Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that West Indian captain Darren Sammy of Peshawar Zalmai will be given Pakistan's honorary citizenship on March 23 this year.
Darren Sammy will be honoured with services for the return of international cricket to the Pakistan Super League, especially Pakistan.
Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy is most popular in Pakistan compared to foreign players participating in the Pakistan Super League.
When Pakistan Super League arrived in Pakistan for the first time in 2017, Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy announced the first match for Pakistan for the final match played in Lahore.
His move was greatly appreciated and has since become the most popular in Pakistan.
Speaking at the inauguration of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League last day, Chairman PCB Ehsan Mani said that President Arif Alawi had the right to give the honourable citizenship of Pakistan to the region.
Former West Indian captain Darren Sammy will be honoured with Pakistan's honorary citizenship at a ceremony held on March 23 this year, the Pakistan Cricket Board has announced.
Pakistan Cricket Board further said that Arif Alvi will be awarded the captain Darren Sammy of Peshawar Zalmi for the honour of Pakistan's biggest citizen award and the citizenship of Pakistan.
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
Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi hailed Darren Sammy's decision to award Pakistan's honourable citizenship and highest civilian award to Zalmi.
ڈیرن سمی @darensammy88 کو پاکستان کا اعلیء ترین سول ایوارڈ دینے کا فیصلہ صدر مملکت کا حقیقت میں کرکٹ اور پاکستان سے محبت کرنے والوں کے جذبات و احساسات کی عکاس ہے۔بلاشبہ اس مرد میدان کی خدمات پاکستان میں کرکٹ کی واپسی کے لئے ناقابل فراموش ہیں https://t.co/88PDthmAtD— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) February 22, 2020
He added that in Pakistan cricket history, this honour came in the part of Peshawar Zalmi that his captain Darren Sammy was awarded the highest civilian award by the government of Pakistan. The fans and the government are grateful for this honour of Pakistan.
It should be remembered that the West Indies, led by Darren Sammy, has also twice been World T20 champions.