PSL Season 3, (Not) A Smashing Success

Even prominent footballers like Brazilian midfielder Paulinho and Argentine attacker Lionel Messi have featured in what has been a truly sparkling spectacle.

Zeeshan Iftakhar 07:50 PM | 3 Mar, 2018
PSL Season 3, (Not) A Smashing Success
As expected, the third edition of the Pakistan Super League has turned to be a smashing success. Despite the efforts of its unpatriotic doubters, PSL has commenced its third installment and in the process, has drawn unprecedented acclaim from all over the world. Everyone is excited about the PSL, especially the foreign players who are totally willing to visit Pakistan.

Just like a Defence ka larka in Lyari
Just like a Defence ka larka in Lyari

With an extravagant opening ceremony that would put Malik Riaz to shame, the Pakistan Super League is sure to eclipse its Indian counterpart in terms of sheer hype. No expense has been spared in this endeavor and part of this strategy has been to recruit the very best cricketers in the world today such as Darren Sammy and Sunil Narine. Even prominent footballers like Brazilian midfielder Paulinho and Argentine attacker Lionel Messi have featured in what has been a truly sparkling spectacle.

Moreover, the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan going up against (predominantly) Pakistani opposition in the UAE makes for an experience that the Pakistani audience has surely never witnessed before. Given this, spectators must be scrambling to get up and close to the action.

Or maybe not
Or maybe not

There are however, no doubts regarding the success of this competition. Our cricket-fueled patriotism simply does not allow for questioning of this valiant effort to bring cricket back to Pakistan. Despite this, there has been much effort by unpatriotic elements to malign this competition; with the media complicit in spreading negativity regarding the PSL. Surely this is the work of those that wish to see Pakistan fail in every way possible. These are the same people who would like nothing more than to see the fall of our beloved CPEC. Little do they know that the PSL will single-handedly solve the country’s socio-economic problems (that SeePaC will also do so goes without saying). In fact, it is forecast that the moment an English player enters a Pakistani Stadium, wells in Thar will be bursting with water (which certainly ought to save the government from suo motu).

Regardless, this level of excitement was only last witnessed when Ronaldinho and other famous former footballers came to Pakistan to promote a (criminally overpriced) amateur football league. If there is one lesson that can be learned from that event, it is that transitory hype can certainly compensate for the lack of important issues being addressed.

There are however, (other) positives that we can take from PSL 3. Now even seasoned cricketers such as Brendon Mccullam will feel the pain (that we Pakistanis often feel) as Umar Akmal throws away a match with a reckless shot (further condolences are extended to the teammates of Ahmed Shahzad). The precise expression is perhaps best demonstrated by the owner of Lahore Qalandars, Fawad Rana.

One for my Lahori brethren

As demonstrated above, PSL 3 for all its shortcomings, has been a great source for making memes. While the batting, balling or fielding may not be up to the mark, we have been provided with some hilarious moments. Such as the moment when Ramiz Raja learnt the Chinese word for cricket. Jin afraad ko nahin samajh aya, wo barae meherbani pogo dekhein.

And then theres this gem:

Zeeshan Iftakhar
Zeeshan Iftakhar

Zeeshan Iftakhar is a student of Law at LUMS and a keen admirer of qeemay walay naan.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430


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