Explosive West Indies batter Chris Gayle has opted to pull out of the forthcoming Caribbean Premier League 2022 tournament. The southpaw stated that he intends to focus more on the newly-announced T10 tournament, “6ixty.” 6ixty will take place from August 24 to 28—right before the CPL season at Saint Kitt’s.
“I am going for the shorter format this year. I am genuinely excited about the current innovations in the 6ixty and seeing how they play out. In particular, I am looking forward to the mystery team ball and hitting two sixes in the first 12 balls to unlock the third powerplay over,” said Chris Gayle.
Gayle has amassed 2519 runs in the CPL, averaging 36.50 and striking out at a rate of 133.13. Gayle is the only player in the league with more runs than Lendl Simmons (2629).
West Indies players will be available, after their ODI series against New Zealand concludes on August 21, and the 42-year-old hitter will serve as an ambassador for the 6ixty. The tournament is also expected to draw some players from abroad, though some will not be able to participate because of a clash with the conclusion of the Hundred’s group rounds.
Gayle played for St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots last season, and they won the championship. He however had to skip CPL 2020 due to personal obligations. Gayle played for Fortune Barishal in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in February of this year, which was his last competitive match.