West Indies news March 26, 2012

Gayle signs agreement with WICB

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Chris Gayle, the former West Indies captain, has signed a CARICOM-brokered agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), but with a 'side-letter' whose contents are yet to be disclosed.

"Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves [of St Vincent] provided a copy of Gayle's 'side letter'," a WICB release said. "The matter was discussed and the Board will respond to the Prime Minister shortly."

The Jamaica Gleaner reported that the agreement, which was drafted by CARICOM in a bid to solve the impasse between the former captain and the board, had been signed by the WICB a few weeks ago.

However, questions still remain over any Gayle comeback to the West Indies side. He is contracted to represent Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL from April 4 to May 27 and Somerset in England's domestic Twenty20 tournament later in the summer.

A resolution to the year-long dispute between Gayle and the WICB was expected at last Monday's high-level meeting in St Vincent, where no decision could be reached. It was then speculated that Gayle would be available for selection during the current series with Australia. Before that meeting, the Jamaica Gleaner had reported that Gayle was likely to either submit an apology or retract his comments made against the board and the coach Ottis Gibson during a radio interview.

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  • Samar_Singh on March 29, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Warm welcome Mr Gayle.. WI team without Gayle is like a human without a soul.. Love to see u return in Maroons.

  • daintyr on March 27, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Could somebody, maybe Chris Gayle himself, let us know when he's available to play for the Windies? And dont say the T20 World Cup because he took no part in the Windies domestic tournament and so is not qualified. Fact is Gayle was West Indies captain and he chose not to sign the Board's central contract, preferring instead to "freelance." Now he realizes that playing domestic club cricket, which is what these 20/20 tournaments are, is not as sexy as playing international cricket. Now will he sign a West Indies Board Contract? And if he does, what will happen to all the other contracts he has signed? Wouldn't this make him a cricket "bigamist?"

  • NALINWIJ on March 27, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Chris Gayle may not be a patriot but is a match winning asset, WI board may not have the skill at dispute resolution. If Gayle chooses to play IPL which will earn him most of the money and agrees to play for Windies outside IPL schedule then this may be the best Windies could hope for between now and 2015 world cup and if Windies rebuilding of the side is successful by then they can part company with Gayle.

  • on March 27, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Hey! What I feel is if Chris Gayle comes back then WI team will improve their performances...

    He was forced indirectly to play for IPL and other t20 formats... Suppose a man loses his job.....

    SO he has to find another job 4 living....Same way chris did......

    Gayle is also a HUMAN BEING!!

  • VEXXZ on March 27, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Gayle continue to "PLAY" with the WICB . He is no longer committed to WI cricket . He just wanted to prove a point .

  • on March 27, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Darran samy is the best captaincy and best allrounder. But, all top order batsman for not helped australia series. Charles is the debut series, darren bravo short is very innnocent , bharath stroke is very nice , samuels not formed drop this seires.

    All Rounder bravo, russel, pollar, and sammy job is very excellent.

  • fan2011 on March 27, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    pls don't take Gayle back... the t20 world cup is around the corner don't wanna see him score 3 or 4 hundreds.. :D :D:D:D:D

  • on March 27, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Welcome back Chris Gayle! Its about time you are back and the slaughter house may now open.

  • Reagos on March 27, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    I am the Biggest Chris Gayle fan, however you cannot have the cake, want more cake and then eat it by youself. Patriots are slefless. But then again whats the worth of a broke patriot after retirement. WICB needs to match compensation to market value or at lease deal with loss revenue by events such as lucritive T20's.

  • VivGilchrist on March 27, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    So what does this mean? Does he pick and choose when he plays? Will pollard play in the Tests? Samuels and Dw Bravo are WAY overrated, and Sarwan is in terrible form so why do people always mention them? andYes Kenny, Australia and England are quaking in there boots - F Edwards bowling av 37, Rampaul and Taylor av @ 35, Samuels batting av 29 and Simmons below 20. Man, awesome stats! There is talent there but let's keep it real.

  • Samar_Singh on March 29, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Warm welcome Mr Gayle.. WI team without Gayle is like a human without a soul.. Love to see u return in Maroons.

  • daintyr on March 27, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Could somebody, maybe Chris Gayle himself, let us know when he's available to play for the Windies? And dont say the T20 World Cup because he took no part in the Windies domestic tournament and so is not qualified. Fact is Gayle was West Indies captain and he chose not to sign the Board's central contract, preferring instead to "freelance." Now he realizes that playing domestic club cricket, which is what these 20/20 tournaments are, is not as sexy as playing international cricket. Now will he sign a West Indies Board Contract? And if he does, what will happen to all the other contracts he has signed? Wouldn't this make him a cricket "bigamist?"

