Caribbean Premier League 2017 preparations are on full swing. The teams are recruiting their players for the tournament set to start from 29 June 2017. Chris Gayle, the star player of West Indies has joined St Kitts & Nevis Patriots for the league. The news was announced on Thursday, December 16. Last season, the top batsman was playing side by side his Jamaica Tallawahs team mates. He was with team for four seasons since the inception of the tournament as a key player for its title victories. The CPL franchisee grew as a top T20 Premier League following IPL of India and BBL of Australia.
In the 2016 session, Chis Gayle was among the top players of the tournament. So far, the batsman has scored 1452 runs playing in four seasons. With an average run of more than 42, Gayle secured the top position in batsmen lists. In the last season, he scored 425 as his net runs to be the third highest scorer in the season. The player expressed his gratitude to Tallawahs' team management saying he is a proud Jamaican and he loved to represent his region. He also acknowledged team owners as well as his team mates for full support. Gayle presented a special acknowledgment to Jamaica fans, saying that they made the Sabina Park "such a special home ground" for him.
Gayle is excited about this next engagement with St. Kitts. Franchise leagues do not bound players and they are free to join any team they like. Gayle used this opportunity to move from Tallawahs' and join St. Kitts for 2017. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots is owned by Uday Nayak. He is also the team principal. He said that the transfer of Gayle into his team is the biggest switch in the tournament's history. He said that the team will give full support to the player so that he has achieve similar success as the Patriots in the upcoming season.
St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots had Faf du Plessis as the captain in 2016 matches. The top batsmen in the team were Samuel Badree, Carlos Braithwaite and the likes of Lendl Simmons. Chris Gayle is certainly a substantial addition for Patriots. However, in the meantime, the team might let go other top players, which is all subjected to further changes in the future. In 2016 season, the team plummeted into the bottom of the point chart losing 6 matches, while winning only 4. The Tallawah's were a point ahead of them with 9 in their tally. Barbados Tridents was the top team in the season with 12 points. They won 6 matches in the tournament.
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