West Indies cricket September 13, 2012

Gayle backs the cricketer in Usain Bolt

Can Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, hold his own on a cricket field? Chris Gayle, one of the most destructive Twenty20 batsmen, certainly thinks so.

Usain Bolt said he'd be interested in playing the Big Bash League. But can Bolt, the world's fastest man, hold his own on a cricket field? Chris Gayle, one of the most destructive Twenty20 batsmen, certainly thinks so.

"In a charity game he [Bolt] played against me, he almost knocked my head off with a good, competitive bouncer," Gayle said. "He wouldn't embarrass himself. I'm sure he wouldn't put himself in that position. Once he gives himself that actual chance to train and get back in the groove again then he'll actually put on a show. He can handle himself."

Melbourne Stars had a couple of spots on their roster and had expressed interest in Bolt. Gayle bats for Sydney Thunder, so there's a possibility of another Bolt-Gayle bounce off.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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