The news was confirmed by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Sunday. @ Getty Images

West Indies star Chris Gayle has announced that he will retire from one-day internationals following the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. The news was confirmed by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Sunday.

Gayle, who has played 284 matches, has scored 9727 runs at an average of 37.12. He has 165 wickets in the 50-over format. (ALSO READ: West Indies call up Brathwaite, Cottrell and Campbell for England ODIs)

“You’re looking at a great man,” he said when asked whether he was satisfied with his career. “I’m the greatest player in the world. Of course I’m still the Universe Boss. That will never change. I’ll take that to the grave.”

Gayle made an international return after the ‘Universal Boss’ was named in the West Indies ODI squad for the first two matches against England. He last played an ODI for the Windies in July 2018 in a home series against Bangladesh and had since made himself unavailable for selection due to his commitments in franchise-based Twenty20 leagues. He missed the India and Bangladesh series as well.

“Yes, I’m looking to draw the line after the World Cup,” he said. “Or should I say cut the string? Definitely, in 50-over cricket, the World Cup is the end for me. I’ll let the youngsters have some fun and I can sit back in the party stand and watch them have some fun.

“Winning the World Cup would be a fairy-tale finish. The youngsters owe it to me to win. They have to do that for me and try and get me the trophy. I’ll be looking to put my input in as well.”

The 39-year-old is the second most capped West Indies player with 284 matches behind only Caribbean legend Brian Lara, who has 10,405 runs from 299 matches. He has the most number of centuries by a West Indian in ODI, with 23, as well as the highest score of 215, which he scored in the last edition of the ICC World Cup against Zimbabwe.

“If I don’t start it, it won’t be a tournament,” he said. “I guess England should invite me over. Then I’ll explode the tournament and say ‘thank you guys; bring in a youngster now.’ I’ll set the trend like I did in all tournaments around the world.

“I’m in good condition. The body is feeling good and I’m pleased with that. I’ve lost a bit of weight and I don’t want to get too big. I’m still working on my six pack. I’m trying to keep up with the youngsters in the field who are like cats the way they chase the ball. I still have it in me and I’m still enjoying it.”