IPL 2020 : After two Covid-19 negative tests, Chris Gayle takes off to Dubai to join KingsXI Punjab

KingsXI Punjab and Universal Boss Chris Gayle has finally taken off for UAE to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). Gayle returned two Covid-19 negative tests before flying off to Dubai. 

Gayle had reportedly attended the birthday celebrations of sprinter Usain Bolt – who has since tested positive and is currently in home isolation – in Kingston last Friday. Gayle will land in UAE by Wednesday evening. 

Gayle, the highest run-scorer in T20s, posted the news on Instagram Stories, with videos of his swab testing, prior to his flight to the UAE. Upon arrival in the UAE, he will be tested at the airport, followed by a six-day quarantine with further testing on days one, three and five. 

Only once those are cleared he will be allowed to meet rest of his team-mates staying at Sofitel The Palm, Dubai and enter the IPL 2020 bio-secure bubble.

IPL 2020 : KL Rahul declares, ‘Gayle will be part of the CORE-GROUP of KingsXI Punjab think-tank’

Gayle last played competitive cricket in the Bangladesh Premier League in January. He decided to given CPL 2020 a miss due to personal reasons.

Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul has said that opening batsman Chris Gayle will be a part of the core group of the side for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

The IPL 2020 will be played from September 19-November 10 in the UAE across three venues –Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.

“We at Kings XI Punjab have had a great experience with Chris and me luckily, I have played with him for years now, we have shared great friendship, we have had some partnerships in the middle, he is a great guy to have in the team,” Rahul said in a video posted on the official website of the IPL.

“He will be a part of our core group, with the kind of experience he has, he will be somebody who will win matches for us,” he added.

Gayle has played 24 matches for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, managing to score 858 runs with his highest score being 104 not out in the 2018 edition.

Most likely, Gayle and Rahul would come out to open the batting for the side in the upcoming 2020 edition.

IPL 2020 : Chris Gayle record in the Indian Premier League 

Chris Gayle is one of the IPL regular since the league started in 2008. He is not only one of the most popular foreign player in the league over the years but also is the one of the highest earners from the league. Gayle over 13 years of IPL association has earned 56.56Cr from the IPL salaries. With his fitness and form getting questionable, he currently is contracted with KingsXI Punjab at a salary of 2 Cr.

Year Team Salary
2020   (Retain) icon1Kings XI Punjab ₹ 20,000,000
2019   (Retain) icon1Kings XI Punjab ₹ 20,000,000
2018  icon1ings XI Punjab ₹ 20,000,000
2017  icon1Royal Challengers Bangalore ₹ 75,000,000
2016  icon1Royal Challengers Bangalore ₹ 75,000,000
2015  icon1Royal Challengers Bangalore ₹ 75,000,000
2014  icon1Royal Challengers Bangalore ₹ 75,000,000
2013  icon1Royal Challengers Bangalore ₹ 34,625,500
2012  icon1Royal Challengers Bangalore ₹ 32,675,500
2011  icon1Royal Challengers Bangalore ₹ 29,900,000
2010  icon1Kolkata Knight Riders ₹ 37,032,000
2009  icon1Kolkata Knight Riders ₹ 39,296,000
2008  icon1Kolkata Knight Riders ₹ 32,128,000
Total ₹ 565,657,000