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PSL5: A Way to Revive Pakistan’s International Cricket

Bobby Jansson

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Pakistan Super League

The Twenty20 Cricket Competition of the Pakistan Super League is not financially competing in terms of player payments for the lucrative Indian Premier League, but it is a dream for some cricketers to play in it. It is considered a way to resume full international cricket on home ground for the Pakistan Cricket Board. Nearly a decade ago, in Lahore, a terrorist attack on the team in Sri Lanka in 2009 led to the suspension, forcing the National Team to play the home games in the United Arab Emirates, of the global cricket. Cricket organizer in Pakistan also had no option but to organize the first whole edition of the UAE at the start of their T20 flagship tournament in 2016. But this began a step by step process to bring cricket from all over the world back to Pakistan, where cricket is the biggest sport. Lahore hosted the 2017 PSL Final to show that local security agencies can protect foreign players. During 2018, in Karachi, Pakistan’s greatest city, Lahore hosted two PSL playoff games prior to the final. Eight games were being played in both Lahore and Karachi during the 2019 edition was held in the UAE with all six franchises. The current Champion, Quetta Gladiators, won the title on 17 March at Karachi. The world looks forward to seeing by the Schedule of PSL 5 who the PSL5 champion, 2020 will be?

The Twenty20 Cricket Competition of the Pakistan Super League

Pakistan Cricket Chairman Ehsan Mani wants complete edition hosted by Pakistan home grounds in 2020. Host of twenty-two different games against a World XI, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, Lahore and Karachi were focal points in pushing for more crickets on their home soil. Though the lack of upgrades to the stadiums in cities like Rawalpindi, Multan and Faisalabad, however, had hindered progress. Soon after cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who is also the PCB’s boss, sworn in as Prime Minister, took Mani Pakistan’s top job. Mani is now looking for funding from the Khan government, to help us scratch the tanks. Mani said it was observed over 100 million people last year, and despite the economic situation in Pakistan, sponsorship and broadcast rights deals continue to rise rapidly. Mani is hopeful that another incident-free PSL will encourage international teams to Pakistan for complete international series later in the year.

Star Darren Sammy from West Indies who plays for Peshawar Zalmi, became Pakistan’s household name after winning 2017 final in Lahore and finishing in Karachi last year. Wasim Khan, the PCB Managing director, feels that it won’t be long before the test matches are hosted completely again in Pakistan. Others, like former Pakistani captain Ramiz Raja, now a TV analyst, suggested that PSL could make foreign players feel good.

The PSL is the perfect platform for Pakistani fans to see. The PSL season lasts from February to March.  Schedule of PSL 5: The top four teams with the best record qualify for the playoffs and culminate in the Championships, PSL Cup Final, in each team that plays double round-robin matches. The League is based in Lahore on the Pakistan Cricket Board. The first season was entirely played in the United Arab Emirates, because of security reasons. Islamabad United was the inaugural champions. The 2017 PSL Champions of Peshawar Zalmi defeated Quetta Gladiators on 5 March 2017 in Lahore. The 2018 PSL Champions were Islamabad United which, on 25 March 2018, beat Peshawar Zalmi. Quetta Gladiators is the current champions who won the title in Karachi on 17 March 2019. The world is keen to see, who will be the champion of PSL5, 2020. Outsiders think that Pakistan is a country of terror, it doesn’t actually. Here before there was a lot of safety and even more is beefed up. They should come, therefore, those who do not come.

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50 years later George Best’s Stylo Matchmakers football boots are remastered and re-released

Umar Nisar

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50 years later George Best's Stylo Matchmakers football

This iconic British football boot label established itself in 1966, the year England became world champion. After more than 50 years, Stylo Matchmakers are back in challenging the soccer shoe industry today, by serving large pockets of outlets where major corporate brands are unwelcome and unwanted.

The Stylo Matchmakers brand was the first British brand to have broken the soccer shoe market throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, and today they are on a mission to do so again.

George Best was one of the players responsible for the great growth in Stylo Matchmakers. George Best is still ranked as one of the most talented footballers of all time.

Best was an award-winning Irish international soccer player, whose fans around the world have captured a unique touch, never seen before. Best had the skill and agility to beat some of the best football players of his time and with his amazing style both on and off the field, he was a soccer player who went to influence soccer fans in millions.

In 1968, the young Manchester United put a pen on paper and signed Stylo Matchmakers, which was known as the most successful British boot brand, and that before it was also worn by Pele and later became the most popular brand of soccer shoes in the 1970s.

50 years later George Best's Stylo Matchmakers football

George Best signed and designed Heirship Sixty Eyl Stylo Matchmakers. Before that, soccer shoes were usually completely black or even brown. Stylo Matchmakers also added a ‘Quality Bar’ to its designs.

When George Best announced his support for ads, Stylo Matchmakers sales increased. Stylo has sold over one million pairs of soccer shoes around the world. In the months that followed, Best also designed and created his own fashion line with the Stylo Matchmakers team.

