Chris Gayle opts out of CPL 2022, turns focus to 6ixty

Chris Gayle has opted out of the forthcoming CPL 2022 and will instead turn his focus to ‘6ixty’, a T10 tournament that will run from August 24 to 28 in St Kitts, immediately before the CPL season.

Gayle will act as an ambassador for the 6ixty and West Indies players will be available after their ODI series against New Zealand, which finishes on August 21. Some overseas players are also expected to arrive early to play in the tournament, though a clash with the end of the Hundred’s group stages will rule some out.

  • Each batting team has six wickets, rather than ten
  • Batting teams can ‘unlock’ a floating third powerplay over by hitting two sixes in the initial two-over powerplay
  • Teams will bowl five consecutive overs from each end, rather than switching ends after each over
  • If teams fail to bowl their 10 overs within 45 minutes, a fielder will be removed for the final six balls
  • Fans will be able to vote for a ‘mystery free hit’ via an app or website

“I am going for the shorter format this year,” Gayle said in a media statement. “I am genuinely excited about the current innovations in the 6ixty and seeing how they play out. In particular I am looking forward to the mystery team ball and hitting two sixes in the first 12 balls to unlock a third powerplay over.”