Shahid Afridi has withdrawn from the Jamaica Tallawahs team for this season’s Hero CPL tournament with Jefferson Miller, CEO of the Tallawahs, confirming the veteran Pakistan allrounder is injured and has been ordered by doctors to take an extended break from cricket.
Afridi has been replaced by Australian Adam Zampa, a leg-spinner who plays for South Australia. Zampa has also played at T20 level for his country, picking up 17 wickets in 13 matches. He has experience playing in the Hero CPL, having represented Guyana Amazon Warriors in 2016.
Zampa has also played in the Indian Premier League for Rising Pune Supergiant and in the Australian Big Bash for Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars.
The Jamaica Tallawahs are going for their third T20 title. Their ranks this season includes all-rounder and captain Andre Russell, leg-spinner Samuel Badree, fast bowler Kemar Roach, and batsmen Andre McCarthy, Ross Taylor and David Miller.
They open their campaign on August 10 versus defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders at Queens Park Oval in Trinidad. Their first home match is against St Lucia Stars at Sabina Park four days later.
The Tallawahs also play Trinbago Knight Riders and Barbados Tridents in the tournament’s South Florida leg from August 18-22 at Central Broward Regional Stadium.