Chris Gayle wants to play till ICC 2019 cricket World Cup

KINGSTON, 8th July: Chris Gayle could not have asked for a better place to make a comeback for the West Indies. The Jamaican will be ‘home’ at Sabina Park and the ‘Universal Boss’ of world cricket wants to make that count.

The 37-year-old is in no hurry to quit international cricket and wants to play “for two more years.” This could see Gayle spending more time in domestic Caribbean tournaments. India and the West Indies clash in a one-off Twenty20 here on Sunday. Having won (3-1) the ODI series with consummate ease, Virat Kohli will run into a heavy-duty Caribbean side that includes Twenty20 specialists Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Samuel Badree.

Kohli, Gayle and Badree were teammates at Royal Challengers Bangalore while Narine and Pollard turned out for Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians, respectively in IPL 2017. The familiarity and knowledge in their playing styles will make Sunday’s contest very interesting. Gayle will be playing for West Indies for the first time since April 2016.

“It’s been a long time … due to circumstances (pay disputes) we have been not in the team. I am back and what’s special about it is that I am actually playing in front of my home crowd,” said Gayle. Several top cricketers are at war with the West Indies Cricket Board over wages.

Gayle promised to entertain his home fans, who missed watching his 27-ball 54 for Jamaica Tallawahs in the final of the 2016 Caribbean Premier League. Tallawahs thrashed Guyana Amazon Warriors by nine wickets in the final played at St Kitts on August 7.

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