  • NALINWIJ on March 27, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Chris Gayle may not be a patriot but is a match winning asset, WI board may not have the skill at dispute resolution. If Gayle chooses to play IPL which will earn him most of the money and agrees to play for Windies outside IPL schedule then this may be the best Windies could hope for between now and 2015 world cup and if Windies rebuilding of the side is successful by then they can part company with Gayle.

  • on March 27, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Hey! What I feel is if Chris Gayle comes back then WI team will improve their performances...

    He was forced indirectly to play for IPL and other t20 formats... Suppose a man loses his job.....

    SO he has to find another job 4 living....Same way chris did......

    Gayle is also a HUMAN BEING!!

  • VEXXZ on March 27, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Gayle continue to "PLAY" with the WICB . He is no longer committed to WI cricket . He just wanted to prove a point .

  • on March 27, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Darran samy is the best captaincy and best allrounder. But, all top order batsman for not helped australia series. Charles is the debut series, darren bravo short is very innnocent , bharath stroke is very nice , samuels not formed drop this seires.

    All Rounder bravo, russel, pollar, and sammy job is very excellent.

  • fan2011 on March 27, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    pls don't take Gayle back... the t20 world cup is around the corner don't wanna see him score 3 or 4 hundreds.. :D :D:D:D:D

  • on March 27, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Welcome back Chris Gayle! Its about time you are back and the slaughter house may now open.

  • Reagos on March 27, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    I am the Biggest Chris Gayle fan, however you cannot have the cake, want more cake and then eat it by youself. Patriots are slefless. But then again whats the worth of a broke patriot after retirement. WICB needs to match compensation to market value or at lease deal with loss revenue by events such as lucritive T20's.

  • VivGilchrist on March 27, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    So what does this mean? Does he pick and choose when he plays? Will pollard play in the Tests? Samuels and Dw Bravo are WAY overrated, and Sarwan is in terrible form so why do people always mention them? andYes Kenny, Australia and England are quaking in there boots - F Edwards bowling av 37, Rampaul and Taylor av @ 35, Samuels batting av 29 and Simmons below 20. Man, awesome stats! There is talent there but let's keep it real.

  • zaids on March 26, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    this is the perfect team.........1.CHRIS GAYLE.2.ADRIAN BHARATH.3.LENDI SIMMONS.4.DARREN BRAVO.5.MARLON SAMUELS.6.KIERON POLLARD.7.DINESH RAMDIN.8.DWAYNE BRAVO.9.ANDRE RUSSEL.10.DARREN SAMMY.11.KEMAR ROACH/RAVI RAMPAUL............................THIS IS THE BEST TEAM WHO CAN BEAT TO ANY TEAM AT ANY PITCH.....WITH SAME ORDER..........WICB JUST SEE THIS U WILL GONNA BE WORLD CHAMPION..............8 BOWLERS IN THIS TEAM AND 8 ALL ROUNDERS 10 BATSMAN...........

  • timmyw on March 26, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    For all of you saying Gayle is a disruptive influence on the WI side.... I'm an impartial Australian looking in. I can tell you when you guys came to Australia the only person standing between you and abject humiliation was Chris. Then I see he doesn't get selected and he is out supporting the side in the stand with every one else. He genuinely cared about what was going on. This showed me that the disruptive influence comes from your administration, whether they are greedy, manipulative, domineering who cares? The players are the ones that make this game and now your best bat is out because why? The board have huge egos and dont like being told the truth by Gayle? I don't blame him for wanting to play IPL. Don't tell me none of you would do it given a similar circumstance, you would be on the plane before the ink dried on your contract. I wanna see him back in your side simply because he's awesome, and he deserves to be there and I love watching him and he will help you win games.

  • on March 26, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    although the west indies have some good quality young players the opening batting stops have been a bit of a prodlem in the recently concluded odi series against Australia. To have Gayle in many peoples oppinion the best opening batsmen in the world at limited overs cricket will definetly strengthen the team. Also i think that discarding Sarwan is a silly move espesially for test matches i believe he is a far better and a lot more consistent batsman than Sammuels.

  • cracker2012 on March 26, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    Can't wait to see Gayle back in the WI team. Then I can enjoy watching them play (or loose lol - but it would be worth it).

