Having not represented the West Indies in a Twenty20 worldwide in over a year, Jamaica's batting star Christopher Gayle has earned a surprise recall for the one-off Finolex Pipes T20 global against India here on Sunday.
Gayle, on the other hand, had last played in the final of the ICC World T20 2016 against England in Kolkata. Gayle replaced Lendl Simmons, who was below par for West Indies in their last T20 series against Afghanistan.
"We welcome Chris back to the T20 squad. He will get the chance to play on his home ground and against a top-quality Indian team", said Courtney Browne, Cricket Windies' chairman of selectors, reported Cricbuzz. West Indies' match against India at Sabina Park, will be his first T20I at the venue. The Jamaican opener succeeded to make his place in the team after more than a year for the one-off T20 match against India. "Again, this is an opportunity for the young players to showcase their talent and for the experience players to perform and help nurture the young players". He was also the captain of the West Indies team from 2007-2010.
Jason Holder, the Test and One-Day International captain who was left out of the Afghanistan series, continues to be out of favour in the Carlos Brathwaite-led side.
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Chris Gayle has remained a sporadic presence in West Indies squad.
"He is a great player and there is no more to be said on the Chris Gayle issue".
The match is set to be played on July 9 following the conclusion of the ongoing ODI series.
West Indies T20I Squad: Carlos Brathwaite (C), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton (wk), Kesrick Williams.
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