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Pakistan feels like home: Sammy

Zalmi captain was in Peshawar for franchise’s kit and anthem launching ceremony

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The Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Peshawar Zalmi’s captain Darren Sammy has said that Pakistan feels like home, after conclusion of his two-day visit of Peshawar.

In a message on his way back to Saint Lucia, the 35-year-old said: “It has been a pleasure to visit Peshawar, in fact it is an honour to be in Peshawar. I want to say thank you Peshawar and all of Pakistan for continuing to show me their love. I want to say thank you to my brother Javed Afridi. I have nothing but love for this guy. I could now say, it feels like home whenever I visit Pakistan.”

Commenting on his relationship with the franchise he said: “I don’t know, what put Darren Sammy and Peshawar Zalmi as a franchise together. But I think it was meant to happen. I’m grateful for everything that franchise has done for me and for the people of Pakistan.”

He also showed optimism about team’s chances ahead of the next edition of PSL by stating: “Inshah Allah we will win the cup. We want our trophy back from Islamabad.”

On this occasion, Zalmi owner Javed Afridi said he would take Sammy on Pakistan tour whenever the two-time World T20 winning captain will visit the country again.

“Whenever you come here next time, we will go to Balochistan, Sindh and other parts of the country. It will be pleasure to take you all over the country,” said Afridi.

Sammy — who represented West Indies in 38 Tests, 126 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 68 T20Is — reached Islamabad on February 4 to attend kit and anthem launching ceremony of the franchise.

During his two-day visit, the former Windies captain visited Army Public School in Peshawar and also met Director General of Inter Services of Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor.