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'Gayle still the king of T20s' - BPL side Rangpur excited to have West Indian on board
Windies star Chris Gayle has received a vote of confidence from the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) after recently going unsold in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Gayle’s failure to be picked among 300 overseas sent ripples of surprise around the cricketing world, with an unnamed official of one of the BPL Franchises later revealing that the owners did not believe ‘Gayle force’ was not what he used to be.
The Rangpur Riders and CEO Ishtiaq Sadek, however, has no such concerns and with the player expected to join up with the team on Thursday, insists he will be an excellent addition to the team.
“Gayle is still the king of T20s. I don’t know why he went unsold in the Pakistan Super League. His presence will lift the team and it will be a morale booster for the side,” Sadek told Sportstar.
Uncertainty had earlier arisen over the availability of the player as the dates of BPL coincided with the now-postponed Global T20 League in South Africa.
“But now, with the South Africa league postponed, Gayle will be playing nine matches for us. His inclusion will be a good thing as he can change the colour of a game on any given day.”