West Indies star veteran cricketer Darren Sammy is to become an honorary citizen of Pakistan in March.
Arif Alvi, Pakistan President will honor Darren Sammy with the highest civilian award and honorary citizenship on March 23 for his efforts in the Pakistani cricket.
Sammy will be the first-ever cricketer to receive this honor. The idea of honorary citizenship was initiated by Peshawar Zalmi franchise owner Javed Afridi. Sammy will also receive the country’s top civilian award of Nishan-e-Pakistan, on March 23 in Islamabad.
Sammy favored bringing cricket to Pakistan and agreed upon playing in Pakistan. “He is the most loved and cheered foreign cricketer in Pakistan,” says Afridi to a local channel. Afridi had earlier requested PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani to request Pakistan’s President to consider honorary citizenship for Sammy.
“When Sammy was supporting Pakistan cricket, he didn’t do this for obtaining citizenship. This is our recognition for his services,” he said. “This will encourage everyone who’s here to support Pakistan cricket.”
Upon hearing the news, the Windies’ veteran said whatever he did for Pakistan was for the love he has for Pakistani people and not for any personal gains. He was the first to agree for Pakistan tour when the PCB wanted to bring the PSL final to the country.
Moreover, the veteran says that his love for Pakistan is natural and all of his contribution to the country is pure. He says passport is not required to show my affection for this country. All players supported and are a part of what we are today. He is happy that he is recognized and loved by the entire nation.