One of the cricket world’s most exciting all-rounders, Shahid Afridi has withdrawn from the 2018 CPL through injury.
Jamaica Tallahwahs will not be able to call upon Shahid Afridi in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League after the former Pakistan all-rounder confirmed his unavailability.
Afridi cited rehabilitation from a long-standing knee injury as the reason behind his absence.
The 38-year-old sustained the injury while playing for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League in March, and with the rehabilitation process still ongoing, he tweeted that he would not be able to turn out for the Tallahwahs this year.
Happy to have signed with @JAMTallawahs for #CPL18. Just to make sure @simadwasim keeps his top form going in the #Biggestpartyinsport..I thought I’ll be with them for two years ???? @CPL pic.twitter.com/s7OqiIMZw8
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 1, 2018
Afridi has taken the field even after sustaining the injury – he played six matches for Edmonton Royals in the Global Canada T20 League in July, and also captained ICC World XI against West Indies in the Hurricane Relief T20I in May.
Before that, however, he had taken to Twitter to give an update on the condition of his knee, saying, ‘Went to see my doctor in Dubai, the knee hasn’t recovered fully yet. I’ll need another three-four weeks. Hoping to regain full fitness after that, keep praying for me.’
Afridi announced his international retirement last year, but continues to play T20 cricket for franchises the world over.
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— S Afridi Foundation (@SAFoundationN) August 5, 2018
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