Gayle gets NOC from WICB to play for RCB in IPL

Updated: Apr 20, 2011, 17:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Explosive West Indies batsman Chris Gayle got clearance from his cricket Board (WICB) to play in the ongoing Indian Premier League after Royal Challengers Bangalore roped him in as a replacement for injured Australian left-arm pacer Dirk Nannes.

Gayle today received the No Objection Certificate from West Indies Cricket Board to play in the Twenty20 league, according to RCB owner Vijay Mallya.

Gayle, who went unsold in the IPL IV auctions in January this year after attracting a base price of USD 4,00,000, was yesterday roped in by the RCB to replace Nannes for the remainder of the season.

"It`s official now. The explosive Chris Gayle is now a part of the RCB squad after receiving clearance from the WICB," Mallya wrote on his Twitter page.

Gayle was not considered for the first two ODIs of the five-match series against Pakistan which begins at St Lucia on Saturday.

He played for Kolkata Knight Riders for the first three editions of IPL.