Tuesday 7 April, 2020

Darren Sammy to become honorary citizen of Pakistan

Darren Sammy is currently in Pakistan to participate in the Pakistan Super League 2020, where he is playing for Peshawar Zalmi.

Darren Sammy is currently in Pakistan to participate in the Pakistan Super League 2020, where he is playing for Peshawar Zalmi.

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy will become an honorary citizen of Pakistan on March 23 in Islamabad for his role in bringing international cricket back to the country, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Saturday.

In a tweet, the PCB's media department announced that citizenship will be conferred on Sammy for his "invaluable contribution to cricket in Pakistan".

The idea of the honorary citizenship was initiated by Javed Afridi, the owner of Peshawar Zalmi, the team Sammy has represented since the start of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2016.

Arif Alvi, the Pakistan president signed off on the honorary citizenship, and Sammy will also receive the Nishan-e-Pakistan, the country's top civilian award.

St Lucian Sammy, 36, played an important role in helping the PCB to bring back international cricket to the country when in 2017 he agreed to come to Lahore and play in the PSL final after the majority of the foreign players declined to play in the country due to security concerns.

Ahead of the second edition of the PSL, Shahid Afridi, who led the team in the first season, stepped down and handed the job to Sammy, and he has led them since. 

Sammy eventually captained Peshawar to the title in the second final in Lahore in 2017 and they were losing finalists in 2018 and 2019.

Sammy is currently in Pakistan to participate in the PSL 2020.

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