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Afridi will play, clears Gladiators

Post  ridoy24 on Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:49 am

Afridi will play, clears Gladiators

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012 9:20 pm BdST

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Dhaka, Jan 20 (�Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise Dhaka Gladiators brushed off speculation that Pakistan star Shahid Afridi may not be joining them for the first edition of the Twenty20 competition.

In a press statement on Friday, the Gladiators said, "It has been observed that there is confusion with Dhaka Gladiator's foreign cricketer, Shahid Afridi's availability for the first edition of Bangladesh Premier League.

"This is to inform all that it has always been mentioned by the BPL Governing Body that Afridi will be only available on February 28 and 29 and the Dhaka franchise was well aware of the situation.

"The former Pakistan skipper not being available for BPL 2012 is only a rumour as both Afridi and his agent have confirmed about his presence for Dhaka Gladiators on the mentioned dates."

The media manager of the Gladiators, Minhaz Uddin Khan, told over phone that the franchise totally disregarded media reports to the contrary and said that both Afridi and spinner Saeed Ajmal would be available on the aforesaid dates after the ODI series with England in the UAE.

He added that the players' national cricket board (PCB) was aware of the matter and had no objections to their playing the inaugural edition of the BPL, which is modelled on the successful Indian Premier League.

Afridi became the costliest player in the tournament that will be held from Feb 9-29 after Gladiators secured his service for a whopping $700,000 at Thursday's auction.

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