PSL-4 kick starts with star-studded ceremony in Dubai

DUBAI: Before defending champions, Islamabad United played against Lahore Qalandars in the opening match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) fourth edition, Junoon, Boney M and Fawad Khan rocked the crowd at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. 

The event started with the national anthem of Pakistan.

The PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani kicked-off the event with paying thanks to the commercial partners and the fans who continue to extend their support to the league. 

Europe’s The Final Countdown — was played after Mani’s speech. The musical night began with the tune of the 1992 World Cup.

Boney M performed on their famous track: Daddy Cool.

Former president General (retd) Pervaiz Musharraf was also present among the attendees.

UAE’s Minister of Tolerance Nahyan bin Mubarak al-Nahyan welcomes everyone locally and internationally for supporting this tournament.  He announces the final match to take place in Karachi’s National Stadium.  He expresses gratitude to Prime Minister Imran Khan for his cooperation.  He concludes the ceremony  leaving it in the hands of the commentators. 

All six teams have started entering the ground to gather to the center, behind their team flag along with their mascots while the anthem is still  playing in the background.

Photo: PSL Official Twitter Handle.

Fawad Khan takes the stage to sing the anthem of the tournament’s fourth edition as the teams are seen taking their positions to enter the ground.

Photo: PSL Official Twitter Handle.

Junoon, the trio after a long time make their entrance with heavy metal going off in the background singing their famous songs .

Photo: PSL Official Twitter Handle.

Pakistan’s sensation Aima Baig along with Shuja Haider singing late Nazia Hassan’s ‘Disco Deewane’ turning the ground int a disco.

We can see a glance of former president Pervez Musharaf among the audience enjoying the show.

Photo: PSL Official Twitter Handle.

International music icon Boney M has now taken the stage kicking off her performance with the hit song ‘Daddy Cool’.

Ceremony begins with a colourful display of an orchestra that makes a formation in the middle of the ground with fireworks in the background.

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani takes the stage to express his gratitude to UAE for allowing PSL to be staged here. He also thanked HBL as well as broadcast and commercial partners of the tournament.  He went on to wish the participating teams good luck in the coming matches. 

Partner of PSL 4 HBL opened the ceremony by vowing to make the event bigger and better this year since the past. 

Ramiz Raja kicks off  the glitzy and colourful opening ceremony that will include numerous names from Pakistan’s showbiz took the stage to open the tournament as it entered its fourth edition on Thursday in Dubai.

The star-studded event will be welcoming iconic musicians on stage including Junoon’s Ali Azmat and Salman Ahmed as well as Coke Studio sensation Aima Baig .

Moreover, the power houses behind PSL’s anthem Fawad Khan, Shuja Haider and Young Desi will also be putting up a show for the innumerable eyes attached to screens all around.

As the tournament is a few minutes away to get kicked off social media is hyped up ad bursting with energy to welcome the biggest sports event in the country for the fourth time.

Former chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board Najam Sethi along with other bigwigs have their zest for the game amplified   as well:

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