Sri Lanka Premier League 2012

Gayle ruled out of SLPL

Andrew Fernando

August 8, 2012

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Chris Gayle on his way to a second BPL century, Barisal Burners v Dhaka Gladiators, Bangladesh Premier League, Mirpur, February 14, 2012
Chris Gayle's withdrawal will come as a blow to the SLPL which starts in three days © BPL T20
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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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Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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 :)

Posted by sumit176 on (August 10, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

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

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover 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

Posted by paps123 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

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover 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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by lankanlioncric 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.

Posted by Sthilanka on (August 9, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

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

Posted by Krishhhhh on (August 9, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

SLPL is a suicide by SLCB ... This will bring in more injuries for SL players and no where gonna benefit the T20 preparation. It was quite visible that they are thoroughly exhausted and played with minimal interest in recent games ... fatigue and frustration to rub !!

Posted by Night_Fury on (August 9, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

Nothing can succeed if Indian players dont play. Cant understand why T20 world cup is arranged in SL. There grounds are pathetic and hopeless. T20 world cup or for that matter any world cup should only be scheduled in India, End, SA or AUS. I also think that these 4 countres should be Tier 1 countries playing each other more often. The rest can be tier 2 and can compete amoung themselves. This will improve level of cricket. Every one watches Eng-SA matches...just tell me who watches NZ-WI test match.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

In spite of loosing some prominent faces including Shakib good luck for SLPL!!

Posted by sumit176 on (August 9, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

@best spin trio,,,hehehe,,we saw that during srilanka tour and when virat kohli smashed them on his way to 183

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover...Dude Pakistan do not have their T20 Franchise League and are very indeed of one hehe but very unlikely will suceed besides its you guys who's desperately asking a team like Bangladesh to tour your country hehe and yeah Shakib is better than you, me or anyone else the guy who was part of the winning team in the IPL so yeah we care :D

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (August 9, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Its the money which matters most,injury z jst lame excuse.ANYWAY THESE OVRHYPD WINDIES SLOGERS WOULD B HAVNG NTHNG TO DO WITH WINING T20 WCUP,THese ovr.ratd slogrs have no clue whatsoever of hafez even.FORGET AFRIDI,AJMAL(THE BEST Spin trio in d wrld),N Who cares about shakib out of bd?.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (August 9, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

@ johnathonjosephs : Do you ever know anything about IPL. Check and comment kid. Its already on You tube 2 yrs...

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

The replacements aren't bad either. btw, who's gonna be Uva's icon player? Dilhara Fernando? :d

Posted by Night_Fury on (August 9, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Such a waste of money and effort. No one will watch SLPL or whatever it is called. Cricket is a success on this planet because of only India. If Indians dont participate a tournament cannot be a success internationally. I bet they wont get good commentators either. LOLOL

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

@ Raj Sundararaman - Baseless allegation. Had this been the case, BCCI would have made Gayle quit BPL too but that didn't happen. Stop blaming BCCI !

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

now SLPL become taste less ..............

Posted by zan_69 on (August 9, 2012, 7:09 GMT)


Posted by sumit176 on (August 9, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

@raj to go sherlock holmes

Posted by arianashok on (August 9, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs - IPL should learn about making games available for free on Youtube from SLPL???

Maybe you are not aware that IPL has been doing this already for the last 2 years.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

BPL ,SLPL even IPL always targets Local audience..not global audience.after all it's a domestic tournament.If Lankans people like SLPL,that will be enough for SLPL to succeess.BPL was great hit in Bangladesh.globally not so.but then again BCB never promoted the tournament out side Bangladesh.I wish SLPL a great success.

Posted by afique40 on (August 9, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

no gayle nd shakib is a huge loss of slpl

Posted by AmjadZork on (August 9, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Sad to miss Gayle here but looking forward to watch Afridi in SLPL...

