Chris Gayle named Vice- Captain in last World Cup; India, Turkey vow to boost trade ties- Current Affairs

Story 1- Chris Gayle named West Indies Vice-Captain for ICC World Cup 2019

Veteran batsman Chris Gayle has been named as the new West Indies Vice-Captain for the upcoming ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be hosted by England and Wales from May 30, 2019.

The 39-year-old has captained his side previously in 90 matches across the three formats between 2007 and 2010. Overall, he has represented the West Indies in 103 Tests, 289 ODIs and 58 Twenty20 Internationals, scoring 18,992 international runs.

West Indies World Cup squad

Jason Holder (captain), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer

Key Highlights

The upcoming Cricket World Cup would be Chris Gayle’s last 50-over tournament, as he announced in February 2019 that he would be retiring from the format after the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Gayle, the Caribbean side’s most experienced member, will serve as a deputy to captain Jason Holder.

He has scored 10, 151 runs in 289 ODIs with the highest score of 215 against Zimbabwe during the 2015 edition of the World Cup.

West Indies will open their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31, 2019.

About Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle is a Jamaican cricketer, who plays international cricket for the West Indies national cricket team. He captained the team’s test side from 2007 to 2010.

Gayle, who is considered to be one of the greatest and most destructive batsman in the history of cricket, has set a number of records across all three formats of cricket.

He is well known for hitting sixes and in 2012, he became the first player to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match.

He also holds the record for hitting the most number of sixes (515) in international cricket.

He is also the first batsman in the world to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.

Further, he is the only player in the world to score a hundred in T20I, a double hundred in ODI and a triple hundred in Test Cricket.

He is one of the only four players who have scored two triple centuries at Test level, 317 runs against South Africa in 2005 and 333 against Sri Lanka in 2010. He is also one of the six players to score a double century in ODIs.

During the 2015 World Cup, Gayle became the first batsman in World Cup history to score a double century when he scored 200 off 138 balls against Zimbabwe.

His score in the match, 215 runs was the record for the highest score in a World Cup until Martin Guptill broke it against the West Indies.

In March 2016, Gayle became the only second player after Brendon McCullum to hit two Twenty20 International hundreds, scoring 100 not out against England.

Controversies with the Cricket Board

In 2005, Gayle along with a group of players was involved in a dispute over sponsorship issues with the West Indies Cricket Board.

The key point of dispute was that these players had personal sponsorship deals with a company called Cable and Wireless, which used to sponsor the West Indies cricket team.

However, when the national cricket team became sponsored by the rival of Cable and Wireless, Digicel, the Cricket Board demanded the players to drop their personal deals with Cable and Wireless as well.

When the players including Gayle refused to back down, the West Indies Cricket Board dropped them for the first Test against South Africa. Gayle, however, later cut his deal with the sponsor and rejoined the side.

During West Indies’ tour of England in 2009, Gayle received criticism when he commented that he did not want to captain the West Indies side any more given the pressures involved and that it wouldn’t be so bad if Test cricket was superseded by Twenty20 cricket in the future.

Later in April 2011, Gayle criticised the West Indies Cricket Board and coach Ottis Gibson and did not play for the team for more than a year.

It was in April 2012 that Gayle and the cricket board reached an understanding, paving the way for his return to the national team.

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Story 2- India, Turkey agree to boost trade, investment ties

India and Turkey on May 8, 2019 agreed to strengthen their economic relations to majorly expand their bilateral trade by 2020.

It was decided following the talks held between Gitesh A Sarma, Secretary (West) and Turkey's Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal, who is on a three-day visit to India, under the institutional mechanism of foreign office consultations.

Key Highlights

The two nations held cordial discussions on various aspects of bilateral ties including exploring opportunities for enhancing investment and trade relations.

Currently, the bilateral trade between India and Turkey stands at around USD 8.6 billion. The nations aim to expand it to USD 10 billion by 2020.

Besides this, the nations also discussed other aspects of cooperation including enhanced cultural interaction, tourism and people-to-people contacts.

The two countries also reviewed the current situation in their respective regions and exchanged views on various multilateral issues.

Background

The Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister’s visit to India is a part of a regular exchange between the two countries.

Sedat Onal had earlier visited India as a part of the delegation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May 2017.

India-Turkey Relations

India and Turkey enjoy a close, friendly and deep-rooted ties dating back to several centuries and share civilizational links.

The recent political exchanges have imparted fresh momentum to the bilateral ties between the two nations and opened several new avenues for cooperation.

The two nations established a Joint Economic and Technical Cooperation Committee (JEC) by signing the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement in 1978.

The two nations had also signed an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation in 1996 and the agreement on encouragement and protection of investments in 1998.

Though there is no Free Trade agreement between the two nations, India benefits from the discounted tariffs on certain products for export to Turkey due to the Generalized Preferences System (GSP) applied by the European Union.

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