Injured Windies captain Gayle going home

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Durban:The touring West Indies team suffered yet another blow after their skipper Chris Gayle, who is nursing a thumb injury, has decided to return home.

The aggressive southpaw will fly back home on Tuesday.

Gayle has not played since suffering a broken thumb in the second Test match against South Africa. He tore his hamstring during the tour of Zimbabwe which preceded the South African trip.

Gayle have been granted permission by the West Indies Cricket Board to return home to Jamaica to concentrate on getting better

He played in the first Test in Port Elizabeth but played no role in the second match and missed the third Test.

"Chris will go home tonight (Monday) or 'morrow," West Indies media officer Philip Spooner told to a prominent English paper.

Spooner said Dwayne Bravo, who has stood in for Gayle in his absence, would take over the captaincy for the remaining one-dayers.

The team's management had yet to decide whether to call for a replacement from the Caribbean, said Spooner.


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