West Indies news March 20, 2012

Decision on Gayle's future delayed

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle's expected return to the West Indies team has been delayed after no decision could be arrived at during Monday's high-level meeting, which was expected to resolve the year-long dispute between the player and the West Indies Cricket Board. Chaired by Prime Minister of St Vincent, Ralph Gonsalves, the meeting was also attended by WICB chief executive, Ernest Hilaire and officials from CARICOM.

A resolution would have seen the former captain available for West Indies team's ongoing series against Australia, which continues till April 27. Gayle, however, is contracted to represent Bangalore Royal Challengers in this year's IPL from April 4 to May 27 and county side Somerset, in the English Twenty20 tournament. The clash of dates between the West Indies team's international commitments (the current series is followed by a tour of England between May 5 and June 24) and Gayle's contractual obligations could be a possible reason for the delay in the talks.

Before the 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.

In February, 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 attended Runako Morton's funeral in St Kitts on Saturday and was spotted in the stands during West Indies' second ODI against Australia, in St Vincent. He 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.

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  • Dummy4 on March 22, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    I'm not privy to what is going on between WIC and Chris Gayle, but would like to say that one man a team doesn't make. Gayle, with all his aggressiveness played in many losing causes, so being absent from the team is neither here or there.

  • Derek on March 22, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    @Aussie_Cricket It appears you never played the game or even watch much of it. Cricket is a team sport punctuated by one or more KEY individual performances. Until a cricketer learns to be SELFISH he or his team CANNOT be successful. One Geoff Boycott will confirm this. Ask yourself this ; is it Gayle's 'selfishness' or the amount of money he can earn for HIMSELF which will attract the next breed of boys playing in the dirt tracks to want to be good enough? MONEY, GREED is GOOD! How you earn it matters and Gayle is certainly reaching more people around the globe than those who are quick to bash him. If Tiger Woods decides he rather play only open tournaments and not make himself available for the Ryder Cup..He too would be seen as a Clubber for hire. You can please some people some time but you sure cannot please ALL the people ALL of the time.

  • Derek on March 22, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    @Nigel Bradshaw, well articulated. The only thing some leagues stipulate that you MUST be an international player. So if Gayle quits WI he must be on a retainer with various franchises to continue playing. I long though he should have taken up Zimbabwean, Dutch or even Irish citizenship. When WI are in DIV 2 (An associate), one of those will take their place.

  • Dummy4 on March 22, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Gayle can't play until september because he has contractual obligations that he had signed when he didin't know when he'd return to the team.

  • Dummy4 on March 22, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    gayle is a player and he should abide by the rules

  • Sab on March 22, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Undisciplined players should stick to league cricket. They don't just misrepresent their own countires/regions they misrepresent international cricket. Gayle = undisciplined

    WI like every team need champions, but it's not just about being spectacular player it's also about standing for something, setting a standard of conduct and realizing you represent not just yourself but your team as well. Anything you say reflects your on your country/region. Gayle just seems to stand for himself first, WI (maybe) second.

    If Gayle could be less of a character and more of a "professional" he could certainly help make the Windies a stronger team, not 1980's WI but still stronger. With his current attitude he's a liability, maybe not visibly (on the field)... but off the field has a big impact on what happens on it.

    Hopefully he makes the best decision not just by himself, but West Indies cricket. Pretty sure the rest of the cricket world would love to see a strong West Indies again.

  • wayne on March 22, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    I have to agree with you, kriketluva - if Chris Gayle wanted to play for WI, he would do whatever it takes. I know that cricket is different now, thanks to increased money and opportunity in T20 leagues, so I don't blame Chris Gayle for taking that route. It's a shame of course, but if he refuses to put the WI team before his being a gun-for-hire T20 player, then he simply shouldn't be playing for the West Indies. He's a bloody entertaining player in T20, though, so we're not exactly being robbed of the spectacle. This whole saga just seems like a battle of wills between the board & Chris Gayle - neither of them are going to give any ground, so perhaps the best thing for both parties is to just accept things as they are, and walk away. The Windies team are doing fine without Gayle, IMO. Having a guy in the team who's not really interested in being there, no matter how hard he hits the ball, isn't doing anything for the team as a whole...

  • Dummy4 on March 22, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    what i dont get is that CG does not wants to play for west indies but yet anything he is in the Caribbean he attends all west indies games. looks at this the guy want to play but d WICB just dont want him in there team.... this is so hurtful for the people of the west indies who want to see him play in the wi them... LET THE GUY PLAY.. HE IS THE BEST WE HAVE PRESENTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • David on March 21, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Gayle really does not want to play for the WI. He is an unserious character, a bit simple really. He wants test cricket to die out. He wants to make a lot of money slogging in the Twenty20 format. Let him play as much of that as he wishes. We need people with heart and drive. His coolness is a lack of interest. The West Indies would not have done any better in this series against Australia had he played. The West Indies did no better when he played in it. He and Sarwan too good mediocre players with big heads and barely averaging 40 when they both could be about 55. Let this idiot gayle go. We don't need him destabilizing the team and undermining management. Goodbye Mr. Gayle. May you make a lot of money but on the WI team.

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    As the cricketing player & fans alike await the outcome of the Gayle situation,lets give credit to the FANS in St.Vincent for their support towards the teams effort. Cricket is a sport that binds the Caribbean socially & economically.When administered successfully by all parties,The Caribbean people are the winners. Lets hear from Gayle and his reps.It would be a positive move to have this situation resolved in an amiacable matter.WINDIES cricket needs to keep going forward.

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