Gayle ‘is committed’ to Dolphins

2013-11-28 00:00

DOLPHINS fans’ hearts must have skipped a beat when they saw Chris Gayle stretchered from the field in the first ODI against India in Kochi last week.

Having recently signed for the Dolphins as their overseas player for the season’s domestic Ram Slam T20 starting in January, it was looking all too familiar, just as it had two seasons back.

When Gayle first signed for the Dolphins in 2011/12, he came, saw and never played. An injury failed to respond to treatment and other than for a photo shoot, he never set foot on the cricket field.

This time around, there has been more optimism as fans, players and administrators refuse to believe that lightning strikes twice.

There is still some time to go, though, before Gayle is scheduled to pull the Dolphins shirt over his head, and KZNCU CEO Jesse Chellan is under no illusions that his star signing will be gracing Kingsmead in the weeks ahead.

“Chris did do his hamstring in the ODI against India, but we have been assured that he is receiving treatment,” he said. “We are not holding our breath and have been informed that he intends to fully honour his commitment to the Dolphins.”

Gayle has returned to the Caribbean for injury management and physical rehabilitation, and is out of action for three to four weeks.

This means he will miss the three-Test series against New Zealand starting next week in New Zealand, but should return for the five one-day internationals and two T20 clashes.

In a mail received from Gayle’s agent, The Witness was assured that “Chris at this stage fully intends fulfilling his commitment to the Dolphins. He’s having daily treatment on his hamstring.”

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