Chris Gayle Not Retiring, Says Will Play Five More Years Of International Cricket
Chris Gayle has hinted at another un-retirement as the West Indies’ legend recently said that he might continue to play international cricket for five more years. Speaking at Reggae Sumfest-produced programme on Saturday, Gayle said that he will play international cricket for five more years.
“Because a lot of people talking, I am going to give them five more years of international cricket,” he said.
It is to be noted that Gayle has twice revealed his retirement plans this year. During the home series against England, Gayle said that World Cup 2019 would be his last international assignment. During the quadrennial event, Gayle revealed his future plans and expressed the desire to play the India series.
However, he has taken another U-turn and he does not seem to have retirement plans for now., which comes as a big surprise. Now it is up to West Indies board and selectors whether to keep Gayle in the squad or groom another youngster.
For now, he hasn’t been selected in the squad for the first two T20Is of the series against India to be played in the USA. Gayle had himself withdrawn from the series as he will be playing Global T20 Canada. Although he is expected to make a comeback for the ODI series against India.
Gayle did not play much international cricket before the World Cup. He returned for England series and played World Cup 2019 as well. If Gayle opts out of India ODIs, this could be the end of his international career as well.
As mentioned, he will be missing India T20I series to play Global T20 Canada. This isn’t the first time that Gayle has chosen to play a T20 league over international cricket.
While the West Indies board will decide his future at the international level, Gayle surely looks set to play franchise cricket for five years.
He is a part of Vancouver Knights in Global T20 Canada. Apart from him, Rassie van der Dussen, Andre Russell, Tim Southee are few of the international players in the side. The second edition of the tournament kicks off on July 25.
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