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Shahid Afridi drops out of PSL-6 due to back injury

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The former Pakistan captain, who appeared in Sultans’ four Karachi-leg matches, has been replaced by spinner Asif Afridi who would be joining the Sultans squad in Abu Dhabi.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.

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.

 In another development, Islamabad United has roped in left-handed batsman Umar Amin and West Indies opener Brandon King. The latest additions mean they have now had a complete 20-player squad.

Peshawar Zalmi has added Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Sameen Gul and Khalid Usman as reserve players in their squad.