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (August 9, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Smart of SLPL to put matches for free on youtube. People these days don't understand the value of the internet. The internet is very profitable if one knows how to use it. Advertisements, partnerships, they can easily make $500,000 US dollars with a combined total of a 30-40 million views on all videos. The IPL should learn from this as they are way more popular. The IPL could probably get 100 million views collectively that could add up to 2-3 million US dollars extra. Its better than losing that money to online streamers

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 9, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

All the best SLPL.. Gayle missing will reduce entertainment a bit but certainly not the tournament.. Wish for more close games and high quality entertainment.. @BlackInWhites : Gayle missed first IPL due to injury.. And skipped many matches due to niggles.. Even was injured in couple of BBL's to miss the tournaments.. It all depends on the body.. WHo will fake an injury to miss chance to earn money? Comparing IPL to other tournaments is silly.. IPL is different ball game.. It survives on majority of 1.2 billion population.. Every game has its own specialty and deserves its place in cricket fraternity.. Good luck again SLPL..

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

Hmm.. Big Blow - No DOUBT - for viewers, Uva's franchisee, Gayle's fans and SLPL itself. But hey for the first time SL domestic players have got this golden opportunity to show their talent to the Cricketing World. I'm happy for them. Lets see how many Quality Cricketers are there in SL domestic circuit. Good Wishes !!

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

Hmm! I would not rule out BCCI's role in this. What better way to cripple the SLPL league than taking out the most popular T20 cricketer in the world! I bet if this were the IPL Gayle would have played through it.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

Knowing Chris Gayle, all this means is that the SLPL didn't offer him enough money...

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 2:01 GMT)

Per twitter musings, Ruhuna is replacing Ryan Harris with Wahab Riyas. Tom Moody, coach of Uthura Rudras, tweeted David Miller and Samuel Badree replaced by Kyle Miils and Robert Quiney.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 9, 2012, 0:10 GMT)

@serious-am-i and Cpt.Meanster, thanks for the good wishes but I feel Gayle's absence will lessen the interest. No way ever can SLPL match IPL.

Posted by serious-am-i on (August 8, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

Quite a blow for slpl really, it needed a super kick if it had to stand out the next best to IPL in subcontinent. Hopefully, Gayle would be back for T20. All the best SLPL. @reyme: Really u think BPL was exciting ? My friend no one watched BPL outside BD remember that. May be few pak fans watched only their players performances besides them no one did, in fact your own organizers claimed it wasn't a big hit as anticipated until the Asia Cup, it was only after BD reached finals every one started praising about BPL, comedy.

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

big blow for SPL. Why is Rahman not playing? it could hav been a very good experiences for him.. as he can bat as well.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

this is just great they have lost another big player the slpl and chris gayle is the best player in the league shakib,sangakara and gayle who is next

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (August 8, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

WAYAMBA is a decent team which has the ability to beat any IPL team. Nagenahira is good too. Why didn't they invite Mohammad Yousef, Rana Navid, Mohammad Hafiz, Hammad azam and some other very talented players

Posted by cracker2012 on (August 8, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

Gayle might need surgery to fix his groin.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 8, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

@KingOwl: I praise you for your noteworthy feelings. But as an Indian fan, I wish SLPL the very best. Club level T20s are the future of cricket alongside international "TEST" cricket. Although, I seriously cannot see big stars participating in SLPL because of the lack of money on offer compared to the IPL. It's sad but also a fact. The BPL took place too but it lacked many international stars. The IPL will always be the phenomenon and pioneering concept of domestic T20. All others are mere copies in its shadow. Now we are beginning to see the results. But I still hope the SLPL turns out decently. Good luck.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 18:49 GMT)


Posted by riverlime on (August 8, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

The whole world would prefer to see Gayle in action for WI in September, rather than in the SLPL in August. As I'm sure you all know, there is a month of training camps in WI before the T20 worldCup. Be ready for fireworks.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 8, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

If it was IPL i think gayle would have played despite of injury

Posted by ooper_cut on (August 8, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Everything seems like a sham. Sl giving away the ODI and T20 series without a semblance of a fight and now the star attraction for the SLPL, CG has been made to sit out. SLPL is doomed for disaster along with BPL. Only Paki players and some sidelined aussies will participate, it seems.

Posted by reyme on (August 8, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

With superstars like Gayle, Shakib, Samuels, Fidel, Botha, Morkel missing out SLPL might not be as exciting as BPL. SLPL pays pretty low, and thats the main reason superstarts are trying to back out I think...I wont be surprised even more stars players back out in the last minute...People are also losing out interest on so many of these PL's.

