IPL news January 20, 2012

Royal Challengers Bangalore retain Chris Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle has been retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the next two IPL seasons. The Royal Challengers had first rights to Gayle's services after he represented them as a replacement for Dirk Nannes in the previous year. Though the amount he has been signed for is yet undisclosed, it is to be revealed to the IPL authorities and will be deducted from the Royal Challengers' auction purse.

"We are delighted to make Chris Gayle a permanent member of our IPL squad. We are confident that with players like him in our side, we will take the extra step this season, and win our maiden IPL title," Sidhartha Mallya, Director, Royal Challengers Sports Pvt Ltd, said in a release.

"To me, Bangalore has been a home away from home," Gayle said. "I wanted to continue playing for them, and it turned out that they were keen to retain my services."

The IPL trading window closes on Friday, January 20, and the Royal Challengers had the option to either retain Gayle or leave him to be open for auction on February 4. He went unsold at the auction last year and the maximum amount the Royal Challengers could pay him was $650,000, the amount Nannes was bought for. He joined them on a one-year contract and topped the run-charts in the 2011 season. This year, however, he could be bought for a significantly higher amount; the purse each franchise has been allowed is $2 million.

Gayle was in prime form in the IPL last year, playing a crucial role in Royal Challengers' journey to the final. He struck two centuries, three half-centuries, picked up eight wickets - a prize catch for any franchise that had his services for the season to follow. A BCCI official, at the time when Gayle's future was uncertain, told ESPNcricinfo that the Royal Challengers were keen on signing Gayle but 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 had 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."

The Mumbai Indians, a richer franchise than the Royal Challengers, were also interested in signing Gayle but Royal Challengers made use of their first rights to his services.

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  • akhilesh on January 22, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    so, rcb, pune n kxip are out of the reckoning for jadeja.. jadeja wont go for anything less than 2 million and these teams dont have tat much amount left in their auction purse.. i believe MI is following this very carefully.. only competition for MI was from rcb.. now theyll get jadeja as they got pollard.. by sheer weight of money in the tie breaker..

  • Sagar on January 22, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    In 2011 no one needed Gayle,, Now every franchise badly need him in Auction 2012. watta changeover.. WELL COME BACK Gayle.. U Rock us We luv U..

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Royal Challengers Bangalore is a Choker that does not have any good bowler. Gayle should have gone to Mumbai Indians @ least they know how to win finals

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO !!! I wanted him in Rajasthan Royals.

  • Avinash on January 20, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    YO!! this so kool gayle is there in RCB..... he is the bangalore boy no one can take him away from us.... se what Gayle Said Bangalore is Home away from Home...this is the biggest victory for the RCB fans who have always backed the team in high and lows...Mumbai indians money cant buy everything after all

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    @ Niraj ...your list of tournaments speaks volumes..means that the stupid people who run the WICD are too blind to have their best player playing out of the WI

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2012, 17:16 GMT


  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Hope Uthappa was in the team. Any way happy that Gayle is still in the team. Need to focus more on getting a Star Fast Bowler r a spinner other than vettori , which is the only setback to the team in my view.

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Being a Mumbai Indian fan more specifically being a Sachin's fan I definitely would have loved to c Gayle & Sachin opening the batting for Mumbai Indians similar to that of the first edition where Jayasuria & Sachin opened together!!!

  • Srikanth on January 20, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    The format for IPL needs a change, it 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 the same way IPL does it now.

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