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Mon Apr 21 09:08:26 SAST 2014

Gayle baffled by KP's absence

TEAMtalk Media | 14 June, 2012 13:410 Comments
Middlesex v West Indies - Tour Match
Chris Gayle of the West Indies hits out during the tour match between Middlesex and West Indies at Lord's Cricket Ground on June 13, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Tom Shaw / Getty Images

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle admits to being baffled by Kevin Pietersen's limited-overs retirement, and feels that the England Cricket Board's policy of forcing players to be in both squads is 'unfortunate'.

Pietersen retired from ODI and T20 cricket two weeks ago, while Gayle was recently recalled to the Windies' ODI side after 14 months on the sidelines. It seems both players, who are friends off the field, had been keen to face each other and Gayle has been left disappointed.

Gayle said in the Sun: "KP is the best batsman in the team and the coach, captain, players and fans will really miss him.

"The Kevin Pietersen situation is really unfortunate. The England rules are that, once you don't play 50-over cricket, you can't play T20.

"If someone wants to retire from one, I don't see why he has to retire from the other. Kevin is a star player and he must know how much his body can take."

Gayle, who made his return to the Windies side on Wednesday by scoring 34 runs against Middlesex, will play in his first ODI in over a year on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

He said of his midweek knock: "It's good to be back in the No 45 representing West Indies once more.

"I was nervous at the start of my innings but eventually things went well before I was out. Now I'm really looking forward to the first ODI against England on Saturday."

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