Swashbuckling West Indian batsman Chris Gayle is the latest high-profile cricketer to have agreed to be part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), joining a host of international stars who are in talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Executive Committee chairman Najam Sethi confirmed on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Gayle, who is a major attraction in Twenty20 leagues in India, Australia and England, is the sixth player from West Indies to have joined the ranks of potential signings after teammates Keiron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Dwyane Smith, Samuel Badree were revealed as the first big-name players to come aboard the PSL.
“I can confirm that Chris Gayle is now in touch with us. We had to put in a lot of hard work in trying to trace him and are pleased that he has consented to be part of the Pakistan Super League,” Sethi told DawnNews.
The left-handed dasher, who has played 222 T20s scoring, 8224 runs, was being touted as PSL’s biggest target along with England’s Kevin Pietersen and it now seems things are heading in the right direction as far the deals with the two players are concerned.
The PSL finally seems ready for take off after being postponed twice in 2014 and 2015.
The league has also taken on board former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja as its ambassadors as the PCB aims to boost the profile of the T20 tournament.
The big name players who have expressed an interest so far: