West Indies news March 26, 2012

Gayle signs agreement with WICB

ESPNcricinfo staff

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 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.

  • stanhope 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?"

  • nalin 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.

  • Dummy4 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!!

  • Alex 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 .

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Sanga 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

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2012, 4:17 GMT

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

  • Reagan 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.

  • Basil 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.

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