Hard-hitting West Indies opener Chris Gayle has expressed his desire to visit Pakistan and meet Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Windies T20 specialist Chris Gayle, who has never been to Pakistan or Afghanistan to play the sport, is game to visit either nation provided he gets a ‘private jet to make the trip.’ The Universe Boss as he is better known is currently playing in the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League in Sharjah.
He has been in terrific form as of late, having scored three back-to-back 50+ scores. He’s also managed to steer his team, the Balkh Legends, to the final of the tournament which takes place on Sunday.
After guiding his team Balkh Legends to semi-finals of the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL), Gayle said that wants to go to Pakistan and chill with the nation’s premier.
“I’ve never been to Pakistan or Afghanistan, but perhaps I can go and chill with the Prime Minister (Imran Khan) since he was a former cricketer,” he said according to Gulf News.
Gayle also made a tongue in cheek comment about wanting a private jet for travelling to Pakistan.
“I have never been to Afghanistan. We will have to wait and see if I will undertake a trip there. If you have a private jet then send it to me, and that would be my condition to visit Pakistan and Afghanistan,” he joked.
Meeting and chilling with Imran Khan and a private jet for travelling is my condition, Gayle added.
Pakistan, in particular, has seen very little cricket in the last decade, following the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus by gunmen. Ever since, international cricket dried up in the country, barring a couple of series many years later.
Some PSL matches have been held there as well with beefed up security, but a vast majority of cricketers have refused to travel to Pakistan to play their cricket.
It is interesting to note here that, Gayle has visited Pakistan before — having played three Tests and four ODIs there — but perhaps it slipped his mind because those matches were played more than a decade ago in 2006.