Jamaica Tallahwahs will not be able to call upon Shahid Afridi in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League 2018 after the former Pakistan all-rounder confirmed his unavailability.
Afridi cited rehabilitation from a long-standing knee injury as the reason behind his absence.
The 38-year-old sustained the injury while playing for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League in March, and with the rehabilitation process still ongoing, he tweeted that he would not be able to turn out for the Tallahwahs this year.
“Due to my knee rehab I’ll have to sadly miss out this year’s #BiggestPartyInSport with the @JAMTallawahs,” Afridi tweeted. “I’ll be cheering for the team from home and I’m sure @simadwasim (Imad Wasim) will fill up for me.”
Due to my knee rehab I’ll have to sadly miss out this year’s #BiggestPartyInSport with the @JAMTallawahs— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 8, 2018
I’ll be cheering for the team from home and I’m sure @simadwasim will fill up for me #CPL18 #DreamBIGwidTallawahs https://t.co/zJ6C8mI22A
Afridi has taken the field even after sustaining the injury – he played six matches for Edmonton Royals in the Global Canada T20 League in July, and also captained ICC World XI against the Windies in the Hurricane Relief T20I in May.
Before that, however, he had taken to Twitter to give an update on the condition of his knee, saying, “Went to see my doctor in Dubai, the knee hasn’t recovered fully yet. I’ll need another 3-4 weeks. Hoping to regain full fitness after that, keep praying for me.”
Afridi announced his international retirement last year, but continues to play T20 cricket for franchises the world over.