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West Indies Chris Gayle in action against Sri Lanka during an ICC Cricket World Cup match on July 1, 2019.
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Twenty20 specialist Jamaican, Chris Gayle will join St. Lucia Zouks in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL), after being released by his home franchise, the Jamaica Tallawahs.

The franchise announced last week the 40-year-old veteran player for the eighth edition of the tournament that is scheduled to start in August if it is not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

West Indies’ Jason Holder celebrates with the Wisden Trophy after the Third Test match against England in St. Lucia.Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy will return to captain St. Lucia Zouks for the 2020 season.

Sammy had just finished a coaching stint in Pakistan and he will be back for this season. He has been part of the St Lucia Zouks franchise since the inception of CPL in 2013.

Gayle, who is the leading T20 run scorer of all time — having made 2,344 runs at CPL — played for Tallawhs in the first four seasons of the CPL in 2013 and their second triumph in 2017, before captaining the St. Kiss and Nevis Patriots for two years. He rejoined the Tallawhs in 2019.

Commenting on Gayle joining his squad, Sammy said, “Chris is one of the most successful T20 batsmen in the world and with his experience with our young openers, a lot can be learnt from Chris.”

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