Universe Boss Gayle plans retirement after home series against India in August

first_imgManchester: Dashing West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will retire from international cricket after the home ODI and Test series against India scheduled in August-September. The 39-year-old had last month stated that he would call it quits after the ongoing World Cup but speaking to the media on the eve of the game against India here, the left-hander said he has had a change of mind. “It’s still not the end. I still have a few games to go. May be another series to go, as well. Who knows, we will see what happens. My plans after World Cup? I may play a Test match against India and then I will definitely play the ODIs against India. I won’t play the T20s. That’s my plan after the World Cup,” Gayle said. West Indies media manager Philip Spooner later confirmed that the assignment against India will be Gayle’s last in national colours. “Yes, Chris will play his last series against India,” Spooner told PTI. India’s tour of West Indies comprises three T20 Internationals, three ODIs followed by a couple of Test matches. The T20Is will open the tour from August 3, the ODIs are lined up from August 8 and the Tests will take place from August 22 to September 3. Gayle has appeared in 103 Tests, accumulating 7215 runs at an average of 42.19. In 294 ODI appearances, Gayle put together 10345 runs, while in 58 T20 Internationals, he has 1627 runs. The man who calls himself the ‘Universe Boss’ is a fan favourite for his flamboyant stroke-play and is considered a game-changing batsman.last_img read more

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Man held on suspicion of arson as firefighters tackle huge blaze at

SFRS said it was first called to reports of fire at the hospital at 8.52pm.Some 10 crews from Staffordshire, West Midlands and Warwickshire fire services were deployed as fire took hold at the facility, prompting the evacuation of nearly a dozen occupants and staff. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A man has been detained on suspicion of arson after a fire ripped through a mental health facility.The 43-year-old was held as firefighters tackled the “severe” blaze which broke out at the George Bryan Medical Centre, near the Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital in Tamworth, on Monday night.Images showed flames and smoke billowing from the building’s roof, part of which appeared to have fallen in.Staffordshire Police said a suspect, from Tamworth, had been detained and appealed for information from witnesses.A spokesman from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) earlier said there had been reports of one of the patients absconding during the commotion caused by the blaze.When contacted on Tuesday morning, police and fire officials were unable to confirm if any missing patient had been located.Christopher Pincher, the Conservative MP for Tamworth, said he was “very concerned” by the fire.”I very much hope that there are no injuries and wish all the best to our local fire crews, Police and emergency services,” he wrote on Twitter. Very concerned to hear about this developing news. I very much hope that there are no injuries and wish all the best to our local fire crews, Police and emergency services. https://t.co/LJ3VlpY8Vb— Christopher Pincher (@ChrisPincher) February 11, 2019 read more

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