Bangladesh Premier League: Team demands action if Chris Gayle fails to show up

The West Indian big-hitter plans to take a break from cricket, and is surprised his named has been included in the Chattogram Challengers squad.

Published : Nov 28, 2019 17:19 IST , Dhaka

Chris Gayle...“I don’t even know how my name reached the BPL.”
Chris Gayle...“I don’t even know how my name reached the BPL.”

Chris Gayle...“I don’t even know how my name reached the BPL.”

Bangladesh Twenty20 team Chattogram Challengers on Thursday called for action against West Indies star Chris Gayle if he fails to show for an upcoming tournament, after he said he was taking a break from cricket.

Gayle was picked by the Challengers to play in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) from December 11. But he said after departing South Africa’s Mzansi Super League on Monday — following a pitiful campaign for Jozi Stars — that he was surprised his name had been included in the squad, adding that he planned to “take a break” from the sport.

“I am not going to the Big Bash (Australia’s T20 league). 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,” he told ESPNcricinfo .

‘BCB should take action’

Challengers team director Jalal Yunus said his team had held negotiations with Gayle’s agent after the former West Indies captain was picked. “His agent confirmed Chris was aware about it,” Yunus said. “Now if he does not come, we will seek a player outside the draft. But I feel the [Bangladesh Cricket Board] should take action in such cases to keep discipline.”

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He added that the team had not heard from Gayle for several days ahead of his comments on Monday. BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told reporters on Wednesday they checked the drafting process and found no fault with Gayle’s inclusion.

“We maintain all the standard procedures when any national cricketer’s name came for the players’ draft,” Nizamuddin said. “Either a player or his agent can show his interest and put the name in the list. I have checked the process and everything was done according to a standard process.”

Gayle played in several editions of the BPL and is the tournament’s highest run-scorer among foreign players with 1,338 runs. He also has the highest number of sixes, at 120, double the second-highest by Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal.

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