Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy, who was this week named captain of the Peshawar Zalmi cricket franchise for the Pakistan Super League (PSL), could become a citizen of Pakistan in the near future.
Javed Afridi, the team’s owner, is reportedly seeking to get Sammy Pakistani citizenship. Afridi has reportedly been working on getting Sammy Pakistani citizenship since April.
Sammy shares a close relationship with Afridi and was in Dubai for the draft that was held Wednesday at the Dome Hotel in Dubai Sports City.
Meanwhile, former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards said he was happy that Sammy who led the West Indies to two T20 World Cup titles, was made captain of the franchise.
“The man has taken his country to two World Cup titles in the T20 format and this should count for something,” said Sir Vivian, who attended the draft as mentor for the Quetta Gladiators.
“He has loads of experience in T20 cricket and I think that he will bring a lot to this tournament as captain.”
Sir Vivian said it was good to see West Indies players getting respect around the world.
“We have had some top picks here, including Carlos (Braithwaite) on my team and we all know what he can do. We are all excited about this event and looking forward to some great cricket.”
Eight West Indian players were picked in the draft.
The Caribbean had four platinum picks in Jamaicans Chris Gayle and Andre Russell (Islamabad) and Trinidad and Tobago duo Keiron Pollard (Karachi Kings) and Sunil Narine (Lahore Qalandars).
This was followed by four Diamond picks in Dwayne Bravo (Lahore Qalandars) ans Samuel Badree (Islamabad United) and St Lucian Darren Sammy (Peshwar Zalmi) and, Carlos Brathwaite, Barbados(Quetta Gladiators