On Monday, former Zalmi Captain and current head coach, Daren Sammy received the civil award ‘Sitara-i-Pakistan’ for his valuable contribution to reviving international cricket in Pakistan. The cricket star taking to his official Twitter handle shared pictures of himself accepting the highest civilian award. “There it is…me collecting the Sitara-i-Pakistan award. Such a proud moment,” he wrote.
Pakistan is Like Home to Me, Says Daren Sammy
Voicing his love for Pakistan, Sammy stated: “Pakistan is like home to me and this is an honor for me. I am very proud.” The former Zalmi Captain also shared a picture gallery on his official Instagram handle where he said that cricket took him all over the world allowing him to see and play in some amazing places. “Pakistan is definitely one of these places. A place that always makes me feel at home. It’s such an honor to have received this prestigious award (Sitara-i-Pakistan) from the government and people of Pakistan. Thank you. #PakistanZindabad,” he wrote.
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) May 30, 2022
Congratulating the West Indies player, Pakistan Super League franchise Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi tweeted on Twitter: “Congratulations brother @darensammy88! Well-deserved Sitara-i-Pakistan! Your contribution for Pakistan cricket revival will be [written] in golden words [and] in our hearts forever”.
CONGRATULATIONS Brother @darensammy88 ! Well Deserved Sitara-i-Pakistan !
Your Contribution for Pakistan Cricket Revival will be ✍️ in Golden Words & in our Hearts Forever. #PakistanZindabad https://t.co/i5PoPHhiOO pic.twitter.com/TH6Caygl9Y
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) May 30, 2022
The Former Zalmi Captain is Also Awarded with Honorary Citizenship by Pakistan
Furthermore, Daren Sammy is the two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain and has been one of the most popular foreign players in Pakistan due to his participation in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Sammy was granted honorary citizenship by the country back in 2020 for his invaluable contribution to cricket in Pakistan.
The former Zalmi captain played a momentous role throughout the initial seasons of the PSL. He was part of the full Peshawar Zalmi squad that traveled to Pakistan to take part in the PSL 2 final held in Lahore, which initiated the revival of cricket in the nation. He led Zalmi to their first title win as they defeated Quetta in the final held at Gaddafi Stadium.