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Chris Gayle to retire from ODIs after 2019 World Cup

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has confirmed he will retire from one-day internationals after this summer’s World Cup but is willing to lend his star power to the England and Wales Cricket Board’s new 100-ball competition.

The 39-year-old Jamaican has racked up 284 ODIs since his debut almost 20 years ago and on Sunday announced he will quit the 50-over format after one final tilt at silverware.

“In 50-over cricket, definitely the World Cup (is the end). I’m looking to draw the line there - or should I say cut the string - let the youngsters have some fun and I can sit back in the party stand and watch them,” Gayle, preparing to take on England in a five-match series starting in Barbados on Wednesday, said.

 “It is a big year for me, to be honest. I hope 2019 can finish for me on a great note.”

Asked if he might bow out in grand fashion as a World Cup winner, the big-hitting left-hander said: “Absolutely, the youngsters owe it to me. They have to do that for me and try and get me the trophy. But I’ll be looking to put my input in as well.”

Gayle will continue to be available for Twenty20s, banking a regular stream of franchise deals and a short-form World Cup in Australia in 2020, but he is also open to the ECB’s divisive new tournament.

The 100-ball competition will also debut in 2020 and Gayle made it clear he would be happy to bring his own unique brand of entertainment if drafted.


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