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Shahid Afridi says good bye to Peshawar Zalmi after lifting PSL 2017 title

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

After a successful season of the PSL for Peshawar Zalmi, the dangerous all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced that he will no longer be part of the team. Afridi, who had led the Zalmi in the inaugural season in 2016, decided to part ways with the side after his team triumphed in the latest edition of the tournament.

In 2017 though, the veteran all-rounder handed over the reins to 2016 World T20 winning captain Darren Sammy. As Afridi took to Twitter to announce his decision of quitting his team, the big West Indian was also taken by surprise.

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Afridi tweeted early this morning, “Won the trophy with one team, time for another. I am announcing my end of service as president and player of Peshawar Zalmi team due to personal reasons.”

Boom Boom was perhaps hinting at the fact that he might be part of another team in the next season of the tournament. The 37-year old also went on to add that he was confident that his fans will rally behind him, no matter where he goes.

Skipper Sammy though, completely unaware of his teammate’s decision, tweeted, “Was a pleasure playing with u buddy.. although I’m in shock that you leaving…”

Afridi amassed a total of 177 runs during the recently concluded season of the PSL at an average of 25.28. With the ball, however, the all-rounder didn’t have much to show for in the wickets column. Having played 10 matches, Afridi picked up only two wickets.

Peshawar Zalmi were up against a determined Quetta Gladiators side in the final that was played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Amidst tight security, the match panned out perfectly for the Zalmi, as they bowled out the Gladiators for a mere 90 runs after having put 148 on the board. Kamran Akmal, who scored 353 valuable runs for Peshawar throughout the season, was awarded the Man of the Series Award.

Come 2018, the Peshawar side as well as the fans will miss the sheer entertainment that Shahid Afridi brings onto the field.

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