Shahid Afridi has returned back home leaving Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2020 in mid to attend to his ailing daughter. Earlier, the former Pakistan cricketer had not revealed the reason behind his return to Pakistan, but LPL in their official Twitter handle informed that her daughter is admitted to the hospital.
Shahid Afridi is the captain of Galle Gladiators, who are currently lying at the bottom of the points table. He has played only three matches so far and is expected to miss more matches. Taking to Twitter, Shahid Afridi has written that he would join the team soon.
“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,” he wrote.
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.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) December 2, 2020
However, LPL’s official Twitter handle later revealed that Afridi’s daughter has been admitted to the hospital.
Do you know the reason for @SAfridiOfficial 's return to the country?
— Lanka Premier League (@LPLt20official) December 2, 2020
Shahid Afridi leaves his franchise struggling:
If Afridi returns to play the tournament, he may only have to will have to undergo a short quarantine period or might not take the mandatory 3-day quarantine if COVID-19 test results come negative.
Afridi had contacted the virus earlier this year, and tests on arrival to Sri Lanka showed he had antibodies for the contagious virus. Earlier, the allrounder had also missed the first flight to Sri Lanka but arrived on time to join the franchise.
Before playing the LPL, Shahid Afridi also featured in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 for Multan Sultan.
As far as his LPL franchise is concerned, they have lost all their three matches played so far. They are set to play their fourth match of the tournament against Jaffna Stallions, who have already defeated them in the first meeting.