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    "The PSL can only get bigger and better" : Chris Gayle

    Regarded as one of the most popular players in the Twenty20 format, Chris Gayle has been blazing his way to glory since his international debut for the West Indies in 1999. He captained the national Test side from 2007 to 2010, has achieved the rare feat of scoring two triple-tons in Tests and holds the record of being the first batsman to have scored a double-hundred in a World Cup tournament. His free-flowing batting style in the shortest form of cricket has also seen him amass over fifteen-hundred runs in fifty T20I appearances as he continues to entertain fans around the world.

    Now part of the Karachi Kings at the Pakistan Super League, Chris Gayle spoke exclusively to PakPassion.net where he discussed how he draws his inspiration to play at this age from Misbah-ul-Haq, his desire to play Test cricket for the West Indies, the continued success of the PSL as it enters its second edition and looked forward to a successful tournament despite a poor start by the Karachi Kings.





    PakPassion.net : You are now thirty-seven-years-old, how many more years has the 'universe boss' got left in him in cricket?

    Chris Gayle : That’s right to call me that if you like! I am thirty-seven-years old and looking forward to playing maybe another two years or more, if I am being honest with you. As long as the body holds up and is treated properly, then I will see how long I can go on and entertain the fans as much as possible. At the same time it depends on how I feel and I if I can keep enjoying the game, then that will be another plus point. That’s the kind of frame of mind I am in now and hoping to get through some of these phases caused by recent injuries. Once I have my fitness back, then I will be all set and ready to go on even further.


    PakPassion.net : So do you draw inspiration from Misbah-ul-Haq’s presence in essentially a young man’s game?

    Chris Gayle : I draw inspiration from Misbah; let me tell you, Misbah is not old, he’s still young and fresh! Seriously speaking, his participation in the PSL shows that if your body is in good shape, is fine-tuned, then you can go on as for as long as possible. Misbah is an inspiration to players like me as well. I am thirty-seven so Misbah’s career tells me that I have about five more years in me at least. Apart from Misbah, we also have the example of Younis Khan who is still playing so I guess it all depends on how your body feels. With both Misbah and Younis, as long as they are fit and given their experience, they can play as long as they want to. It all depends on how you feel about yourself and if you are enjoying the game. Both are great examples to young cricketers all around the world.


    PakPassion.net : Are you looking to playing Test cricket for the West Indies again?

    Chris Gayle : I would love to get a chance to play that final Test match, if that is the case. I would love to get a proper send-off and a farewell. That is my line of thinking as I do want to get on that path back to Test cricket. The idea is to somehow find a way back but let’s see how it goes. For the rest of this year, however, I will keep on playing franchise cricket and if that time to play Test cricket comes my way, then I will be ready and looking forward to it as well.


    PakPassion.net : Is the players’ interest in Twenty20 leagues an aberration or is this the way forward for many in cricket?

    Chris Gayle : As much as most of the people would like to look away and not recognize the importance of Twenty20 leagues, the fact is that the reality about the public and players’ interest in this format is totally different. For the players, the interest has been growing for a while now and has been accentuated by the advent of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which has completely re-invented this format of cricket. This has obviously opened the eyes of younger cricketers as it benefits them in many ways. This is of course a career route that many other players would like to take as well. You have to understand that playing other forms of international cricket can take a toll on your body in the long term, so, if you are a skilled all-rounder, you would want to be maximising benefits and utilising yourself in franchise cricket. Twenty20 leagues give the players more options and it’s up to them to decide how they can fit into this format and utilize their skills.


    PakPassion.net : How can Cricket West Indies improve their less than cordial relationship with the players?

    Chris Gayle : I honestly have no idea how these relations can ever be improved. The situation has been like this for years. My comments on this issue will be similar to what others have been saying for years, so I will simply be voicing over their views. Just talking about this won’t really solve anything; it’s all about concrete actions to see if they can get this thing right. If they are not serious about solving issues with players, then it's best for Cricket West Indies to forget about it and let the players get on with their careers without expecting any good outcome. As for the players, they need to suck it up and just do the best in the field as talking about the situation and bad relations will not get them anywhere.


    PakPassion.net : You have played in a few such leagues around the world so what makes for a good Twenty20 league in your view?

    Chris Gayle : In my opinion, any such league has to feature content which the general public loves to see. By this, I mean it has to contain some big names in such tournaments which will attract television rights which are crucial for the sponsorship and financial side of things. It follows that; with big names in a Twenty20 league, the viewership increases and that in turn benefits the players as well. The more popular the league becomes, the better the chances for it to expand as well. This is a win-win situation for both the Leagues and the franchises as well.

    If you look at the Pakistan Super League, this is only the second edition and in my view the PSL can only get bigger and better. But they have to continue to put in some more hard work; they will need to put in some good public-relations work and build upon their success from the inaugural edition. If they can build-up the viewership, then they can continue on this road but people also need to be patient as it will take some time before all benefits come to light. If you look at the Indian Premier League, it wasn’t big from the first day but they built it up and it has kept getting bigger and bigger since then. The same applies to the Caribbean Premier League and the Big-Bash; each of these leagues has taken time to build and there is a process to be followed to make that happen.


    PakPassion.net : Disappointing start for Karachi in the PSL but you must be hoping for a turnaround in fortunes?

