Daren Sammy appointed head coach, Wahab Riaz new captain of Peshawar Zalmi
RAWALPINDI: Veteran all-rounder Darren Sammy has stepped down as captain of Peshawar Zalmi.
While speaking to media in Rawalpindi, Zalmi’s Head Coach Mohammad Akram announced that Darren Sammy will now serve as the new head coach of Peshawar Zalmi for the next two years. Although, Sammy will still be available as a player for the franchise.
Mohammad Akram will now be the team’s director cricket and also the bowling coach.
Left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz, who lead the side in Sammy’s absence in last game, will now take over the reins of the franchise permanently.
Earlier this week, Sammy’s cryptic tweet had sparked speculations of his rift with the franchise owner Javed Afridi, after the Windies all-rounder missed out on his team’s match against Karachi Kings in Rawalpindi, during the ongoing Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five.
However, the 36-year-old was surprised by the speculation and clarified on Tuesday that there were no issues between the team owner and himself.
“I can’t believe that the media would think that my bro Javed Afridi and I would ever have an issue. I’m actually laughing at this. Listen guys I love this man as my own brother. Are u guys serious, Peshawar Zalmi is my baby and nothing comes between us. Absolutely nothing!” Sammy tweeted.