Chris Gayle declares himself ‘greatest player’ and wants Hundred invite

Jason Roy scored 110 before retiring out in Barbados

Jason Roy scored 110 before retiring out in Barbados

As well as confirming he will retire from worldwide one-day cricket after this year's World Cup - "The youngsters owe it to me [to lift the trophy]" - Gayle was asked if England's 100-ball tournament launching in 2020 appeals to him.

The West Indies Cricket took to Twitter to announce the retirement of the 39-year-old left-hander.

However, it will not be an end of the worldwide career for Gayle as he has not ruled out playing for West Indies in the ICC World T20 in Australia in late 2020, when he will be 41-year-old.

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle announced on Sunday that he will retire from ODI format after the 2019 World Cup.

The big-hitting 39-year-old opener holds the West Indian record for most ODI hundreds with 23, and is the team's second-leading runscorer in the 50-over format with 9,727 runs - trailing only Brian Lara (10,405). "I'll be looking to put my input in as well", he added.

With the odds yet again firmly stacked against West Indies in the upcoming One-Day International series, marquee batsman Shai Hope says the Caribbean are bracing for a strong challenge from England but also plan to counter with firepower of their own.

"I'll set the trend for you like I did in all tournaments around the world". Prior to that, he had played in the World Cup qualifiers, helping Windies make it to the final and qualify for the main event.

"If I don't start it, it won't be a tournament", he says. "I'll take that to the grave", ESPNcricinfo quoted Gayle as saying. "I guess England should invite me over". Before then, he hopes to play in the inaugural Hundred tournament, which launches in England in the summer of 2020. However, at the World Cup, he made 340 runs at an average of 56.66, slamming a double hundred and striking at a rate of 117.24.

"I was the captain for the last home series win against England and to see Jason Holder lifting that trophy ten years later was fantastic, so hopefully as a unit we can get the better of England again in the ODI series". Prior to his latest recall, Gayle had last played for Windies during the series against Bangladesh at home in July previous year.

Errol Moodie, president of Lucas Cricket Club, said retiring Windies one-day worldwide (ODI) batsman Chris Gayle has made a valuable contribution to the club, as well as global cricket.

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