Pakistan had granted permission to Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Akmal to play for their respective BBL teams as they had already signed the contract. But, one has to remember that these players would only be playing few matches in the BBL, as they are expected to return for the national camp before the Indian tour, reported mid-day.com. These Pakistani players will travel to Australia around December 8.
The most positive thing about the entire episode is the pulling out of Afridi, who has given importance to a national event, rather than money. Had he been part of the Thunder in this BBL season, he would have easily made a handful, but his decision to stay put in Pakistan and play their domestic tournament speaks volumes about the player's commitment towards Pakistan cricket.
BBL, which is one of the most watched domestic T20 Leagues around the world after IPL has a decent fan following in Australia. The quality of cricket played in the tournament is high class, but Australian fans are surely going to miss the Pakistani players, especially Afridi, who is loved for his lofty sixes.