The big-hitting Chris Gayle has opted out of the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
A report in ESPNCricinfo stated that the 40-year-old Jamaican informed St Lucia Zouks - the franchise he was going to play for in this year's CPL - of his unavailability on Monday, two days before the player’s draft.
ESPNCricinfo further reported that Gayle communicated to St Lucia Zouks through an email and said he needed a break to spend time with his young family in St Kitts.
Gayle, the leading run-scorer in the history of CPL, signed up with St Lucia Zouks in April following a big fallout with Jamaica Tallawahs, where he had returned in 2019 for a second stint. He was with the Tallawahs for the first four seasons and won the CPL title twice before moving to St Kitts and Nevis for two years (2017-2018).
The Zouks would have been the third team Gayle would represent in the CPL.
The 2020 CPL is scheduled to take place between August 19 and September 26 but the tournament organisers are currently watching the current situation with COVID-19 closely and are liaising with medical advisors and governments.
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