Chris Gayle opting out of CPL – A Surprise

The 2020 Hero CPL will be different without the Universe Boss. Last Monday, Gayle communicated his decision to the St Lucia Zouks by email saying he would be unavailable.

In the email, Gayle pointed out that due to the lockdown he was unable to meet his family and his young child who are in St Kitts because he was in Jamaica. Gayle said he needed a break and wanted to spend time with his young family.

Gayle signed up with the Zouks in April after an acrimonious split with Jamaica Tallawahs.

Meanwhile, Gayle’s abrupt decision will have disrupted the Zouks’ plans for the players’ draft, conducted virtually for the first time because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The Zouks signed Gayle as one of the marquee players outside the draft in the US $130,000 – 160,000-price bracket. In his absence, the franchise is likely to get the first pick at the draft now.