Chris Gayle has been named the vice-captain of the West Indies team for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.
The explosive West Indian opener will don the Windies colours for the final time during the World Cup, as Gayle has publicly announced his decision to retire from the international format after the multi-team tournament.
Gayle is in top form going into the tournament, having scored close to 500 runs in the IPL. With West Indies, Gayle hit two hundreds and as many half-centuries in the home series against England in February/March.
"It is always an honour to represent the West Indies in any format and this World Cup for me is special," Gayle said after being named Jason Holder's deputy on Monday.
Gayle is a former West Indies captain who last led the regional side in June 2010.
"As a senior player, it is my responsibility to support the captain and everyone else in the team. This will probably be the biggest World Cup, so there will be great expectations and I know we will do very well for the people of the West Indies," said the 39-year-old, who has amassed 10151 runs in 289 ODIs at 38.16.
Chris Gayle is not the part of the West Indies squad for the ongoing tri-nation tournament in Ireland. Shai Hope is the vice-captain in Gayle’s absence.
"It's a tremendous honour to be appointed vice-captain for this series here in Ireland. Ahead of this tournament, I was asked to take on this role and I was happy to accept. Anything I'm asked to do for West Indies cricket I'm always happy and willing to put my hand up, so this is great," said Hope.