West Indies news March 19, 2012

Chris Gayle to discuss West Indies future

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle, the West Indies batsman, is scheduled to meet officials from the West Indies Cricket Board and CARICOM in St Vincent on Monday to discuss his future with the West Indies team. The Jamaica Gleaner has reported that Gayle is likely to either submit an apology or retract his comments made against the board and the coach Ottis Gibson during a radio interview.

"A meeting has been arranged for tomorrow morning (today) between Gayle, the WICB and a few heads of government in a bid to arrive at an amicable solution that could result in Gayle returning to the team," Fritz Harris, the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) secretary, was quoted as saying in the paper.

"As we are all aware, there have been efforts to have the matter resolved in recent weeks, including all the workings coming out of CARICOM etc, and I suspect that this meeting is a sort of culmination of the efforts."

In October last year, the WICB had said that Gayle could return to the West Indies team if he retracted his critical statements about the board. Gayle had initially said the board was playing mind games with him by not specifying exactly what he needed to apologise for. That meant the already longstanding impasse between Gayle and the board continued, with even the Jamaican prime minister becoming involved by coming out in support of Gayle.

In February this year, the WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire said he wanted Gayle to make his priorities clear, saying 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.

Gayle last played for West Indies in the 2011 World Cup, and has since taken part in Twenty20 leagues around the world, including the IPL, the Big Bash League in Australia and the BPL in Bangladesh. He has turned out for Jamaica in the domestic one-day and four-day competitions. He was left out of the WICB's 30-man squad for a fitness and training camp ahead of the home series against Australia. However, he was spotted in the stands during the second one-dayer against Australia on Sunday, in St Vincent.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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  • charlie on March 22, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Every one is down on the WI board about the Gyle issue ,but managements manage the way they see fit until such time as they are no more . Stop fretting about the Gayle thing ,because as I said before , Gayle doesn't want to play for W.I ,while there is more money to be made .

  • David on March 21, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    All you gayle lovers were born recently and know nothing of truly great WI players. gayle stands there and flings his bat his feet firmly rooted. Sometimes he comes of mainly he doesn't. When he played with us before we lost. It seems that we are doing better under the less talented but bigger hearted Sammy. All you who want him in India and elsewhere please take him. Take sarwan too, please. Just leave the WI without those two childish big heads. They should play elsewhere and may they live happily ever after far away from the WI.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 17:30 GMT



  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    With Gayle back in the team we will win the test series against Australia.

    The IPL and Somerset are meaningless. These are just silly exhibition tournaments. Fun to watch yes, but West Indies comes first. Bangalore can have no complaints if Gayle only makes limited appearances. They'll simply make a pro-rata arrangement in terms of his contact and games availability

  • Amila on March 20, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    What are the chances of Gayle actually coming back giving priority to play for West Indies. If he really wanted to play for windies, the issue would not have gone this far. It almost seems as if he is now looking for every excuse not to play for windies and to run around the world playing T20 for foreign clubs. That is a joke regardless of his ability. If the problem is resolved, the next thing he may say is that he can't come into the team now due to IPL or English T20. Not exactly the role model for the region whose cricket is dying fast.

  • Biju on March 20, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Yeah Fall in line Gayle !!! Some one who wants best of both worlds and trying to attempt victimized... I `m a big fan of his big hits in IPL but brought disrepute to country and cric board what shud have been otherwise resolved in doors..

  • Roo on March 20, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    It will be great if Gayle is re-established as a WI player in ODI & Tests... Truely one of the most enjoyable batsman to watch when "on song" with the bat... His bowling isn't shabby either as his record shows... Gayles pulling power would also help cricket across the WI's (media income) & lead to more youngsters getting interested in the game... A win/win situation once ego's have been soothed ;) ...

  • Randolph on March 20, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Should clearly be in the team. The modern day Gilly.

  • Deepak on March 20, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Great news.. If he returns, WI team can beat any team with their already-strong-looking team..

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    The possible return of Chris gayle will inspire the West Indies team and they now can firmly believet they can beat the australia in the present series. He should be picked only as a player so that he can concentrate only on his batting as Sammy is doing excellent job as a captain

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