West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy is leading Peshawar Zalmi from the front for another season in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL). He is the only overseas captain, who is captaining a team this season. Sammy has also made the team champions once in this tournament.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Sammy has applied for Pakistan citizenship after Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi disclosed the information during a meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani.
Sammy has a different type of attachment with the people of Pakistan and he came to play in Pakistan whenever it was needed. This is also the first time that any international cricketer has applied to be a Pakistani citizen.
“We want honorary citizenship for Darren Sammy and an application in this regard is also lying pending before the President,” Afridi said.
Sammy expressed his excitement after coming back to Pakistan and wishes that the tournament turns out to be an exciting one.
“I have said it before that all in my life I have been playing cricket away and at home. I see how the people at home love to see their stars and you know Pakistani players have missed that. Its good to be here. I am the first one here. I am so excited about the tournament being here in Pakistan. Back in 2017 when the final was in Lahore it was a step to bring cricket back here and to have the entire tournament here.”
“For me whether I have a passport or not, I think my contribution to this country is all from within. I don’t need a passport to associate myself with this country.” Sammy concluded.
Peshawar Zalmi will play their first game against Karachi Kings on February 21. They have a strong squad with experienced local players Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz in the squad. They have also the foreign players like Carlos Brathwaite, Lewis Gregory and Liam Dawson, who can be very handy in the shortest format of the game.
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— Peshawar Zalmi (@PeshawarZalmi) February 21, 2020