Afridi has so far played for 14 different T20 franchise teams apart from representing county sides Hampshire and Northamptonshire, his state teams Islamabad, Pakistan A and Pakistanis and ICC XI. He has played 99 T20I internationals for Pakistan as well.
Afridi has so far played for 14 different T20 franchise teams apart from representing county sides Hampshire and Northamptonshire, his state teams Islamabad, Pakistan A and Pakistanis and ICC XI. He has played 99 T20I internationals for Pakistan as well.

Former Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi has called for Indian players to play in the various T20 leagues across the globe other than the Indian Premier League, saying their involvement will help support the cricket of that country.

While the cricketing parlance is shifting with international players becoming T20 freelancers plying their trade in the T20 leagues, BCCI has restricted Indian players from participating in other leagues.

“When you are playing in a league, you are also supporting the cricket of that country which is hosting the league. Indian players should therefore play in leagues other than the Indian Premier League (IPL),” Afridi, who is currently playing in the Afghanistan Premier League for Paktia Panthers, told Gulf News.

The closest BCCI came to allowing their players to play in other leagues as when the Indian board gave Yusuf Pathan an NOC to play in a league in Hong Kong, couple of years back. However, BCCI eventually, did not allow Pathan after various other players also applied for the NOC.

Afridi has so far played for 14 different T20 franchise teams apart from representing county sides Hampshire and Northamptonshire, his state teams Islamabad, Pakistan A and Pakistanis and ICC XI. He has played 99 T20I internationals for Pakistan as well.