The ICC took a significant decision last week regarding the 2020 World T20 slated to take place in Australia later this year. As much as the fans have expressed their sadness towards it, the same could apply to certain cricketers. But the COVID-19 pandemic left very little room for the tournament to proceed without the logistical challenges of hosting 16 teams. Instead, it has scheduled back to back competitions in 2021 and 2022.
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Coming to the cricketers’ predicament, a handful of players’ might have spoiled due to the postponement of the tournament. It is for those players, who are at the twilight of their careers and wanted to retire after partaking in the competition. With the ICC deferring it by one more year, their minds and bodies might not cope up too.
We take a look at five cricketers who might hang up their boots following the postponement of the T20 World Cup:
Chris Gayle was part of the West Indies’ victorious campaigns in 2012 and 2016. Chris Gayle is one of those few batsmen who are tailormade for T20 cricket and is responsible for giving powerful yet effortless starts to his sides. So far, he has 1627 runs in 58 fixtures at 142.84 with two centuries.
While arguably the Jamaican would make it to any T20 line-up, it is hard to admit that Gayle is no longer peak of his powers. At 40, the Jamaican might have found a berth in West Indies’ T20 squad this year and fulfilled his dream of leading the Caribbeans to the title for the third time. However, with the tournament postponed to next year, the southpaw’s international future remains doubtful.
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