Multan Sultans star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been ruled out of the remainder of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six due to a back injury.
The former Pakistan captain experienced pain in his lower back following which he was examined by a doctor who has advised him complete rest.
"While training for the remainder of the Pakistan Super League 6, I felt lower back pain and had to consult a doctor. Unfortunately, I have been advised to rest and can no longer accompany my team Multan Sultans for the Abu Dhabi-leg," said Afridi in the PSL release.
"I am disappointed that I would be sitting out of the tournament, but my best wishes, support and prayers are with the team to take the trophy," he added.
The 44-year-old Afridi had featured in four out of five Sultans’ league games held in Karachi. Afridi had a disappointing campaign, scoring just three runs in two innings and picking up only two wickets from 15 overs.
Afridi has been replaced by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's left-arm-spinner Asif Afridi who would be joining the Sultans squad in Abu Dhabi.
Interestingly, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is yet to announce the revised schedule for the remaining 20 PSL season 6 matches. However, the tournament is expected to be completed before the Pakistan team departs for England on 23 June.
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