Gayle to undergo back surgery

Gayle scored 430 runs at an average of 61.42 in this year's CPL

Gayle scored 430 runs at an average of 61.42 in this year’s CPL

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West Indies opener Chris Gayle has revealed that he will be out of action for approximately two to three months as he will be undergoing back surgery.

Gayle, who has been suffering with chronic back problems for a while now, confirmed that he will go under the knife after a charity game on August 2.

“I have a charity game on the second, but after that I will be out of cricket for two to three months. I am going to do a surgery on my back,” Gayle, who recently finished captaining the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), said. “So I need some time for recovery. Maybe December, before I actually get back in cricket as well. You have got to wish me luck with that surgery and then I will be back strong. Who knows, we will see what happens.”

Should Gayle be sidelined until December, he is unlikely to represent the West Indies in the yet-to-be-confirmed tri-series against Pakistan and Zimbabwe in August-September.

Upon making a full recovery, Gayle is likely to travel straight to Australia as he will be representing the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League (BBL), which starts on December 18.

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