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WICB asks Gayle to make his playing priorities clear

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February 21, 2012

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WICB responds to Jamaica Prime Minister

  • The WICB has said it regrets the comments made by Jamaica prime minister Portia Simpson-Miller that Chris Gayle had been treated unjustly by the board and kept out of the West Indies team. The WICB said Simpson-Miller was not privy to all the information when she made her statement at the Jamaica Cricket Association Awards dinner.
  • "Had the Honourable Prime Minister been briefed she would have been informed that Mr. Chris Gayle has been written to by the WICB, clearly outlining the full details of what is required of him," the board said. "The WICB is awaiting a response from Mr. Gayle."
  • The WICB requested Simpson-Miller to ask Gayle to respond quickly to the board and end the dispute. "The WICB implores the Prime Minister to use her good office to urge Mr. Gayle to respond favourably in an effort to put this issue in the past," the WICB statement said.
  • Simpson-Miller had said "justice delayed is justice denied" and demanded that "a resolution be found as quickly as possible" regarding the Gayle issue. The WICB, however, said it would not select Gayle until he retracted the comments he made criticising the board and the coach Ottis Gibson, and responded to their previous letter about NOCs.

The WICB has asked Chris Gayle to make up his mind about his future with the West Indies team. In an email to the batsman, the WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire wrote that Gayle could not ask for unconditional no-objection certificates (NOCs) to play domestic Twenty20 tournaments around the world and simultaneously make himself available for West Indies selection.

The email was dated January 30 but made public in the past 24 hours.

Hilaire said the WICB rules conformed to the ICC's operating manual and that a player would be granted an NOC to play a domestic tournament in another country on the condition that he be available for selection if an international series clashed with the tournament.

"So, Chris, it is your choice, whether you receive a conditional or unconditional NOC. But you cannot have an unconditional NOC and be considered for selection to play for the West Indies," Hilaire wrote in the email dated January 30. "Either you wish to make yourself available to play for the West Indies, in which case you must accept that NOCs will be granted to you on the same conditional terms as other international players, or you do not, in which case you can have your unconditional NOC. All that is required from you is a clear statement, one way or the other."

"If a player has no contractual obligation to WICB, and does not wish to make himself available to play in international matches for which he may be selected, then he has the option of ceasing to be a FTS (first team squad) Player, by retiring from international cricket, or otherwise declaring himself ineligible and/or unavailable for selection for the foreseeable future. In that event, WICB would not consider it necessary or appropriate to issue a player with anything but anunconditional NOC."

Gayle has not played for West Indies since the 2011 World Cup because of comments he made against the board and the coach Ottis Gibson during a radio interview. The WICB asked Gayle to retract his comments and the batsman has refused to do so. Gayle has just arrived in South Africa to be part of Dolphins' domestic Twenty20 campaign after playing for Barisal Burners in the Bangladesh Premier League.

In his email, Hilaire told Gayle he was "ineligible for selection pending resolution of certain matters."

"The Board requires you to provide a general public retraction of the comments made in the interview in question and the effect it has had on the team, Coach, Captain and Management and to express a commitment to team and management. If the terms of that retraction can be agreed, WICB will be happy to consider you eligible once again for selection."

Edited by George Binoy

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Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

Now the Only decent allrounder left in the West Indies gone to play IPL when we have matches vs Australia to play. All these T/20 leauges are a curse to our cricket. no Russell, Bravo, Pollard, Gayle, Narine, Samuels, Taylor, all of whom are better choices than the 'acting allrounder captain' in the team because @ least they know how to catch a cricket ball. I give up on West Indies cricket!! when next Pakistan playing a test series? I think i will support them. enough is enough

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

Metman read your comment & see if it makes sense! Obviously if Chris did not want to play under Sammy he would have resigned immediately after he was sacked before the Sri Lankan tour or before the World cup & put himself up for auction in the IPL . how deluded can one get?

