Big Bash League 2012-13

Usain Bolt open to playing in BBL

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August 13, 2012

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Usain  Bolt swipes the ball to the leg side at a friendly cricket match in Jamaica, October 18, 2009
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Usain Bolt has spoken of his desire to play in the Big Bash League this year, and the Melbourne Stars are keeping the door open to potentially sign him. The possibility was first raised in June when Bolt was interviewed on Australian TV by Eddie McGuire, a presenter who is also the Stars president, and the team's marquee player Shane Warne has also asked Bolt whether he was interested.

Fresh from an Olympic campaign in which he won three gold medals, Bolt said at the weekend he was still open to the idea. "He [Shane Warne] contacted me and asked me about if I am serious and if I really want to do it then he can put in a few words that should get it done," Bolt said on Channel Nine.

"So we will see if I get the time off. I will try. Twenty20, I love it. Just the fact that it is so exciting, it's about going hard the whole time, not just about playing shots. It's about being aggressive and I like that style of batsman. If I get the chance I will definitely try because I know it's going to be a lot of fun. I don't know how good I am. I will probably have to get a lot of practice in."

One of the major issues would be whether Bolt could hold his own as a cricketer. Although he played junior cricket and famously bowled Chris Gayle in a charity match in Jamaica in 2009, facing the likes of Brett Lee and Pat Cummins would be another matter entirely.

In 2006-07, the rugby league star Andrew Johns turned out in two Big Bash matches for New South Wales in an effort to boost crowd numbers and attention for the competition, but the move backfired for the Blues. On debut, Johns batted at No.11 and was at the crease when New South Wales needed 13 from the final over to win, but his partner Simon Katich refused to put him on strike and the Blues lost.

The stakes have risen considerably since then, with the eight BBL franchises all competing not only for the trophy but also for two spots at the Champions League T20, where the winning team earns $2.5 million in prize money. Cricket Australia is cautious about the idea of Bolt playing in the BBL, declaring that the competition has moved past the "novelty factor" and that he would need to be able to play to the appropriate standard, but the Stars remain keen on the idea.

"We're going to wait until the Olympics is over and re-engage with him and his management company," Clint Cooper, the Stars CEO told the Sydney Morning Herald. "We've got a couple of spots left on our list."

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Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

@serious-am-i ...lol you're right but the IPL is no different. The people of those countries watch these leagues and very few ,0002% in the rest of the world for example, I reside in the UK and IPL was on ITV well its 4th channel and the viewership was very bad even among Indian citizens wake up! :)))

Posted by torsha on (August 16, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs.. How about accuracy and perfection of Zak Khan than your overrated fast bowlers who just can't take wickets.

Posted by RFC73 on (August 15, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

This is a joke an insult to cricket. CA must nip it in the bud and ban it. Didn't they try it with a rugby player a few years back and it was so farcical Simon Katich who was batting with him refused to take a single to stop him beibng on strike? In a T20!!! PS - I thought bolt wanted to play for Man Utd?!!!

Posted by Speedy-Gonzales on (August 15, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

@Akib Alam; if T20 made into future Olympics how would the West Indies function as a cricket team? They would have to split into all their different countries to compete: Jamaica, Dominica, Trinidad & Tobago, St Lucia, Grenada, etc. I wonder if that would make it easier given the tension that always seems to surround the West Indies Cricket Board.

Posted by serious-am-i on (August 14, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

@ Great_Aussie: LOL !!! Some BD fans feel its the best league after IPL. I lost my interest in T20 long back but I do still watch a few matches now and then like IPL or any other friendlies but lol no BPL for sure. I watch county t20's at times, even BBL, IPL never watched any SLPL games so far and didn't watch a single BPL game till date. @Shamim_araf: Lol man I hope u r joking. I would be surprised if he even the heard the name of BPL till date.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 14, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Some one said BPL whats that

Posted by Shamim_araf on (August 14, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

He Can also join at BPL Also.....nice to see them in cricket

Posted by jonesy2 on (August 14, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

johnathonjosephs --- yeah i was watching that series. england bowlers were bowling around 78-80 miles on average.

Posted by Mariakutty on (August 14, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

BBL beware.. If the air of Bolt playing cricket blows via doors of IPL, then Bolt's gonna be their chairman next year.

