CRICKET: Chris Gayle planning to play ‘for at least two more years’

Chris Gayle.

Chris Gayle returned to the West Indies fold last weekend as his team beat India, and the batsman now says he expects to be playing when the 2019 cricket world cup is held.

The burly Jamaican, who hadn’t appeared in a Windies shirt for over a year, is in no hurry to quit, and hinted that be may spend more time playing domestic Caribbean tournaments.

And Gayle is desparate for the team to make the 2019 competition, due to be held in England and Wales.

“Things have been steadily improving,” he said.

“Things are beginning to open up a little more now between players and the board. It’s looking good, and we’ve to try and build from this to get the best players out on the field.”

The relationship between players and Cricket West Indies has soured in recent years, with strict rules meaning players have to feature in domestic competitions if they are to earn a place in the national side.

But moods could be changing.

“The fans were happy to see me back on the field representing West Indies. Hopefully, things can get better. Hopefully I can play a few more games. I definitely want to play the 2019 World Cup,” Gayle added.

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