Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi is all set to play for Kathmandu Kings XI in the next edition of the Everest Premier League (EPL) of Nepal.

Shahid Afridi gets part in EPL

The T20 competition comprises six teams like the PSL. They are Bhairahawa Gladiators, Biratnagar Warriors, Chitwan Tigers, Kathmandu Kings XI, Lalitpur Patriots, and Pokhara Rhinos.

Both have also featured together in Pakistan Super League and the Afghanistan Super League. “Welcome on board with Kathmandu Kings XI,” Lamichhane told Afridi in a video message at the launch of the team’s campaign.

“All the boys are really excited to see you here on the field. And I personally know you are going to have a great time during your visit to Nepal. Can’t wait to see you joining the team.”

“This will be my first visit to Kathmandu,” Afridi said. “I am very excited and looking forward to visiting.”

When he was asked how many sixes will he hit in the tournament, he replied: “That depends on the bowling on the day, but I will try my level best to entertain the people of Nepal.”

Everest T20 was all set to sign bigwigs like Chris Gayle, but then Covid-19 struck and the games were postponed.  The tournament held its inaugural tourney in 2016 before it was abruptly halted in 2018. It was all set to kick off in 2020 before the pandemic struck.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially sanctioned the fourth edition of EPL. The MS Dhoni-owned apparel company ‘Seven’ has been roped in by the Everest Premier League as its new principal sponsor for the upcoming edition.

EPL season 4 is slated to be held between September 25 to October 9 at TU Cricket Ground, Kirtipur. Six teams are expected to participate in this year’s tournament.