Saturday 20 October, 2018

Chris Gayle proving too pricey for New Zealand T20 league

Jamaica and West Indies T20 star Chris Gayle.

Jamaica and West Indies T20 star Chris Gayle.

Central Districts' dream of having explosive Jamaica and West  opener Chris Gayle in New Zealand in January for the Twenty20 Super Smash is fading.

CD chief executive Pete de Wet said their attempt to lure sponsorship to sign a "superstar" for the series had so far fallen short.

Central Districts had originally planned to secure the services of Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene, but missed out after the player scaled back his overall playing commitments. 

The 38-year-old Gayle was then added to the wish list, but without a commitment from sponsors, it is unlikely the player can be signed.

The big players typically command around $50,000 for a full season. 

Gayle is certainly on Central Districts' wish list for the second half of the competition, with his West Indies commitments ending on January 3, but unless a benefactor materialises in the next few weeks they won't initiate talks with the self-named 'World Boss'.

"We generally don't fund these acquisitions out of our budget and we try and secure funding from outside parties, and we haven't been able to get a level of support required to bring anyone in yet. At this stage, we don't have any [import] planned," de Wet said.

"We wouldn't just want to get a run of the mill player. We'd want a superstar and they don't come cheap so we haven't been able to get to that point yet.”

The Stags were close to signing Gayle in January 2013 for two New Plymouth matches after his Australian Big Bash commitments, but the deal fell through late.