Shahid Afridi wants Indian cricketers to join Pakistan Super League

Afridi also spoke about future of cricket in Pakistan.

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Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi wants Indian cricketers to be invited for Pakistan Super League (PSL). Afridi, who shares a good relationship with several Indian players, spoke about it at a function in Lahore.

The veteran cricketer said he knew that Indian players had contracts which didn’t allow them to play in other foreign T20 leagues. But he still wants Pakistan Cricket Board to try. 

"I know it is difficult that they will come as they only play in the Indian Premier League. But we should invite them for the next edition of the PSL," he said.

India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2012. They only face each other in ICC events. 

Afridi, whose team crashed out of the league after a loss in eliminator 2, said that the increased number of foreign players coming to Pakistan for the playoffs and final was exciting.

"It is a very big step forward but I also believe that in future only those foreign players should be invited for the PSL who agree to also come and play in Pakistan when required," he added.

Afridi hopes for a return of cricket in Pakistan with major teams touring the cricket-crazy country. They have hosted Zimbabwe and World XI after the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka in 2009. They have played bilateral home series in the UAE or other neutral venues since the attack.

Few international players, who are part of PSL, still hesitated to tour Pakistan as PCB has decided to host PSL play-offs in their own country. Afridi said only those overseas players should be part of the PSL in future, who respect the need and right of Pakistan to host international matches.

The all-rounder said the decision to invite the West Indies for a three T20 match series in Karachi was also a positive move by the PCB. He also advised the PCB to ensure that more one-day matches were organized in the country as he felt too many T20 matches were being held in Pakistan.


By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 23 Mar, 2018

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