IPL 2012 January 16, 2012

Where will Chris Gayle go?

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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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  • 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

  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!

  • class9ryan 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.

  • on January 19, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Where will Chris Gayle go?

  • 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

  • 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}

  • Nsen 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

  • 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.

  • 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.....

  • Avi56 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

  • 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

  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!

  • class9ryan 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.

  • on January 19, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Where will Chris Gayle go?

  • 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

  • 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}

  • Nsen 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

  • 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.

  • 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.....

  • Avi56 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

  • on January 17, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Deccan Chargers should buy Chris Gayle. We have a very strong bowling attack - Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra (and I'm sad DC traded away Pragyan Ojha to Mumbai). It will be an even better bowling unit if we get Ravindra Jadeja and Chris Gayle. And the batting will be strong too with Chris Gayle opening with Parthiv. If this happens in the auction - DC will surely win IPL5.

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 17, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Why not Indian team take Gayle? He is very good test player. Imagine what an exciting pair ever for Sehwag and Chris Gayle.. superb to watch either in ODIs or tests.

  • junkrealm on January 17, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Whoa, whoa, hold on... Dinesh Karthick for $2.35 mil? Are they serious?

  • on January 17, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Gayle , we want you to be in the Deccan Chargers !!!!!!!!!

    <3

  • on January 17, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Gayle should really consider apologizing to WICB for Cricket's sake. Although he is more right than them he should not have gone about the whole thing the way he did. He should apologize for the way he handled the matter not for what he said cause he spoke the truth from as far as I can see. Plus If He was lying why hasn't WICB come out clean by refuting his claims? He will always be able to pull millions in 20/20 leagues but 2012 will be not only his best chance but his last chance more than likely to win both Wisden & Frank Worrell Trophy in the same year. West Indies best 13 man test squad could beat any team on their day. Gayle, Sarwan Bravo, Edwards, , Chanderpaul, Samuels, Ramdin , Taylor , Edwards, Roach, Rampaul, , Benn , Bishoo

  • RSid on January 17, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    @andrew.henshaw: It's a shame that we don't get to watch this incredibly talented cricketer in WI uniform but T20s around the world is our creation. We buy the tickets, souvenirs, and follow it with lots of interest. As long as we do that, professional cricketers like Gayle will fill arenas around the globe. He isn't the first one to accept a new assignment for higher pay and certainly won't be last.

  • felzzz on January 17, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Who cares about India losing 7 in a row overseas let cheer for Gayle n IPL cos this is our pride right..

  • KingOwl on January 17, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    I must say that what Gayle is doing is rather low. I mean everybody needs to make money. But money at the cost of everything else, including his reputation - that is too much. I wish he would realize that. There is plenty of opportunity to make big money while playing for your country. Abandoning that is very short sighted. History will judge him poorly. By then, it will be too late for Chris Gayle.

  • ananthap on January 17, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Actually Gayle didn't do too well in the Zimbabwe t20 league (only 1 week) and slightly better in the Big Bash in Australia. He is very awesome on slow and placid pitches and good on seaming tracks in T20/

    Like Pollard, he is a T20 mercenary.

    Good for him. After Adam Sanford's arrest, West Indies was sponsored by an Indian company for some time and the pay may be quite poor. So whats the problem?

    OK

  • on January 16, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    @andrew.henshaw How could you be so naive? The WICB don't want Gayle, do you want him to just sit at home and hope to be picked?

  • on January 16, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    @Charlie101 & andrew.henshaw... Don't be a HATER on Chris Gayle. Every man has a right to earn a living. Celebrate with Gayle the fact that he is VERY GOOD at what he does thus commanding the salaries that he does. You guys want Gayle to be 'loyal' to a WI cricket board that is NOT loyal to its players. I do not blame Gayle at all.. Until the WI cricket board shows some loyalty and common sense by allowing Gayle to return , the man should be allowed to maximize his earnings just like everybody else!

  • bbpp on January 16, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    What is the big deal with Chris Gayle? He is not good enough to play for the Windies as per the legends of WI Cricket. By that I mean Gibson, Butts and Browne etc....I remember the days when they lit up the cricket stadiums worldwide with their unparalled abilities. It's obvious therefore why they see so much talent in Sammy (not your fault Darren......but it seems persons are using you)

  • knan on January 16, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Indian team is in complete shambles and Gayle doesn't even play for WI. Who cares which team he plays for !!

