West Indies in England 2012 June 5, 2012

Gayle formally recalled to West Indies squad


Chris Gayle's 15-month international exile is over after he was formally recalled to the West Indies ODI squad for the forthcoming series against England, starting in Southampton on June 16.

In keeping with the fractious and drawn out nature of the dispute that kept Gayle out of the team, his recall was confirmed after a meeting of more political than selection nature in St Vincent. Gayle and the West Indies Players' Association chief executive*, Michael Hall, spoke with an array of political and cricket figures including the island's prime minister Ralph Gonsalves, Antigua and Barbuda prime minister Baldwin Spencer, WICB president Julian Hunte, WICB director Elson Crick and the WICB's legal officer Alanna Medford.

The meeting, devised to smooth over any "residual matters" between Gayle and the WICB, was followed by the announcement of the squad for the limited-overs segment of the England tour, with Gayle returning to the ranks for the first time since the 2011 World Cup.

"Directors of the West Indies Cricket Board recently met by teleconference and are pleased that consistent with his previous commitment Mr Chris Gayle has made himself available for selection to the West Indies team," a WICB statement had said of the meeting. "The board believes that Mr Gayle's stated commitment to West Indies cricket will be an asset to the team and looks forward to his contributions in that regard."

Gayle's recall was first mooted during West Indies' earlier home series against Australia, when he met with WICB officials to repair a relationship that had deteriorated around the emergence of Twenty20 and the rise of the Indian Premier League. It then dissolved entirely when the former captain criticised the coach Ottis Gibson and the WICB during a radio interview last year.

In England the mood for Gayle's return has gathered strength, pushed along by the words of Kevin Pietersen, who said it would be "brilliant for the game" if he was recalled, while the former West Indies fast bowler and widely respected commentator Michael Holding effectively challenged the WICB to stop delaying Gayle's rehabilitation as an international player.

Lendl Simmons is the other notable recall to the ODI team after he missed the home matches against Australia. Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell also return to the team for limited-overs matches after completing their IPL duties.

*15:44 GMT, June 5: The article had qualified Michael Hall as Chris Gayle's agent. This has been changed.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • S.Selvamurugan on June 7, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    @toxic1007 thank u

  • Lucien on June 7, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    James Joseph on (June 06 2012, 23:02 PM GMT) We are still at the bottom without Gayle as captain and without him being in the side for 15 months. We havent won many matches with Gayle, Sammy, Adams, Hooper, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Walsh, Lara etc as captain. Its obvious that whomever is made captain the results will be the same. The captain can have ability, heart and all those other qualities but at the end of the day this is still a team sport with individual mistakes affect team performance.

  • Senthil on June 7, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Im happy to see Chris back in Windies colors.. Love to see him blasting SA, ENG and AUS fast bowlers. Still one position in Windies camp is been wasted. Wicket Keeper Ramdin... He will never prove.. India made Dravid as wk,SA made ABD to keep out great M. Boucher.. Why cant you make L. Simmons or D. Bravo as WK, so that we can have some useful contributors in Ramdin position. Darren Sammy has to maintain the consistency to be in the playing 11.. Squad is looking good, but should produce the following factors:

    Team spirit Consistency Seniors should guide younger players Dont depend on specific players to score or take wickets Feel proud to play for Nation I love to see the headline on Cricinfo as Gayle fires England Bowling attack, Narines packs england top order, Bravo, Pollard, A. Rusell & D. Smith allround perfomance blasts England. Squad is full of performers, first time im seeing a team with full of performers after 1996 world cup. Please deliver the best and make windies pride

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    so quick to forget that gayle was captain of the west indies team when they were stuck at the bottom of world cricket.where discipline is not present there will be confusion, and i commend the wicb for taking a stand for the betterment of the sport.lets see gayle run his mouth on the radio again.

  • Lucien on June 6, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    AKS286 on (June 06 2012, 16:54 PM GMT) Gayle wont be playing in the 3rd test.

  • Derek on June 6, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    @Warren are all your questions in order of priority? Even if the answers are YES to all, you've ignored the FACT that those who are already ahead are making efforts to stay ahead.

  • Anupam on June 6, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    the upcoming excuses by the fans after 3rd test defeat are-1. gayle played last test since2010 so lack of practice. 2. roach is not playing. 3. bring sarwan, russell, pollard, bravo, taylor, lara, sherwin capmbell, jimmy adams. 4. WICB behaviour and mismanagement. common sentence in every comment "WI fought bravely nut LOST". WI A looses to india A. naraine sinks KKr in the final & bravo sinks CSK in the final. fact is WI is not eligible for TEST.

  • soumyas on June 6, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    suggestion to WICB, ask Malya how to keep Gayle happy and get the most out of him...;)

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    the amazing team is r8 nw which was needed by the windies.the roach was available it would be the star team that would be capable to win any trophy.the best squad for the windies is 1.Gayle,2.johnson charles/Dwayne smith/lendi simmons,3.DM bravo,4.DJ bravo,5.russel,6.pollard.7.sammy,8.narine,9.bisho,10.edwards/rampaul,11.roach. ramdin should be dropped becuase he is off no use.either bravo or johnson may be kept as the wk keeper.nd if someone wants to pick samuels then he has to tell me in which position nd instead of whom of this mention players,he might be taken,if someone wants samuel then he should be taken instead of sammy nd also the batting sequence might be reformed.if anyone wants to argue then hv ur opinion.

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    It is nice to see gayle again. well come back.

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