Former Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi will miss the 2018 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) due to a knee problem. Afridi was signed by Jamaica Tallawahs for the 2018 edition of the tournament as the Marquee player. Also Read - IPL 2020: 'MS Dhoni Does Not Deserve Such Treatment' - Shahid Afridi Reacts on CSK Skipper's Daughter Receiving Rape Threats
The 38-year-old sustained the injury while playing for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League in March, and with the rehabilitation process still ongoing, he tweeted that he would not be able to turn out for the Tallahwahs this year. Also Read - IPL 2020: Shahid Afridi Rues Absence of Pakistan Players in IPL, Says Players Like Babar Azam Missing Out on Big Platform
Due to my knee rehab I’ll have to sadly miss out this year’s #BiggestPartyInSport with the @JAMTallawahs
I’ll be cheering for the team from home and I’m sure @simadwasim will fill up for me #CPL18#DreamBIGwidTallawahshttps://t.co/zJ6C8mI22A Also Read - Munaf Patel, Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi Among Overseas Players For Lanka Premier League 2020 Auction
Meanwhile, Jamaica Tallawahs, who are the 2013 and 2016 CPL Champions also wished the swashbuckling cricketer for his speedy recovery.
The sixth edition of the CPL will start on August 8 Wednesday. A total of 34 games will be played in the tournament which will culminate with the finals to be played on September 16.
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The tainted Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner, who were denied to participate in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), will also feature in the tournament. Smith will play for franchise Barbados Tridents while explosive Warner will unleash his power for St Lucia Stars. The banned Aussie skipper has replaced the unavailable Shakib Al Hasan for the Tridents, while Warner has replaced his countrymate D’Arcy Short in the Stars’ squad.
Smith and vice-captain Warner were each handed 12-month suspensions by Cricket Australia for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town Test in South Africa. Along with the duo, opener Cameron Bancroft was also banned for six months for his involvement in the controversy.