Chris Gayle leaves bubble: The veteran T20 star quotes the fatigue of the bubble, “Refocus at the Individual West at the T20 World Championship” Punjab Kings announced that Chris Gayle is quitting IPL bio-bubble due to bladder fatigue. Fresh from the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) bubble, Gayle said he wanted to mentally refresh himself before next month’s 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,” Gayle said in a statement. “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.”
The 42-year-old played in two of Kings’ three matches. Since the IPL resumed in the UAE.
The King‘s statement said Gayle is expected to be in Dubai, before joining the West Indies squad. For the World Cup that begins on October 17.
“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,” Anil Kumble, head coach of Kings, said.
Gayle hasn’t been the first marquee cricketer in recent months to take a break from bubble life. Ben Stokes left the England test team and lost his streak against India. With Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, and David Warner retiring from the Hundred earlier this year. The IPL has already experienced several withdrawals for the same reason.
Since the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic. Player deductions due to bladder fatigue have been a feature of many tournaments and series around the world. Several of the withdrawals had less to do with the fear of contracting Covid19 than with the demand. To jump from one strict bubble to another, with restricted mobility and life in hotels.
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