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The King of T20s, Chris Gayle is all suited up for
Gayle s stint in England at Somerset may have been
over all too soon,---a match sooner than expected but
his thoughts are set on the Caribbean Premier League
which bowls off on Saturday.
"I m definitely looking forward to the CPL, that s
the party tournament," he says. "You can have a drink
before and after the game---kids, don t try this at
home---but that s the main objective of CPL, to have
"The overseas guys come to the Caribbean, they go
to the beach, have fun, chill, have a bit of rum, and
then on the field we play hard cricket because we all
want to win the tournament. It s only going to get
bigger and better, the buzz is going off, it s the third
year, looking forward to getting back home and getting
For the second year running, one of the overseas
players will be Kevin Pietersen, surplus to requirements
for England s Ashes summer despite a remarkable
statement of form with a career-best 355 not out
against Leicestershire last month. And Gayle had a
personal message for his friend and foe.
"KP, England don t want you? Okay, come to the
CPL. We ll look after you there, if your own don t
want you, we ll take you, we ll accept you with both
hands. You play for St Lucia Zouks, entertain the fans
there, and it ll be a cracker."
Gayle may have taken the county circuit by storm
in his hard-hitting introduction to the NatWest T20
Blast, but home remains where the heart is for a man
who yearns for another chance to represent West Indies
on the international stage.
With scores of 92, 151 not out and 85 not out in his
three appearances for Somerset, Gayle has amassed
for once out, from 170 balls and with a remarkable 29
sixes---almost three times the tally of any other player
in the competition.
Yet, with a Test series just completed between West
Indies and Australia in the Caribbean, Gayle cannot
help but have half an eye on the fortunes of his team,
for whom he scored an ODI career-best 215 against
Zimbabwe in the recent World Cup.
"I d love to play a few more international games to
be honest with you," said Gayle. "But we ll have to
wait and see. It s tough, the travelling is very hectic,
sometimes you have to know when you ve reached
the limit in life, sometimes you have to draw the line.
"But I will still push to play international cricket.
I will have a discussion with the coach and maybe
with the board, so that we can work out Chris Gayle s
future, to see if they are still interested. I am still inter-
ested so I ll look forward to that and see how best it
can work out."
Throughout his stint with Somerset, Gayle has played
with the number 333 on his back, a tribute to his
highest Test score against Sri Lanka in 2010.
"People all say Chris is the king of T20, Chris is the
this and that of T20, I am the king of Test cricket too,"
he says. "I scored two triple centuries. And 21 ODI
centuries. So I m the king of something. The king of
"A Test match is fantastic," he adds. "It s a test of
character but the entertainment part of cricket is phe-
nomenal. T20 has actually brought new cricket fans
into the game, so we have to continue with this as
well so that people who didn t watch can eventually
get to watch Test cricket."
Gayle s own future seems firmly mapped out as a
Twenty20 gun for hire and the reception he has received
in England after his long-awaited debut in England s
King of T20
and Test cricket too competition has confirmed his status as one of the iconic
players of his age.
He has now scored 15 centuries in all Twenty20 com-
petitions---the next most prolific is New Zealand s captain,
Brendon McCullum, with six---and has featured in domestic
tournaments in seven different countries.
"It s good to travel the world and share different dressing
rooms with different players over the world," he says. "you
learn more about your culture and you make new friends,
you gain more fans around the world as well. It s been
brilliant for me, it s fantastic, and I ve got a century for,
if not all, then most of these teams. It s great to achieve
such things, but I never know which tournament is coming
Few players are better placed to assess the merits of
England s revamped Twenty20 competition, but Gayle s
initial verdict is that the quality falls a long way short of
the standards he has encountered in the IPL, as well as
Australia and the Caribbean.
"There s no doubt there s a big gap between other leagues
compared to IPL," he says. "IPL is definitely No 1, but the
Caribbean Premier League is fantastic too and [Australia s]
Big Bash is up there as well. Those three leagues are the
His opinion of England, meanwhile, is coloured by the
size of the venues he has so far encountered, with his initial
matches taking place on two of the country s smaller
grounds at Chelmsford and Taunton, where one of his
sixes landed in the nearby River Tone.
"Yeah, those two grounds are a bit small to be honest
with you," he says. "Especially Somerset, with a good track
out there as well, so that s even better. You can clear the
boundary easily but anything can happen in cricket, you
can get one and nick off early. When you do get a chance
to score some runs you try and make the best use of it."
Gayle s determination to make the most of time in the
middle was exemplified in his opening fixture against Essex, when his accli-
matisation to the conditions meant he was restricted to five singles in the first
five overs of Somerset s run chase. However, he eventually opened his shoulders
to set up a last-ball victory.
"I was trying to get a rhythm, but it just didn t happen so at the same time
I said I m not going to panic, I know that if I bat a bit deeper I should be
able to play catch-up and get it back in the bag, and that s what happened.
It was my first game, I hadn t had a net session, I struggled to get a feel for
the conditions so it was just experience."
"It s a mind thing," he adds. "You have to prepare yourself mentally for
these sort of situations. I knew it was going to be tough here, I knew it was
going to be cold as well, so that s always a trouble from a West Indian point
of view. But I stuck to the task and got across the line."
After all three of his starring roles, Gayle took time to sign autographs and
take photographs with hundreds of fans who thronged to meet the superstar
in their midst. "In England you always get that sort of reception, they like
to make you welcome and feel at home," he said.
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