West Indies‘ star players, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, are set to return to the ODI setup during the side’s current tour of England. Gayle, who last played an ODI in 2015, along with right-hander Samuels will return to the 50-over format after a prolonged absence due to an impasse with the board. Their call-ups indicate a relaxation in West Indies’ cricket board (WICB) criteria with respect to selection. Earlier, West Indies players were required to be available for the corresponding domestic tournament to play a particular format. Nonetheless, the board has scrapped the policy in July, and offered an reprieve to its players.

Chairman of selectors Courtney Browne told Cricinfo, “With regards to the selection of the ODI squad, the panel welcomes back Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who will both add value to our batting and help with the nurturing of the young batsmen in the team. Both Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo have declined to be considered for ODIs in England. Narine has however confirmed his desire to play 50-over cricket again but has asked to play in our Regional Super50 before he is considered and Darren said he was not available for selection. Dwayne Bravo said he is still not 100% fit, but is looking at a possible return to international cricket next year.”

West Indies are currently trailing England 0-1 in the three-Test series. Following the Tests, they will be involved in a five-match ODI series starting from September.

West Indies squad:

Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder (c), Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Kesrick Williams