    Chris Gayle : It’s a disappointing start for sure from a team point of view and from a personal point of view as well. But then, that’s the nature of cricket and especially true for Twenty20 cricket. You can be the best team in the tournament but see yourselves fall behind. It takes time to get going and we are hoping to build some momentum by winning the next game and getting over that initial hurdle. Then, one hopes that the momentum will take us through into the back-end of the tournament as well. We now have games coming up in Sharjah where we are looking to get back into the winning rhythm with the game against Lahore Qalandars on Thursday.


    PakPassion.net : What’s the atmosphere like within the Karachi Kings squad?

    Chris Gayle : The team spirit is wonderful within the Karachi squad. The guys are really enjoying each other’s company and whilst we may have had a poor start but the morale is still high. We have some great guys in the team and a few senior players as well. We have a cool captain and a fantastic coach in Mickey Arthur and are looking forward to the rest of the games. I am sure once we get that first win, it will fill us with more confidence and you will see us play even better cricket out there.
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 15th February 2017 at 19:30.


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    He is always a pleasure to watch when he's in full flow so I hope he does well in the upcoming games for Karachi, although not against Lahore!

    When he fires, he takes the game away from opposition completely.

    It's disappointing that he's been getting out for low scores so far.


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    Has been poor, not as big a player as he once was. KK's tour does not look promising

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    hoping to see gaylestorm in psl.

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    Ideally speaking, Gayle needs to fire today to give KK a chance - given his fitness etc, I am not sure how much is expected off him.

    Apart from that, it was an amazing experience talking to him.

    He walks like a King and never looks hurried and had some good answers when I spoke to him during nets in Sharjah recently.

    A real pleasure speaking to the 'universe boss'


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    He is a legend,the GOAT in T20's and a pretty good Test and ODI player

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    He doesn't even look interested. In the ipl he seems much more interested and engages a lot more. In the psl he just seems to go through the motions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    He doesn't even look interested. In the ipl he seems much more interested and engages a lot more. In the psl he just seems to go through the motions.
    Thats not true. He is very much into the team and when I saw him he was joking around with Sanga etc


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Thats not true. He is very much into the team and when I saw him he was joking around with Sanga etc
    In today's game he didn't even look interested. I'm on about on the pitch. Maybe he seems engaged off the pitch but on it he is going through the motions.

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    One of world cricket's great entertainers.

    Interesting that he still wants to play a farewell Test match.

    Great to see him interviewed on PakPassion.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    One of world cricket's great entertainers.

    Interesting that he still wants to play a farewell Test match.

    Great to see him interviewed on PakPassion.
    His back will literally shatter fielding in a test match, unless he only bats.

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    He has been a beast in T20's and played some breathtaking knocks.

    Just a real shame, we haven't seen the best of him in the PSL.


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    It's nice to that he's talking up the PSL but he won't be a part of it much longer if he continues at this rate!

    6, 0, 37, 0, 60, 2, 10, 5, 2

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    Well he just needs one or 2 good scores.

    Players like Gayle also have an icon value so all not lost.


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    Chris Gayle's career strike rate in T20s is close to 150.

    Chris Gayle's strike rate at this PSL is 77.63.

    He looks woefully unfit to me. Struggling with the bat and when fielding.



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    Get this hack out of the tournament and itll get better.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    Get this hack out of the tournament and itll get better.
    Agreed. He's just here for the pay cheque. Watch when the IPL starts how lively he will be.

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    Yes, but you are simply getting worse and worse.

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    IPL bully.


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    Looking good Mr. Gayle in a key game for KK


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    He has arrived. At last.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    He doesn't even look interested. In the ipl he seems much more interested and engages a lot more. In the psl he just seems to go through the motions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    In today's game he didn't even look interested. I'm on about on the pitch. Maybe he seems engaged off the pitch but on it he is going through the motions.
    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    Get this hack out of the tournament and itll get better.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Agreed. He's just here for the pay cheque. Watch when the IPL starts how lively he will be.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Yes, but you are simply getting worse and worse.
    Quote Originally Posted by Square Drive View Post
    IPL bully.
    Talk nah haters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    Talk nah haters.
    One good innings, relax yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    Talk nah haters.
    As others have said, it's just one good knock across two seasons.

    However, I really wouldn't mind being proved wrong 3 more times this season.


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    One good innings thanks to smashing a useless chucker. It doesn't change the fact that he has flopped for two seasons.

    However, he can redeem himself in the play-offs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    One good innings, relax yourself.
    Nope. I am not of the Misbah school of thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    Nope. I am not of the Misbah school of thought.

    Scoring in one game doesn't have anything to do with Misbah lol.

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    Good to see the big man clouting a few into the stands.

    Obviously struggling with his fitness.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Square Drive View Post
    As others have said, it's just one good knock across two seasons.

    However, I really wouldn't mind being proved wrong 3 more times this season.
    That's more like it.

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    The real king of Karachi has finally awoken.

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    Very poor tournament for Gayle.

    Looks terribly unfit these days.



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    So after 10k T20 runs we should see him back for KK?
    Last edited by MenInG; 18th April 2017 at 18:41.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    So after 10k T20 runs we should see him back for KK?

    And what sense does that make? Did he score the 10k recently?
    Last edited by MenInG; 18th April 2017 at 18:41.

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    PSL will flourish. It is a matter of time.

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    He did well today but hope PSL teams don't pick him based on his IPL performance.

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    He was a dud in the recent PSL and BPL

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