Gayle's departure hits hard
Jamaica Tallawahs General Manager Andrew Richardson has likened the departure of Chris Gayle from the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) champions team to that of LeBron James leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"It's a big hit, but what are we going to do, the game goes on," Richardson told STAR Sports yesterday.
News came yesterday that Gayle, who captained the Tallawahs for four years, would be making the move to the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots for the 2017 season.
"I am a proud Jamaican and I loved representing the Tallawahs," Gayle, who is currently in the subcontinent told reporters.
"I would like to thank the owners and management who have been brilliant to work with; my teammates 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.
"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 forward to joining the Patriots for the upcoming season."
Richardson said the general manager and board of the Tallawahs had met with Gayle, who said he was leaving for "personal" reasons and that the decision had been taken within the last 48 hours.
Tallawahs, with Gayle at the helm, won the CPL earlier this year. They first won the Caribbean title in 2013.