The Quetta Gladiators of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) were dealt a huge blow on Sunday when veteran all-rounder and former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi announced his withdrawal from the league midway through.
Afridi made the announcement hours after the Gladiators defeated Islamabad United.
The Pakistani sixer king stated in a video message released following the match that his body is not allowing him to continue playing.
Good bye to PSL | My body is in serious painhttps://t.co/yyHWSibxlH— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) February 13, 2022
“An old injury has made it difficult, and the pain it is causing has become unbearable to the point where I can’t bear it any longer,” Afridi explained.
He stated that he wanted to continue playing in the PSL for the sake of his fans and that he wanted the season to end on a high note.
The former cricketer also apologized to Quetta Gladiators’ chairman Nadeem Umar and his fans for leaving in the middle of the tournament.
When asked about the injury, Afridi stated that he has been carrying it for over 15 years and that it has now begun to bother him.
“My entire body has been aching since the first game [in PSL 7], and last night it became excruciating,” Afridi said after his announcement to Geo News.
“I know it’s a difficult decision,” he added, “but health comes first.”
Afridi also stated that he will begin his recovery immediately and will be ready to return to the field for the Kashmir Premier League.