LONDON: Chris Gayle, a big-hitting West Indies opener, announced that he will retire from one-day international cricket after World Cup 2019. WIndies begin their bid for a third World Cup title on May 31 against Pakistan.
Gayle said that he can bow out in style after a 20-year career built on big hitting at the top of the order.
He went on to say: “You´re looking at a great man, I´m the greatest player in the world.”
He added,”Of course I´m still the ´Universe Boss´. That will never change. I´ll take that to the grave.”
Gayle still needs 677 more runs to surpass the great 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.
“I´ll let the youngsters have some fun and I can sit back in the party stand and watch them have some fun,” said Gayle.
“Winning the World Cup would be a fairytale finish. The youngsters owe it to me to win. They have to do that for me and try and get me the trophy. I´ll be looking to put my input in as well.”