Jozi Stars coach Enoch Nkwe is understandably eager to work alongside West Indian batsman Chris Gayle when the Mzansi Super League starts in South Africa later this month.
Gayle is one of two international players, alongside Australian all-rounder Dan Christian, signed by the Jozi Stars for the inaugural T20 tournament.
‘For me personally, I’m looking forward to working with one of the best T20 cricketers in the world. I’ve heard a lot of stories about him as a person in the change room. He’ll be a big character for us and hopefully his influence will rub off on to everyone,’ said Nkwe.
‘There are many people at the franchise that can feed off him, so it will be unbelievable.’
The big-hitting left-hander will also play for the Kerala Kings in the United Arab Emirates’ T10 League, which will coincide with the Mzansi Super League. Cricket South Africa, however, have confirmed Gayle’s availability for the opening round of MPL fixtures.
‘We did look at that availability when we were planning, so we were aware that he’ll mainly only be available for the second half of the tournament. We’re going to have to find someone to fill his role when the time for replacement selections come in,’ added Nkwe.
‘I’m very happy with the squad. We find that there’s a good balance in terms of how we want to play our cricket in the T20 format. There’s some powerhouses at the top and some good mix in terms of all-rounders, with a good blend of experience and youth. And then some very good bowlers too, so I’m very happy.’
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