Flamboyant cricketer Shahid Afridi is all set to become the first Pakistani to play in South Africa’s domestic Twenty20 tournament as a deal with Nashua Dolphins for next year has been finalised.
Afridi confirmed yesterday that the Nashua Dolphins had approached him to play for them in the country’s pro T20 cricket league.
“They will officially announce my signing tomorrow. But I am excited at the prospect of being the first Pakistani to play in their domestic T20 league which is of high standards,” he said.
Afridi, who was instrumental in Pakistan’s T20 World Cup win in England earlier this year, said he would play for the Dolphins for two to three weeks in February after Pakistan’s tour of Australia ends.
Afridi also said that there was a possibility he might play as a professional T20 player for the Western Australia state side in December, if was neglected by the selectors for Pakistan’s Test series against Australia.
“It is a good opportunity for me to play in the foreign leagues that will enhance my game before the next T20 World Cup in the West Indies,” said Afridi.
Afridi said number of foreign sides had been after him for last two years but he couldn’t commit to anyone because of his national duties.
The all—rounder is also expected to fetch a good bidding price when the Indian Premier League auction is held for third edition as his contract with Deccan Chargers was terminated after Pakistan players were stopped by their government from touring India for the cash-awash event.