Caribbean T20 2012-13 January 17, 2013

Gayle to play in Caribbean T20

Chris Gayle will join the Jamaica squad in the ongoing Caribbean T20 as a replacement for the injured Andre McCarthy. Expected to fly in to St Lucia immediately, Gayle is likely to be available for selection for Jamaica's final league match against the Combined Campuses and Colleges on Friday.

Gayle's inclusion is bound to inject confidence into the Jamaicans, who are currently lying second behind table-toppers and defending champions Trinidad & Tobago, on 13 points. But their batsmen have failed to dominate, with not a single player scoring a fifty.

Gayle would also expect to set his own record for Jamaica straight: in the eight Twenty20 matches he has played for Jamaica, he has managed just 136 runs.

The explosive opener, who topped the run charts in the last two editions of the IPL with powerful batting performances, has been low on form after his below-par performances for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League. Thunder were the poorest team in the tournament, failing to notch a single win in eight matches. Gayle just got one fifty, departing the tournament with 137 runs from seven matches.

Still, an aggressive 65, including a 25-ball half-century, in the final match would have boosted his morale and that of Jamaica now.

Last month, the Jamaican selectors were forced to omit Gayle from the final squad after the batsman said he would be available in the event Thunder failed to qualify for the knockouts. According to the tournament rules, the only way Gayle could be included in the squad was a replacement for an injured player.

Currently second on the points table, Jamaica are favourites to qualify for the play-off stage when they play on Saturday.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vikram on January 18, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    oh. I am surprised like millions of others! :-p

  • Brian on January 18, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Yeah, Andre McCarthy "injured". Lol.

  • jermaine on January 18, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Its time to see Gayle put up some ipl runs in his own t20 games. ...

  • Ebonyah on January 17, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    HAHAHA! I must say I expected this move by Jamaica.. call injury on some otherwise benched player in order to cash in on Gayle's availability. However I have to admit I'm sure any team would have done the same for a Gayle type player. I for one have a bad omen about his return.. might somehow turn Jamaica's fortunes around. Nevertheless.. good move Jamaica!

  • o on January 17, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    It would be great if Jamaica could make the final an appearance in the CLT20 I don't know why it's only 1 team it will likely be T&T again but the CLT20 should add 2 W.I sides imo as they're World Champions in this format and crowd favourites the world over. I imagine if JA did make it though the Indians wouldn't let Chris play for Jamaica anyhow . . .

  • Ali on January 17, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Indeed this is ridiculous ...

    T&T, selected Pollard, Narine and Bravo in their 16 man squads and played thier 1st game with 13 of the 16 available players ... Barbados did the exact same for Roach ...

    It seems someone on the Jamaica Board is a WICB puppet ......

    @ADARSH100 : "got disappointed in all his matches" ? ? ?

    His last BBL match he scored 60 of 25 balls ? disappointed in all but his last match ? maybe ?

  • NAZ on January 17, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    lol gayle , sarwan the comedy continues

  • ADARSH on January 17, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    ouch.. Gayle had a very bad BBL this tym.. shoked to see his performance.. got disappointed in all his matches.. Hope he plays well in IPL

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