IPL news July 19, 2011

Bangalore push to retain Gayle

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Royal Challengers Bangalore are working on retaining Chris Gayle for the 2012 IPL even though his one-year term with them as an injury-replacement player has expired. Sidhartha Mallya, one of Bangalore's franchise directors and the owner's son, told ESPNcricinfo, "There are ways to keep Chris [Gayle]. We are obviously working on it and looking at every possible opportunity."

Gayle was the architect of a complete turnaround for Bangalore in 2011, arresting a four-match losing streak and setting up a record seven-match victory run that eventually led Bangalore to the final.

Under current IPL rules, contracts for replacement players last only for a single year on the premise that the injured player will be available the following season. Replacement players such as Gayle must go into an auction where all the franchises would be able to bid for them. Gayle's explosive performances with the bat - he was IPL2011's leading run scorer, and had a strike rate of 183.13 - are expected to trigger a bidding war should he be put into an auction.

Mallya, however, said the Bangalore franchise had been in touch with IPL management about the possibility of keeping Gayle, but would only know for certain after the Champions League Twenty20 in September whether they can hang on to him. The IPL, Mallya said, won't give out the guidelines until the Champions League is up. (Sundar Raman, the IPL's chief executive, did not respond to an email asking if the league was considering new guidelines).

Gayle, in 2011, also helped Bangalore's fans come to terms with the departures of Rahul Dravid and Ross Taylor, two favourites who were not retained by the franchise. "There was a lot of backlash but there was [also] a lot of backlash when Shah Rukh Khan didn't keep Sourav Ganguly," Mallya said. "Ross Taylor was a big favourite for Bangalore. The crowd loved him and we thought that would have an effect but when you have players like Chris Gayle and [AB] de Villiers, it was easy for the fans to get over that and they have taken to the new side very well."

Off the field, Mallya said he was not worried by the drop in television ratings this season because, he felt, there was naturally going to be a lag in the wake of India's successful World Cup campaign. He also felt that shuffling the players every few years while allowing teams to retain a four-man core was a good system. "Then it doesn't become like an English Premier League where only one or two teams will keep winning. It makes it (the IPL) even and it makes it open."

Mallya also said that he was satisfied with the amount of input franchises had in the running of the league, "We do get a voice. We are heard... After the season finished, Peter Griffiths of IMG came and spoke to us all. He took our feedback on the season. He was more than happy to listen to us about what our feelings were. Because at the end of the day they want to do what's best for the league, best for us and best for everyone moving forward. "

Bangalore were one of the first franchises to embrace social networking and reach out to fans through contests and competitions and now have more than 100,000 followers on their website and over 12,000 followers on Twitter. What they are still working out is how to get merchandising revenue on a firm footing given that such a short season makes it difficult to generate consistent sales. "I know it is difficult to sell premium jerseys because they are a lot of money," Mallya said. "It is replica jerseys and replica stuff. It is finding a balance of what people want and I think we are still in the process of finding that balance of what people want and going forward I am sure we will be able to give people what they desire."

One potential boost for Bangalore is the Champions League, which gives them a second tournament with which to create fan interest and excitement, as well as pad the bottom line. "It will be huge not only from a financial point of view but from a prestige point of view. I would love to win it. It is the best 10 teams in the world, domestic teams in the world, competing and it would be a great honour for us."

Sidhartha Mallya was speaking as an ambassador of Kingfisher beer

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Silva-Surfa on July 21, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    In response to thegrownup, There's no doubt that the Board are all about control. In their eyes individuals like Gayle and a few others feel they don't need to put in what's required of what the Coach demands, maybe they think because they are established professionals and have made good money from organisations such as the IPL, that their status is unquestioned. Well regardless of whether you agree or disagree, the fact is that the Board still runs things in regards to cricket in the Caribbean and their intitial goal is to have a bunch of players, old and new to put in the hard yards and work as a collective unit. As i said before i'm not questioning Gayle's ability as a player, but it seems pretty simple to me that Gayle's attitude, commitment and priorities are clearly not on the same page as the Board, Management and Selectors. And it's that kind of disruptive influence will have more of a effect on a team, than whatever discipline the Board may lay down.

  • cricchic on July 20, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    It's amazing to see the lengths Royal Challengers Bangalore is going to retain Chris Gayle, and the W.I.C.B is doing quite the opposite...

  • thegrownup on July 20, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Silva-Surfa -- your response is exactly as so many of us suspected Gayle was not left out by WICB because of performance or even relationship but instead control. as you stated in your post - "the Board is just illustrating that no man is bigger than the team. I for one have no respect for the way the Board does business, but i can understand that they're trying to show, that he is expendable." If WICB is trying to make an example of GAYLE to the team then they are not being fair to him. Trying to use one man to lay down a marker for a whole team an seeking to do so by castigating and destroying the man is not just or fair to the individual. This will also lead to insecurity by others in the team not sure when WICB will do the same to them.

  • Vidoluga on July 20, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Gayle is the hottest thing in the IPL right now. HURRICANE Gayle with Gayle force wind 333 MPH, ask Sri. Lanka. That is a proven fact. KP never justify him price of 2.5M. Gayle is the fist player to score T20 international century(against South Africa) and the only player to score TWO in an single IPL season and I believe he will be the first to score a double century in an IPL game. So with all these fact I believe his new value is FIVE MILLION (5M)

  • on July 20, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Bring back Dravid, Utthappa, Manish Pandey, Vinay Kumar, Bharath Chipli to RCB. Likewise all franchises should bring back their local talent. Local talent plus 4 players from abroad, thats the way to go.

  • philibert on July 20, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    I think gayle will be the highest bidder in IPL history, if he should be bid for!!!!!!!!!!

  • vak1997 on July 20, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    RCB must retain gayle. Gayle led them to the final almost single-handedly!

  • on July 20, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    wat ever u do..!!!!!! its chennai who is gonna win .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dhoni is gonna win

  • Silva-Surfa on July 20, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Well there's the future for CH Gayle, crash bang wallop cricket for a high price. I don't bebrudge the man for securing his financial status, but all this talk about how the West Indies will fall apart without his presence in the team, is a statement based on zero proof. First-off i am a big fan of the way he plays his cricket, laidback aggression and style, but the Board is just illustrating that no man is bigger than the team. I for one have no respect for the way the Board does business, but i can understand that they're trying to show, that he is expendable. i 've asked this question before and nobody has answered, since Gayle debuted back in 1999, right up to his last test in Sri Lanka, where have the Windies been in the rankings and how much of a difference has been made overall?...There's no doubt that he's a vital member of the team, but looking at the bigger picture and not my limited insular bubble, things are not working out and it's time to move on.

  • anver777 on July 20, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    With so powerful appearances in the last IPL...at any cost RCB will grab Gayle !!!!

  • Silva-Surfa on July 21, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    In response to thegrownup, There's no doubt that the Board are all about control. In their eyes individuals like Gayle and a few others feel they don't need to put in what's required of what the Coach demands, maybe they think because they are established professionals and have made good money from organisations such as the IPL, that their status is unquestioned. Well regardless of whether you agree or disagree, the fact is that the Board still runs things in regards to cricket in the Caribbean and their intitial goal is to have a bunch of players, old and new to put in the hard yards and work as a collective unit. As i said before i'm not questioning Gayle's ability as a player, but it seems pretty simple to me that Gayle's attitude, commitment and priorities are clearly not on the same page as the Board, Management and Selectors. And it's that kind of disruptive influence will have more of a effect on a team, than whatever discipline the Board may lay down.

  • cricchic on July 20, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    It's amazing to see the lengths Royal Challengers Bangalore is going to retain Chris Gayle, and the W.I.C.B is doing quite the opposite...

  • thegrownup on July 20, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Silva-Surfa -- your response is exactly as so many of us suspected Gayle was not left out by WICB because of performance or even relationship but instead control. as you stated in your post - "the Board is just illustrating that no man is bigger than the team. I for one have no respect for the way the Board does business, but i can understand that they're trying to show, that he is expendable." If WICB is trying to make an example of GAYLE to the team then they are not being fair to him. Trying to use one man to lay down a marker for a whole team an seeking to do so by castigating and destroying the man is not just or fair to the individual. This will also lead to insecurity by others in the team not sure when WICB will do the same to them.

  • Vidoluga on July 20, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Gayle is the hottest thing in the IPL right now. HURRICANE Gayle with Gayle force wind 333 MPH, ask Sri. Lanka. That is a proven fact. KP never justify him price of 2.5M. Gayle is the fist player to score T20 international century(against South Africa) and the only player to score TWO in an single IPL season and I believe he will be the first to score a double century in an IPL game. So with all these fact I believe his new value is FIVE MILLION (5M)

  • on July 20, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Bring back Dravid, Utthappa, Manish Pandey, Vinay Kumar, Bharath Chipli to RCB. Likewise all franchises should bring back their local talent. Local talent plus 4 players from abroad, thats the way to go.

  • philibert on July 20, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    I think gayle will be the highest bidder in IPL history, if he should be bid for!!!!!!!!!!

  • vak1997 on July 20, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    RCB must retain gayle. Gayle led them to the final almost single-handedly!

  • on July 20, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    wat ever u do..!!!!!! its chennai who is gonna win .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dhoni is gonna win

  • Silva-Surfa on July 20, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Well there's the future for CH Gayle, crash bang wallop cricket for a high price. I don't bebrudge the man for securing his financial status, but all this talk about how the West Indies will fall apart without his presence in the team, is a statement based on zero proof. First-off i am a big fan of the way he plays his cricket, laidback aggression and style, but the Board is just illustrating that no man is bigger than the team. I for one have no respect for the way the Board does business, but i can understand that they're trying to show, that he is expendable. i 've asked this question before and nobody has answered, since Gayle debuted back in 1999, right up to his last test in Sri Lanka, where have the Windies been in the rankings and how much of a difference has been made overall?...There's no doubt that he's a vital member of the team, but looking at the bigger picture and not my limited insular bubble, things are not working out and it's time to move on.

  • anver777 on July 20, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    With so powerful appearances in the last IPL...at any cost RCB will grab Gayle !!!!

  • on July 20, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    I thing that Chris Gayle is very essential for the IPL because of his hard-hitting batting style which matches with the T20 format. He is also very useful for the Challengers because they are lacking of a good performing opener at the top. He will influence the whole team to perform. The Bengaluru team already has a great middle order accompanying Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. S Tiwary and Daniel Vettory will finish the game in style. They also have a strong bowling line-up with Zaheer, Langeveldt and the captain himself who has a great economy rate. So I think Gayle would be a star performer for the Challengers. And I'm looking forward to see Gayle and Dilshan battle together in action in the next season or in the Champions League.

  • on July 20, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    i hope they can't retain him so that will allow CSK a chance to buy him!!

  • ultimatewarrior on July 20, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Its obvious for the businessmen like Mallayas are that they want to change players every tournament like they change cars every year also they do not want be brand player is bigger then brand franchise is.....this is my prediction that it will be very tough for the ipl franchise to gain popularity similar to English premier league football teams, with this strategy...

  • SpeedCricketThrills on July 20, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    The Mallyas surely know better than anyone else that without Gayle, RCB is a near zero. They have to show the world that their entry to IPL Final was no fluke or no 1-man show. Gayle's presence will camouflage all other weaknesses in the team.

    The Ambanis cannot match the passion of the Mallyas - that explains why RCB scores over MI in the final analysis

  • on July 20, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Hello Sidhartha , please try every possibilities , we want to see him again making our RCB on fire , if not get him on any cost throw auction

  • Rajeev129 on July 20, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    This is what the Significance of Chris Gayle. I remember after the auction for IPL-IV in January 2011 Kevin Pietersen was amusing Chris Gayle by stating that i will be richer than you because of IPL. What happened after that every one knows,KP got '0' payment from IPL, while Gayle believed to be the highest earner by considering all compensations and bonuses.

    If player auction takes place right now, its quite clear that Gayle value will be atleast 4 times more than KP.

  • on July 20, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    this time Mallayya will pay morethan Gayle to R.Aswin to get in his team.

  • on July 20, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Yes dont shuffle players every year... Chennai retain there players back and won it for the second time. T20 format is not at all easy for the team to hit back to back victories but they did it.. That is called as chemistry of the team is good only that can be back when the players of the team will stay for at least 2 or more season!! Thats the fact RCB fail to win this contest only they depended on Chris Gayle!!!! there should be a team effort

  • Charindra on July 20, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    "There are ways to keep Chris [Gayle]. We are obviously working on it and looking at every possible opportunity." Sounds like a line from the Godfather movies :)

  • cric_fanatics on July 19, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    you want to shuffle the players every few years and then you also expect to gain revenue from the same fans...stupid tactics..

  • Ellis on July 19, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    I think that the Mallyas are the type of franchise owners the IPL needs. They are smart businessmen, keen cricket lovers, look after spectator needs, and present an all-round good product.Mr. Mallya snr., is not afraid to speak his mind on important matters and that is always necessary. They are the type of owners who are willing to build and nurture a franchise into a long lasting proposition rather than a short-term cash cow. Good luck to them and their franchise.

  • on July 19, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Chris Gayle! the man himself. Just shows his value. Can someone hit WICB on their heads to get them back to their senses.

  • Windies89 on July 19, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    "Gayle's explosive performances with the bat...are expected to trigger a bidding war should he be put into an auction." Seems like everyone except the WICB realizes his worth

  • maninthewoods on July 19, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Who cares about IPL now? especially when the much awaited Ind-Eng series is going to start...

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  • maninthewoods on July 19, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Who cares about IPL now? especially when the much awaited Ind-Eng series is going to start...

  • Windies89 on July 19, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    "Gayle's explosive performances with the bat...are expected to trigger a bidding war should he be put into an auction." Seems like everyone except the WICB realizes his worth

  • on July 19, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Chris Gayle! the man himself. Just shows his value. Can someone hit WICB on their heads to get them back to their senses.

  • Ellis on July 19, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    I think that the Mallyas are the type of franchise owners the IPL needs. They are smart businessmen, keen cricket lovers, look after spectator needs, and present an all-round good product.Mr. Mallya snr., is not afraid to speak his mind on important matters and that is always necessary. They are the type of owners who are willing to build and nurture a franchise into a long lasting proposition rather than a short-term cash cow. Good luck to them and their franchise.

  • cric_fanatics on July 19, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    you want to shuffle the players every few years and then you also expect to gain revenue from the same fans...stupid tactics..

  • Charindra on July 20, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    "There are ways to keep Chris [Gayle]. We are obviously working on it and looking at every possible opportunity." Sounds like a line from the Godfather movies :)

  • on July 20, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Yes dont shuffle players every year... Chennai retain there players back and won it for the second time. T20 format is not at all easy for the team to hit back to back victories but they did it.. That is called as chemistry of the team is good only that can be back when the players of the team will stay for at least 2 or more season!! Thats the fact RCB fail to win this contest only they depended on Chris Gayle!!!! there should be a team effort

  • on July 20, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    this time Mallayya will pay morethan Gayle to R.Aswin to get in his team.

  • Rajeev129 on July 20, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    This is what the Significance of Chris Gayle. I remember after the auction for IPL-IV in January 2011 Kevin Pietersen was amusing Chris Gayle by stating that i will be richer than you because of IPL. What happened after that every one knows,KP got '0' payment from IPL, while Gayle believed to be the highest earner by considering all compensations and bonuses.

    If player auction takes place right now, its quite clear that Gayle value will be atleast 4 times more than KP.

  • on July 20, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Hello Sidhartha , please try every possibilities , we want to see him again making our RCB on fire , if not get him on any cost throw auction