West Indies news April 20, 2011

WICB 'disappointed' at Gayle's IPL decision

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle's choice of the IPL over country has angered the West Indies Cricket Board, which said it granted Gayle a no-objection certificate only after he had made himself unavailable for national selection and flown to India. The IPL clashes directly with Pakistan's Test and ODI tour of the West Indies. Gayle will take no part in either series, having joined Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement for Dirk Nannes.

The WICB also confirmed that Gayle was in the midst of a rehabilitation program after a side strain that precluded his selection from the first two matches against Pakistan. Gayle's flight to India has effectively cut across the middle of his rehab.

"The WICB does not accept Gayle's reason for making himself unavailable but as he has already clearly made his choice and has travelled to India, the WICB does not wish to stand in his way," the board said. "The WICB is most disappointed in the manner in which Gayle has handled the entire situation, especially given the mature and cooperative manner in which two other players who refused contracts- Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard - made themselves available for selection and agreed to an understanding in the best interest of West Indies cricket."

Gayle had refused the WICB's central contract to leave him free for the IPL but ironically was not bought at the player auction in January because the franchises feared he would be unavailable because of international commitments.

The board said it was surprised to learn that Gayle had been making arrangements to play cricket in India when it was under the impression that he was recovering from injury following the World Cup and was undergoing rehabilitation work and about to resume training. "In discussing his application for an NOC, the WICB has repeatedly informed Gayle that he is expected to resume training after which he would be required to undergo a fitness test and once passed fit, he will be considered for selection for the remainder of the Pakistan series."

Gayle was not picked for the one-off Twenty20 and the first two ODIs against Pakistan but the WICB did not publicly disclose that he was undergoing rehabilitation and was not fit enough at the time. "After the resumption of training the WICB Team Management would have organised a fitness test to assess Gayle's fitness and decisions would have then been taken about his selection to the West Indies team to face Pakistan," the board said.

The WICB emphasised Gayle would have been considered for selection for the remainder of the Pakistan series had he passed the fitness test.

After the refusal to sign retainer contracts, the WICB said it sought to engage the players in discussions to avoid any conflict over the IPL and commitments to West Indies cricket. However, in a media release on April 4 regarding the participation of West Indian players in the IPL, chief executive Ernest Hilaire had this to say about Gayle: "With Chris Gayle it has not been a productive discussion and therefore it is a little more difficult for me to make any pronouncements as it relates to Chris. But we are open to discussing with players what their plans and objectives are and how best we can accommodate them within the commitment that they must also play for country and to represent West Indies cricket."

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  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    IPL will eventually be real cricket economics will make it so.If it becomes the entre and not a side dish it should expand to other countries and the players should be selected on merit rather then quotas. This scenario is the best for it will rid the people of jingoism. Imagine Indians cheering for Umar Gul and Pakistanis rooting for Virat Kohli.Go Chris Gayle, your batting is sublime

  • Nigel on April 23, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Ambrose Alexander, the toss won the match - ESPNCricinfo is noting that the pitch got slower and slower, much like it did when we struggled to beat Bangladesh on their first full tour of the region! I am not even bothering to follow the match tomorrow, as are many other who have already said enough is enough!

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    This wont work out for Gayle as well.. If WI decide not to take him anymore in international cricket..would he remain in good touch while playing for IPL? Remember IPL teams wouldn't think twice to not pick Gayle if he doesn't provide enough runs at the top.. Personally bad choice from Gayle.

  • venu on April 22, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    I don't know why people are blaming gayle. So many tennis stars like federer, nadal skip davis cup for the sake of grandslams which are totally personal. why and how cricket is different? Don't know how many of these so called pundits will join the country army by leaving their current jobs :-) so don't blame cricketers.

  • Biso on April 22, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    WICB must not try selling the impression that they are the depot of all virtue in WI. CG has had tiff's with the board , at times bordering on indiscipline. But, WICB members are more to blame. WICB have embarrassed themselves by making statements earlier that they were looking for youth. That is fair enough. It is a matter of policy ( good or bad) if you want to have too many youngsters and few seniors.Now, when CG intends to play in IPL out comes the story that he was under rehab. What about Chanders and Sarwan? Are they under rehab too? For all those blaming IPL , let it not be forgotten that those legends of WI had joined a certain Kerry Packer circus keeping aside their commitments to the board. That did not make them less nationalistic. Professional players with short earning spans have to make good while they are young. Where is the harm or lack of integrity in that approach.Whereas, those old and clumsy board members can have a ball at others expense.What an irony?

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    Why do WIndians write such garbage! The board, the board, the board! Talking about CG as if he is the WI saviour. He didnt' sign a contract to play IPL cricket and then when he wasn't sold made himself unavailable for WI cricket. The board since the disastrous tour of SA 99 under successive administrations have been blamed for everything under the sun. If CG want to score some meaningless, carefree runs so be it. He goes to RCB who cares? The WI just won a T20 match without him(4/21/2011), and whatever else happens it the Pak/WI series let it be known that WI cricket will survive without him. CG is not even half of the greatest cricketer the region has produced in recent time:BC Lara.Pollard and Bravo have IPL contracts and the board reached agreements with those two, so it is clear that the board does not want to stand in the way of these players. Partial fans may support him but TRUE WI fans will never forget this.

  • Drew on April 21, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Looks like the WICB are playing games. Looks like Gayle is playing cricket.

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Ipl is taking players out of international cricket....really a shame ipl is ruining cricket

  • soumyas on April 21, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    initially WICB drops Gayyle,chandrapaul,sarvan saying there is a need to train youth, So he s joining IPL, now WICB is hit back saying they r not happy....

  • Keith on April 21, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    As might have been expected, the situation with IPL and international cricket is evolving in some important and interesting ways. The international players in the IPL speak virtually in unison about how playing with a mixture of nationalities and mostly young local Indian talent has changed the social and political atmosphere of the game. This seems all to the good. Present-day nationalism is either evolving or in the case of the Windies (never an actual country except in the world of cricket) disappearing. More's the case with colonialism. For cricket, however, the way forward is not smooth. The IPL draws on internationals who make a reputation in their national sides. Not enough international T20s are being played to build reputation solely in that form. If national sides lose talent, IPL's player pool thins, presumably along with the global TV audience. So IPL and internat'l cricket are bound together. Something needs to be worked out. A proper ICC would be in the mix.

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