Chris Gayle hints at Test cricket retirement

Swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle hinted an early retirement from the Test cricket to prolong his playing career. The West Indian cricketer had previously expressed his fight with a fragile back.

By Jayanta Oinam | Last Updated: Mar 05, 2015, 00:56 AM IST
Chris Gayle hints at Test cricket retirement

New Delhi: Swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle hinted an early retirement from the Test cricket to prolong his playing career. The West Indian cricketer had previously expressed his fight with a fragile back.

According to the reports, Gayle will discuss the issue with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) immediately after the 2015 ICC World Cup. He claimed that he is passionate to play the five-day format of the game, but confessed that the back-pain has forced him to think about the future.

Talking to Digicel Cricket in the sidelines of the ongoing world cup, Gayle said, “I do [feel passionate about playing Test cricket], to be honest with you... It is just that lately this back problem has kind of pushed me away a bit from Test cricket. To be able to go five days, it has been tough.”

“I haven't sorted my situation yet, which is the back problem. That is another concern ... because I've been playing cricket straight on the road and really didn't get a chance to spend the time and give the back as much time to heal,” the 35-year-old added.

However, the Jamaican refused to commit to surgery.

"People say surgery but they say once you have surgery on your back basically your career can be over... It would never be the same as well. Lot of thinking then," he said.