Bangalore have secured the services of West Indies batsman Chris Gayle as a replacement for the injured Dirk Nannes for the duration of the Indian Premier League.
The Australian fast bowler was ruled out of the Twenty20 tournament earlier in the week with a side strain and the Royal Challengers have acted quickly to bring in the big-hitting left-hander as cover.
Although no longer contracted by the West Indies Cricket Board, Gayle still required clearance – more specifically a no-objection certificate – from the WICB to participate in the IPL.
“It’s official now. The explosive Chris Gayle is now a part of the RCB squad after receiving clearance from the WICB,” franchise owner Vijay Mallya revealed on Twitter on Wednesday.
The former national captain’s commitment to Bangalore means he is no longer available for the ODI and Test series against Pakistan, which commence across the Caribbean later this month.
Former Kolkata star Gayle, who racked up 463 runs at the hefty strike-rate of 141.59 for the Knight Riders in the three previous editions of the IPL, went unsold at January’s player auction.
Boasting a base price of $400,000, he failed to fetch any bids due to concerns that the tall opener wouldn’t be available for much of tourney because of international commitments. Cricket365