Sri Lankan cricketers are being threatened by IPL officials, claims Afridi

Shahid Afridi said that Sri Lankan cricketers told him that they are whiling to come Pakistan but IPL officials had threatened them to not go Pakistan otherwise you will lost your contracts.

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KARACHI: Former Pakistan flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi has on Thursday claimed that the Sri Lankan cricketers are willing to tour Pakistan but are being threatened by Indian Premier League (IPL) officials.

While talking to reporters in Karachi, Afridi said “Sri Lankan cricketers told me that they are whiling to come Pakistan but IPL officials had threatened them to not go Pakistan otherwise you will lost your contracts.”

Meanwhile, Shahid Afridi also advised Pakistan cricket team skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to leave the Test reigns.

“It is a correct decision to appoint Sarfaraz as ODIs and T20Is skipper,” said Afridi.

“Sarfaraz should have been removed as Test captain after the South Africa tour as it is a difficult challenge to lead the side in three formats.”

“I had advised Sarfaraz to leave Test cricket after the South Africa tour irrespective of the result, but he didn’t listen,” he added.

On the other hand, the former all-rounder expressed his support towards the new domestic structure.

He said “Introduction of provincial teams and limiting the first-class cricket to six teams is a good move,” he said. “It should be given time to succeed, as lesser teams will improve the quality of cricket.”

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