West Indies cricket May 11, 2012

WICB wants to mop up 'residual matters' with Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

The West Indies Cricket Board has asked Chris Gayle to specify a date on which he can meet with it and regional officials, to mop up 'residual matters' related to their seemingly concluded spat. In a statement on Thursday, the WICB said it was pleased that Gayle had confirmed his availability for West Indies selection, but prior to matters moving further along, another meeting between the two parties was necessary.

"Directors of the West Indies Cricket Board recently met by teleconference and are pleased that consistent with his previous commitment Mr Chris Gayle has made himself available for selection to the West Indies team," the WICB statement said. "The board believes that Mr Gayle's stated commitment to West Indies cricket will be an asset to the team and looks forward to his contributions in that regard.

"The board looks forward to Mr Gayle's indication of his date of availability to meet with the WICB along with Prime Ministers Honourable Baldwin Spencer [who is the Antigua and Barbuda prime minister, and chairman of CARICOM's Prime Ministerial Sub-committee on cricket] and Honourable Ralph Gonsalves [St Vincent and the Grenadines' prime minister] as had been agreed to clear up residual matters prior to his return to the team."

Earlier this month, Gayle had pulled out of his Twenty20 contract with English county Somerset, declaring he was committed to playing for West Indies in all forms of the game. The move was believed to smooth the way for Gayle to return to the West Indies side for the limited-overs leg of the upcoming tour of England, ending a year-long standoff between Gayle and the WICB that stemmed from comments he made about the board in a radio interview last April.

Gayle's declaration had followed his request to Ernest Hilaire, the WICB chief executive, asking the board whether he would be selected for the ODI leg of the England tour in June; this, he said, was to help him clarify his availability for Somerset. Hilaire, in his response, had accused Gayle of "reneging" on the undertaking the player had given that he would make himself available to play for West Indies over Somerset during CARICOM's (the Caribbean Community) attempts to patch things up between Gayle and the board in early April.

The CARICOM-brokered deal's success was expected to be tested by an ongoing lawsuit - to which Gayle is a party - between the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) and the board, which is likely to be one of the 'residual matters' to come up for discussion.

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  • anthony on May 14, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    I agree with u metman re samuels and how a lot of these "senior" excluded players who all these people are clamouring to return to the side, will change as soon as they get what they want. These guys drove windian cricket underground with their disputes during the 2000s. Like i say there is a place for the seniors who all have decent averages but never won anything..as LONG AS they are kept in a minority in the team and never allowed to rule or disrupt the present progress made...so let samuels and sarwan and deonarine fight for one spot. Gayle let him in, he is a star, bravo snr tho, he isnt any better than rampaul or sammy right now! if rampaul fails let him in, but never let more than 3 of these "seniors " in at one time.

  • lascelles on May 13, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Reply to Metman...You just jealous must be from Sammy home town why you singling out the Jamaican they must be a treat.....One love can stop us...

  • joel on May 13, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    After all is said and done, Gayle the batsman is more than good enough to have earned his place on the team. Whether or not he is picked will therefore depend on OTHER factors. Now, are these sufficient to outweigh what he says with his bat? As for Samuels, I agree that he is sorely out of form and that Smith is a direct replacement, but HE has been discarded by the "wise" WICB.

  • Michael on May 13, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    To all you Gayle sympathizers...what makes you think that if Hunte,Hilaire,Sammy ,Gibson and all the Board members were to go,that their replacements would welcome back or want him back in the team ? Do you all know too that not all present members of THIS team don't want him back either,..some, because of his attitude ,others because of their own personal agenda.Gayle has fooled people that he has the interest of WI cricket at heart....I say to all of you...just wait until after the World Cup ! By the way,as I said a while ago......after Samuels got those contracts.....the real Samuels would began to resurface....,wonder how many of you have noticed anything ?

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    I bet you this is about the stated law suit............ this is not going to end well

  • Derek on May 12, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary You will not see Malinga bowling to Gayle in TESTS, he resigned from test cricket so you need to send an SOS out to him also.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    The board need to see Chris for a LOAN. @daintyr; do not be misguided how is TEST STATISTICS helping Kallicharan, Andy Roberts, Herbert Chang to name a few right now?

    The statistics which matter to a professional is the amount of money you can earn during your professional career while entertaining those who wish to PAY to enjoy your exploits. Chris is managing to touch many more across the globe than those who constant express the hatred and choose to slander him.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Not sure why the WICB would want to release a statement about meeting with Chris Gayle. Contact the player, set up the meeting and meet. You don't have to tell everyone. Something sinister about this. Don't trust this lot one iota.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    I only hope these guys from the WICB read these comments.If they have any...i mean any shame ...they should all resign immediately...worthless !!!!!

  • V.L on May 12, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    @Kieran Savage When did BCCI treat its players badly? We even treat foreign players very well and pay them top dollar in IPL!

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