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Gayle delays plans of retirement from international cricket
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Gayle delays plans of retirement from international cricket

Chris Gayle has declared his intentions to put retirement from international cricket on hold despite having previously announced the World Cup will be his final appearance in one-day internationals.

The opening batsman said earlier this year that the tournament in England and Wales will be the last time he would participate in ODI games, a statement which he seems to have backtracked on.

Now he has focused his attention on India's tour to West Indies due to commence in August as he claims this will be his farewell series.

Gayle has also voiced his desire to return to Test cricket to bid his final goodbye to the sport despite having not played in the format for five years.

"Maybe a Test match against India and definitely play the ODIs against India. I won't play the T20s. That's my plan after the World Cup," said Gayle.

Gayle admitted a World Cup trophy would be a befitting end to his career but this scenario looks highly unlikely to occur for the former two-time world champions.

The West Indies have achieved only one win in six games and stand a very low chance of advancing into the semi-finals.

"What I really wanted was actually to be in that play-off," said Gayle. "What I really wanted was to be in that final four and then to be able to get my hands on the World Cup. We'll see what happens."

Holder surprised by Gayle's plans

West Indies skipper Jason Holder revealed he was unaware of Gayle's wish to come back into the Test side but stated his contentment with this decision.

"He didn't really say anything in the dressing room," said Holder. "But, yeah, it's great and it's great for cricket. It's good to have Chris around."

The West Indies wilted away as the World Cup progressed even though they began their tournament campaign on a strong note against Pakistan.

Gayle, who is famously known as "Universe Boss", is the West Indies' all-time second highest run-getter in ODIs and also possesses the record for the most number of sixes in international cricket.

"I'm definitely up there with the greats, without a doubt. Like I say, I enjoy each and every moment playing for West Indies," Gayle said.

"It's still not the end. I still have a few games to go. Maybe another series to go. Who knows? We'll see what happens."

"I started my career with the likes of Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose," he added. "You watch them on TV and you realise they're in the dressing room, it's just a bunch of guys."