LAHORE: Quetta Gladiators’ all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced that he will not be participating further in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season seven.
Afridi’s announcement came hours after he featured in Quetta’s win against Islamabad United. The 41-year-old said that his body is in serious pain. He thanked his well-wishers, who supported him in yesterday’s clash against Quetta Gladiators.
“The pain in my body has become unbearable and I can’t endure it right now,” Afridi said in a video statement. “I wanted to play the PSL for my fans and wanted it to end on a good note but I am unable to do so now. I’m sorry to the management of Quetta Gladiators and my fans,” he said.
Afridi said he will immediately start his rehabilitation process and try to return back on the field for Kashmir Premie League. He revealed that the back injury that he’s carrying for over 15 years now has started troubling him now.
“I wanted to end PSL on a good note but I have been playing with the lower-back injury for 15-16 years now and the pain is quite intense where I feel it in my groin, knee and even the fingers of the foot,” Afridi said.
Afridi thanked Gladiators’ owner Nadeem Omar and also apologised for not playing further in the tournament. “I will come back on the field once again for my fans, keep me in your prayers,” Afridi concluded. Afridi played three games for Gladiators and picked three wickets in his farewell tournament.
Good bye to PSL | My body is in serious painhttps://t.co/yyHWSibxlH
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) February 13, 2022