South Africa domestic news February 16, 2012

Gayle injures groin in Bangladesh Premier League

Chris Gayle will not arrive in South Africa on Friday, as initially scheduled, to play in the domestic 20-over competition after sustaining a groin injury in the Bangladesh Premier League [BPL]. Gayle retired hurt after scoring 30 off 16 balls for Barisal Burners against Chittagong Kings in Dhaka and was found to have damaged a muscle in his groin.

"He [Gayle] is going to be assessed by their medical team and they will advise us accordingly," Jesse Chellan, chief executive of the Dolphins, said. The delay means Gayle will miss the start of Dolphins' T20 campaign. Their first match is against new franchise, Impi, on Sunday. It was reported that Gayle may need up to three weeks to recover from his injury and could miss nearly half of the T20 tournament, which ends on March 30.

Gayle was in explosive form in the BPL, with two centuries in four previous games. He is the second of Dolphins' two overseas signings to suffer injury in the lead up to the tournament. Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait had to withdraw from the event when he sustained an elbow injury and the Dolphins were unable to sign a replacement player in time for the competition.

South African franchises were allowed to contract two overseas players for the event in an attempt to bring the competition in line with other 20-over tournaments around the world. Gayle was the biggest draw of the competition after Shahid Afridi became unavailable due to national commitments and a decision was taken by the Lions side not to pursue the engagement with Abdul Razzaq as a result of his poor recent form.

Currently, there are six internationals in the country, including former England captain Paul Collingwood, who leads Impi. Sohail Tanvir and Brad Hogg are due to arrive by the end of the month to represent Lions and Cobras respectively, as well as two other yet to be contracted players who will represent Impi.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Jawwad on February 17, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    I really don't understand how the WICB could keep such a player out of international matches!! It's just insane!! Gale is a 1 man army indeed and BD would love him to stay!!

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Gayle should be automatic selection for all formats of the game; specially for his country...

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    How can the WICB ever think about playing a T20 without this man, It is such a loss to WI cricket. The sad part though we the supporters of WI cricket sit back and allow it to happen. We have the T20 world cup in a few mths. Think about Gayle / Polly / Bravo / Russell / Smith / Narine / Fidel / Best / Ravi / Bishoo / Samuels / Simmons / Darren Bravo and a few others on a side. Tell me why we cant win

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    GAYLE should stay in Bangladesh to play BPL after getting treatment. We the BD love to learn from him.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    the only thing tht stopped gayle from getting his 3rd twenty20 hundred in a row

  • Navendra on February 16, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Where there is a T20 Tournament, there is a Gayle. Where there is a Gayle, there are storms of sixes and hundreds. GO GAYLE! GO GAYLE! GO GAYLE!!! WICB DON'T NEED, ALL OTHERS NEED YOU!

  • Ross on February 16, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Why don't the Warriors have a international player?

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