Chris Gayle will make a return to West Indies colours, while Nicholas Pooran has earned his maiden call-up in the 50-over format in the 14-man squad for the first and second ODI against England.

Gayle last played for West Indies during the home ODI series against Bangladesh in July 2018. The 39-year-old then made himself unavailable for the tours of India and Bangladesh in order to play the Afghanistan Premier League and the T10 League.

Gayle is the second most capped Windies player with 284 matches in his illustrious career. He is also the second leading runscorer with 9,727 runs in 299 appearances. Gayle also has 165 wickets.

The veteran left-hander has the most centuries by a West Indian in this format – 23 – as well as the highest score – 215 against Zimbabwe in the ICC Cricket World Cup four years ago.

Pooran is a left-hand batsman/wicketkeeper. He has so far played eight T20 Internationals with a highest score of 53 not out.

Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne, says the upcoming five-match series is a vital part of the preparations for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup – to be played in England and Wales from May 31 to July 15. He explained that experienced batsman Marlon Samuels is unavailable due to treatment on his knees.

The matches will be played at Kensington Oval on February 20 and February 22.