Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has expressed his gratitude to Pakistan, saying he is “truly honored” to be given honorary citizenship of Pakistan and the highest civilian award and thanked the country for showering love on him.
A day after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that Sammy would be conferred with the country’s highest civilian award and honorary citizenship by President Arif Alvi on Pakistan Day on March 23, the all-rounder has reacted to the development on Twitter.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Sammy replied to the PCB’s tweet: “I am truly honored to be given this civilian award. We took a small step in the right direction in 2017 and look at us here today. All the foreign players played their part. Thank u Pakistan for the love shown to us. We only want U to experience cricket at home.#LOVEWINS.”
Pakistan Government has decided to recognize West Indies’ two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain’s 'invaluable contribution' in bringing back international cricket to the country by offering him honorary citizenship of Pakistan and Pakistan’s highest civilian award, Nishan-e-Haider.
The PCB has announced the same on Saturday in a media release owing to his contributions to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and in bringing cricket back to the country, as the PSL franchise Peshawar Zalmi captain wished to become an honorary citizen of Pakistan recently.
Sammy, who is currently in Pakistan leading Zalmi in the ongoing PSL 2020, has played a key role in bringing PSL and international cricket back to the cricket-loving nation being part of the PSL since its inception and has always shown his support in playing in the country despite many players denied.