Posted by heartbreakerz on (August 14, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

@cpt meanster...whats so holy about t20 cricket...?? t20 is only a mode of making money, it hardly requires any special skills...coz cricket is not meant for slogging n wild heaves...so it wont be any disrespect towards cricket if bolt is allowed to play in the bbl coz t20 is not cricket anyway and it will help in generating good revenues which is the primary objective of t20s

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

And this is why I can't take T20 seriously.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 14, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs: Why do you have to pick on Zak Khan ? Cause he's an Indian ? How about picking on your own English bowlers who looked like medium pacers against SA in both the test matches so far !! Zaheer Khan was never an express bowler so it's all right if he went from 86 MPH to 83 MPH. Given the conditions in India, it's fortunate to even have fast bowlers in our country. Fast or not, Zaheer is a class act whether you admit or not.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

If he joins then I would become a Melbourne Stars fan... He is already a star so makes a perfect fit..Wild fantasy: Assuming Bolt gets into the WI t20 squad and T20 gets into the Olympics in the future, then WI winning a medal......Anyway Usain Bolt has fans all over the world, I think they would certainly tune to BBL just to watch him, whether they understand cricket or not wouldn't matter. So good luck to Bolt, Warne, Stars and BBL. Keeping my fingers crossed coz I really want to see him in the 22yards. And the MCG would become his home ground!!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 14, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

McGorium: I ain't the owner of some BBL franchise to make the decision tomorrow. So, I really care less. However, there are some ethics in sports. T20 is the ONLY format of cricket that can spread its wings world wide. Tests and ODIs are unfit in this regard. No body has time to sit through a boring test match for 5 days without even knowing about the result or wait 6/7 hours to learn about the winner of a 50 over game. So it's unfair for you to say it's 'masquerading' as cricket because it is still a game of bat and ball with rules, officials and recognition from the ICC. Coming to the point, Bolt can do whatever he likes but there is something known as common sense. Hopefully that will prevail in the end.

Posted by McGorium on (August 14, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster: I hope you're not serious. What's so special or holy about cricket that prevents a sprinter from playing it? If he can play cricket better than lesser mortals who, despite their "skill, discipline, patience, and dedication", aren't good enough, that's not his problem; let his team decide. (I don't know how good he is, but it's ludicrous that you begrudge him for expressing a desire to play T20. He makes millions in athletics prize money. I find it hard to believe that he'd risk injury simply to make money). Moreover, it's only a game. In case you find yourself taking it too seriously, recall George Bernard Shaw's acute assessment of the game. Knocking a leather-ball with a flat piece of wood, or chasing, or hurling the ball doesn't require the greatest minds or bodies of our generation (Bolt is likely to figure in the pantheon of the latter). T20 is an advertising engine masquerading as a cricket game. What better than to have a celebrity athlete to attract eyeballs?

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (August 14, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

@torsah, Yohan Blake is a HUGE cricket fan. He told people in an interview that he was watching the SA/Eng Series on his TV during his whole stay in London. Both Blake and Bolt both play cricket at a junior level and I'm pretty sure if Blake is a fast bowler, he will definitely bowl faster than a 34 year old Zaheer. In case you didn't know, Zaheer bowls 80-83 MPH these days, which is extremely slow.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 3:10 GMT)

What a joke Twenty20 cricket is and this pretty much proves it. If they can't get Usain Bolt to play maybe they could try Dame Edna Everidge...looking very fit after Jenny Craig.

Posted by theswami on (August 14, 2012, 2:05 GMT)

Get Bolt & Blake, then you would'nt need to find gaps, just hit and run ... boundaries will be passe' ...

Posted by   on (August 14, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

hah!!!

cant believe a an athlete can turn cricketer!!1

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 14, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

Somebody please tell me Bolt isn't a liar !!! What a joke ? it's outrageous. Cricket is so sacred to allow an athlete from another discipline come anywhere near it. This guy feels he owns everything. Too bad, he ain't owning cricket. Cricket needs skill, discipline, patience, and dedication. While Bolt is a splendid sprinter, he cannot do anything in cricket. T20 is still cricket and it too requires special skills and a knack to play. Being a T20 fan 100% I cannot stress this more.

Posted by captain_spark on (August 13, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

Well...one thing for sure if we let him play cricket..he will run the fastest 22 yards and maybe score 8 runs in one ball just by running,,,well,,in that case..he will need tyson gay or blake as his partner...

