Karachi Kings announce joining of Shahid Afridi in PSL 3
Karachi Kings have signed up for the former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi for the Pakistan Super League. The PSL franchise announced the signing of Afridi on Friday, May 7.
Afridi had earlier announced he would no longer play for the Peshawar Zalmi, with whom he featured in the first two editions of the PSL. He was the captain of the Zalmis in the first season before relinquishing that role to Darren Sammy. Sammy led the Zalmis to a title victory in PSL 2.
Afridi’s decision to leave the Zalmis had come as a surprise to many including Sammy himself and the owner of the franchise, Javed Afridi. Javed Afridi had said he would comment on the development only after having a chat with Shahid Afridi but it looks like things haven’t gone in the direction he might have liked and the Zalmis will have to make do without their iconic player.
What makes the signing of Afridi interesting is that he joins the Kings as a President. What would that role incorporate is yet to be known.
As a part of the signing up process, Afridi will be traded between the two teams, the Zalmis and the Kings, later this year.
Speaking to TV channel Geo News, Afridi said he did not want to talk about the things that went about, but blamed the vision that Javed Afridi had, which he said wasn’t in line with his own vision.
He added: “I don’t want to become a hindrance to Javed’s goal and vision, because I have my own foundation and a lot of other things. So I can not fullfil his commitments and want to focus on my things as well. I wanted to announce it after the PSL final, but I had couple of commitments with Zalmi, so I waited for the right time.”
Afridi played in 10 games during the PSL 2017, and made 177 runs at 25.28 but it was his strike rate of 173.52 that helped his side out of many a precarious situations. He finished with two wickets at an economy rate of 6.75.