Chris Gayle has been a part of two World T20-winning campaigns with West Indies © Getty Images
Chris Gayle has been a part of two World T20-winning campaigns with West Indies © Getty Images

West Indies have recalled veteran batsman Chris Gayle to the squad for the one-off Twenty20 International (T20I) against India, set to be played at his home ground of Sabina Park in Kingston on July 9. The swashbuckling opener last represented West Indies in April 2016 in the final of World T20, when the side beat England to lift their second WT20 title. Apart from Gayle, other prolific performers in the shortest format, namely Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree have also returned to the squad. Skipper Carlos Brathwaite, who too is not a part of the One-Day International (ODI) squad for the ongoing series, will return to lead the side.

“We welcome Chris back to the T20 squad,” said Courtney Browne, West Indies’ 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,” he added.

Gayle is the highest run-scorer for West Indies in the shortest format. In April this year, he also became the first batsman in the world to register 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.

West Indies T20I 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.