Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | ePaper
Chris Gayle`s BPL absence due to NOC delay
Rangpur Riders' opener Chris Gayle could not take part against Khulna Titans in Bangladesh Premier League as he is yet to obtain no-objection certificate, a BPL official said on Sunday. Gayle, who arrived on Saturday morning, did not take part in the tournament opener against Chittagong Vikings and it was said that he was rested as he was yet to recover from the jet lag. However, his omission from the starting line-up against Khulna Titans on Sunday raised quite a few eyebrows. It was later revealed that he was barred from taking part in BPL as he could not submit the required NOC.
"We did not receive his NOC before the match and so we could not allow him to take part against Khulna Titans," BPL technical committee chairman Jalal Yunus told Cricbuzz on Sunday. "May be they could not submit it on time as it was quite late in Windies. We just received a mail and that suggests we would get it very soon. The franchise have taken everything in the right spirit," he added.
Defending champions Riders have retained Gayle as he was instrumental in their success in the last edition. They missed his service in the opening match as Vikings edged past their paltry total of 98 runs with three wickets in hand.