Match Tied (Royal Challengers Bangalore win one-over eliminator)
Chris Gayle has announced that he will take part in the forthcoming season of the Everest Premier League, Nepal's T20 tournament.
The T20 stalwart will turn out for Pokhara Rhinos, who finished last in the previous edition of the EPL. He is one of their two major overseas signings alongside former South Africa skipper Hashim Amla.
The tournament will commence on March 14 as Gayle expressed his excitement for the competition in a video message uploaded on Twitter.
"I will be visiting Nepal for the biggest sporting event, the Everest Premier League," a beaming Gayle was seen as saying. "Come and support my team Pokhara Rhinos and be a part of a magnificent cricket fiesta. Nepal, get ready for the 'Gaylestorm'!"
The star player harbours a fearsome reputation with the bat and boasts the record for hitting the most number of sixes (978) across a T20 career.
Gayle had taken a jab at franchise owners around the globe for the propensity to blame him for their respective teams' failures.
Nepal, the forecast for March is Stormy! @henrygayle has confirmed to play in the @eplt20official for @pokhararhinos! Are you ready for the Gayle Storm?#galligallimaGayle #GoGayle #GoRhinos #eplt20 pic.twitter.com/FuurBZ50ci— EPL - Everest Premier League (@eplt20official) January 30, 2020
He recovered from a hamstring injury to represent Chattogram Challengers in the second half of the Bangabandhu BPL, amassing 144 runs in four games.
His belligerent half-century against Rajshahi Royals, albeit in a losing cause, indicates a much-awaited return to form.
Meanwhile, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over Gayle's future in international cricket with the 40-year-old Jamaican having given no clarity over his plans to resign from the apex level.
He remarked during a media interaction in Dhaka that he would be keen on playing T20s until the age of 45.
Gayle's last international appearance was in the third ODI against India at home in August 2019. The game was expected to be his swansong, even receiving a guard of honour from the opposition in the field, but he backtracked on this claim and said he had not announced his retirement yet.