Miller - Losing Chris Gayle a big blow
Jamaica Star article.
Kingston, Jamaica - Newly-appointed Jamaica vice-captain Nikita Miller says it will be a big blow playing without opener Chris Gayle in the WICB NAGICO Insurance Super50, however the team is prepared to fight on without him.
Gayle, who was originally named captain of the team, had to be withdrawn yesterday after he failed a medical examination carried out by the head of the WICB medical panel, Dr Akshai Mansingh.
He had picked up the injury last November while representing West Indies in India.
"It's a big loss given his ability and stature in international and regional cricket," said Miller.
"He would have been a great asset to us as a lot of bowlers around the region fear him, and by just his presence it would give the team a boost.
"But cricket is a team sport, and as such we will have to pick ourselves up and collectively try to fill the void."
"Also, it is not the first time we are playing without him, as we have done so in the past and done well."
Gayle has been replaced in the team by young opener Kennar Lewis, who was the leading runs getter during the recent Super50 trials.
The captain position, in the meanwhile, will be taken by original vice-captain David Bernard Jr, who makes the step up.
Jamaica, who will participate in their final practice match today at Sabina Park, will open their Super50 campaign next Thursday against title-holders Windward Islands at Queen's Park Oval.