Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi is still one of the well-established players in franchise cricket. Having said that, Afridi is now gearing up for the Abu Dhabi T10 league. However, the veteran all-rounder has encountered a small hurdle.
Afridi, who was set to join Qalandars in the UAE for the T10 league, has encountered a visa issue. According to The News (Pakistan), Afridi’s residential for UAE has already expired but he had not noticed it until his arrival in the country.
Hence, they barred the veteran from entering and Afridi had to return home to get the visa renewed. He then went to Karachi to get the renewal process done and will now join his Qalandars teammates in UAE in a couple of days.
The T10 League is an annual event which features some of the top retired cricketers. The format has been gaining a lot of traction lately as it could potentially also feature in the Olympic Games in the coming years.
“Abu Dhabi T10 is the fastest action-packed format and the future of cricket. I am pleased to announce yet another exciting season 4 tournament schedule,” Shaji Ul-Mulk, chairman of Ten Sports Management, was quoted as saying by Cricketnext.
“We have the world’s best cricketers on the show – from West Indian superstars Chris Gayle and Dwayne ‘DJ’ Bravo to Pakistani legends Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik – who all attest to its appeal and to how cricket is quickly evolving.”
The tournament is set to kick off from January 28. The opening match will be contested between Maratha Arabians and the Northern Warriors on January 28. Afridi’s Qalandars, on the other hand, are set to begin their season on January 29 against the Pune Devils.