Gayle ready to defend Jamaican Tallawahs’ CPL T20 title
KINGSTON, Jamaica — With five weeks to go before the start of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2014, hard-hitting batsman Chris Gayle is set to defend his franchise’s title when he leads the Jamaican Tallawahs against the St Lucia Zouks on July 13.
Despite injury concerns, the Jamaican said he is ready for the landmark occasion and is aiming to make fans happy.
“Put percentages of how fit I am aside, no matter what, I will be fit, ready and raring to go, I would like to make the fans at Sabina Park happy and that will be my aim for this landmark occasion,” Gayle said in a release Friday, adding that he was looking forward to another exciting CPL, although the pressure is on as defending champions.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Gayle who has hit the fastest century in T20 history, is still suffering from a back strain he picked up a few months ago prior to the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh.
He is expected to play his 100th Test match when the West Indies face New Zealand on Sunday.