Gayle hoping for CPL boost in the US market
MIAMI, Florida (CMC): Twnety20 super star Chris Gayle says he hopes the historic Florida leg of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) scheduled to start tomorrow will help to raise the profile of the tournament.
Six matches are carded for the Central Broward Stadium including back-to-back clashes between Gayle's high-flying Jamaica Tallawahs and the in-form St Lucia Zouks on Saturday and Sunday.
"We have tried to break into the US market for years now and haven't been successful. It was always a bit 'here and there'. So hopefully the CPL will actually be consistent with games here in the US," said Gayle, who captains the Tallawahs.
"If it can actually progress, I know that this leg (of matches) will be a good one for CPL. And if it can continue next year and keep letting the people in the US get a chance to see it live, then it should be a fantastic thing for the game of cricket in the US as well."
The prolific left-hander has continued his fine run of form in the competition and is currently ranked third in the Hero CPL's leading run-getters with 260 runs in eight games to date at a strike rate of 159.5 and an average of 52.
"I think it will be a great atmosphere based on what happened over the last couple of years when the West Indies played New Zealand (in Central Broward Stadium)," said Gayle, who is still undergoing treatment on a back injury.