Posted by AKS286 on (August 8, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

he will definately play. he is born to play t20 everywhere whether his country win or loose.

Posted by bdsmaruf on (August 8, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

begining always difficult. go ahead slpl. all the best.

Posted by L.Pearce on (August 8, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Brendan Taylor had better be guaranteed a place for Uthura Oryxes.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Well said Noball_Specialist

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

They soon kill 20/20 cricket. Same players in different countries. Fast buck and TV viewing, that's all.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

oh no.. No Gayle Storm.. thatz sad.. anyways good luck with SPL.. Cheers.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

I won't be watching SLPL now. I was only watching it for Gayle.

Posted by KingOwl on (August 8, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Although I am a SL fan, I do not mind if this whole tournament got cancelled. It would be far better to give the players some rest before the World T20.

Posted by DanyaalUddin on (August 8, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Well At least Afridi Should Become the Icon player now

Posted by Riderstorm on (August 8, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

A suspicious injury to say the least. I mean, he got injured in February and hasn't been looking after it for 6 months and playing cricket continuously uptil now. Bad luck SLPL. Gayle prioritized big money and Int'l cricket over you.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

@ BlackInWhites are you a doctor?

Posted by Htc-Android on (August 8, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

i dont think albie morkel and johan botha available either. they need to play the odis against england. sad news for slpl.

Posted by zimmby on (August 8, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

Time to close the shop even before it has been opened?

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

But all the other PLs will be better than IPL because IPL ruined the spirit of the Cricket.

Posted by playitstraight on (August 8, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

If this was the IPL, Gayle and Shakib would have definitely come despite any injuries. But this is the SLPL, and they're getting paid peanuts, literally. Who wold want to come then? I think SLPL will be a flop, Sri Lanka are trying to follow India's IPL but SLC don't have the money neither the players, so it's not possible. Too bad.

Posted by sumit176 on (August 8, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

sri lankan players badly needed some rest ...i dont know whether slpl timing is rite or not,.,,a

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (August 8, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

I am Happy Gayle will miss the SPL. I want him to be fully Fit for west Indies and win de cup for us. Followed by Next year Champion trophy lets bring it back home for the Final. Also With Gayle back in the side and Gibson bring a new attitude to WI, WI canbe on they way back up. Gibson next Assignment should be Sarwan getting him back in the line up to help the weak batting line up, since we dont know howmuch longer Chanderpaul got in Cricket.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Does anybody know what channel these matches will be broadcast?

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Jacob Oram,Mills and Quiney are better t20 players than samual's fedel's etc,,, good going slpl big names is not necessary, competitive cricket is what we want and we dont want the same players who play in every t20 league,, so good going slpl,

Posted by Ashrao007 on (August 8, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

SLPL will be worse dan BPL..

Posted by Ra_Thore on (August 8, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

SLPL, BBL, BPL these are all cheap versions of IPL.

Posted by cricket-is-best on (August 8, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

hopefully gayle is fit for the world T-20. Although an Indian fan,wud love to see gayle and co. win the cup for windies,if its not India.

Posted by FOTO on (August 8, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

That's too bad first Shakib and now Gayle...

Posted by RK204 on (August 8, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

so sad...........anywayz good luck 4 slpl..4m bd

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

BPL Vs SLPL any guesses for which one would be more exciting than other ? Hopefully rain does not play spoilsport.

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (August 8, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

IPL, BPL, PPL, EPL, APL, OPL, WJHWYUYUWYU-PL. Same guy different leagues. Boring cricket. How many 160 scores will there be? How many times will a batsmen be out after making less than 20 runs with a flurry of slogs. Yawn.

Posted by BlackInWhites on (August 8, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

What injury? This injury is very selective i must say.... It wasnt there in the IPL where big money was to be earned. It wasnt there when he made a century against NZ. Now all of a sudden it has sufficed again

Posted by Ultra_Sl_Cricket on (August 8, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

Missing Chris Gayle in SLPL means that we will be missing a few big hits.

Posted by sporty75293 on (August 8, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Rehman is Playing for Somerset for the rest of the county season

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 8, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Uva were very much dependent on Gayle and his loss is a massive thing for them..

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

SLPL all the best ... More troubles on ur way

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