West Indies swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle said that he is not leaving the game from the international arena.
Earlier this month, Gayle was given a guard of honour with his long-time teammate Dwayne Bravo at the end of West Indies’ ICC T20 World Cup 2021 campaign.
I ain’t leaving: Chris Gayle
There were speculations that the senior West Indies player will retire along with Bravo, but Gayle expressed his wish to retire before his home crowd in Jamaica.
Recently, the 42-year-old took to his official Twitter handle, where he wrote: “I Ain’t Leaving….”
This would mean that the opening batter might consider pushing his case for the next T20 World Cup in Australia.
The numbers of Gayle in the recently concluded ICC event, in which he amassed just 45 runs from five innings, suggest it would be difficult for him to continue in the West Indies colours as the team needs a revamp strategy to get back to their best.
I’d love to play one more World Cup: Chris Gayle
Gayle was applauded onto the field by teammates when he went out to open the batting against Australia in his final game of T20 World Cup, and he also saluted the ground after his dismissal.
“I’d love to play one more World Cup. But I don’t think they will allow me. It’s been a phenomenal career. I didn’t announce any retirement but they actually give me one game in Jamaica to go in front of my home crowd, then I can say ‘hey guys, thank you so much.’ Let’s see,” Gayle had said on ICC’s post-match Facebook live show.
“If not, I’ll announce it a long time and then I’ll be joining DJ Bravo in the backend and say thanks to each and everyone but I can’t say that as yet,” he added.
Gayle has played 483 international matches in his illustrious career that has spanned for more than two decades. He never played in ODI cricket after the India series, just after the 2019 World Cup.
Gayle has won two T20 World Cups under the leadership of Daren Sammy in 2012 and 2016. He will be seen playing for team Abu Dhabi in the T10 league.