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Decision on Gayle's future delayed

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 20, 2012

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Chris Gayle looks down in dismay during West Indies' loss, West Indies v Pakistan, 1st quarter-final, World Cup 2011, March 23, 2011
Gayle last played international cricket in World Cup 2011 © Associated Press

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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Posted by   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.

Posted by delboy 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.

Posted by delboy 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

gayle is a player and he should abide by the rules

Posted by Aussie_Cricket 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.

Posted by smudgeon 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...

Posted by   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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by kriketluva 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by KDoc on (March 21, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

To WICB: Had Chris Gayle been in the WI side, they would be 3-0 vs Australia in the current ODI series. Take a hint and get off your high horses.

Posted by BigGeorgeMehemood on (March 21, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

Fire Hilarie, Butts and the whole bunch of dem losers NOW! Gayle must come back NOW!

Posted by Regulator on (March 21, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Seem to me like most of the posters here are unaware of the outcome of this meeting. The Prime Ministerial sub-committee which was formed following a caricom heads of goverment (HOG) meeting in Suriname prepared a document outlining conditions for a resolution. The document was not written by the WICB, it was signed by the Priministers on the sub-committee and the relevant WICB reps. Included in the document was a statement acknowledging mistakes was made by both sides but in the interest of WI cricket to move on from those mistakes.

Gayle did not sign the document. How with any good reason can the board be blamed. I think the discourse has become very disingenuous when after the facts are presented we continue to seek to win our own myopic personal battles.

The WI team is competing without a percieved star. we won against the aussies for the first time in 6 years. Lets support our team and be objective and not subjective in our critisism of the board.

Posted by Noboundary on (March 21, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Gayle is the only true WI player in classical Caribbean style ... great flair, entertaining and endowed with great ability... not a methodical accumulator like many others with aim at the records! WI cricket administration is completely messed up... they are not acting in the best interests of the game! WI board does not want him in their team... how can they blame him for making some money playing T20 around the world?

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

the west indies cricket board has cleared the way for Gayle but now its his decision to choose west indies or the t20's .but i would say if he really wanted to play for the west indies he would have came to a decision intimidatly on Monday tink it out an u would c i am correct...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

the master of game ..the dangerious for t20 specially

Posted by satish619chandar on (March 21, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

No use in having a meeting where no one is ready to come down from their ego.. Just have a phone call and settle the issues.. Why a meeting is scheduled when no side is going to compromise and resolve the issue.. Atleast they can avoid false hopes for the fans.. Just say YES or NO to the fans for one last time..

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

I wish Gayle would retire from all International representative cricket, for two reasons - even if the WICB were to give him comfortable terms to continue playing for the Windies, there is no chance in hell that HIS inclusion alone would bring the massive fortunes the fans seek. Secondly, the only great thing about Windies cricket right now is HIS T20 batting around the world, something that entertains millions and gives us all hope. His retirement also would lead to more truths about the abomination that is the WICB, which may get the fans to stay away in droves, and force the WICB to evolve into the 20th Century!!!

Posted by stormy16 on (March 21, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

This is rubbish! Gayle has committed to other cricket becasue the WICB didnt include him - what was he expected to do? Its up to the WICB to accept that his committments are due to not being included and if he now needs to be included in the WI then they must work around his committments the best they can. WICB cant suddenly pull out this "priorities" card on Gayle. He did what he had to do - play cricket and earn a living! They must accept him and make plans the best it can work. You cant to this juncture and have anohter debate - it'll be too late. Lets not forget this is not a new thing for WICB - they had issues with Lara in the past and other after. They must get their act togeather so the rest of us dont missout on the best talent the Windies has to offer.

Posted by Baundele on (March 21, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

I am sure the WICB will try their best for the next two months to get Gayle in the WI team under all the restrictions imposed by them. Such restrictions will not let him play for IPL and other such leagues. Clearly, Gayle is not going to fall in their trap. All these things will end in June with WICB saying that it is all Gayle's fault.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 21, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

At the moment Gayle is making more money than the entire West Indiain team put to gether. This is a once in a life time opportunity for Gayle. Most of the West Indian cricketers retire poor or with average life savings. It is a tough decision for Gayle to make. He has weigh his international carreer agaisnt the financlial gains that he is making. It is not going to be easy.

Posted by drnaveed on (March 21, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

the board and mr gayle should sit and solve this problem once and for all.they both seems to be firm on their stand,and not showing any flexibility in their stances, which seems to be ridiculous as it is not solving the WI cricket team at all.mr gayle has alredy wasted one precious year of his international cricketing life.they both should not consider it as a personal matter, but should think about their Country,who is suffering at their hands in the game of Cricket.

Posted by vak1997 on (March 21, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

we want gayle in IPL... he is the backbone for RCB

Posted by denwarlo70 on (March 21, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Ha ha, Can the WICB afford to ignore Gayle with the dirth of talent available now in the WI? I really don't understand this ego of the WICB. A Sri Lankan Gayle fan

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

The evidence is clear. The west Indies are a much better playing unit in the absence of Chris Gayle. So, why bring him back, and risk ruinning the good chemistry in the team? Cricket is a team sport: Gayle is not a team player. True, he is a talented batsman, but his ego is much too big to fit into the current West Indies establishment. He is better off playing as a free agent in the T-20 world where large egos rule! Please WICB, leave the man where he is!

