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Ajmal and Afridi will participate in South Africa’s domestic Twenty20 tournament
Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has signed with the Titans and veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi has joined the Knights franchise for South Africa’s upcoming domestic Twenty20 tournament.
According to ESPNcricinfo, pace bowler Sohail Tanvir has inked a deal with the Lions, while two other players are currently in negotiations with other franchises.
This is a sign that ties between Cricket South Africa and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have become extremely healthy.
With five players set to play in South Africa’s domestic Twenty20 competition, the players’ agent, Ummran Khan, said: “Pakistan players are finding opportunities to earn their money in leagues abroad vastly reduced due to politics and other outside influences, and therefore this opportunity to play in South Africa is greatly appreciated by the players.”
Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat also announced that all Pakistani players are welcome to participate in the country’s domestic Twenty20 tournament since they are not allowed to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).