Shahid Afridi shrugs off criticism from Kashmir tweet, says ‘PSL will leave IPL behind'

MUMBAI: Shahid Afridi's remarks on the Kashmir issue drew strong criticism from the Indian cricket fraternity and the Pakistan cricketer has made another statement that is bound to ruffle some feathers in India.

Shahid Afridi, who recently played for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) said that he would never consider playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the future even if invited to do so by any of the league franchises from neighbouring country.

Afridi's statements were posted on Twitter by Saj Sadiq, the editor of, on Thursday night. Sadiq also quoted Afridi as saying that the PSL would soon become a bigger league than the IPL.

"Even if they call me, I won't go to the IPL. My PSL is the biggest and there will be a time that it leaves the IPL behind. I am enjoying the PSL, I don't have any need for the IPL. I'm not interested in it and never was," Afridi was quoted as saying in Sadiq's tweet.

These remarks are in sharp contrast to Afridi's earlier statements in which he had praised the IPL. In fact, Afridi is among the Pakistan cricketers who had taken part in the IPL. He represented the Deccan Chargers in the first edition of the cash-rich league.

"Although I played just once in the IPL but it is easily the biggest league you can play in and I enjoyed my experience. The IPL is clearly the best organised foreign league and it was a totally different experience playing in it," Afridi had said a few years ago.


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