PSL 2018’s Fabulous Opening Ceremony in Pictures

Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 has officially begun and it kicked off in some style.

The deserts of United Arab Emirates (UAE) sprung to life on Thursday night as Pakistani pop stars and rock stars gave glittering performances, local and international cricketers walked out on the field to represent their franchises, Abida Parveen’s Sufi touch and America’s rockstar Jason Derulo enthralled the fans in their own way.

PSL 2018 Opening Ceremony


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What better way to start off the proceedings with the National Anthem of Pakistan?

Parcham e sitara o hilal
Rahbar e tarraqqi o kamal
Tarjuman e mazi, shan e hal
Jan e istiqbal
Sayah e Khuda e Zal Jalal

Summed up the night for Pakistan and Pakistan cricket.

Pakistan’s singing sensation, Ali Zafar was flying everywhere dressed as a Teefa – a character he’s played in his upcoming movie Teefa in Trouble – in front of a packed house.

Ali Zafar Performance at PSL 3

The showbiz stars, Hareem Farooq and Bilal Ashraf, the hosts for the opening ceremony, took over from Ali Zafar making sure there was no dull moment throughout the event.

Hareem Farooq and Bilal Ashraf Hosting

Any Pakistani cricketing event is incomplete without the champion commentator Ramiz Raja, isn’t it? Well, Ramiz called upon the teams to grace the event with their presence.

The teams’ entry was nothing short of fabulous, walking out with their captains and team owner leading the way and franchise anthems playing in the background.

Darren Sammy holding psl trophy

The all-important PSL 2018 trophy, which came flying, was handed over to last year’s winning team’s captain Darren Sammy.

Psl 3 captains group photo with trophy

HBL’s Chief Operating Officer thanked the audience for their love and support, following the captains’ interviews by Ramiz Raja.

Najam Sethi thanked the crowd, welcomed the new entrants Multan, and said that PSL is the asset of Pakistan.

PSL is not mine, not yours, it’s Pakistan’s.

Abida parveen singing in HBL psl

Three men in sufi cloths at psl 3

Abida Parveen’s soulful voice mesmerized the audience taking them on a magical journey, while the heartthrob of millions of Pakistanis, Shehzad Roy, won the hearts with his amazing performance.

The highlight of the night was the singing sensation Jason Derulo, who got the crowd on their toes with his Top Toe.

Jason performance at psl

The night ended with PSL Anthem, signing off in style.

fireworks at psl 2018

The fireworks at the end were marvelous!