West Indies batting star Chris Gayle has said the International Cricket Council (ICC) can learn from the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) for publicising events such as the Champions Trophy.
The ICC Champions Trophy, which was once described as the ‘unwanted child’ of world cricket by former ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed, will be starting its seventh and final edition in Cardiff on June 6.
Stating that the success of the IPL mainly depends on its promotion, the left-hander, who caused headlines worldwide with the fastest-ever T20 century in the IPL, said even though the World Cup-style Champions Trophy is a bigger tournament, it was not so well highlighted as compared to the IPL.
According to Gayle, the ICC should focus more on the promotion, given that it is the last edition of the Champions Trophy, to start making people gravitate back towards the 50-over game.
Though the West Indies has won the Champions Trophy only once, in England in 2004, Gayle, insisted that it could still take a lot from it, regardless of the fact that nine years is a long time, adding that it take it as a positive factor that it had won in England in cold conditions.
According to Gayle, West Indies has a good chance of success at the Champions Trophy, as it had claimed the last Twenty20 World Cup.
However, it was vital for the West Indies to make a good start in its tournament opener against Pakistan at The Oval on June 7 to set the tone for their future games. — ANI