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Chris Gayle willing to play in 2019 World Cup

"2019 World Cup is just around the corner. We don't want to miss out like what happened at the Champions Trophy
Sammy Stanley | 15 July, 2017, 10:03

West Indies aggressive opener Chris Gayle made a comeback to the side after being excluded for more than an year due to players' disputes with the board.

According to an article on ESPNCricinfo, Gayle and other players including Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle could be back in fold after the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) called for peace talks.

Gayle, who marked his global return after 15 months during the one-off Twenty20 worldwide against India in Kingston last week, said during an event in Bengaluru on Thursday that "things have been steadily improving" and playing the 2019 World Cup, for which West Indies may have to qualify, is still a burning desire. From a personal point of view, I'll have to be monitored as well, playing for the West Indies. Hopefully, things can get better.

"In early November 2016, I gave an interview to SportsMax TV during which I discussed player retainer contracts and the grades of contract that had been awarded to certain players. It's looking good, we've to try and build from this to get the best players out on the field".

Up till now, Cricket West Indies have implemented a mandatory rule where players have to take part in domestic competitions in order to be picked in the national team.

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West Indian swashbuckling opening batsman Chris Gayle on Thursday said India's recent loss to the Caribbean team in the one-off T20 worldwide won't make the Men in Blue a weaker side as the shortest format can be "unpredictable". The top ranked 8 ODI teams until September 30, 2017 have a direct entry while the teams at 9 and 10 will have to undergo a qualifying tournament in 2018 along with the top associate nations.

“If you feel you have enough time to venture into it, so do it even if you are an active and busy player, but if you feel you cant, you can always foray into this venture post-retirement, ” he said.

That means they could be available for the limited-overs section of the tour to England that starts in a few weeks.

"(The) 2019 (World Cup) is just around the corner. We don't want to miss out like what happened at the Champions Trophy.

"With our experience, we (seniors) will try and share as much as we can before we go", Gayle added. Once more consistency comes into his play, he will be more risky.

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