Gayle tipped to lead Jamaica at Super50
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Injured opener Chris Gayle is set to captain Jamaica at this month's West Indies NAGICO Super50 tournament to be staged in Trinidad and Tobago.
Information reaching The Gleaner is that Gayle was recommended for the post by the national selection panel, and this was ratified by the Jamaica Cricket Association during a board meeting yesterday.
The decision to appoint Gayle, according to the source, was ratified after the board was briefed by the panel as to the state of his hamstring injury, as well as his availability.
The 34-year-old Gayle, who guided Jamaica to the Super50 title two seasons ago, will replace Tamar Lambert, who led the team to a semi-final exit last season.
"The selectors recommended Gayle for the position, and after hearing the latest on his injury availability, they ratified it," said the source, who requested anonymity.
The source also went on to add that Gayle, who is currently in Australia, is responding favourably to treatment, and prognosis is good for him making a recovery in time for the January 30 start date for the Super50.
The big-hitting opener, meanwhile, will know who his teammates are today following the playing of the fifth and final trial match at Sabina Park.
The selection panel will name a 14-member squad for the tournament, which is scheduled to end on February 16.
In yesterday's fourth trial game, Yannick Elliott's XI defeated Nelson's XI by four wickets.
Nelson XI, batting first, reached 173 off 49.4 overs with Danza Hyatt top scoring with 29 off 76 balls. Nkrumah Bonner got 26 and young wicketkeeper Aldane Thomas, 24.
Lambert, three for 32 off his maximum 10 overs took the most wickets.
Elliott XI, on the back of 30 from opener Zeniffe Fowler, then paced their way to 175 for six with five balls remaining.
Fowler's partner, Brenton Parchment made 26, Cassius Burton, 25, and André McCarthy, 20.
Krishmar Santokie, three for 49 and Nelson, one for 19, claimed the wickets to fall.