Chris Gayle is set to retire from ODIs after this year's World Cup in England and Wales, Windies Cricket announced on Sunday.

The hard-hitting opening batsman, who has scored 9,727 runs in 284 ODIs, last played for West Indies during a home series against Bangladesh last July.

Gayle needs 677 more runs to surpass the great Brian Lara as the West Indies' all-time leading ODI run scorer, a feat he will be hoping to achieve at his fifth World Cup, which starts on May 30.

He has been mainly considered a T20 specialist since making his last Test appearance in 2014, and most recently played in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Since making his debut in 1999, Gayle has most number of ODI hundreds for West Indies.

The first game in Barbados on Wednesday is the first of a five-match series against World Cup favorites England.