Chris Gayle, the legendary cricketer from the West Indies, expresses concern over the future of international cricket, which is currently dominated by the top three countries: India, Australia, and England. He believes that the game’s growth in smaller nations is at risk, as these three nations generate significant revenue and overshadow the rest. Gayle worries that repetitive domination by the same teams could lead to fatigue among fans.
“Yeah that is what I am talking about, that is where I am coming from. Pretty much these three teams are dominating international cricket. If we continue like this people are going to say ‘hey we need a new team now taking over, new talents taking over and make a name for themselves’,”
Chris Gayle said.
“It needs to be structured, so that everyone can benefit. The disadvantaged and lower-ranked teams need to play more games to develop their skills. Infrastructure needs to be created for them and those players need to be paid well just like the big teams because everyone is playing the same amount of cricket,”
he further added.
Chris Gayle yet to announce his retirement
During his prime, Gayle was an explosive opener in international cricket, having played 103 Tests, 301 ODIs, and 79 T20Is for the West Indies, accumulating over 19,000 runs. He played a pivotal role in West Indies’ triumphs in the 2004 Champions Trophy and the 2012 and 2016 T20 World Cups. Although he participated in the 2021 T20 World Cup, the 43-year-old has yet to announce his retirement.
Meanwhile, West Indies’ performance in the Cricket World Cup Qualifiers has been disappointing. With defeats against Netherlands and Zimbabwe in two of their four group matches. The team, led by Shai Hope, faces a challenging task in the Super Sixes stage. And will need to deliver an exceptional performance to bounce back.
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