Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi, who was leading Galle Gladiators in the inaugural edition of Lanka Premier League (LPL), has returned back home citing some personal reasons. But he has assured that he would join the team back once the matter is resolved at home.
Taking to Twitter, Afridi had informed about his return midway. Earlier, the allrounder had missed the first flight to Sri Lanka, and many had speculated that he would miss the first few matches. However, he joined the team on time and played their first match against Jaffna Stallions, where he also struck a half-century.
“Unfortunately I have a personal emergency to attend to back home. I will return to join back my team at LPL immediately after the situation is handled. All the best,” Afridi tweeted.
Shahid Afridi leaves struggling Galle Gladiators:
Shahid Afridi’s team is at the bottom of the points table and yet to open their account in the tournament, having lost all three of their games so far. Their next match is on December 3 when Jaffan Stallions will again face each other.
A few months back, he had also tested positive for the coronavirus and was in an extended isolation period. However, he regained full fitness and featured in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League for Multan Sultan.
As far as LPL is concerned, the league has started after passing through several difficulties. While some players tested positive for the coronavirus, star players like Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga, Sarfaraz Khan and many others had pulled out of the inauguration edition of the league.
LPL 2020 had begun on November 26 with the match between Kandy Tusker and Colombo Kings, which went to super over and the latter won the match. The grand finale of the league will be played on December 16.