West Indies superstars to return to national team?

Top West Indians set for return after dispute eases

Top West Indians set for return after dispute eases

A fractured relationship with the West Indies Cricket Board has seen the flamboyant Jamaican ply his trade in several countries. With the side having slipped to 9th in the ODI rankings (they are 8th in the Test rankings and 5th in T20), it is nearly impossible for them to qualify automatically for the 2019 World Cup ahead of the ODI rankings qualification cut-off date in September. With a crucial five-match series coming up against England on the road before the cut-off date for qualification (top-eight teams) of September 30, senior cricketers' participation still remains a doubt.

Gayle last week played his first match for the Windies since their thrilling World T20 final triumph over England in April past year.

Gayle, T20 cricket's all-time leading run-scorer, has previously insisted he hasn't retired from any format of global cricket, though he hasn't played a one-day worldwide since the 2015 World Cup, while his last Test was in 2014. "Definitely, we would try to push hard for it and make sure West Indies is part of it", the souhtpaw, who does not play ODIs as of now, told reporters. "It's looking good, we've to try and build from this to get the best players out on the field", he said.

"It was good to be back", he said.

Speaking of the issue, Gayle, who recently played the T20I against India, stated: "The fans were happy to see me back on the field representing West Indies". It is positive. That's the good thing about it. "We've to just look to carry on from here". It's for them (WICB) to make it formal so we know what is what. "We will wait and see what happens. Once we are guided with the rules, it will become clear about players participation", he said. The 2017 Pakistan Super League saw him score just 160 runs from nine innings for Karachi Kings, and then the stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2017 Indian Premier League netted him only 200 runs from nine innings.

West Indian swashbuckling opening batsman Chris Gayle on Thursday said India's recent loss to the Caribbean team in the one-off T20 worldwide won't make the Men in Blue a weaker side as the shortest format can be "unpredictable". Out of these eight teams, two will further qualify for the World Cup.

"I am still active, playing cricket around the world, a couple more years still left to play".

Chris Gayle is hopeful of returning to the West Indies one-day team soon, with an eye on being involved in the 2019 World Cup. "I didn't realise at the time how long I was out", the 37-year-old said in Bengaluru on Thursday.

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