The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) unveiled the trophy for season eight of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Thursday in Lahore.
The trophy was revealed at the historic Shalimar Gardens by the PCB Management Committee Chairman, Najam Sethi, in the presence of franchise owners and elite cricketers.
“National team’s motto, artistry, recognition and prestige were conveyed in the brand new Pakistan Super League eight trophy,” the PCB said in a press release.
“The 24-karat Supernova Trophy, as it will be called, has been made in Pakistan and showcases the country's skilled craftsmanship and the Pakistan Cricket Board’s dedication towards supporting local businesses.
“The three pillars of the trophy, which are studded with 9,907 sparkling zircon stones, represent the national cricket team’s motto: Unity, Passion, and Strength, while the main pillar at the back is further embellished with crystals, representing the dedication and hard work that has gone into ensuring the team’s success.”
The opening ceremony of PSL 8 will be held in Multan on February 13 prior to the tournament opener between 2021 winners Multan Sultans and defending champions Lahore Qalandars; meanwhile the closing ceremony and final will be played on March 19 in Lahore, which will also host play-offs.
The PSL 8 will be held in two legs with Multan Cricket Stadium and Karachi's National Bank Cricket Arena splitting matches from February 13-26 before the action shifts to the Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium and Pindi Cricket Stadium, in Rawalpindi, where the matches will be played from February 26 to March 19. This includes the Qualifier, two Eliminators and the final in Lahore from March 15-19.
Lahore Qalandars will attempt to become the first side to win back-to-back titles; meanwhile Islamabad United will aim to become the most successful side by lifting the trophy thrice.
Except for Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans, no other side has reached the final of the tournament as defending champions.
Rawalpindi will stage 11 fixtures, Karachi and Lahore will host nine matches each, whereas Multan will have five home games.