Chris Gayle has been ruled out of the inaugural season of the Sri Lanka Premier League due to a serious groin strain.
Gayle, the icon player and captain for the Uva Next franchise, was among the marquee players for the tournament.
Gayle had injured his groin while playing in the Bangladesh Premier League in February, but the injury was aggravated during West Indies’ second Test against New Zealand in Jamaica. The same injury had also prevented Gayle from playing in the MiWAY T20 Challenge in South Africa for the Dolphins franchise.
Two other overseas players – Pakistan’s Abdur Rehman and West Indies’ Fidel Edwards – are also in the late withdrawals list that already includes Shakib Al Hasan, who was denied permission to play in the tournament by the Bangladesh Cricket Board last week. There is also speculation that Marlon Samuels will be unavailable, but this has not yet been confirmed.
It is understood that the WICB decided not to provide a “no objection certificate” for Edwards because they would like him to be fresh ahead of the World Twenty20, which begins in September. Uva have replaced Gayle and Rehman with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fawad Alam and Jacob Oram. (Cricinfo)