Gayle, Samuels return to WI ODI squad

Gayle, Samuels return to WI ODI squad

Explosive West Indies opener Chris Gayle along with batsman Marlon Samuels and pacer Jerome Taylor are all set to make a comeback in West Indies national ODI team.While Gayle last played an ODI in March, 2015, Samuels’ last appearance came back in October, 2016.

“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,” chairman of selectors Courtney Browne was quoted by Cricinfo. “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.”

However, the likes of off-spinner Sunil Narine and batsman Darren Bravo have not agreed to return to the fold. "Both Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo have declined to be considered for ODIs in England," said Browne.Gayle, Bravo and former captain Darren Sammy have been out in the cold largely due to a bitter dispute with Cricket West Indies president Whycliffe Cameron.

West Indies will play the only ODI against Ireland and five ODIs against England after the conclusion of the second Test which gets underway at Headingley on August 25.

West Indies ODI Squad

Jason Holder (capt)

Sunil Ambris

Devendra Bishoo

Miguel Cummins

Chris Gayle

Kyle Hope

Shai Hope

Alzarri Joseph

Evin Lewis

Jason Mohammed

Ashley Nurse

Rovman Powell

Marlon Samuels

Jerome Taylor

Kesrick Williams