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“I felt tonight I brought a lot of smiles in Lahore and Peshawar,” said Darren Sammy.

Published06 Mar 2017, 05:59 AM IST
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Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy led Peshawar Zalmi to the Pakistan Super League Twenty20 title with a 58-run victory against Quetta Gladiators in the final on Sunday.

Kamran Akmal notched up 40 runs while West Indian Twenty20 World Cup winner Darren Sammy scored a quickfire 28 not out in Zalmi's total of 148-6.

Quetta, in reply, were bowled out for only 90 in 16.3 overs.

Darren Sammy, who twice led the West Indies to the World Twenty20 title, was among nine foreign cricketers who agreed to travel to eastern city of Lahore early Sunday as stringent security measures were put in place around the 25,000-capacity stadium.

I felt tonight I brought a lot of smiles in Lahore and Peshawar. I am glad I came to experience the atmosphere here.
Darren Sammy

Pakistan has not hosted a major test-playing nation since 2009 when an attack on a Sri Lanka team bus — also in Lahore — killed seven policemen and injured several Sri Lanka players.

Since the attack in 2009, only Zimbabwe has visited Pakistan for a short limited-overs series in 2015.

Sammy, his fellow West Indian Marlon Samuels and England's Chris Jordan were presented with Pakistani army caps as they walked around the stadium before the toss. Sammy obliged some of his fans, standing close to the fence and taking photos with them. He even danced on the stage with Peshawar team-mate Kamran Akmal and got a huge round of applause from capacity crowd.

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