Champion white-ball all-rounder and former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has decided to cut short his Lanka Premier League stint and return home due to personal reasons.
Afridi, who was leading the Galle Gladiators franchise in the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League, took to his official Twitter account to announce his decision.
Afridi wrote that he is heading back home to attend a ‘personal emergency’. He, however, added that he will rejoin the team after handling the situation.
“Unfortunately I have a personal emergency to attend to back home. I will return to join back my team at LPL immediately after the situation is handled. All the best,” Shahid Afridi tweeted.
Unfortunately I have a personal emergency to attend to back home. I will return to join back my team at LPL immediately after the situation is handled. All the best.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) December 2, 2020
Shahid Afridi’s Galle Gladiators are yet to win a match in LPL 2020
Speaking of his and his team’s performance in LPL 2020, Shahid Afridi started off brilliantly as he rolled back the years with a whirlwind 23-ball 58 against Jaffna Stallions even as his team proceeded to lose the game by 8 wickets.
In the second game, Afridi bowled a brilliant over against a rampaging Andre Russell as he gave away just 13 runs. But by then the damage had already done by Russell, whose 19-ball 65 helped Colombo Kings inflict a second successive defeat on Shahid Afridi’s Galle Gladiators.
The third and final game that Afridi played – against Kandy Tuskers-proved to be the most entertaining one. But that wasn’t because of Shahid Afridi’s performance. Afridi registered another golden duck in his career as the Gladiators fell short of Tuskers’ total of 5-196 by 25 runs.
However, the game was marred with an ugly altercation between Naveen-Ul-Haq and Mohammad Amir, one that also led to an altercation between the former and Afridi.