Shahid Afridi took to Twitter in the early hours of Saturday to announce his decision to leave the Peshawar-based Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise - Peshawar Zalmi. The former Zalmi captain tweeted: “I am announcing my end of service as president & player of Peshawar Zalmi Team due to my personal reasons.”
Won d ?? with 1 team,Time for another.Im announcing my end of service as president&player of PeshawarZalmi Team due to my personal reasons1/2— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 24, 2017
My best wishes with Peshawar Zalmi nd as far as my Peshawar fans r concerned I know they are with me wherever i go.— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 24, 2017
The crowd turnout had been ordinary in the United Arab Emirates since the tournament began last year, but the matches featuring Peshawar Zalmi have attracted a significant number of audience because of Afridi’s presence in the side.
During the draft for the second edition of the PSL in October last year, Afridi relinquished the franchise’s captaincy and revealed Darren Sammy as the new captain.
Afridi put an end to the speculations of his desire to play the international cricket last month during a press conference saying “I have said goodbye to international cricket”. He had a rather forgettable season with the ball, but proved to be a vital cog with the bat – scoring 177 at an average of 25, with a fifty.
Under Afridi, Zalmi made it to the third playoff before being knocked out by the eventual winners Islamabad United during the first edition.