Nepali cricket drew global attention once again after the
country’s top Twenty20 league announced the arrival of West Indies’ juggernaut
The Twenty20 Universe Boss will feature in the Everest
Premier League where he will play for Pokhara Rhinos, the same franchise that
created headlines by roping in hard-hitting South African Richard Levi last
season. Rhinos are also expected to bring in another South African Hashim Amla.
The former Proteas skipper has also been confirmed to play in the EPL but its
not sure whom he will be playing for.
EPL also has another Caribbean player Dwayne Smith, former
Sri Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga and Afghanistan’s explosive opener Mohammad
Shahzad but Gayle so far is the biggest name associated with the tournament. And
it in fact have pushed owners J4 Sports to a limit in bringing him to Nepal, in
terms of finance and persuasion.
According to a source close to the franchise, Rhinos are said
to have splashed a huge cash on Gayle investing more than 10 million Nepali
rupees (almost US $88,000) for the four matches he is expected to play in the
tournament. With Indian Premier League around the corner, Gayle’s stay in Nepal
is just a detour.
Gayle will feature in EPL considering his engagement in the
IPL which kicks off from March 29. EPL begins from March 14 and ends on 28th.
But at least four matches for Gayle in Nepal are sealed.
The Twenty20 king will be paid US $70,000 as his salary of
which he will pay 15 percent tax to the Nepal government. With Gayle coming to
Nepal in a business class flight from Jamaica, the franchise will also bear the
expense of Rs 1.2 million for him. His stay at the luxurious five-star Soaltee
Hotel will also be borne by J4 Sports.
is being paid more than what the cash purse of EPL carries. Champions from the
previous edition of the tournament received Rs 2.5 million while organisers EPL
Pvt Ltd are yet to announce the prize amount for this year’s edition.