West Indian batsman Chris Gayle, who is representing Lahore Qalandars in the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL), believes the event will help Pakistan cricket in the future.
“Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) efforts to stage the league have brought smiles and all the parties look satisfied so far,” said Gayle.
“This is a wonderful tournament and everybody is enjoying here in Dubai and Sharjah. We have seen some top performances and young Pakistani talent is amazing. They are enthusiastic and eager to learn from big names in the game. The PSL will go a long way in shaping the future of Pakistan cricket.”
While talking about his own performance in the event, Gayle said he is waiting for a change of fortune.
“I know people come to watch me hitting sixes and fours, and I always try to do that. But sometimes things don’t go your way. That is why it is called cricket,” said the 36-year-old.
“Despite my failure with the bat, it was a wonderful victory against one of the top teams – Peshawar Zalmi – captained by my best friend Boom Boom Afridi.”
The left-hand batsman expressed hope that a big innings is just round the corner. “I hope things can change after this match and people will see some fireworks. You need time to gel with new players and I hope my big innings is round the corner,” he said.
Moreover, Gayle said he felt for the cricket fans in Pakistan who were not able to enjoy international cricket at home.
“I can sympathise with cricket-hungry people of Pakistan for lack of international cricket in their country,” he said. “I hope the PSL will be staged in Pakistan in near future. It was heartening to see people thronging the historic Sharjah Stadium. It shows the popularity of the game in this region.”
While talking about his injury, Gayle said: “I have got some niggles but it is not a serious injury. I hope to be fully fit soon. I am surviving this and playing cricket.”
Chris Gayle was interviewed by the Khaleej Times.