Hard-hitting Jamaican batsman Chris Gayle has signed with the ST Kitts and Nevis patriots for the upcoming Hero Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket season.
The Patriots announced the acquisition of Gayle, one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era, as the newest member of its family.
Considered the undisputed King of T20 cricket, Gayle has signed a new contract which will see him become the headliner in the Patriots team for the 2017 CPL season. He previously led the Jamaica Tallawahs in all four editions of the CPL – winning the championship twice, in 2013 and earlier this year.
Gayle said he is proud of what he achieved with his native Jamaica Tallawahs, and is now looking forward to taking a fresh guard with the Patriots whose home base is 'Sugar City' St. Kitts.
“I am a proud Jamaican and I loved representing the Tallawahs. I would like to thank the owners and management who have been brilliant to work with, my team mates who always gave me 100 per cent support, and of course the Jamaican fans who made Sabina Park such a special home ground for me.
“Moving to St. Kitts is a move which hugely excites me at this time. As with all franchise leagues, there is always the opportunity to move from one team to another and I am looking forwards to joining the Patriots for the upcoming season.”
Patriots co-owner Uday Nayak said “We are overjoyed to have Gayle join the franchise and, on behalf of co-owners Nirvan Veerasamy, Mohammed Ansari and myself, I would like to welcome one of the world's greatest batsmen to the Patriots squad for the forthcoming Hero CPL season. This is a transfer I am certain will capture the imagination of our many fans in St. Kitts, the Caribbean and beyond.”
Nayak also expressed thanks to the Tallawahs owners Ron Parikh and Manish Patel for what he described as their professionalism in facilitating Gayle's move.
He added: “Chris' record is phenomenal, not just in the West Indies, but across the cricketing world. He has a reputation that is revered everywhere and is the kind of player who will drive our team forward. This is one of the biggest transfers in Hero CPL history and I know from speaking with Chris that he is motivated to do well for his new franchise. Success has followed Chris throughout his career and we as owners will give him and the team our full support to achieve similar success for the Patriots in 2017.”
About Chris Gayle
The 37-year-old Gayle is a true champion of the T20 cricket format and is one of the most sought after players in franchise cricket. He has made 277 appearances with 9,777 runs – the most of any player. He has also scored a record 18 centuries with a best score of 175 not out.
He has been a champion for West Indies – winning the ICC World T20 championship on two occasions – 2012 in Sri Lanka and 2016 in India.
His 50 T20 Internationals for the Windies comes with an impeccable record of 1,519 runs, strike rate 145.49 and two centuries.
He is the only batsman in history to make a triple century in Test cricket, a double century at the ICC Cricket World Cup and centuries at the ICC World T20 Tournament.