Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afrifdi on Monday missed his flight to Sri Lanka and shall be unavailable for not less than the primary two matches of his franchise Galle Gladiators within the inaugural Lanka Premier League.
The former Pakistan captain tweeted in regards to the incident, including to the agony of the match organisers after a spate of heavyweight pullouts.
“Missed my flight to Colombo today morning. Nothing to worry, I’ll be reaching soon to take part in the LPL for Galle Gladiators. Look forward to joining my teammates,” Afridi wrote on his Twitter deal with.
Galle Gladiators will play their first match on November 27 in opposition to Jaffna Stallions, a day after the inaugural season opener between Kandy Tuskers and Colombo Kings.
The Gladiators play their second and third matches on November 28 and 30 respectively.
Afridi was named the captain of Galle Gladiators after Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga and Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed made themselves unavailable resulting from lack of preparation and nationwide commitments respectively.
In the absence of Afridi, vice-captain Bhanuka Rajapaksa could lead on the Gladiators within the first few matches.
The 40-year-old Afridi is heading to the LPL after having performed two matches for Multan Sultans within the Pakistan Super League play-offs earlier this month, the place he picked up three wickets in two matches.
Once Afridi arrives in Sri Lanka, he should endure a three-day remoted quarantine earlier than coming into the match’s bio-secure bubble.
LPL’s inaugural season will start this week regardless of star gamers corresponding to Chris Gayle, Malinga and Liam Plunkett pulling out of the match.
In the match, 5 franchisees named after Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna will compete throughout 23 matches.