Veteran Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi announced his withdrawal from the remainder of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022 on February 13.
Afridi’s announcement came hours after he featured in Quetta’s win against Islamabad United.
The all-rounder said in a video message that his body isn’t allowing him to continue playing at this moment.
"The pain in my body has become unbearable, and I can’t endure it right now," Afridi said.
"I wanted to play the PSL for my fans and wanted it to end on a good note but I am unable to do so now. I’m sorry to the management of Quetta Gladiators and my fans," he said.
The 41-year-old said he will immediately start his rehabilitation process and try to return back on the field for Kashmir Premie League. He revealed that the back injury that he’s carrying for over 15 years now has started troubling him now.
“I wanted to end PSL on a good note but I have been playing with the lower-back injury for 15-16 years now and the pain is quite intense where I feel it in my groin, knee and even the fingers of the foot,” Afridi said.
Afridi thanked Gladiators’ owner Nadeem Omar and also apologised for not playing further in the tournament. “I will come back on the field once again for my fans, keep me in your prayers,” he added. Afridi played three games for Gladiators and picked three wickets in his farewell tournament.