Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle has thrown his support behind making a USA leg an annual part of the Caribbean Premier League’s schedule, and has said he hopes the league will come back next year for the good of cricket in the US.
Speaking at the Tallawahs training session on Monday at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida, Gayle said that in order for the effort to get into the US market to succeed, it had to be on a consistent basis rather than the one-and-done events of the past. Gayle has toured the USA with West Indies teams to New York in 2006 and Florida in 2012, and believes the fan base is present to support cricket but that the lack of regular events has stifled momentum.
“I think the US is cricket-orientated,” Gayle said. “When you look at the mixed culture here over in the US, I think you have a huge cricket base and cricket fans over here as well….