CEO of Cricket West Indies, Johnny Grave, says they want to honour star batsman Chris Gayle’s desire to play his farewell match at Sabina Park.

Gayle was given a guard of honour by the Australian team following the West Indies last game at the ICC T20 World Cup.

Alrick Swaby tells us more.


The 42-year-old has not announced his retirement from international cricket because he is hoping for one last game in front of his Jamaican fans to say thank you.

Speaking on Mason and Guest, Grave says they hope they’ll be able to use Ireland’s tour of the Caribbean in January to give Gayle the opportunity to show his appreciation to his local fans.

Gayle is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen to have played Twenty20 cricket, and by some as the best ever.

The Universe Boss played a crucial role in the West Indies teams that won 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, 2012 ICC World Twenty20 and 2016 ICC World Twenty20 titles.

Gayle has set numerous records across all three formats of the game.

He is the most capped player for the West Indies in international cricket and is the only player to score a triple hundred in Tests, double hundred in ODIs and a hundred in T20Is.

Gayle is the only player to score more than 14000 runs and hit more than 1000 sixes in T20 cricket.

He’s also the leading run scorer for West Indies in both ODI’s and T20I’s and along with Brian Lara the only player to score more than 10,000 runs for West Indies in ODI Cricket.

In addition to his batting, Gayle has picked up over 200 International Wickets.

He was awarded the Most Valuable Player in the 2011 Indian Premier League and held the Orange Cap in 2012.

On 23 April 2013, Gayle broke the record for the fastest ever T20 hundred in his landmark knock of 175 runs from 66 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India in the IPL.

This is also the highest score ever by a batsman in T20 history.

Grave says honouring Gayle’s request to close out his international career in front his home crowd should not be viewed as Gayle dictating to Cricket West Indies, but the regional board showing respect to someone who have served the region well.