Chris Gayle leaves IPL 2021 bubble to stay fresh for T20 World Cup
Star player Chris Gayle has left the IPL bubble citing bubble fatigue and a need to stay fresh for next month’s ICC T20 World Cup.
Gayle had played two games for the team since IPL's resumption and now wants to refresh before the T20 World Cup beginning next month. The West Indian flew into Dubai from another bio-bubble created for the CPL and staying in a protected environment has taken a toll on him like many other international players in COVID times.
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“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,” Gayle said in a statement.
“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. My wishes and hopes are with the squad always. All the very best for the games coming up.”
The ICC T20 World Cup bowls off on October 17 with the defending champions West Indies opening their defense of the title on October 23.