- Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said that he wouldn’t play in IPL 2018 even if any of the teams invited him to
- Afridi was a part of the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League, in which he played for (now defunct) Deccan Chargers
- The 28-year-old stirred a controversy when he suggested that the Indian government was oppressing the regime in Kashmir, which is a disputed state between India & Pakistan
While the whole cricketing world is getting more and more excited for the approaching 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018), former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has made headlines by stating that he is not one from the lot. The 38-year-old who has become a regular star of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), said that he would not be taking part in IPL 2018 even if any of the teams invite him.
However, the reluctance to play in the Indian Premier League has not always been evident on Shahid Afridi, as the cricketer was a part of Deccan Chargers in the inaugural season of the Indian T20 League. But that is not the case anymore.
PSL is biggest for Shahid Afridi, not IPL 2018
As reported by Pakistan Passion, Saj Sadiq reported the news and quoted Afridi’s claims in a series of tweets, which read,
“Even if they (IPL 2018) call me, I won’t go to the IPL. My PSL is the biggest and there will be a time that it leaves the IPL behind. I am enjoying the PSL, I don’t have any need for the IPL. I’m not interested in it and never was.”
While Shahid Afridi stated that IPL was never where he wanted to play, the former Pakistan skipper was later quoted as saying, that IPL was clearly the best ‘organised foreign league’. Afridi further added that playing in the Indian Premier League was totally a different experience for him. He said,
“Although I played just once in the IPL it is easily the biggest league you can play in and I enjoyed my experience.”
Shahid Afridi’s comments on Kashmir hint at a probable cause for his reluctance to play for Indian Premier League 2018
Shahid Afridi, who is touted as an explosive batsman and a baffling spinner, had recently stirred a controversy over his remarks on the state of affairs in Kashmir. He said,
“Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self-determination & independence. Wonder where are the UN and other international bodies. Why aren’t they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?”
As reported by NewsX, the remark by the former Pakistan skipper was later criticised by India captain Virat Kohli, former Indian cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, and many others including Delhi Daredevils captain for IPL 2018, Gautam Gambhir.