[www.inewsguyana.com] – West Indies opener Chris Gayle says that it is a player’s “dream” to wear their country’s international cricketing colors.
Gayle, while speaking to Cricinfo rubbished the claims that T20cricketers are mercenaries.
“I’ve had that said about me in the past and it’s hurtful, by my own fans in the Caribbean and some by others. But they need to know that it’s always a cricketer’s dream to wear his international colours. That term ‘mercenary’ will hurt cricket,” he said.
He added that “These same mercenaries are the ones who are representing all the countries in the World T20s who everyone will be supporting so why use that word?”
The Jamaican who has had his own fare share of blacklisting from his international team by the West Indies Cricket Board said that during that period, he would have engaged in t20 leagues for obvious reasons.
“I had bills to pay and all cricketers have the same. We still do,” he said. “T20 is a good way of earning extra income to secure your future and your family’s. Many people don’t get that. I’m more comfortable financial-wise now and I’m looking to play West Indies cricket for a few more years.” said the royal challengers Bangalore player
He ended by saying that all he has ever wanted to do, was play T20 Cricket.
[Extracted and Modified from Cricinfo]