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Royal Challengers Bangalore retain Chris Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 20, 2012

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Chris Gayle carts one into the stands, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Somerset, Champions League Twenty20, Bangalore, October 3, 2011
Chris Gayle has been retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore © Associated Press

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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Posted by akhilesh0109 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..

Posted by SagarLovesCricket 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..

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

NOOOOOOOOOOOO !!! I wanted him in Rajasthan Royals.

Posted by Avi56 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

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 17:16 GMT)


Posted by   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.

Posted by   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!!!

Posted by the_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.

Posted by Karthic2228 on (January 20, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

IS dada retained by pune.... vil he play tis year IPL......

Posted by sameera on (January 20, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

@avasthi558 Gayle flopped in big bash? Don't think so..

Posted by class9ryan on (January 20, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Thats just great 2 see Gayle back in RCB colours. I believe if dilshan, de villiers and kohli perform well RCB will be a hit again. Now Rcb's full intentions shoul;d be on buying someone like Vinay kumar or RP Singh to strengthen their meagre bowling attack.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

why no Pakistani players???

Posted by OkyaBokya on (January 20, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

We can see lot more players going like Gayle in future. Gayle is currently as busy a player as any international player. He will busy - Dec,Jan - Australia. Feb - Bangla, Feb,March - S Africa, April,May - IPL, July,Summer - England, Then Sept - Champ League, then T20 championship in Zimbabwe in Nov-Dec. Tait, Nannes, Razzaq, Ryan Doeschate, Pollard, Bravo are in same lague of players. Game is changing. Accept.

Posted by Naren on (January 20, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

It is not fair that RCB was allowed to retain Gayle as he came in as a replacement player. This could become a backdoor strategy to make one of your expensive player to sit out and bring somebody as replacement. Then why do you have an auction? Anyway Gayle is going to fail miserably in the next season and RCB bite the dust.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

i think in ipl, if any other team would have choosed gayle it would not have been wise as the bangalore ground is small ,even a miss hit from gayle can go for a six!!!!!!. i wont say he cant hit the ball but, the chances of getting him will be more

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

anyway CSK will be favorites again..

Posted by Abhijay504 on (January 20, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Congrats to RCB ! Such A Dynamic Player Deserves To be Trusted . Delhi daredevils to should find one like him As David Warner won't be Available for First half of IPL . MAHELA OR HASHIM AMLA WOULD BE IDEAL

Posted by maddy20 on (January 20, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

Can't believe that BCCI is pressing ahead with IPL 5 despite of all the debacles by our test cricket team in recent times. God help us!

Posted by sledger_indeed on (January 20, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

NSGD i completely agree with you. with their IPL Glitz and glamour, all about money tournament, cricket destruction in the name of entertainment, and with people like gavaskar, shastri and bjogle still trying to promote it(guess they are on bcci payroll), BCCI has done a lot in the last two years to destroy the image of international cricket. they and their commentators believe that test cricket is dying, the fact is that every true lover of cricket watches test cricket, possibly with greater interest than other formats. not going to the stadiums does not mean that we hate test cricket. it is guys like these and bcci who are desperately tying to undermine test cricket just so that they can become a billion dollar cricket board from a million dollar cricket board. but, as they digging your own grave, this is wat bcci hv done through their policies and their president in icc. now u can see the state of indi cricket,7 straight losses team in complete disarray, lessons to be learnt!!!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

hope RCB will be left with enough money to buy Vinaykumar

Posted by avasthi558 on (January 20, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

no Umashankar Prakash Nandargi ji favourites is mumbai indians bcoz they got ogha and karthik both of talented player and international experience... and mi can buy good player like macculam,jaywardhane and jadeja in auction.. then mi so solid.. so mi and channai both are favourites then rcb come...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Just seeing Gayle in the BBL and thinking he's not in a furious form like he was in the last year's IPL and If Mumbai Indians would've bought him it could've been a serious team to beat.Overall the RCB team looks pretty well but their bowling needs to come good.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

BPL. IPL, Big Bash, English County T20 and Champions League. Does Gayle have time for WI ?

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

The writer of this article should explain what he/she means by "The Mumbai Indians, a richer franchise than the Royal Challengers". Every franchise has the same allotted budget for buying players.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Great To have this gaints in the rcb will rock this time also with the help of gayle

Posted by DINESHCC on (January 20, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

Throw this tournament out of Bay of Bengal. It has not done any good to the cricket and cricketers.

Posted by SaneVoice on (January 20, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Gizza - transfers outside auctions are not regulated.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

good luck gayle, all the best...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

Be prepared for some GayleStorm action in Red and Gold colors again... :)

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Finally RCB fans can Breathe !!! was wondering if malya wud mind spending money after his loss in the airlines. But well done we have our power player back.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

chris gayle should be taken in west indies team immediately,there's lack of him in team.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

hai all, RCB have retained gayle for ipl 2012, "Chris Gayle has been retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2012 IPL season, an official from the franchise has confirmed to ESPNcricinfo. The Royal Challengers had first rights to Gayle's services for the 2012 season 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 'l see again gaylestorm for RCB. RCB are favourites for ipl 5.

Posted by avasthi558 on (January 20, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

i think in this auctin mumbai indians buy brendon mcullum and then mi so solid.. and rarely beatable....

Posted by NSGD on (January 20, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

It all started with IPL. Now other countries are also coming up with their own such tournaments, Sri Lanka and now Bangladesh. It won't be long before international cricket is gone. It'll be like American Football(NFL) A big city teams playing each other. ICC what are you doing??????


Posted by avasthi558 on (January 20, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

i think this time gayle will be flop in ipl 5... and retained of gayle is not good for rcb.. because i think rcb spoil his most of auction amount on gayle... then rcb cant buy good players in auction... and this time gayle flop in big bash...

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

Good Step by Royal Challengers.

Posted by anver777 on (January 20, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

The Gayle force behind RCB's success in last IPL strikes back..... will he be a hit in IPL 2012 & make RCB the champions ?????

Posted by Gizza on (January 20, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

"The Mumbai Indians, a richer franchise..." are you implying that the salary cap has been lifted? Otherwise every franchise is limited in how much it can spend on a player except I guess for indirect benefits such as better training facilities and support staff.

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