Caribbean Cyclone finally in the city
Jannatul Naym Pieal
Christopher Henry Gayle, or simply Chris Gayle – the poster boy of T20 cricket, is finally in Dhaka to take part in the third season of the BRB Cables Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). He arrived in the country at 5.30pm in the afternoon on Friday.
Tbe whirlwind performer will be playing for Barisal Bulls, the side led by Mahmudullah Riyad, in this season’s BPL. Gayle was also a part of both the previous two seasons of the lucrative league. While he played for Barisal Burners in the first season, he was seen to be rocking for Dhaka Gladiators in the immediate next season.
Playing just six matches in the tournament in 2012 and 2013, the Jamaican scored 402 runs at 100.50, with making as many as three centuries and smashing 38 maximums.
Gayle is currently staying at the Hotel La Méridien in Dhaka. He is expected to join in Barisal’s practice camp on Saturday. Gayle will play his first match of the season for Barisal on Sunday against Sylhet Superstars.
Gayle is likely to form an all-Caribbean opening partnership with Evin Lewis, who scored his maiden T20 ton in very much the style of Gayle against Dhaka on Tuesday. His 101 came off just 65 balls and he hit six sixes.
The monster batsman is expected to be available for Barisal’s four matches in Dhaka before leaving for the Big Bash League. He needs only produce a couple of scrumptious performances to ensure his team’s qualification for the play-offs. And if he can secure Barisal’s play-offs berth, he may stay some more days with the Bulls.