By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. July 5, 2017: West Indies diehard fans, fresh from the team’s victory over India in Antigua, now have something else to celebrate.
Cricket Windies has announced the return of Jamaican cricketer, Chris Gayle, to the squad in time for the Windies T20 at Sabina Park, Jamaica on Sunday, July 9th.
Gayle, 37, did not make mention of his return to the team on his social media accounts but on Tuesday he posted a photo to his Instagram showing him in the gym of him on a leg press machine that was stacked to the max with 45 pound weights.
The image was titled: “Big man ting!”
Over 7,900 fans liked the image on Instagram but some took pot shots at the star with one urging him to: “Post one like @usainbolt when he is pushing dem weights, not when it’s locked” while another added: “Hope you working out not just taking pictures.”
The left-hander is the highest run-maker for Windies in this format. Gayle holds the record for most centuries in Twenty20 cricket (18), 11 more than his nearest rival, Brendon McCullum. In fact, he holds the record for scoring the most number of unbeaten centuries in all forms of T20s. (12 out of his 18 T20 centuries have been not out.)
All-rounder Jason Holder is being rested for the match Sunday.
CWI chairman of selectors Courtney Browne welcomed Gayle back to the squad saying: “He is the most prolific batsman in this format and will add value to our team at the top of the order. He will get the chance to play on his home ground and against a top-quality Indian team. Again, this is an opportunity for the young players to showcase their talent and for the experience players to perform and help nurture the young players.”