West Indies international cricketer Darren Sammy said that the decision to tour to Pakistan was for a good reason. Many foreign players were pulled out when it was announced that the Pakistan Super League final match would be played in Lahore.
Sammy leads Peshawar Zalmi in the second edition of PSL in the final which held in Lahore. Many overseas players travelled to play like Chris Jordan, Marlon Samuels, David Malan, Morne van and Anamul Haque.
After leading his team to the title on Sunday, Sammy said “When you have not been in a place you always have your doubts. You get different views, different opinions. But I spoke to Javed [Afridi, the Peshawar team owner] and Shahid Afridi and they influenced my decision to come here.”
“All the boys just made the decision that we are part of something that we are coming down here for a good cause. The fans here deserve to see their players playing as they haven’t seen it for quite a while. I am glad I came here.”
“I have enjoyed playing a cricket match [in Lahore], and I have even enjoyed being with the security guys as I have never seen something like this before so it was a good experience. It is hopefully a step in the right direction, where things could happen.”
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“What I can say is that being here felt like playing in St Lucia, playing in India or anywhere else in the world. And like I said at the toss, today I felt cricket was the winner.”
This was the second major match which was played in Pakistan after the hit on Sir Lanka team in the year 2009 in Lahore. Many teams refused to tour to Pakistan with the FICA (Federation of International Cricketers Association).
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Sammy recognized that the winning trophy meant a lot to him, he said “To me it was more than just a game. It started with the draft. Lala [Afridi] made the big announcement that I would be the captain and one of our mottos was to bring back the smiles, so I felt tonight I brought a lot of smiles in Lahore and Peshawar.”
“It is an amazing day and this trophy means a lot.”