Gayle, one of the world’s cricket superstars, has been named to the 14-man squad for the three-game series against Sri Lanka which begins in Antigua on Wednesday.
The charismatic Gayle wants to help the West Indies successfully defend their World Twenty20 title in India in October and November.
The Jamaican opener played the last of his 58 T20 internationals against England at home in March 2019.
He completed 1,627 races in the format with a highest score of 117 out of an average of over 32.
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“As we move towards the defense of the T20 World Cup, the opportunity is seized to determine our best team and our best team as we move forward,” said head coach Roger Harper.
“Chris Gayle has performed very well in recent tournaments and the Selection Panel believes he can still add great value to our team.”
Gayle played in the Pakistani Super League but will take a hiatus to resume his international career in the three matches against Sri Lanka on March 3, 5 and 7.
The 39-year-old fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who hasn’t played for the West Indies since 2012, is also back in favor.
“Fidel Edwards was selected to give bowling the firepower it needed,” added Harper.
The three-match spotlight series will be the first T20 internationals to play at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
Three ODIs will also be played in Antigua at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on March 10, 12 and 14.
All-rounder Andre Russell is recovering from the COVID-19 contraction earlier this month, and despite testing negative more than a week ago, he was kicked out of the T20 series.
A spokesperson for the West Indies added that fast bowlers Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas, as well as batsman Shimron Hetmyer and versatile Roston Chase failed to meet the minimum fitness standard in time to be considered. for selection.
The T20 team: Kieron Pollard (captain), Nicholas Pooran (vice-captain), Fabien Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Rovman Powell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair.
The ODI team: Kieron Pollard (captain), Shai Hope (vice-captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Kevin Sinclair.