Chris Gayle returns home to the Jamaica Tallawahs in CPL 2019
West Indian power-hitter Chris Gayle will come back to Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after a break of two seasons. Tallawahs reported Gayle as their marquee player on Saturday for the forthcoming season which will start from 4 September and continue till 12 October.
Gayle played for Tallawahs since the debut season of the CPL. He was with the franchise from 2013 to 2016 and won CPL twice with them. From that point forward he has been with the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 2017 and 2018 where he has captained them to the playoffs in progressive years, making the final in 2017.
Jamaica Tallawahs will play five home games this season in Jamaica’s Sabina Park which is obviously a good news for his fans and followers. The rest of the squad of Jamaica Tallawahs will be announced at the Hero CPL Players Draft which is scheduled to take place on May 22.
“We are pleased to have Chris playing for his home team for the 2019 season,” Jamaica Tallawahs COO Jefferson Miller said. “There is no greater name in Twenty20 cricket, and we can hardly wait for him to arrive and make the Jamaican fans glad. We are anticipating Chris being a major piece of our push for a third CPL title.”
Miller also said that Gayle has been signed as “their marquee player and will captain the team.”
The only batsman in the T20 history to have 10,000+ runs with his name Chris Gayle is also the leading run scorer in the history of CPL. He scored 2111 runs in 66 matches at the strike rate of 129.9 averaging 44.43 with three centuries. For Jamaican Tallwahs, he scored 1452 runs in 43 matches at the strike rate of 136.06 averaging 43.38 with all those three centuries he scored for them while in the two seasons for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots he scored 659 runs at the strike rate of 123.72 averaging 45.48.
Currently he has been involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with his franchise Kings XI Punjab. He’s also been in superb form in this year’s edition of IPL. He scored 462 runs in 12 innings at a strike rate of 158.76 and average of 42 with four half-centuries.
He will play his last match in this year’s IPL against Chennai Super Kings on May 5 and then will join West Indies squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.