West Indies opener Chris Gayle has pulled out of this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) citing personal reasons. ESPNcricinfo reported that the tournament is to be played behind closed doors in Trinidad and Tobago between August 18 and September 10. Gayle has made the franchise Saint Lucia Jokes aware of his decision as he was picked up by the side before the tournament. According to an ESPN Cricinfo report, Gayle said that he has not been able to meet his family due to the lockdown. Chris gayle has decided to take a break and spend time with them.
Gayle, 40, was selected by St. Lucia Zox as one of the marquee players in April this year.
He has represented Jamaican Talwah and St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the tournament.
He has also won the CPL title twice with the Tallawahs.
Earlier this year, Gayle avoided the CPL penalty for public criticism of members of Ramnaresh Sarwan and Jamaica Tallava.
Gail had publicly blamed Saravanan for eviction from the Tallawahs and called Saravanan “worse than the coronary virus”.
The left-handed batsman is the all-time leading T20 run scorer as well as the man with the most centuries in the format.
He is the all-time leading CPL run-scorer, scoring 2,344 runs in the tournament.