'Absolutely relaxing' to be out of action: Gayle

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Published: Friday, April 27, 2012, 17:12 [IST]
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Gayle unsure of playing in T20 World Cup

Bangalore, Apr 27: With a year-long impasse with the West Indies Cricket Board, Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle, who represents Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 5, said that lack of international cricket is "absolutely relaxing".

Gayle, who led West Indies during the World Cup in 2011, also played his last international match against Pakistan which ended in a loss and exit from the World Cup.

"It is absolutely relaxing, to be honest. You are not going to get lots of international cricket. So you are more there with a calm mind and not getting worried too much. You represent a team and you go out there and do the job.

When asked whether he would be playing in the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, "We will see what happens", he said.

Other than the Royal Challengers, the hard hitting batsman also represents Barisal Burners and Sydney Thunder in the Bangladesh Premier League and Australia's Big Bash League respectively.

He expressed happiness and praised young West Indian Kevon Cooper after a brilliant start in IPL 5 for Rajasthan Royals.

"I am very happy for him to be playing in the IPL for the first time and getting a brilliant start. He has done well with the ball and the bat. He is someone who can learn from this experience and make a name for himself. It is great to see him with the impact that he has begun," he said.

Expressing sadness towards India's star batsman Yuvaj Singh's illness, Gayle said he hopes to see Yuvraj return to the field as soon as possible.

"It is very sad. To be in that state at such young age is unfortunate. Hopefully we will see him back on the cricket field sometime soon. It is good to see him back with his family and loved ones."


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