In IPL Phase-2, the match is to be held against Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Friday. Even before that, Punjab’s star batsman Chris Gayle decided to withdraw from the rest of the IPL matches. He said that such a decision has been taken because of the fatigue caused in the bio-bubble. Gayle had earlier come to the UAE to directly participate in the IPL after playing the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021).
Gail has been in Bio-Bubble since June. First the home series (including 14 T20Is against Australia, South Africa, and Pakistan) and then the CPL. After that, he reached to take part in IPL. At the same time, after the end of IPL, he has to participate in the T20 World Cup. In such a situation, before the T20 World Cup, he wants to refresh himself. Gayle said in a statement that I have been in a constant bio-bubble over the last few months and want to refresh myself before the T20 World Cup. So that I can focus on the T20 World Cup. Thanks to Punjab Kings for giving me the time. My wishes and hopes are always with the team. Best wishes to the team for the upcoming matches.
Played two matches in IPL Phase-2,
Gayle has played 37 T20 matches this year. He has played for four teams this season – West Indies, St Kitts, and Nevis Patriots, Quetta Gladiators, and Kings. In the IPL Phase-2 in UAE, Gayle played 2 matches for Punjab Kings.
Before Gayle, Ben Stokes also took a break due to the bio-bubble. He withdrew from the Test series against India citing mental health. At the same time, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, and David Warner also withdrew their names from The Hundred League played in England this year due to the bio-bubble.