Sydney, July 9: He may be Pakistan's latest deposed captain and his days playing for the national side are almost certainly over. But that hasn't prompted all-rounder Shahid Afridi to throw in the towel.
After his stint with Hampshire in the English domestic T20 concludes this summer, Afridi will make his way Down Under and take his place with the Melbourne Renegades in Australia's revamped Twenty20 domestic tournament - Big Bash.
And he will have company from among his former Pakistan team-mates as well. All-rounder Abdul Razzaq is the other of two overseas inductees for MR in the tournament.
In joining the Renegades, Afridi has turned up his nose to even more lucrative offers to join the 16-member squad.
Afridi retired in May after a bitter squabble with the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Meanwhile, England's Owais Shah has joined Pakistani paceman Rana Naveed as the second foreign recruit with the Hobart Hurricanes.
West Indian Chris Gayle who will be featuring with the Sydney Thunder and Englishman Paul Collingwood who recently signed with the Perth Scorchers are among other foreign players who will take part in the eight-team tournament beginning on December 16.