Mumbai: Four days before the first trading window of the IPL shuts, the biggest question surrounds the future of Chris Gayle. Currently the world's top batsman in the format, Gayle turned out for Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, taking them to the IPL final. This year the Royal Challengers have first rights to his services - but the rider is that the player must agree, else he can be available for auction.
Either way, Gayle stands to cash in on his form and reputation, with the Royal Challengers looking at breaking the bank to retain him before January 20 or the other franchises doing so in next month's auction.
"You will have to wait. We will make an announcement soon," Siddharth Mallya, the owner of the Bangalore franchise, told ESPNcricinfo, without revealing any further details.