Chris Gayle believes that with proper marketing and more spectators coming out in large numbers to the stadiums, the Mzansi Super league (MSL) can get bigger and better in its second edition next year.
The Jamaican T20 specialist will play no further part in the inaugural MSLT20 as he is heading back to the West Indies for his mother’s funeral. “I was really looking forward to it (MSLT20) but I am sure next year it can be a bit bigger and better.”
Gayle said due to the Abu Dhabi T10 League which clashed with the MSLT20, Cricket South Africa (CSA) couldn’t get many T20 cricket stars involved but he is confident that CSA will get it right next year. “We are going to have a great tournament, with the marketing out there, market the game properly, get more fans coming to watch the game.”
The 40-year-old Gayle has over 12,000 T20 runs with a high score of 175 not out but to the disappointment of many cricket loving fans he failed to live up to his reputation as a disruptive T20 batsman. Gayle could only manage to hit 43 runs with a high score of 23 against the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in four matches for the Jozi Stars
“It hasn’t been the contribution from a personal point of view I wanted to give the Stars unfortunately but the good thing about it is that some guys are in good form, that takes the shadow away from me which is fantastic. I want to wish the Stars well and without a doubt we are going to go all the way.”
Despite his failure in the MSLT20, the West Indies legend promised cricket fans that they are still going to see some breath-taking innings from the Gayle force. There is still plenty left in the tank with Gayle enjoying his cricket and still having a lot to offer to the game.
“I still have a lot of cricket to play, it is going to be so busy, so hectic next year, starting from January, I have international duties for West Indies as well coming up next year, the Indian Premier League (IPL), the world cup so is going to be unstop action. I will use this break to my advantage, do some fitness work, get ready for next year”.
Gayle lost his mother early in November but he still came to South Africa a country he repeatedly said he loves. The explosive batsman mentioned that he spoke to her mother when he was at the gym in the Caribbean the day his mother passed away.
“I left the gym to go see her and she was feeling a lot of pain when I was with her, she went to sleep, then I went home, within two or three hours, my sister called and said your mom passed away I was just with her”.