  • hughieA on March 26, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    It seems to me that the West Indies are doing just fine without Chris Gayle. Nobody is bigger than the game, and if he wants to make the BIG money playing in the IPL and other T20 competitions then thats what he should do. Its always a privalige to play for ones country, and he should be big enough to apologise and start the process again. HughieA

  • on March 26, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    west indies need some middle order stability...sarwan need to be back in the team darren bravo is not close to the level of a batsman of sarwan class.marlon needs to be drop for his poor performance.deonarine is playing good cricket.

  • pwasif on March 26, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    I would not watch West Indies if Gayle is not playing, West Indies without Gayle is not worth watching, he is the hero in today's Cricket World.we are waiting to see you come back bring back the lightening and thunder in the field of cricket. we love to see back. I am a Pakistani but a Big fan of Gaile.

  • on March 26, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    West Indies did quite well without Gayle, so therefore it proves that they can continue improving without Gayle, Gayle is not one man squad, it's a Team effort so therefore I say leave Gayle to play IPL and the likes.

  • Dav1daKing on March 26, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    For ODI's: 1.Gayle, 2.Simmons, 3. K. Edwards, 4.Deonarine, 5. D.J. Bravo, 6.Pollard, 7. Baugh, 8. Russell, 9. Sammy, 10. Narine, 11.F. Edwards. (12th man, Rampaul, 13. D.M. Bravo, 14. Permaul, 15.Fudadin). And for T20I's: 1.Gayle, 2.Charles, 3.Smith, 4.D.j. Bravo, 5.Pollard, 6.Baugh, 7.Russell, 8.Sammy, 9. Narine, 10. Santokie, 11. F. Edwards. (12th Man.Simmons, 13.Rampaul, 14.Mathurin, 15.K. Edwards). I think M. Samuels should be given a break to play some domestic cricket so he'll see that he is't irreplaceable as well as D.M. Bravo (And not just live off Lara's comparisons and a couple of hundreds, but should still play test.) Permaul, Fudadin and Deonarine deserves call ups for the team, and S. Cotterell should be groomed for the future along with S. Dorwhich and N. Bonner. we've got so much talent here in the windies, it's unbelievable!

  • on March 26, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    England and Australia should be quaking in their boots.

    This young West Indies squad has strength and depth in the bowling department: Edwards Rampaul Narine Bishoo Shillingford Taylor

    All-rounders: Samuels Sammy Pollard Russell Dwayne Bravo Smith

    Middle Order: Chaderpaul Darren Bravo Kirk Edwards Simmons

    At the top of the order was where the real weakness is. So Gayle partnering Barath could be just what we need. If Ramdin or Baugh can just learn to bat at international level, we will be a force to be reckoned with.

    Ottis Gibson has the enviable task of working out his best XI

  • Dav1daKing on March 26, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Finally!! when Gayle finally return we will be able to put our best team on the field for each format of the game (providing all players are available and not contracted to play else where). the teams will be, for Test: 1.Gayle, 2.Barrath, 3.K. Edwards, 4.D.M. Bravo, 5.Chanderpaul, 6.D.J. Bravo, 7.Ramdin, 8.Sammy, 9.Rampaul, 10. Narine, 11.F. Edwards (12 man. A. Russell, 13. Bishoo, 14, Simmons).

  • on March 26, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Welcome back Chris , so we are waiting for long innings from your side , but please donot miss IPL as IPL as open doors for you everywere , thanks to all indian.

  • on March 26, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    i think it's great that they have finally come to a resolution and wish that so many people would stop looking at the negatives of a chris gayle return and look at the positives like a solid top order with at least some experience and more importantly as someone said earlier getting the best 11 to go out there and represent us

  • satspeare on March 26, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Finally!! Can hardly wait to see Gayle in WI colours again. For those of you who keep on saying that he "might" be a disruptive force on the team - how come he is not a disruptive force anywhere elst except for West Indies? Is this attitude only about money? Gayle IS our BEST opener right now. NO ONE comes close to replacing him even on an occassional basis. We need the best 11 to win NOW not 2 years from now. We have come so close to winning the last few series - but limited overs and test matches. Time to save a few careers - Leave Darren Bravo and Samuels in test ONLY. Give Dwayne Smith and Deonarine a go. And yes the one player more than anyone else available, who is more than suitable for any version is Chris!! How about opening with Shiv - he did well in BPL. We NEED to pick the batsmen with better averages than some of these youngsters with low first class averages and hop for them to come good at a higher level. don't forget Nash, Devon Smith, Taylor and yes Sarwan. good luck!!

