Surprising to see CSA players leaving for IPL amid Pakistan series: Shahid Afridi

South Africa, playing without several star players like Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, suffered a 28-run loss at the hands of Pakistan in the final ODI on Wednesday.

Shahid Afridi during a Pakistan Super League (PSL) training session. (File)

After Pakistan’s ODI series win in South Africa, former all-rounder Shahid Afriditook to social media to criticise Cricket South Africa (CSA) for releasing several players for the IPL 2021 in the middle of the three-match ODI series.

South Africa, playing without several star players like Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, suffered a 28-run loss in the final ODI on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old took to Twitter questioning CSA’s decision.

“Surprising to see @OfficialCSA allowing players to travel for IPL in the middle of a series. It is sad to see T20 leagues influencing international cricket. Some rethinking needs to be done!!” Afridi tweeted.

Afridi also congratulated his countrymen, especially Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam who were crucial to the team’s success in the Rainbow Nation.

Pakistan won the first ODI by three wickets riding on skipper Babar Azam’s century. But in the second encounter, the visitors came short by 17 runs, despite Fakhar Zaman’s record knock of 193 runs. Then, Pakistan clinched the series 2-1 with a comfortable 28-run win in Centurion with the help of another Fakhar ton.

The two teams are set to play four T20Is, starting from April 16.

As for the South African players who recently flew to India, they will need to complete a seven-day quarantine period and have successive COVID-19 negative reports before being eligible to join their IPL 2021 teammates in the bio-bubble.

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