Melbourne:Aiming a berth in the second edition of the Champions League, South Australia have signed up flamboyant Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi for the domestic Twenty20 tournament, starting in December.
South Australia officials believe that the inclusion of the hard-hitting spin all-rounder would enhance their chances to make the final of the domestic big bash tournament, which will make them eligible for the cash-awash event.'
Afridi replaced Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis in the Redbacks' squad.
"We narrowly missed out on finals last season and these signings are definitely a boost to our quest to qualify for the Champions League this year," SACA High Performance Manger, Jamie Cox said.
"I have made no secret of the fact that I view the Big Bash competition as the most commercial on the domestic calendar and the inaugural Champions' League also provides fantastic opportunities for young players to showcase their skills on the world stage," he added.
Afridi was the player of the tournament in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 and has a mind-boggling strike rate of 147 in 24 Twenty20 internationals. He also has the best bowling figures of 4/11 against Holland.
Afridi has played 285 ODIs with strike rate of 110. He has also taken 264 wickets with a best figure of six for 38.