In the age of Twenty20 (T20) cricket, the fans have been exposed to numerous leagues across the globe that thrive on franchise-based tournaments. Australia gave us the Big Bash League (BBL). India has produced Indian Premier League (IPL). And Pakistan isn't far behind with their very own Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The idea of a franchise-based T20 tournament where cricketers from around the globe are seen donning local shirts continues to entice cricket fans. And, if the slambang cricketing action isn't enough, the whole jazz around these T20 leagues adds to the entertainment which is why we often see prominent celebrities performing at the tournament's opening ceremonies.
The year 2019 is proving to be no different. As the fourth edition of the PSL gets kicking from 14th February, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appears to be leaving no stone unturned in a bid to make the opening ceremony a massive success. Turning up the star quotient, the PCB has invited American rap artist Pitbull to perform at the opening ceremony.
The Florida based singer @pitbull a.k.a Mr. Worldwide is excited to be part of the #HBLPSL, here is what he has to say! #KhelDeewanoKa
More about HBL PSL Opening Ceremony ð https://t.co/Uj1fIyOAcR pic.twitter.com/Q5gHUsaSKJ
Armando Christian Perez, better known for his stage name Pitbull, is a renowned singer, record producer and songwriter. He is known for his songs like “Give Me Everything” and “Timber”, Pitbull has performed the anthem for the 2014 FIFA World Cup along with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte.January 31, 2019
The 38-year-old also confirmed his presence at the PSL opening ceremony on Twitter. "Join yours truly in Dubai on February 14 for the @thePSLt20 Opening Ceremony performance. See you there!" Pitbull tweeted.
As soon as the news broke on the social media, cricket fans expressed their views on PCB's move for Pitbull. While some were excited to see the Florida-based artist perform at the opening ceremony, others questioned the PCB for splurging money on Pitbull rather than using local talent.
How much PCB gonna pay for this i heard round 10cror its hell of amount it is better to hire our local singee instead pitbull nobudy knows him— Azam Dogar (@Azam005M) January 31, 2019
It's going high
It'll be superb ceremony
WORLD BEST LEAGUE IS ON WAY
Fans are Also super excited to see their favourite stars in one Place.
How much PCB gonna pay for this i heard round 10cror its hell of amount it is better to hire our local singee instead pitbull nobudy knows him— Ø§ÙØ§ ÙØ¬ÙÙÙ ð¥ (@Humour_lesss) January 31, 2019
Fazool kharchi hai, If it's 10 cror.
Itnay main saray Pakistani singers aajany thay ððð
To all those saying wastage of money..
Its about the international recognition these small elements are much valued
I love pitbulllllll it will be funn... Awesome step— Farzam Bakht. (@FarzamBakht1) February 1, 2019
Why not ali zafar or atif aslam— Faraz (@Farazloveu) January 31, 2019