Veteran all-rounder Darren Sammy steps down as Peshawar Zalmi captain.
Darren Sammy steps down as Peshawar Zalmi captain
While speaking to media in Rawalpindi, Zalmi’s Head Coach Mohammad Akram announced that Darren Sammy will now serve as the new head coach of Peshawar Zalmi for the next two years. Although, Sammy will still be available as a player for the franchise.
“When we started this journey in 2016, I sat with him [Sammy] and I told him that we were going to be together for a long time,” said Akram. “Sammy has served us as a leader, and people in Pakistan all love him. He’s very close to my heart and very close to Zalmi family.”
“It took me a bit of persuading to come to this decision, but Darren Sammy will be the new head coach of Peshawar Zalmi from today for the next two years,” he added.
Mohammad Akram will now be the team’s director cricket and also the bowling coach.
Sammy, while speaking in the press conference, also admitted that it was the right time for him to make the transition into the coaching role.
“As a player, it’s always difficult to make the transition,” said Sammy. “I think throughout the years of playing and leading this franchise, we have demonstrated that Peshawar Zalmi is not just about cricket. This season, my preparation and my form has not really been exactly what I wanted it to be to be able to perform for the team in the best way possible.”
“I still have the option to select myself and play on the park, but I think for this tournament right now, with the way my game is I think it’s time for me to lead the team in a different role,” he added.
Left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz, who lead the side in Sammy’s absence in last game, will now take over the reins of the franchise permanently.
Earlier this week, Sammy’s cryptic tweet had sparked speculations of his rift with the franchise owner Javed Afridi, after the Windies all-rounder missed out on his team’s match against Karachi Kings in Rawalpindi, during the ongoing Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five.
However, the 36-year-old was surprised by the speculation and clarified on Tuesday that there were no issues between the team owner and himself.
“I can’t believe that the media would think that my bro Javed Afridi and I would ever have an issue. I’m actually laughing at this. Listen guys I love this man as my own brother. Are u guys serious, Peshawar Zalmi is my baby and nothing comes between us. Absolutely nothing!” Sammy tweeted.