Vivo IPL 2021: The newly rebranded Punjab Kings (PBKS) has faced yet another setback after star cricketer Chris Gayle’s pull off from the tournament. Gayle has opted to leave the proceedings of the Vivo IPL 2021 due to excessive bubble fatigue, PBKS informed on Thursday.
The Universe Boss played two matches of PBKS in the second leg in which he scored 14 and 1 respectively. He wants to remain fresh for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 starting next 17th October.
“Chris Gayle will be leaving the IPL bio-bubble due to bubble fatigue. Having been a part of the CPL bubble and then the IPL bubble he expressed a desire to mentally refresh himself in Dubai before representing the West Indies in the T20 World Cup.”
The decorated cricketer joined the IPL bio bubble right after the completion of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on 15th September.
“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. I want to refocus on helping the West Indies in the T20 World Cup and would like to take a break in Dubai,” Gayle was quoted as saying in a Punjab Kings release.
“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 PBKS management has supported Gayle’s decision to take an immediate break. Anil Kumble, Director of Cricket Operations PBKS, said that the team respects the decision of the cricketer and will support him.
“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, Director of Cricket Operations, said.
The KL Rahul-led PBKS has managed to get authority on four matches out of 11 played. The team is placed in sixth place with eight points on the scoreboard.