Javed Afridi hoping Darren Sammy converts to Islam

Published: March 20, 2017
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Darren Sammy is studying Islam according to Javed Afridi. PHOTO COURTESY: PSL

Darren Sammy is studying Islam according to Javed Afridi. PHOTO COURTESY: PSL

Darren Sammy is studying Islam according to Javed Afridi. PHOTO COURTESY: PSL Darren Sammy and Javed Afridi. PHOTO COURTESY: PESHAWAR ZALMI

Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi has asked his team’s fans to pray that franchise captain Darren Sammy converts to Islam as the two-time World T20 winner is studying the religion.

In a video circulating on social media, Javed can be seen telling news channels that it is a big achievement for him to get Sammy to read about Islam.

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“I pray that he accepts Islam as his religion,” said Javed in the video. “He has complete knowledge and the way he is reading about Islam, I think it’s a biggest achievement. For me, for my whole team, it is a big thing.”

Sammy was announced as the captain of the Peshawar team for the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) by former Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi during the drafts.

The former West Indies skipper then led Zalmi to the winner’s title in the PSL when his team beat Quetta Gladiators in the final at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

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Sammy’s attachment to the Peshawar team has been admirable as he also learned Pashto during his stay with the team players. Sammy was also one of the first players to say yes to playing the final in Lahore, claiming that he will follow Javed wherever he takes him.

Peshawar were the only team of the PSL whose whole roster of foreign players agreed to playing the PSL final in Lahore.

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  • Usama
    Mar 20, 2017 - 3:08PM

    This is the problem with us we feel so pride as preachers of Islam and morals while we do exactly the opposite in our daily lives.Recommend

  • Sam
    Mar 21, 2017 - 2:19AM

    Love Darren Sammy. Hope this is mutual concent. However, professionalism should not be mixed with anyones personal affiliations. That is one of key items of Islam that most of us forget these days. Recommend

  • Amer
    Mar 21, 2017 - 4:06AM

    Everyone needs to understand the ‘Hidayah’ is from Allah and no man can make another man accept Islam by ‘convincing’ him. Recommend

  • TooTrue
    Mar 21, 2017 - 8:24AM

    FFS. No. Leave the poor man alone. Don’t bring your religion into everything. Makes you look really pathetic. Recommend

  • Junaid
    Mar 21, 2017 - 8:40AM

    Its all good and great that Sammy has learnt about the religion/culture of his hosts. However, Jawed should refrain from seeking publicity from something that is a very private affair.Recommend

  • HASAN ARIF
    Mar 21, 2017 - 9:36AM

    We should pray for ourselves rather praying for Sammy. In any other western country J.Afridi would have been sacked and kicked out. Remember Imran Tahir displaying JJ portrait during jubilation. Recommend

  • Victor
    Mar 21, 2017 - 9:38AM

    This Javed guy needs to shut up!! He recently came out of a controversy.Recommend

  • Ahson
    Mar 21, 2017 - 9:45AM

    Lets force him to convert according to our culture folks……..what else could be better. after all we have to show the world how we truly feel inside about non muslims?……..yeah….?…..excellent!Recommend

  • Khawaja Fahad
    Mar 21, 2017 - 11:52AM

    I do not condone Javed’s publicly discussing a private matter between him and Sammy.It should not have been made public as it sets the wrong precedent.

    Saying that I think people do not even read the article or either have very poor language skills it clearly states that

    I pray that he accepts Islam as his religion

    was what Javed said and praying/hoping for something is not coercion in any form.Recommend

  • rich
    Mar 21, 2017 - 2:08PM

    sammy is a staunch catholic infacy all carribean players, more then the others catholics in the world except maybe latin american

    try converting him,

    probaly he must have said yes i will read the koran, bec he wanted to be polite to javed saab, and out of curiosity tooRecommend

  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Mar 22, 2017 - 1:02AM

    Is this Afridi chap gone nuts? Do we Pakistanis have anything else in our head than religion?
    Sammy will be loved in Pakistan for being Sammy Darren, not because of his religion. Please for Heavens sake, leave religion where it belongs and not in cricket.Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 22, 2017 - 5:48AM

    Javed Afridi should be removed from PSL .. Cricket as a game is a profession and mixing it with anything else is corruption PERIOD.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Mar 22, 2017 - 3:28PM

    and why is that important?? Time to grow up as a nation.Recommend

  • RK Singh
    Mar 23, 2017 - 12:22PM

    mix politics and religion , Science and religion. Now sports and religion. What next? Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 24, 2017 - 1:19AM

    what is wrong with us

    just focus on your self javed afridi and let him beRecommend

  • Parrot
    Mar 24, 2017 - 10:42AM

    Please, let’s leave it at cricket!!Recommend

  • anil sahu
    Mar 24, 2017 - 6:35PM

    ha ha it reminds me that incident ahmed shehzaad ak pak kohli telling dilshan to convert to islam.Recommend

  • Saman
    Mar 25, 2017 - 3:08PM

    Darren Sammy hopes Javed Afridi will convert to Christianity. Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Mar 29, 2017 - 5:24AM

    Have any of you ever been to Raiwind Marcus.
    Do you have no clue whatsoever what the effort of dawat is all about.Recommend

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