Sri Lanka Premier League 2012 August 23, 2012

Afridi cuts short SLPL stint following wife's illness

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Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has cut short his Sri Lanka Premier League campaign and returned to Karachi following a health issue with his wife. He was playing for Ruhuna Royals and was originally to stay with them until Saturday, before joining the Pakistan squad in Dubai for the limited-overs series against Australia.

"Everything is fine now and I will be in the UAE on time (on August 26) to join the squad," Afridi told ESPNcricinfo.

"He had to rush back home to see his wife," an SLPL organiser told ESPNcricinfo. "He was never meant to complete the tournament so anyway he has only missed one match."

Ruhuna, currently fifth in the SLPL table, are almost out of the reckoning for a place in the semi-finals. Afridi scored 54 in three innings and picked up two wickets.

Afridi had initially been named the international icon player for the Nagenahira franchise but was withdrawn as the franchises wanted to make sure their icon players were available throughout the tournament.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • chachasindhi on August 25, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    The Grapes were Sour for Afridi. Now its time for retirement for him, Younis and Sami.

  • on August 25, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    afridi you are really good player as well as good human . you have alot of guts about humanity and every part of life . i am a big fan of you . i will miss you in ruhuna team and pray for your wife , hope she will recover quick .ameen

  • on August 24, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    well Afridi we pray for your wife health.you are the only legend in recent times for Pakistan and i am only watching matches for you.soooo come on Shahid we are waiting to see you back in action in the UAE....

  • AmjadZork on August 24, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Ruhuna was Afridi's team - Because of him i will continue o follow Ruhuna Royals

  • on August 24, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Family should always come first so it's good to see Afridi has his priorities in order. Looking forward to seeing you back in action Lala. Good luck.

  • on August 24, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Good to hear that it's not serious! Hopefully, Afridi will be in full flow during the Australia series! Good luck!

  • anver777 on August 24, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    With or without Afridi, Ruhunu team is struggling in the SLPL-12....... so better luck next time !!!!!! Mr.Lasith

  • on August 24, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    may Allah bless ur wife with health and u to serve the nation as much as u can!

  • JonB007 on August 24, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Although Shahid many a times is a waco, I commend him by putting family before anything(may not be much as his team was out of the competition).

  • pak78 on August 24, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    ohhh lalla sorry 2 hear about your wife hope she recovers quick. love u cant wait 2 c u in action on the 28th aug in the odis v australia.

  • chachasindhi on August 25, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    The Grapes were Sour for Afridi. Now its time for retirement for him, Younis and Sami.

  • on August 25, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    afridi you are really good player as well as good human . you have alot of guts about humanity and every part of life . i am a big fan of you . i will miss you in ruhuna team and pray for your wife , hope she will recover quick .ameen

  • on August 24, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    well Afridi we pray for your wife health.you are the only legend in recent times for Pakistan and i am only watching matches for you.soooo come on Shahid we are waiting to see you back in action in the UAE....

  • AmjadZork on August 24, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Ruhuna was Afridi's team - Because of him i will continue o follow Ruhuna Royals

  • on August 24, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Family should always come first so it's good to see Afridi has his priorities in order. Looking forward to seeing you back in action Lala. Good luck.

  • on August 24, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Good to hear that it's not serious! Hopefully, Afridi will be in full flow during the Australia series! Good luck!

  • anver777 on August 24, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    With or without Afridi, Ruhunu team is struggling in the SLPL-12....... so better luck next time !!!!!! Mr.Lasith

  • on August 24, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    may Allah bless ur wife with health and u to serve the nation as much as u can!

  • JonB007 on August 24, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Although Shahid many a times is a waco, I commend him by putting family before anything(may not be much as his team was out of the competition).

  • pak78 on August 24, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    ohhh lalla sorry 2 hear about your wife hope she recovers quick. love u cant wait 2 c u in action on the 28th aug in the odis v australia.

  • whyowhy on August 24, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    Overrated and unreliable - a waste of time and money, the IPL will never have him...............

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on August 23, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Afridi you are always an entertainer. Hope your wife is in a good health and Hope to see you back in action very soon. - From an Indian Fan

  • on August 23, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    "Afridi scored 54 in three innings". He did not face one single ball in the first match, so his total of 54 is actually in only two matches, which is not bad in T20.

  • on August 23, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    All the best Shahid bhai.

  • on August 23, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Good luck Afridi in the upcoming series. You are my favourite cricketer.

  • Nadeem1976 on August 23, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    I hope Lala's wife is doing fine now and we will see Lala in Dubai to crush Aussies.

  • on August 23, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    shahid afridi - legend!!!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on August 23, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    His Performance was not that good. he must be promoted up the order to play normal innings as he is enough experienced now and his hitting ability isnt as fluent as it use to be down the order.

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  • Syed_imran_abbas on August 23, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    His Performance was not that good. he must be promoted up the order to play normal innings as he is enough experienced now and his hitting ability isnt as fluent as it use to be down the order.

  • on August 23, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    shahid afridi - legend!!!

  • Nadeem1976 on August 23, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    I hope Lala's wife is doing fine now and we will see Lala in Dubai to crush Aussies.

  • on August 23, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Good luck Afridi in the upcoming series. You are my favourite cricketer.

  • on August 23, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    All the best Shahid bhai.

  • on August 23, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    "Afridi scored 54 in three innings". He did not face one single ball in the first match, so his total of 54 is actually in only two matches, which is not bad in T20.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on August 23, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Afridi you are always an entertainer. Hope your wife is in a good health and Hope to see you back in action very soon. - From an Indian Fan

  • whyowhy on August 24, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    Overrated and unreliable - a waste of time and money, the IPL will never have him...............

  • pak78 on August 24, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    ohhh lalla sorry 2 hear about your wife hope she recovers quick. love u cant wait 2 c u in action on the 28th aug in the odis v australia.

  • JonB007 on August 24, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Although Shahid many a times is a waco, I commend him by putting family before anything(may not be much as his team was out of the competition).