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Afridi joins Qalandars as icon player for third edition of T10 League
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Afridi joins Qalandars as icon player for third edition of T10 League

Shahid Afridi has been signed on as the icon player for T10 League's new franchise Qalandars.

Qalandars, closely tied to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) team Lahore Qalandars, is one of the two entrants alongside Bangla Tigers for the third edition of the competition scheduled to be hosted in Abu Dhabi in November.

Afridi previously served as the marquee player and captain of Pakhtoons across the last two T10 League seasons held in Sharjah but the franchise has now been discontinued.

He led Pakhtoons to the final of the tournament last year where his side were eventually defeated by Northern Warriors by 22 runs.

While Afridi's association with the Qalandars currently is limited to the Abu Dhabi T10, this opens up the possibility of a PSL deal with the team.

Afridi, who last played for Pakistan in the 2016 World T20, represented Multan Sultans in the fourth PSL edition.

The news of Qalandars, owned by Pakistani businessman Fawad Rana, joining the glitzy competition bolsters the credibility of the innovative format, which has often been criticized for being too harsh on bowlers.

The upcoming T10 League is expected to feature nine teams with the former Sindhis franchise being rebranded as the Deccan Gladiators while Shane Watson has been named the side's icon player.

Another team, which was formerly called Bengal Tigers, has changed its name to Delhi Bulls.

The newly introduced Bangla Tigers, owned by Bangladeshi businessmen Yasin Chowdhury and Sirajuddin Alam, was launched last week.