IPL 2021: Punjab Kings got a big setback, this star player was out of the rest of the season
West Indies and Punjab Kings (PBKS) star batsman Chris Gayle has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) citing bio-bubble fatigue. Gayle, who has been in a bio-bubble with the West Indies squad for the home season (including 14 T20Is against Australia, South Africa, and Pakistan) and then the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and now the IPL, before June this year, wants to Take some time out and get refreshed for the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup.
Gayle broke out of the team's bio-bubble on Thursday and will take some time off to stay in Dubai before getting set to play for the Kieron Pollard-led West Indies side in the T20 World Cup to be held in UAE and Oman.
Punjab Kings made the announcement late Thursday night and mentioned in a statement that they fully respect Gayle's decision and wish him all the best for the big event.
Announcing this, the team wrote, "Punjab Kings as a franchisee fully understands and supports Chris Gayle's decision to pull out of the 2021 VIVO Indian Premier League. The team respects the wishes of the cricketer. And will continue to support Gayle in every possible way. Best wishes to the Universe Boss for the upcoming T20 World Cup."
Talking about the decision, the 42-year-old cricketer said, "Over the past few months, I have been a part of the CWI bubble, the CPL bubble, and then the IPL bubble, and I want to recharge and refresh myself mentally. I want to get ready for the West Indies team in T20 World Cup and take a break in Dubai. My thanks to Punjab Kings for giving me time. My wishes and hopes are always with the team. Best wishes to all."
The effect of this decision of Chris Gayle will be seen on his entire team. Chris Gayle is a very good player. But he has taken this decision to prepare himself for the upcoming cricket series and take a break.