St John’s, Antigua (Sporting Alert) -– Chris Gayle has finally received a recall from the West Indies selectors – a move which pleases the supporters of Caribbean cricket.
The Jamaican towering opening batsman, who last played for the West Indies on on March 11, last year in the 10-wicket defeat to Pakistan at the ICC World Cup – has been named in the 15 member squad announced by the West Indies Cricket Board Monday for the One Day International series against England.
Chairman of the Selection Panel, Clyde Butts is delighted to have Gayle, who has been in top form this season – back in the national setup.
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.”
It was only recently West Indies fast bowling legend Michael Holding blasted both the WICB and head coach Ottis Gibson for the manner at which that were treating Gayle, even after he publicly came out and made himself available for selection.
Now a WICB statement states: “Directors of the West Indies Cricket Board recently met by teleconference and are pleased that consistent with his previous commitment Mr Chris Gayle has made himself available for selection to the West Indies team.
“The board believes that Mr Gayle’s stated commitment to West Indies cricket will be an asset to the team and looks forward to his contributions in that regard.”
Besides Gayle, the squad also includes Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell.
West Indies Team For The One Day International
Darren Sammy – (C)
Dwayne Bravo – (vc)
Denesh Ramdin (wk)