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Shaheen Afridi to Earn £5,000 Despite Withdrawal from The Hundred

Shaheen Afridi image rights

Pakistan’s premier fast bowler, Shaheen Afridi, will receive £5,000 from this season’s Hundred competition, even though he has withdrawn from his contract with Welsh Fire. Afridi, who was re-signed in the £100,000 category, the second-highest tier, after playing six matches in 2023, pulled out last month amid interest from the Global T20 Canada, which runs from July 25 to August 11, overlapping with The Hundred from July 23 to August 18.

Reports reveal that Afridi’s withdrawal doesn’t cut off his financial ties with the tournament entirely. Players signed up for The Hundred receive a fee equivalent to five percent of their contract value for their image rights. Consequently, Afridi will get £5,000 without participating in the competition.

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Afridi’s decision highlights the financial intricacies and contractual nuances in modern cricket, where players often balance commitments across multiple leagues. His switch to the Global T20 Canada underscores the growing appeal of T20 leagues worldwide, which offer lucrative deals and global exposure. This scenario also emphasizes the role of image rights and contracts in professional sports, ensuring financial benefits for players even without participation.

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