The Chris Gayle saga has come to an end as the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have successfully negotiated a deal to retain him for the next two IPL seasons. RCB had the first right to Gayle’s services as he was part of their squad in the previous season. Gayle played as a replacement player for injured Dirk Nannes. Although the amount of money Gayle was signed for has not been disclosed, it will be revealed to the IPL authorities and the amount will be deducted from RCB’s auction purse.
Sidhartha Mallya, the Director of Royal Challengers Sports Pvt Ltd, said in a press release that they are thrilled to have Chris Gayle as a permanent member of their IPL squad, and they will take extra steps this season to win their first-ever IPL title.
Gayle expressed his happiness saying, “To me, Bangalore has been a home away from home. I wanted to continue playing for them, and it turned out that they were keen to retain my services.”
The IPL 2012 Transfer window closed on January 20, 2012, and all free-agent players, players of Kochi IPL team, and some other international players were auctioned on February 4, 2012, at the IPL 2012 Players Auction.