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The WICB-Chris Gayle saga

ESPNcricinfo staff
A chronological sequence of events that make up the long-running spat between Chris Gayle and the West Indies Cricket Board

March 23, 2011: West Indies coach Ottis Gibson criticises his senior batsmen following the team's World Cup exit at the quarter-final stage.

April 14, 2011: Chris Gayle is left out of the West Indies squad for the first two one-day internationals against Pakistan, along with fellow senior players Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

April 15, 2011: The WICB says the seniors have not been permanently dropped but the board is trying out young players in an attempt to build a team for the 2015 World Cup.

April 16, 2011: The West Indies Players' Association questions the decision to exclude the senior players, saying that the board should now not prevent the players from looking to earn money by playing cricket elsewhere

April 20, 2011: Gayle joins IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement for Dirk Nannes, thus ruling himself out of the remaining one-dayers against Pakistan and the subsequent Test series.

April 20, 2011: The WICB express their disappointment over Gayle's decision to choose the IPL over playing for his country, and also say he was undergoing rehabilitation for a side strain.

April 21, 2011: Gayle slams the WICB and West Indies team management in a radio interview with KLAS Sports. He said he had been left with no option but to sign an IPL contract because the West Indies board had disrespected and mistreated him by not contacting him before the Pakistan squad was announced and not checking on his rehabilitation progress. He also accused coach Ottis Gibson of being a "user" and messing with players' minds.

April 26, 2011: WICB chief Ernest Hilaire says the board was upset with Gayle's comments and that they had in fact tried very hard to contact him before announcing the Pakistan squad.

May 12, 2011: The WICB says Gayle had resumed playing competitive cricket without being given clearance by the board-appointed therapists.

May 30, 2011: Gayle is not named in the squad for the first two one-dayers against India. The board says it will not consider Gayle for selection till they meet with him.

June 15, 2001: Gayle's meeting with the WICB takes several ugly turns and ends in a deadlock, putting his West Indies future in serious doubt.

June 22, 2011: Gayle softens his stand and agrees to apologise if he can't substantiate some of the charges he made in his controversial radio interview in April.

July 1, 2011: In a long and emotional public statement, Gayle hits out at the administrators, blaming them for a breakdown in communication with him, and traces the evolution of the long-running and bitter dispute back to 2009. He requests CARICOM to intervene, and says that while he is still available for West Indies, he will be looking at other playing options.

July 5, 2011: The Guyana president and CARICOM get involved in the dispute, seeking to end the long-running impasse between WICB and WIPA.

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  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    We the fans are watching the Chris Gayle saga with a keen interest, we ar still baffeled at how the current top cricketer in the Carib. cannot make our squad at age 31. The last WI batsman to make a test century, a double century , ah yes the last man to make a tripple century in world cricket. WI is looking for a partner to open with Chris for 10 yrs (he was the one consistent opener taking strike) and suddenly we want to project the guy as the problem. WICB needs to look in the mirror, they will find the "evil" in WI cricket.

  • PATRICK on June 1, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    After the meeting with management, and if issues have been resolved; Gayle needs to make his intentions clear with a statement of commitment (or not) to WI cricket and apologise for his previous aparent lack of commitment.

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    The issue is the WICB. They have forgotten about winning. There are a lot of personalities that are part of the package. It we start to exclude people with issues from society, from jobs, from teams, etc., then what do you have left? Gayle, Chanderpaul were good enough to be captains. All of a sudden they are bad guys, right? The WICB wont give the young guys the time to develop anyhow. They will dismiss them. They , WICB, dont know their job and are not trying to satisfy their customers, us! There incompetence will continue and they will continue to blame the players and we will continue to lose, until we wise up and hold the WICB accountable!

  • Amila on June 1, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    I think it is time to move on. Actually they should have left Pollard out of the team as well. He is just big in size. Didn't even look good in the IPL. So much talent yet so little effort to improve. It will take a long time for this team to improve. Don't forget that over the last decade there were several players that were considered great playing for the windies (Lara, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Gayle). But cricket only went backwards. Talking about this now will only make things worst. The team should concentrate on what's on hand and try to win. That will solve everything.

  • edwin on June 1, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Why are you people so upset about leaving off Gayle. he is a very good batsman when on but we have won nothing with him or Sarwan. It is time we move on to the young players. If you select Gayle for the test series and Barath is healthy are you going to drop Simmons who has improved and is playing well? Sarwan needs to go and leave the opening for Samuels who has matured but he should not be in a 20/20 side.

  • charlie on June 1, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Yes Viv ,we have mobile phones in the caribbean ,but we turn them off at times if we don't want to be interrupted or reached .

  • charlie on June 1, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    I dont know what the big deal is with this guy ! We haven't won with him anyway .Lets try the youngsters who are more manageable and lest disruptive .

  • Robin on May 31, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    we do have mobiles phones, just poor coverage. maybe digicel need to install more antenas in the areas where gayle, sars, chander etc live, so wicb can promptly inform them of their non-contribution to wi cricket and drop them.EXUMA

  • PATRICK on May 31, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    I wonder if they will in fact try very hard to have a meeting with him sooner rather than later? Somebody buy the man a mobile phone and give WICB the number. I suspect he will in fact be back for the 5th ODI in Jamaica or there will in fact be an emptier oval than there was in St Lucia.

  • Mikhail on May 30, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Board putting showing who's boss over the game

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