  • priceless1 on January 16, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    IPL will distroy WI cricket ( or whats left of its ...) Gayle is the example for that

  • rahulcricket007 on January 16, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    WOW , 37 COMMENTS ON IPL MATTER JUST AFTER INDIA GOES 3-0 DOWN IN TESTS . HMMM ..... SO INDIAN PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY STARTED FROGETTING INDIA 'S DEFEATS IN ENG & AUS . VERY GOOD , INDIA CARRY ON THIS ATTITUDE ... BUT WITH THIS ATTITUDE A DAY WILL BE COME WHEN INDIAN TEAM WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WIN TEST MATCHES ON INDIAN TRACKS TOO.

  • on January 16, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    all the WEST INDIES BOARD want is some yes man players that they can push around while WEST INDIES CRICKET SUFFERS and WE the SUPPORTER.If CHRIS GAYLE was there the TEAM (WEST INDIES) would be in a better position and i know some young player would be motivated to play even harder for the team.DOWN WITH THE WEST INDIES BOARD!!!!!ALSO AS LONG AS OTIS GIBSON and DARREN SAMMY IS THERE IT'S THE END OF CHRIS GAYLE POSITION IN THE TEAM

  • on January 16, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Chris Gayle: Deccan Chargers this yr will be great and Kieron Pollard

  • on January 16, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    How can MI take any player or even attend the auction if they have purchased Dinesh Karthik for $2.35 Million? The price paid to the player only counts is it? So taking into consideration that amount paid to Ojha and Karthik has 2 different components MI have not exhausted their $2 Million?

  • the_Srikanth on January 16, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    IPL format needs a change, should be made similar to NFL. From 2013/2014 onwards, They should have 12 teams divided into 3 divisions. Assuming that the additional cities that will be bought in the auction are Kochi, Ahmedabad & Nagpur (although I would love Kanpur to be one of them to have that part of the country represented). There will be a South division comprising of Chennai, bengaluru, Kochi, Deccan. There will be a West division made up of Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur. There will be a NEC (North/East/Central) division made of Mohali, Kolkata, Delhi,Nagpur. Each team will play its division members twice (Home and away) and play the remaining 8 teams once (4 home games and 4 away games). That way, each team plays 14 games in a season. 1 team from each division gets into the playoffs and a the 4th team in the playoffs would be a wild card entry, one that failed to top its division but was best among all those who didn't. Playoffs can be done how they do it now.

  • on January 16, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    I wonder if the management of the WICB is watching and listening. The T-20 WC is coming up this year. Will they put their egos first like they are doing now, or will they put WI cricket in front of their very big egos? WI will have a huge chance of winning the world cup with a Chris Gayle, a Tino Best, and a Fidel Edwards in the team. The management team might disagree and actually suit up and take the field themselves. This is rather unfortunate.

  • on January 16, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Gayle is the first modern professional cricketer... supremely talented and confident... services to the highest bidder... we will see more cricketers like him in the future... ICC needs to encourage players like gayle...

  • on January 16, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    i wish people would stop hating on gayles success and wish him well instead,remember this is a business and at the end of the day gayle has to do what's right for his future.if thge icc and the member cricket nations would pay the crickers decent wages then this would not happen.go gayle for everyone that hates u 10 more loves u.

  • on January 16, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    We would like to see Gayle in DC team. Where DC team are spending money ?

    All good players are choosing MI team, but going to MI team sitting on bench for most of the matches is waste. Better to play for other team is best.

  • on January 16, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Test cricket is gonna die sooner or later because it is so boring. Many times there is no result after 5 days, many times it is one-sided. There is nothing like IPL where the game changes in a matter of an over. If you miss an over it is like missing the whole match. The only way for the test matches to survive is to make it a 5-day T20 match with five innings of 20 overs each played over five days. Just imagine one can hold one full T20 tournament in the same amount of time a test series takes. Then India gets washed out series after series.

  • on January 16, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    The ie breaker defined: The method may be used in a scenario where a player has attracted the maximum bid - each franchise has a cap of US$2 million in total to spend at the auction - from more than one franchise. The franchises would then have to put in a separate, additional bid - to which there will be no cap - to break the tie. Whoever submits the higher additional bid will get the player. However, the controversial part is that the additional amount would go to the IPL and not the player.

    To simplify the new rule: take an example where two teams are bidding for a player at $2 million. Both would then be asked to submit a fresh bid. In case one of the two submits a new bid of $2.5 million, the player still receives $2 million and the additional $500,000 goes to the IPL

  • on January 16, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    In any contest for "Opportunistic Mercenaries" in world cricket, the Gold medal goes to Gayle, Silver medal goes to Pollard. Who deserves the Bronze medal? Any nominations?

  • on January 16, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Kkr needs gayle back!slow starts were their undoing in Ipl 4

  • kadampan on January 16, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Everyone should make a resolution to themselves, stop watching IPL until India do not shame themselves in overseas tests. Or IPL should only for the players who are not currently in Indian national squad. But they should be paid equal to the top bidder in IPL. Now players play for money and not for country.

