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“He is very important for us and we have already lost the services of [Kieron] Pollard so we are giving Chris the best possible chance to be fit and recover nicely for us to use him in the future”
Flamboyant West Indies opener Chris Gayle will miss the upcoming ODI series against England, which gets underway on February 28 in Antigua, due to lower back pain.
Gayle complained of pain in his lower back following the West Indies’ shocking six-wicket loss to Ireland in the first Twenty20 International in Jamaica.
“Gayle experienced stiffness in his lower back following the first T20 International against Ireland on Wednesday,” a statement from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said. “He had precautionary scans and will have medical management and necessary treatment in Jamaica.”
West Indies captain Darren Sammy revealed that the national selectors are not going to take any chances with Gayle in the upcoming ODI series against England since they want him to be fully fit when the World Twenty20 begins in Bangladesh next month.
“He is really working hard on his fitness, but he was feeling just a little soreness in his lower back and we decided we are not going to take the chance,” Sammy said. “He is very important for us and we have already lost the services of [Kieron] Pollard so we are giving Chris the best possible chance to be fit and recover nicely for us to use him in the future.”
Dwayne Smith will replace Gayle for the ODI series against England.