Gayle stays skipper

Chris Gayle has been retained as West Indies captain for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka.

It involves two Tests and three one-day internationals. Gayle has recovered from a hamstring injury and broken thumb that he sustained in South Africa and the selectors decided to name him as captain ahead of Ramnaresh Sarwan.

Gayle, 28, was given the captaincy for the tour of South Africa in December because Sarwan was injured and he led West Indies to their first Test victory in South Africa in Port Elizabeth. However, he had to return home before the third Test because of a hamstring injury and a broken thumb and missed the one-day series that followed after the Tests.

Sri Lanka’s tour of the West Indies will be their first since 2003 when they lost the Tests 1-0 but won the ODIs 2-1. Australia are scheduled to tour the Caribbean in May.

Gayle has played in 70 Tests and scored 4,658 runs with 59 wickets, and played in 176 One Day Internationals with 6,244 runs and 142 wickets.

The WICB press release on the appointment did not name a vice-captain and does not address captaincy for the visit of Australia.

This is a busy time for the Jamaican. He will be going to India for the Indian Professional League tournament in between to earn US$800,000 which was bid in an auction.

He was the tenth most pricey player in the auction, with India’s Mahendra Dhoni ($1.5 million) and Australian Andrew Symonds ($1.35m) the most expensive.

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