Posted by Nerk on (August 13, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

It'll be a laugh, that's for sure! You never know, he might be fantastic, a new Windies superstar! The only problem is the three gold medals hanging around his neck. Surely that will slow him down a bit.

Posted by serious-am-i on (August 13, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

@Yasintha Lakmal Rajawansha: Lol man, what are you comparing here ? Akila kind of players are there in almost all the leagues for example IPL had Kamran Khan for RR if u remember it, he didn't have any experience either. You must have a practical comparison not a name sake comparison bro.

Posted by Vincent49 on (August 13, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

Bolt is an Olympic runner not a cricketer.. What next next.. Beckam to captain Kolkata knight riders. I think this is absurd. As the decision sounds like a done deal... I hope the likes of Cummins and brett Lee will sort him out. Does he even posses hand eye coordination? Or do we find out on the day. Maybe brad Pitt can play as well.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

@Grate_Aussie there is only 1 league that every watch & it's IPL

Posted by torsha on (August 13, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

I would love to see Bolt in IPL. But the other guy Blake who is thinking that he can bowl faster than Zaheer. Let him play in IPL and then we can see. All he can do is talk about how fast he is but when it will come to some action, he will take back his words.

Posted by Afkham on (August 13, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

Bolt,s favourite team has always been Pakistan so its a good chance for Pakistan to start PPL in UAE and Bolt will definitely participate

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 13, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Blake loves cricket more than sprinting it's his favorite sport he plays in Kingston I have never seen him play though so don't know hoe good he is also BOLT's younger brother SADIKI BOLT is trying to become a professional cricketer he is a good offspinner batsman.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Bolt has gone mad...Let him play 1 match in IPL and after that he will never claim anything in life!!!!!!!!!

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 13, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Ther r only 2 leagues bbl and IPL rest all r flop shows

Posted by cracker2012 on (August 13, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

FYI Bolt use to play cricket at school before his coach saw is track talent. Should be able to do it again.

Posted by ashok16 on (August 13, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Why not make him play test cricket. He can bat for as long as he wants or as long as he can. He can goof around the field the rest of the time. The paying public will get more than their money's worth when he shoots his arrows in the sky. And Petey's spot will likely stay open.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

In the Sri Lankan Premier League, Mahela's team includes a spinner called "Akila Dhananjaya" who has never played a first-class or list A match.But he is doing quite well.So why can't Usain Bolt?

Posted by r1m2 on (August 13, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

He'll keep getting others run out, so it's not a good idea...he'll be able to sneak in 10 runs where exists none.

Posted by kensohatter on (August 13, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

Why not... 20/20 is an absolute joke anyway.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Ag, 20-20 is a joke anyways. Let him play, 20-20 is all about the laughs anyways. May as well have Bolt, I've always wondered how a 'part-time-ex-cricketer' would fare against a professional team anyways.

Posted by TheCricketLady on (August 13, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Guess there's only gonna be one teeny little problem... running between the wickets. No bones for him - it's just that he'll end up running the other guys out!

Posted by bobbo2 on (August 13, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

Just goes to show was a circus T20 is that this is even being taken half seriously. As great a runner as he is, he would be hopeless as a batsman and get carted as a bowler.

It would only be publicity for the leage ande team.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

This is a joke. Being fast doesn't make one a good cricketer. We have seen express bowlers spraying ball of over the place. If this ever happened, it will be the end of cricket as we know it.

Posted by ElPhenomeno on (August 13, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

This guy wanted a trial with Manchester United too. Only ferguson was probably mumbling "over my dead body". As for promoting T20, I think they have a better chance of creating excitement and attracting crowds if only they invite Victoria's Secret girls to the ground.

If you have to rely on cheap gimmicks to promote your sport, you've already lost the battle.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 13, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Both BOLT and Blake can play cricket being Jamaicans BLAKE is a handy bowler and probably is faster than most Indians LOL and with a bit of training form the best coaches could become good players saying that still The BEST IDEA is to have a CHARITY T20 game for the opening of IPL or BBl with retired legends like WARNE LARA GILLY FLINTOFFF e.t.c playing alongside BOLT BLAKE and other celebrities and sportsman from other games - Or for England to host a T20 game like this as a cricket version of ROBBIE WILLIAMS SOCCER AID a.k.a CRICKET AID at LORDS.

