Chris Gayle’s inclusion in the West Indies’ 15-member squad for the ICC T20 World Cup has come under much scrutiny due to his age and poor run of form for several years.

The West Indies are the defending World Champions and only the two-time winners of the tournament; winning in 2012 against Sri Lanka, then four years later against England.

The West Indies now have the opportunity to create further history by becoming the first team to win a hat-trick of ICC T20 World Cup victories in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14.

However, some pundits believe Gayle, at 41, is more a liability than an asset to the team.

Gayle is averaged 17-runs from 16 T20 matches this year. The 41-year-old has scored only one half century in the last five years.

He is currently averaging 16-runs per game in the T20 Caribbean Premier League for the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

Lead selector for Cricket West Indies, Roger Harper, says statistics were not the only criteria used to select the squad.

Harper also sought to justify the exclusion of Sherfane Rutherford and Romario Shepherd.

Roger Harper, Cricket West Indies Lead Selector.

The full squad includes: Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas, And Hayden Walsh Junior.

Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder and Akeal Hosein have all been named as travelling reserves.