Peshawar Zalmi has once again named West Indies’ Daren Sammy as their new head coach for the upcoming eighth season of the Pakistan Super League.

He will replace James Foster in the role, who previously took over the coaching seat from Sammy in 2022 after the all-rounder backed out of his duties due to personal reasons before the start of the tournament.

Sammy has been with the franchise since its very first season in some capacity. He was one of the first international cricketing superstars to express willingness to play PSL games in Pakistan, cementing his bond with Pakistani fans. 

He took over the team’s leadership from Shahid Afridi in 2017, leading the franchise to its first PSL crown before finishing as a runner-up in the subsequent two editions.

Peshawar Zalmi then decided to hand Daren Sammy his first coaching stint with the team with Wahab Riaz replacing him as the captain during a mid-season shuffle in 2020. He held the role in 2020 and 2021 before exiting the team amid speculation of a rift with the owners.

With all that behind them, Sammy has returned to the team he has played all his PSL career for.

Sammy is currently serving as a mentor of Hyderabad Hunters in the Pakistan Junior League.

PCB has announced that the 2023 season of the PSL will start on February 9 and the final will take place on March 19.

Lahore Qalandars are the defending champions.

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