KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC- West Indies opener Chris Gayle says he is mentally fatigued as a result of a hectic playing schedule and is eagerly looking forward to a three- month break from cricket.
His disclosure comes on the heels of the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) where he steered Jamaica Tallawahs to title honours by defeating Guyana Amazon Warriors in the finals.
“It’s been a long road, and I am very, very tired mentally,” said Gayle, who captured the man-of-the-match award in the final.
“It was a challenging time batting-wise in the Tri-nation series and then against Pakistan, and to have come and played a captain’s part in the CPL has been really, really, stressing.”
Gayle, who scored 47 not out in the final to lead the Tallawahs to a seven-wicket win over Warriors, started the year with a stint with Sydney Thunder in the Australia Big Bash League.
He represented West Indies in a one-day and Twenty20 International series tour in late January before returning to the Caribbean to participate in Test and one-day international series against Zimbabwe, followed by a run with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the popular Indian Premier League in April.
The ICC Champions Trophy in England in May followed soon after, with his last international duties coming in June and July.
“It’s been quite a lot, and I am really, really happy that it is over now. No more cricket for me until the next three months,” Gayle said.
A series of low scores in the earlier part of the CPL had also raised concerns about his form.
West Indies are due to tour New Zealand from December to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.