Chris Gayle, the Windies’ most celebrated and prolific runs scorer since the exit of former captain Bryan Lara from cricket, is in a spot of bother, and he is spilling his guts about it.
“The Universe Boss,” at the old age of 40 is seeking to take a break from the game to recharge and come back fully rejuvenated next year.
However, the veteran West Indies opener is in demand and may have to postpone his decision until after the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
He has already opted out of the upcoming tour of India scheduled for next month, where the West Indies are set to play three T20 Internationals and three ODIs on the sub-continent starting December 6.
“West Indies called me to play ODIs, but I am not going to play. They (selectors) want me to play with the youngsters, but for this year, I am going to take a break,” said Gayle.
Gayle also made it known that he will not be available for Australia’s Big Bash or the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
“I am not going to the Big Bash. I’m not sure what cricket will come up, I don’t even know how my name reached the BPL, but I have been drafted in a team, and I don’t even know how that happened.”
So, the question fans and pundits are asking, who put “the Universe Boss'” name in the BPL draft?
According to BPL top honcho, Gayle was gobbled up by the franchise Chattogram Challengers at the first opportunity.
“We picked Gayle at the first opportunity,” Chattogram team director and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director Jalal Yunus said in a press report.
“All our plans were made with him in mind. Now, if he doesn’t come, we will be in big trouble. If his name was not there, we could have picked Thisara Perera or someone else. Now we won’t be able to find a good replacement,” he added.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that they’d have to investigate to see whether protocols were followed.
“If someone’s name is in the draft list, it has come through the player’s agent. And there is a document to that effect. We will look into that document and see if Gayle’s signature is on it,” Chowdhury, reportedly said.
In the meanwhile, Yunis said, “His [Gayle’s] name has, of course, come in after talking to the agent.”
He further said Gayle’s agent confirmed that the player was aware of the draft.
Yunus also argued that the BPL governing council should now take action on the matter to ensure discipline is brought to bear in the competition.
“Why did he put his name on the list if he won’t play?” Yunus questioned.
Gayle is a big drawcard in the BPL, and fans turn out in large numbers to see the biggest six-hitter in action.
He is the tournament’s highest run-scorer among foreign players with 1,338 runs.
He also has the highest number of sixes, at 120, doubling that of his nearest rival Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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