Gayle, Samuels back in Windies ODI team
Jamaican opener Chris Gayle is poised to play his first One-Day International in 29 months after being named today in a 15-man squad for the five-match tour of England next month.
The 37-year-old Gayle will be joined by fellow Jamaican Marlon Samuels who has also been kept out of the squad in recent times by Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) controversial eligibility rule.
The rule required players to make themselves available for the domestic format of the game they wish to play internationally.
However, CWI last month announced a temporary player amnesty paving the way for the return of several the region’s previously marginalised stars.
The left-handed Gayle, with 9,000 runs and 22 hundreds from 269 one-dayers, will be a massive boost to a young squad which has found life difficult on the international circuit and have slumped to ninth in the ICC rankings.
Gaye last featured in an ODI during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Samuels, has not played an ODI since the Pakistan series last October.
Seasoned fast bowler Jerome Taylor has also been recalled for the first time in a year, adding further experience to the squad.
The Bravo brothers, Dwayne and Darren, along with Sunil Narine have opted out of selection for the tour.
Windward Islands batsman Sunil Ambris has been retained in the touring party.
He was called up in the recent series against India but failed to play a match.
Test batsman Roston Chase, who made his debut against Afghanistan in June but has mustered a mere 68 runs in six innings, has been dropped.
Jason Holder will lead the squad and will have Jason Mohammed as his deputy.