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Chris Gayle leaves IPL bubble in a bid to be ready for ICC T20 World Cup

By September 30, 2021

The Universe Boss Chris Gayle has left the IPL bubble citing bubble fatigue and a need to stay fresh for next month’s ICC T20 World Cup.

The Indian Premier League franchise announced the development on Twitter earlier on Thursday.

"Over the last few months, I have been a part of the CWI bubble, CPL bubble followed by the IPL bubble, and I wish to mentally recharge and refresh myself," Gayle said in a statement.

"I want to refocus on helping the West Indies in the T20 World Cup and would like to take a break in Dubai. My thanks to the Punjab Kings for giving me the time off. My wishes and hopes are with the squad always. All the very best for the games coming up."

So far this season, the 42-year-old Gayle has played 37 matches for the West Indies, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Quetta Gladiators, and Kings.

Anil Kumble, the Kings head coach said he respects Gayle’s decision.

"I've played against Chris and have coached him at Punjab Kings and all through the years I've known him, he has always been an absolute professional and we as a team respect his decision and desire to prepare himself for the T20 World Cup," Kumble said.

The ICC T20 World Cup bowls off on October 17 with the defending champions West Indies opening their defence of the title on October 23.

 

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