  • royramesh on January 16, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    GAYLE IS NOW A T20 FREE AGENT COS THE W I DO N OT WANT OR NEED HIM. HE HAS NOT MADE ANY CONSISTENT RUNS FOR HIS COUNTRY SO HE CANNOT GET PICKED ON MERIT. ALSO HE IS A BIG BIG SOURCE OF STRIFE IN THE WI TEAM AND IS NOT AN EXAMPLE TO THE JUNIORS HOW TO RESPECT THE TEAM, MANAGEMENT WIBC, OR THE WI PEOPLE. INDIA CAN GIVE HIM A PASSPORT COS HE DOESNT NEED THE W I AND W I DONT NEED HIM. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE T20 IN HIS COUNTRY IS NOW ON AND HE IS IN AUST. MAKING MONEY.

  • on January 16, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Shouldn't he play for a team tht is known as the WEST INDIES?

  • clint35 on January 16, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    its so funny WI have one of the most explosive bats man in world cricket at the moment and hes out while Sammy is in and in some strange way think he is a all-rounder, shame WICB

  • armchair_critic on January 16, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    why is the tie-breaker kept a secret? why cant they reveal the actual amount? Doesnt it make a mockery of the 2 million USD purse?I wont be surprised if Mumbai Indians pay a huge amount of money in the tie-breaker to secure the services of gayle . The IPL is headed the EPL way. There will be only 3-4 teams in contention for the title. MI seems to be the manchester city of ipl :)

  • on January 16, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    as long as Ashwin play for CSK let Gayle play for any team :)

  • andrew.henshaw on January 16, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    How about Gayle goes and plays for the West Indies? I used to respect this man, however all he wants to do is trot round the world playing T20 for whoever team in whatever country that will pay him the most.

  • Charlie101 on January 16, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    It looks like Gayle is being as loyal as he usually is to Country or club !!!

  • Sanjeevakki on January 16, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    IF Gayle doesn't play for RCB........... Then None in Bangalore will support or watch IPL 5

  • philibert on January 16, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    IT WILL BE INTEREST TO SEE WANT HAPPEN!!!!!!!

  • sid2109 on January 16, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    How is Mumbai Indian bigger and richer than any other franchise in IPL?....Every franchise has the same salary cap as others....so the statement doesn't make sense...As for Gayle...he definitely holds all the aces!! He can command any amount he wishes from RCB right now...

  • on January 16, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    IPL, the death of the game. Players like Pollard and Chris Gayle are essentially 20/20 free agents.

  • nathangonmad on January 16, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Will he ever play for the West Indies again? : (

  • keshav021 on January 16, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Every team in the world want Gayle except for West Indies... shame on WI board. Though from india like to see WI back to their winning ways and without Gayle I don't see that happening... Gayle can boost some young talent and make the team more competitive. Good luck Gayle and WI.

  • crikbuff on January 16, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    I don't understand why cricinfo is giving so much importance and hype to this circus. It is obvious that IPL is causing serious damage to Indian cricket, especially test cricket. Indian fans cannot be fooled forever. We realise that anyone following and watching IPL is contributing to India's downfall in test cricket.

  • shihan12 on January 16, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    yup..Gayle can be a richer but can he be a proud man after all?? because playing for your country value so much, after no one going to talk about IPL?everyone want to see you getting a hundred in test matches.. that counts last, not how rich you are..

  • fadms on January 16, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Good for Gayle. He deserves it.

  • drekilladev99 on January 16, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Gayle to mumbai, then it makes no sense to play an ipl, gayle, tendulkar, pollard. That's advantage, mubai would have to worry about bowling and they have zaheer and malinga and harbajhan. That's too much advantage. WICB the worse in the world, someone should start a page the wicb sucks and put it on facebook and see how much likes the page gets.

  • RSBali on January 16, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    With dollar figures like these floating who wants to play test cricket; may be australians and english till their teams are doing good. Cricket has to change. No more test cricket please.

  • on January 16, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Let W.I.C.B. Eat there heart out Gayle is the best and he wont go for less

  • on January 16, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    As long as IPL survives west indies fans should forget gayle playing for his country...

  • on January 16, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    hahhahaha....So news about cricket tamsha cricket already started. :-)

  • on January 16, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Practically a stupid tournament IPL is.

  • on January 16, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Its a Very very Dicey Situation for RCB! What is this Secret tie-breaker route? could someone explain more on that?

    and talking about Chris Gayle, i think he will enter auctions as he will easily fetch $2million and anything above that is simply a big big bonus for the Big-man. lets wait and watch what will be RCB's and Chris Gayle's Move this Season. Just 4 days Left for the trading window to close. So, Results not far away.

