DUBAI: Darren Sammy has been the toast of Peshawar Zalmi since he joined them last year. The West Indies’ T20 World Cup captain feels privileged to be a part of the setup and wants to give his best to lift the Pakistan Super League trophy this year for his team. While speaking exclusively to Khaleej Times, Sammy said: “I am lucky to be among a group of people who are very good. We have got one of the best coaches – Mohammad Akram, the owner Javed Afridi has passion for cricket and above all people of Peshawar who always follow their heart. “All these things have helped us to bond together and I feel it is a family. I have been bowled over by the love of the Zalmi people.” Talking about the Twenty20 game and the way it has taken the world by storm in a short span of time, the tall, strapping West Indian allrounder said: “The T20 duration is short and exciting and it attracts youngsters. It is proven now that T20 is going to stay here because it is entertaining. “The leagues all over the world are a boon for players like me who no more are part of the national sides but still play and enjoy cricket all over the world.
“It is the passion for the game that forces me to carry on. I enjoy the game even when I play with my brothers in the backyard. I believe this is the only way to play the game.” West Indians are known for their unique celebrations and the Peshawar Zalmi captain Sammy didn’t let his fans down. In one match, without a mobile in his hand, he posed for a selfie with his teammates while his countryman Kieron Pollard did push-ups after he scored the winning runs in Zalmi’s win over Lahore Qalanadars. These were moments to cherish. “We are living in an age of technology and social media and I have been told that I love taking selfies. I tried the idea of selfie because I hope it will connect with the fans. “After taking the catch I just tried to take the selfie with the team and it was not pre-planned at all. These sorts of celebrations add new colour to the match.”