‘Sad to see T20 leagues influencing international cricket,’ says Shahid Afridi of SA players leaving for IPL midway

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Former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has slammed Cricket South Africa (CSA) for allowing its players to leave international cricket to compete in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Afridi said he is sad that the T20 leagues are influencing international cricket.

South Africa are currently hosting Pakistan for three ODIs which ended on Wednesday and now both teams will see the horns in Saturday’s T20I five-game series. Pakistan won the ODI Series by 2-1 after winning the final game by 28 points on Wednesday.

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In a tweet, Afridi said: “Surprising to see @OfficialCSA allowing players to travel for the IPL in the middle of a series. Sad to see T20 leagues influencing international cricket. Need to rethink !!” Many Proteas players including Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Chris Morris were not in the series against Pakistan due to the IPL.

The 14th edition of the IPL will kick off on April 9 as the defending champions Mumbai Indians start their campaign against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Friday at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

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