Defending champions Peshawar Zalmi, led by Sammy, will take on the new franchise Multan Sultans that has Sanga, in the PSL 2018 opener on February 22 at Dubai.

Pakistan have embraced Sammy as their own. Sammy, on the other hand, has played a major role in bringing international cricketers to the terror-torn nation. Not only did he play the 2017 PSL final at Lahore, he also convinced other international cricketers about the tight security for the World XI tour in September 2017. His objective was clear: he had famously told ESPNCricinfo on how he and the members of World XI had accepted the fact that they were going to be a part of “something more important than just their selves.”

“PSL is a tournament I have embraced,” said Sammy. “It feels good to play a small part in bringing cricket back to Pakistan. My players and me went there [Lahore] and won the cup. So it’s more pressure this year to defend. Hopefully I will be there, playing the PSL final at Karachi on March 25.”

Defending champions Peshawar Zalmi, led by Sammy, will take on the new franchise Multan Sultans that has Sanga, in the PSL 2018 opener on February 22 at Dubai.