Former Pakistan skipper, Shahid Afridi will miss the upcoming edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2018 due to a knee injury.
Meanwhile, this will be a massive blow for the Jamaica Tallawahs. Afridi cited rehabilitation from a long-standing knee injury as the reason behind his absence from CPL 2018.
The 38-year-old, Shahid Afridi sustained the injury while playing in Pakistan Super League for the Karachi Kings. And with the rehabilitation process still going, he has pulled himself out of the tournament.
However, Shahid Afridi took the field even after suffering the injury. He played six matches for Edmonton Royals in the Global Canada T20 League in July.
Furthermore, Shahid Afridi also captained ICC World XI against the Windies in the Hurricane Relief T20I in May.
Afridi announced his international retirement last year but continues to play T20 cricket for franchises the world over. He has represented Pakistan in all formats of the game and left a mark in the limited-overs format.
Shahid Afridi had played 38 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is for his country scoring 1716, 8064, and 1416 runs, respectively. He was spectacular with his leg-spin bagging 48, 395, and 98 wickets apiece. Currently, he is the record-holder of hitting the maximum number of sixes along with Windies big-hitter Chris Gayle.
Shahid Afridi took announced the new on Twitter
The veteran cricketer took to social media to announce the news. Shahid Afridi revealed that due to the ongoing rehab, he will miss the CPL 2018.
However, Afridi vouched to support the team from home and hoped fellow countryman Imad Wasim will fill his place well.
“Due to my knee rehab I’ll have to sadly miss out this year’s #BiggestPartyInSport with the @JAMTallawahs,” Afridi tweeted. “I’ll be cheering for the team from home and I’m sure @simadwasim (Imad Wasim) will fill up for me,” he added.
Due to my knee rehab I’ll have to sadly miss out this year’s #BiggestPartyInSport with the @JAMTallawahs
I’ll be cheering for the team from home and I’m sure @simadwasim will fill up for me #CPL18 #DreamBIGwidTallawahs https://t.co/zJ6C8mI22A
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 8, 2018
The Jamaica Tallawahs, in reply, wished the batsman a speedy recovery.
“We wish you a speedy recovery and we hope your cheers propel us onto victory!” they tweeted.
We wish you a speedy recovery and we hope your cheers propel us onto victory! https://t.co/eLxW3zYpu2
— Jamaica Tallawahs (@JAMTallawahs) August 8, 2018