Chris Gayle wants to win 2019 World Cup for Windies, says will push hard to earn a direct entry

PTI, Jul, 14 2017
Chris Gayle wants to win 2019 World Cup for Windies, says will push hard to earn a direct entry

Bengaluru: Sri Lanka's stunning defeat against Zimbabwe has provided West Indies a glimmer of hope for making it to the 2019 World Cup and aggressive batsman Chris Gayle says they will work hard to earn a direct entry into the mega event.

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"We want to win 2019 World Cup. Definitely, we would try to push hard for it and make sure West Indies is part of it," the souhtpaw, who does not play ODIs as of now, told reporters.

The explosive batsman is hoping that WICB will relax eligibility rules for players like him to be in the team for the World Cup.

"Yeah. That is what is under discussion. It is for them to make the announcement. Once the announcement is made, we can know what is on. So, it is better for us to wait and watch and see what happens. Once we are guided with the rules, it will become clear about players participation," he said.

West Indies are placed ninth on the ODI rankings table and the upcoming England series is important for them to earn some crucial points.

The England tour consists of three Tests, one T20I, and five ODIs.

The top eight teams qualify directly, whereas the bottom four teams will compete in the World Cup qualifiers next year against the top six Associate and Affiliate teams.

And, from 10-team qualifier tournament, only two teams will advance to the main tournament.

Asked is he hopeful of remaining in Royal Challengers Bangalore next year, Gayle said, "I really don't know what is in store. But, definitely I am looking to be associated with IPL next year for sure and have some fun."

Talking about Evin Lewis, Gayle said he is going to be a dangerous batsman.

"He has belted two centuries against India. He's a small (short) player, but powerful, and is a future star. He will be going to be dangerous if he is consistent," Gayle said after announcing his investment venture in IONA Entertainment.

Published Date: Jul 14, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115