Having “definitely” played in his last World Cup, big-hitting opener Chris Gayle, on Thursday, regretted not being able to make the semifinals, but said he will be around to help West Indies cricket.
“It’s been a privilege and honour to represent West Indies in five World Cups, disappointed to end without making it to the final four. Lot has happened behind the scenes to get here and be here, that’s fantastic,” Gayle said after the side’s last match against Afghanistan ended in a 23-run win.
The victory will hardly be any consolation for West Indies, which started the tournament on a high, but is going back with only two wins from nine games.
“Would’ve loved to lift the trophy, but it didn’t happen but at the same time it was fun, enjoyed it. All the guys rallied around me, got the support of the youngsters. Must commend the staff for the work ethics they’ve put in. Words can’t explain my feeling at the moment honestly,” the 39-year-old veteran said.
Last week, Gayle had indicated that he could retire from international cricket after the series against India next month.