Explosive batsman Chris Gayle will retire from One Day International (ODI) cricket after the conclusion of the ICC World Cup 2019, which is scheduled to be held in England and Wales later this year.
“Gayle made the announcement just ahead of a Windies practice session leading up to the One-Day International series against England at Kensington Oval in Barbados,” the West Indies cricket board said this on Sunday in a statement posted on its official website.
The 39-year-old left-handed batsman is West Indies’ second most capped player with 284 matches under his name. Gayle is also Windies’ second highest run-scorer with 9,727 runs. Gayle is only behind Brian Lara, who has 10,405 runs from 299 matches.
The Kings XI Punjab opener also has the most number of centuries by a West Indian in the limited overs game. Gayle has so far smashed 23 hundreds in the 50-overs game.
The record for highest individual score in the 50 over World Cup is also under Gayle’s name. The Windies cricketer 215 runs against Zimbabwe in the last edition of the World Cup.
The veteran cricketer has also bagged 165 wickets.
Earlier this months, Gayle was recalled in West Indies’ national cricket team. Gayle was named in the ODI squad for the first two matches against England.