The opening ceremony of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 was hosted at Karachi’s National Stadium on Thursday.
Ahmed Godil opened the ceremony during a speech style that nearly seemed mimicry of Prime Minister Imran Khan. It remained unclear whether that was intentionally or if it had been his natural style.
The crowd stood abreast of their feet for the anthem , which was followed by an augmented reality narration of the PSL’s journey as narrated by Shahzad Nawaz.
The musical a part of the opening ceremony began with an elaborate orchestra, including trumpeters and dhol players, presenting an instrumental of the official PSL 2020 anthem, Tayyar Hain.
After Darren Sammy appeared on screen asking the fans to “make some noise”, Fakhar-e-Alam, the master of ceremonies, invited Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah to deliver a speech.
After Habib Bank Limited President and CEO Muhammad Aurangzeb’s speech, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani narrated the board’s journey from hosting the whole PSL within the UAE to systematically moving it to its real home of Pakistan.
“Pakistan is opening its doors to the remainder of the planet , and therefore the PSL is making this happen,” Mani said.
The first performance saw a Sufi piece with singer Sanam Marvi and famous qawwali duo Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad.
A Soch jam later, singer Sajjad Ali serenaded the gang with a number of his classic tunes like Babia and Sohni Lagdi.
Multan Sultans veteran Shahid Afridi made an on-screen appearance to galvanize the gang before Aima Baig performed a couple of of her smash hits as dancers flocked round her .
Later on, franchise owners and their captains also children from the Deaf Reach School were called on stage for an oath-taking ceremony regarding fair play.
The next performance was that of Abrar-ul-Haq, following which the legendary Rahat Fateh Ali Khan mesmerized the gang together with his vocals.
The ceremony’s final act saw the stage appropriated by Ali Azmat, Haroon Rashid, Asim Azhar and Arif Lohar, who sang PSL’s official anthem, Tayyar Hain.
As promised, the glittering opening ceremony concluded with a stunning display of fireworks.