Posted by Artificialintelligent1 on (August 13, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Sanga will miss the LG people's award 2012

Posted by Heisenburg on (August 13, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

People need to shut up about how Bolt playing would be a joke, he has experience, he loves the sport, and isn't at all 'unfair for the younger players' Bolt playing would be amazing.

Posted by Artificialintelligent1 on (August 13, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

I got a big smile I think he should also try IPL and SLPL too. May be he will able to play in CLT20

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

gold medal for anyone who can run him out.

Posted by Jawwad123 on (August 13, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Great move. Cricket really is changing! Why not let ME play in the BBL/IPL/BPL??? Another barrier for uprising young deserving cricketers like me!!!!!!!!!!!! BETTER STICK TO YOUR OWN SPORT!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Its Going To Be a Gift!! Welcome Usain Bolt!! If Stars Have Two More Left Add Yohan Blake Too For The Team... The You'll Be The Fastest Team On The Earth!! Cricket Need These Sort Of Legend!! Me Too Love The Words Of Blake That "I LOVE CRICKET MORE THAN MY ATHLETICS" Salute You...

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (August 13, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

I READ AN INTERVIEW ABPUT BOULT FEW MONTHS AGO . IN WHICH HE SAID THAT HS FIRST LOVE WAS ALWAYS CRICKET . HIS HERO WAS WAQAR YOUNIS & AMBROSE . HE WANTS TO BOWL FASTER THAN THESE TWO .

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

ceicket has become a real joke.its not the original cricket anymore.nw bolt is going to bowl.i think messi nd ronaldo may also be used in the 30 yards.since they ran faster they would also be used ti run for ball going into the bounandary.llllllllllllllllolllllllllllll.a complete fun.

Posted by serious-am-i on (August 13, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

It would be pathetic for Bolt's sponsors if he has a career threatening injury while he is playing cricket. @Junaid Ali: RCB is the last team any one wants to join if they are serious about getting their pay. @vertical: It should be proper my friend, Miranda Kerr could be invited as an cheerleader - a crowd puller ?

Posted by Selassie-I on (August 13, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Boy, this really shows how little talent there is in Australia at the moment. They are having to import sportsmen from the olympics and have brought Warne out of retirement in order to get 11 half decent players out on the ptich! The future is really not bright if you're wearing green and yellow... sorry guys he won't have time to qualify for the WC or back to back ashes.

Posted by Selassie-I on (August 13, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

this just proves whata farce t20 cricket really is. Cheerleaders, celebrity players whatever next? cartoon players? mythical creature players? I might tune in to watch homer simpson's off spinners being hit down the ground by the loch ness monster. It'sa great PR excersise to get a bigger audience and that's the whole point of T20, hopefully some of the people who watch will like it and come over to the side of real cricket.

Posted by middle_stump_in_air on (August 13, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

May be one or two games would be great for everybody: Crowds, team, broadcasters, franchise and Bolt himself. Looking forward to it.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

whats with this guy ? first he says he would like to play for Manchester United now he says he wants to play in the BBL utter nonsesne ...

Posted by DaveS99 on (August 13, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

I am a bit bemused by the negative comments. Surely anything that draws attention and new interest to the sport which we all love is a good thing? I agree that a player that otherwise might have played will not, but that happens anyway. If person x is selected then person y can't play. I can't really see it happening but if it does I'll be very happy to watch it. We want players with skills and personality to be playing. Usain Bolt has personality in abundance and I'm sure he won't want to play if he doesn't have the skill to keep up. He has 6 Olympic gold medals. He is not used to losing and won't want to lose at any sport he plays.

Posted by vertical on (August 13, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

This is a joke why not sign Miranda Kerr as well ,as it's about attracting crowds!

Posted by njr1330 on (August 13, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Imagine Bolt calling Dougie Bollinger for a quick single!

Posted by Antomann on (August 13, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

I think this a great idea - but only if Shane Warne is allowed to start in the final of the next Olympic 100 metres. Seriously, this is a joke, right?

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Usain Bolt to start in BigBash

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

Bad idea and sad for upcoming cricketers.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

blake has also shown his dream to play for RCB in IPL.n says can bowl faster then zaheer.well wait in anticipation for some sweet chin music.

Posted by 512fm on (August 13, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

I think it would be cool if he did the toss or ran the drinks out etc. was kind of ambassador for the team, but it would further prove that T20 is a joke if he seriously is allowed to play.

