It was strange to see a player as massive as Chris Gayle who had retired from the duty of the West Indies to play in the T20, and this time even in the T10 leagues. Even more strange considering that the 2019 World Cup is only eight months away. But Jason Holder was not surprised by this turn of events. The captain of the West Indies felt that the first game was "shrinking" and he hoped that in his absence, some of the younger players took the opportunity.
"Chris is a stellar and I think it's clear that he's probably in the back of his career right now, he's probably going down a bit, I just saw him play his last game on List A for Jamaica, scoring a hundred against my local team, which is great to watch, I enjoy having Chris around, I think he's one of the most entertaining players in the world, but his absence gives another player another chance.
"We have a limited time before The World Cup and it is a good option to see what we have in the tank, in terms of our group of players, when one door closes, another opens and I hope it is an opportunity to see another young person approaching. "
The West Indies currently have 13 ODI between now and the end of May when the World Cup begins, Holder was quite sure that Gayle will be part of the team that will be heading to England and Wal. It is, and mentioned that the player 39 years old he had made himself available to play the qualifying tournament in March "really just because he wanted to play the World Cup" and that he would be "welcome to the team".  "He's definitely going to play the World Cup once his body holds up and he's fit," Holder said. "We welcome the team in. If you come back at the beginning of the year, Chris made himself available to the World Cup Qualifiers, he really did it because he wants to play the World Cup, he wants to play well." for West Indies and he wants to do well.
"When he does, he has many options around the world to earn money, he says something about the individual, he says something about what he wants and I really admire him." Obviously, he was a fundamental part of the World Cup standings The guys like him, Marlon Samuels, who were really available in that case, should give credit to them and not just to them, to each and every individual who has represented the West Indies.
"They knew the meaning and importance of that tournament; We played against teams that we probably were not used to playing. It was difficult. But as the series progressed, we recovered well and achieved the goal. "
ESPNcricinfo understands that Courtney Browne's selection panel told Gayle that he would not be chosen for the T20 series in India and Bangladesh as they were building A squad taking into account the T20 2020 World Cup in Australia, it is understood that Gayle told the selectors that, in that case, it would be better for him to set aside the ODI series in both countries to allow the selectors to see some more players Gayle told the selection panel that he would play some games for Jamaica in the Super50 followed by the Afghan Premier League and the T10 League in the UAE.
According to a CWI official, Gayle was "aware of the risks "Because his position could go to any player who performs well on tours of India and Bangladesh, but the former captain wanted to" manage "his workload to keep him ready for him. to the World Cup.