Sri Lanka Premier League 2012 August 8, 2012

Gayle ruled out of SLPL


Chris Gayle has been ruled out of the inaugural season of the Sri Lanka Premier League due to a serious groin strain. Gayle, the icon player and captain for the Uva Next franchise, was among the marquee players for the tournament.

Gayle had injured his groin while playing in the Bangladesh Premier League in February, but the injury was aggravated during West Indies' second Test against New Zealand in Jamaica. The same injury had also prevented Gayle from playing in the MiWAY T20 Challenge in South Africa for the Dolphins franchise.

"Of course it's a blow to lose [Gayle]," CEO of the Uva Next franchise, Tushar Bedi said. "But we are very happy with the team that we've got and we're still going to win the competition." Gayle has signed a three-year deal with Uva, and will likely take part in the 2013 and 2014 tournaments, Bedi said.

Two other overseas players - Pakistan's Abdur Rehman and West Indies' Fidel Edwards - are also in the late withdrawals list that already includes Shakib Al Hasan, who was denied permission to play in the tournament by the Bangladesh Cricket Board last week. There is also speculation that Marlon Samuels will be unavailable, but this has not yet been confirmed.

It is understood that the WICB decided not to provide a "no objection certificate" for Edwards because they would like him to be fresh ahead of the World Twenty20, which begins in September. However, reasons for Rehman's withdrawal remain unclear. Uva have replaced Gayle and Rehman with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fawad Alam and Jacob Oram and the Uthura Rudras have drafted in Kyle Mills and Australia batsman Rob Quiney to replace Shakib and Edwards. 

An Uthura Rudras spokesperson said the loss of two overseas players days before the tournament had come as a surprise. "When we sat down and discussed strategy, we based our team selection on the basis of availability. One of the things that [coach] Tom Moody said was 'There's no point selecting fancy names if they're not going to turn up', so it's not ideal." 

The spokesman said that despite the late withdrawals, Uthura remained upbeat about their chances in the tournament. "Mills and Quiney are sound names for us and they're T20 specialists, so we're happy with that."

A total of 56 overseas players had initially been signed across seven franchises, with some of those players only due to be called into the squads if other overseas players became unavailable. The first matches of the three-week SLPL will be played on Saturday, August 11, with the final scheduled for August 31. Four overseas players are allowed to play in each team per match.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    good fo slpl. it will be a hit. gale is a big big loss but u still have a lot of good players inside including de other west indians. all WI will b watching. go SLPL

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover..."I gues shakib have been preservd 4 playng against big guns like namibia,zim,ire,afgh,canada,so that he could boast up his batng average n reduce bowlng average in ordr to retain his no.1 status"? - lol Shakib didn't even play a match against Namibia or Afghanistan so that argument is totally invalid. Yes Shakib played against lower ranked teams but who hasn't? Even players like Afridi, Sachin, etc have played against lower ranked teams many times and has good record against them so really DOUBLE STANDARDS and no case. Who was man of the tournament at the Asia Cup? Exactly! Were they weak teams? You are aware Shakib for example good bowling average in his 26 Tests thus far does not include these teams you have mentioned so how else did he manage to achieve it? Exactly! Its understandable that some people who are jealous but making silly excuses like this is laughable my good friend. I agree Pakistan are far ahead of Bangladesh's Cricket but I doubt it will last.

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2012, 14:01 GMT Pakistan have far more talented players than Bangladesh? I agree experience wise Pakistan has the hand over Bangladesh but you have to remember that the Pakistan team is much much older compared to the young Bangladesh team and once they leave the game then I can't see how the young untalented players of Pakistan take on the young more experienced players of Bangladesh. Oh yeah when I said Shakib who is better than any of your All-Rounders is better than me that includes you as well my friend haha..and yes unlike Pakistan, the future of Bangladesh's Cricket looks great compared to Pakistan if you honestly think about it I mean not holding the World Cup last year, not holding International matches, not hosting the World T20 Championship yeap I'm certainly happy. It doesn't really matter who Shakib performs against because he can perform well against higher or lower ranked teams infact he was the guy who scored a century against Pakistan in Pakistan so :)

  • sumit on August 10, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @wickyroy.paklover.....ya sure..till then ,keep dreaming...hehe

  • Wicky on August 10, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    @sumit176,i hope u would get ur answer during t20 wcup,so keep ur fingrs crossed instead of haha or hee

  • pradipto on August 10, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    SLPL is going to benefit Sri lankan players only if their international batsmen bat in the same positions for Franchises as they do for the national team. If Chandimal opens the batting in SLPL and is playing No 4 for Sri Lanka in World T20,it is not going to work for Sri Lanka. Same with Thirumanne. I mention these 2 names as they are the most promising players from the Island now

  • Wicky on August 10, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    @Ahmed hussain,U R SPOT ON THAT SHAKIB Z BETR THAN U BT I WOULD NT USE D WRD "HEHE" in order to tyraniz othr.I gues shakib have been preservd 4 playng against big guns like namibia,zim,ire,afgh,canada,so that he could boast up his batng average n reduce bowlng average in ordr to retain his no.1 status(which z already vry unjustified),2ndly ok we haven't got d franchise system bt told u that we would nt b havng ths in future as wel? At least we have far more talentd cricktng youngs than ur bd team.EVRYTHNG WRKS ON Give n take basis in ths wrld,pcb have done enuf for bcb n that was ur board's turn which it betrayed.

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    @Night_Fury : India in Tier 1? are u joking or what? Pathetic analysis dude. They got ABSOLUTELY thrashed in Australia and England. Besides they won 4 ODIs in SL by beating a very tired team which have been playing nonstop cricket. Furthermore we have 4 world class stadiums Premadasa, Pallekele,Hambantonta and in Dambulla. The wickets are SPORTY unlike the FLAT TRACKS and SMALL GROUNDS in India. Way to GO SL.... SLPL will help the youngsters coming through the ranks in SL and the T20 worldcup is gonna be a rocking event!

  • lankan on August 9, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    to all those indians who think cricket is successful only coz of india, ur pathetically wrong. yes, IPL is successful coz of indian crowd but not the world cricket. cricket will exist and be played years to come, doesnt matter india play cricket or not.

  • Sithara on August 9, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Rajat_Kemnath :do you think ipl is better than big bash league?

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