Gayle’s Dolphins first appearance undecided

Durban: Chris Gayle was officially unveiled as a Dolphins player on Tuesday, although there continued a fair amount of doubt as to when he would create his official first appearance in the home T20 Challenge.

The West Indian, one of the majority volatile T20 batsmen in the game, arrived in the country on Sunday night, nursing a grade two groin injury which he picked up while on duty for the Barisal Burners in the BPL.

He began treatment on his injured groin yesterday after meeting with our medical team, said KwaZulu -Natal Cricket Union chief executive Jesse Chellan.

At this point it’s difficult to say how soon he will be available.

It all depends on how quickly his body responds to the treatment, so it’s a little bit up in the air at the moment.

Gayle, who was scheduled to land inDurbanon Friday, postponed his arrival and quietly slipped into the country two days later.

The last couple of days have been improving, Gayle said.

I’m walking much well than when the injury actually happened.

So it’s slowly progressing and we’ll have to manage it.

Hopefully I’m back on the park as quickly as possible, but I think we’ll take each day in its stride.

Unfortunately I missed the start, but hopefully things work out accordingly, he said.

I’m ready to play whatever role the team actually needs me to and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

I want to help the youngsters and share my experience with them.

Not only is he here to help the team on the field, but off it as well, Klusener said.