IPL 2012 January 16, 2012

Where will Chris Gayle go?


Four days before the first trading window of the IPL shuts, the biggest question surrounds the future of Chris Gayle, the West Indies opener. Gayle turned out for the Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, and topped the run-charts while taking them to the IPL final. However, Gayle joined the Royal Challengers as a replacement player midway through the season and was hence on a one-year contract. This year the Royal Challengers have first rights to his services, but it is up to Gayle whether to accept their offer or make himself available for the February 4 auction.

Either way, Gayle stands to cash in on the Twenty20 reputation he has built after hitting two centuries and five half-centuries for the Royal Challengers over last year's IPL and Champions League T20. Last season, he went unsold in the original auction and when he replaced an injured Dirk Nannes the maximum the Royal Challengers could pay him was $650,000, the price Nannes was bought for. This year, Gayle can be bought for up to $2 million, the purse each franchise is allowed.

The Royal Challengers are looking at breaking the bank to retain him before January 20, and if they cannot come to an agreement with him other franchises can bid for him in next month's auction.

"You will have to wait. We will make an announcement soon," Siddharth Mallya, the owner of the Bangalore franchise, told ESPNcricinfo, without revealing any further details. But the Royal Challengers are hot on the heels of Gayle, who is currently playing in the Big Bash League in Australia for the Sydney Thunder. Should the Royal Challengers manage to sign Gayle before the auction, they will have to disclose the fee they have agreed with him to the IPL authorities, and that amount will be deducted from the franchise's $2 million purse at the auction.

A BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo that the Royal Challengers wanted to sign Gayle but they would have to shell out a large portion of their purse to convince him. "Bangalore want Gayle because they see the cricketing merit in the decision as he helped them to the final last year," the official said. "But if they decide to sign a deal with him, they will have to pay big money and if they do that they will be left with nothing much at the auction."

As far as Gayle is concerned, he is spoilt for choice. Reportedly the Mumbai Indians, who have already signed Dinesh Karthik (for $2.35 million) and Pragyan Ojha during the transfer window, have expressed their interest in buying Gayle. "Every franchise would like to have Gayle. He turned one IPL on his own," one of the franchise officials said. According to him Gayle would easily get the maximum $2 million purse available to each franchise. If more than one franchise bids $2 million for Gayle, it will go to a secret tie-breaker in which the competing franchises will submit closed bids.

At the moment, it seems, Gayle holds all the aces.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Gayle has been reatained by RCB and also Dirk Nannes stays, South African Jonathan Vandiar has been put into Auction Zone

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    if gayle comes to mumbai indians!!!!!! i will love that becoz then MI will become undefeatable............... look when you got a team like

    Sachin Tendulkar Chris Gayle Ambati Rayudu Rohit Sharma Kieron Pollard Dinesh Karthik James Franklin Harbhajan Singh Munaf Patel Lasith malinga Praghyan Ojha

    and in reserves

    Andrew Symonds Aden Blizzard Davy Jacobs Abu Nechim T Suman Dilhara Fernando Moises Henriques

    MI will win 2012 really No one stands a Chance against them If even one of above clicks, opponent goes real down and out!!!!!!!!!!!

  • $$ milind on January 19, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    ** its a bad thing 2 say that Gayle has achieved success in ipl due to small ground of Bengaluru as Gayle can play anywhere in the world. Wecan see it in the Big Bash League wher Gayle ha really performed well on the massive Austrailian Grounds.

    Gayle force is looking in a bit of concern with the RCB as its only becoming a 1 man show . i think Gayle should join a team like Mumbai ,Chennai or Deccan 2 make a team show.

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Where will Chris Gayle go?

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    the fact why gayle had a great season with rcb is the home stadium chinnaswamy stadium is one of the smallest stadiums of ipl .so what evr gayle hitted went for a 6 .leave gayle even mithun can do it.the fact why uthappa was a great success in rcb in ipl 3 is the same once he wnt to pune we came to know what is his standard he cant hit 6's in a big stadium in dy patil in mumbai !! same happens if gayle goes to mumbai he cant have same stats.we saw kohli who relies on 4's was scoring 6's for rcb in champs league.even mccullum hittd 153 the highest score ever in same ground in ipl 1 !! and we also saw gayle dint had tht great stats with kkr in ipl 1-3 becoz of same fact eden gardns is the largest stadium in india. these are the facts !! if u want to call some one a hitter we cant assess them in small stadiums like chinnaswamy .chepauk,eden, and d.y patil are the best grounds to assess them. what gayle gets a 6 in chinnaswamy stadium will be a boundary line catch in chepauk or d.y patil

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    know wat ...gayle shud stay back in india so that he can play 4 india { bcoz dis blunder down under}

  • Senthil on January 18, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    wont be surprised if Gayle decides not to stay with RCB as we all know how RCB is loyal to thier players......they didnt retain any of thier previous players incl Kallis. RCB is the most disconnect team as thier most opportunist owners, only team that needs a mentor to teach them teamwork

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    The West Indes has discarded a great player, similiar to what the tried with Clive Lloyd in the 70's, but thanks to the T20 format Mr Gayle can earn a living. W I fans cricket are the losers in this one.

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    sure, RCB will retain gayle for future ipl as mr.mallya is a v.gud and talented business, he is aware of ipl rules and will calculate accordingly and make sure he will retain him(gayle). hope 4 the best.....

  • Avinash on January 17, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Gayle will not leave RCB as he has not got the respect and love in the first 3 seasons as against the last season in bangalore where he got his official name the GAYLESTORM... he even once said he felt he got a new home in bangalore after his great run chase.... And if RCB has to shell out 2 million then why not you can shell cos right now u got andrew mcdonald in the team who is adding more value...apart from that all the overseas players in RCB are very goood...Gayle AB devil Dilshan and Vettori...these guys are mind blowing.. Apart from that theey have the non glamorous talent in Pomersbach,Rillee Rossou (remarkable player), Vandiar, Nuwan pradeep. The only suggestion to RCB is try to transfer Domestic players..RCB needs some good local talent for the lower order

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