St Lucia: West Indies veteran Chris Gayle has decided to opt out of the Caribbean Premier League 2020 season and has already conveyed the decision to his franchise St. Lucia Zouks about the non-availability. However, the former Windies skipper is yet to decide on his future.
The Zouks had struck a deal with Gayle as one of the marquee players in the range of 130,000 – 160,000 US dollars. Earlier in the year, after a bitter fallout with Jamaica Tallawahs, Gayle decided to join Zouks. Gayle, who made a return to Tallawahs’ set-up for the 2019 season, had noted that he was undermined by several people, including his former team-mate and the assistant coach of Tallawahs, Ramnaresh Sarwan. He had also lambasted Tallawahs chief executive Jeff Miller and owner Krish Persaud for ‘playing a game’.
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However, in May, the CPL committee decided not to constitute a tribunal after Gayle admitted that his comments were ‘damaging to the CPL Tournament and its brand’. In his statement, Gayle had also observed: “It was my greatest wish to finish my CPL career in Jamaica – playing in front of my home crowd at Sabina Park with the franchise that I had previously led to two CPL titles.”
Even though Gayle is the highest run-getter in the history of CPL (2534), he has struggled for form in the recent past. In the 2019 season, the Jamaican compiled only 243 runs in 10 innings for Tallawahs. The franchise also didn’t make it to the play-off stage. The CPL is set to be held in Trinidad & Tobago from August 18 to September 10, subject to the government giving the green signal.