What can we expect from the pitches in the Pakistan Super League?

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.

TournamentAverageRun Rate
2016 PSL23.397.22
2016 IPL27.017.89
2016 T20 Blast24.697.89
2016 CPL21.017.08
2016/17 BBL23.657.95

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.

VenuePSL 2016 AvePSL 2016 RRHistorical AveHistorical RR
Dubai (DSC)23.957.5620.096.75
Sharjah26.077.6820.956.91

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.

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