World T20 champions West Indies flamboyant Chris Gayle thinks that “it will be difficult” for the Caribbean islands to get back to their glory days in Test cricket in the near outlook.
Chris Gayle is one of the dashing batsmen of his time; he has made two triple hundreds in the highest format with 7214 runs in 103 games.
Team West Indies have lost last two Test series which played against India and Pakistan.
According to the sources, Gayle stated to PTI during a communication arranged by Diageo, “It will be difficult for West Indies to go back where they were in Test cricket.”
Gayle said about the requirement of concentration and consistency in attaining success in Test cricket, “The structure of modern day cricket in such that it will be difficult to regain those days of glory because of the advent of the shorter format and the interest that it has generated among the youngsters. In longer formats, you need to concentrate more and have that game discipline in order to achieve consistency.”
Chris Gayle was primary in his review that “If you look at our T20 success it is because of the short duration that helps one play their attacking game. So if you ask me about a tour around, it seems difficult as of now.”
As per the reports, Gayle made lucrative private T20 leagues might always tempt a point about the youngsters in the West Indies diagonally the globe. He said “You cannot rule out that possibility that Gen Next in the Caribbean will be more inclined to play T20 leagues. If you are a professional cricketer, you would want to have a good career. With so many leagues across the globe, one needs to accept it as a reality today. If a guy is a good enough player and can remain fit, one can play in T20 leagues even above 40 (Brad Hogg is a case in point). At the end of the day, sport is entertainment and one can’t deny that T20 gets you good TV coverage for the duration of the game and the entertainment associated.”
Gayle concluded saying “If I am fit and in form, I would still like to play for the West Indies not only in T20 but in ODIs as well. If you ask me, I would like to play till the 2019 World Cup in England. That’s a target I have set for myself.”