Pakistan Super League trophy handed over to TCS [DailyTimes] 27 Feb, 2019

The Pakistan Super League trophy was handed over to Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) courier partners TCS at a press conference held at the Dubai International Stadium here Tuesday. TCS will be bringing the trophy from Dubai to Karachi this week, the trophy will be unveiled at National Stadium in Karachi on the eve of the tournament final (March 16) by the captains of the two finalists. Head of Marketing PCB Sohaib Sheikh, Managing Director International TCS Mark Woodcock and Board Director TCS Holdings Qasim Awan addressed the media at the presser.The glittering PSL trophy will arrive in Karachi on February 27, a total of eight matches will be played in Pakistan with five matches at Karachi’s National Stadium, including the final. The participants spoke about the incredible excitement among the fans as the league moves to Pakistan with an unprecedented eight matches from March 7. Sohaib Sheikh and the TCS officials confirmed that there was a massive interest in the Pakistan leg of the PSL 2019. Match tickets are in great demand, PCB and TCS are confident of big crowds and heaving stadiums in both Lahore and Karachi. Action begins in Karachi with a high-octane clash between Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi on 7 March.The PSL 2019 Trophy: The star, the crescent, the green and the white! This year’s PSL Trophy is a visual representation of the Pakistani flag in all its sparkling beauty. The central core, covered in Swarovski’s 16 faceted Xirius crystals one by one rises up as a dazzling green beam and shows off the majestic Shooting Star at the pinnacle. Around the star, six pillars covered on the sides with Swarovski’s Fine Rocks, open to make a crescent, depicting the six participating teams of the PSL. More than 50,000 crystals have been used in the trophy that took 4 months to be made, from concept to creation. ‘The Pakistan Trophy’ celebrates the different cultures in Pakistan and the harmony with which they stand together to call this country home. The green and white unite the many colours of this land under one flag, each colour being vivid as it is. The people of this land join together to form the sparkling the star and crescent, the people join together to form a strong Pakistan. PSL is driven by this diversity and celebrates the best of Pakistan’s cricketing talent with the people of Pakistan.Olivier signs with Yorkshire, angering South Africa bossesFast bowler Duanne Olivier has turned down a two-year national team contract with South Africa to sign a deal with Yorkshire that will most likely put an end to his international career just as it was starting to blossom. The 26-year-old will play for Yorkshire for the next three seasons on a Kolpak deal, which allows South Africans to be registered as locally based players in Britain but also prevents them from playing for their home country.Kolpak refers to a European Court of Justice ruling allowing some non-European Union players to play in the EU. Such deals will most likely not be possible in cricket after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Olivier’s move has angered Cricket South Africa (CSA), as he was the star performer for his country in their 3-0 home Test series whitewash of Pakistan earlier in the season and has 48 wickets in 10 Tests at an average of 19.25, putting him 19th on the International Cricket Council’s Test bowler rankings. He was also recently added to the country’s One-Day International squad that puts him in line for World Cup selection. “I would be lying if I said this wasn’t a difficult decision to make,” Olivier told Yorkshire’s website (yorkshireccc.com). “It’s giving up playing for my country with no guarantees of playing international cricket again. “But at the end of the day, I needed to be true to myself. I’ve only got this one chance to see where my talent can take me, and Yorkshire just felt right to me.”Cricket South Africa said it was bad news for the global game that a player clearly on the rise has turned their back on international cricket to play the county circuit. “We find it extremely disappointing that Duanne has taken this step after all the opportunities we have given him,” CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said in a statement. “This is not good news for the global game either that a player who has just broken into the top 20 on the ICC Test match bowling rankings for the first time should opt effectively to bring down the curtain on his international career in favour of playing only in domestic leagues.” Olivier played for Derbyshire in the County Championship Division Two last year, taking 31 wickets in seven matches at an average of 27.48..

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