At the age of 22, while wearing Stylo Matchmakers, Best undoubtedly helped Manchester United win. They won two league titles and a European Cup. He also called for the Ballon d d’Or Award, an annual football award that is considered a prestigious individual award for soccer players and became the youngest footballer of the year.

Signing the deal with Stylo Matchmakers was pioneering. He led the way for future professional footballers to work alongside sports brands.

Stylo Matchmakers followed Best with the signing of young Liverpool star “Merseyy’s Mighty Mouse” AKA Kevin Keegan. This trend started as Stylo became the largest and largest soccer shoe brand in the English game.

After the Stylo Matchmakers preliminary deal, George Best learned to market himself and in turn became the world’s first famous sports star and original football image. His presence in the football world during the late 1960s and 1970s rivaled the Beatle’s presence in the music industry. It is known that the Portuguese fans of George Best called it “The Beetle”.

 

Stylo Matchmakers today is the brand choice for footballers who do not want to follow the company’s trends, but who want to represent the change of times in football.

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Brian Clough filled his boots. Stylo Matchmakers football boots are back.

Umar Nisar

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Brian Clough filled his boots. Stylo

EST 1966, the football shoe brand Stylo Matchmakers was born at a shoe factory in Northampton, UK. Stylo has now relaunched to jumpstart the boot market, giving players and coaches more options and opportunities to represent themselves as an alternative thinker.

It all started when the Stylo Matchmakers name took over the pyramid of English football in the early 1970s, after shoe-staring players including Pele and George Best helped build the brand name in the late 1960s.

As this introductory brand became more dominant, entire teams and their managers, including Leeds United, Liverpool FC, AFC Sunderland, Celtic FC, Fulham FC and Nottingham Forest started wearing Stylo Matchmakers shoes. Many of these clubs either won a competition or reached the finals while wearing their creators.

Don Rivi was the first manager to sign a contract with Leeds United with club captain Bobby Collins, as Stylo Matchmakers were local owners and top Leeds United fans.

Clough had a short period of running Leeds after leaving Riffy, and admired the quality of the shoes, so he took Stylo’s contact with him to his next job at Nottingham Forest.

Brian Clough filled his boots. Stylo

It wasn’t long before other directors wanted to co-sponsor famous Stylo Matchmakers including other legendary directors Jock Stein in Celtic, Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley in Liverpool.

Among most football fans, it can be said that Clough was the most successful, and he is certainly the most outspoken English manager of his generation. He was also very smart in intelligence and one of the most respected football managers of his time.

It has been more than 50 years since Stylo Matchmakers first launched. Today, the brand is back in the business of making soccer shoes that challenge the major brands of companies in areas they have failed to represent.

Stylo Matchmakers have already dominated the soccer shoe market before, would you be part of helping them do that again?

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Viv Anderson reunited with Stylo Matchmakers classic football boots

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Viv Anderson reunited with Stylo Matchmakers

In 1976, England footballing legend Viv Anderson signed for a British favorite, the football boot label with the “Stripe of Quality” previously worn and made world-famous sporting legends including both Pele and George Best, they are Stylo Matchmakers.

Two years after Viv signed his Stylo Matchmakers boot deal, he became the first black football player to represent the England squad as a full International player.

Fast forward forty years, and now as a retired professional footballer, Viv is introduced to a remastered and modernized version of the original Stylo Matchmakers boot he used to play games in, today known as the Heirship Seventy Four.

After the Stylo Matchmakers brand had been quiet within the football industry for a number of decades, advances in boot technology have today of course made Stylo Matchmakers boots much more comfortable, lighter, and much softer than they ever were before.

Taken on a trip down memory lane, Viv told Stylo Matchmakers representatives how extremely impressed he was with the new qualities and style of the boots and agreed to partner with the Stylo Matchmakers brand in time for his next ex-pro tournament, at the Hong Kong Sevens competition.

Viv Anderson reunited with Stylo Matchmakers

Stylo Matchmakers’ story originally began a decade earlier, in 1966, just before England famously won the World Cup. After dominating the English football leagues and selling millions of pairs of football boots all around the world throughout the seventies, eventually, the family business who ran the brand could not compete any longer, with the likes of the competition, the German and American global sports corporations we are familiar with today.

After years of world domination the corporate brands have had across the sports sector, Stylo Matchmakers say the billion-pound football boot industry alone has generated its own flaws and the limited choice of boot brands is a world problem.

Stylo Matchmakers told us that they rebooted their football boot manufacturing, to campaign for change, addressing some of the problems they say the big brands have created for themselves.

 “We have seen increasing amounts of sports activists raising concerns for many types of societies across sports and football, and we see that there are lots of unjustified inequalities that need to be abolished due to the corporate brands having so much power.”    

Today the big brands continue to sign up players on astronomical boot deals and the cost of this marketing forces the cost of a new pair of football boots to rise. Stylo Matchmakers on the other hand say they continue to campaign “Against Modern Football” and refuse to pay anybody to wear their brand as it doesn’t support the values of equality.

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