BEIJING—For the world’s best sprinters, passing the baton in the 4x400 relay is about as easy as rolling out of bed in the morning.
Picking a winner in that race used to be easy, too.
The start of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League is just a little more than a week away, and Jamaica Tallawahs captain Christopher Henry Gayle is excited about The Biggest Party in Sport. A few weeks ago, the 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 at transforming the lives of disadvantaged children in Jamaica by improving access to good quality education, training and employment.
Looking ahead to this year’s Limacol CPL, 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. Gayle said: “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. 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,” he said.
Jamaica Tallawahs 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 11. “Tallawah fans...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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