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Darren Sammy appointed new head coach of Peshawar Zalmi


West Indies cricketer Darren Sammy has been appointed as the new head coach of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Peshawar Zalmi, according to an official statement from the club on Thursday (March 5).Darren Sammy appointed new head coach of Peshawar Zalmi

The statement also informed that right-arm pacer Wahab Riaz will now be leading the squad.

The West Indies all-rounder has been a fixture of the team’s lineup since the launch of the tournament in 2016, going on to captain the side on 39 occasions before being left out of the playing XI for Monday’s loss to Karachi Kings.

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Sammy led Zalmi to the tournament title in 2017 as well as back-to-back finals in the two following seasons.

Meanwhile Mohammad Akram, who has coached the side since the inaugural season has been promoted to the position of director cricket. The former Pakistan test cricketer will also perform the duties of a bowling coach.

“Sammy has been with Zalmi for five seasons now,” said Akram, holding a joint press conference with Sammy. “He will continue playing for the club as well. Wahab Riaz will be the captain of the team for its remaining matches.”

The newly appointed Zalmi coach Sammy also reacted to the announcement, saying that he wanted the young players to perform well for the team. He further said, “I want to thank the team management and coaches.”

The management reshuffle comes on the back of Zalmi’s poor show so far this season, as they took just two wins from their first six group matches.

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