Chris ‘Universal Boss’ Gayle, has now declared himself as the “best off-spinner” of all time, ahead of the new 60-ball format tournament of 6ixty. The tongue in cheek quote was just to attract attention for the tournament.
The 2022 season of The 6ixty, also known as Sky Exch The 6ixty, for sponsorship reasons, is a T10 tournament organised by Cricket West Indies and the Caribbean Premier League, staged in St Kitts and Nevis. There are both a men’s and women’s edition of the tournament which started on Thursday.
Gayle will be 43 next month, however, he has not announced his retirement from any format of the game. While his future for the West Indies seems over, his presence in different leagues around the globe has always been a certainty and he is also the face of Cricket West Indies-launched 6ixty.
Gayle said: “I’m really excited to be back in the field. I missed it. I’m like a kid again, looking forward to the first game... For my debut.”
Gayle said that the tournament is all about hitting sixes. “That’s what 6ixty is all about.”
He joked: “You know what? My bowling is natural. Definitely, I have to bowl. I’m the greatest off-spinner of all time. Murali (Muttiah Muralitharan) won’t contest that for sure. I have the best economy, not even Sunil Narine can come close to that.”
While Gayle has the highest runs in T20s - 14,562 which is the highest by quite a distance, he has 83 wickets in T20s so far.
The 6ixty’s six teams are: Barbados Royals, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St Lucia Kings and Trinbago Knight Riders.