West Indian power-hitter Chris Gayle has backed out of the Caribbean Premier League due to personal reasons.
The news comes a day before the draft for this year’s event is to take place – on Wednesday, June 24.
As per reports, Gayle has communicated his decision to his CPL franchise St Lucia Zouks. Zouks had recruited Gayle in 2019 after he had been released by his former side Jamaica Tallawahs after a below-par season in 2018, when he had scored just 243 runs from 10 games.
CPL 2020 will be held from August 18 to 10 September, with all games being held in Trinidad to reduce the travel time in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The original schedule had Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica and St. Lucia hosting the games.
Even though the left-hander has backed out of the CPL, he was all set to turn out in the IPL this year where he was to represent Kings XI Punjab that was originally scheduled to get underway on March 29.
The league has been indefinitely postponed due to the pandemic, but is likely to be held in October-November, if the T20 World Cup is not held in Australia in 2020.