Chris Gayle will represent St Lucia Zouks in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season, after Jamaica Tallawahs chose not to retain him.
Gayle played for the Tallawahs in the first four CPL seasons, before spending the next two years with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. He re-joined the Tallawahs last season and made 116 in his second game, but ended the season with 243 runs in ten innings as the franchise finished bottom of the table.
St Lucia were the other team to be knocked out at the group stage last season, but have undergone significant off-field changes during the off-season. They have been purchased by KPH Dream Cricket Private Limited, Kings XI Punjab’s parent company, with Andy Flower appointed as head coach. Daren Sammy has also been retained, and was confirmed as the franchise’s captain yesterday.
The CPL is currently scheduled to take place between August 19 and September 26, but organisers are currently making contingency plans due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is possible that the tournament will be played behind closed doors or without overseas players, or delayed until December.