Chris Gayle’s participation in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League, beginning on August 11, is in doubt after he sustained a groin injury during the West Indies’ second Test win over New Zealand in Kingston.
It is learnt that Gayle, who was named the icon player of the Uva Next franchise, is to undergo a fitness test on Tuesday, August 7, which will decide whether he will be able to fulfil his SLPL commitments.
Should Gayle be ruled out, it will be the second big name to be ruled out of the SLPL in a week. Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh allrounder, had been forced to pull out late last week through injury.
After 15 months in the international wilderness, Gayle had made a triumphant return to the West Indian team during their One-Day International tour of England in June. He has since played in the Twenty20 International, ODI and Test series against New Zealand at home, and played a crucial role in the West Indies sweeping the Test series 2-0 on Sunday.
Gayle is a huge draw in Twenty20 competitions across the world with his ferocious ball-striking ability. He was the leading run-scorer in this year’s season five of the Indian Premier League, where he turned out for Royal Challengers Bangalore.