Bridgetown (Barbados): Batting sensation Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell are likely to be included in the 15-man West Indies squad for the Twenty20 World Cup, to be hosted by India.
Some media reports on Wednesday announced the squad without Gayle and Russell, sparking some speculation on social media but the Jamaican pair are likely to be named for the March 8 to April 3 tournament, CMC reported.
The squad, which is yet to be named officially by the West Indies Cricket Board, includes embattled off-spinner Sunil Narine who is currently banned from bowling internationally.
However, Narine is expected to undergo testing on his action at Loughborough University in England next month, before confirming his spot on the side.
All eyes will be on Gayle, however, especially after he sparked controversy during the recent Australia Big Bash with his now infamous live television interview where he appeared to openly flirt with Channel TEN's reporter Mel McLaughlin.
The 36-year-old left-hander has played in every T20 World Cup since the inaugural tournament in South Africa eight years ago, when he announced himself in the format with a stunning hundred against the hosts in Johannesburg.