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‘I want to play one more World Cup’ : Chris Gayle confirms he is not retiring

Gayle said he will play his last game in Jamaica.

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Chris Gayle ( Image Credit: Twitter)

West Indies batter Chris Gayle has revealed he is not retiring for now. Gayle had tricked the fans earlier in the day by hinting that the game against Australia might be his last. While walking back to the pavilion, Gayle acknowledged the crowd by raising his bat. He also received the guard of honour from his teammates. After this, the cricket fraternity started speculating that the Universe Boss might bid adieu to the game today, November 6. However, the veteran said he will play his last game in Jamaica.

“I was just having some fun over there. I want to play one more World Cup. However, I don’t think they’ll allow me,” Gayle said laughingly in a video posted by the Cricket’s governing body. “I didn’t announce my retirement but they (West Indies Cricket Board) gave me one more game in Jamaica in front of my home crowd. Then, I can say, “Hey guys, thank you so much for your support”,” he added.

This might not be the last game for Chris Gayle but he doesn’t have much international cricket left in him for sure. Post the defeat against Australia, West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard hailed Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo for their contribution and said their retirement will mark an end of an era. Notably, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo also earlier had announced that the game against Australia will be his final international game.

For me, it’s the end of a generation/era where you have some guys who have done some good things for T20 cricket, not only in the Caribbean but around the world,” Pollard said after the match.

“Sometimes one tournament you don’t want to sum up the entire thing when it comes to that but rationally these guys have done pretty well for themselves and we as people are very, very proud,” he added. Pollard also thanked his fans while apologizing to them for West Indies’ dismal show where they lost 4 of the five games.

“Thanks to everyone who have supported us. Thanks to the Caribbean fans, yes we disappointed you as a team, sorry. But life goes on. Thank you very much,” the 34-year-old asserted.

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