Back pain forces Afridi to withdraw from PSL

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Versatile veteran Shahid Afridi has withdrawn from the Pakistan Super League due to chronic back pain.

Afridi, 41, suffered from visible pain at times, but took three wickets in three PSL games for Quetta Gladiators, including the most expensive figures in PSL history when he took 1-67 against the two-time champion Islamabad United.

“I was trying to sign PSL on a high (despite) my lower back injury which has been there for 15-16 years and I’m playing with it,” Afridi said in a video message on Sunday.

“But now it (the pain) has gotten so bad it’s affected my groin, my knee and it comes down to extreme pain in my toes.”

Afridi impressed with his leg bowling and sharp lineout when he won two wickets against Islamabad on Saturday and knocked out Azam Khan with a direct throw.

“I tried to deal with it, but I can’t take the pain anymore. After all, when you are healthy, you have the world with you,” he added.

Quetta is Afridi’s fourth PSL franchise. He also represented Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi during his 53 game stint in PSL.

Afridi promised his fans that he would undergo rehabilitation and return to play in various leagues around the world.

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