In previous PSL editions held in 2016 and 2017, Peshawar Zalmi played 21 T20s - the highest number of matches among all teams - and out of which they won 12 while lost 8, recording their winning percentage of 60%.
However, the army's emphasis on sending the cricketers to UAE as part of "PSL" is apparently to avoid any controversy since Pakistan is also part of the Saudi-led 41-nation counter terrorism alliance. "We must not let PSL become a victim of politics. I want new batsmen to come from PSL", he added.
Earlier, PSL kicked off with a glitzy opening ceremony. He was expertly backed up by Mohammad Irfan, whose extra bounce proved particularly troubling for last year's leading run-scorer Kamran Akmal; he fell for a duck attempting to pull cross the line.
"We are working with the Anti-Corruption and Safety Unit of the International Cricket Council to make sure that strong measures are in place to stop fixing", said Sethi.
Following a countdown to the big launch, the event officially began with the national anthem of Pakistan.
Moments later, singer and actor Ali Zafar took the centre stage and entertained the crowd with a special PSL rendition of his famous track, Rockstar.
Ramiz Raja speaking to Geo News.
But their first encounter would be against Peshawar Zalmi - the Defending Champions and the second most successful team in PSL History after Quetta Gladiators. Once her set was over it was pop star Shehzad Roy's turn to entertain the audience.