  • cudjoehead on March 26, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    This is a regressive move. As much as I am a fan of Chris Gayle, I believe that there is just too much water under the bridge now. Under captain Sammy and coach Gibson the team is making progress. I believe that the return of Gayle at this time will be bad for team chemistry. West Indies need to stay the course and press on with the many gifted young players who still consider it an honour to wear the maroon cap.

  • Ikit on March 26, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    This impasse has gone on for too long now..it should have been resolved months ago!

  • SaudAlvi on March 26, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Gayle should play and make WI proud. Young team is doing great and I can see WI coming back to be a feared force in World Cricket again. Please learn to play as a team.

  • Silva-Surfa on March 26, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Whether you agree or disagree with Gayle's motives or actions, you get the impression that he still wants to play a part in the West Indies set-up. In the past different Board-members, previous Managers and Coaches left Gayle to his own devices, but that was clearly not the case, with the guys in the current position. Thankfully they seem to have finally come to a agreement, but time will tell whether it will work out for the best. I don't begrudge Gayle making alot of money in the various T20 tournaments, but judging on his current form, he still has a few years left in his International Career and for the betterment of cricket in the West Indies, let's hope it takes a positive step forward for the next generation.

  • on March 26, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Chris come play in South Africa...We'll appreciate you atleast.

  • Beertjie on March 26, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Of course you're correct, @Qdzy, that no one person is bigger than the game, but at the moment WI still do not have test-quality openers which is why Gayle and Barath are an automatic selection!

  • on March 26, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    If I were a head of any state, I would honor Gayle by offering citizenship to my country and include him in my national team.

  • Qdzy on March 26, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    I don't see the point of re-instating Gayle, because even if he's not outspoken in the media this time around, he could still be outspoken amongst fellow players and younger upcoming ones. He might be a bad influence, he's pockets are lined handsomely with all the franchise T20 contracts and he's not in a hurry to keep his place. HE HAS NOTHING TO LOSE

  • landl47 on March 26, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Gayle's always an entertaining batsman to watch and on his day can be great, but I question his value to the WI long-term. A captain or senior player always has to look as though he's giving 100% for the side and Gayle never does. Look at someone like Michael Clarke, whom the WI will see in the tests; he's always into the game, active, great body-language, while Gayle slouches about, grinning and having a nice relaxing day even when his side is losing. Darren Sammy only has a fraction of Gayle's talent, but he's a much better captain and example for the younger players and WI has done better under him. Leave Gayle to the T20!s and ODIs, which he says he prefers anyway, and let the test side develop as a unit. In the end that will be better for the WI.

  • on March 26, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    I hope he is not put in as Captain of the squad. I could see him coming in at no.3 in place of Marlon Samuels; but as for a leadership position in the side...an emphatic NO. Again, Gayle in place of Samuels I think will be a good move, and I also hope that if given the chance to play in the squad he fits in rather than become a polarizing force, that is perhaps the biggest hurdle to overcome should he be let back into the squad.

  • nasimmushtaque on March 26, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    I really agree with some of the views and I do not wish to see him back to the WI team, although he is very good player, but very moody and arrogant, if he comes back to the team then he will certainly bring some other problems as well

  • on March 26, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Qdzy and Hafeez just look at life this way if Pollard and Sammy can distroyed this Australian bowling just imaging what Gayle would have done to them. Next thing I know you guys have the right to your opinions but at this point it sound more like personal grudge. All said and done this is good news for WI and world cricket inspite of what the Gayle"s heaters have to say.Good game from the team but in my opinion we should have bat 1st, ON Friday Australia gave us the toss and we turn around and give them back Sunday.

  • Y2SJ on March 26, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Hope he plays for WI in tests. He is a player who can turn the tide in a session.

  • add2dxb on March 26, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    welcome back Chris Gayle .. nice hear from WICB that u coming back ...best of luck

  • on March 26, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    He is the real Hero Of modern Cricket ..He should be Back....love u Gayle

  • LifeWithBoundaries on March 26, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Yes, I too think Game is greater than Gayle! No doubt about that. But of all the WI fans who would not want to see Gayle back in the team? I agree both Gayle and the WICB has their own set of issues to deal with but at the end of the day, in the light of WI cricket, some things need to be done even though either part deem them as distasteful. Lets hope the recent performance, WI will be back on top! Lets hope things will get better in the West Indian Cricket!

