The Pakistan government would confer former West Indian captain Darren Sammy with honorary Pakistan citizenship, for his role in bringing international cricket back to the country, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Saturday.
Darren Sammy Leads PSL Franchise Peshawar Zalmi:
Sammy has appeared in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) since its inception in 2016. He is currently leading Peshawar Zalmi in this year’s PSL. He has played a pivotal role in helping the PCB bring back international cricket to the country.
In 2017, he agreed to come to Lahore and play in the PSL final after a majority of the foreign players declined to play in the country due to security concerns.
Javed Afridi, the owner of Peshawar Zalmi, said that they had requested the Pakistan President Arif Alvi to grant honorary citizenship to Sammy because of his services to Pakistan cricket.
Darren Sammy To Receive Pakistan Citizenship:
“President of Pakistan Dr @ArifAlvi will confer the highest civilian award and honorary citizenship to Darren Sammy on 23 March for his invaluable contribution to cricket in Pakistan,” PCB media took to Twitter to announce it.
President of Pakistan Dr @ArifAlvi will confer the highest civilian award and honourary citizenship to Darren Sammy on 23 March for his invaluable contribution to cricket in Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/mn9AiLknB0
— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) February 22, 2020
Sammy would be the third international cricketer to get honorary citizenship of a country as before him Australian Matthew Hayden and South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs were given honorary citizenships by the St Kitts government after the ICC 2007 World Cup.
Sammy has played a total of 38 Tests, 126 ODIs, and 68 T20Is for West Indies. Particularly, he led the Windies to the 2016 T20 World Cup win.