‘Khul Ke Khel’: Is Ali Zafar’s New PSL Anthem Better Than ‘Ab Khel Jamay Ga?’

Pakistan’s favorite pop star returned to PSL after five years to mixed reactions.

After a five-year hiatus, Pakistani favorite pop star Ali Zafar has once again stepped into the spotlight as we finally got the official anthem for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9th edition.

“Khul Ke Khel,” featuring Aima Baig, marks Ali Zafar’s return to the PSL, following his previous successes with anthems like “Ab Khel Jamay Ga” for PSL 2.

Zafar’s legacy with PSL anthems is undeniable, having lent his voice to the first two songs for Pakistan’s premier t20 league. “Ab Khel Jamay Ga,” released in 2017, garnered over 22 million views on YouTube and became a staple of cricket fever in Pakistan.

With “Khul Ke Khel,” Ali Zafar collaborates with Aima Baig to deliver another pop-infused anthem aimed at celebrating the spirit of cricket. Check it out!

In assessing “Khul Ke Khel” and its predecessors, it’s essential to recognize the evolution of PSL anthems over the years. While Zafar’s earlier contributions embodied the traditional elements of a sports anthem with anthemic drums and sing-along choruses, recent years have witnessed a departure from this formula.

The 2021 anthem, “Groove Mera,” marked a significant shift towards hip hop and modern pop influences, reflecting a desire to resonate with a younger demographic.

However, despite these experimental detours, Ali Zafar’s return signals a return to familiarity for fans of the series. “Khul Ke Khel” follows a similar formula to “Ab Khel Jamay Ga,” with its catchy chorus and upbeat tempo aiming to ignite the excitement synonymous with cricket matches.

Yet, the question remains: does “Khul Ke Khel” offer anything new or innovative, or is it merely a rehash of past successes?

While Ali Zafar’s comeback may evoke nostalgia for longtime fans of PSL anthems, it’s uncertain whether the song brings anything fresh to the table. In an era where digital streaming has reshaped the music landscape, capturing the attention of diverse demographics is crucial for the success of a cricket anthem.

Looking back at recent anthems like “Agay Dekh” and “Sab Sitaray Humaray,” it’s evident that finding the right balance between tradition and innovation is no easy feat.

While these songs may have featured notable artists and attempted to explore new musical territories, they ultimately fell short of capturing the essence of cricket fandom in Pakistan.

As “Khul Ke Khel” makes its debut, it remains to be seen whether it will strike the right chord with fans in the stadium or falls flat as the PSL 9 season progresses