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Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi Opts Out Of The Hundred To Play Canada's Global T20 League

Shaheen Afridi Opts Out Of The Hundred competition (x.com)Shaheen Afridi Opts Out Of The Hundred competition (x.com)

In a significant development, Pakistan speedster Shaheen Afridi decided to opt out of the upcoming Hundred competition in order to spend some time with his family. 

However, as per multiple reports, including ESPNCricinfo, the 24-year-old's actual reason seems to be the other, as he is set to take part in the forthcoming edition of Canada's Global T20 league, which will take place at the same time as the next edition of the Hundred competition.

Representing Welsh Fire, Shaheen took six wickets in six matches in the Hundred last year. After that, the franchise retained him on a contract worth £100,000 - the second-highest salary band in the league, for the upcoming season. However, the ECB confirmed Shaheen won’t participate in the competition on Monday.

"I'm sad to miss out on playing for Welsh Fire this year," Afridi said in a press release. "I enjoyed the Hundred a lot last season, and I was excited about being back in Cardiff. I wish Mike [Hussey, Welsh Fire's coach] and the team the best of luck for 2024."

The Hundred will take place between July 23 and August 18, while the Global T20 League is set to be held between July 25 and August 11.

Under Pakistan's central contracts, Players are limited to two No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) per season for foreign T20 leagues. Hence, Afridi, who has already committed to the UAE's ILT20, had to choose one between The Hundred and the Global T20.