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Sports

Web Desk
February 15, 2021

Atif Aslam, rapper Imran Khan, and Humaima Malik to feature in PSL 2021 opening ceremony

Sports

Web Desk
Mon, Feb 15, 2021
PCB/Handout via The News

  • PCB says "PSL 6 opening ceremony will have some parts filmed offshore in a specially designed studio space in Turkey
  • Says PSL 2021 opening ceremony to feature the country's famed singer Atif Aslam, rapper Imran Khan, and actor-model Humaima Malik
  • Atif Aslam would be making his PSL opening ceremony debut on February 20, 2021
  • The ceremony to be aired on Geo Super; starting time "will be revealed in the coming week"


KARACHI: Pakistan's musical heartthrob Atif Aslam, as well rapper Imran Khan and actress-model Humaima Malik, will feature in the PSL 2021 opening ceremony, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Ahead of the highly-anticipated opening ceremony of the Pakistan Super League's (PSL) sixth iteration, the PCB revealed on Sunday that the line-up includes Atif Aslam — who would make his PSL opening ceremony debut — while Khan and Malik would be present alongside the PSL 2021 anthem stars Naseebo Lal, Aima Baig, and Young Stunners.

The PSL 2021 "will start with a glittering opening ceremony on 20 February with an entertainment-packed event" — an annual colourful event since the series' inception in 2016.

"Along with Atif, renowned rap artist Imran Khan will also be marking his debut at the HBL PSL stage. The HBL PSL 6 opening ceremony will have some parts filmed offshore in a specially designed studio space in Turkey.

"The first four ceremonies were held at the Dubai International Stadium while the 2020 opening ceremony was staged at the National Stadium Karachi and the same venue will play host to the 2021 ceremony," the PCB said.

Watch behind-the-scenes video of PSL 2021 anthem 'Groove Mera' by Naseebo Lal, Aima Baig:

Defending champions Karachi Kings would face off Quetta Gladiators in a night match — the first one of the series — right after the opening ceremony.

'Excitement is further raised'

In this regard, PCB Commercial Director Babar Hamid revealed that PSL 2021 opening ceremony would be "really exciting especially with the state-of-the-art technology being used to create this experience for Pakistani fans".

“As always, the excitement is further raised with the opening clash of the tournament, and the people in Karachi, I am sure will look forward to see[ing] Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators take the field as they both enjoy a huge fan base in the city.”

The ceremony would be aired on Geo Super and the sports channel of Pakistan's state-run television, PTV. Its starting time "will be revealed in the coming week".

In case you still haven't checked out the PSL 2021 anthem, here it is: