West Indies domestic news January 8, 2013

Gayle unable to play Caribbean T20


Chris Gayle is not playing for Jamaica in the ongoing Caribbean T20 because the selectors decided to omit him from the squad, after the batsman said he would be available only if his Big Bash League franchise, Sydney Thunder, did not make the knockouts of Australia's ongoing domestic T20 competition.

Thunder failed to make it past the league stage of the BBL but, according to the Caribbean T20 playing conditions, Gayle cannot be added to Jamaica's squad unless one of their players is injured.

The WICB had set a December 16 deadline for all the regional teams to send in their squads for the final edition of the Caribbean T20, which will be replaced by the franchise-based Caribbean Premier League next year. Eager to have Gayle in their squad, Jamaica's three-man selection panel, led by Courtnay Daley, contacted him in December, when West Indies were touring Bangladesh. Gayle was open to the offer, but made it clear that he would be available for Jamaica only after his stint with Thunder. Though Gayle found form in the final match for Thunder with the fastest fifty of the BBL, it came too late in the day.*

"When we got in touch with Chris, he said he could only come if his team [Thunder] did not go through," Daley, the chairman of selectors, told ESPNcricinfo. "So based on our situation we decided to go ahead and name the squad [without Gayle]."

Thunder had a dismal run in the BBL, losing all seven games and finishing bottom of the league. Gayle, one of the most destructive batsmen in T20 cricket, made only 72 runs in six innings.

According to Daley, the Caribbean T20 rules do not permit squad changes and the only way Gayle can be accommodated is as a replacement in case of an injury to an existing player.

Jamaica are also without the services of Marlon Samuels, who is playing for Melbourne Renegades, the BBL leaders with six wins in seven matches. According to Daley, Samuels could not be directly contacted but the selectors had tried to check his availability through Gayle. "We could not reach Marlon directly and asked Chris to relay the message. But Chris did not get back," he said. "With the Big Bash going on, we could not take a decision. We would have loved to have both Gayle and Samuels."

Unlike Jamaica, defending Caribbean T20 champions Trinidad & Tobago will be boosted by the presence of Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, who are also part of the Big Bash. Narine, who played for Sydney Sixers, had returned to play in the washed-out tournament opener against Jamaica on Sunday evening. Pollard, who represented Adelaide Strikers, is expected to join the squad on Tuesday. Both players had worked out an arrangement with the Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board and their Big Bash franchises to play in the Caribbean T20.

* - 12.30 GMT - Updated following the result of Thunder v Stars

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • kevin on January 11, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    on a totally different note anybody ever realize that lara is not a cricketlegend

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Economics simplified: Why Big bash picked GALE, Pollard, Narine, Roach and Samuels, and not the other WI players? Sarwan and Gales was indeed sent to Australia to developed by the board. Gales is Marketable now Sarwan is not or he would have been there as well.

    If you had a choice to play cricket for free or getting paid $10.00 per game which will you choose? This question is for all.

    Congrats Jamaica you choose to leave out your big stars because they were not available, you choose to pick other people who ought to grab the opportunity.

    Who wants it?

  • Devendra on January 9, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Poor choice by gayle and samuels. They should really have picked Jamaica instead of continuing with BBL....like how Trinidad will be feeling really good now with Pollard and Narine back. Jamaica would have had a better squad and would maybe perform better.

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Why you people are so quick to set stage for division people have choices in life so are Gayle , Samuels , Narine and Pollard. The people who are using Pollard and Narine as example have short memories they choices there IPL team over TT in the champion league tournament that was there rights. So all I am saying Gayle and Samuels choice might not be the most popular among us WI but they have there rights so we have to respect it .

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    I think everyone is getting carried away, the cricket boards around the world benefits just as much as the players or more making millions through TV rights and gate fees etc and therefore has a vested interest to ensure the continued development of cricketers. Chris Gayle like all sportsmen/professionals have an obligation to honour his contract, enjoy the sport and make money.

    If JCB choose to leave Chris out the squad so be it, but i think it would benefit both Jamaica and Chris to be added to the team especially after that dismal batting display by the Jamaica (all out for 72) :(

  • Matthew on January 8, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    I suppose it all comes down to the fact that Gayle and Samuels can earn much more playing in the Big Bash than they can in their own domestic T20 competition. It's disappointing for Jamaican fans that they won't see their two biggest players doing their thing though. Maybe Jamaica and two players concerned should've tried to hammer out a deal like Trinidad did with Pollard and Narine. It certainly doesn't do any favours for the growth of the Caribbean T20 competition - like another comment suggested, fans will turn up to watch the biggest players play but they won't come if they don't. It's not the first time Samuels 'couldn't be reached' whilst playing abroad. Doesn't anyone bother to ask Marlon for a contact no or he is just being evasive?

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    No worry, gayle now join BPL 2

  • gerard on January 8, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    These guys would never have made it without their territorial boards and the West Indies Cricket Board. These boards invested in them. These boards helped develop them as cricketers and nurtured them. Who nurtured them as young cricketers and organized under 15 and under 19 tournaments for them to play in? Who was it that sent Gayle and Sarwan to the acadamy in Austrailia? What was the purpose? Wasn't it to develop them as cricketers? Who today has provided the High performance center and organize home and away matches for the A team? If these boards never selected and nurtured them they would never have made it in cricket but now that they have made it, they treat these boards with utter disrespect. It is appauling. They now chase money but money is not everything. The love of money is the root of alll evil.

  • Ali on January 8, 2013, 16:02 GMT


    you are correct...

    the same thing was done to Sarawan ...

    after being dropped from the WI squad, with plenty cricket left in him he was also dropped from Guyana's team in ALL formats ...

    he went from a Test Vice captain and captain of Guyana one day, and then he did not even have a place in a 1st class team the next day ...

    all because the GCB bends to the will of the WICB ....

    the sacking of Gayle, Chanders, Sarwan and Taylor... all had to do with personal reasons , from the off the field views of board members and the coach, and nothing to do with cricket .....

  • Devon L on January 8, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    You fools keep talking about Jamaica! Did the Jamaica Cricket Board help Gayle and Samuel when the WICB was hosing them. Jamaica Cricket Board is nothing but WICB Puppet. No one should bend backward for them until they start to bent backward to stand with players.

    I see nothing wrong with them not trying bending over for this.

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