Chris Gayle, the swashbuckling batsman for the West Indies, has stated that he will not retire from international cricket. Gayle and his long-time teammate Dwayne Bravo were given a guard of honour at the completion of West Indies’ ICC T20 World Cup 2021 campaign earlier this month. There were rumours that Gayle will retire alongside Bravo, but Gayle announced his desire to retire in front of his home audience in Jamaica.

“I Ain’t Leaving…” said the 42-year-old on his official Twitter account recently. This might suggest that the opening batter considers making a bid for the next T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia. Gayle’s performance in the recently finished ICC event, in which he scored 45 runs in five innings, suggests that he may struggle to stay in the West Indies colours, as the squad desperately needs a new strategy to get back to their best.

When Gayle walked out to start the batting against Australia in his final T20 World Cup game, teammates applauded him onto the field, and he saluted the pitch following his dismissal. “I’d like to participate in one more World Cup. But I don’t believe they’ll let me. It’s been an incredible journey. I didn’t declare my retirement, but they did give me one game in front of my home audience in Jamaica, so I can say, Hey people, thank you so much. Let’s see,” Gayle stated on the International Cricket Council’s post-match Facebook live show.

“If not, I’ll advertise it for a long time, and then I’ll be joining DJ Bravo in the backroom thanking everyone,” he continued.

In his illustrious career spanning more than two decades, Gayle has appeared in 483 international matches. After the India series, he never appeared in an ODI match again till the 2019 World Cup. Under Daren Sammy’s leadership, Gayle won two T20 World Cups in 2012 and 2016. In the T10 league, he will be seen playing for Team Abu Dhabi.