Chris Gayle was in such poor form a couple of years ago that his West Indies career looked definitely over, yet at 42 the ‘Universal Boss’ is back in the spotlight and looking forward to the T20 World Cup.
Gayle has left his Indian Premier League stint with Punjab Kings to "mentally recharge and refresh" ahead of West Indies' T20 World Cup campaign.
The veteran Jamaican put the decision down to bubble fatigue, having played under similar restrictions during the Caribbean Premier League while with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Gayle said: "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. My thanks to the Punjab Kings for giving me the time off."
West Indies face England in their opening match of the T20 World Cup, in Dubai on Oct. 23. Windies aim to become three-time champions having won the most recent edition in 2016 as well the 2012 tournament.