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Will Gayle Get His Farewell Game?

Chris Gayle, Jamaica, and West Indies batting legend, ought to be an unhappy camper as Cricket West Indies (CWI) has failed to deliver on what was implicitly promise to him to date — a farewell game!

Two years ago, it was brandished in the press that CWI was thinking of offering a farewell game for Gayle in Jamaica.

Back then, the Jamaican batting outlaw had also expressed his desire to play the last game on his home turf.

“We would like to. It is at the idea level. No decision on timing or format has been made,” Ricky Skerritt, the former President of the Caribbean board, revealed at the time. 

CWI’s current CEO Johnny Grave was also big on the promise and posited that the farewell could be a T20I against Ireland in January.

“We’re going to play three ODIs against Ireland in the second week of January and then one T20 at Sabina Park and I think that would, hopefully, if fans are allowed into Sabina Park a good opportunity for us to say farewell to Chris at his home ground,” Grave said back then.

However, Skerritt argued that no decision was made on whether the Ireland game would have been Gayle’s farewell match.

“Media has been misinterpreting a simple comment made by the CEO,” said Skerritt.

Gayle is easily one of the most decorated cricketers, if not the most decorated in the world.

He is now in doubt about whether this match will come to pass.

Gayle’s record speaks for itself, and any self-respecting board would seek to honor a great such as this legend.

He has been playing international cricket for the West Indies since 1999 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most destructive batsmen to have played Twenty20 cricket, and by some as the best ever.

He is the most capped player for the West Indies in international cricket and is the only player to score a triplet of centuries – a triple hundred in Tests, a double hundred in ODIs, and a hundred in T20Is.

He has also set numerous records across all three formats of the game, such as the highest individual score in a World Cup match (215), the fastest century in T20 cricket (30 balls), and the most sixes in T20 cricket (1000+).

He has played for various domestic teams around the world, such as Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sydney Thunder, Lahore Qalandars, and Quetta Gladiators. He has also been part of the West Indies teams that won the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, 2012 ICC World Twenty20, and 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

He is nicknamed “The Universe Boss” and is known for his flamboyant personality and entertaining style of play.

In any other country, Gayle would be regarded as a national hero but not so on this side of the pond.

Today, Gayle is mourning the fact that West Indies’ situation in the Cricket World Cup Qualifiers is dire and quite upsetting.

He revealed that he would be disappointed if they did not play the World Cup in India.

The World Cup is set to be played in India in the months of October and November.

The Caribbean side, who did not make it to the ODI World Cup via direct qualification (top 8 teams), are struggling to cope in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe and are on the brink of getting knocked out of the race.

The team ran up against a barrier when they lost to Zimbabwe and Netherlands in back-to-back matches that almost assured their exit from the race.

“It is upsetting. I have been a part of Qualifiers before. Sad to be in such a situation. Things have not gone our way going into the Super Six. It is going to be tough. I will be very, very disappointed not seeing the West Indies in the World Cup here in India,” Gayle told Press Trust India (PTI) in an interview.

Gayle was also asked about his retirement, to which the 43-year-old replied that he was supposed to get a farewell game.

“I don’t think there will be any international cricket from my point of view. After the World Cup (in 2021), I was supposed to have a farewell game. It did not happen. We have a new president in place, so I don’t see it happening. But I have not made an announcement as yet. I am still active but won’t be playing so often,” Gayle concluded.

The question is, will Gayle be waiting in vain for this farewell game?

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 Edited by Jesus Chan

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