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Yohan Blake on a crusade to bring cricket back to Jamaica


By Annimari Korte (In Jamaica)


Yohan Blake is known to love cricket, and is now attempting to bring the sport back to Jamaica. The 2011 World 100m Champion and double London Olympic games silver and relay gold medallist is starting the ‘Yohan Blake YBAFRAID T20 Champion League’ next year. Blake wants to provide better opportunities for young Jamaican cricketers and is willing to put


money into it. He is also bringing West Indies, English, and Indian cricketers to Jamaica for the league. “Most of the guys in Jamaica are very talented. I played cricket with the guys and I said to my-


self: ‘Look, I’m doing really well in athletics, and if I could transfer some of my money and let the kids have something to play for.’ I use that to start cricket back in Jamaica with YBAFRAID T20 Champi- ons League.” The YBAFRAID T20 Champions League will start play in September 2013 and will feature


some of the world’s most famous players. “The league is trying to bring back cricket to Jamaica. We are going to get a lot of good play-


ers like Virender Sehwag, Kevin Peterson, and all those other guys also from India and England to come and look at the young guys, observe their talent, and put them into different clubs, so I think it’s going to start from there, it’s going to be wonderful,” he said. Blake’s love for cricket is the reason he wants cricket to become popular in Jamaica again. His love for the game started when he was young.


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