Shahid Afridi has said his concern about T20I leagues taking over international cricket. His statement comes after Cricket South Africa permits its players to participate in the IPL during ongoing South Africa vs Pakistan ODI series.
David Miller, Quinton de Kock, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi flew to India prior to the final ODI match against Pakistan to join their IPL teams. Pakistan did win the final ODI match to clinch the series. But CSA’s decision to release their players has not gone well with Shahid Afridi.
The former Pakistani captain tweeted he is surprised of CSA allowing its players to travel to India for IPL in middle of a series. He also added it is sad to see T20 leagues influence over international cricket. This is the first time in 6 bilateral series that a visiting team as managed to win an ODI series in South Africa. Ngidi will play for Chennai Super Kings while de Kock represents Mumbai Indians, Nortje and Rabada will play for Delhi Capitals. South African veteran Miller will feature with the Rajasthan Royals.
Asides from the final ODI match these players will not feature in the upcoming four-match T20I series. With Pakistan winning the first ODI and South Africa leveling the series in the next game the final match was a series decider. Fakhar Zaman smashed a century and key contribution from captain Babar Azam Pakistan won the ODI series.