Chris Gayle returns to West Indies squad for England ODI Series 2012 after 15 month reset with out international cricket palyed. Chris Gayle will play international cricket for the first time in 14 months after being recalled by West Indies for the one-day series against England.
The 32-year-old former captain has been out of the team following a dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board.
Dwayne Bravo returns as vice-captain, while all-rounder Kieron Pollard and spinner Sunil Narine are also included in the 15-man squad.
The three-match series begins at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl on 16 June.
Gayle, the fourth highest-scoring West Indies batsman in ODI cricket with 8,087 runs at an average of 39.06 from 228 matches, has not played for his country since the World Cup quarter-final defeat by Pakistan in March 2011.
The cavalier left-hander, who was involved in contract disputes with the WICB in 2009, when much of the team took strike action, was left out of the team for a series with Pakistan soon after the 2011 World Cup defeat and was highly critical of the WICB and coach Ottis Gibson in a radio interview.
During his absence he played in Twenty20 tournaments across the world and was the leading scorer in this year’s Indian Premier League with 733 runs, including a fine 128 from 62 balls.
Clyde Butts, chairman of the selection panel, said: “Chris is a player of proven quality and we are looking forward to him adding this dimension to the side and his contributions as a senior member of the squad.”
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the number one-ranked batsman in Test cricket, has been overlooked along with openers Adrian Barath and Kieron Powell, who struggled in the first two Tests.
Narine, a 24-year-old off-spinner from Trinidad who has taken 14 wickets in eight ODIs, was the second leading wicket-taker in the IPL with 24 victims at 13.50 apiece. He also boasted the second lowest economy rate in the competition.
Butts added: “There is a balanced combination of young rising players like Sunil Narine in the bowling department and Johnson Charles in the top order of the batting – in addition to the well known seasoned internationals.”
West Indies lost the first two Tests – and the series – against England, with the final match at Edgbaston starting on Thursday.
West Indies one-day squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice-captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.