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IPL 2020 : Shahid Afridi hopes for Pakistan’s return in IPL, Says Players Like Babar Azam Missing Out on Big Platform

Kolkata: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi during a press conference at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on March 13, 2016. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

Pakistan’s former captain Shahid Afridi has rued the absence of top players from his country during a “big platform” just like the Indian Premier League. Afridi believes that Pakistan players could have learned about the way to handle high-pressure situations if they got an opportunity to play in one among the foremost wanted T20 league within the world. Pakistan players haven’t been a neighbourhood of the IPL since the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2008.

n a report published within the Pakistani media, Afridi said that the IPL may be a big platform for any player to urge exposure, gain experience and improve. “The IPL may be a big brand and that I know that if our players like Babar Azam et al. get an opportunity to play in it they might learn to play struggling situations. Unfortunately, thanks to the prevailing policies, our players aren’t getting that big platform,” the 40-year-old Afridi said.

The flamboyant all-rounder said that the rationale behind the absence of Pakistani players within the IPL isn’t cricketing. “Our players are in demand in other leagues everywhere the planet and therefore the good thing is that they have their own top league, PSL, to showcase their talent and share dressing rooms with experienced players which also gives them a lot of exposure.,” he said.

Pakistani players haven’t been a part of the IPL since the primary edition in 2008. On the other hand, Afridi acknowledges and respects the amount of love that he gets from Indians fans.

“No doubt, the way I even have enjoyed cricket in India, I even have always appreciated the love and respect that I even have gotten from the people of India.

“And now once I speak on social media, I buy many messages from India and that I reply to several people. I think that my overall experience in India has been excellent.”



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