Peshawar Zalmi have suffered a major blow ahead of this year's Pakistan Super League Final on March 5 in Lahore, as the senior all-rounder, Shahid Afridi, has been ruled out due to a right-hand injury. During the third qualifier on Friday night, Afridi suffered an injury to his right hand while attempting to take a catch of Karachi Kings' batsman, Kieron Pollard.
He was immediately taken out for treatment and didn't turn up for the rest of the game in which his team, Peshawar Zalmi, registered a 24-run victory over Karachi Kings. It is reported that he has got 12 stitches in his right hand which practically rules him out of the final against Quetta Gladiators in Lahore.
He released a video message for his fans late night updating them about his injury and his unavailability for the final while thanking them for their love and support to him and his team. He also congratulated his team on qualifying for the final.
"I really wanted to play the PSL final in Lahore, in front of my own people but there are certain things which are beyond our own control."
It might be a huge blow for Peshawar Zalmi fans but Afridi was confident that his unavailability for the final will not be a hindrance in the success of his team. Afridi had a reasonable PSL this year in which he accumulated a total of 177 runs from eight innings at a mind blowing strike-rate of 173.
His highest score in this year's PSL was 54. The 36-year old hard hitting all-rounder had earlier announced his retirement from International Cricket, for a fifth time, on 19th of February 2017.