HEAD of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, says plans are under way to make opener Chris Gayle’s 100th Test a memorable one. The match will be played on June 8 at Sabina Park and will see the West Indies taking on New Zealand.
“We are not quite sure as to what exactly the West Indies Cricket Board has in store for the occasion,” Heaven said. “However, as the host territory, we intend to make the milestone a memorable one.
“The aim is to have presentations and activities before, during and potentially after the match, that will signify to the world how proud we are to have a Chris Gayle. “He is a national icon, who has represented the country and the region well, and we want him and the world to know that we appreciate his efforts,” he added.
The activities, Heaven outlined, are set to feature partnerships with interests in the tourism, entertainment and culture sectors, including the Jamaica Tourist Board. “A committee has been set up and has been looking at several activities we want to execute, and as soon as details are finalised, they will be revealed,” he said.
The 34-year-old Gayle, who made his Test debut in 2000, has scored 6,933 runs in the format at an average of 42.01. This includes 15 centuries and 34 half-centuries with a highest individual score of 333 against Sri Lanka in 2010.
He also has the distinction of being one of four players in the history of the game to have scored two triple centuries. The others are Australian Sir Donald Bradman, fellow West Indian Brian Lara and Indian Virender Sehwag. New Zealand are down to play three Tests and two Twenty20 internationals on their tour of the region.