As per reports, Indian viewers outnumbered others in PSL finals viewership
Published - Mar 8, 2017 5:28 pm | Updated - Mar 8, 2017 5:29 pm
As per statistics released by Pakistan Super League’s official online streaming partner Cricketgateway, the grand finale of the 2017 edition was watched online by more Indians than viewers from any other country.
Interestingly, 28.22 percent of the total online viewership of the Lahore final was formed by Pakistan’s arch-rivals India. Next on the list were Pakistanis who watched the final by contributing 21.47 percent of the total viewership. However, it is also important to note that the tournament was not broadcasted in India while the majority of viewers in Pakistan viewed the cash-rich league on the television.
15.8 percent viewership came from fans in Oman, while those from the USA were tallied at 12.4 percent. Singapore viewers amounted to 4.67 percent. The remainder of the audience was generated from the UK and other parts of Europe.
While all matches of the T20 tournament were held in the UAE, the 2017 PSL final took place in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium where Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators met for a historic clash. The Darren Sammy-led Zalmi trumped the Gladiators by 58 runs to seal the title.
After lifting the trophy, the former West Indies captain said, “I have enjoyed playing a cricket match (in Lahore) and I have even enjoyed being with the security guys as I have never seen something like this before so it was a good experience. It is hopefully a step in the right direction where things could happen. What I can say is that being here felt like playing in St Lucia, playing in India or anywhere else in the world. Today, I felt cricket was the (real) winner.“
After the success of the finals, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is now working with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to organise four matches t20 series between Pakistan and World XI in September in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.