Gayle hope­ful about SA tour

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — Star West Indies bats­man Chris Gayle (pic­tured) said on Sun­day that he was hope­ful a tour to South Africa would go ahead de­spite a pay dis­pute.

The West Indies cut short a tour to In­dia last month, re­fus­ing to play the last of five one-day in­ter­na­tion­als (ODIS), a Twenty20 (T20) match and three Tests over a cash row be­tween play­ers and of­fi­cials.

There have been fears in South Africa that the West Indies would not come this De­cem­ber, or that of­fi­cials would have to send a sec­ond-string side shorn of crowd­pullers like Gayle.

“Hope­fully the dis­pute can be re­solved and we will play against South Africa,” Gayle said as he helped the Highveld Lions win a South African T20 Chal­lenge firstround match in Jo­han­nes­burg.

“The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion be­tween play­ers and of­fi­cials in the West Indies is un­for­tu­nate, but th­ese dis­putes do hap­pen oc­ca­sion­ally.

“Talks are tak­ing place to try and re­solve the is­sue and I would love the South Africa tour to go ahead,” the 35-year-old run ma­chine said.

The West Indies are sched­uled to play three Tests, three T20 games and five ODIS dur­ing De­cem­ber and Jan­uary in the only tour South Africa host be­fore the World Cup. Gayle starred with bat and ball as the Lions de­feated the Dur­ban-based Dol­phins by six wick­ets in the fi­nal game of a triple­header at the Wan­der­ers sta­dium.

He took 4-36 in a four-over spell that in­cluded eight dot balls be­fore hit­ting six fours and two sixes when mak­ing 56 off 38 balls in 64 min­utes.

Kieron Pol­lard was another West Indies ‘im­port’ to im­press, scor­ing an un­beaten 72 and tak­ing 3-22 to give the Co­bras a 14-run vic­tory over the Titans. — AFP

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