Windies destructive opening batsman Gayle has announced that he will retire from ODI cricket after ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England and Wales.
Earlier, the 39-year-old veteran batsman had been recalled by the Windies for the first two ODIs against England in preparation for this year’s World Cup. Chris Gayle last played for the Windies during a home series against Bangladesh last July.
Gayle is the second highest rungetter for the Windies in 50-over cricket after Brian Lara and is just 223 runs runs short of touching 10000 runs in the format. He also holds the Windies record for most hundreds in ODI cricket. In 2015, he became the first Windies batsman to strike a double century in the format when he made 215 against Zimbabwe in a World Cup group game.
“We welcome the return of Chris Gayle who missed the last two series and Ashley Nurse from injury. We are pleased to introduce Nicholas Pooran to the ODI cricket for the first time,” Windies chairman of selectors Courtney Browne had said.
Gayle will continue to play on the T20 franchise circuit and hopes to be picked for The Hundred, England Cricket Board’s new competition, when it begins in 2020.