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Bolt could play T20 in Oz

2012-08-13 07:54

Melbourne - Negotiations are underway for cricket-mad sprint king Usain Bolt to play in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League, with Shane Warne leading the campaign to bring him to Melbourne.

Bolt, hailed by International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge as the greatest sprinter of all time after three gold medals in London, played junior cricket before turning to the track and has long voiced a love for the game.

He said he wanted to play and had spoken to the Australian former Test leg-spinner.

"He (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 told Australia's Channel Nine television late Sunday.

"So we will see if I get the time off. I will try."

Cricket is hugely popular in the West Indies with Bolt's Jamaica one its strongest teams, producing greats such as Frank Worrell, Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh, and Chris Gayle.

"Twenty20, I love it," said the sprinter, who describes himself as an all-rounder.

"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," he added.

Warne is the marquee player for the Melbourne Stars franchise and he has begun a social media campaign to win support for Bolt to play with the team.

"Cats out the bag, we've spoken. Olympic legend @usainbolt would like to have a crack at 20/20 for the Melb stars 2012 Please retweet guys," tweeted Warne.

"I think the Melb Stars colours suits him hahah," he added, referring to their green and white kit. "Let's keep the momentum going & I will keep trying to make it happen!"

According to Australian media, Bolt clean bowled the then West Indies captain Chris Gayle in a charity match in 2009, having earlier hit him down the ground for six.

The eight-team Big Bash League begins on December 7.

AFP

Comments
  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-13 08:12

    And all the ADHD sufferers will fork out their cash to watch this cheap gimmick. Test cricket doesn't stand a chance. Such a shame that cricket is reduced to this. What's next? Soccer stars diving in the next Olympics??

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-13 08:29

      Don't worry, they will not be able to find a helmet large enough for his big head...

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-08-13 09:07

      i hear he is also getting a trial with man united lol. and he wants to play wing in rugby too. either super talented or biting off way more than he can chew?

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-13 10:26

      I see 22 people have focused long enough to dislike my comment. LOL, good for you for taking your Ritilin

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-13 17:41

      Doesnt really eat pies and also doesnt really hit rucks hey

  • shaun.j.vanvuren - 2012-08-13 08:38

    dafaq???

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-13 09:06

    Bolt is not a team player - his ego wont be able to take it.

      bj.pieman - 2012-08-13 09:54

      Then how come his team has broken the 4x100m world record 3 times in 4 years?

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-08-13 10:00

      Funny enough when he ran the relay , he ran full speed till he crossed the line. He did it for the team !!

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-13 17:42

      Won't be a good cricketer, doesn't eat enough pies

  • alvin.ntsethe - 2012-08-13 09:06

    this is a joke dn't take it serious!!!

      brett.pretorius.94 - 2012-08-13 09:22

      I saw the televised charity game the article refers to... He did indeed bowl Gayle. Gayle was not impressed by it... wasn't too happy with Bolt's celebrations either. Whether he's good enough for proper leagues is speculation but I don't think this is a joke.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-08-13 10:23

      It T20, no bar is too low to stoop under

  • Jacques - 2012-08-13 09:27

    That's the problem- Olympics only once every four years, he has to keep his ego going in the intervening years... Can't wait to see Steyn having a go at him.

  • ddnjozela - 2012-08-13 09:31

    This Bolt guy should be a Marketer, an athlete recieving so much publicty, teams wanting him coz they want to please fans. he did a good job in growing his brand and mainting winning standards. Wish Steyn could get a bowl @ him and throw him a nice bouncer at full pace and knock is head out, that would be fun lol..he'd quit next ball

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-08-13 09:35

    Yes he will be a handy runner for Chris Gayle. We all know that Chris and running dont mix....... Watch as he will be the first man to run seven runs to a ball that wast hit to first slip.

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-13 17:43

      Like cricket and no pies - just doesnt mix

  • craig.tyson.146 - 2012-08-13 09:42

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9vDIXFEY5s You can check him out bowling Chris Gayle here.

  • rikhoula.joy - 2012-08-13 10:43

    Let him do what he wants, u cant rely on one sport in this century gp Bolt go

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-13 17:44

      Him and Sonny Bill Williams should enter a pie eating competition to decide who is the most multitalented

  • nathi.dlakavu - 2012-08-13 11:08

    legend

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