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Desert Vipers Sign Afridi for 3-Year ILT20

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Desert Vipers Sign Afridi for 3-Year ILT20

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Desert Vipers have officially signed the talented Pakistani cricketer, Shaheen Shah Afridi. This signing marks a significant moment in cricket, as Afridi becomes the first Pakistani player to join the upcoming UAE’s ILT20 season. This move will surely bring a fresh wave of excitement to cricket fans around the globe.

 

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Afridi’s cricket journey has been nothing short of remarkable. His performance in T20 matches for Pakistan is impressive, having played 52 T20 International matches and taking 64 wickets, showcasing his knack for delivering when it matters. With an average of 22.73 and a best individual figure of 4 for 22, Afridi has proven his mettle as a dependable bowler.

But his skills continue beyond T20Is. Afridi has also shown his prowess in Test cricket, participating in 27 matches and securing 105 wickets. In One-day Internationals (ODIs), he has claimed 70 wickets in 36 matches, making his impact felt across formats. Afridi’s journey in franchise cricket began with Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018. Under his captaincy, the Qalandars achieved a historic feat by consecutively winning the PSL titles in 2022 and 2023. This accomplishment showcased Afridi’s individual skills and leadership abilities that inspire and drive his team forward.


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The upcoming ILT20 season is set to kick off on January 13, and Afridi’s participation with Desert Vipers is eagerly anticipated. With a substantial number of Pakistani cricket enthusiasts residing in the UAE, Afridi is excited about the prospect of their support.

/Quote “I am eagerly looking forward to being a part of the Desert Vipers. With a considerable number of Pakistani cricket enthusiasts in the UAE, I am hopeful they will rally behind our team in the forthcoming ILT20.”

Desert Vipers’ journey to secure Pakistani talent began earlier, with efforts to acquire players like Azam Khan. Unfortunately, obstacles arose due to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) policies at the time. However, with a change in leadership, the doors have opened for players to participate in various T20 leagues.

Tom Moody, the director of cricket for Desert Vipers, showered praise on Afridi’s capabilities. He highlighted Afridi’s world-class talent and consistent impact on every team he’s represented. Moody emphasized Afridi’s dual strengths as a dynamic fast bowler, often dismantling top-order lineups and as a leader with exceptional skills that promise to drive Desert Vipers’ progress.
Afridi’s addition to the Desert Vipers’ lineup strengthens an already formidable bowling contingent, featuring names like Wanindu Hasaranga, Matheesha Pathirana, Tom Curran, and Sheldon Cottrell, among other promising talents.

Shaheen Shah Afridi’s signing with Desert Vipers for the upcoming ILT20 season is a momentous occasion that amplifies the excitement in the cricket community. His impressive track record and his leadership qualities make him a key player to watch. As the ILT20 season draws closer, anticipation continues to build, and cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await Afridi’s debut in the UAE league. This move enriches Desert Vipers’ lineup and adds a new chapter to Afridi’s already illustrious cricketing journey.


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