Peshawar Zalmi will feel the absence of Shahid Afridi when the Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions start their title defense in the next edition of the tournament according to wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal
Afridi, who has been a face for Zalmi since the inaugural edition of the PSL, bid farewell to the Peshawar side citing ‘personal reasons’ last month. The decision was followed by the star all-rounder’s association with Karachi Kings as the franchise’s president.
Akmal said Afridi’s absence will leave behind a gap which will be hard to fill.
“When a player of the stature of Shahid Afridi leaves any team, the impact will be huge,” says the wicket-keeper in an interview published on Pakpassion.net.
Afridi scored 177 runs in eight innings for Zalmi during PSL 2 and hit some memorable shots throughout the course of the tournament. But it was not just through his performance that Afridi contributed to Zalmi’s triumph.
The superstars association with the team drew huge crowds to the stadiums during the mega-event.
“The Zalmi team will miss Afridi as he has been an outstanding performer for us in the two editions of the PSL,” said Akmal who was the highest-run scorer in the tournament.
“His role in our eventual triumph as champions was amazing and we will really feel his loss,” he added.
Akmal predicted Karachi kings, Afridi’s new team will be able to make the most out of the flamboyant player’s experience.
“It also goes without saying that the team who he has joined will greatly benefit from his presence,” he said.
“It is for us at Zalmi to now get over this loss and continue playing for the benefit of our team as that is what professionals do.”