Gayle confirms playing for Chittagong Vikings in BPL 2016/17

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Thursday, November 24th, 2016 | 0

Who is the big hit of T20 cricket? This question has a ready made answer for cricket fans, Chris Gayle. But this years BPL has seen 24 matches without this Caribbean “storm”. Like always two players catches the eyes of every years BPL. One in Pakistani All rounder Shahid Afridi and the other one is Chris Gayle. Afridi has been playing for Rangpur Riders from the very beginning of the tournament but Gyle was absent and his playing was in a dilemma. At last this incompleteness is going to end. Chrish Gayle has signed up for Chittagong Vikings, the authority confirms. If everything is alright, Gayle will join the team tomorrow (November, 25). Gayle played for Barishal Bulls in 2015/16 season and previously played for Dkaha Gladiators in 2014/17 season. Gayle is to play his debut of this season on November 27 at Mirpur. The franchise is optimistic that Gayle will play the rest of the matches for the team.

Chris Gayle

Gayle is among the 31 foreign players who signed up for this season on September 30. Chittagong, ended up at the bottom of the list last season, has anchored four more foreign players: Shoaib Malik (former Victorian), Mohammad Nabi(former Riders), Dwaye Smith, and pacer Imran Khan.

Gayle has contributed with 139 run for Barishal Bulls in four matches last season. Nabi bagged 37 wicket for Rangpur Riders last season playing 7 matches.

Team management is going to face a sweet pain because according to the decorum a team can play four foreign players at a time. There is already four players playing for the Vikings. Team management is surely to sit someone in the dug-out. But who is going to be the one to sit beside the boundary line? All four players are performing fine for the team. Dwayne Smith and Shoaib Malik both got a 50 last match. Mohammad Nabi is shining with both bat and ball. Imran Khan, as a pacer, has become an indispensable part of the team. The skipper Tamim Iqbal is going to face the hard choice. If Gayle is to play for the Vikings someone has to go off the grass. When asked, Tamim responded diplomatically and left the choice to the management, but also thinks management will decide carefully for the sake of the team.

However, the good news is Gayle is here. He is going to meet Shahid Afridi on the other side against Rangpur Riders, the table topper, on Nevember 27. Rangpur has started their journey with 4 points in 3 mtches. They started Chittagong phase being in the fourth position and becomes the table toppers after Chittagong. On the other hand Chittagong Vikings is on the fourth position after playing 8 matches with 4 wins and 4 loss. Nabi has been the most successful among the foreigners of Vikings. He has bagged 14 wicket until now and also the top wicket taker until now. He is also one of the top ten batsman of the tournament. This is going to be huge for Vikings in the upcoming matches.

Gayle means tons of runs. Moreover, he has become the best advertisement in the short form of cricket. With his 18 century in 272 matches and a total run of 9668. The only Bangladeshi is Sabbir Rahman to get a 100 in this year. The fans expects some boom from the bat of Gayle, the run machine.

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