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Gayle takes break from cricket to reflect on international future
Gayle takes a break

Gayle takes break from cricket to reflect on international future

Chris Gayle has pulled out of the upcoming ODIs against India in December as he announced a break from cricket duties for the rest of the year.

The dynamic batsman recently bowed out of the ongoing Mzansi Super League, where he was representing defending champions Jozi Stars.

Following his decision to cut short his MSL stint, Gayle launched into a tirade attacking franchise owners in T20 leagues around the globe for treating him with a 'lack of respect'.

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He has now revealed he was contacted by the West Indies selectors, who queried about his availability for the limited-overs fixtures in India but Gayle declined in order to "recharge" and plan his career for 2020.

"West Indies called me to play ODIs, but I am not going to play," Gayle told reporters after the MSL defeat to Tshwane Spartans.

"They [selectors] want me to play with the youngsters, but for this year I am going to take a break," he added.

The 40-year-old southpaw struggled for fluency in South Africa's T20 competition though his reputation as a belligerent power-hitter continues to make him a sought-after commodity in franchise-based tournaments.

A cloud of uncertainty hovers over his future in international cricket where Gayle has not particularly specified when he would be walking away from the game.

He began 2019 with a slew of blistering knocks against England at home, managing to amass 424 runs from four innings.

Later, he fared poorly in the ICC World Cup, which was presumed to be his swansong but he withdrew his retirement plans.

Gayle then featured in the ODI series against India as he overtook Brian Lara's run tally to become West Indies' leading run-getter in the 50-over format.

He blasted 72 off just 41 deliveries in the final match of the series where he was greeted by a raucous standing ovation from the opposition and the crowd suggesting his farewell outing in international cricket.

Gayle followed it up with another 'U-turn' and claimed to not have announced his retirement "until further notice".

For now, the veteran opening batter promised to come back to the competitive arena with more clarity of mind.

"I'm going to recharge my batteries and think ahead in life, and try and plan it better and keep the people who are more real around you."

"There's a lot of things I am going to analyse. You never stop learning. Doesn't matter how long I have been playing.

"There's a lot of things for me to give back. 2020 is just around the corner. I will use now and next month to reflect on what I really want for 2020," Gayle concluded.