Cloud over Gayle after opener falls ill

Chris Gayle

WHANGAREI, New Zealand,  CMC – West Indies could be in danger of losing  Chris Gayle for the one-day doubleheader after the superstar opener fell ill during the opening match here Wednesday.

The 38-year-old struck 22 during the Windies innings at Cobham Oval but never took the field as New Zealand chased down 248 to win the contest by five wickets.

After the match, head coach Stuart failed to shed any light on Gayle’s condition but said the Jamaican would consult doctors when the team reached Christchurch on Thursday.

“He took ill,” Law told reporters.

“He’s going to seek further medical advice once we arrive in Christchurch tomorrow. At this point in time I can’t give you any further details of what’s going on.”

When pressed he added: “I’m not a doctor. I can’t give you any more, so I apologise. We should get a full appraisal tomorrow. He just felt ill.”

Gayle appeared in good touch during his innings, blasting three fours and a massive six in his 31-ball knock, before becoming the first wicket to fall, caught at the wicket off Man-of-the-Match Doug Bracewell.

West Indies face New Zealand in the second ODI at Hagley Oval on Saturday.

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