Sammy credits Afridi for appearing in Lahore
Pakistan Super League (PSL) title holder of 2017 franchise Peshwar Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy credited his appearance on team mate Shahid Afridi who unfortunately missed the final match after falling into sever injury trouble.
A thrilled Sammy, the most high profile foreign star to come to Lahore amidst international security concerns, told the presenter adorably, “My good friend Lala (Shahid Afridi) said ‘if we get to the final you should come to Lahore.’ I’m glad I have come to experience the atmosphere here. Even though Peshawar came out on top, cricket was the real winner in Lahore.”
Under some desperate effort from the organizers with a hope to restore faith to safeguard foreign teams and bring international cricketing action back in the country, Pakistan, within a decade, successfully hosted their biggest cricket match in the circumstances. The full house Lahore crowd enjoyed the biting clash between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators with Peshwar topped the other to clinch the trophy.
Legendary Pakistani all-rounder Wasim Akram described the phenomenon as a ‘momentous occasion for Pakistan’. Fans were overjoyed to watch the live action from their own ground raising posters scribbled ‘Pakistan wins today.’
“We will give a good news to our fans soon that an international team is coming to Pakistan” – said Najam Shethi, the chairman of the tournament committee. Later in one of his tweets, Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz showed gratitude to the foreign cricketers saying, “You have shown by risking your life but making it possible for the people of Pakistan and around the world that how much cricket means to us.”