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“No more cricket for me until the next three months”
Flamboyant West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has revealed that he is “very, very tired” after a hectic season of domestic and international cricket.
In the past 12 months, Gayle has featured in 71 matches across all three formats, 35 of which were for five different domestic Twenty20 franchises.
“It’s been a long road, and I am very, very tired mentally,” Gayle said. “It was a challenging time batting-wise in the Tri-nation series (against India and Sri Lanka) and then against Pakistan, and to have come and played a captain’s part in the CPL has been really, really, stressing.”
Gayle started 2013 with a stint for the Sydney Thunder in Australia’s Big Bash League.
He then flew back to the West Indies, where he represented his native Jamaica in the Caribbean Twenty20 league, scoring 85 and 122 not out.
The 34-year-old then flew back to Australia for international duty as he participated in the limited overs series between West Indies and the baggy greens before heading to Bangladesh for the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), in which he only played one match for the Dhaka Gladiators and smashed a brilliant century to lead them to the finals.
After his short and sweet stay in Bangladesh, Gayle travelled back to the West Indies for the Zimbabwe series before going to India to represent the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
It was back to international duty from there as Gayle headed to England for the Champions Trophy before returning home for the tri-series tournament, which included India and Sri Lanka.
The West Indies followed that up with five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals against Pakistan and Gayle was selected for every single one of those matches.
After a long and arduous international stretch, Gayle led the Jamaica Tallawahs to victory in the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
“It’s been quite a lot, and I am really, really happy that it is over now,” he said. “No more cricket for me until the next three months.”
With Gayle having taken a leave of absence for the next three months, it is safe to say that he won’t be playing any competitive cricket until the West Indies’ tour of New Zealand in December.
The series will consist of three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.