West Indies left handed opening batsman Chris Gayle has hinted at the possibility of retiring from Test cricket if his recurring back problem cannot cope with a tight international schedule. Gayle said that he is planning to chalk out an assessment of his cricketing future after the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup of 2015 is over and when he meets with West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) officials. However, he says his passion for playing Test cricket remains.
He does feel passionate about playing Tests, and to be honest with all. It is just that lately this back problem has kind of pushed him away a bit from Test cricket. To be able to go five days, it has been tough, Gayle said.
The West Indies are due to play three Tests against England in April-May, two against Australia in June, three against Sri Lanka in October and again against Australia in December. Unconfirmed reports even suggested that they might return to India to complete their abandoned tour.
He has not sorted his situation yet, which is the back problem. That is another concern because he has been playing cricket straight on the road and really did not get a chance to spend the time and give the back as much time to heal, Gayle pointed out.
Gayle, 35, has played in only 18 of the 41 Tests the West Indies have contested since March 2010. He could not finish his last match against Zimbabwe at home in September owing to the lower back injury which also ruled him out of the Test series in South Africa preceding the World Cup.