Posted by AnotherCricketFan on (August 13, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

It is a novel idea. If he can be trained to face the fast bowlers and have a decent batting style. Lots of players in T20 are for fielding alone - where the legs matter, the speed matters. He is just too good on that, and also a crowd puller. How many T20 players really come in and are required to bat, build. Most of the games are SWING and MISS type. We are kidding ourselves that T20 is about playing with a straight bat, head down and with in the V (they dont even do that in Tests anymore).

So go Bolt. And he is from Jamaica and with some cricketing experience. The WI style of cricketing and his participation is pure FUN factor it will be one of the best thing that happens to T20.

All these purists can take their 'concerns' and go for a hike. After all this is a club cricket - with a festive atmosphere where no one cares about technique (other than BCCI selectors ) and/or performance.

Seriously, T20 is no different than the street cricket

Posted by robd50 on (August 13, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

This is a joke, what does this mean to young cricketers? what does this mean to the one guy who gets left out so that Bolt gets a game? he has played for 10, or even 15 years and now he will get left out so that the guys in the executive chairs can make a few more bucks from ticket sales and merchandise sales. disgraceful

Posted by Metman on (August 13, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

As a non playing player......good idea !

Posted by gracegift on (August 13, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

@Shahzad AK Niazi: or Usain and Yohan to open, get out early and then run for the rest of the team. Or maybe get Inzy in as well and watch Inzy and Usain going for a run. THAT would be entertaining!!!

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

He doesn't need to do anything special. Just a short-run up like that of Gayle would make him a dangerous bowler. Lol !

Posted by dheerajshetty on (August 13, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

It could be dangerous for him.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

He wants to be trained at Manchester United.... and wants to play t20.... so where is he leading to?

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

Looks like the injury runner job has become a speciality position....

Posted by Game_Gazer on (August 13, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

woww..just shuddered thinking what if his & Blake's deliveries are gonna be as fast as they themselves are ;-)...poor batters !! ;-)

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

Usain Bolt, wait what? BBL? must have confused him with Chris Gayle

Posted by fastrack10 on (August 13, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

Bad idea..he can only bring in some extra glam..thats it.he is the best in what he do..SPRINTING..playing any sport at the international level is not a joke.BBL is one of the best leagues in the world, its not some local jamaican school cricket league that people will bowl @ 50kph..i really dont want to see Usain facing a Bolt from Cummins & co @ 150+kph,getting hit & thereby ending his sprint carier.more over if he cant get to that level & still included in the team i think it will be disrespectful to the other players.people trains for years to earn a place in club team like NSW,Bush Rangers & others(leave aside representing national teams) & here is someone walking into the team just because he has star value..disgraceful.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (August 13, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Usain said he is interested in IPL too. hoping to see him play in IPL atleast few matches.thisway cricket wil get more recognition. he has taken Atheletics to masses.. his presence in cricket will make the game aware to other parts of non cirkcketing nations . this is a great oppurtunity

Posted by timohyj on (August 13, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

signing bolt and having him play a couple matches would be a huge crowd puller. Good publicity move i'd say

Posted by JohnSM on (August 13, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Why not I say?!! It's not like t20 cricket requires much skill to play. He could smash the ball to the cow corner and take 4 runs even if a fielder stops it.

He's probably be quite successful. he should also try the IPL, SLPL, BPL and every other half baked cricket league that has cropped up every major cricket playing nation.

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (August 13, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

I don't doubt tge guy anymore.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

I would use him as opener so that he gets out first ball..and then runs as RUNNER for the next batsmen (If runner was allowed again)

Posted by jonesy2 on (August 13, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

not to mention he would be taking an actual cricketers place. maybe brett lee can have a chance running in the 100m at the next world champs? this will never happen but if it does he will just embarrass himself god i hate channel 9 and especially eddie maguire.

Posted by Shafin1987 on (August 13, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

that's great idea......waiting 2 see him......................:D

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

I think football is better for Usain. Running fast is vital in football, but to be a batsmal in cricket, one has to concentrate on batting first and running later (not for the Emperor Nohit Sharma)..... so I'd prefer to see Usain try football

Posted by jonesy2 on (August 13, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

why not have lance franklin and james oconnor play in the big bash aswell. maybe steve hooker could play too and why not michael phelps, lebron james and patty mills while we're at it.

