West Indies cricket May 11, 2012

WICB wants to mop up 'residual matters' with Gayle

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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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  • mrhamilton 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.

  • toxic1007 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...

  • riverlime 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.

  • Metman 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 ?

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:52 GMT

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

  • delboy 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !!!!!

  • maddy20 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!

  • mrhamilton 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.

  • toxic1007 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...

  • riverlime 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.

  • Metman 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 ?

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:52 GMT

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

  • delboy 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !!!!!

  • maddy20 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!

  • AMOR on May 12, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Most of you are condeming the WICB members yet you are not calling for them to RESIGN. Let us all call for them to resign. The selection committee seems to take instructions from the board that is why the best is not selected.

  • NikhilNair on May 12, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    @Ajmad Khan... none of them are as bad as the king of all... BCCI!!

    In all seriousness... good to see some kind of good relationship building back again between WICB & Gayle... the lost years are gone... but let's look towards a better future!

  • on May 12, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    West Indians we are probably the greatest people on earth; we will not fight wars with other nations nor invade other countries;, but the least of us have something to say when it matters and relentlessly we will say what we think. But what is more interesting is, as diverse as the music of the Caribbean ( just to mention a few reggare, zouk, calypso, soca, compass, bouyon, salsa, dance-hall, spouge, dub, raga, kadans..) so are our views. But more importantly, unlike some nationalities we can all dance to all of it because we recorgnize the sound of the drums. Therefore in so many ways we were all saying to Gale and the West Indies Cricket Board please solve this problem because the game of cricket is important to us. They have heard. Congrats to Gale and the WI Board. Mr. Hilaire was very instrumental in the process and never hid himself from the issues; no wonder he came under so much bashing; He has done very well as a fine CEO. In my opinion whoever comes to administer WI cricke

  • bobmartin on May 12, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    I dunno about you... but I think the whole Gayle/WICB saga is now becoming pathetically boring. Either pick him or ditch him... Problem solved

  • siawashi on May 12, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Gayle really must have been sick and tired of this WICB management , Gayle is not the one needs WI but WI need Gayle as gayle doesnt need to prove himself and his for to the world of cricket he can easily be part of every county in the world and make 10 times more money than he can make with WI, but its him who wants to contribute for his country i really feeling sorry for this mismanagement and poor captain Darren Sammy who is jelouse of gayle presence.

  • on May 12, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    What is this nonsense about 'residual' meeting? What is there still to clear up? Gayle's attorneys should ask specifically what they are. This matter was cleared up already and Gayle should be allowed to play or not.

  • on May 12, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    Gayle is more than an on field asset to WI. The ICC and local government wants to sell more seats too. With the ICC having set a WI VS NZ tour in Florida,USA, in June, they need to make cricket exciting and look to earn some money. It is not worth the while going to watch the present WI team in Florida (if you're in a neighboring state). But if Gayle is to be playing, it increases the likelihood of one attending the T20 matches

  • aubynarcher on May 12, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Gayle is not the only player who is a party to the lawsuit. Why target Gayle? The WICB and the Hilarious ones just need to stop the knit picking and let Gayle do what he does best - hit the ball as if he is seeing a breadfruit. It has to take very small minds to do what the WICB is doing? No wonder we have lean results!

  • on May 12, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    I honestly would have just given up on the WICB if i was Gayle, seems like they want to make him do all the hard work and be in a power position which there not they need Gayle, Gayle doesnt need to play for the WI he wants to out of his passion for the team despite there terrible administrators. The WICB are just as bad as the PCB and the BCCI when it comes to treatment of players.

  • on May 12, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Not sure which board is worse, the WICB or PCB.

  • PACERONE on May 12, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    WICB should arrange to have this meeting televised.This way we will all get to see what is happening and hear what is been said. I have a feeling that they want to threaten Gayle into dropping the law suits against them.They should not fear the law suits if they are in the right,but we all know what happens when they go to court.

  • aclarity on May 12, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    The WICB scapegoat is Gayle. Anytime they want to divert us from there incompetence they pull out the Gayle card. When Hillaire was very undiplomatic to a Prime Minister. Hunte did not sanction him but tried to apologize then pulled out the Gayle card. When Beckles (a director) intimated that the youths were interested in money over country he pulled out the Gayle card but said nothing about the leaders (drivers) who can't drive. Hillaire says he wants a star team and not a team of stars and he was harshly pulled up by the world opinion, he pulled out the Gayle card. Let's not look at how our team is doing now but focus on Gayle. The reality is that the WICB has incompetent, nepotistic and spiteful drivers who are unable to coalesce experience and youth into a unified team.

