LONDON: Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi is returning home immediately ahead of next month’s one-day international series against the West Indies, the Middlesex County Cricket Club announced on Thursday.
Shaheen was due to leave his county in early June to prepare for international commitments, but the club said it supported his desire to spend time with family and friends.
Shaheen, 22, is due to return to England after a three-match series against the Caribbean team starting June 8 to represent Middlesex in the final stages of the T20 Blast competition.
The left-arm pacer took 14 first-class wickets in three matches for the London-based team playing in the second division of the county championship.
“We’ve had a lot of fun with Shaheen at Lord’s over the last month,” said Alan Coleman, Middlesex’s head of men’s performances.
“He’s really well settled in the group and has been a real asset to us on the field. It’s a pleasure to work with him.
“Shaheen has already played international cricket in all three forms of the game this year and Middlesex was behind the busy game schedule, so we fully understand his request and support him to go home. Representing your country, recharge it first. “