West Indies and Punjab Kings (PBKS) star batsman Chris Gayle has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to bubble fatigue.
New Delhi: West Indies and Punjab Kings (PBKS) star batsman Chris Gayle has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to bubble fatigue.
The 42-year-old will no longer be available for selection for the rest of Punjab Kings’ games. Chris Gayle has been a part of the constant bio-bubble ever since cricket resumed after the pandemic, starting with the 2020 Indian Premier League.
He was also part of the West Indies squad for their home matches against Sri Lanka and Australia. This was soon followed by the 2021 Caribbean Premier League, where Gayle was once again in a bio-bubble environment for the rest of the competition.
“Over the past few months, I have been a part of the CWI bubble, the CPL bubble and then the IPL bubble and I want to recharge and refresh myself mentally,” Gayle said in a statement.
“I want to refocus on helping West Indies in the T20 World Cup and take a break in Dubai. Thank you Punjab Kings for giving me the time. My wishes and hopes are always with the team. All the comings Very good for sports,” he said.
Punjab Kings said that Gayle took this decision keeping in mind the T20 World Cup starting from October 17.
The 42-year-old has opted to prioritize his mental health and take some respite from the bubble environment in what could be his last T20 World Cup as a player for West Indies. “Punjab Kings as a franchise fully understands and supports Chris Gayle’s decision to pull out of the 2021 VIVO Indian Premier League,” the franchise said in a statement.
“The team respects the wishes of the cricketer and will continue to support Gayle in every possible way. The franchise would like to wish the Universe Boss all the best for the upcoming T20 World Cup,” he added.
First published:October 1, 2021, 9:17 am