Injured Sammy out of PSL action for the ‘next few days’

Monitoring Desk

SHARJAH: Peshawar Zalmi suffered a double blow ahead of tonight’s match against Lahore Qalandars, with their captain Darren Sammy and middle-order batsman Haris Sohail both ruled out for at least a week.

“Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy [has been] ruled out from today’s PSL game vs Lahore Qalandars because of injury. Mohammad Hafeez will lead the side today. Haris Sohail [has also] been ruled out from today’s match,” said a statement from Peshawar Zalmi’s media manager.

Earlier today, the PSL secretariat confirmed that Sammy is out for the next “few days” after suffering an injury during Thursday’s match against Quetta Gladiators. “Darren Sammy was injured in Zalmi’s last game. He is consequently ruled out of action for the next few days and will continue his recovery process with the Zalmi squad,” the statement added.

The statement further said that England bowler Liam Dawson, who is with the Zalmi squad, will cover for Sammy today. Dawson will then continue to remain an active member of the squad after Tamim Iqbal and Shabbir Rahman depart for national duty. Haris Sohail injured his hand during practice and will be out of action for a few games. Umaid Asif will continue to stay with the Peshawar Zalmi squad as cover for both Hasan Ali and Haris Sohail. Umaid will cover for Sohail and be eligible for selection should Hasan Ali be deemed fit to play.

Zalmi chairman awards US$10,000 to team captain Sammy: The Chairman of Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi, awarded a special win bonus of US$10,000 to Zalmi captain Daren Sammy for his heroic and match winning performance against Quetta Gladiators in a match of the Pakistan Super League in Sharjah.

In a kind gesture, Sammy donated the amount to his foundation, said the information made available here on Saturday. A single legged hopping Sammy gave the performance of his life against the Gladiators and won his team an unforgettable game. The daring knock earned him laurels not only from fans around the world, but also franchise Chairman Javaid Afridi who was all praise for his skipper’s performance.

“I haven’t seen a better performance than this, his was injured but his team needed him. He still came out and won an unbelievable game. His innings is an example for youth of today. No doubt he is the biggest star of PSL and I hope he will be fit again and give similar performances in the remaining games,” said Javed Afridi.

As a small token of appreciation, Afridi awarded Sammy $10,000 as prize money from Peshawar Zalmi Foundation. The twice T-20 World Cup winner thanked the Chairman for his kindness and awarded the amount to his own foundation.