The love affair between World T20 winning captain Darren Sammy and Pakistan just seems to be growing.
After the Peshawar Zalmi player learnt Pashto and won over the hearts of Pakistanis, PSL franchise owner Javed Afridi requested the government to grant "honourary citizenship" to the West Indies player to reward him for “his love” for the country.
On Monday night, Javed tweeted he will request the government of Pakistan to offer honorary citizenship to the 32-year-old.
Darren Sammy thanks Pakistani fans in Pashto
Will request Govt of Pakistan to offer Honorary Citizenship (Nationality) for @darrensammy88 ,with regards to his love for this Nation.— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) April 25, 2016
Happy to receive such an acknowledgement, Sammy was quick to accept the offer. But Sammy mistakenly replied to a fake Twitter account of K-P CM Pervaiz Khattak that played along with the citizenship offer.
Khattab sb dera dera Manana ! Pa sar stargo ma qabool de https://t.co/ULWYKEQv2d— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) April 25, 2016
In any case, we hope Sammy becomes one of us very soon. Javed also tweeted that they have requested the President of Pakistan to look into awarding Sammy the honorary status.
PZ Alert:We have requested President of Pakistan to Grant Honorary Citizenship of Pakistan.— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) April 26, 2016
It is earnestly hoped that Mr. Darren Sammy's 1
PZ Alert : home coming of Pakistan will go a long way in the promotion and raising of standards of cricket in Pakistan; 2— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) April 26, 2016
PZ Alert : and will also portray the soft image of this sports loving nation.— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) April 26, 2016
Ground honour for West Indies captain Sammy
Sammy was a part of the Peshawar Zalmi squad in the first edition of the Pakistan Super League which took place in the UAE in February 2016. He also learned Pashto from Javed and called it a “very sweet language”.
Earlier, after winning the World T20, Javed had announced an award of $20,000 for the West Indies captain for displaying excellent team spirit in the event.
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Sammy also thanked the Pakistani fans in Pashto for supporting his team throughout the World T20. “I want to thank my Pakistani supporters for their support and will come to Peshawar soon,” he said. “God bless Javed Afridi,” he added.
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