Chris Gayle, the master West Indian batsman has preferred to play in the Afghanistan Premier League over One Day International series against India.
But on Wednesday, West Indian captain Jason Holder made strong remarks backing Gayle saying he will ‘definitely play’ in the coming year’s World Cup in England and Wales, if he will be fit.
The 39 year old Gayle is out of the central contract with the West Indies Cricket Board, is now playing for the Balkh Legends in APL.
Jason Holder said,
“He (Gayle) is definitely going to play the World Cup once his body holds up and he’s fit.
We’d welcome him into the team. If you go back to the beginning of the year, Chris made himself available for the World Cup qualifiers. He only did that really because he wants to play the World Cup, he wants to play well for West Indies and he wants to do well.”
Gayle has recently finished his List A career with a thundering hundred against Barbados.
“Not worried. Chris is an all-star and I think it’s clear he’s probably at the back end of his career now. He’s probably tapering off a bit. I just saw him play his last List A game for Jamaica, scoring a hundred against my home team, which is great to see. I enjoy having Chris around.
“I think he’s one of the most entertaining players in the world but his absence gives another player an opportunity. We have a limited time leading up to the World Cup and it’s a good option to see what we have in the tank,” Holder said.