Shahid Afridi has played 99 T20I internationals for Pakistan | AFP
Shahid Afridi has played 99 T20I internationals for Pakistan | AFP

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has opined on Thursday (October 17) that Indian Cricketers should also play in the T20 leagues across the globe other than the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying it will be a great move by them to support other leagues and cricket of that country.

With the trend of cricket is moving with international players, as the modern generation is focusing on becoming freelance T20 specialists, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are not allowing their cricketers to play in the foreign T20 leagues besides featuring in county cricket, but the legendary all-rounder believes that India should also show their support to other T20 leagues around the world.

Afridi, who is currently playing in the Afghanistan Premier League for Paktia Panthers, played for 14 different T20 franchise teams across the world till now.

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He also turned up for the Hampshire and Northamptonshire, his state teams Islamabad, Pakistan A and Pakistanis, and ICC XI so far.

He told Gulf News, “When you are playing in a league, you are also supporting the cricket of that country which is hosting the league. Indian players should, therefore, play in leagues other than the Indian Premier League (IPL).”

Noteworthy, the BCCI had earlier given Yusuf Pathan a NOC to play in a league in Hong Kong, but at the last moment, they took back the permission after various other players also applied for the NOC.

(Input: Gulf News)

By Rashmi Nanda