Slain cricketer’s family hope to pull Gayle for memorial

London, April 14 (IANS) The family of slain cricketer Adrian St. John hope to have the West Indian superstar Chris Gayle available to play in a memorial match, which will form part of the late player’s sendoff.

The 22-year-old Brit was shot and killed during a robbery in Trinidad and Tobago last weekend, after he stopped his car to pick up a friend, reports CMC.

St. John was the captain of the London-based Chris Gayle Academy and the celebrated Jamaican batsman tweeted his condolences after learning of the player’s death.

“Adrian loved cricket and dreamed of playing for the West Indies and we would love to have a memorial game for him,” St. John’s cousin Liam Campbell, said on Wednesday.

“We would love to get Chris Gayle involved, it would be an absolutely amazing send-off for Adrian.”

St. John, who was born and raised in south London, was one of the first members of the Gayle Academy and was enthusiastic about making cricket a career and playing for the West Indies in the future.

He graduated from Hertfordshire University in 2014 with a degree in history and philosophy and, according to reports, worked in the recruitment industry in London.

His parents, Andrew and Sharon, are expected to fly into Trinidad later this week to make arrangements to bring the body of their son home.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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