Shahid Afridi (left) has put his PSL career on hold due to fitness issues.© Instagram
Flamboyant former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has halted his career in the Pakistani Super League (PSL) due to a persistent back problem, ending a seven-year association with the event. The 41-year-old cricketer said he was only competing in the PSL this season for the fans. “I was trying to sign off in a good way; my lower back injury has been there for 15-16 years and I’m playing with it. But now it’s gotten so bad it’s affected my groin, my knee and it’s coming down to extreme pain in my toes,” Afridi said in a social media post for Quetta Gladiators.
“I’ve tried to deal with it, but can’t bear the pain anymore. When you’re in good health, you’ve got the world with you. I’m going back and rehab on my fitness. Cricket is coming.. So I will be back soon for my fans,” he added.
Quetta is Afridi’s fourth PSL franchise. He also played for Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi.
Afridi took 47 wickets at an average of 26.51 in his PSL career, in addition to scoring 459 runs at a stroke rate of 150.8.
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