Star all-rounder Shahid Afridi will feature in this year’s edition of the Everest Premier League (EPL), Nepal’s domestic T20 tournament. The news was confirmed by the league’s official Twitter handle on Monday.
— EPL – Everest Premier League (@eplt20official) July 26, 2021
The 44-year-old will represent Kathmandu Kings along with the local superstar, Sandeep Lamichhane. The duo will reunite as teammates in the EPL after three years. Lamichhane made his international T20 debut alongside the legendary Afridi when they were part of an ICC World XI team that took on world champions West Indies in a hurricane relief exhibition match at Lord’s.
The tournament will run from September 25 to October 9 at Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur.
Lamichhane, who captains the Kings, welcomed Afridi on board in a video message released at the launch of the team’s campaign.
“All the boys are really excited to see you here on the field. And I personally know you are going to have a great time during your visit to Nepal. Can’t wait to see you joining the team.”
Afridi, on the other hand, was also excited about the forthcoming event.
“This will be my first visit to Kathmandu,” Afridi said. “I am very excited and looking forward to visiting.”
The first questioned thrown at Afridi by the press was how many sixes he was going to hit. Afridi laughed and said, “That depends on the bowling on the day, but I will try my level best to entertain the people of Nepal.”