Chris Gayle has decided to skip this year’s Caribbean Premier League due to personal reasons. Former West Indies opener has conveyed his message to the St Lucia Zouks owners and team management that he will not be available for this year’s competition. On the other hand, St Lucia Zouks has yet to come out with a formal decision regarding Gayle’s decision to opt out of Caribbean Premier League 2020.
St Lucia Zouks signed Chris Gayle for a whopping sum of US $130,000 – 160,000. Earlier this year, he had major issues with Jamaica Tallawahs team management. Due to which Gayle decided to make the move to join Zouks this season. Chris Gayle observed that he was demoralized by various people, including his former colleague and assistant coach of Tallawahs, Ramnaresh Sarwan. He has heavily criticized Tallawahs chief executive Jeff Miller and owner Krish Persaud for doing dirty politics.
In May, Caribbean Premier League committee opted not to create a tribunal after Chris Gayle did admit that his comments did a lot of damage to CPL and its brand. In his formal statement, Gayle said,” My goal was to end my Caribbean Premier League career in front of my home crowds in Jamaica. He also has led Jamaica Tallawahs to clinch two CPL titles.
Chris Gayle is highest run-scorer in the history of the competition with 2534 runs to his name. In recent times, he struggled to produce notable scores and could accumulate 243 runs in 10 innings in last year’s competition. Last season, Jamaica Tallawahs failed to qualify for the playoffs of the competition.
Caribbean Premier League 2020 is set to be played in Trinidad and Tobago from 18th August to 10th September subject to government approval to stage the competition. It would be quite unusual to see Chris Gayle not taking part in the Caribbean Premier League this year.