Star all-rounder, Shahid Afridi, has expressed his desire to play for Quetta Gladiators in the next edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Afridi has also hinted that he is likely to hang up his boots after PSL 7.
The 44-year old said that his availability for Quetta Gladiators depends on his current team Multan Sultans, and if the Sultans decide to release him ahead of the tournament, then he will be available to play for Quetta Gladiators.
Earlier, Quetta’s owner, Nadeem Omar, said that he is hopeful that Afridi will join the franchise for the upcoming season, and the whole team is excited to welcome the legendary all-rounder.
Afridi revealed his intentions to join the franchise while talking to local media. He said, “It’s possible that this [season seven] might be my last appearance in PSL. Alamgir bhai is a really nice person and if he allows me to leave, my wish is to play my last PSL season with Nadeem Omar bhai’s team, Quetta Gladiators.”
The flamboyant all-rounder has been a part of three PSL franchises since the inception of the tournament and is one of the most successful players in the history of the competition. He has won the tournament twice, once with Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 2 and once with Multan Sultans in the previous edition.
Afridi’s addition to the Quetta Gladiators squad will be a welcome change as they look to rebuild their team after two disappointing seasons. Quetta had a poor showing in the previous tournament as they finished at the bottom of the table, winning just two matches out of 10. In PSL 5, they finished at the fifth position as they missed out on a play-offs spot for the first time in their history.