Russell, Gayle to play in LPL while West Indies tour NZ
Andre Russell and Chris Gayle, who did not feature in West Indies squad to face New Zealand in three T20s from November 27 to 30, were on Monday drafted in the Lankan Premier League (LPL), set to bowl off on November 21.
Gayle was overlooked for the series, but Cricket West Indies Chief Selector Roger Harper said the door is still open for the Jamaican left-hander in future series.
According to Harper, Russell conveyed “he was not handling the whole thing [quarantines] well and he needed some time to clear his head and get himself together because he has been going from one lockdown, so to speak, to another.”
However, while the Sri Lankan government has not approved lenient quarantine measures for those coming into the country for the tournament, Sri Lanka Cricket insists that the foreign players and officials taking part have all agreed to the strict 14-day quarantine, in which arrivals are not allowed to leave their rooms.
The LPL is set to run from November 21 to December 13, and will be played initially in Sooriyawewa stadium, before moving to Pallekele for the latter stages of the tournament and the knockouts.
The other West Indian drafted on Monday was all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.
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