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (March 21, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

I don't understand. Gayle is willing to apologize, why the delay? He should be rushed in the side immediately for the Aus Tour, they really need him. So what if he has an ego problem, majority of cricketers in top nations have ego problems (Kohli, Ponting, Watson, Swann, Pieterson, etc)

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 0:07 GMT)

The compromise talks seem to be stalled. Does CG want to play for WI or for T20 clubs in domestic competitions.Many other international cricketers are faced with similar situationsbut would want to play for their country. Apparently he doesnt want to play for WI if there's T20 available. Not even CARICOM mediators could get something concrete! That says a lot. In the spirit of compromise, enough said.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

I think he should not apologize to the cricket board. If I were in his shoes, I would rather apply for citizenship in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe or Canada and play for their national team to improve cricket. Why bother for WI who does not know how to honor a super star.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

He's the most destructive batsman cricket has ever produced. He should be back as soon as possible.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

He is one of the most entertaining cricketers, he should be back in WI side as early as posible....

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 17:34 GMT)



Posted by barani_m1975 on (March 20, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

come on. WI badly needs Gayle service. WICB must forget everything and support Gayle. It would be great if we see Gayle in on going ODI series.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Cricketers have to earn a living,no doubt about that,but there has to be a thin line and balance.Would be nice to have someone like Chris Gayle back in the West Indies team,but he is so heavily booked,that his priorities seems to be on the various t20 tournaments a bit more than with the uncertain West Indies.One thing for sure,you will NEVER see INDIA in this position,the IPL NEVER clashes with India's future tour commitments,then again,they have the cricketing wealth and can do as they please.

Posted by delboy on (March 20, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Why dose'nt the board ask Gayle for a loan and payoff Gibson?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

So Sad :( !!

bt he is a really gr88 batsman ...

Posted by anupaku on (March 20, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

What a Pity..WI cannot function as team unless joined by gayle.Sad to see politics being involved..Hope to see gayle quickly in the National team. Enough of seeing him in T20 wearing franchises colors.Time to see him WI national colors

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

cricket mercenaries are on the rise but who willtake care in case of injuries. This is the last comment I am posting on cricinfo. They dont publish any comments these days.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

So how come his future is in doubt? Infact his future is bright. He is all free from the burden of playing under a weak not so paying WI Board. Thus, he has all the time to play all the t20 leagues of the world, with less effort and more fun, drinking and dancing.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

This will go on and on unfortunately. I'm only speculating here, but as a fan observing, i get the impression that Gayle still wants to represent the West Indies, but only on his terms and conditions, as soon as the International fixtures clash with any of the big-tournament competitions, there's going to be a problem and i can guess where Gayle's priorities will sway towards. The Board will want him to have a simular deal where Dwayne Bravo and Pollard, have worked out a negotiation to participate for both, within reason. And don't get me started about them (WICB) wanting him (Gayle) to retract his statements about any criticism towards the current Coach and Captain. And that if anything looks like the biggest issue to overcome, because neither party looks like handing out the olive-branch anytime soon. I'm sure alot of you out there will have a different view, but following this over a long period of time, that is how i'm seeing it at face-value. The team & fans are losing out!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Bloody politics will destroy any cricketing nation. How about all the other players who have identical commitments. Come on WI Board you are just looking for exuses to keep such a good player out of the team to satisfy your own agendas?

Posted by bmoizuddin on (March 20, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

well in short the cricket officials all over the world these days are high headed... to be fair to cricket all the officials involved in crickets ruling bodies should be ONLY Cricketers... just crickters should rule crickets governing bodiesof all countries... coz only crickters can understand properly and approriately what is good and what is bad for cricket... well just for the name sake they can appoint anyone xyz as president then no other official be other then ONLY CRICKTER.... at this very moment if gayle was cleared to play ... how good it would have been to WI cricket...and who knows he might have played a match winning innings for WI against Aust as we all know he is always hunger to perform against Aust.... shame on wi for not having him in the playing xi... sad to all from a cricket loving fan's point of view... wake up wi.. wake up.... u got a good bunch of players and this is the time for regaining your lost prestige...

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Chris Gayle choosing $$$$ over representing WI? Surprise, surprise.

Posted by LillianThomson on (March 20, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

The people running the WICB need to work out whether their own vanity is more important than the team's chances of winning. There is a big test series coming up, and only Sarwan, Gayle and Chanderpaul have the techniques to occupy the crease for long enough to post more than 200 against Australia in a form of the game with slip fielders.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 20, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Looks like when push comes to shove, he may prefer the idea of being a T20 Mercenary over contributing to the WI cause after all. I hope I'm wrong.

Posted by Semer on (March 20, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Darren Sammy, your cricket board needs an medicine, take them to the doc!Or you would be in World Cricket League 1!

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