West Indian T20 stalwart Chris Gayle wants the T10 format to get Olympic status. Gayle said the latest format can also help generate greater revenue. “I would absolutely love to see T10 at the Olympics. It would be a great thing for the sport from a general point of view. . . “I think most people don’t recognize the United States for cricket, but T10 is very well suited to be kept within the US, and I believe it can help generate greater revenue as well,” he added.
Gayle, the first player to beat 1,000 sixes in T20 cricket, will represent Team Abu Dhabi in the upcoming season of the Abu Dhabi T10 League which kicks off January 28.
“First of all, let me say it’s good to be back. I’ve been missing the last two seasons so it’s good to be back in T10,” said Gayle.
“There will be a lot of talented players, such as Kieron Pollard and the other international players.
“So I’m absolutely looking forward to being back with Team Abu Dhabi. Chris Morris from South Africa is also on my team and I’ve played with him before so it’s good to play with him and the boys again. . ” he added.
Recalling his earlier period in the T10 League, the Jamaican left-hander said, “The first time I played T10 it was really exciting, fun and reckless. I really liked it because it was just a powerhouse hitting from ball one, and all the boys enjoyed it.
“We had a good time too, so like I said, now that we are back and now playing in Abu Dhabi, it is now a better wicket to save so that more points can be scored.
“I think that happened last year in Abu Dhabi as well – the scoring rate is definitely higher now, so it’s good luck for the bowlers,” he added.
The West Indian cricketer, who had previously told ANI that he sees himself still on the edge fighting with the best in the business for another five years, shared advice for the youngsters who look up to him.
“I believe you can always look at a particular player, but you don’t necessarily have to be that person – you have to be who you are,” said Gayle.
“You have to know your weaknesses and strengths, and you can pick certain key moments or things from that player’s game, but put it in your game.
“Don’t try to say, ‘Hey, I want to be a Chris Gayle.’ I always want someone to have their own individual rights to say, “This is me, this is who I want to be.”
“I would just tell the youngsters to be confident and just get the job done,” he noted.
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