Gayle returns to Windies side for one-off T20I against India

Windies superstar Chris Gayle is set to make his return to international cricket for the one-off T20I against India, set to be played at Sabina Park on July 9.

The ‘Universe Boss’ will feature for the Carribean side for the first time since their victory over England in the final of the 2016 T20 World Cup at Eden Gardens. The 37-year-old is the highest run-scorer for Windies in the shortest format, and became the first batsman in the world to register 10,000 runs in T20 cricket earlier this year

“We welcome Chris back to the T20 squad,” said Courtney Browne, Cricket Windies’ chairman of selectors. “He is the most prolific batsman in this format and will add value to our team at the top of the order. He will get the chance to play on his home ground and against a top-quality Indian team.

“This squad has a good mix – experience within the batting and bowling – it is a well-balanced squad. Again, this is an opportunity for the young players to showcase their talent and for the experience players to perform and help nurture the young players.”

Apart from opener Lendl Simmons, the squad remains the same which played the T20I series against Afghanistan in June. Carlos Brathwaite will lead the side, which boasts of big names like Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels and Sunil Narine.

Squad: Carlos Brathwaite (C), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton (wk), Kesrick Williams.

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