Top-order, right-hand batsman Kennar Lewis will temporarily replace USA player Xavier Marshall in the Jamaica Tallawahs squad when the 2019 Caribbean Premier League bowls off next month.

Newly-appointed St Kitts and Nevis Patriots skipper Carlos Brathwaite has admitted that star player Chris Gayle will be a big loss both on and off the field for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise.

After two years with the Patriots, the 39-year-old Gayle will head back to his home country to join the Jamaica Tallawahs.  In two seasons with the franchise, Gayle led the team to the final in 2017, before being eliminated in the playoffs the following year.

In addition to his presence on the pitch, Brathwaite believes the player will also be missed in the team’s dressing room.

“Chris is now gone so we need to find a replacement for Chris, probably not in the same style that he would play, but with the results that he would normally bring to the team. Obviously, that’s another big character gone in the dressing room as well, so we have to manoeuvre slightly differently, but we need the same results where we challenge for the top four and then once we get to the top four, we challenge for the title,” Brathwaite said.

“I think people look for the shouting and the ‘hurrah’ and Chris is not necessarily that. He’s more calm, collective, cool. He leads by example. He has the respect of everyone in the dressing room, so whenever he speaks you know his words are worth the weight in gold. I think a lot of people take his coolness and his calm persona for granted but there’s very much a whole heap of respect in all the dressing rooms I’ve been fortunate enough to play alongside him in, everyone in the dressing room gives him maximum respect.”

 

 

 

Xavier Marshall, as a youngster, was one of the most promising batsmen out of Jamaica. The opener had been in and around the West Indies setup, debuting with the bat at just 19 years old.

But migration to the United States and maybe a life outside of cricket beckoned for the talented batsman, who had some disciplinary issues hamper his progress.

Then nothing.

Marshall would turn up again as one of the more prominent players on the United States cricket team, and, in fact, just recently, scored a century to give his side One Day International status.

Now, Marshall has come full circle, returning to play for the Jamaica-based Tallawahs in the 2019 season of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Marshall was picked in the 17th and final round of the draft for a team he may struggle to feature in, but the opener, for at least the month of September, is back home.

The Tallawahs should not be in need of an opener like Marshall with the return of Chadwick Walton from the Guyana Amazon Warriors and Chris Gayle from the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

The two have opened the innings in successful CPL campaigns for the Tallawahs, who are chasing a record fourth title along with the Trinbago Knight Riders, and the Jamaican franchise may be reluctant to change their tried and tested combination.

There is also Glenn Phillips, Rovman Powell, and the big-hitting Andre Russell in the middle order, who may prove hard to replace as well.

The Tallawahs seem to have a balanced unit that will be hard to pick an eleven from game to game. While the batting seems settled, the allrounders and bowling department throws up interesting challenges.

There is George Worker, from New Zealand, who is listed as a batting allrounder. Worker will go up against Shamar Springer for a place in the lower order. Both are very decent bowlers in the T20 version of the game and could demand places.

But then there is the presence of Zahir Khan, who should also be a certainty.

The arrival of Christopher Lamont, Ramaal Lewis, Steven Jacobs, Derval Green and Imran Khan means the fight for spots among the bowlers will be interesting to watch.

Another certainty is the pacey Oshane Thomas, who has impressed since his arrival on the scene in the last Hero CPL, earning for himself a place at this year’s ICC World Cup in England.

Another allrounder in the mix is Pakistan’s Amad Butt, who plies his trade for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League. The allrounder is making his debut in the CPL but it is not known what part he will play with the number of allrounders in the Tallawahs line-up who have serious quality.

The Jamaica Tallawahs and the Government of Jamaica have done away with their back and forth over support for the franchise in place of a long-term agreement.

Explosive opener Chris Gayle has returned to the Jamaica Tallawahs for the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season.

This was revealed by Jefferson Miller, Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Tallawahs during the franchise's 2019 CPL season launch on Saturday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Miller said Gayle has been signed as "their marquee player and will captain the team."

Miller further added that "we are delighted to have Chris playing for his home team for the 2019 season. There is no bigger name in Twenty20 cricket, and we can’t wait for him to arrive and make the Jamaican fans proud. We are looking forward to Chris being a big part of our push for a third CPL title.”  

Gayle was with the Tallawahs from 2013 to 2016, winning the title with them twice in that time. Since then he has been with St Kitts & Nevis Patriots where he has captained them to the playoffs in successive years, making the final in 2017. 

The Tallawahs will be playing five home games in Jamaica during the 2019 season giving the fans at Sabina Park the chance to see Gayle in action on his home ground.

The leading T20 batsman of all time, Gayle is the only player with more than 10,000 runs in the format. He is the leading CPL run scorer with 2111 runs and has scored three CPL hundreds, all of those for the Tallawahs. 

The rest of the Tallawahs squad will be decided at the Hero CPL Players Draft which takes place on May 22. 

This year, the CPL will bowl off in September for the first time.

The move to push back the competition was to ensure the availability of all West Indian players as the Caribbean side is set to host India between during July and August.

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When Ben Cutting launched the second-to-last delivery of Rovman Powell’s over, well back of the square leg boundary in a Hero Caribbean Premier League eliminator it signaled the end for the Jamaica Tallawahs at the hands of an unlikely St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. 

Chris Gayle’s St Kitts & Nevis Patriots are a game away from a second consecutive Hero Caribbean Premier League final and the big left hander is determined to turn the tables on the dangerous Trinbago Knight Riders for the chance to do so. 

Jamaica Tallawahs captain Andre Russell is not dwelling on his team’s elimination from the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League too much, already making plans to do better in a year’s time. 

Jamaica Tallawahs captain Andre Russell has come under fire for highlighting a poor umpiring decision during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Qualifier 2 loss to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

Jamaica Tallawahs skipper has called out the Hero Caribbean Premier League for a growing list of poor umpiring decisions that have affected the outcome of games this season. 

Despite finishing third of four teams in the Hero Caribbean Premier League, the Jamaica Tallawahs looked a powerful unit and highly fancied for a place in the final of the competition and maybe a third trophy in six years. 

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