Aside from the final, which is scheduled to be played in Lahore, the other 23 matches in the 2017 PSL are scheduled to be played in Dubai and Sharjah, which hosted all 24 games in the 2016 edition.
Last season’s PSL was, compared to other major domestic T20 leagues, difficult for batting with only the 2016 CPL having a lower average and run rate.
|2016 T20 Blast||24.69||7.89|
Last year’s PSL was noteworthy because the two venues played host to the PSL and Masters Champions League simultaneously until 15 matches through the PSL season. However, despite the high volume of cricket on both grounds the venue statistics for both Dubai and Sharjah compare favourably with historical records for the grounds.
|Venue||PSL 2016 Ave||PSL 2016 RR||Historical Ave||Historical RR|
In the recently concluded Desert T20 Challenge tournament, played by eight associate nations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the batting average in Dubai was just 19.67, lower than in the PSL, however, the run rate was higher at 7.59.
This year the MCL is not being played, so given that there will be less cricket we can perhaps expect the pitches to be slightly better than last season. However, two venues will still be hosting 23 matches in three weeks and given the two venue’s history it would be a surprise if the PSL suddenly becomes a batting haven.