Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi regrets that his top players are unable to play big tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL), which could have given them a lot of advantage. According to news published in Pakistani media, Afridi said that IPL is a great platform for any player to gain experience, improve performance and ‘exposure’. Significantly, Afridi was part of the IPL team Deccan Chargers in the year 2008.
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He said, ‘IPL is a big brand and I know that if our players Babar Azam and others get a chance to play in it, then they would have learned to play in pressure situations. Unfortunately our players are unable to get this big platform due to the current policies. The former all-rounder said that the absence of Pakistani players from the IPL is not due to cricket.
He said, ‘Our players are in demand in other leagues around the world and the good thing is that they have their own top league (Pakistan Super League) to showcase their talent, gain experience and share dressing room with top players. . Pakistani players have not been a part of this league since the 2008 IPL season.
Afridi admitted that he has received a lot of support from cricket fans in India for so many years. He said, ‘There is no doubt that I have enjoyed cricket in India and I have received a lot of love and respect from the people of India. Now when I talk on social media, I get a lot of messages from India and I also respond to many people. I believe that India’s experience so far has been fantastic.