Shahid Afridi has become the latest player to be confirmed for the inaugural staging of the UAE T20x tournament.
The Pakistan all-rounder follows in the footsteps of Eoin Morgan, David Miller and Andre Russell as being named as a leading player for the competition, which takes place between December 19 and January 11.
Commenting on Afridi’s involvement Salman Sarwar Butt, CEO of UAE T20x said: “As UAE T20x moves into the franchise tender phase, we are delighted to be able to announce that Shahid will be joining us as a Playing Icon.
"We’re confident that this will be an exciting revelation for both the franchisees bidding for a team and all the fans that are excited about an international tournament coming to the region.
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“Shahid is a stellar addition to our ever-growing roster of players, which will become the most internationally representative of any franchise league in the market.”
Afridi has a long track record in limited overs cricket for Pakistan, having played in 398 one-day internationals (ODI) and 99 Twenty20s.
He said he is looking forward to being part of the UAE T20x now that he has received a letter of no objection to compete from the Pakistan Cricket Board.
"T20 is a format that I’ve always loved, and that I hope to continue playing.
"I have come across many T20 leagues in my career, and I can really say that UAE T20x brings something new and refreshing to the table.
"It has been created with the players and fans in mind before anything else, and it’s modelled to give players of all levels and from a variety of backgrounds the chance to compete in an extraordinary festival of cricket. It’s going to be very exciting for the fans, and I’m glad I get to be a part of it".
Afridi, Miller and Russell and Morgan will each represent one of the five franchises that will take part in the league.