Bloemfontein stint for Afridi

2013-11-30 07:44
Shahid Afridi (AFP)
Cape Town - Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi will play for the Bloemfontein-based Knights in South Africa's domestic T20 competition in January and February 2014.

This follows Friday's announcement that Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will play for the Titans in the competition.

According to the ESPNcricinfo website, Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir is likely to again join the Highveld Lions, while two other players are in negotiations to confirm deals.

The signings are believed to be part of the growing friendship between the two countries. Pakistan, currently on tour in South Africa, recently agreed to visit these shores at short notice after a curtailed India visit.

While Ajmal and Afridi will be new to the South African domestic scene, Tanvir has already spent two seasons with Lions.

Knights CEO Johan van Herden welcomed the addition of the leg-spinning Afridi.

“Afridi will definitely add value to the Knights in both assets of the game batting and bowling. Afridi will also be able to add a mentor role and share great expertise especially to the young players in the team. I believe that we have what it takes to step out as the best team in the up and coming T20 Challenge,” Van Heerden said via a statement released to the media on Saturday.

The local T20 competition starts on January 5 and runs until February 9.

Other overseas players to play in the competition include West Indies duo, Sunil Narine (Cape Cobras) and Chris Gayle (Dolphins), and England's Graham Onions (Dolphins).

The Proteas tackle Pakistan in the final ODI in Centurion on Saturday, with the visitors leading the series 2-0.


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