Shahid Afridi renews ties with Qalandars franchise in Abu Dhabi T10 league

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Shahid Afridi renews ties with Qalandars franchise in Abu Dhabi T10 league


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The Pakistani allrounder will be the icon player for the franchise

Shahid Afridi has renewed ties with the Qalandars as an icon player for the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10 league, which will run from January 28, 2021 to February 6 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium. He had signed a similar deal in 2019, but the PCB then refused to issue NOCs for all active as well as retired Pakistani players to feature in the league, resulting in a diplomatic crisis between Pakistan and UAE.

“Shahid Afridi is an exciting and experienced cricketer. The Qalandars family is proud to welcome him back as an icon player for this season of Abu Dhabi T10,” Sameen Rana, CEO of Qalandars, said. “We look forward to welcoming him to Qalandars family and hope that his presence will take the team to new heights in the season.”

Last year, Sameen Rana, the brother of Fawad Rana, the owner of the Lahore Qalandars franchise in the PSL, bought a T10 franchise and named it Qalandars as well. The majority of the Qalandars squad was Pakistani, including players who were picked up from the Lahore Qalandars player development program, with Afridi being named as the icon player as well as captain for the third edition of the T10 league.



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