Galle Gladiators’ skipper Shahid Afridi will leave the ongoing Lanka Premier League due to the ‘personal emergency’ in his family. The all-rounder will fly to back to Pakistan and stay there until the situation is not handled.
Afridi also confirmed that as soon as the situation is averted at home he will return and join his team back for thr rest of the tournament.
“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.
Afridi had joined his team late after the tournament started on November 16. He arrived in Sri Lanka on November 24 after missing a couple of matches of the side. He played his first game on November 27 after his tested showed him COVID-19 negative.
During his absence, vice-captain Bhanuka Rajapaksa will take over the captaincy responsibility of the side. Gladiators are yet to win their first match of the tournament and lie at the bottom of the points table.
And now with Afridi’s absence, Bhanuka Rajapaksa will have to face the music and lead the side until the skipper’s return from Pakistan.
The 40-year-old was expected to mentor the young pool of talents during the Lanka Premier League. His career-rich experience in which he has played 398 ODIs, 99 T20Is and 27 Test matches makes him one of the most valuable players in the shortest format.
“It’s a new league and from the Sri Lankan point of view, a very important tournament for the growth of the game in the island nation. It is a huge step forward and I am quite confident it’s going to be a great event. In tournaments like this, we have to make sure to help some of the young players grow. There are some good local talents also and I want to contribute in whatever way I can. It is always fulfilling to give something back to the game,” he had told ANI. (ANI)