Chris Gayle returns to the West Indies fold aged 41 after an 18-month absence as the batsman extraordinaire is selected for the upcoming T20i and ODI series against Sri Lanka alongside fellow experienced head Fidel Edwards
- Chris Gayle last represented the West Indies against India in August 2019
- Gayle had at one said that that one-day international series would be his last
- However, he showed his intent to return in the Indian Premier League in 2020
- Gayle has one eye on the defence of West Indies’ World T20 title later this year
- Fidel Edwards, 39, is also in the West Indies squad for the first time since 2012
Chris Gayle has returned to the West Indies side after coach Phil Simmons named his team for the upcoming T20i and one-day international series against Sri Lanka.
Gayle, who turned 41 last September, has not competed in the shortest form of the game internationally since facing England in March 2019 and last played in one-day international against India in August that year.
After the three-match T20i series in Coolidge between March 3 and 7, the pair will battle it out in three one-day internationals taking place between March 10 and 14 in North Sound.
Chris Gayle returns to the West Indies squad against Sri Lanka after an 18-month absence
Gayle had said at one stage that the 2019 India series – in which he surpassed Brian Lara’s ODI runs record for the Windies – would be his last.
However, after suggesting during the 2020 Bangladesh Premier League that he could play until he was 45, Gayle signalled that he was serious by putting in several eye-catching displays for Kings XI Punjab in the India Premier League – including two half-centuries against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders – to help them string together five straight wins.
After playing two matches for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League, Gayle proved his fitness to secure his inclusion in the 14-man squad and has one eye on helping the West Indies defend their World T20 title in India in October.
Fidel Edwards will appear in a Windies jersey for the first time since 2012 alongside Gayle
As well as surpassing one of Lara’s marks, Gayle holds numerous records in all three forms of the game.
He is the first batsman to score a century in all formats of international cricket, has hit the most centuries by a West Indian (25) and has the most sixes in international cricket (534).
He will be joined in the West Indies squad by Fidel Edwards, who last donned the international jersey in a Test match against Bangladesh in late November 2012.