Tallawahs Looks for Gayle turnaround

Paul Nixon, coach of Jamaica Tallawahs, believes the current dip in form of opener Chris Gayle is temporary and the big-hitting left-hander will bounce back in time to make a positive impact in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 competition. 

Gayle, captain of the Tallawahs, has been struggling for runs, with his last 10 innings covering one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals totaling 102 runs for an average of 10.2. "Give him (Gayle) a few more weeks and a couple of positive games under his belt, and he will be alright," said Nixon, during a press conference yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, to announce the team's sponsors. 

"We all know what he is capable of and he is a player who has showed great confidence and resilience in his career in the past, especially in the second half of his career." First game on Thursday The Tallawahs, who depart today, are slated to play their opening fixture on Thursday against the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. They are then set to play four more away games in Guyana, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, before returning to Kingston where they are scheduled to play their final two preliminary-round matches at Sabina Park. 

Meanwhile, Foska Oats, XOX Mobile and Appleton Jamaica Rum were officially unveiled as the Tallawahs' sponsors during the press conference, which included Sri Lankan spin-wizard Muttiah Muralitharan and Jamaica and West Indies player Nikita Miller. 

XOX Mobile and Foska Oats, distributed by Ramsons Jamaica, will be the main sponsors while Appleton Jamaica, a Wray and Nephew subsidiary, has signed on as a minor equivalent. "Cricket in Jamaica has a rich legacy and with the Tallawahs down to represent the country in the Caribbean Premier League we are more than pleased to be associated with the team," said Foska Oats' advertising and marketing manager, Kathryn Silvera. 

The tournament will bowl off today with the opening ceremony and match featuring Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Zouks at Kensington Oval in Barbados. Meanwhile, Jamaica's pace bowler, Andrew Richardson, has been called up to replace the injured seamer Ravi Rampaul in the Jamaica Tallawahs' franchise. Rampaul has been ruled out of the CPL after sustaining an injury during the recently concluded Celkon Mobile Tri-Nation series between West Indies, India and Sri Lanka.