LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Tuesday joined Karachi Kings for Pakistan Super League’s third season.
Afridi was affiliated with Peshawar Zalmi and was part of their victorious campaign in the last season before missing the final due to a hand injury.
The BLOCKBUSTER Trade of the Year!
Karachi Kings clinches Boom Boom Afridi in return for their Gold and Silver pick! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/KF34xhYQ5f
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) October 3, 2017
As part of the trade, Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings will be swapping picks in the gold and silver categories of PSL’s player draft.
Zalmi owner Javed Afridi thanked the player for his efforts and said, “Shahid is a world-class player and the entire Peshawar Zalmi family thanks him for his contributions to our team”.
“He is like a brother and We wish him the very best of luck in this new journey,” said Zalmi’s owner.
Karachi Kings owner Salman Iqbal expressed delight over the trade and said, “Shahid Afridi is the biggest name in Pakistan cricket and we are extremely pleased to have him on board”.
He added that Afridi brings a wealth of experience and a never-say-die attitude to Kings’ dressing room
Afridi had announced to part his ways with Zalmi earlier in March, indicating that he would join a new team ahead of the next season of PSL.
He had tweeted that he is leaving PSL team Peshawar Zalmi due to personal reasons. However, he did not elaborate it further.
Afridi led Peshawar Zalmi in the first edition of PSL but stepped aside from captain’s role after being named as the president of Franchise’s president ahead of the second edition and handed over the captaincy to Darren Sammy.