Shahid Afridi appears to be like set to lastly name time on his enjoying profession, strongly suggesting next year’s season at the Pakistan Super League can be his final. Afridi, who’s at present with Multan Sultans and spent two seasons at Peshawar Zalmi and one at Karachi Kings, expressed a want to signify a fourth franchise, Quetta Gladiators, in his ultimate season.
“Maybe this ends up being my last PSL,” Afridi informed reporters. “I would like to play for Quetta Gladiators this season, provided Multan allow me to leave. If Nadeem Omar and Quetta’s owners want to have me, I would love to represent them.”
Afridi final performed worldwide cricket for Pakistan greater than 5 years in the past in 2016, however has continued to participate within the PSL ever since its inception effectively into his forties. He captained Zalmi within the first season and was a part of the staff that gained the title the next yr. His present franchise, Sultans, are the defending champions, having crushed Zalmi within the ultimate in June. Afridi performed a component within the first half of this year’s version earlier than lacking the UAE leg with a again damage.
Should Afridi retire next season, he would stroll away from the PSL as one in every of its most profitable allrounders. To date Afridi has 44 wickets in 50 PSL video games at an economic system price of 6.97. That locations him eighth on the all-time record; nobody who has taken extra wickets and conceded fewer than seven runs per over. While comparatively much less profitable with the bat, he has nonetheless had an impression. His 465 runs have come at a strike price of 153.46 – solely Kieron Pollard (166.24), Luke Ronchi (166.12) and Asif Ali (164.29) prime that for these with at least 30 innings.
The 2022 PSL will happen in January and February after it was moved to an earlier window to keep away from a conflict with the IPL and squeeze in a tour by Australia.
Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000
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