Gayle pulls out of Ram Slam T20 Challenge

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Gayle has not played any competitive cricket since November

West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has pulled out of South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge as he is still recovering from a torn hamstring he suffered during the first ODI against India in November.

 Gayle announced that he would not be representing the Dolphins in the domestic Twenty20 tournament as he is looking to make his return during the West Indies’ regional 50-over competition, which begins at the end of this month.

“I am devastated not to be able to join up with the Sunfoil Dolphins this year,” Gayle said via a statement. “It’s the second time I have been unable to play with them because of injury so it’s extremely frustrating. I put everything into my rehab program and really hoped I’d be given the all clear. I know how much planning had been done by Jesse Chellan and Lance Klusener which makes this even more disappointing. I wish the guys all the best with their campaign and hopefully it’s third time lucky should I have the opportunity to play for the Dolphins in the future.”

Despite being disappointed about Gayle’s withdrawal from the tournament, Chellan, who is the Dolphins’ CEO, hoped that flamboyant opener made a “speedy recovery”.

“We received confirmation from Chris’ agent today that his rehab and recovery has not progressed as well as they had hoped,” Chellan said. “Estimates are that he will only return to full fitness by early Feb. It’s a real pity for all concerned. Our players and fans alike were really looking forward to seeing this global star in action in Durban. But this is part and parcel of international sport. We wish Chris a speedy recovery and every success in the year ahead.”

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