LAHORE: Multan Sultans all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been ruled out of the Abu Dhabi leg of the Pakistan Super League 6 due to a back injury.
Shahid Afridi was training in Karachi for the upcoming PSL 6 matches when he experienced pain in his lower back following which he was examined by a doctor who has advised him complete rest.
The former Pakistan captain, who appeared in Sultans’ four Karachi-leg matches, has been replaced by spinner Asif Afridi who would be joining the Sultans squad in Abu Dhabi.
While training for the remainder of the Pakistan Super League 6, I felt lower back pain and had to consult a doctor,” said Afridi on a Twitter post.
“Unfortunately, I have been advised to rest and can no longer accompany my team Multan Sultans for the Abu Dhabi leg. I am disappointed that I would be sitting out of the tournament, but my best wishes, support and prayers are with the team to take the trophy,” Afridi added.
While training for the remainder of @thePSLt20, I felt lower back pain & had to consult a doctor. Unfortunately I have been advised to rest and can no longer accompany my team @MultanSultans. I am heartbroken 💔 as I was practicing and training really hard. pic.twitter.com/OjaHD1w9cg
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 24, 2021
The development was confirmed by Multan Sultan in an Instagram post. “We regret to inform you that due to a lower back injury, our superstar, icon, & an integral part of the franchise, @safridiofficial will miss out on the remainder of @thepsl 6. The Sultans family will miss you and we are praying for your speedy recovery! #GetWellSoonLala,” it wrote.
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