Chris Gayle will play no part for Dolphins in the MiWAY T20 Challenge in South Africa, as his groin injury persists. Gayle left South Africa on Sunday for Trinidad where he will attend the funeral of his former West Indies team-mate Runako Morton, who died in a car accident last week. Gayle may have been able to get fit in time for Dolphin's final group-stage match, on March 21, but the franchise and him have agreed he will not return to South Africa.
"Gayle was disappointed at not playing for the Dolphins, but the injury has not healed quickly enough to allow him to play," Jesse Chellan, CEO of KwaZulu Natal Cricket Union, the home of the Dolphins, said. "He enjoyed his short stay in Durban and looks forward to playing for the Dolphins in the future."
Gayle had picked up a grade two groin strain while playing for Barisal Burners in the Bangladesh Premier League and underwent rehabilitation in Durban in the hope that he would be able to play in the latter stages of Dolphins' campaign. However, he has not been able to get fit in time. He will, however, be ready in time for the start of the IPL on April 4, in which he will play for Royal Challengers Bangalore.