Chris Gayle to miss remainder of Mzansi Super League
Chris Gayle (AFP Image)

West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle will no longer be taking part in the Mzansi Super League and will return home to attend his mother’s funeral later this week. Gayle’s mother, Hazel, passed away on November 7 of a reported heart attack.

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“Although my mom passed away on the sixth of last month she’s not been laid to rest as other family members were not able to get home and they’re flying in this week,” Gayle said. “It’s not been easy to play cricket when you’ve lost your mom, who you’ve also been close to.”

“Although my mom passed away on the sixth of last month she’s not been laid to rest as other family members were not able to get home and they’re flying in this week,” Gayle said. “It’s not been easy to play cricket when you’ve lost your mom, who you’ve also been close to.”

Gayle played three matches for Jozi Stars, scoring 6, 5 and 9 against Cape Town Blitz, Durban Heats and Paarl Rocks. He earlier skipped the MSL to go play the T10 League in the UAE and returned last week to continue for Stars. Gayle will miss the Stars’ final round game against Tshwane Spartans in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

“I would like to thank Cricket South Africa and the Jozi Stars. It’s always nice to come back and play some cricket here,” Gayle said after the match against Rocks on Sunday.

“I’ve made some great memories and it was a pleasure to be a part of this new T20 league. It is unfortunate that I have to leave. It is not the way I wanted this to end. I have a family matter, and family is my number one priority.”