Selectors defend Gayle’s omission
KINGSTON – Cricket officials here have defended their decision to omit Chris Gayle from the Jamaica squad for the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament currently underway in Trinidad and Tobago.
Gayle, presently participating in Australia’s Big Bash League, would have been available for the lucrative two-week tournament due to the early exit of his team, Sydney Thunder.
However, chairman of selectors Courtney Daley says the panel made its decision taking into consideration the possibility of injury to players.
“It is a case where we have to bite the bullet and move on,” said Daley, the former spinner who leads a three-man selection panel that also includes former West Indies left-handed batsman Robert Samuels and former national opener Delroy Morgan.
“It’s Gayle yes, but injuries can happen (to the players selected) and if that was to happen, what would we do?”
Gayle, one of the leading Twenty20 cricketers in the world but who has had a poor run of form in Australia, was due to play his final match for the winless Thunder yesterday.
According to Daley, Gayle had given a commitment to play for Jamaica once the Thunder exited the Big Bash League.
“It’s a risk we were not prepared to take even if other teams are willing to do so,” Daley told the Gleaner. (CMC)