Jamaica and West Indies opening batting star Chris’ Universe’ Gayle has interrupted his stint with the Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan to return to the Caribbean in anticipation of participating in the West Indies T20 home series against Sri Lanka.
The 41-year-old Gayle is expected to return to the West Indies’ T20I squad for the first time in two years.
Gayle was on song with a quickfire 68 for his PSL team on Monday at the National Stadium.
The Windies ace batsman expressed sadness in having to leave the PSL on such short notice.
“It’s sad that I have to leave PSL because I wanted to play the full season. I wanted to come here and dominate the PSL. I wanted to give the fans something to cheer about,” Gayle said in a post-match report.
“For me just to be playing cricket during a worldwide pandemic is very emotional and I am just happy that I can bring smiles and joy to some people with my cricket in these tough times,” he added.
Gayle also said it was good to be back in Pakistan after 15 years; he last toured the country with the West Indies team in 2006.
Chris Gayle is one of the most sought-after players in the T20 format of the game.
He holds the record for the most centuries in Twenty20 cricket (22), 15 more than his nearest rival (Brendon McCullum). Fifteen out of his 22 T20 centuries have been not out.
Quetta Gladiators have signed South Africa’s Faf du Plessis as Gayle’s replacement, and he has reached Karachi to complete a quarantine period.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) will announce the T20 squad later this week for the three-match series against Sri Lanka on March 3, 5, and 7, all at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
The Windies is seeking to position themselves for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. This will be the seventh ICC Men’s T20 World Cup tournament and is scheduled to be played in October and November 2021 in India.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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