s Liam Livingstone could help put them over the top this year.

After finishing as runners-up last season, Peshawar Zalmi will be hungry to reclaim the PSL trophy. Kamran Akmal and Haider Ali can demolish any bowling attack, and Wahab Riaz will be fired up to lead his hometown team to glory. Peshawar’s experience and motivation make them serious contenders.

Dark Horses

There are a few underdog teams that have the potential to surprise in the PSL 2024 season. While they may not be outright title contenders, with the right combination of new talent and team cohesion, they could exceed expectations.

Multan Sultans – After finishing bottom of the table in the last two seasons, Multan will be hoping that their new captain Shadab Khan and some promising local talents like Zaman Khan and Sameen Gul can help turn their fortunes around. Their batting remains inconsistent but if the likes of Johnson Charles and Rilee Rossouw fire, they have the firepower to challenge any team.

Quetta Gladiators – Quetta have always been competitive but never been able to get over the line and win the title. With seasoned players like Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shane Watson mixed with exciting youngsters like Azam Khan and Naseem Shah, they have the experience and x-factor required to go deep into the tournament. Their bowling attack led by Naseem Shah and Muhammad Hasnain can defend any total.

Karachi Kings – Despite boasting some of the biggest names in Pakistan cricket, Karachi have underperformed in recent seasons. But this could be the year they finally put it together under new coach Dean Jones. With a solid top order of Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan and Alex Hales and a world-class pace attack, Karachi have the tools to make a run. Getting the combinations right and building team chemistry will be key.

While these underdog teams face an uphill battle, a few surprise wins could give them the momentum and belief to go deep into the playoffs. Their performance will add an extra layer of excitement and unpredictability to the tournament.

PSL Season 9 Predictions

This season promises to be one of the most exciting and competitive PSL tournaments yet. With several teams looking strong on paper, the battle for the top 4 playoff spots will likely go down to the wire.

Expected Standings and Playoff Teams

  • Multan Sultans seem poised to finish top of the table again, with their star-studded lineup and shrewd captaincy under Mohammad Rizwan.
  • Lahore Qalandars could push Multan all the way, buoyed by the arrival of star overseas players. Their home crowd support gives them an extra edge.
  • Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings shape up as likely contenders for the remaining playoff spots. Their balanced squads should help them outlast Quetta and Islamabad down the stretch.

Bold Predictions

  • Multan Sultans will set a new record for most wins in a PSL regular season, surpassing Islamabad United’s 9 wins in 2018.
  • Shaheen Afridi will top the wickets chart and lead Lahore Qalandars to their first-ever PSL title.
  • A young Pakistani batsman will emerge from obscurity to finish among the tournament’s top 5 run-scorers.
  • Quetta Gladiators will miss out on the playoffs despite having the league’s best net run rate. Their away form will let them down.
  • The final will be a clash between the tournament’s two most consistent teams – Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars. Mohammad Rizwan’s leadership will power Multan to back-to-back titles in front of a stunned Lahore crowd.


The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2024 season promises to be the biggest and most anticipated year yet for the T20 cricket league. With the upcoming World Cup later in the year, many eyes will be on Pakistan’s rising talent and elite players competing in their home country.

Key storylines include the title defense from Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings’ bid to reclaim former glory, Islamabad United’s mission for consistency, Multan Sultans’ star-studded roster, Peshawar Zalmi’s ever-passionate fans, and Quetta Gladiators’ hunt to break their title drought. Players to watch include captain Babar Azam, pacer Shaheen Afridi, veterans Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Hafeez, as well as future prospects like Haider Ali and Naseem Shah.

The PSL has grown exponentially since its inception in 2016, cementing its place as one of the top T20 leagues globally. Matches continue to attract major crowds, television viewership has soared, overseas stars are eager to participate, and the quality of play improves each season. With increased international exposure and explosive young talent, the future is bright for Pakistan cricket through the PSL.

2024 will be a pivotal year as the PSL solidifies its reputation and works towards the long-term goal of hosting the entire tournament on home soil. If this season meets its lofty expectations, the PSL could soon be on par with the IPL as one of the premier Twenty20 leagues worldwide. For now, fans will be glued to the edge of their seats as another thrilling chapter of the PSL unfolds.

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