Galle Gladiators skipper Shahid Afridi will be heading back to Pakistan in the middle of his Lanka Premier League (LPL) stint to attend to a "personal emergency".
Making the announcement of his temporary departure from the league on Twitter, Afridi has vowed to return to his LPL franchise soon after sorting out the personal matter.
It is not yet clear how many matches Afridi will miss as he wrote: "Unfortunately I have a personal emergency to attend to back home. I will return to join back my team at LPL immediately after the situation is handled. All the best."
His absence is a huge blow to Galle Gladiators, who are the only team in the tournament not to have opened their account so far.
The leadership duties are expected to be handed over to vice-captain Bhanuka Rajapaksa as long as Afridi remains unavailable for Galle.
Unfortunately I have a personal emergency to attend to back home. I will return to join back my team at LPL immediately after the situation is handled. All the best.— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) December 2, 2020
Afridi, who held the record for the fastest ODI hundred for almost 18 years, marked a fiery introduction in the LPL when he slammed a 20-ball fifty against Jaffna Stallions on Friday.
The exuberant six-hitting exhibition arrived three days after Afridi had landed in Sri Lanka and was exempted from completing the obligatory one-week quarantine period for tourists.
If Afridi is to come back to the LPL this season, he will not have a stringent quarantine imposed upon him once again.
While Galle have not had much luck in terms of the results, Afridi was embroiled in a controversial verbal spat with Kandy Tuskers pacer Naveen-ul-Haq on Monday.
The tussle ensued earlier when Mohammad Amir clashed with Naveen in a heated exchange in the closing moments of the game.
Later, Afridi shared words with Naveen when players from both sides were indulging in the post-match handshake ritual.
Galle will take on the unbeaten Jaffna Stallions in their next game on Thursday.