CPL 2022: Chris Gayle opts out of the league to focus on ‘6ixty’

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CPL 2022: Chris Gayle opts out of the league to focus on '6ixty'

There comes a major blow for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots franchise ahead of the beginning of CPL 2022 as their star batter Chris Gayle has pulled out of the CPL 2022 in order to focus on the newly launched T10 league, ‘6ixty’.

‘6ixty’ is West Indies brain concept that is a replica of Abu Dhabi’s T10 League. In recent times, we saw the uprising of the Abu Dhabi T-10 League where many star international cricketers participated to bring excitement to the championship. The aim of Cricket West Indies will be to bring the same level of joy and entertainment to the Caribbean nation by launching the 6ixty ball league. The 6ixty will run from August 24 to 28 in Saint Kitts immediately before the beginning of the CPL 2022.

“I am going for the shorter format this year. I am genuinely excited about the current innovations in the 6ixty & seeing how they play out. In particular, I am looking forward to the mystery team ball & hitting two sixes in the first 12 balls to unlock the third power-play over”, said Chris Gayle.

Chris Gayle will be the ambassador for the 6ixty while West Indies players will be available for the league after their ODI series against New Zealand, which finishes on August 21. Overseas players are expected to participate in the 6ixty tournament. However, some players would pull out of the league as the newly launched league will clash with the end of the Hundred’s group stages

Chris Gayle’s unavailability will be a major cause of concern for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots franchise as Gayle is an integral part of their franchise. Riding on the back of Chris Gayle’s swashbuckling performances, St Kitts won the title in 2021.

During his illustrious CPL career, Gayle has scored 2519 runs at an average of 36.50 and strike rate of 133.13. Gayle is the second-highest run-scorer for CPL 2022 behind Lendl Simmons who had scored 2629 runs in the CPL tournament. Gayle’s last competitive game was for Fortune Barishal in the BPL 2022 in February earlier this year.

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