Lahore (Staff Report): Former T20 captain of the Pakistan national cricket team Shahid Afridi has quit from the upcoming Shpageeza Twenty20 Cricket League in Afghanistan.
According to details, Shahid Afridi pulled out from the tournament due to an ‘urgent family issue’.
Afridi, who said that his international career was over in February 2017, was set to captain the Muslimyar Speenghar Tigers’ team in the tournament.
The team will be coached by the former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs.
Afridi took to Twitter to make the announcement on Friday evening:
Very thankful to AFG gvt, @ACBofficials &MuslimYar sb. Speenghar Tigers to invite me. But I have some vry urgent family issue comeup 1/2— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 8, 2017
The dashing right-hander, who played for Hampshire in the NatWest T20 Blast in England and scored his first-ever century in the shortest format of the game, had raised hopes of some fireworks in Afghanistan as well.
Afridi’s decision to play in the T20 tournament in Afghanistan was not welcomed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The board had expressed its displeasure as the senior cricketer had earlier sought permissions to play in the Big Bash League (BBL), but not in the tournament in Afghanistan.