Nicknamed ‘The Universe Boss’, Christopher Henry Gayle, announced that he will be hanging his boots after the home ODI and Test series against India scheduled in August-September.
Gayle has been a fan favourite for his flamboyant stroke-play and is considered a game-changing batsman.
The 39-year-old had last month stated that he would call it quits after the ongoing World Cup but speaking to the media on the eve of the game against India here, the left-hander said he has had a change of mind.
"It's still not the end. I still have a few games to go. Maybe another series to go, as well. Who knows, we will see what happens. My plans after World Cup? I may play a Test match against India and then I will definitely play the ODIs against India. I won't play the T20s. That's my plan after the World Cup," Gayle said.
West Indies media manager Philip Spooner later confirmed that the assignment against India will be Gayle's last in national colours.
India's tour of West Indies comprises three T20 Internationals, three ODIs followed by a couple of Test matches. The T20Is will open the tour from August 3, the ODIs are lined up from August 8 and the Tests will take place from August 22 to September 3.
Gayle said that making the debut under that captaincy of Brian Lara was a dream beginning of the career. He placed his two triple centuries in test cricket and the double century in 2015 World Cup as the best moments of his career. Gayle believes that the future of West Indies cricket is very bright and secure in the hand of the likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran. He complimented Poorans work ethic and said that he is highly impressed by it. He added that thought the chances of West Indies reaching the semi-finals of the ongoing World Cup are very slim but the team will put their best foot forward. Personally, he is hoping to score a century in the upcoming matches of the World Cup.
Gayle has appeared in 103 Tests, accumulating 7215 runs at an average of 42.19. In 294 ODI appearances, Gayle put together 10345 runs, while in 58 T20 Internationals, he has 1627 runs.
West Indies will play the unbeaten Indian side on Thursday in the ongoing World Cup.
(with inputs from PTI)