Sammy was reluctant to tour Lahore, where two deadly bomb blasts last month had endangered the final, but after being persuaded by Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistan captain, West Indies’ two-time World Twenty20-winning captain agreed to make the trip.
Sources said Sammy had agreed to play the final only after getting an additional amount from his franchise.
Sammy admitted that Afridi had helped him make up his mind. “Lala (as Afridi is called) persuaded me to come to Lahore and told me that there won’t be any problems, so I am here,” Sammy said. “Because of Afridi, I got the captaincy (of the franchise), so I owed it to him.’
Afridi skippered Peshawar in the inaugural edition of the PSL but relinquished it in favour of Sammy, who won the World Twenty20 as West Indies skipper in 2012 and 2016.
Sammy hoped the final would help lift the profile of Pakistan cricket. “I hope this match helps Pakistan in its efforts to revive international cricket and at the end cricket should be the winner,” said Sammy.
Pakistan have not hosted any major team — barring Zimbabwe in 2015 — since terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.
Source: Wisden India