Karachi: Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi has pulled out of the National Super Eight T20 championship, which begins in Rawalpindi on Sunday, even as all the top cricketers of the country are taking part in the week-long event.
"Not only Afridi but Fawad Alam has also pulled out of the Karachi Dolphins squad at the last moment," Siraj-ul-Islam Bukhari, the president of the Karachi City Cricket Association [KCCA], said on Friday.
"It is a big setback for us because Afridi is a top performer for us. He had initially turned down the offer to lead the Karachi Dolphins team and only wanted to play as an ordinary player. But now he has also refused to play because of some personal commitments," Bukhari said.
Clearly upset with the pull-outs, the KCCA president said Afridi had now informed him that he was committed to attend some charity event in the United States. "Similarly Fawad Alam has also pulled out because he is getting married," Bukhari added.
Afridi was involved in a controversy on Friday, when he attacked a fan at the airport here soon after his arrival from Dhaka where Pakistan won the Asia Cup.
Geo News and other channels flashed footage of an angry Afridi attacking a fan and pushing him to the ground. According to a report, the fan, who was badly roughed up, had pestered Afridi for an autograph. However, on the following day, Afridi apologised for his actions.