West Indies legend Chris Gayle is set to call time on his illustrious one-day international career after the 2019 ICC World Cup in England. The Universe boss, who recently became the first player to play in ten T20 Leagues, made his debut in the 50-over format against India in 1999. He has represented West Indies in 284 matches and is their second highest run-getter with 9727 runs.
“I’m looking to draw the line after the World Cup,” Gayle said. “In 50-over cricket, the World Cup is the end for me. I’ll let the youngsters have some fun, and I can sit back in the party stand and watch them have some fun.”
The West Indian also spoke of his desire to bring the World Cup trophy back to the Caribbean. West Indies last won the trophy in 1979 under the captaincy of Clive Llyod at Lord’s. The hard-hitting opener, if picked, will be playing in his fifth World Cup.
“Winning the World Cup would be a fairy-tale finish. The youngsters owe it to me to win. They have to do that for me and try and get me the trophy,” he added.
Gayle has been included in the 14-member squad for the first two ODIs against England beginning from February 20th. He boasts an excellent record against England in one-day internationals – scoring 1172 runs in 29 innings at a strike rate of 87.
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