Gayle named in ODI squad to face India

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West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has officially reversed his decision to retire from One-day Internationals and been named in the 14-man squad for next month’s three-match series against India. The recent World Cup was supposed to be Gayle’s swansong, but he indicated during the tournament he would play on with an eye to breaking Brian Lara’s record for the most runs by a West Indies player in ODIs. He is 12 short of Lara’s mark of 10,405 runs. The 39-year-old Gayle had a disappointing World Cup, with just two half-centuries in eight innings, but retains the faith of the selectors. “Chris is a very valuable player and he brings a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge, he lends a lot to any dressing room and it is great to have him in the squad,” said interim West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer.—Reuters