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Gayle To Undergo Surgery For Injured Back

Chris Gayle has confirmed that he was going to undergo surgery to fix his long-standing back problem, and it would keep him out of cricket for “two to three months”.

Gayle has been plagued with back problems for long, playing the 2015 World Cup through pain, even missing the group stage match against UAE during the tournament. He reportedly played the quarter-final against New Zealand after taking a painkilling injection.

Speaking to the Caribbean Premier League website after Jamaica Tallawahs’ 27-run loss to Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel on Thursday (July 23), Gayle said, “I have a charity game on the 2nd (of August), but after that I will be out of cricket for two to three months. I am going to do a surgery on my back.

“So I need some time for recovery. Maybe December,  before I actually get back in cricket as well. You have got to wish me luck with that surgery and then I will be back strong.”

Gayle is the leading run-getter at the 2015 edition of the CPL so far with 430 runs at an average of 61.42. Despite the problems, he did well for his other T20 teams as well, scoring 491 runs from 14 games for Royal Challengers Bangalore at the 2015 Indian Premier League and then aggregating 328 from just three games for Somerset at the NatWest T20 Blast.

Should Gayle be sidelined till December, as he has said, West Indies will miss him for the tri-series against Pakistan and Zimbabwe in August-September. The tournament, shoehorned into the calendar to give Pakistan and West Indies a chance to qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy, is a crucial one, and Gayle’s absence could hurt West Indies’ chances in a big way.

Gayle is also contracted with Melbourne Renegades for the Big Bash League, which begins on December 18.

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