Sammy receives award from Pakistan

Former West Indies Captain Darren Sammy gestures wearing a traditional turban at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore; Pakistan.
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Former West Indies Captain, Darren Sammy has been bestowed with Sitaria- I- Pakistan, the country’s third highest civilian award, for his part in bringing back international cricket to Pakistan.
Sammy received the award last week and tweeted photographs of the ceremony on his social media accounts. The announcement was first made on May 23.
Sammy, one of the very few cricketers who played in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) , the country’s T20 league, brave threats to his life and security as he played cricket in Pakistan, which had not many foreign teams visiting it after the Sri  Lanka cricket team was attacked in 2009.
Sri Lankan and Australian teams are among the prominent ones that had visited the country this year.
The St. Lucian-born Sammy, who is a two-time Twenty20 World Cup winner with the West Indies, decided to play in the PSL in 2016 and represented Peshwar Salami until 2020.
Sammy represented West Indies in all three  formats of the game, scoring 1,323 runs and taking 84 wickets in 30 Tests, hitting five centuries.  In 126 ODIs the 38 year old Sammy scored 1, 871 and claimed 81 wickets.
He made his Test and ODI debut in 2004 and last represented West Indies in a T20 match against Pakistan in 2013.

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