WATCH: Pakistan Super League trophy unveiled

Dubai - The 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) trophy was unveiled at the Dubai International Stadium, where the tournament kick-starts on Thursday as the defending champions Islamabad United take on Lahore Qalandars.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson Ehsan Mani, Chief Marketing Officer HBL Naveed Asghar, Professionals Director Commercial for Middle East and Africa Arsalan Saif representing Swarovski were joined by the captains of the six franchises at the trophy launch press conference.

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This year's PSL Trophy is a visual representation of the Pakistani flag in all its sparkling beauty.

The central core, covered in Swarovski's 16 faceted Xirius crystals one by one rises up as a dazzling green beam and shows off the majestic Shooting Star at the pinnacle.

Around the star, six pillars covered on the sides with Swarovski's Fine Rocks, open to make a crescent, depicting the six participating teams of the PSL.

More than 50 000 crystals have been used in the trophy that took four months to be made, from concept to creation.

South Africans participating in Pakistan Super League:

Islamabad United - Wayne Parnell, Cameron Delport

Quetta Gladiators - Rilee Rossouw

Lahore Qalandars - AB de Villiers

Karachi Kings - Colin Ingram