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Gayle ready to lead Tallawahs to title

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman

Jamaica Tallawahs, led by T20 superstars Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, and Kumar Sangakkara used yesterday's Appleton Estate send-off excitement at the VIP Attractions Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport to reiterate they are "going all out to win" the Caribbean Premier League 2016.

Team captain Gayle said that the local-based franchise's conquest to recapture the title they last won in 2013 is up and running.

"I need the trophy this year. I am going all out for it. To be honest with you, that is the objective, and we are going to play aggressive cricket with the bat and with the ball and play without fear," Gayle said.

He was backed by vice-captain Russell and the rest of his teammates.

"To be honest with you, I've been on the road, four months away from home, little niggling concerns, but no complaints. We will just set our minds to it and go get the job done," he underlined.

The outspoken Gayle said there would be pressure, but that he was unfazed.

"There is no doubt about it (pressure), being the best T20 player in the world. Definitely, the expectation will always be there for me to lead the team, so I am not going to be worried, I will just do my best and lead from the front on and off the field and make sure I set the standard for everyone to follow," he continued.

He said he wants everyone to express themselves and be match winners on the day, while maintaining that if there was over-reliance on him, he hoped to deliver.

Meanwhile, Gary Dixon, director of marketing at J. Wray and Nephew, credited the Tallawahs for "carrying the Appleton Estate brand proudly for the last three years".

Appleton has been Presenting Tallawahs Sponsors for the last two years.

He said that when the team plays here at Sabina Park in Kingston, the party stand - sponsored by Appleton Estate and Digicel - would be rocking.