According to sources, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) seventh edition’s opening ceremony cost around Rs. 25 million, which is significantly less than the previous edition’s opening ceremony, which cost over Rs. 200 million.
The 20-minute curtain-raiser was a nice change, as the PSL festivities got underway quickly. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has conducted lavish opening ceremonies in the past, which did not go over well with the country’s cricket fans.
Due to COVID-19 constraints, the PSL 6 opening ceremony was not broadcast live in the stadium. The PCB spent roughly Rs. 200 million on the virtual opening ceremony, which was shot in Turkey.
In comparison, only a few small segments were shown at this year’s opening ceremony. The first portion was a short documentary about Pakistan cricket history directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and narrated by PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja. Three Austrian skydivers plunged from 5,000 feet outside the National Stadium Karachi after the moving homage to Pakistan cricket. To kick off the festivities, the skydivers brought in the official ball for the PSL 7’s first match and gave it to the umpires.
Superstars Atif Aslam and Aima Baig lit up the stage with the PSL 7 song, ‘Agay Dekh,’ before PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja and Prime Minister Imran Khan used a video package to officially launch the PSL 7. The curtain-raiser ended with a fireworks display as the captains took to the field for the toss of PSL 7’s first match.
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