Islamabad, Jan 24: Pakistan cricketers Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq will reportedly not travel to play in South Africa’s domestic Twenty20 competition.
Both were signed up by the Johannesburg-based Lions franchise, whose chief executive Cassim Docrat has confirmed that they will not participate in the tournament, the Daily Times reports.
Pakistan will take part in the four ODIs and the three T20s against England between February 13 and 27. Afridi will then play two matches for the Dhaka Gladiators in the Bangladesh Premier League, and will likely also be involved in the Asia Cup that is scheduled for March 12 to 22.
The South African tournament runs over six weeks from February 15, which will clash with both these events.
Razzaq, on the other hand, recently had a shoulder injury that kept him out of Pakistan’s tour to Bangladesh. He played for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, alongside Afridi, but has not been performing up to the mark.
He scored 42 runs in six matches and took two wickets for a bloated 123 runs.
Docrat said that the Lions took the decision of pursuing Razzaq for the tournament. (ANI)