West Indies news April 6, 2012

Gayle, WICB reach agreement on return

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle and the WICB have reached an understanding that paves the way for the former West Indies captain to return to the national team as early as the upcoming tour of England, Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) has reported. However, the deal's success will be tested by an ongoing lawsuit - to which Gayle is a party - between the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) and the board. Gayle hasn't played for West Indies since the 2011 World Cup.

The agreement between Gayle and the WICB was brokered by CARICOM (the Caribbean Community) and had the involvement of St Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. According to the report, a meeting will be convened between the two parties to "tidy up residual matters" after both parties expressed regret for their actions. "In the light of all of this, the WICB and Mr Gayle agree that the way is now clear for his active return to West Indies cricket, subject to all necessary fitness considerations," the report quoted from the agreement. "A date is to be set for this meeting, convenient to all parties, including Mr Gayle who is currently in India," Baldwin Spencer, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, and the chairman of the Prime Ministerial sub-committee of cricket was quoted as saying.

Gayle has reportedly said he will be unavailable for West Indies duty for the entire duration of the IPL, which ends on May 27. West Indies are due to tour England for a full series between May 5 and June 24 and Gayle's participation in the IPL means he will miss the Test series. However, he was prepared to forego his contract with Somerset and play for West Indies in the one-day and Twenty20 games on that tour. He also said he was available for the World Twenty20 this year and that he was not seeking to "cherry pick" the series he played.

In a statement dated March 29, the board said it was "disappointed" over Gayle's unavailability during the IPL but in the "spirit of compromise and subject to agreement being reached on all outstanding residual matters" it would convey Gayle's unavailability to the selectors.

The board hoped Gayle would drop the lawsuit concerning No-Objection Certificates filed by the WIPA against it, though Gayle, in a statement last week, said he could not "possibly contemplate withdrawing unilaterally from proceedings", especially when such a move would affect all West Indies players. The board, though, has since written to Prime Minister Gonsalves, arguing that Gayle's participation in the lawsuit was not consistent with the agreement reached with the board.

It also questioned why Gayle could not withdraw from the lawsuit unilaterally. "As the lawsuit was started by WIPA without him, and his claims are set out separately, we do not understand why Mr Gayle says he cannot contemplate withdrawing from the lawsuit without WIPA.

"Our efforts must surely be focussed on bringing about the resolution of all outstanding matters between the Board and Mr Gayle."

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  • K on April 9, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    This exact scenario could have happened months ago if both parties dropped their egotistic stance and think of the Caribbean people. At this time, WI could have won the ODI, T20 series against the Aussies had Gayle been in the side. Better late than never!

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Welcome Back Christopher Gayle...

  • Satish on April 9, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    With his close mates Bravo and Marlon back into team, he will have a peaceful atmosphere too.. Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Samuels, Bravo, Pollard, Russel, Sammy, Baugh/Any keeper, Narine, Rampaul, Roach.. A dream lineup to have especially in shorter formats.. Everyone can bowl and they have some of the brutal hitters available.. Wowww.. I would surely bank on WI winning the T20 WC..

  • Ryan on April 9, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Hooray, they are showing that series here in NZ!

  • Hollis on April 9, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    Supposed to be great news for us West Indian fans but we will wait and see. The current WI team is showing more purpose and we know what Gayle is capable of, batting wise. The challenge will be he needs to fall in line with the obvious discipline instilled in the team. If not, then take your exit and fast.I wish him well and that groin injury is worrying. Was he certified fit before the start of the IPL games ?

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    This is indeed great news and welcome back Mr Chris Gayle and proove to the world and the jokers that run West Indies vricket that youre the best player in the west west indies.I know it will not be comfortable playing with Gibson and company the dictators but god will see you through .West Indies cricket and the world need you around and we are paying to see good cricket and a ground filled to capacity but with the way this present administration is running our affairs its a shame and poor management.We have a second class coach who feels like he own West Indies cricket and do whatever he want to do but nobody is taking action of getting him fired for a poor job he is doing.Also sammy is a good leader but doesnt merit selection and is keeping a young player down.Please Sammy step down and give someone else a chance . Mr Gibson leave our cricket and dont be a dictator and resign now.Roger Harper is the best coach for this team as his knowledge and dicipline will proove it too.

  • Subhag Parkash on April 8, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Grt news ..since WI are showing signs of improvement (although pretty early to say that) It would be a grt boost to WI cricket to get back gayle and specially for tough ENG tour.

  • Douglas on April 8, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Well it will soon be back to same old, same old. Gayle at slip looking as disinterested as he always has. No one knows what goes on in the dressing room but the fact that Gibson and Sammy have brought the team this far without the efforts of Gayle says a lot. He is a could have been, good striker of the ball but totally unable or unwilling to be a team person. The dream will not last for long.

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Excellent! Good to hear this news. Finally WICB "re-recognized" the talent!! I wish he would have been included in T-20 squad against Australia. However its better late than never, I would be glad to see him back in action! All the best to Chris Gayle and I only hope at least this time he remains in the team for a significant amount of time.

  • Varun on April 8, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Fantastic news! The WI can have a much stronger batting unit now with Gayle opening with Brathwaite (the ultimate foil to his aggression). Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be the mainstay of the middle order, which will also include Darren Bravo and Kirk Edwards. I'm still not too happy with Carlton Baugh as a wicketkeeper due to his lacking of batting skills (I'd prefer Ramdin), but he's ok for now. The bowling attack looks great with the four fast bowlers, Fidel Edwards, Rampaul, Roach and Sammy and young legspinner Bishoo.

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