Monday, 24 April 2017

PSL final ‘more than just a game’: Darren Sammy

CRICKET-PAK-PSL-SAMMYPeshawar Zalmi captain Darran Sammi (C) holds the trophy following his team’s victory over Quetta Gladiators in the final cricket match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at The Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore

LAHORE: Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy after winning the final of Pakistan Super League 2017 in Lahore said that it was more than just a game for him. “To me, it’s just more than a game. It first started in the draft. Lala made the big announcement that I would be the captain”, he said, adding that the trophy means a lot to him. Talking about his decision about coming to Lahore for the final he said that former Zalmi captain and flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi influenced his decision. “Lala influenced my decision to come here. I felt tonight I brought a lot of smiles in Lahore and Peshawar. It is an amazing day”, he added. Talking about the match Sammy said that they felt that 150-160 runs were a good score. “We thought with the new ball we did well. If we get 150-160 it would be a good total. We did get to 148 and our bowlers have been doing well this tournament”, he said.

Daren Sammy left fans looking towards the next season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as he tweeted “I’ll be back”. Following this tweet the celebrating skipper also announced his next destination as Hong Kong where he would be playing in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz. Daren Sammy’s Peshawar Zalmi defeated Quetta Gladiators by 58 runs in the PSL 2017 final on Sunday at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.to secure their first PSL trophy.

Talking about his franchise, he said, “The Peshawar is not just a cricket team, we do a lot for the fans, the foundation. Thanks to the PCB, and the PSL. I am glad I came to experience the atmosphere.” Losing captain Sarfraz Ahmed said that the 149-run target set by Peshawar Zalmi was chase-able. “We have chased bigger totals before this, but we failed to chase today”, he added.

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