Gayle hopes for ODI return


With the ever-growing popularity of T20 leagues across the world, cricketers are finding opportunities even after the end of their global careers.

The key to the resolution has been Cricket West Indies abandoning its contentious policy regarding player availability for regional cricket.

"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".

An official release from the cricket board stated that the 21-year-old's suspension period has ended and he will now be eligible to play all three formats for the national side. 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. Pooran had opted to play in the Bangladesh Premier League instead of featuring in Windies' Professional Premier League, despite being picked by a domestic franchise team.

Gayle, T20 cricket's all-time leading run-scorer, has previously insisted he hasn't retired from any format of worldwide cricket, though he hasn't played a one-day global since the 2015 World Cup, while his last Test was in 2014. "Definitely, we would try to push hard for it and make sure West Indies is part of it", the souhtpaw, who does not play ODIs as of now, told reporters. Hopefully, things can get better and I can play a few more games. Though he didn't get into details, Gayle was hopeful of a turnaround with the board. "Just from the little I have experienced since coming back, there is still more discussions to be done", Gayle, who was speaking at an event promoting IONA - a virtual reality gaming start-up in Bengaluru, said.

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"The fans were happy to see me back on the field representing West Indies". It's positive. That's the good thing about it. We have to just look to carry on from here. "It's for them to make the announcement, and make it formal so that we know what is what", Gayle said. So, it is better for us to wait and watch and see what happens. "Once we are guided with the rules, if it is going to change fully, we'll know how to take things further", he said.

Meanwhile, Gayle's personal form has not been good in the recent past.

Chris Gayle scored 18 runs against India in T20I on Sunday.

"I am still active, playing cricket around the world, a couple more years still left to play".