Punjab Kings’ Chris Gayle leaves IPL bio-bubble, expresses need to refresh himself for T20 World Cup

Written by Abhishek Patil

Punjab Kings’ Chris Gayle on Thursday has withdrawn from the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), citing the bubble fatigue. The Jamaican has expressed the desire to mentally refresh himself in Dubai before representing the West Indies in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

“Over the last few months, I have been a part of the CWI bubble, CPL bubble followed by the IPL bubble, and I wish to mentally recharge and refresh myself,” said Chris Gayle.

“I want to refocus on helping the West Indies in the T20 World Cup and would like to take a break in Dubai.

“My thanks to the Punjab Kings for giving me the time off. My wishes and hopes are with the squad always. All the very best for the games coming up,” he added.

Punjab Kings head coach Anil Kumble has respected Chris Gayle’s decision and called the Jamaican a true professional.

“I’ve played against Chris and have coached him at Punjab Kings and all through the years I’ve known him he has always been an absolute professional and we as a team respect his decision and desire to prepare himself for the T20 World Cup,” said Kumble.

Punjab Kings will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday.

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