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Big Names Skip Windies’ World Cup Qualifiers for PSL

 Antigua (January 26, 2018): Chris Gayle was named in the West Indies´ squad for the 2019 World Cup qualifying tournament on Thursday, but other leading players ruled themselves out in order to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

All-rounders Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell, spinner Sunil Narine and batsman Darren Bravo have all decided to miss the qualifiers in Zimbabwe, which will run from March 4-25.“We are pleased that Chris Gayle and (batsman) Marlon Samuels have indicated their full support and commitment to the cause,” chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said in a statement.

“Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo and Andre Russell however indicated that they were unavailable to help us qualify as their priority was playing in the Pakistan Super League.”The two-time World Cup winners have struggled to field their strongest side in recent years after a bitter dispute between Cricket West Indies and various players.

Russell, 29, has not played for the Caribbean outfit since 2016 after being given a one-year doping ban, with the fast bowler set to return to cricket later this month.

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