Chris Gayle overlooked for 2018 Pakistan Super League
Explosive Jamaica and West Indies opener Chris Gayle.
Jamaican Chris Gayle, one of the most explosive T20 cricketers ever, was surprisingly not selected by any of the franchisees at the 2018 Pakistan Super League (PSL).
A total of 501 cricketers — 308 overseas and 193 domestic — were included in the draft on Sunday, but the explosive batsman found no takers.
One of the franchise owners, on condition of anonymity, attributed Gayle's exclusion to poor recent form as well as issues regarding his availability for the entire duration of the tournament.
"We were told that Gayle is partially available so that was one of the reasons. But even if he was available we would not have picked him because he is no more the Gayle force he once was", a franchise owner was quoted as saying by Wisden India.
During the inaugural edition of the PSL in 2016, Gayle represented Lahore Qalandars and scored just 103 runs from five matches at an average of 20.60. In the second season, he played for Karachi Kings and could only manage 160 runs from nine matches at an average of 17.77.
Eleven West Indies players, including Jamaican allrounder Andre Russell, were snapped up at the draft.
Russell, who is currently serving a one-year ban after he was found guilty on January 31 of being negligent in filing his whereabouts on three separate occasions within a 12-month period in 2015, is free to return on January 30, 2018.
The 29-year-old Russell and Samuel Badree will play for Islamabad United.
The other West Indies players selected were:
Sunil Narine (Lahore Qalandars:)
Carlos Brathwaite (Quetta Gladiators)
Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo, Andre Fletcher , Evin Lewis (Peshawar Zalmi)
Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran (Multan Sultans)