PESHAWAR: Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi announced on Tuesday that he will be taking 150 Army Public School (APS) students to Dubai for the inauguration ceremony of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
PSL, Pakistan’s franchise-based T20 league, starts next month from February 4 and will go on till February 23. The league features five teams: Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators.
“The lack of extracurricular activities at school and college level are alarming and this problem needs to be solved as soon as possible,” Afridi said while addressing the media at the army-run school.
“Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) are full of talented players who should be given opportunities,” the T20 captain said during his talent hunt programme at the school for his league, Peshawar Zalmi.
The 35-year-old further said that Peshawar Zalmi coaches are working hard to make sure each player delivers his best during the league.
Regarding his performance in the T20s for the national team, Afridi said he always tries to boost up the courage of players and cooperates with them in all fields. Moreover, he criticised Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal’s recent performances and said that in a team game like cricket every individual has to contribute for the team’s success.
Afridi, who has announced his retirement from the shortest format after the World T20, lauded the role of people from Fata for the country and said that they are very strong and brave but unfortunately have been misled.
Peshawar Zalmi team owner Javed Afridi was also present on the occasion and the league’s kits were distributed amongst the students.