Shahid Afridi’s Pakistan Super League season has been cut short due to chronic back problems. The 41-year-old allrounder claimed he only played this year “for the fans,” but the agony had become too much for him to bear. The Quetta Gladiators’ game on Sunday night was basically Afridi’s last in the PSL. In the game against Islamabad United in Lahore, he took two wickets and ran Azam Khan out with a straight shot. It was his 53rd appearance in the PSL, having previously played for Peshawar Zalmi, Multan Sultans, and Karachi Kings before joining Gladiators.

“I was hoping to end on a positive note; I’ve had a lower-back issue for 15–16 years and have been playing with it. But now it’s gotten to the point where it’s affecting my groin, knee, and toes,” Afridi said on social media. “I tried to deal with it, but I couldn’t stand the anguish any longer. After all, when you’re in excellent health, you have the whole world at your disposal. I’m going to go back and have my fitness rehabilitated. The KPL [Kashmir Premier League] and the T10 league are upcoming cricket tournaments. So I’ll be back in front of my supporters shortly”, Afridi stated, according to a report by espncricinfo.