West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle is still suffering from a back strain that he picked up a few months ago prior to the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh, but he says he will be fine heading into his 100th Test match against New Zealand on Sunday.
“Put percentages of how fit I am aside, no matter what, I will be fit, ready and raring to go,” he said. “I would like to make the fans at Sabina Park happy and that will be my aim for this landmark occasion,” he said as he launched his Chris Gayle Academy at the Lucas Cricket Club Ground in Kingston, Jamaica.
The academy in Jamaica is aimed to “transform the lives of disadvantaged children in Jamaica by improving access to good quality education, training and employment”.
Gayle is known for his gratitude to Lucas Cricket Club as he said; “Lucas saved me” and continued by saying; “Without Lucas, I don’t know where I would be today...maybe on the streets.”
Looking ahead to this year’s Limacol CPL which is just five weeks away, the only batsman to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match is upbeat ahead of the second staging of the tournament.
“I feel very excited and honoured to play in the Limacol CPL once again. As defending Champions, a lot of pressure will be on us, but I feel that we have the strength to do very well this season,” said Gayle.
“With 11 Jamaicans in our 15 man squad, chemistry, cohesion won’t be an issue and, as Jamaicans, we are warm people, so our four overseas players will feel right at home,” he added.