Former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy is likely to be conferred with honorary Pakistan citizenship. The tall and lanky cricketer has always expressed his love for the country and was one of the very few overseas players to visit the country to play the Pakistan Super League. During a time, when Pakistan Cricket Board has been trying tirelessly to convince players and teams to visit their country, Sammy has never shied away from visiting Pakistan.
The two-time World T20 winning skipper became an instant favourite when he led Peshawar Zalmi to the title in 2017. He was also the first overseas player to reach Pakistan for the ongoing season. Meanwhile, this is the first time that the entire edition of the PSL is taking place in Pakistan and as many as 36 foreign players have already travelled to the country.
PSL has come along and one of the cornerstones behind the tournament coming to Pakistan in its entirety– apart from the PCB– is Peshawar Zalmi's very own Darren Sammy. As an honour to the cricketer, Zalmi owner Javed Afridi has requested the Pakistan government to confer Sammy with the citizenship.
“We have requested for the honorary citizenship of Pakistan for Daren Sammy. The application is currently at President’s table. I request the PCB chairman to put in a good word for Sammy, so it can be approved. Sammy’s voice notes were too emotional for Pakistan when PCB was trying to hold the PSL season 2 finale in Lahore,” said Javed Afridi as quoted by cricketpakistan.com.pk.
The fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League got underway with on February 20 (Thursday) with the defending champions Quetta Gladiators winning the opening game of the tournament by three wickets against the two-time champions Islamabad United.