October 15, 2009

Bolt to redefine the quick single

It’s a run-out waiting to happen. Usain Bolt has agreed to strap on the pads this Sunday and take part in a mini-tournament in Jamaica featuring Chris Gayle and a host of past and present West Indies players. Bolt’s love of cricket is well-known and it’ll be a brave batsman who takes him on in the field for a sneaky single.

"In terms of sport, cricket is my first love," Bolt said. "I grew up watching cricketers like Courtney Walsh take the West Indies to new heights - and I am a big admirer of Chris Gayle for his power batting and calm attitude; he is my favourite player right now. So, to have the chance to play with these guys is a dream come true for me."

The Pro 15/15 cricket tournament will feature current stars including Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Jerome Taylor, as well as legends of the past such as Walsh, Curtly Ambrose and Richie Richardson. You have to pity whoever has to run between the wickets with Bolt. He can cover 100 metres in 9.58 seconds so, ignoring for a moment his carrying pads and bat, a 22-yard pitch should take him approximately two seconds.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here