New Delhi. Punjab Kings (PBKS) have suffered a major setback. Ahead of today’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders, the team’s star batsman Chris Gayle has withdrawn from IPL 2021. He has decided to withdraw from IPL due to fatigue caused by Bio-Bubble Fatigue. Gayle had come to the UAE to take part in the IPL directly after playing the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021).
After leaving the IPL, Gayle said that he wants to refresh himself mentally before the T20 World Cup. Gayle was in the bio-bubble since June this year. First home series (including 14 T20Is against Australia, South Africa and Pakistan) and then the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and now the IPL. Let us inform that Punjab Kings have to enter the match against Kolkata Knight Riders today.
Gayle said in a statement that in the last few months, I have been a part of the bio-bubble of West Indies, Caribbean Premier League and then IPL and I want to refresh myself mentally. I want to refocus on helping West Indies in the T20 World Cup and take a break in Dubai. Thanks to Punjab Kings for giving me the time. My wishes and hopes are always with the team. Best wishes to the team for the upcoming matches.
Gayle has played 37 T20s this year
Only 6 players have played more T20 matches this year as compared to Gayle’s 37. He has played for four teams this season – West Indies, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Quetta Gladiators and Kings. In the second half of IPL in UAE, 42-year-old Gayle played 2 matches for Punjab Kings. Kings said in a statement that Gayle will remain in Dubai before joining the West Indies squad for the World Cup starting October 17.
Ben Stokes also did not play the series against India
Gayle is not the first legend to take a break from cricket in the last few months due to the bio-bubble. Before him, Ben Stokes also withdrew from the Test series against India citing mental health. Kieran Pollard, Andre Russell and David Warner also withdrew from The Hundred League played in England this year. Many players are not taking part in the second half of IPL also due to this reason.