  • KDoc on March 26, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    This young WI team is roughing up the Aussies; had Gayle been in the side, I am sure WI would have won the series, or maybe win all the games. He should at lease be reinstated in the T20 matches. WICB, time to get off your high horses !

  • on March 26, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    This West-Indies Squad without Gale looks promising, the problem here is can he fit in with this Team .

  • on March 26, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    If he comes or goes, the Windies will fail - the exodus of players leaving the team soon for IPL riches (Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Narine) and the paucity of replacement players for this bunch (based on players missing to injury, etc.) will ensure the cellar is ours for some time. The reason? Nothing of substance to ensure the alignment of players to team is in place, and there is scarce little that could force a player to choose losing to earning significant income while winning elsewhere. Nothing Sir Hunte and his board can do allow the players to gain any trust in that management team, so, prepare for more despair!!!

  • jupiterlaw on March 26, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    @STORMY16 - It seems to me that the WI team are doing much better with Gayle out of the team than with Gayle in the team. They have just drawn an ODI series against AUS and if you ask me, I would say AUS escaped. WI had not had such a result against AUS ini 17 years. For many of those years Gayle was a part of the team and for some of those years he was their captain. Bringing gayle back would upset the dynamics of the team, his return would not make it a better team.

  • Burbon on March 26, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    @Qdzy . So you're saying its not a problem to recycle Tino Best and Dwayne( one shot Pony ) Smith but to bring back a proven match winner like Gayle is regression? I'm just sorry he can't start playing tomorrow . The look on Andrew Mason's face after he hears about this would be PRICELESS. :)

  • smudgeon on March 26, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Agree with you, Qdzy & Hafeez - the Windies have the nucleus of a good, competitive team right now, shoe-horning Chris Gayle back into that set-up is not only pointless, it's disruptive. If Chis Gayle & his ego were able to put the WI team first, this would have been a non-issue.

  • macadamnut on March 26, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Poor Chris Gayle, did the team win without you? Did the team win with you?

  • on March 26, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    What's so big about that? My team is doing just fine without this guy. Gayle's presence will not benefit the present WI team. We were never winning with him around. We have Pollard, Russell, Sammy & Smith, doing the same thing, raining sixes. Darren will eventually come good to give us that start at the top of the order. Had it not been for a slight blunder in the 3rd ODI match, we would have won this series. Yes, defeated the Aussies. The #1 ODI team in the world. But for now a draw will suffice. Say no to Gayle & SPORTMAX.

  • on March 26, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Gayle is a good player,but selecting him for the WI is a backward step.The current players are young and talented and given time and they will do great.Look how they are giving Australia a good test in the one day series,alot of people had them beaten before the series started.These guys are learning fast.Common Gayle is what,33,these current squad is averaging 23-24.As I said Gayle is a good player but selecting him may disrupt the future of the WI team again.Gayle continue plying your trade for the 20/20 teams.It was fun watching you play for WI,THANKS for the entertainment but time to look forward.

  • satish619chandar on March 26, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Good decision.. Player need to put his country forward and the country should take care that player puts them forward.. The article said the decision of Gayle to apologize but nothing from WICB side.. If Gayle completely bowed down, it will again cause issue some other day.. Wish both sides gave away some ego from their side and reached a compromise..

  • blackie on March 26, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Being a West Indian and serious Windies fan, I would love to see any move that would make us win. My questions though are 1. whether Gayle even has time to play for Windies 2. whether the bending over backward the governments and board have to do to get Gayle to play is a good precedent/example to set, keeping in mind that Gayle was simply told to apologise or retract so he can play again.This may make discipline difficult to enforce in the future 3. will Gayle fit into a gelling unit under Sammy 4. is Gayle really that interested in playing for Windies seeing how he is now the most 'in demand' T20 player in the world. Hmm. I guess time will answer these questions.

  • on March 26, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Well despite all the various reasons why Gayle can be a potentially disruptive influence in the team, his lack of respect towards Captain and Coach can compromise any unity amongst the Squad, but if both parties are willing to forget and move-on, that can only be a positive step. The Board are going through all this effort because they are fully aware that Gayle was in the form of his life in 2011 and could hopefully still bring his experience into the mix of this young team. I just hope that it all works out for the best.

  • Vineeth59 on March 26, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    I am an Indian ..But I want to see him to playing for WestIndies rather than IPL. Hope ,finally there will a good ending to this story

  • Qdzy on March 26, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    For crying out loud, Chris Gayle does not, and will not change the WI side for the good. No one person is bigger than the game. The team has shown growth in all formats thus far, why turn to him, this is regression. The guy is 32, surely he doesn't have 3 more years in him before he retires to franchise T20, where he's always fancied anyway.

