Chris Gayle plans to step down as West Indies captain and says he would not care if Test cricket eventually gave way to the shorter, brasher Twenty20 game.
The 29-year-old Gayle, who will lead the side in the second Test against England starting Thursday, told a British newspaper that he was tired of the responsibility that comes with leading the side. He also criticized his England rival Andrew Strauss for querying the wisdom of playing in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League and arriving just two days before the start of the Test series, which England lead 1-0.
“I need some time for myself,” Gayle was quoted as saying by The Guardian on Wednesday. “ I can’t take on too much. So soon I will be handing over this captaincy. I soon finish with it.” West Indies Cricket Board president Julian Hunte said Gayle's comments could be detrimental on the team, which lost last week's first test by 10 wickets inside three days.
Gayle already gave up the captaincy once last year but quickly changed his mind. He only took the role initially in 2007 following an injury to Ramnaresh Sarwan, accepting it permanently after leading the side to a 2-1 one-day series win over England. “At that time, when I was asked I didn’t want to be the captain,” Gayle said. “That’s when it all started. We won the series and then I said to them, whenever Sarwan is fully fit, I am ready to step down.
“Maybe they saw something different, and they asked me to bestay on as the skipper.”
Gayle made a total of just 28 runs in the first Test after joining up late with his teammates following his spell in the IPL with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
While Strauss considered game is more suited to Test cricket, Gayle said he preferred the shorter form and would not mind Tests disappearing.
“I wouldn’t be so sad,” Gayle said. “Some other players would be. Maybe Andrew Strauss would be sad if Test cricket dies and T20 comes in. Because there is no way he can make the change. “I like Twenty20. Who doesn't?”