Bangalore: Adam Gilchrist's competitive career may well have come to an end after he pulled out of the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in July due to an ankle injury.
Gilchrist captained Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League 2013 and, midway through the tournament, had announced that the CPL would be his last stint in competitive cricket.
"I have agreed to play the CPL but I have got some issues with my ankle. It is going to require some surgery at some stage to get it rectified," he had said after the IPL.
The CPL organisers have announced the list of marquee players for each of the six franchises, with Ricky Ponting, Muttiah Muralitharan, Herschelle Gibbs and Ross Taylor all set to participate. Gilchrist's absence paved way for the inclusion of Shoaib Malik, the former Pakistan captain.
Among the West Indies players, Chris Gayle (Jamaica), Dwayne Bravo (Trinidad and Tobago) and Darren Sammy (St Lucia) were named to play in the franchise based out of their country.
Robin Singh, named assistant coach of the Barbados franchise, will be the lone Indian representation in the tournament. Robin has previously coached Mumbai Indians in the IPL and Uva Next in the Sri Lankan Premier League.
The CPL will be held from July 29 to August 26. According to the details revealed by the organisers, 90 cricketers representing six teams will play 32 games over the period and the matches will be telecast worldwide. The full squads of each franchise will be determined through a player draft on June 5.