PESHAWAR - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister's Information Adviser, Mushtaq Ghani, issued a denial after reports circulated on local media that West Indies cricketer Darren Sammy had been offered an honourary Pakistani citizenship by Pervez Khattak.
"This power resides with the federal government and the chief minister cannot offer an honourary citizenship," said Ghani.
Ghani emphasised that the chief minister cannot make such an offer and that it had been made by a fake account impersonating Khattak on social networking site Twitter. After an explosive Pakistan Super League stint with Peshawar Zalmi and leading West Indies to their second World T20 title, the Carribbean captain, Darren Sammy was ? briefly ? thought to have achieved yet another milestone after he was supposedly offered an honourary citizenship of Pakistan.
Sammy took the offer in stride. He took twitter to thank Khattak heartily and said he accepted the offer wholeheartedly in Pashto. With a 140 runs and 4 wickets under his belt in his ten matches for the Peshawar outfit, Sammy also won many hearts, especially from the people of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
However, the Shahid Afridi led side could only make it to the second play-off final, which they lost to champions Islamabad United.