  • on January 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    What can we say. We r happy for the son of the soil. But where does WI cricket stand in all of this. Will CG ever play test cricket for WI again? Hard to say.

  • on January 16, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    well i hope gayle comes for deccan chargers :)

  • VikkuVinakaram on January 16, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Cant believe discussion on IPL2 has already started notwithstanding the battering India received at the hands of the Ozs.LONG LIVE TEST CRICKET.

  • on January 16, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Go Gayle and Earn the big buk, you will never receive the respect you deserve from west indian cricket. so go and hit the biggest six.

  • sylvester.stallone on January 16, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Chris Gayle tweeting IM GOLD Seet Azz!

  • satish619chandar on January 16, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    He can come to national team itself.. With national team struggling to get good starts, we can easily welcome him.. It is not a unusual thing to have foreign players in one team.. Current culture of world cricket allows it well.. BCCI just need to formulate a rule to allow it..

  • Ravi2605 on January 16, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Practical solution would be that RCB sign the contract with him for USD 400,000 today and sell him to MI for USD 2 Million or USD 2.5 million tomorrow. That will mean good income for RCB, MI will get a good player and as per IPL rules both teams will still have a purse for USD 2 Million intact during auctions. Else, they will have to retain Gayle and stay out of auctions completely.

  • on January 16, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    RCB will not be able to retain Gayle.

  • sachin_vvsfan on January 16, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Enough of this IPL nonsense. Gayle should go back to his country and play some cricket for his country. After all thats what made him famous.

  • on January 16, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    I wonder if the management of the WICB is watching and listening. The T-20 WC is coming up this year. Will they put their egos first like they are doing now, or will they put WI cricket in front of their very big egos? WI will have a huge chance of winning the world cup with a Chris Gayle, a Tino Best, and a Fidel Edwards in the team. The management team might disagree and actually suit up and take the field themselves. This is rather unfortunate.

  • on January 16, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Gayle , come to chennai please then CSK will be unstoppable!!

  • nzcricket174 on January 16, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Gayle is red hot right now in the BBL, everyone will want him.

  • on January 16, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Wow.He is the bestt in the IPL without a doubt far ahead than Yusuf Pathan.Very consistent.He holds all the aces.Three big hitters are Gayle,Warner and Yusuf but Yusuf is not consistent.

  • on January 16, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Gayle will get 2M easily so RCB must pay him that else he will go to other team... as simple as that. Gayle don't care playing for West Indies as he is earning more from T20's, this is golden opportunity for him to earn money.

  • johnathonjosephs on January 16, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Sad in a way that this legend is not playing international cricket. Wonder what would have happened in India if Gayle was in that squad

  • on January 16, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    We in the west indies miss gayle in our team. He still has alot to offer, wish the wicb and gayle could come to an agreement soon. He is an asset we must have in our team. Having said that, out board is messed up. Big up CHRIS GAYLE!!!!

  • on January 16, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Oh it's about the IPL. For a fleeting moment I thought the headline might refer to an informed article pertinent to his cricketing future.

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  • on January 16, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Oh it's about the IPL. For a fleeting moment I thought the headline might refer to an informed article pertinent to his cricketing future.

  • on January 16, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    We in the west indies miss gayle in our team. He still has alot to offer, wish the wicb and gayle could come to an agreement soon. He is an asset we must have in our team. Having said that, out board is messed up. Big up CHRIS GAYLE!!!!

  • johnathonjosephs on January 16, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Sad in a way that this legend is not playing international cricket. Wonder what would have happened in India if Gayle was in that squad

  • on January 16, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Gayle will get 2M easily so RCB must pay him that else he will go to other team... as simple as that. Gayle don't care playing for West Indies as he is earning more from T20's, this is golden opportunity for him to earn money.

  • on January 16, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Wow.He is the bestt in the IPL without a doubt far ahead than Yusuf Pathan.Very consistent.He holds all the aces.Three big hitters are Gayle,Warner and Yusuf but Yusuf is not consistent.

  • nzcricket174 on January 16, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Gayle is red hot right now in the BBL, everyone will want him.

  • on January 16, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Gayle , come to chennai please then CSK will be unstoppable!!

  • on January 16, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    I wonder if the management of the WICB is watching and listening. The T-20 WC is coming up this year. Will they put their egos first like they are doing now, or will they put WI cricket in front of their very big egos? WI will have a huge chance of winning the world cup with a Chris Gayle, a Tino Best, and a Fidel Edwards in the team. The management team might disagree and actually suit up and take the field themselves. This is rather unfortunate.

  • sachin_vvsfan on January 16, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Enough of this IPL nonsense. Gayle should go back to his country and play some cricket for his country. After all thats what made him famous.

  • on January 16, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    RCB will not be able to retain Gayle.