Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has sent a video message to Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, wishing him success in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to be staged in Dubai and Sharjah in February next year.
In the message, Yuvraj said the Peshawar team will definitely win the league as Afridi is part of it.
The 33-year-old asked fans and players not to take comments Afridi makes too seriously as ‘he is only hard from the outside but has a very tender heart.’
Pakistani fans praised Yuvraj on Twitter for supporting the league and the Peshawar team.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had earlier been trying to launch PSL, an annual competition based on lucrative leagues in India and Australia, but bids in 2013 and 2014 were stalled due to lack of sponsorship.
Last Thursday, the PCB announced it has sold five teams -- from Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad -- for the league.
The PCB has lost close to $100 million in revenue since an extremist attack on the visiting Sri Lankan team’s bus in Lahore in 2009 suspended international cricket in the country, forcing them to play at neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates.