HBL PSL 2nd Edition’s Final Ceremony on Sunday proved the Great Day for Pakistan as after a long time the big game. Kamran Akmal has been out of the national cricket team for many years now; however, his new star performance has made a big chase for selectors to take him back to the national side. On Sunday night, Akmal received the Man of the Tournament award and the awards for best wicketkeeper as well the as best batsman of the tournament.
Kamran Akmal scored a total of 353 runs in all his 11 innings, with a top score of 104, correspondingly the highest score in the tournament. Akmal was the wicketkeeper with 12 dismissals, the highest in PSL 2017. “Tribute to the team management and players as well. I am knocking on the doors of selection. I accepted a lot of confidence from domestic cricket. I did not perform well in the opening matches, yet the management kept their faith in me,” said happy Kamran Akmal. Karachi Kings pacer Sohail Khan got the award for the best bowler of the tournament. Hasan Ali received the trophy on behalf of Sohail Khan.
“To me, it is just more than a game,” stated Sammy speaking about the PSL final. “It began in the draft. Lala [S. Afridi] made the big announcement, I would be the captain. This trophy means a lot. Lala affected my decision to come here. Sammy was also awarded a traditional ‘pagri’ by his Peshawar Zalmi party, which he dressed as he walked up to collect the awards.
Opening PSL Final Ceremony of Closing Day
Singer Ali Zafar started the show with his recent PSL song ‘Khel Jamay Ga’ enclosed by traditional dancers on PSL Final Ceremony. Fakhir followed his act along with an old favourite ‘Tere Bina Dil Na Lagay’. Band frontman Farhad Humayun took the chance to make a political statement. “We will resume playing cricket here,” he told a charged crowd. The Peshawar Zalmi took a round of the stadium before a performance by band Overload.
PSL Chairman Najam Sethi express thanks to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, “Today it is because of you & we are in Lahore,” he told the crowd. “Today there are people here from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Karachi, Quetta ─ from every part of Pakistan. It is a presentation of solidarity. The whole world should see that we are together. We will not bow our heads in front of anyone. We can do everything.”
“Wah, maza ayega aj [Today will 0be enjoyable]! one will win, one will lose, though, in the end, it will be yours and Pakistan’s win.” “We will resume playing our music here, including our families and kids will go to parks and enjoy themselves,” he said, before singing ‘Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’ and taking up the drums.