Gayle to retire

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is retiring.
Photo by Aman Sharma/ Associated Press

Hard-hitting West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is set to retire from One-Day Internationals (ODIs) cricket after the 2019 World Cup this summer.

Gayle, 40, has scored 9,727 ODI runs — second only to the legendary Brian Lara among West Indians — in 284 matches since his debut in 1999. However, he will continue to be available to play T20s.

Gayle has played l03 Tests for West Indies, but in recent years has focused on limited-overs matches, both internationally and in domestic Twenty20 competitions.

He is less than 700 runs away from becoming the Windies’ all-rounder highest ODI scorer, with Lara’s total standing at 10,405.

Gayle was part of West Indies’ T20 World Cup-winning side against England in 2016, the second time in four years they had won the competition.

West Indies will feature in an ODI tri-series with Ireland and Bangladesh in May before they face Pakistan in their opening World Cup match on May 31, 2019.

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