Pakistan’s most iconic star of T20 Cricket, Shahid Khan Afridi recently revealed that next season of Pakistan Super League (PSL) could be his last season before retirement. Afridi also hinted at his intentions of representing Quetta Gladiators in PSL 2022. According to Shahid Afridi, “If Multan Sultans release me, I surely want to play my last season for Quetta Gladiators“.
I am still playing cricket because of my fans
Last week, the owner of Quetta Gladiators Nadeem Umar also shared his thoughts on having Shahid Afridi in their team for next season. Mr. Nadeem mentioned several times that Sarfaraz Ahmad would be their captain for each season, but recently said few more words regarding captaincy, “Sarfaraz is our Captain, but if he voluntarily steps down, Afridi will be our captain”, qouted by Geo.tv
Former Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi also represented Nadeem Umar’s team Galle Gladiators in Lanka Premier League in 2020. Although due to personal issues he only played in few matches.
Shahid Afridi has so far represented 3 PSL franchises since the tournament’s emergence in 2016. Afridi played for Peshawar Zalmi in 2016 and 2017, followed by Karachi Kings in 2018 and 2019, and then, Multan Sultans in 2020 and 2021. Looking at the trend Afridi never stayed at a franchise for more than 2 seasons, he may switch the team this year. Afridi has won the PSL twice, 2017 and 2021, but both times he didn’t feature in the Final, due to injury.
According to the trade and retention rules of PSL, if both franchise and players agree to continue the term they can be retained, otherwise, they may be traded with some other team or else sent to the open draft.
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