Afridi likely to miss BigBash final
The Southern Redbacks’ chances to win the KFC Twenty20 BigBash received a major blow after it was reported that Shahid Afridi could miss the final.
Afridi was included in the Pakistan ODI squad, as they take on Australia in five one-dayers starting from January 22.
According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, the Redbacks have requested Pakistan to allow Afridi to play in the crucial BigBash final on January 23 but so far there has been no response.
The Redbacks’ coach Mark Sorell said, "You'd have to say it's only a slim chance. He's a significant player for them and you'd imagine they wouldn't want to risk him becoming unnecessarily fatigued.”
"He's a high quality player and we'd love to have him available. But if not, other guys are just going to have to step up."
Afridi has been a key player for the Redbacks and has been instrumental in picking up important wickets. From their four encounters, Afridi has scalped six wickets at an economy rate of 5.68. Afridi has also chipped in with the bat in the middle order.
Earlier, Pakistan manager and selector Abdul Raqeeb said that the Redbacks’ request had not been given a consideration so far.
"We have only named a squad for the one-day series and we are in the middle of a Test match," Raqeeb said.
"I can't make a comment now. That is a matter that would have to be decided when we can sit down with Shahid Afridi."