West Indies news August 30, 2013

Gayle eyes rest after tiring season

Renaldo Matadeen

Chris Gayle, fresh off leading Jamaica to the first Caribbean Premier League title, has indicated he is eyeing a long rest after a hectic season of continuous cricket. In the last 12 months, Gayle has featured in 71 matches across different formats, 35 of them for five domestic T20 leagues around the world.

"It's been a long road, and I am very, very tired mentally," Gayle said. "It was a challenging time batting-wise in the Tri-nation series (against India and Sri Lanka) and then against Pakistan, and to have come and played a captain's part in the CPL has been really, really, stressing."

Gayle, whose captain's knock of 47 not out in the final earned Jamaica the CPL trophy, started the year with a stint with Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League in Australia. He flew back to the West Indies to play two T20s for Jamaica in the Caribbean T20, scoring 85 and 122 not out .

Gayle then travelled back to Australia on West Indies duty for the limited-overs series in February before joining the Dhaka Gladiators in the Bangladesh Premier League. He played only one match in the BPL and hit a century that helped Gladiators make it to the final of the tournament. He then returned home for the series against Zimbabwe.

This was a precursor to his stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. The ICC Champions Trophy in England ensued in May before the Tri-nation in the Caribbean. West Indies then played five ODIs and two T20s against Pakistan and Gayle featured in every match of the series.

"It's been quite a lot, and I am really, really happy that it is over now. No more cricket for me until the next three months," he said.

Gayle's form took a dip after he scored a century in the first match of the Tri-nation series against Sri Lanka, but he managed to finish fourth in the batting charts of the CPL with 234 runs from nine games at an average of 29.25.

West Indies are slated to tour New Zealand starting in December. They are due to play three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s.

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    CG have every right to make the most of his earning ability while he still can, he didnt miss WI games because of injury and that is a testament !

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Gayle is an entertainer; he needs rest as well. Look forward to 2014 for more action. Thank you Gayle for the entertainment provided in 2013.

  • Rishi on August 30, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Good decision by Chris. I would suggest that he should 12 month rest. Because he plays only one inning of any value in a year, and that's also somewhere in IPL, he is very much like BB McCullum of NZ. We the audience are tired of his pathetic performance.

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Good for you Gayle. Sarwan was deprived 18 months of professional cricket by the big fella selectors of West Indies team.

  • Android on August 30, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    make money through right way is good. take good rest for coming season.we are all waiting for blasting gayle!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vikram on August 30, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    People complaining about him playing in virtually all T20 leagues might want to also mention how much money they are willing to give him once he retires. That way, Gayle can avoid some of the leagues and not feel so tired.

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    I hope that CG uses the 3 months that he has off to work on his batting. Even the strongest supporters of CG would tell you that he looks a shadow of himself. Being constantly thrust into match situations when one doesn't feel assured about his technique or lacks confidence, is what contributed to his very bad run of scores. If anything he should take a page out of Shiv's book or even his countryman Andre russel(at least in t20 cricket): these guys use their bowling machine to bat lots and lots of balls. At least the next assignment (if selected) would be against NZ in test match cricket.

  • kevin on August 30, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    hmph if he plays every t20league in the world how can he expect to have any energy left for W.I peformaces.Besides hes been in poor form since bangladesh last year.

  • pushkar on August 30, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    @Anant Shah and @PrasPunter. Nothing wrong with playing T20 and earning money is there? I am assuming you guys work as well and make decent money. so lets not be jealous and let others enjoy their work

  • Prasanna on August 30, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Its all about money money money money !!

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