Cricket is a mesmerizing sport and it is getting widely popular across the globe. In Caribbean islands such as Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the game of bat and ball is quite famous and personalities belonging to the different sport have also shown the love towards this exciting game.
Recently, Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake expressed his love for cricket.
Blake, who is the second-fastest man in the world after his fellow countryman Usain Bolt, said he’s looking forward to play a few games of cricket prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
At an event held in Mumbai, Blake spoke about his love and passion for cricket. The 29-year-old said that he always dreamed of playing professional cricket as a child. The Jamaican born was in Mumbai for the promotion of Road Safety World Series, a T20 league that will feature some legendary retired cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Jonty Rhodes, and Virender Sehwag.
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Blake has expressed his desire to play for two Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises – Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
“I have two more years left in track and field and then its cricket for me. But, I do not wish to play for the West Indies. I would love to feature in franchise cricket; I would even love to own a franchise in India. And most importantly, play for either Kolkata Knight Riders or the Royal Challengers Bangalore,” said Blake.
“Chris Gayle [fellow Jamaican] was there for a long time. I love the Bangalore team especially Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Also, the Kolkata team, because Gayle has played for them too,” he added.
Yohan Blake won gold at the 100m event in the 2011 World Championships and became the youngest sprinter to achieve the feat. He also won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London during the 100m and 200m races for the Jamaican team.