Chris Gayle, the swashbuckling opener of West Indies has been recalled to the national cricket team for the first time in two years as he was named in the West Indies T20I side for a three-match home series against Sri Lanka.
Chris Gayle has been recalled to the West Indies cricket team as he has flirted with international retirement since 2019, having said that the home series against India after the ODI World Cup was going to be his last.
Chris Gayle Recalled To Play 3 T20Is Against Sri Lanka
However, he has since performed a U-turn on his retirement decision and has even hinted at the fact that he could play until he is 45 years old. The Universe Boss, who is currently 41 years of age, will be an active cricketer for at least another four years.
The charismatic Chris Gayle wants to help steer West Indies to a successful defence of their World Twenty20 title in India in October and November. The Jamaican opening batsman played the last of his 58 T20 internationals against England on home turf in March 2019. He has made 1,627 runs in the format with the highest score of 117 at an average of over 32.
The 41-year-old top-order batsman was recalled to the 14-man squad under Kieron Pollard on the basis of his good performances in recent tournaments, including the IPL and the Pakistan Super League.
Chris Gayle has scored 4772 runs in 132 appearances including 6 tons and averaged above 40 in the last 3 editions of IPL. He is the 7th highest run-getter in IPL history and has hit the maximum sixes and centuries. His highest score of unbeaten 175 against defunct Pune Warriors is still the highest.
Fidel Edwards, 39-Year-Old Pacer Who Last Played In 2012 Also Recalled After Kolpak Registrations Ended
Another notable name included in the T20I squad is that of pacer Fidel Edwards. The 39-year-old pacer who has played 55 Tests, 50 ODIs, and 20 T20Is for the West Indies, had signed with Hampshire on a Kolpak deal in 2015. 39-year-old fast bowler Fidel Edwards hasn’t played for the West Indies since 2012.
However, Brexit’s implication has meant that Kolpak registrations in the county game are a thing of the past and that Fidel Edwards is free to play international cricket again. He had said earlier in the year that he would be interested in an international comeback and the 39-year old is still able to bowl at speeds over and above the 90 mph mark.
“As we build towards the defence of the T20 World Cup, the opportunity is being taken to determine our best team and squad as we go forward. Chris Gayle has performed very well in recent tournaments and the selection panel thinks that he can still add great value to our team. Fidel Edwards has been selected to give the bowling the potent firepower needed,” CWI Lead Selector Roger Harper said.
“Jason Holder has shown his all-round value in this format in recent times and after missing a few series he will add depth and experience to the squad. Akeal Hosein performed very well in Bangladesh [ODI Series] and had excellent stats in the CPL so this is an opportunity to see how he equips himself in this format.”
“Kevin Sinclair grabbed our attention in the Super50 Cup back in 2019 and has been consistently economical in the last CPL and the current CG Insurance Super50. He will provide an off-spinning option for the team, ” he said.
All-rounder Andre Russell is recovering from contracting COVID-19 earlier this month, and despite testing negative over a week ago has been ruled out of the T20I series. Fast bowlers Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas, along with batsman Shimron Hetmyer and all-rounder Roston Chase have all failed to reach the minimum fitness standard in time to be considered for selection.
West Indies T20I team: Kieron Pollard (captain), Shai Hope (vice-captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Jason Mohammed, Nicolas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, and Kevin Sinclair
West Indies ODI squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Shai Hope (vice-captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Kevin Sinclair.