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Sammy to be conferred with honorary citizenship of Pakistan
Sammy To Be Honoured

Sammy to be conferred with honorary citizenship of Pakistan

Darren Sammy will be given Pakistan's highest civilian award and honorary citizenship on March 23 for his "invaluable contribution to cricket in Pakistan".

The two-time World T20-winning skipper has played a pivotal role in the gradual resumption of top-flight cricket in Pakistan.

Sammy's efforts at reshaping the opinion surrounding the security situation in Pakistan has included him touring the country on multiple occasions in the Pakistan Super League despite the reluctance of several foreign recruits.

The marquee player was one of the first individuals to agree to come to Lahore for the final of PSL 2017 as captain of the popular franchise Peshawar Zalmi.

With the likes of Shane Watson and Kevin Pietersen withdrawing ahead of the grand finale, Sammy ensured the high-profile encounter turned out to be a huge success and paved the way for more such matches in the cricket-starved nation.

The former West Indies all-rounder continues to garner a massive fan following in Pakistan and is a permanent presence in the PSL even though injury woes have hampered his athleticism in the field.

The power-hitter from St Lucia was also a part of the ICC World XI contingent that travelled to Lahore in September 2017 for three T20Is. He is believed to have convinced other teammates in the line-up to consider touring Pakistan.

The idea to confer Sammy with the prestigious honour was floated by Zalmi owner Javed Afridi, who had requested the PCB to take up the matter.

Sammy, 36, will receive the award by Dr. Arif Alvi, President of Pakistan, on Pakistan Resolution Day.