Langer to scout for Big Bash talent in Caribbean

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May 27, 2016
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BRISBANE (CMC):

Stand-in Australia coach Justin Langer says he will be scouting for West Indian talent to recruit for the Big Bash League during the upcoming Tri-Nations Series next month.

The former Test batsman is leading the national side for the June 3-26 one-day series in place of regular head coach Darren Lehman, who has been given a rest by Cricket Australia.

"We've still got two positions (available)," said Langer, who is also head coach of Perth Scorchers.

Several West Indies players already campaign in the glitzy Twenty20 league Down Under, with the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, and AndrE Russell all having played in the competition before.

CONTROVERSY

Last January, Gayle found himself embroiled in a sexism scandal sparked by a controversial live interview with Channel TEN's Mel McLaughlin when he appeared to openly flirt with the reporter.

Melbourne Renegades announced this week they would not re-sign Gayle for the upcoming season, but in response to a reporter's question yesterday, Langer seemed to leave that option open for Scorchers.

"He [Gayle] won't be playing this tournament (Tri-Nations), so I won't get to see him in action, but you never know, we want to get the best combination for Scorchers cricket and for the club, so who knows."

The Tri-Nations will be played in Guyana, St Kitts, and Barbados and involves West Indies and South Africa.

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