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Betting on Pakistan Super League (PSL) with Casumo

No prizes for guessing which country the Pakistan Super League (PSL) originates from. Of course, it’s a league from Pakistan and owned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), even if it has not always been staged in Pakistan (more on this later).

The PSL is not the most flashy or glitzy of cricket leagues out there. It does not even make the most money. But that said, the PSL has its specialties that make it stand out from the crowd and be of importance to the fans as well as gambling enthusiasts.

As you would know if you follow cricket, the T20 format, by default, favours batsmen and most T20 leagues around the world have conditions suitable for run making. 

The PSL is one exception though. 

Here, the conditions are not as skewed in batsmen’s favour as it is elsewhere. Pakistan has had a long history of producing ferocious fast bowlers and those men of pace can be often seen dominating PSL matches. 

As one of the leading sportsbooks in the region, Casumo keeps an eye on events that stand out, and PSL’s USP certainly has it standing out from the crowd. Thus, every new season, we pay great attention to PSL and make available as many betting markets as possible.

PSL – how it started, where it is

The PSL, unlike its main rivals, is a pretty new product. It came into existence in 2016 on foreign soil (or should we say foreign dust) of UAE. Thus, when compared with giants such the Big Bash League (BBL) and the Indian Premier League (IPL), both of whom are well established brands, the PSL appears a bit nascent.

The PCB and its executives did not just plan of creating PSL and bam: it happened. The league was preceded by five years of dillydallying, during which time little or no progress was made.

This was so because, while in most countries, staging sports leagues and events are not that big of a deal. But holding the PSL in Pakistan was more complicated than rocket science. 

Even before 2009, major cricketing nations and their players were not too keen on touring Pakistan. Australia, on one occasion, had backed out due to a political upheaval in Pakistan. In 2002, in another separate incident, the New Zealand cricket team had abandoned their tour of Pakistan after a bomb went off outside their hotel in Karachi.

In 2009, however, all hell broke loose when the Sri Lankan team was attacked in Lahore. Those reluctant before now flat out refused, and did so for years. It was why the inaugural PSL and a few partial editions after were held in the Arabian deserts rather than the comfort of home.

Over the last few years, the PCB has managed to convince a number of teams and players to visit Pakistan but still it is not uncommon for a few Nervous Nellies to avoid the trip.

The dropouts aside, the PSL has established as a pretty decent brand in a short span of time and if the Big 2 leagues were to expand and become Big 3, PSL could be one of the main candidates for induction.

PSL from betting perspective

The PSL 2021 began in mid-Feb as it does every year. But for the second-straight year, it was disrupted and postponed midway due to Covid-19 as the PCB’s so-called biosecure (more like bio-unsecure) bubble was breached, with reports of multiple players testing positive. 

Fortunately, though, the tournament is set to resume from June 1, which is just around the corner but still gives us plenty of time to research and decide with team to bet on.

When the tournament was postponed, the points table was telling as clear a story as any has ever told. Four teams – Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars (the latter two with an extra game in hand though) - with equal number of points, but separated by net run rate, were occupying the four playoffs spots. 

The other two, Quetta Gladiators and Multan Sultans, were in woeful form, with just one win to show in five outings each. 

The Gladiators, in particular, were totally listless, having lost four on the bounce when the bubble was breached. In a way, the postponement must have given them a relief. 

A pro-tip: Before the break, Islamabad United, the only two-time champions, were stacked and featured the cream of Pakistan’s T20 talent. How the break and roster changes, if any, would affect theremains to be seen but they looked like the team to beat.  

Anyway, Casumo does not have its betting markets for PSL out yet. But in a few weeks or day, as we get closer to PSL restart, we will have all the markets available for our players so watch this space.

Sign up on Casumo.com, fund your account through a variety of options and start betting on PSL now. 

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