Gayle targeting third world T20 title ahead of Windies return

Chris Gayle said on Monday he is focused on the “bigger picture” of winning a third T20 world title with the West Indies later this year, ahead of the veteran batsman’s return to international cricket this week.

The 41-year-old was named in the Windies’ 14-man squad for the three-game T20 international series against Sri Lanka, which starts in Antigua on Wednesday.

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Gayle, who was part of the World Twenty20-winning sides in both 2012 and 2016, played the last of his 58 T20 internationals against England in March 2019.

The Windies will attempt to defend their title in India in October and November.

“I want to accomplish, starting off by winning the series, but the bigger picture is actually to get three T20 titles under my belt,” Gayle told a press conference.

His record tally of 22 centuries in all T20 cricket is 14 more than anyone else — the Australian trio of David Warner, Aaron Finch and Michael Klinger have all struck eight.

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Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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