Zimbabwe domestic news November 21, 2011

Gayle to play T20s in Zimbabwe

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle, the West Indies batsman, is among a number of current and former international cricketers who will play in the Stanbic Bank 20 Series, Zimbabwe's domestic Twenty20 competition. Gayle is part of the Tuskers squad while Shaun Tait, the Australia fast bowler, and Lou Vincent, the New Zealand batsman, will play for the Mid West Rhinos. Netherlands allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate is part of the Eagles squad, while Australia fast bowler Dirk Nannes will turn out for the Mountaineers.

"This is the tournament's third year and we set our sights high," Alistair Campbell, the Stanbic Bank 20 Series, said. "I didn't expect everyone to be able to accept our invitation but I'm especially pleased that Chris Gayle is coming all the way from Jamaica to be a part of the tournament.

"It makes it even more special for Zimbabwe Cricket that Chris was motivated by the chance see how the game is progressing in our country and make a contribution to our development and return to competitive international cricket after a pretty bleak decade."

Gayle has not played for West Indies since the 2011 World Cup, following a breakdown in his relations with the West Indies Cricket Board. Since then he has been restricted mostly to domestic Twenty20 competitions around the world, and has become an integral part of Royal Challengers Bangalore's squad in the IPL and Champions League T20. He was the leading run-getter at this year's IPL.

"I am a cricketer and I want to play," Gayle said of his decision to play in Zimbabwe. "It was a different challenge and a chance to travel and meet new people and new team-mates. I would rather be playing for West Indies but while that's not possible I want to use my time wisely, entertain some people and try to do some good."

Former South Africa allrounder Andrew Hall, who is player-coach of the Eagles franchise, and former New Zealand allrounder Chris Harris, who will continue with Mountaineers from last season, are also part of the tournament. One big name missing out is Lance Klusener, the former South Africa allrounder, who played for Mountaineers last season.

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  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    To all those who are 'hating ' on Gayle....reserve ur criticisms until you have walked a mile in the man's shoes. For months now he has made himself available to play for the W.I while the pompous 'good for nothing' WICB sabotages, WI cricket and the public by attempting to spite the man. Everyone need to make a living, so Chris go and make yours wherever you can and feed your family. The concept of loyalty to the region was killed by the board and their private agenda....and they almost did it to the great Chanderpaul. What they are looking for are puppets to use then discard, but not everyone is willing to play that game. Darren Sammy beware!! it is just a matter of time before you are dumped by them and forgotten about if u choose to get a backbone. SOOOOO!!!1 y'all leave Chris Gayle's name alone

  • Dummy4 on November 23, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    this will be a treat for the eyes

  • milward on November 23, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    We are in for a treat guyz. Thanx to Cricket Zim and Stanbic. This will certainly make our players and team competitive

  • David on November 23, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    I am glad that Mr. Gayle can continue to make a living. If he could control himself better he would not be in this position. I say he can play anyone else but the WI. Do go play Twenty20 Mr. Gayle and don't come back. I really hope you make lots of money if that is what you want to do. Most West Indians realize what a drag you were on the team with not really giving two hoots whether we won or lost. Your apparent coolness was really not giving a darn. You know to tell the truth just go away and take Sarwan with you. Just make lots of money and drink and party all night long.

  • Al on November 22, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Chris Gayle was not the only player that had issues with the WICB...so did Chanderpaul...Sarwan....Jeromne Taylor....They were forcing Chanderpaul to retire after the WC...so this is not only a Gayle issue...the man needs to make a living...we have players from the mighty WI team from the 80's ...who a scrapping for a living....

  • Michael on November 22, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    @Nigel Moreau...and I take it that you are one of Gayle's ill advised spokesmen ! I have no problem with that whatsoever ! ...but I would like the JCB and the Heads of Governments become spokesmen/women for Gayle too !,but they too, seem to have a problem with Gayle.By the way,I am not a fan of the Board either,but common sense MUST prevail here.From your comments,it would seem that you are one of those that have been telling yourself,and convincing yourself too,that the problem with Gayle and the WICB,is the fact that Gayle continues to ignore the WI in preference for overseas competitions.That is not the problem.The problem is that Gayle was critical of his capt.,his coach and Administration,and still wants to be a part of the team.You said you are not hiding behind any alias.....big man,in the absense of an ID card,birth certificate,drivers license,and the like.....I can safely say that the name Nigel Moreau could be an alias TOO !

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Is this piece of info of any value to WI cricket? Pl tell us something about our budding stars; KIRT,DARREN, ADRIAN, BRATHWAITH etc.That's what we want to hear.

  • Adam on November 22, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    RHB at the Eagles. Man to watch imo.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Can't wait for the Tournament to roll into action. Lets go eagles.........

  • Amjad on November 22, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    keep playing these domestic T20 leagues, this is where loyalty lies, your with the one that pays more, WI is better off without you

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