Gayle bades goodbye to Bulls for Renegades
Jannatul Naym Pieal
Barisal Bulls’ West Indian recruit Chris Gayle has suddenly left the country for Australia to take part in the ensuing Big Bash League (BBL) which is due to commence on December 17.
Earlier it was known that Gayle will avail his service for Barisal till the final of the ongoing third season of the BRB Cables Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). But prior to Sunday’s second qualifier match between Barisal Bulls and Rangpur Riders, Barisal captain Mahmudullah Riyad at the toss revealed that they will be without the service of the Caribbean whirlwind performer. “Gayle is leaving us to go to Australia for the BBL. Definitely he will be missed,” said Mahmudullah.
However, Gayle’s absence didn’t affect Barisal much as they rode over Rangpur by 5 wickets to march into the final. They will face Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s Comilla Victorians in the final on Wednesday. But unfortunately, like today’s match, there will be no Gayle-storm in the final as well.
According to reports, Gayle – who has been roped in by Melbourne Renegades for this year’s BBL, has left the country for Melbourne at 10.30 pm on Sunday. Gayle’s Renegades will open their campaign against Brisbane Heats on December 19. Gayle scored 139 runs in four matches, with a highest of 92 not out during his limited stay in the BPL-3.