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Gayle, Patterson to be honoured during Bangladesh/Vice Chancellor's XI Tour Match

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Following their recent 2-0 Test series defeat to the West Indies, Bangladesh will be hoping for a positive result against a University of the West Indies (UWI) Vice Chancellor's XI in a one-off day/night 50-over clash at Sabina Park today.

The tour match is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm and will be free to the public.

Bangladesh will be using the game for preparation as they turn their attention to the three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), while a few of Jamaica and West Indies stars — Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Rovman Powell — could possibly feature in the Vice Chancellor's line-up.

Gayle, who has been a batting stalwart in West Indies cricket, along with outstanding fast bowler Patrick Patterson, will also be honoured on the day by UWI's Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles for their service to the regional side.

The hard-hitting left-hander has represented the West Indies in 103 Test matches, scoring 7,214 runs, at an average of 42.17 and includes 15 centuries and two triple centuries.

In 281 ODIs, Gayle has tallied 9,285 runs, including 23 centuries at an average of 37.00, while in 56 T20 Internationals he has 1,603 runs, including two centuries at an average of 33.47.

Patterson played in 28 Test matches, in which he claimed 93 wickets at an average of 30.90, while in 89 ODIs, he bagged 90 wickets.

The awards segment, scheduled to take place in between innings, has been a staple on the UWI's calendar over the past 19 years, as they use the occasion to honour West Indian cricketers deemed to have made outstanding contributions to West Indies Cricket.

West Indies legends such as Michael Holding, Sir Vivian Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Jeffrey Dujon, Desmond Haynes, Andy Roberts, Courtney Walsh, and Curtly Ambrose are among some of the past honorees.

Meanwhile, local fans might get an opportunity to see Russell in action ahead of his first ODI assignment for the West Indies since 2015.

The electrifying all-rounder made his international comeback in the West Indies against World XI Hurricane Challenge Twenty20 International at Lord's in May this year after time on the sidelines serving a suspension for a doping-related offence.

The ODI series starts on Sunday in Guyana and will be followed by three Twenty20 Internationals between the two teams.

West Indies squad: Jason Holder – Captain, Devendra Bishoo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell .

— Sherdon Cowan

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