Bolt has played with international cricketers in the past
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who is known to be cricket crazy, has revealed that he is extremely keen on playing in Australia’s Big Bash League.
Melbourne Stars president Eddie McGuire, stated that he knew about Bolt’s interest in the Twenty20 competition, and is close to signing the sprinter.
Bolt, who is predominantly a bowler, is interested in signing a contract with the Melbourne Stars, and the sprinter has even played with international cricketers in the past.
In 2009 during a charity match, Bolt, who is a pace bowler, clean bowled flamboyant West Indies batsman Chris Gayle.
Fox Sports, quoted McGuire as saying: “He’s absolutely genuine. Whether or not we could pull it off, time will tell. But he’s very, very keen. If at the end of (August) he’s got six Olympic gold medals he’s probably looking for other things to do.”
However, before McGuire can start doing any negotiations with Bolt, Cricket Australia, who are the official cricketing board of the country, have to approve if the sprinter can play in the tournament.
Bolt, who was forced to choose between cricket and athletics as a young teenager, is looked upon as the favourite to win the 100-metre sprint in the 2012 Olympics in London.
“When I got to high school, because I was so good at cricket, I really wanted to play cricket because that was my first love. My dad said ‘no, you can’t do two sports, I wanted to do cricket and he said: ‘No, do track and field. At the end of the day, cricket is a team sport with politics and everything and in track and field. If you are fast you are fast,” Bolt said.