On Sunday, the West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has announced that he will retire from One-day International (ODI) cricket format after this summer’s World Cup 2019.
The 39-year-old left-handed batsman has scored 9,727 ODI runs in 284 games since his debut in 1999 – second only to the legendary West Indian Brian Lara’s 299 games (10,405 scores).
Gayle is expected to play the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 that is held in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14 this year. After the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the left-hander has only played 15 ODIs in Zimbabwe, including last year’s World Cup qualifiers.
Gayle returns to West Indies squad to face England in five one-day match series beginning in Barbados on Wednesday.
Gayle has recorded 23 centuries in ODI, and his 215 against Zimbabwe in 2015 is the fourth-highest score in history. He’s just one of six men who has scored a double hundred in ODIs. He was part of the West Indies team that won the England Champions Trophy in 2004. Gayle has played 103 Tests for West Indies but has focused on limited over matches in the recent years, both internationally and in national Twenty20 competitions.
Gayle also mentions that he will be available for the T20s, and would like to play in the inaugural 100-ball competition of the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2020.
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