Gayle for Bangladesh Premier League
DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):
Superstar Chris Gayle headlines nine West Indian players set to participate in the Bangladesh Premier League starting next month, following Thursday's player draft here.
The left-handed Gayle will turn out for Barisal Bulls alongside all-rounder Kevon Cooper and left-handed batsman Evin Lewis, both of whom hail from Trinidad and Tobago.
Gayle said following the Caribbean Twenty20 back in July that he was expected to undergo surgery to deal with a troublesome back and may have to be out of action until December.
While he has not retired from Tests, he has not played one since last year September.
Sammy for Rangpur
Meanwhile, West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy will play for Rangpur Riders alongside West Indies batsman, Lendl Simmons, while Test batsman Marlon Samuels, along with the trio of off-spinner Sunil Narine, left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie and fast-bowling all-rounder AndrÈ Russell, will play for Comilla Victorians.
The West Indians are part of 19 overseas players in the tournament scheduled to run from November 22 to December 15.
Overall, 82 players will represent six franchises.
Notably absent are marquee West Indies players Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, two of the most in-demand T20 players in the world.