Shaheen Afridi has inked a contract for three years with the ILT20 team known as Desert Vipers


(Cricket News) Shaheen Afridi has committed to a three-year agreement with Desert Vipers for the upcoming season of the UAE’s ILT20. This move marks his historic entry into the league, making him the first Pakistani player to feature in it starting from January next year.

Expressing his enthusiasm about joining Desert Vipers, Afridi stated, “I am eagerly looking forward to being a part of the Desert Vipers. With a considerable number of Pakistani cricket enthusiasts in the UAE, I am hopeful they will rally behind our team in the forthcoming ILT20.”

The upcoming season of ILT20, slated to commence on January 13, presents the opportunity for Afridi to join the squad following his return from Australia.

Notably, Desert Vipers had made attempts to secure several Pakistani players last year as well, but those endeavors didn’t come to fruition. In the previous year, they had successfully acquired Azam Khan’s services, which would have marked him as the pioneer Pakistani player in ILT20. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had refrained from granting him the necessary no-objection certificate to partake in the league. In a notable shift, the current PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf, is now permitting players to engage in various T20 leagues.

Tom Moody, the director of cricket for Vipers, commented on their latest acquisition, affirming, “Shaheen undoubtedly possesses world-class talent, which has made a significant impact not just for Pakistan but also for every team he has represented in recent times.”

“He brings immense value as a dynamic fast bowler who has dismantled numerous top-order lineups, and his exceptional leadership abilities will significantly enhance the progress of the Desert Vipers.”

Afridi will become part of a bowling lineup that includes Wanindu Hasaranga, Matheesha Pathirana, Tom Curran, and Sheldon Cottrell, among other talented individuals

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