Posted by world.cricketer on (February 24, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

I think WI should include Gayle for all 3 formats and should allow him to participate in other Tournaments like IPL, BPL, BBL while WI is playing matches

Posted by paddy145 on (February 24, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

International Cricket misses Chris Gayle and needs Chris Gayle. The ICC also needs to look at all of these 20/20 tournaments - it is a joke having Chris Gayle playing for a team in India, Australia, Bangladesh, England, SA and Zimbabwe but not in the West Indies. There is no loyalty to the West Indies or any of the teams he plays for as it is just about money. I want Chris Gayle to play for the West Indies and I think he and the WICB need to do what whatever it takes to resolve the situation now! I also think the ICC should put a cap on the number of ICC tournaments a player can play in. They should only be able to play in say 3 a year and 1 of them has to the players home tournament. So for Gayle he could play for Jamaica and then IPL and then Big Bash as long it does not intefere with West Indies commitments.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

There's enough blame to go around for the decline of WI cricket, so let's not place it on one or two Board members. The Board is bloated, incompetent at times and too backward in its thinking. WIPA is concerned exclusively with its own interests as well as its members. For the most part, the players of the last decade have been greedy, self-centered, ill-disciplined and played much brainless cricket. Neither entity: the Board, WIPA or the players have the best interests of WI cricket at heart. The old "Every man for himself and the Devil take the hindmost" adage seems to be in play. Meanwhile, WI cricket continues to head south and the fans suffer. In order to get ourselves out of the deep hole which we've dug for ourselves, there must be a collective, comprehensive effort. All hands on deck time. Cease the blame game and fingerpointing. Cut out the hostillity, antagonism, namecalling etc. and PUT OUR CRICKET FIRST! Unless we do this, we will continue to basically spin our tops in mud.

Posted by PaddyRasta on (February 24, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

@simonviller I agree with you that Gayle has not presented himself in the most polished and honorable manner and has been antagonistic in his actions and words. This however has by no means, been one-sided. WICB officials, directors and, heck, the coach himself has been allowed to mis-communicate and yet the expectation is reconciliation from only one side. This has been bad man-management from WICB of one of the game's great players. If it was only Gayle, I'd accept your statements but there has been Shiv, almost put out to pasture (if Gibson had his way) and Sarwan. No other Test nations' board or coach has treated their senior players in this uncouth manner.

Posted by simonviller on (February 24, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

To all those who can see nothing wrong with Gayle's comments and the manner in which he made them,just go on air,and speak as he did about your supervisers or bosses and let us know the results of you actions soon after that !! ... Where else in the professional world of sports, do we hear such tripe spoken by players about their management or coaching staff ? Until such supporters are willing to distinguish right from wrong ; and are willing to convey that to those whom they encourage in these wrong-doings ,the perpetrators ,will continue in their ways and we won't succeed in our quest for self determination ,or success ,but to look to outsiders to do it for us . Is that what e want for ourselves for this West Indies team ?

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

Gayle & Sarwan are among the top batsmen in West Indies. No way they should be out of a 13/15 man squad in Test & ODI format While Sammy's captaincy & catching almost on its own costing us entire series. Chanderpaul was kicked out of the One day team & now we can hardly bat 50 overs & the run rate is still slow. Fans rarely remember coaches & administrators unless they are doing a horrible job like Iajaz Butt did & Gibson, Hunt & co are doing now. very few care who managed & coached West Indies or Australia as champions but everybody loves the top players. True Fans care about good cricket & cricketers not coaches & administrators. If they want to be seen or worshipped they should be in the arts or on the field not in management!! A smart board like ECB got rid of Peter Moores over his row with KP. Why? because they would lose a good batsman + money when his fans didn't turn up at the matches. Gayle is even more essential to us than KP was to England back then . simple logic!!

Posted by Metman on (February 23, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

@ Clive Peddie ! No Sir ! THAT IS NOT HOW IT STARTED ! You have a short and may I say a convenient memory as well.After the WC,and just before the Pak,series,CG told he Board he was injured,and that he played with this injury ?? during the WC.Nobody knew about that' injury',therefore common sense would tell anybody but CG,that the obvious thing to do was to inform the Board the nature of this' injury',so that the Board could act.CG is of the opinion that the Board should have asked him about this 'injury'.See the toddler that the Board is dealing with.The Board didn't pick him for the Pak.series because he was 'injured',obviously !Soon after an 'injured ' CG,accepted an IPL contract...the Board says 'how come you say you are injured and can't play for the WI,but yet you are' injured ',and can go to the IPL' ? CG comes now with more absurdity 'how he had to look after the 'injury 'on his own,and a lot of crap !Every sensible person knows that was a plan not to play under Sammy.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Re; David Marshall. The difference is that Desmond Haynes played against much much better bowling. I fail to see what the problem is, players and go, and to put a morbid spin on the preceedings - what if Gayle was badly injured and couldn't play cricket again?

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