West Indies star Chris Gayle has backed sprint legend Usain Bolt's cricketing skills, saying that the Jamaican athlete won't look out of place if he was signed by Melbourne Stars to play in this season's Big Bash League in Australia.
Gayle said he's in constant touch with his fellow Jamaican and sprint star, and warned that he would be a 'danger' to others rather than himself if he rediscovered the form of his junior cricket days.
"I don't see anything wrong with it. Usain Bolt played the game before track and field. He wouldn't embarrass himself. I'm sure he wouldn't put himself in that position," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Gayle as saying.
Stars captain Shane Warne and president Eddie McGuire have generated massive publicity for the MCG-based team by talking up the chances of Bolt linking up with the squad during his Australian visit, either for promotional opportunities or to actually play an on-field role.
"In a charity game he played against me, he almost knocked my head off with a good, competitive bouncer. So it's nothing to take lightly. Once he gives himself that actual chance to train and get back in the groove again then he'll actually put on a show," Gayle said.
"He can handle himself."
Gayle said he was really proud to see Bolt defend his titles at the London Olympics.
"It does a lot for the country, for the whole Caribbean. We communicate on a daily basis," he said.