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May 13, 2009
Julian Hunte, the WICB president, has said that Chris Gayle's statement that he did not want to captain West Indies was an "unfortunate development" with the second Test against England starting in Durham on Thursday.
"This [Gayle's comments] is bound to have an effect on the whole spirit of the team," Hunte told the Trinidad Express. "It is an unfortunate development."
In an interview with the Guardian , Gayle had said that he would be "giving it [captaincy] up shortly" because of the pressures the job entailed. Hunte, however, said that Gayle had not spoken to him about it when he was in London for the Lord's Test.
"I recall that there was speculation in some of the English media that Chris might resign after he returned from the Indian Premier League to join the team just before the Test but I took it as pure speculation," Hunte said. "There was certainly nothing on that score from the captain himself.
"I keep in touch with the manager on a regular basis and he did not give the impression of anything untoward. He said the team had taken the coach journey of six hours from London to Durham and all was well".
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