Chris Gayle to retire from international cricket after India series

He will not play the T20I series against India.

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The iconic Windies cricketer Chris Gayle has taken a U-turn on his retirement decision and will now call it quits after the India series. Windies are scheduled to host Virat Kohli‘s men after the ongoing World Cup for three T20Is, three ODIs and a couple of Test matches. Though it is still not clear if the Universe Boss will play the Tests, as of now it seems that he will bid adieu to the game eventually by playing the longest format of the game. However, Gayle will not play the T20 International series which is set to begin on August 3.

The three-match ODI series between India and Windies will commence on August 8 in Guyana. While the remaining two ODIs will be played on August 11 and 14 in Trinidad. The two-match Test series is scheduled to start on August 22 in Antigua and the tour will conclude in Jamaica where the second and final Test match will take place.

Interestingly, Jamaica being the Chris Gayle’s home ground, there is every possibility that he might hang his boots by eventually playing the Test match. The man himself expressed his wish to play the India series in the pre-match press conference.

I may play a Test

“It’s still not the end. We still have a few matches to go, and maybe another series after this so knows? We’ll see what happens. My plans after the World Cup?… I’ll maybe play a Test match against India, and then I’ll definitely play the  ODIs against India. I won’t play the T20s. That’s my plan after the World Cup,” Chris Gayle said while speaking to the reporters.

Moreover, the West Indies media manager Philip Spooner also confirmed that the 39-year-old will play his last series against India at home. “Yes, Chris will play his last series against India. Earlier, Chris Gayle had confirmed that he will retire after the World Cup but the legendary figure like him deserves a farewell series.