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Chris Gayle says no to India ODIs after deciding to ‘take a break’

Chris Gayle will also skip in the upcoming edition of Big Bash League in Australia.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 26, 2019 11:00:53 pm
Chris Gayle retirment, Chris Gayle retires, Chris Gayle last ODI innings, Chris Gayle Virat Kohli, West Indies vs India 3rd ODI, WI vs IND 3rd ODI, IND vs WI 3rd ODI Chris Gayle walks back to the pavilion after playing a whirlwind knock against India in the final ODI in Port of Spain. (AP)

Chris Gayle has recused himself from playing the three ODIs in India next month. Stating that he wants to focus on his plans for 2020, Gayle also revealed that he will not feature in the upcoming season Big Bash League.

West Indies are scheduled to play three T20s and as many ODIs in India starting December 6. Gayle is also unlikely to feature in the T20 games.

“West Indies called me to play ODIs, but I am not going to play,” Gayle was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

West Indies selectors wanted him to feature in the upcoming matches but it was his decision to withdraw.

“They (selectors) want me to play with the youngsters but for this year I am going to take a break,” he added.

Gayle also withdrew from the Big Bash League in Australia.

“I am not going to the Big Bash. I’m not sure what cricket will come up, I don’t even know how my name reached the BPL (Bangladesh league), but I have been drafted in a team and I don’t even know how that happened.”

The 40-year old West Indies opener, who played for defending champions Jozi Stars in what was a disastrous MSL campaign for him, scored just 101 runs from six innings. He also lashed out at his critics.

“As soon as I don’t perform for two or three games, then Chris Gayle is the burden for the team.

“I am not talking for this team only. This is something I have analysed over the years playing franchise cricket. Chris Gayle is always a burden if I don’t score runs, two, three, four times.

“It seems like that one particular individual is the burden for the team. And then you will hear bickering. I am not going to get respect. People don’t remember what you have done for them. I don’t get respect,” he added.

(With PTI inputs)

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