Jamaican cricket star Chris Gayle will play for St. Kitts next season.
Yesterday the St. Kitts Patriots announced that Chris Gayle signed a contract that will make him their headliner for the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season.
The biggest transfer in Hero CPL history is expected to shift the balance of power in the league and give St. Kitts a new competitive edge.
The move means that Chris Gayle has cut ties with his home team the Jamaica Tallawahs, which he lead in all 4 editions of the Hero CPL – winning the championship twice, including this year.
Addressing the move, Chris Gayle said “I am a proud Jamaican and I loved representing the Tallawahs”. He also expressed his gratitude to teammates, managers and franchise owners. Gayle further said moving to St. Kitts excites him, and he’s looking forward to joining the Patriots for the upcoming season.
Part-owner of the St. Kitts Patriots, Uday Nayak, says the team is overjoyed to welcome one of the world’s greatest batsmen.
Chris Gayle is considered the King of Twenty20 cricket, having thus far amassed the most runs in its history – which is a combined 9,777 between the Tallawahs, West Indies, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and other teams around the world.
The 2017 Caribbean Premier League season will run from next June through August.