Fans stage demonstration demanding inclusion of Sammy in Windies T20 squad
Valiant Peshawar Zalmi skipper who owned the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to such an extent that at one point he even defied the serious injury to win a match that ultimately injected new spirit in the league.
For the confidence with which he bludgeons the ball and his shrewd strategies that draw victory, he is a hero for Pakistanis, specially after his unconditional support for the revival of the game in the cricket-starved country.
He was one of the most prominent foreign players in the last two PSL editions to visit Pakistan.
Affection for Sammy in Pakistanis’ hearts can be canvassed through the fact that in the PSL 3 final in Karachi there were more Zalmi supporters than those who were rooting for Islamabad United.
Sammy also loves the locals as much. He has even learnt some Urdu and Pashto phrases and sentences.
A bunch of young cricket buffs recently carried out a rally in his support in Peshawar demanding to include the Zalmi captain in the West Indies squad set to play T20 series against Pakistan in Karachi on April 1, 2 and 3.
“Darren Sammy has done so much for revival of cricket in Pakistan. We love him for this and come out of our homes as we want Windies to include Sammy in their team also so that he could also make his team successful,” said one protestor Naveed Ali.
“We are here for the love of Darren Sammy. We need him (to be here),” said another protestor Usama Khan.
One demonstrator Mohammad Saqib invited Sammy to Peshawar saying that we would give him such a warm welcome here that he would remember that all his life.