Bridgetown, Jun 5: This is great piece of news for West Indies and Chris Gayle's fans. The explosive opener has returned to the West Indies One Day squad after 14 months.
The stand-off between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and Gayle has finally ended. Gayle will now play in West Indies jersey against England starting from June 16. It is a three-match ODI series. The first match begins in Southampton followed by matches on June 19 and June 22.
Gayle's last game for West Indies was in March, 2011 during the World Cup. The current squad is led by Darren Sammy.
According to a PTI report, a high-level meeting on Sunday involving Gayle, two regional prime ministers and officials from the WICB finally solved the long-standing dispute.
Gayle had got into trouble after criticising the board and since then they had ignored him for international selection.
The 32-year-old Jamaican and his representative Michael Hall met St Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, WICB President Julian Hunte, WICB director Elson Crick and the WICB’s legal officer Alanna Medford, the report added.
Chairman of the Selection Panel, Clyde Butts welcomed Gayle’s return. He said: “Chris is a player of proven quality and we are looking forward to him adding this dimension to the side and his contributions as a senior member of the squad,” he said.
After being omitted for national duty, Gayle has been busy playing for various Twenty20 leagues. He has been a bit hit with the crowds in the shortest format of the game.
In the recently concluded Indian Premier League, Gayle topped the run scorers list with 733 runs. He won the Orange Cap honour, representing Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Gayle has also played in Australia Big Bash League and Bangladesh Premier League.
West Indies Squad: Darren Sammy (captain),Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Dwayne Smith, Andre Russell, Tino Best, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine.