The Punjab Kings batsman desires to refresh earlier than the T20 World Cup starting subsequent month.
Star participant Chris Gayle has determined to go away the IPL’s bio-secure surroundings because of “bubble fatigue”, his workforce Punjab Kings mentioned on Thursday.
Gayle had performed two video games for the workforce since IPL’s resumption and now desires to refresh earlier than the T20 World Cup starting subsequent month.
The West Indian flew into Dubai from one other bio-bubble created for the CPL and staying in a protected surroundings has taken a toll on him like many different worldwide gamers in COVID instances.
“Over the last few months, I have been a part of the CWI bubble, CPL bubble followed by the IPL bubble, and I wish to mentally recharge and refresh myself,” said Gayle in a statement issued by Punjab Kings.
“I want to refocus on helping the West Indies in the T20 World Cup and would like to take a break in Dubai. My thanks to the Punjab Kings for giving me the time off. My wishes and hopes are with the squad always. All the very best for the games coming up.”
Head coach Anil Kumble said the team respects his decision.
“I’ve played against Chris and have coached him at Punjab Kings and all through the years I’ve known him he has always been an absolute professional and we as a team respect his decision and desire to prepare himself for the T20 World Cup,” mentioned Kumble.
CEO Satish Menon added, “Chris is a legend who has changed the game of T20 cricket, and we stand by his decision. He is a part of the Punjab Kings family, and his presence will be missed. We extend all support to him and wish him success.”
Gayle is more likely to stay in Dubai earlier than becoming a member of the West Indies squad for the T20 World Cup.