Gayle’s return big boost for West Indies: Holder

'Gayle's return big boost for West Indies' West Indie’s skipper Jason Holder backed the returning of master hitter Chris Gayle into the team as a ‘big boost’ for the one day series against England starting this week.

Chris Gayle has been out of the Caribbean squad since 2015 World Cup on account of financial dispute with the cricket authorities of the country.

Enthusiastic Holder said on Monday at the Old Trafford where the first match of the five match series will take place on Tuesday said, “It’s obviously a huge boost. The caliber of player Chris is, you can expect really good things from him.”

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“He showed some form in the T20 game and had some good form in our CPL (Caribbean Premier League) competition recently concluded,” the all-rounder added.

“I’m really looking forward to having him back. He seems up for the challenge, he seems upbeat and really happy to be back. I’m looking forward to good things from Chris.”

Gayle scored more than 9000 one day international runs and has 22 hundreds beside his name with a strike rate of 85.11. He played 291 ODIs for West Indies.