Southampton: Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Monday expressed an interest in playing in Australia's Big Bash League. The 36-year-old, who has been dumped by the national selectors, is currently plying his trade for Hampshire in England's domestic T20 competition.
Shahid Afridi. Pic/PTI
"I was offered to play Big Bash League in Australia almost every season in the last two or three years but I wasn't able to take the offer due to my international commitments," Afridi was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. "But if I am offered it this year I'll surely give it a go." Afridi also believes he will get a national team call back sometime soon and has also notified selector Inzamam-ul-Haq about his availability.
"I'll be available for the national team whenever it needs me. In fact before coming (to this interview) I spoke with the chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and told him that it is good to have youngsters in the team but in case he needs me I will be available," he said.
Afridi added he was fit enough to play for a couple of years in different T20 competitions around the world. "I am very focused on cricket and want to continue it. I am looking after myself very well and working hard on my fitness," he remarked. "I still feel that I can play for the next couple of years whether it is for Pakistan or PSL (Pakistan Super League), Big Bash or England (domestic) T20s."