BELFAST: The recall of explosive opener Chris Gayle to the West Indies ODI squad, for the primary time because the 2015 World Cup, has dominated the countdown to the upcoming 5-match collection towards England.
However Gayle — one of many largest attracts within the recreation — is more likely to make his first look towards Eire at Stormont close to Belfast on Wednesday.
Gayle arrived with the 15-man squad in Northern Eire on Monday after the West Indies board introduced an amnesty which has additionally seen the return of Marlon Samuels and Jerome Taylor.
Beforehand gamers needed to be obtainable for the corresponding home event earlier than being chosen for restricted-overs internationals or Test cricket.
Samuels final performed in October 2016, however was dropped for the tri-collection towards Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe the next month, however whereas Gayle performed within the one-off T20 recreation towards India in July, his subsequent ODI will probably be his first because the 2015 World Cup.
Taylor’s final ODI was in July 2016.
“The panel welcomes again Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who will each add worth to our batting and assist with the nurturing of the younger batsmen within the group,” stated chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.
The selectors will even hope the skilled pair — Samuels is 36 and Gayle celebrates his thirty eighth birthday on the day of the second ODI towards England subsequent week — may also help West Indies qualify for the subsequent World Cup.
However until they beat Eire after which win 4 of the 5 video games towards England they may discover themselves within the qualifying event subsequent March, together with Eire, Afghanistan and hosts Zimbabwe.
Solely two qualifiers will be a part of the highest eight within the rankings on the finish of this month on the 2019 finals in England.
After his choice, Gayle confirmed he needed to play within the finals.
“The followers have been completely satisfied to see me again on the sector representing West Indies,” stated Gayle. “Hopefully, issues can get higher. Hopefully I can play a number of extra video games. I undoubtedly need to play the 2019 World Cup.
“Issues are starting to open up a bit extra now between gamers and the board. It’s wanting good, and we’ve to attempt to construct from this to get the perfect gamers out on the sector.”
Solely six of the Test squad that has simply accomplished the three-match collection in England are staying on for the white-ball motion — which additionally features a one-off Twenty20 Worldwide towards England on Saturday — however Roston Chase is the one participant dropped from the squad that misplaced three-1 to India within the house collection in July.
If the climate permits — and the West Indies arrived in Belfast in rain and extra is forecast for the subsequent forty eight hours — they need to achieve a morale-boosting win towards the most recent Full Member, who’ve did not win any of their final 9 video games.
Additionally it is the start of the top of former New Zealand off-spinner John Bracewell’s two-yr reign as Eire coach.
Bracewell steps down in December and will probably be succeeded by former South Africa and Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford, who was appointed on a 3-yr contract final week.
Ford won’t be on the match however the gamers know their performances might be scrutinized by the brand new coach and, with the probability of dealing with West Indies within the World Cup qualifiers, lengthy-serving captain William Porterfield, who has a digital full-power aspect, stated: “We need to lay down a marker.”
IRELAND: William Porterfield (captain), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie, Gary Wilson, Simi Singh, John Anderson, George Dockrell, Peter Chase, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Jacob Mulder.
WEST INDIES: Jason Holder (captain), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels, Jason Mohammed, Shai Hope, Kyle Hope, Sunil Ambris, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams, Devendra Bishoo, Jerome Taylor, Ashley Nurse, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins.
Umpires: Mark Hawthorne (Eire) and Michael Gough (England).
TV umpire: Roly Black (Eire).
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (India).
Revealed in Daybreak, September thirteenth, 2017
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