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Chris Gayle to retire from ODIs after 2019 Cricket World Cup

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The West Indies cricket board has announced that Chris Gayle will retire from One-day Internationals after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be held in England and Wales.

Gayle, now 39-year-old, is the second most capped West Indies player with 284 matches and is also the second highest run-scorer with 9,727 runs, behind only West Indies legend Brian Lara - who has 10,405 runs from 299 matches.

Gayle has the most centuries by a West Indian in ODI, with 23, as well as the highest score of 215 ( which he scored in the last edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup against Zimbabwe. Gayle is also handy with the ball, picking up 165 wickets.

As a matter of fact, Gayle needs just 677 more runs to surpass the Brian Lara as the West Indies' all-time record ODI runscorer, a feat he will be hoping to achieve at his fifth World Cup, which starts on May 30.

Gayle is making a return to international cricket after the 'Universe Boss' was named in the West Indies one day international squad for the first two matches against England, earlier this month.

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Gayle last played an ODI for the West Indies in July 2018 - in a home series against Bangladesh. Gayle had since made himslef unavailable for selection and missed the India and Bangladesh series. Gayle did so as he wanted to play in the Afghanistan Premier League and the T10 League.

The first of the three-ODI series will be played at Kensington Oval on Wednesday, February 20, with the second being on Friday, February 22.

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