Daren Sammy has been named the Peshawar Zalmi head coach for the next two years. The Zalmi stalwart has vacated his leadership position for Wahab Riaz to take over as the full-time captain of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise.
Sammy replaces Mohammad Akram as the head coach, with the former Pakistani pacer set to remain as the PSL team’s Director of Cricket and bowling coach. Sammy will remain available for selection as a player but he will no longer serve as the skipper.
This elevation of Sammy as a player to the head coach arrives following his exclusion from the last couple of games prompting claims of a friction between the Caribbean all-rounder and the Zalmi management. However, these rumors were denied by the two-time World T20-winning skipper.
"As a player, it's always difficult to make the transition. We are a family, and throughout the years of playing and leading this franchise, we have shown it's not just a cricket team but a family,” he said.