Former Pakistan cricketer, Shahid Afridi hinted that the upcoming season of the PSL might be his last professional event. Till date, Afridi has played for three franchises – Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans in the PSL but the swashbuckling batsman wants to end his career while representing Quetta Gladiators. Afridi has a staggering record in PSL, scoring 456 runs to go along with 44 wickets in 50 games.
“Maybe this ends up being my last PSL. I would like to play for Quetta Gladiators this season, provided Multan allows me to leave. If Nadeem Omar and Quetta’s owners want to have me, I would love to represent them,” Afridi was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Afridi’s dream might come true as Quetta Gladiators owner Nadeem Oman has revealed that the franchise is keen to rope in Afridi for the seventh edition of the PSL. Afridi currently plays for 2021 winner Multan Sultans. The all-rounder missed the second leg of PSL due to injury but participated in the Kashmir Premier League (KPL).
“We are hopeful that Shahid Afridi will be part of Quetta Gladiators in HBL PSL 7. We will be really happy if that happens,” Omar told the Daily Express as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.
“Afridi played a key part in the promotion of the Kashmir Premier League. Despite being unfit in the final, he fought hard and led his team to the title,” he added.
The seventh edition of the PSL will be played in January – February 2022 in Karachi and Lahore. However, staging the tournament in Pakistan will depend on the COVID-19 situation in the country during that time. Pakistan would not want to repeat the same mistake they did in the last edition which forced the tournament to be stopped mid-way due to COVID-19, the second leg of which was played in UAE.