- 34 matches will be played in the PSL in the forthcoming season.
- The top four teams in the league stage will secure qualification for the playoffs, much like the Indian Premier League.
The seventh season of the Pakistan Super League is all set to commence in January 2022. While it was the Mohammad Rizwan-led Multan Sultans who won the competition in its previous year, they will begin their title defence in the tournament opener against Karachi Kings. It has also been confirmed that while the first 15 games of the competition will be held in Karachi, the remainder of the tournament will be played in Lahore.
Overall, 34 matches are set to be played in this season and the top four teams in the league stage will secure qualification for the playoffs, much like the Indian Premier League. The deadline for the player trades for the forthcoming season of PSL was closed on Thursday with the player retention deadline also ending on December 10, Friday.
Each of the teams in the PSL was allowed a maximum of eight retentions which were divided into four categories- Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver. Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators turned out to be the only sides not to utilise their full quota of retentions. The rules also suggest that each franchise can have a maximum of 18 players in the squad.
List of all the player retentions for PSL 2022 season
1. Islamabad United:
Shadab Khan (Brand Ambassador)
Alex Hales (Mentor)
Mohammad Wasim Jnr
2. Karachi Kings-
Joe Clarke (Brand Ambassador)
THE #HBLPSL7 RETENTIONS ARE IN! @rashidkhan_19 at @lahoreqalandars, @babarazam258 at @KarachiKingsARY, @AlexHales1 at @IsbUnited, @liaml4893 at @PeshawarZalmi, @Sarfaraz_54 at @TeamQuetta and @iMRizwanPak at @MultanSultans!
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) December 10, 2021
3. Lahore Qalandars:
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Haris Rauf (Brand Ambassador)
4. Peshawar Zalmi:
Saqib Mahmood (Brand Ambassador)
5. Multan Sultans:
Imran Tahir (Mentor)
Khushdil Shah (Brand Ambassador)
6. Quetta Gladiators:
Shahid Afridi (Mentor)
Mohammad Hasnain (Brand Ambassador)