Chris Gayle will play his first T20 match for West Indies in almost two years after being recalled for the West Indies – Sri Lanka Series in the Caribbean.
The 41-year-old has expressed a strong desire to win another T20 World Cup with West Indies and successfully defend their title in India later this year. Coincidentally, Gayle’s last international outing was in the 2019 World Cup in England, where the Windies finished 9th in the 10-team tournament.
Gayle has plied his trade for various T20 franchises over the last couple of years. Most recently, he was involved with the Quetta Gladiators of the Pakistan Super League. He scored a total of 107 runs in just 2 matches before heading back home.
Sri Lanka hunting their first win in over a year
Sri Lanka cricket finds itself in a crisis of faith and confidence. The Lions have not won a single international match in over a year. Their last win of any sort came against West Indies itself in a 3-match ODI series at home.
Sri Lanka won the 50-over series 3-0 but immediately afterward, they lost the 2-match T20 series to Windies by 2-0. Since then, Sri Lanka have found itself on the losing end in every limited-over cricket match they have played.
To exacerbate the matters, they are fielding a young squad as the veterans and seniors fail to make the cut due to injury, form issues, or lack of playing time. Then, there is the issue of their fast-bowling coach who quit the tour at the last minute over pay disputes.
West Indies looking comfortable
West Indies may not have fared that well themselves over the last year but in comparison to Sri Lanka, they still come out stronger. Most recently, they beat Bangladesh 2-0 in a 2-match test series in Bangladesh.
Before that, they were routed by the same team in a 3-match ODI series by 3-0. West Indies have incurred a similar fate against New Zealand.
As for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, the hosts will field a pretty talented squad comprising the likes of Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, and others.
Cricket betting predictions will put them as the heavy favourites in the 3-match T20I series.
Action-packed month in the Caribbean
The first T20I will be played on March 3 in Coolidge, with the final one set to take place on March 8. The 20-over cricket will then be followed by a 3-match ODI series, set to commence from March 10.
The tour will end with two test matches, starting from March 21 in North Sound, Antigua.