Gayle to play in Nepal T20

West Indies’ Chris Gayle celebrates scoring half a century against Pakistan during their Cricket World Cup match at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England, Friday, May 31, 2019.
Associated Press / Rui Vieira, File

Veteran West Indies opener Chris Gayle has signed to play for the upcoming Everest Premier League (EPL) starting next month in Nepal.

This has raised questions about his availability for the West Indies’ tour of Sri Lanka.

The fourth edition of the EPL runs from Feb. 29 to March 14 in Nepal while West Indies face Sri Lanka from Feb. 17 to March 6.

Gayle, 40, has not represented West Indies in about six months and has not turned out in a Twenty20 International in almost a year.

West Indies are set to defend their Twenty20 World Cup title in Australia from Oct. 19 to Nov. 15.

Gayle has confirmed his participation in the EPL indicated that he will be representing Pokhara Rhinos.

“I will be visiting Nepal for the biggest sporting event, the Everest Premier League,” the Jamaican said in a video message.

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