Darren Sammy surprised with Shahid Afridi’s decision to part ways with Peshawar Zalmi

Shahid Afridi and Darren Sammy
Shahid Afridi and Darren Sammy. (Photo Source: PSL)

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi’s decision to part ways with Peshawar Zalmi came as a huge surprise to captain Darren Sammy as the former Windies captain wasn’t aware of Afridi parting ways with Peshawar Zalmi. Afridi captained the Javed Afridi owned the franchise for the inaugural season of PSL and handed over the reign to Darren Sammy for this edition. It had an instant effect as Zalmi was crowned the champions of PSL 2 after defeating the Quetta Gladiators quite comfortably in the final.

Replying to a tweet from Zainab Abbas, Sammy wrote, “What? When did that happen?” After two successful stints with the Peshawar Zalmi, Afridi has decided to part ways and will be seen playing for a different franchise in the upcoming edition. Afridi’s decision has surprised many including the owner of the team who had no idea of the decision taken by the former captain.


Late on Friday Afridi took to his twitter handle and wrote about his decision to part ways with Peshawar Zalmi. He cited personal reasons for his decision and made it pretty clear that he will be representing a different franchise in the 2018 edition. “Won the cup with 1 team, time for another. I am announcing my end of service as president & player of Peshawar Zalmi Team due to my personal reasons,” Afridi posted on his Twitter account on Friday night.

“My best wishes with Peshawar Zalmi and as far as my Peshawar fans are concerned I know they are with me wherever I go,” he further added. Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi is completely unaware of what happened which provoked Afridi to take this decision. “I’m completely unaware of what happened,” Javed said when a local correspondent asked him to comment on the same.

Afridi has been an exceptional all-round player for Pakistan over the years and has been one heck of an entertainer for the last 2 decades. He broke onto the scene in only his 2nd international match in 1996 when the swashbuckling batsman smashed the fastest ODI century against Sri Lanka in 37 balls which were a record for many years. It was later broken by Corey Anderson and then by AB de Villiers.