The big-hitting opener was ruled out shortly before the toss in second one-day global against England at Trent Bridge after damaging his right hamstring.
Only 2.2 overs of play were possible at Trent Bridge before the rain came.
Having lost the toss, the home side were 21-0 when they were forced off the field, with Jonny Bairstow on nine and Alex Hales 10.
The first one was not exactly the most competitive affair, with England crushing West Indies by seven wickets and barely breaking sweat in the process.
West Indies were left waiting to discover the full extent of Chris Gayle's hamstring injury after the star batsman spent part of his 38th birthday having scans in a Nottingham hospital yesterday.
Gayle was replaced by Kyle Hope after he pulled his hamstring in the series opener, while Miguel Cummins was drafted in place of spinner Devendra Bishoo. "Hopefully it's not something too serious and it's a precaution". Gayle struck a typically dynamic 40 off 21 balls, including three fours and four sixes, as West Indies beat England by 21 runs in the lone Twenty20 of their tour in Durham last Saturday - a repeat of their World Twenty20 final win in Kolkata previous year.
"It's been a long time coming, I made by debut so long ago".
Gayle's involvement in Bristol on Sunday and beyond is now in doubt.