Wednesday 2 December, 2020

West Indies pick Chris Gayle for ODI series against India

Destructive Jamaican opener Chris Gayle.

Destructive Jamaican opener Chris Gayle.

Destructive Jamaican opener Chris Gayle has found a place in West Indies' squad for their One-Day International (ODI) series against India in August.

The 39-year-old Gayle said prior to the ODI series against England in March that he planned to retire following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, but he had a change of mind during the tournament and has made himself available for this series. The self-proclaimed “Universe Boss” also has the extra motivation of two records for West Indies in this format to chase during the series.

Gayle now has 10,338 runs and needs 11 to pass batting legend Brian Lara (10,348) for the highest aggregate in ODIs for West Indies.

He has also amassed 10,393 runs and needs 13 to again pass Lara (10,405) for the most runs by a West Indian in the history of ODIs.

“Chris is a very valuable player and he brings a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge, he lends a lot to any dressing room and it is great to have him in the squad,” said interim West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer.

Left-handed opener John Campbell, another Jamaican, fellow batsman Roston Chase of Barbados and all-rounder Keemo Paul of Guyana have all been recalled to the 14-member squad for the three-match series which will be contested on August 8 at the Guyana National Stadium, and on August 11 and 14 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.

Reifer said Campbell, Chase, and Paul have been brought back to add more balance to the squad, whilst Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, and Ashley Nurse have all missed out on selection for the matches against Virat Kohli’s side. The rest of the ICC CWC 2019 squad remains in place.

“We have a mixture of some experienced and young ODI players,” said Reifer. “It is good to have Keemo, John, and Roston back, and they will help to bring further balance to the team. Looking ahead to the series, I think we have a lot to build upon following the World Cup. We have retained a large number of players from the World Cup squad, so there is a lot to build on and I am looking forward to the Series.”

West Indies ODI squad: Jason Holder (capt), Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach

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