West Indian batsman Chris Gayle has declared he has no plans of retirement as of now. Chris Gayle, who made his international debut back in 1999, might not be in the national team’s plans actively, he remains one of the most sought out players in franchise cricket. The swashbuckling batsman from Jamaica is currently participating in the Ultimate Kricket Challenge (UKC).
Chris Gayle was in an ominous form in IPL 2020, playing for the Kings XI Punjab. Even though he earned a spot in the playing eleven only in the second half of the tournament, Gayle’s inclusion had a massive impact on the side’s fortunes in the competition. Gayle mustered 288 runs in seven matches at 41.14 alongside a strike rate of 137.14.
The southpaw, who last played for the West Indies in August 2019, did declare he would retire after the 2019 World Cup; however, he took a U-turn. The 41-year old remains optimistic that he still has five years left in him and with two World Cup tournaments on the cards, he has no plans as of now to quit the game.
“Oh yes, of course, no retirement plan as of now. I believe that I still have five more years, so before 45 no chance. And yes, two more World Cups to go,” Gayle said as quoted by ANI News.
It’s fantastic in many ways and you can easily relate to it: Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle, who is playing alongside stars like Yuvraj Singh, Kevin Pietersen, and Eoin Morgan in the UKC, which is an indoor cricket tournament, has underlined it as an exciting concept. Gayle claimed that it is a format which several people could easily relate to and it’s also different from what indoor cricket usually is.
“I think it’s a new and exciting concept added to the game of cricket. But like I say you never know, but at the same time, it’s fantastic in many ways and you can easily relate to it. And within the game of cricket and I’m sure everyone will actually get to watch and what’s happening pertaining to the UKC so it’s totally different from what I’m sure you have seen indoor cricket before,” he added.
The 16-day tournament has witnessed the introduction of new cricketing rules. Each game consists of two UKC teams locking horns against each other across four innings of 15 balls each in every match. The UKC contender winning earns two points in the league stage and the UKC contender with more runs at the end of each match is the winner.