Gayle returns to Patriots to hunt CPL title

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle celebrates scoring 200 runs, a double century during their World Cup Cricket match against Zimbabwe in Canberra, Feb. 24, 2015.
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Veteran superset Chris Gayle had made a return for this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after sitting out last year’s tournament for “personal reasons.”

The 41-year-old hard hitting batsman will turn out for St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots where he spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons and helped them reach their only final in his first year.

Jamaican Gayle had been announced to represent St. Lucia Zouks in the 2020  campaign after controversial leaving his native Jamaica, but pulled out just prior to the players draft.

He is the most successful batsman in the T20  format, is the second highest run-getter in CPL with 2354 runs at an average of 30, along with four centuries.

The batsman will join forces with veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who is set to feature for Patriots for the the first time, after leaving his native Trinbago Knight Riders.

Gayle is one three new players acquired by the franchise for the Aug. 28 to Sept. 19 campaign.

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