Lock and load: PSL 2023 blasts off with adrenaline-pumping festivities

First match of the series between Multan Sultan and Lahore Qalandars set to kick off soon

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A photograph of the opening ceremony of PSL 8 at the Multan Cricket Stadium on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/Geo News Live
A photograph of the opening ceremony of PSL 8 at the Multan Cricket Stadium on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/Geo News Live

The opening ceremony of the Pakistan Super League's (PSL) eighth edition was staged at the Multan Cricket Stadium Monday evening, lighting up the city of saints.

The ceremony — which was attended by fans at the stadium and watched on TV screens from across the country — kicked off with a soulful rendition of the National Anthem by Aima Baig.

Lock and load: PSL 2023 blasts off with adrenaline-pumping festivities

She was followed on stage by HBL CEO Muhammad Aurangzeb, who addressed the jubilant crowd, thanking fans for their love and support.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee's Chairman Najam Sethi then took the stage and vowed that the matches of the tournament would take place in Quetta and Peshawar as well next year.

Aima Baig and Sahir Ali Bagga also mesmerised fans with their performance. After that the three lead singers of the official PSL 8 anthem delighted the crowd with their performance, gearing them up for the match which is due to begin at 8pm today.

The ceremony was wrapped up with a spectacular display of fireworks.

Fireworks light up Multan

Fireworks take place during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews
Fireworks take place during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews
Fireworks take place during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews
Fireworks take place during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews

Shae Gill, Asim Azhar and Faris Shafi perform PSL Anthem

Shae Gill performs during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews
Shae Gill performs during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews
Asim Azhar performs during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews
Asim Azhar performs during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews
Faris Shafi performs during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews
Faris Shafi performs during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews

Performance by Sahir Ali Bagga and Aima Baig

Aima Baig (left) and Sahir Ali Bagga (right) perform during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews
Aima Baig (left) and Sahir Ali Bagga (right) perform during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews

Let the game begin: Najam Sethi

PCB Management Committee Chairman Najam Sethi speaks to the crowd during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews
PCB Management Committee Chairman Najam Sethi speaks to the crowd during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews

Najam Sethi vowed that the board would ensure that PSL matches take place in Peshawar and Quetta next year.

"The PSL has given several assets to Pakistan. This has become an international brand that we can be proud of. This year [several] foreign and local players are debuting."

He added that the tournament had given several stars to the national side, including Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali.

"Full congratulations in advance to those who will win. Let the game begin," he added.

HBL CEO Muhammad Aurangzeb addresses crowd

HBL CEO Muhammad Aurangzeb speaks to the crowd during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews
HBL CEO Muhammad Aurangzeb speaks to the crowd during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews

HBL CEO Muhammad Aurangzeb hoped that young players would perform well in the tournament. He also asked the fans in the stadium and around the world to enjoy the tournament.

"No matter which team wins [...] the real victory is of Pakistan," he added.

Aima Baig sings National Anthem

Aima Baig sings the national anthem during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews
Aima Baig sings the national anthem during the opening ceremony of the PSL 8 in Multan on February 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews