Supporters lash out at Shahid Afridi after his failure against Kabul Zwanan
He went on to conceded 55 runs in his quota of four overs without any rewards.
Published - Oct 7, 2018 5:10 pm | Updated - Oct 7, 2018 5:19 pm
Former Pakistani all-round cricketer Shahid Afridi hasn’t played much cricket this year owing to a knee injury. After plying his trade for Peshawar Zalmi in the first two seasons of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), he represented Karachi Kings, but couldn’t play all the matches due to the same injury. Back in May, the 38-year-old player bowed out of the international arena.
He played for World XI in a T20 match against Windies at Lord’s. He took the field with an injury and even went on to pick up one wicket. Thereafter, the veteran went on to represent Edmonton Royals in the Global Canada T20 in Toronto. The seasoned campaigner is currently playing for Paktia Panthers in the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL).
Afridi flatters to deceive
However, the start wasn’t pleasant for him by any stretch of the imagination. He came to bat in the 16th over after the dismissal of Cameron Delport but was nipped out by left-arm fast bowler Wayne Parnell in the match against Rashid Khan-captained Kabul Zwanan in Sharjah. A lot was expected of him when the Panthers took the field in pursuit of defending 218.
Unfortunately, he faltered miserably with the leather as well. He conceded 55 runs in his quota of four overs without any rewards. The spell turned out to be his most expensive in the T20 format. Previously, he conceded 50 plus runs in the shortest format only once in his career. Pakia is scheduled to play their next match against Nangarhar Leopards today.
Quite expectantly, Afridi would want to make amends and put his best foot forward going ahead in the tournament, being the most experienced member of the team. In the meantime, Twitter slammed him for his lacklustre show in the first match. The supporters also questioned Afridi’s return to cricket.
Here is how Twitter reacted
Shahid Afridi and Retirements… A never ending saga https://t.co/UYQWf0A0ae
— Faking News (@fakingnews) October 6, 2018
Afridi to Cricket pic.twitter.com/4jmz2ub6b2
— Secret SHAWnta (@Secret_Saanta) October 5, 2018
Shahid Afridi has (again) come out of retirement. This time for Afghanistan Premier League.
— Akshar | اكشار (@akshaaaaar) October 5, 2018
Afghanis bashing Shahid Afridi as if he is a baby bowler. Pathetic decision by Lala to play directly after almost 8 months.#APLT20
— Yasir Khalil (@mryasirkhalil) October 5, 2018
SHAHID AFRIDI WHAT A PLAY IN AFGANISTAN LEAGUE
— Qurbanali (@Qurbana48220890) October 6, 2018
— LowCash Rahul (@Crickatics) October 5, 2018