Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday (February 22) announced that former West Indies captain Darren Sammy will be given honorary citizenship for his role in bringing international cricket back to the country.
Sammy, who is presently leading Peshawar Zalmi in the fifth Pakistan Super League season, will be given the honorary citizenship by the Pakistan government and the country’s highest civilian award, Nishan-e-Haider, on March 23 by President Arif Alvi.
Sammy, who has appeared in the PSL since its inception, played an important role in helping the PCB bring back international cricket to the country when 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. He eventually captained Peshawar to the title in the second final in Lahore.
Javed Afridi, the owner of Peshawar Zalmi, said that they had requested the Pakistan President to grant honorary citizenship to Sammy because of his services to Pakistan cricket.
Sammy would be the third international cricketer to get honorary citizenship of a country as before him Australian Matthew Hayden and South Africas Herschelle Gibbs were given honorary citizenship by the St Kitts government after the 2007 World Cup.
Sammy, who led West Indies to two World T20 Cup titles, remains a popular figure in Pakistan.
(With inputs from agencies)