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Old August 9, 2012, 10:25 AM
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Default IPL is the best: Afridi


After being top earner in different leagues arround the world, Shahid Afridi termed the Indian Premier League the best organised and most enjoyable international Twenty20 league he has played in.

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The 32-year-old cricketer, who will be playing in the Sri Lankan Premier League from Aug 12, said that his experience of playing in the IPL in 2008 had been the best of his career.

Afridi was responding to a question at the Moin Khan academy about the mushrooming growth of foreign T20 leagues in which international stars are becoming a necessity.

Afridi who has been part of the T20 championships in India, Bangladesh, England and Australia said his best experience came in the IPL.

"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 said.

Pakistani players were part of the first edition of the IPL in 2008, but after the Mumbai terror attacks, the same year, franchises have not signed any Pakistani cricketer for the league.

Afridi termed the absence of Pakistani cricketers from the IPL as disappointing and hoped things would change next year.

The all-rounder, who will represent Pakistan in the upcoming T20 series against Australia and in the ICC World Cup, also agreed that the growing number of foreign T20 leagues posed a challenge for traditional formats of the sport.

"Obviously as time passes and these foreign leagues grow, players are bound to find themselves in a position where they will have to take decisions about their careers," he said.

Afridi said the foreign leagues presented a good opportunity for top players to earn decent money and that is why they were being attracted to these leagues.

Afridi, who retired from the longer version of the sport in 2010 after leading his country in the one off Test at Lord's against Australia, meanwhile pointed out that the Sri Lankan league posed a big challenge for him.

"We really don't know much about it but it will definitely help the Pakistani players prepare themselves for the coming series against Australia and the T20 World Cup," he said.

"It should be a tough league but it will put us in the proper frame of mind for the coming assignments," he added.
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Default Pakistani players sidelined for IPL 6 too

Bad news for Ajmal-Afridi. But overall Pakistani players will now show more interest to play in BPL imo.

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Even as the Pakistan Team embark on their limited overs tour to India, sources have revealed that players from their country would not take part in the 6th edition of the coveted Indian Premier League (IPL), scheduled to take place in April and May next year.


The franchises were under the impression that players from Pakistan would be a part of the auction given the national team is currently touring India. A few franchises were really keen on some of the Pakistani players who had impressed in the World T20 in Sri Lanka.

"There is no problem buying Pakistan cricketers in the auction, but somehow there was no move from anywhere to include them for the auction," quoted a franchisee owner.

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