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Chris Gayle switches to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots for 2017 CPL

Chris Gayle (left) successfully led Jamaica Tallawahs to title win last season
Chris Gayle (left) successfully led Jamaica Tallawahs to title win last season

Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle will be featuring for the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots franchise in the 2017 edition of the Caribbean Premier League.

Arguably one of the most destructive batsman in the shortest form of the game, Gayle will make a move from Jamaica Tallawahs after leading them to a title win last season.

Gayle has played 277 Twenty20 matches till now and has scored 9777 runs at an average of 41.60 and a strike-rate of 150. He has also slammed 60 half-centuries and 18 hundreds in the format as well.

The 37-year-old was also third in the list of leading run scorers in the last season with 425 runs from 13 matches at an average of 42.

Gayle said he is looking to replicate his success from Jamaica Tallawahs in St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

“I am a proud Jamaican and I loved representing the Tallawahs. I would like to thank the owners and management who have been brilliant to work with, my team-mates who always gave me 100% support, and of course the Jamaican fans who made Sabina Park such a special home ground for me.

“Moving to St. Kitts is a move which hugely excites me at this time. As with all franchise leagues, there is always the opportunity to move from one team to another and I am looking forwards to joining the Patriots for the upcoming season.”

Co-Owner & Team Principal of the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots Uday Nayak had high praises for his top most signing and is hoping for a better season this time around.

“We are overjoyed to have Gayle join the franchise and, on behalf of co-owners Nirvan Veerasamy, Mohammed Ansari and myself, I would like to welcome one of the world’s greatest batsmen to the Patriots squad for the forthcoming Hero CPL season.

"This is a transfer I am certain will capture the imagination of our many fans in St. Kitts, the Caribbean and beyond.”

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots ended last in the 2016 season after managing just four wins from 10 matches.

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