West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle said on Thursday that he will be out of action for the next two-three months because he will be undergoing a back surgery.
The back injury has been troubling the big Jamaican for quite some time now.
Gayle,who is also the skipper of Jamaica Tallawahs, announced the news after their eliminator match of the Hero Caribbean Premier League 2015 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel on Thursday, which the Tallawahs lost and in the process, were knocked out of the tournament.
"I have a charity game on the 2nd, but after that I will be out of cricket for two to three months. I am going to do a surgery on my back. So I need some time for recovery. Maybe December, before I actually get back in cricket as well. You have got to wish me luck with that surgery and then I will be back strong. Who knows, we will see what happens," Gayle said on Thursday.
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Despite his injury, Gayle played during the World Cup as well. Although he missed a group league game against the UAE, he took an injection to play in the quarter-final match against New Zealand in Wellington.
Post that, Gayle has managed to score a lot of runs in the shortest format of the international game. He scored 491 runs in 14 matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015, 328 runs in three Natwest T20 games and is the leading run-scorer in the CPL 2015, with 430 runs at an average of 61.42.
As a result of the surgery, Gayle will be missing out on the triangular series against Pakistan and Zimbabwe which is scheduled in August and September. He is also contracted to Melbourne Renegades from the Big Bash League in Australia which begins in December.