Karachi: West Indian cricketer Marlon Samuels seems to be so impressed with the security arrangements at the recently-concluded final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) that he has bizarrely expressed his desire to join the Pakistani Army.
In a video released recently on social media, the Jamaican says: “I wouldn’t mind coming back to Pakistan if I get a metallic badge on my shoulder. In Jamaica, I am a soldier and that’s why I wore my army suit to Pakistan. I am just waiting for the metallic (badge), so whenever you’re ready to let me to be a part of your army, I am ready. I am a soldier in Jamaica and I want to be a part of Pakistan Army.”
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Many high-profile international players like Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright and Tymal Mills skipped the PSL final, which was held in Lahore, due to security concerns. The city witnessed a terrorist attack in 2009 on the Sri Lankan team, where many of them were injured.
“I spent a lot of time in Jamaica with Pakistanis, they’re all my friends. So I’m Pakistani in my heart. It didn’t take much for me to decide to come to Pakistan cause I’m a brave soldier,” Samuels, who played for Peshawar Zalmi, added.
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.
Samuels implored the International Cricket Council (ICC) to try and get more national teams to play in Pakistan given the "top class security" he saw during his time in the country. He had previously posted another video from Pakistan where he can be seen wearing army attire while posing with Pakistani soldiers.
“Cricket should definitely come back to Pakistan now and I will continue to promote this until I die,” he added.