Gayle leaves Jamaica Tallawahs

December 15, 2016

After leading the Jamaica Tallawahs to two Caribbean Premier League titles, Chris Gayle, the Six Machine, has abandoned the Jamaican side is now heading to the Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

The Patriots, on its Facebook page, posted a photo of the imposing batsman with the caption "Patriots Welcome the Gayle Force".

“We are overjoyed to have Gayle join the franchise and, on behalf of co-owners Nirvan Veerasamy, Mohammed Ansari and myself, I would like to welcome one of the world's greatest batsmen to the Patriots squad for the forthcoming Hero CPL season," Patriots co-owner Uday Nayak said.

"This is a transfer I am certain will capture the imagination of our many fans in St. Kitts, the Caribbean and beyond.”

Gayle, in August, led the Tallawahs to its second hold on Caribbean Premier League title.

IN PHOTO: Captain Chris Gayle (right), Jerome Taylor (centre) and Jermaine Blackwood lead members of the Jamaica Tallawahs as they do a lap around Sabina Park and wave to fans in saying thanks for their support, following their victory over the Barbados Tridents in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket match in 2014.

The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots franchise based in Saint Kitts and Nevis, and participated in the competition for the first time in 2015. The team plays its home games at Warner Park, Basseterre.

“I am a proud Jamaican and I loved representing the Tallawahs. I would like to thank the owners and management who have been brilliant to work with, my team mates who always gave me 100 per cent support, and of course the Jamaican fans who made Sabina Park such a special home ground for me," Gayle is reported to have said.

“Moving to St. Kitts is a move which hugely excites me at this time. As with all franchise leagues, there is always the opportunity to move from one team to another and I am looking forwards to joining the Patriots for the upcoming season.”