Chris Gayle will play for St Lucia Zouks in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL). His previous team, Jamaica Tallawahs did not retain him. As a result, St Lucia Zouks picked Chris Gayle for this season of CPL.
Notably, KPH Dream Cricket Private Limited who is the parent company of the IPL franchise is the new owner of the St Lucia franchise. Chris Gayle plays for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. St Lucia could not clear the group stage in the last CPL. However, they have retained Daren Sammy and appointed him as the captain of the team.
Gayle received a warm welcome in the team by the skipper, Daren Sammy. The official twitter handle of St Lucia Zouks posted a video in which Daren expressed his joy in having the ‘Universe Boss’ in his team.
Sammy said, “This is great news for St Lucia Zouks and for me as a captain to have the ‘Universe Boss’ on my side. Chris is one of the most successful T20 batsmen in the world and with his experience with our young openers, a lot can be learned from Chris.”
Daren further added, “I welcome him to the Zouks franchise. Chris will be in St Lucia and the fans will be happy that Jamaica has released him. I will have a motivated Chris Gayle looking to prove a point that he is one of the leading T20 batsmen in the world. I can’t wait for CPL 2020 and hopefully, the coronavirus will be under control and we can have an exciting T20 tournament.”
Andy Flower is the head coach of the CPL franchise St Lucia Zouks. Speaking about Chris, Andy said, “It’s brilliant news that we have been able to get Chris Gayle with us at this year’s CPL 2020. I have long association with Chris running all the way back to his debut Test match in Trinidad in 2000. I’ve seen his exploits in all three forms of the game. I am really looking forward to working with him and Daren Sammy toward a special year for St Lucia cricket.”
Gayle was released by his previous CPL franchise Jamaica Tallawahs due to his bad form. He performed exceptionally well in the second game scoring 116 runs but couldn’t carry the momentum further in the league. Chris ended the season with just 243 runs in 10 innings.