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We have requested for Sammy's honorary citizenship of Pakistan: Javed Afridi

Peshawar Zalmi owner said Saint Lucian all-rounder has played an integral part in bringing international cricket back to Pakistan

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Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi, during the press conference along with other Pakistan Super League (PSL) owners, revealed that he has requested for the honorary citizenship of Pakistan to be conferred to his franchise skipper Daren Sammy.

While talking to media after unveiling the PSL5 trophy in Karachi, Afridi said that the Saint Lucian all-rounder has played an integral part in bringing international cricket back to Pakistan and should be rewarded for his services.

"We have requested for the honorary citizenship of Pakistan for Daren Sammy. The application is currently at President's table," Afridi said. “I request the PCB chairman to put in a good word for Sammy, so it can be approved. Sammy’s voice notes were too emotional for Pakistan when PCB was trying to hold the PSL season 2 final in Lahore.”

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 Meanwhile, the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani told the media that the board is hoping to complete the renovation of Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar by the end of this year.

"We are hoping to hold some Pakistan Super League matches in Peshawar next year,"’ Mani said. “Hopefully the renovation work of the stadium in Peshawar will be done soon.”

At this point, Quetta Gladiators also expressed his wish to move the tournament to his franchise host city next season.

“Just like PCB has announced that they are trying to host PSL matches in Peshawar next year, we would also like to request the board to consider Bugti Stadium in Quetta for hosting some matches,” Omer said.

Karachi Kings owner Salman Iqbal also reflected on the ongoing rivalry between his franchise and Lahore Qalandars on and off the field.

“It’s good to have a positive rivalry with Lahore Qalandars as it makes the competition exciting,” Iqbal said.