From our correspondent
RAWALPINDI: Former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, who was leading Peshawar Zalmi, has been appointed as head coach of the franchise for the next two years in a dramatic decision in Rawalpindi on Thursday.
Zalmi’s spokesman said on Thursday that Mohammad Akram would continue as director cricket and bowling coach of Zalmi.
“Sammy’s services for Zalmi and Pakistan cricket will always be remembered,” Mohammad Akram said.
“The decision has been made for the betterment of the team and after deep consultation with Sammy,” Akram said.
He clarified that Sammy’s contract with Peshawar Zalmi for the season is of player/mentor, adding if team management jointly decides then the West Indies former pacer will also be available for the team as player along with his capacity as head coach.
Meanwhile Sammy said that he still wantsed to play cricket but there was nothing bigger than the team and his passion as head coach would remain unabated for his side.
“What I wanted to do for my team as a player in PSL-5, could not do due to form and fitness issues,” Sammy said at a news conference.
Sammy said he would work hard to make Zalmi a better side and said that he would have the support of Javed Afridi, Mohammad Akram and the players and other support staff.
The franchise owner Javed Afridi paid tribute to Sammy for his excellent stance.
“With this decision Sammy has proved himself to be a great leader,” Javed Afridi said.
He said that Sammy and Akram along with the support of players have made Zalmi a great unit.
“The current decision proves that Sammy, Akram and every member of Zalmi think for the betetrment of the team,” Javed said.
Pakistan’s senior Test pacer Wahab Riaz will now lead Zalmi in the remaining HBL PSL-5 which will conclude on March 22 with the final at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.