I don't get respect from T20 teams, says Gayle
Chris Gayle has played for a multitude of sides over his 20-year career
West Indies cricketing hero Chris Gayle demanded more respect on Monday after waving goodbye to South Africa's Mzansi Super League with his team Jozi Stars yet to win a game in the current campaign.
Former West Indies captain Gayle, 40, scored just 101 runs in six innings before his stormy departure from a disastrous season for defending champions Stars in the Twenty20 championship.
"As soon as I don't perform for two or three games, then Chris Gayle is the burden for the team," said Gayle, who plans to take the rest of the season off.
"I am not talking for this team only," added Gayle, who has played for a multitude of sides over his 20-year career.
"This is something I have analysed over the years playing franchise cricket. Chris Gayle is always a burden if I don't score runs.
"It seems like that one particular individual is the burden for the team. And then you will hear bickering.
"I am not going to get respect. People don't remember what you have done for them. I don't get respect."
Meanwhile, the chief executive of the Jozi Stars franchise rode to the defence of Gayle on Tuesday, describing the West Indian batsman as "sensitive".
Jono Leaf-Wright, chief executive of Central Gauteng Cricket and the franchise, defended Gayle in an interview with The Star newspaper.
"In Chris's head, he feels that when he doesn't perform, because there are such expectations, from the franchise, the fans, that he's the reason the team is not performing.
"I know Chris well, he seems like he's the big character, lots of bravado, the swag and all that stuff but he's actually a sensitive guy, and unfortunately, when he doesn't perform he really takes it to heart. He's certainly no burden on our side."
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