Afridi convinced me to make the Lahore trip: Darren Sammy
Updated - Mar 6, 2017 1:56 pm
Darren Sammy, the Peshawar Zalmi captain who led his side to a 58 run victory against the Quetta Gladiators in the final of the Pakistan Super League was initially reluctant to make a trip to Lahore to take part in the final. The Pakistan Super League final was in doubts after two massive bomb blasts last month. But according to the West Indian T20 winning captain, former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi convinced him to make the tour to Lahore.
Earlier Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi had revealed that all five of his foreign players would take part in the final while Quetta Gladiators saw all their foreign players back out from the prestigious match due to security reasons. Sources also reveal that Sammy agreed to lead his side in the final only after getting additional amount from his franchise.
Sammy quoted “Lala (as Afridi is called) persuaded me to come to Lahore and told me that there won’t be any problems, so I am here”
“Because of Afridi, I got the captaincy (of the franchise), so I owed it to him.’
Peshawar Zalmi who came out on top in the final was led by Shahid Afridi in the inaugural season of the Pakistan Super League. Afridi then handed over the role to Darren Sammy who led the West Indies to T20 World Cup glory in 2012 and 2016.
The Pakistan Super League has successfully brought back cricket to Pakistan much to the joy of the cricket fanatics in the country. A huge number of people turned up to the ground to see the all important final which clearly shows the love for the game in Pakistan.
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Sammy hoped the final would do a lot of good to cricket in Pakistan. He quoted “I hope this match helps Pakistan in its efforts to revive international cricket and at the end cricket should be the winner”