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T10 cricket has raised bar, says Chris Gayle

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Criticizing modern openers in the 20-over cricket format for “killing the game” with a more cautious approach to powerplays, Chris Gayle praised the Abu Dhabi T10 for its non-stop action.With two ICC Men’s T20 World Cup winners’ medals to his name and more runs than any other player in the history of 20-over cricket, Gayle has been central to the rise of franchise cricket all over the world. And now, while playing for Team Abu Dhabi in the Abu Dhabi T10, Gayle says cricket’s 10-over version is setting new standards when it comes to explosive batting and, ultimately, entertainment.“I think, with T10 cricket, that’s how T20 cricket started. From the first over, batters used to go but T20 cricket has slowed down dramatically and T10 cricket has now raised the bar a bit,” said Gayle in a statement.“They’re killing the entertainment…

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‘I ain’t leaving’, says Chris Gayle

New Delhi [India]: West Indies batter Chris Gayle has indicated he isn’t going anywhere and might be playing cricket despite the Windies’ poor show in the recently concluded T20 World Cup.For West Indies, it was an emotional end to their title defence. The two-time champions showed glimpses of their era-defining T20 batting as they bid farewell to Dwayne Bravo and potentially Gayle. However, Gayle on Thursday hinted that he isn’t leaving via a cryptic tweet.“I Ain’t Leaving…,” Gayle tweeted. The opening batter had clarified after the West Indies’ last match that he has not officially announced his retirement from international cricket as he wants to play his farewell game at his hometown Jamaica.Gayle was applauded onto the field by teammates when he went out to open the batting against Australia in the T20 World Cup and he had saluted the ground after his dismissal,…