Darren Sammy names the Peshawar Zalmi player toughest to manage
Updated - Feb 27, 2017 6:25 pm
Darren Sammy who hasn’t been in favor with the West Indies team ever since he lifted the World T20 2016 in India is enjoying his time leading the Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). But it isn’t an easy task, apart from the expectation of the franchise and fans he also has to manage some of the biggest names in Pakistan cricket in the team. The likes of Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz are all different personalities with their own aura.
While many would expect Afridi to be the toughest to deal with given the huge star that he is in Pakistan cricket but rather Sammy is having a tough time dealing with the allrounder Hafeez on the pitch. In an interaction with ESPNcricinfo when Sammy was asked ‘how difficult is it for you to control Afridi on the field’?
He said Afridi was a dear buddy and it is Hafeez who is the real trouble maker while also mentioning that the 36-year-old would kill him for saying that: “Not at all, Shahid is my best friend. It’s more difficult to control Hafeez. He’ll kill me [for naming him],” Sammy said laughing.
The West Indian who bagged a contract with the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL auction this time after missing out on the previous edition when asked to name a few promising talents in the team said in his view Hassan Ali and Mohammad Asgar will make it big for the national team. “I got a few. I think from my team [right-arm pacer] Hassan Ali will be a quality bowler for Pakistan,” he said.
Caribbean’s are known for their celebrations and this time Sammy has come up with a new selfie celebration for the Peshawar team. All the players gather along and pose for a selfie while nobody is actually taking one. “You know we always try to come up with different things. When I played in Bangladesh Premier League, myself and Kesrick Williams, we were told that we were the guys who took most number of selfies.”
Earlier Bangladesh star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan who is also a part of the Zalmi squad praised the West Indian for his captaincy saying, “The kind of calm environment, where everyone knows their job, helps a player relax,” he said. “Sammy has the ability to cheer anyone up and everyone is so friendly in the dressing room. Our interactions with Pakistani players are terrific. It’s like I am playing with my home team rather than in a foreign league.”