Posted by Sthilanka on (August 13, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Samira Palipana:where did bolt say he has a desire to play in ipl? i don't think he said he want to play in ipl.

Posted by jonesy2 on (August 13, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

obviously this is a joke.

Posted by NP_NY on (August 13, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

Clear marketing/publicity ploy. Remember Bolt also wants to audition for Manchester United and they said they are interested. Bolt will bring in international audience and hence money by just being there. I am not saying this is wrong. I am just saying that cricket fans should start seeing how cricket has moved on from being a sport to entertainment to business.

Posted by sharidas on (August 13, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

Bad Idea ! Why Should Usain Bolt unnecessarily take risks ? I like it when he smashes the 100 and 200 meter Worl Records. I would not like to watch him play cricket for the novelty of it. If its crowds BBL is after, try Angelina Jolie!

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

Usain Bolt as a bowler in cricket would be a fascinating sight to watch !!!!.However cricket is a different game as compared to athletics. They can trying getting in Yohan Blake as well, they would be the fastest bowlers in the BBL.

Posted by georgebhai on (August 13, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

The big question is,"How good is Bolt with the bat?" He could be quick between the wickets, quick on the field but may not be much with the striking the ball part. Nevertheless, the prospects are interesting.

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (August 13, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

any guesses on how Bolt got out last time he played cricket?... yes... RUN OUT!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

It would be great to see Usain Bolt play in BBL cricket match. Will look forward to it if he decides to play cricket match

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (August 13, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

I would love it if BBL signs the trio of Inzamam, Ganguly and Bolt and play them in the same team. The calling and the running between the wickets when any of these two are involved with Bolt, will be COMEDY gold!! The TRPs will soar,a dn BBL will easily rival IPL

Posted by MostCulturedAussieSirLesPatterson on (August 13, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

After Man U and BBL, he could go for the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles - way to go Usain!

Posted by rafe01 on (August 13, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

He could really bring the swagger back to the windies. Would be awesome. I love the youtube footage of him getting Gayle out. He was very bullish about his prospects before the match. "I'm a very smart young man.." Hilarious stuff.

Posted by ooper_cut on (August 13, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Running fast can get you very less in cricket. Most cricket teams already have athletic players and the difference between them and Bolt would be too little to mention. Remember this is not a running race, this is a different sport where being quick on your heels helps, but what about the art of grounding your bat and turning around for the next run or picking the ball up and making an accurate throw on top of the stumps ?

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 13, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Would be a massive crowd puller and considering how easy T20 is could play well as well. I'd say sign him!

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

What's going on? First he expressed his desires to play for Manchester United then said he would like to play in IPL now this.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

I woud love to see Usain Bolt in the BBL, but judging by that photo, he would need a lot of work. His shoulders are square and he is leaning back...common mistakes, but they would have to be ironed out in order for Bolt to time the ball. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds.

Posted by deadite11 on (August 13, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

This could be ridiculous, a big team only can sign him, and at the other end, the runner side batsman cant give full potential to response over bolt's running, if im sure there will be run out for other batsman over bolt's performance. It will be better if bolt plays soccer.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

he'd be very quick between the wickets but a run out would be so ironic

Posted by Shongololo on (August 13, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Bolt's certainly not short of arrogance. An exceptional sprinter, without doubt. But he also wants a gig at Manchester United and now the BBL. Someone should tell him that it takes a lot more than just speed to play top level football or cricket.

Posted by GasPipe on (August 13, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Well, if he's got the chops, give him a go! That will be a huge boost for the Melbourne Stars (and the BBL in general) advertising and ratings, especially if he performs reasonably well.

Posted by 777aditya on (August 13, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

batting?! I thought he could be a deadly pace bowler!

Posted by Drew2 on (August 13, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Have we forgotten that this is supposed to be a professional game? This just further devalues the credibility of the Twenty20 cricket. Let him play in a celebrity match.

Posted by Meety on (August 13, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

LOL! Ah well, the precedent was set when Matty Johns played for NSW in Newcastle. I wouldn't mind betting he'd be a chance IF the Stars weren't travelling too well, it's one way to fill a stadium!

Posted by smudgeon on (August 13, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

IF (and that's a big IF) he can hold his own as a cricketer - why not? I'll be quite very surprised if he can, but...well...isn't this what T20 is all about: crowds & the resulting revenue? Because I have suspicions about whether it's got anything at all to do with cricket...

