Marlon Samuels urges ICC to bring global cricket back to Pakistan

West Indies and Peshawar Zalmi batsman Marlon Samuels has expressed his wish to join Pakistan Army. Samuels, who was a part of small group of overseas players who chose to travel to the terror-torn country for the Lahore final despite the security concerns, acknowledged the role of Pakistan Army in smooth conduct of the PSL final and thanked chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa for honoring Peshawar Zalmi players.

A video of the Jamaican was released by his PSL franchise Peshawar Zalmi's owner Javed Afridi on Twitter.

The 36-year-old also added that playing in the PSL final in Lahore was much more than a cricket match for him and hoped that it would open doors for more cricket in Pakistan, according to an article on the website of Geo News. "It's the significance behind a team, and the success of a team and the smiles on the faces of the people", he said. It did not take much to me to decide to come to Pakistan, because I am a courageous soldier.

While addressing the Pakistani Army chief directly, Samuels further said, "I am a soldier and I salute you General". "And I will continue to promote this until I die. So, it didn't take much for me to decide to come to Pakistan". However, the County stated that they were no longer interested in securing his services after citing "recent events". "I will definitely coming back to Pakistan", Samuels concluded. The right-hander scored a 17-ball 19 in Zalmi's 58-run victory over Quetta Gladiators.

The ICC meeting is scheduled to be held from April 23 to 27, and the Pakistan Cricket Board is hoping the feedback from the security experts would pave the way for return of global cricket to the country. Interestingly, if he does get selected, his next assignment comprising of four T20Is, three ODIs and three Tests will be against Pakistan at home. Samuels said. "I have spent a lot of time with Pakistanis in Jamaica they all are my friends. From the bottom of the heart, I say to you Pakistan I am with you", said the right-hander, who played 187 One-Day Internationals for the West Indies.

  • Salvatore Jensen