CHRIS GAYLE “EXCITED” FOR Limacol Caribbean Premier League: CPL 2014

With just five weeks before the start of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League 2014, Jamaica Tallawahs Captain, Christopher Henry Gayle, had a chat with the Limacol CPL team yesterday about his thoughts going into The Biggest Party in Sport.

The 6 feet 4 inch hard-hitting opening Batsman was speaking at the Lucas Cricket Club Ground in Kingston, Jamaica where he launched his Chris Gayle Academy. The Academy in Jamaica is aimed to “transform the lives of disadvantaged children in Jamaica by improving access to good quality education, training and employment“.

“Cramps” - as he is more affectionately called – is known for his gratitude to Lucas Cricket Club as he said; “Lucas saved me” and continued by saying; “Without Lucas, I don’t know where I would be today…maybe on the streets.”

Looking ahead to this year’s Limacol CPL which is just five weeks away, the only batsman to hit a six off the first ball of a test match, has upbeat comments ahead of the second staging of the tournament.

"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". Gayle who has the fastest 100 in T20 History commented; " 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".

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“. Gayle who has the fastest 100 in T20 History commented; ” 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“.

Chris Gayle is still suffering from a back strain that he picked up a few months ago prior to the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh but he says he will be fine heading into his 100th test match against New Zealand on Sunday. “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“.

The Jamaica Tallawahs are the defending Champions of the Limacol CPL as they won seven of their nine games in the inaugural season. Interestingly, the Jamaica Tallawahs are the only team to beat all five other franchises in the 2013 edition. Chris Gayle, alongside his 14 Tallawahs will be hoping for glory come July; “I would just like to say to the Tallawah Fans to come out in your numbers at Sabina Park, we promise to give a good account of ourselves and expect nothing less than the best - Wi Likkle But Wi Tallawah“.

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