Star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been released by the Karachi Kings as the teams announced their players’ retention list ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 4.
The latest development means that the platinum category player, who joined the Kings last year after making Peshawar Zalmi champions in the second season, will return to the players’ drafts list.
Afridi will be available for a pick when the drafts for the fourth season start on November 20th in Islamabad.
The rumor mill was churning the news of differences between Afridi and the Karachi Kings management over his participation in the T10 league.
As per details, Karachi Kings owner Salman Iqbal had asked Shahid Afridi to de-link himself from the T10 league after he stepped down as a president of the league last month. Iqbal’s opinion was that the Sharjah T10 league management was attaching itself with the Karachi Kings and PSL by using Karachi’s name and it was harmful to the Kings as a brand.
However, the veteran cricketer – who also leads the Pakhtoon Team in the T10 league – refused to leave the lucrative league which subsequently resulted in his departure from Karachi Kings.
Both sides have clearly avoided any public confrontation and the huge news was quietly made public when the player retention list went public.
Earlier, Lahore Qalandars’ skipper Brendon McCullum and seasoned all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez had parted ways with their respective franchises and decided to go back to the drafts.
Hafeez played all three seasons of PSL with Peshawar Zalmi whereas McCullum led Qalandars in the last two seasons.