Posted by Naru-12 on (August 13, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

@woodhaven24 - He will make others run out :)))....

Posted by yoogi on (August 13, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Yeah, actually, allow runners in IPL and BPL, becuase they are not exactly cricket, right. So who cares about pure cricket rules, allow each team two best runners and that makes the contest more powerful.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (August 13, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

This does seem to be a bit silly. There's no doubt that he would be a talking point and quite possibly lead to an increase in ticket sales but then having a few beach volleyballers play would likely do the same. If he's up to standard then I see no issue but if he's not then the fact that they would play someone who isn't a real cricketer is simply evidence that T20, or the BBL at least, is not real cricket. If it went ahead under those circumstances then noone who supported the BBL would have any credibility to criticise the IPL, that's for sure.

Posted by tompuffin on (August 13, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

Read in reader's Digest recently that Bolt got into his high school on a prestigious cricket scholarship, so it's not like he's entirely green. I would pay to seem him bat!

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 13, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

No doubt he will be a great asset with is running between wickets.. But won't his partner be in trouble? But it will certainly draw huge crowd to see the lightning on the cricket field.. Fielding in deep will convert opponent's doubles into singles.. Would be fun :-)

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Just sign him and use him as your 12th man...he will turn 3's into singles!

Posted by woodhaven on (August 13, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

That wud be awsome. I think bpl or ipl should do similar. Wonder, if any one can run him out?

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Unlikely to happen! He will end up choosing something more financially rewarding instead, because he can easily earn more money doing something else. Anyway, it will be fun if he does decide to play Cricket.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

he would have been useful if the runners were allowed , bt thats not the case anymore, he can be a useful bowler but his batting remembered me how murali used to bat

Posted by AB99 on (August 13, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Nice way to get attention of the rest of world look up at cricket as a sport in the next Olympics. Would love to see Bolt run quick singles with someone like Warne and Gayle :)

Posted by pradave17 on (August 13, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

ooops. Why not Yohan Blake. These two can make four runs by running for every ball. But nobody others will complete a single run with Bolt.

Posted by vpk23 on (August 13, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

SOMEONE FROM THE IPL SHOULD APPROACH BOLT & BLAKE WHO BOTH ARE FAST BOWLERS FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE TEAMS.. ANY BODY INTERESTED MATES???????????????????

Posted by AmjadZork on (August 13, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

Wow.... Bolt... thats going to be interesting !!!

Posted by Bay-Lagaam on (August 13, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

If it is going to be like this thn lets give a chane to Polo Players as well... lolz :P Usain in Cricket really a joke to cricket.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Just when you thought T20 cricket was moving away from a circus mentality.

The people behind this should just stop and work out how to improve the standards of the cricket in the competition and country, especially in Australia.

Posted by gtzshotta on (August 13, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

idk about this, surely a tryout should be held to see if he can cope against the aussie quicks.

Posted by mohammedafif36 on (August 13, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

it would be an honour if he joined

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (August 13, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

This has rather confirmed that not only is the australian national team a joke, so is the domestic league.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

Bolt in BBL ! seriously? He'll leave his partner halfway on the pitch attempting singles

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

Well atleast he could run away when he loses the game for Melbourne, and no one will get anywhere near to catching him ( unless the opposition signs Yohan Blake).

Posted by Shanmf on (August 13, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

Nice to see world fastest man in BBL. lets see how he will Perform in cricket.

Posted by bobagorof on (August 13, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

I reckon he'd be a great batting partner - just keep him down the other end and turn 1s into 2s! And get him to roll his arm over as he runs in - sure to instantly be the fastest bowler in the competition!

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

Many in Jamaica believe he could have played for the national team if he wasn't a sprinter; he's got some talent. Hopefully he can show it if he tries it out.

Posted by straight_drive4 on (August 13, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

now ive heard everything... would be a great promotional tool but thats about it...

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

he could be dangerous if properly used by someone

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (August 13, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

That would a big crowd puller.

Posted by Narbavi on (August 13, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

What the hell are you guys up to?? on one hand he says manchester united should allow him for trials to see if he can play football at the highest level and now this?? what is he talking about?? this is serious business, if he intends to just have a party by playing cricket or football, then he can forget about it, he should be signed only if he is good enough!!

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

Cool!!! I would like to see him. Most importantly it will give T20 more international coverage and needed hype to go global.

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