Shah Rukh Khan wants to hold three-match KKR-Zalmi series: Javed Afridi

Published: March 9, 2017
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KARACHI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has suggested organising a three-match series between the champions of the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) second edition Peshawar Zalmi and Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at a neutral venue, according to Zalmi’s CEO Javed Afridi.

Knight Riders’ co-owner Shah Rukh, whose team has won the IPL title twice, congratulated Zalmi owner Afridi and suggested a three-match series at a neutral venue.

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The venue of the match will be decided once the governments of both countries give their go-ahead for the proposed series. While confirming Shah Rukh’s offer, Afridi revealed both team owners will talk to their respective governments regarding the series.

“Shah Rukh has asked me to talk to the Pakistani government and he will talk to the Indian government himself,” he said.

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He also confirmed that he has received congratulatory messages from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Bollywood actors Sanjay Kapoor and Gulshan Grover.

However, hours after his statement,  Afridi backtracked and said “there is no truth” in the reports and they are mere ‘speculations’.

Earlier, President Ghani invited the Zalmi team to Kabul, which was accepted by the franchise, and they will be traveling to Afghanistan’s capital in the summer this year with all the big names including Shahid Afridi.

Zalmi’s CEO further added that his franchise is trying to bring peace in the region, and is hoping that the visit to Kabul and a series against KKR can prove to be a major step towards achieving the goal.

“The Kabul visit can play a role to bring peace between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he added. “And if the series against KKR materialises, I am sure it can help in improving relations between two countries as well.”

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Sajith
    Mar 9, 2017 - 1:44PM

    Sure we will say noRecommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Mar 9, 2017 - 2:10PM

    Shah Rukh going to be Indian Foreign Minister. What if players refuse… what if LOC heats up..makes absolutely no sense of playing cricket between two countries. Even if one player refuse to play, it will be a bad publicity for Pakistan and Shah Rukh Khan. What I am saying is untill and unless two Governments agree to cricket, nothing should be done to flare up the commumal pashions. Recommend

  • Prada
    Mar 9, 2017 - 2:23PM

    Hahaha…
    It would be like playing a game between a club team and an international Top-3 side.
    (Hint: Zalmi wouldn’t be the latter.)Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 9, 2017 - 3:12PM

    @Prada:
    PSL is not a local event anymore. It involves international players and all teams in PSL are professional teams. So I wouldn’t be surprised if Zalmi played KKR and defeated themRecommend

  • Atif
    Mar 9, 2017 - 3:30PM

    @Ali:
    Don’t worry bro. Javed Afridi’s claims are bogus.Recommend

  • Taxzu
    Mar 9, 2017 - 9:32PM

    It will be treason to go to Afghanistan.Recommend

  • kamran khan
    Mar 10, 2017 - 10:13AM

    Amidst all the joys, jubilation and respect earned by Javed Afridi, a single bogus and spurious claim just to multiply his fame many fold landed him at a predicament and embarrassing position. Recommend

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