Shaheen Afridi signs up with Desert Vipers in International League T20 for 3 years
Shaheen Afridi, Pakistan's star left-arm pacer, has signed a three-year contract with the Desert Vipers team. His involvement in the forthcoming second season of the UAE's ILT20 has been identified by the association.
In January of the following year, Shaheen would take the pitch as the league's first Pakistani player, adding an exciting chapter to his cricketing career.
"I am thrilled to be joining the Desert Vipers." "I know there are a lot of Pakistan cricket fans in the UAE, and I hope they will come out and support our team in the upcoming ILT20," Afridi said in a statement.
The upcoming edition of ILT20, which is set to begin on January 13, is highly anticipated. Shaheen, who recently returned from a stay in Australia, is expected to rejoin the team.
Last year, the Vipers attempted to gain the services of Pakistani players, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
The upcoming ILT20 season is set to start on January 13, and Afridi might join the club after returning from Australia.
Vipers recruited Azam Khan last year, making him the first Pakistani player in the ILT20, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) denied him a no-objection certificate to participate in the league.
However, the PCB's current chairman, Zaka Ashraf, has allowed players to participate in several T20 leagues.
"Shaheen is undeniably a player of world-class calibre who has had a significant impact not only for Pakistan but for every team he's played for in recent times," stated Vipers director of cricket Tom Moody of their latest signing.
"He offers a huge amount as an impact pace bowler who has destroyed many, many top-orders, and he also boasts terrific leadership skills that will add a huge amount of value to the Desert Vipers moving forward."
Afridi will be part of a bowling assault that includes Wanindu Hasaranga, Matheesha Pathirana, Tom Curran, and Sheldon Cottrell.