Thursday Apr 08, 2021
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Wednesday said that he was surprised to see Cricket South Africa (CSA) let its players choose Indian Premier League (IPL) over national duty during the recently concluded one-day international (ODI) series against Pakistan.
“Surprising to see @OfficialCSA allowing players to travel for IPL in the middle of a series,” Afridi wrote on the popular social media site Twitter.
Many key South Africa players including Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi left the three-match ODI series in the middle to participate in the Indian domestic T20 tournament.
The five Proteas players had represented the country in the first two ODIs but left for India when the series was leveled 1-1. Pakistan later won the series after beating the home side by 28 runs in the ODI decider at SuperSport Park.
Afridi asked for some re-evaluation in terms of setting priorities regarding T20 leagues’ influence on international cricket.
“It is sad to see T20 leagues influencing international cricket. Some rethinking needs to be done!!” the all-rounder added.