Gayle’s Dolphins debut on hold

2012-02-17 00:00

STAR batsman Chris Gayle has picked up a groin injury while playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and will not arrive in South Africa today as planned.

The West Indian was due to join up with the Dolphins ahead of their MiWay T20 Challenge campaign, but sustained the injury while batting for the Barisal Burners against the Chittagong Kings in Mirpur, Bangladesh yesterday.

The Dolphins were unsure as to the extent of the injury, but could confirm that Gayle would not be arriving today.

“I have had a call from his agent and he is being assessed by the medical staff in Bangladesh.

“What we do know is that he will not be flying out tonight,” Dolphins chief executive Jesse Chellan told The Witness yesterday.

The 32-year-old Gayle was to have been the star attraction when the Dolphins took on the newly-formed Impi in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday in a T20 Challenge match, but he is extremely unlikely to play in the game.

Chellan added: “I can almost guarantee that he will not be playing on Sunday. As for the long-term outlook, we have to wait for the medical assessment.”

Gayle is regarded as one of the world’s premier limited-overs batsman and he has been in fine form in the BPL — scoring 288 runs in just five matches at an incredible strike-rate of 187,01.

The team from KwaZulu-Natal finished bottom of the four-day SuperSport Series log after just one win in 10 matches, while former coach Graham Ford resigned mid-season to take charge of the Sri Lankan national team.

The Dolphins had also signed Australia paceman Shaun Tait for the T20 Challenge, but he pulled out in early January due to an elbow injury. — MWP Media.

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