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Gayle among Windies trio to face auction

Friday, November 10, 2017

LAHORE, Pakistan (CMC) — West Indies Twenty20 stars, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite are among 500 players who will be up for selection at the Pakistan Premier League draft set for Sunday.

The left-handed Gayle, one of the most sought after batsmen in the game's shortest format, was released by Karachi Kings following the conclusion of the last PSL season.

He managed a mere 160 runs from nine innings last season with the Kings, after representing Lahore Qalanders in the 2016 inaugural tournament.

Bravo, meanwhile, was forced to opt out of his commitment to Qalanders last season after picking up an injury during the Australia Big Bash.

Brathwaite had been down to represent Quetta Gladiators but missed out through domestic commitments in the Caribbean.

The trio are widely viewed as precious commodities on the T20 circuit and are expected to quickly snapped up in the draft.

West Indies players like Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Darren Sammy have been retained by their respective franchises.

Sammy took the spotlight last season when he captained Peshawar Zalmi to the capture of the PSL title.

The new season will feature 34 matches and is set to bowl off early next year. The schedule is yet to be released.