Pakistan to make Darren Sammy honorary citizen
Published : Sunday, 23 February, 2020 at 4:16 PM Count : 332
Pakistan will confer honorary citizenship on former West Indies captain Darren Sammy for his "invaluable contribution" towards the return of top-flight cricket to the country, its cricket board said.
Pakistan successfully hosted two Test matches against Sri Lanka in December - their first at home since a militant attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in 2009 that killed six security personnel and two civilians and wounded six players.
While the international cricket community stayed away from travelling to Pakistan following the attack, Sammy has been a regular member of the Peshawar Zalmi side in the Pakistan Super League Twenty20 since its start in 2016.
The 36-year-old St Lucian captained the franchise to the PSL title in the second edition in 2017 and often advocated for the return of international cricket to the country.
Sammy's last match for West Indies was the final of the World T20I in 2016, when he led the Caribbean side to the trophy against England in Kolkata's Eden Gardens.
Pakistan president Arif Alvi will also confer the Nishan-e-Pakistan, the country's top civilian award, next month on Sammy.
Pakistan did not host any international cricket for six years after the Lahore attack, with the team playing their home matches in the United Arab Emirates.
It hosted a number of limited-overs internationals in recent years, with Sri Lanka playing three ODIs and three T20Is there in September and October, though 10 key players opted out of that trip citing security concerns.
Following Sri Lanka's Tests in December, Bangladesh also visited Pakistan recently for a three-T20I series and a Test in Rawalpindi and will return to the country for an ODI and another Test in Karachi in April.