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West Indies batsman Chris Gayle to retire after 2019 World Cup

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle to retire after 2019 World Cup
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will retire from one-day international cricket after this summer's World Cup.

The left-hander, 39, has scored 9,727 ODI runs - second only to the legendary Brian Lara among West Indians - in 284 matches since his debut in 1999.
Gayle said: "I'm looking to draw the line - or should I say cut the string - let the youngsters have some fun and I can sit back in the party stand."

The World Cup will be held in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July.

Gayle is in the West Indies squad to face England in a five-match one-day series starting on Wednesday in Barbados. Asked if he might also end his ODI career as a World Cup winner, he said: "Absolutely, the youngsters owe it to me.

"They have to do that for me and try and get me the trophy. But I'll be looking to put my input in as well."
 
"It is a big year for me. I hope 2019 can finish for me on a great note."

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