Sri Lanka Premier League 2012 August 23, 2012

Afridi cuts short SLPL stint following wife's illness


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Afridi had initially been named the international icon player for the Nagenahira franchise but was withdrawn as the franchises wanted to make sure their icon players were available throughout the tournament.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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  • Jalaluddin on August 25, 2012, 10:07 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    well Afridi we pray for your wife 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....

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

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Anver 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

  • Dummy4 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!

  • James 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).

  • uzma 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.

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