  • stormy16 on March 26, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    This is great news and finally the WICB have done what they are supposed to do - serve the game and ensure the best 11 play for the WI. The fact that Gayle is contracted to other cricket shouldnt be a sticking point but acceptance of the reality of doing the needful when one doesnt have a contract. The net result could be Gayle still playing for the Windies for a while but that's just another sad outcome when the administrators dont administer the game properly.

  • on March 26, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    The WI team is now beginning to gel - Gayle is contracted to several other teams for the rest of the year - so chances of him playing continuously for WI are slim to none ... let the WI team continue as they are going now, building on strength to strength and getting cohesive ... Gayle may be a disruptive force ...

  • on March 26, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    This is good news for WI cricket and world cricket! Gayle should play the IT20 and Test matches against Australia.

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  • on March 26, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    This is good news for WI cricket and world cricket! Gayle should play the IT20 and Test matches against Australia.

  • on March 26, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    The WI team is now beginning to gel - Gayle is contracted to several other teams for the rest of the year - so chances of him playing continuously for WI are slim to none ... let the WI team continue as they are going now, building on strength to strength and getting cohesive ... Gayle may be a disruptive force ...

  • stormy16 on March 26, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    This is great news and finally the WICB have done what they are supposed to do - serve the game and ensure the best 11 play for the WI. The fact that Gayle is contracted to other cricket shouldnt be a sticking point but acceptance of the reality of doing the needful when one doesnt have a contract. The net result could be Gayle still playing for the Windies for a while but that's just another sad outcome when the administrators dont administer the game properly.

  • Qdzy on March 26, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    For crying out loud, Chris Gayle does not, and will not change the WI side for the good. No one person is bigger than the game. The team has shown growth in all formats thus far, why turn to him, this is regression. The guy is 32, surely he doesn't have 3 more years in him before he retires to franchise T20, where he's always fancied anyway.

  • Vineeth59 on March 26, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    I am an Indian ..But I want to see him to playing for WestIndies rather than IPL. Hope ,finally there will a good ending to this story

  • on March 26, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Well despite all the various reasons why Gayle can be a potentially disruptive influence in the team, his lack of respect towards Captain and Coach can compromise any unity amongst the Squad, but if both parties are willing to forget and move-on, that can only be a positive step. The Board are going through all this effort because they are fully aware that Gayle was in the form of his life in 2011 and could hopefully still bring his experience into the mix of this young team. I just hope that it all works out for the best.

  • blackie on March 26, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Being a West Indian and serious Windies fan, I would love to see any move that would make us win. My questions though are 1. whether Gayle even has time to play for Windies 2. whether the bending over backward the governments and board have to do to get Gayle to play is a good precedent/example to set, keeping in mind that Gayle was simply told to apologise or retract so he can play again.This may make discipline difficult to enforce in the future 3. will Gayle fit into a gelling unit under Sammy 4. is Gayle really that interested in playing for Windies seeing how he is now the most 'in demand' T20 player in the world. Hmm. I guess time will answer these questions.

  • satish619chandar on March 26, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Good decision.. Player need to put his country forward and the country should take care that player puts them forward.. The article said the decision of Gayle to apologize but nothing from WICB side.. If Gayle completely bowed down, it will again cause issue some other day.. Wish both sides gave away some ego from their side and reached a compromise..

  • on March 26, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Gayle is a good player,but selecting him for the WI is a backward step.The current players are young and talented and given time and they will do great.Look how they are giving Australia a good test in the one day series,alot of people had them beaten before the series started.These guys are learning fast.Common Gayle is what,33,these current squad is averaging 23-24.As I said Gayle is a good player but selecting him may disrupt the future of the WI team again.Gayle continue plying your trade for the 20/20 teams.It was fun watching you play for WI,THANKS for the entertainment but time to look forward.

  • on March 26, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    What's so big about that? My team is doing just fine without this guy. Gayle's presence will not benefit the present WI team. We were never winning with him around. We have Pollard, Russell, Sammy & Smith, doing the same thing, raining sixes. Darren will eventually come good to give us that start at the top of the order. Had it not been for a slight blunder in the 3rd ODI match, we would have won this series. Yes, defeated the Aussies. The #1 ODI team in the world. But for now a draw will suffice. Say no to Gayle & SPORTMAX.