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PSL Opening Ceremony 2021

Written by Danish Safdar

The sixth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) begun with a spectacular show on Saturday the 20th of February 2021 at the National Stadium in Karachi.

The PSL franchise has gained a lot of fan following in the past few years. The fifth edition’s final just ended In November after being called off due to the spread of the Coronavirus.

Pakistanis were especially looking forward to the opening of the sixth season, which was spectacular in every sense. It seems like ages after people got their refresher after the COVID-19 scare.

A crowd totaling 20% of the full capacity could attend the matches.

The opening ceremony tickets were sold out within three hours, which shows how Pakistanis are looking forward to the tournament.

It was a blast like the previous seasons, just for the exception that the stadium was not filled up with the crowd. Even then, the viewers enjoyed the ceremony in their homes.

The star-studded show was a ball for us with Atif Aslam, Imran Khan, Humaima Malik, Naseebo Laal, and Aima Baig glorifying the screens. The vibrant performances cut the ribbon to a month-long tournament which will pick the winner on the 22nd of March 2021.

The show kickstarted with the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani welcoming the foreign players. He explained how the crowd would be attending the matches to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

He said:

“Just 7,500 people will [be able to] attend [PSL] matches in Karachi and 5,500 people in Lahore because of the coronavirus”.

However, the chairman was hopeful that more people would be allowed to attend if the situation remains stable.

The crowd in the Karachi stadium and the TV viewers were transported to memory lane by Atif Aslam’s performance of “Adat” and “Yaadein.”

The songs’ soulful lyrics, the memories, and the new touch to the beat swept the crowd off their feet.

Next, Imran Khan and Humaima Malik pumped up the TV with the groovy performance of “Bewafa” and “Amplifier”. “Their “Satisfaya” charged the crowd up.

 

And it won’t be wrong to say, but Humaima Malik’s performance was downright groovy!

Twitter Nazis could not stay back from trolling the performance, giving a good laugh to the netizens.

Memes upon memes followed the performance on Twitter, making it one of the most talked-about performances in PSL 6!

They then began the earworm song or the sticky music that has gotten onto us in the past few days: The PSL anthem, Groove Mera by Naseebo Lala, and Aima Baig. Young Stunners fired the stage with their mind-blowing performance.

Let’s be truthful here; the song has gotten onto us, right? Even though it faced a tremendous backlash at first, Groove Mera is stuck in our heads and will continue to do so for the next month too!

The ceremony ended with an extravagant show of fireworks which Karachiites near the stadium also enjoyed from their galleries.

Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings began the first match of the league just after the opening ceremony. The stadium crowd cheered, for they were looking for a refresher after the fifth edition of the PSL was called off due to the Coronavirus.

After a steamy match, Karachi Kings won by 7 wickets with 6.1 overs left!

The viewers are now looking forward to an enjoyable season. The 34 matches in the tournament will be a catch. Let’s see who gets the trophy this year.

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