Bangladesh Twenty20 team Chattogram Challengers Thursday asked for action against West Indies player Chris Gayle if he fails to perform in the upcoming tournament after he said that he was taking a break from cricket. The dangerous batsman Gayle was picked by the Challengers to play in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) from December 11. However, Gayle said that he was surprised his name had been included in the squad, citing that he planned to “take a break” from the game after departing South Africa’s Mzansi Super League on Monday.
“I am not going to the Big Bash (Australia’s T20 league). I’m not sure what cricket will come up, I don’t even know how my name reached the BPL, but I have been drafted in a team and I don’t even know how that happened,” he said to ESPNcricinfo.
Challengers team director Jalal Yunus said his team was in talks with Gayle’s agent as well.
“His agent confirmed Chris was aware about it,” Yunus said. “Now if he does not come, we will seek a player outside the draft. But I feel (Bangladesh Cricket Board) BCB should take action in such cases to keep discipline.”
He added that the team had not heard from Chris Gayle for so long before the comments on Monday. Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury also revealed that they have checked the drafting process and found no fault with his inclusion.
“We maintain all the standard procedures when any national cricketer’s name came for the players’ draft,” Nizamuddin said. “Either a player or his agent can show his interest and put the name in the list. “I have checked the process and everything was done according to a standard process.”
Chris Gayle has played in many editions of the BPL and he is also the tournament’s highest run-getters among foreign players with 1,338 runs. He has the records of hitting the highest number of sixes, at 120, the second-highest by Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal which is half of he has scored.