  • Nadeem1976 on May 12, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    I am wondering that if WI selectors don't pick Gayle for england ODI tour. The way WI board is behaving like a child , i believe that they can do worse by not selecting gayle for ODI tour.

    Let's hope that Gayle play for WI because he let his contract go with somerset. WI should give some respect to best T2020 batsman in the world. He just made 333 runs in test cricket two years ago. Give some respect to Gayle WI please.

  • TheLight on May 12, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    WICB does not want Gayle, Sarwan or any other player who will pose a challenge to Sammy on the team. They will resist Gayle joining the team at all cost as he is more respected and loved than Sammy.

  • dwaynerenville on May 12, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    WICB, you demanded of the guy to forfeit his contract with the english county, to give up an opportunity to play and earn, and make himself available for you. I guess surprising to you he did! Now you say that before any selection talks, there are certain issues to be settled. I guess that means that if these issues are not settled in your favor then Gayle will be left out anyway - exactly what you seem bent on having. Why didnt you say that there are two conditions to be satisfied before he can play? Such deceit and wickedness. I totally agree with the statesman who said that none of you including the captain & coach, individually or collectively, means more to WI cricket & fans than Chris. On a related matter, I am not surprised that the WICB XI are three wickets down for less than 30 runs in two consecutive innings.

  • cricPassion2009 on May 12, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    RE: daintyr >>So at this stage of his career, it would appear that Gayle needs the Windies more than the Windies need him.

    After reading this article don't you see who needs whom more ? WICB wants Gayle and also needs him quiet so that they can 'appear' to be good. The only way they can 'appear' good is by doing back-room manoevers and making Gayle quiet with some new binding clauses and agreements. If you pour boiling water on someone you don't ask him if his skin hurts, but that's what WICB is doing behind the scenes. For your information, Gayle is on record saying that test cricket is declining and he wouldn't mind being only in short format. This invalidates your claim that he is after official statistics etc.

  • noplay on May 11, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    The more I follow this Gayle/WICB saga, the more I am inclined to believe that Gayle was right

  • cricPassion2009 on May 11, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    I'm getting bersek just reading the various small-brain statements coming from WICB. I wonder how a great player like Gayle, that too, ex-Captain of WI team is able to stand these hysterical board members. Does anyone here believe there is any residual matter other than making Gayle say 'yes sir, i bow to thee' and prostrate in front of the WICB ?

  • KDoc on May 11, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    The England Lions have the WI team 28/3 second innings. Would Gayle have made a difference? You Bet ! But thanks to the WICB and their childlike bickering, this great player is sitting out.

  • delboy on May 11, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Gayle is doing VERY well at the IPL. WI have arrived in the UK for a tour. What better way to get people to buy tickets and take interest in the WI test than the board ceasing the opportunity hog the limelight at a time when more people will be watching the climax of the IPL and Chris Gayle. The board will now seek to clear up issues which could have been done months ago. Very good PR and marketing...

  • daintyr on May 11, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    For those "misguided" commenters who think Gayle is being patriotic in wanting to play for the Windies, there might be just a smidgen of truth in that. What is quite obvious is that Gayle is a performer, first and foremost, and all performers desire the big stage. In other words, playing club cricket is not the same as playing international cricket. Cricket is a statistically-driven sport. And the only statistics that count are international achievements. So at this stage of his career, it would appear that Gayle needs the Windies more than the Windies need him. Every self-respecting cricketer not yet retired make himself available to play for his country first. And then club cricket, which is what all of these 20/20 leagues are, irregardles of the hype.

  • essky on May 11, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Perhaps the people of the West Indies are more patient than i am, but the board is exasperating.

  • on May 11, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Ernst Hillary sacking is long overdue. This inept and incompetent man must be fired. Pronto! He has held West Indies cricket hostage for far too long. And as he exits he should take Gibby, Hunt, Butz and Sammy with him. I just cannot comprehend why he seems so determined to continue having the once proud West Indies cricket team an international joke. Just imagine....... Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are kicking up a storm.

  • simonviller on May 11, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    I think it would be nice to know the details before condemning the WI board ! Isn't there an impending law suit against the board ,to which Gayle is a party ? In such circumstances ,then the board has a right to clear up any such issues before hand ,to make sure that they are no further wranglings going forward . It's my opinion that there is a third party involved ,who is making it difficult for Gayle to extricate himself from such an alleged suit ,to move on to WI cricket .

  • on May 11, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Hope that is tied up very soon,i WILL only believe he is back when i see him in West Indies colours,this saga has just dragged on for far too long.

  • on May 11, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    I see the Board wanting to make Gayle grovel. It would please Hillaire more than anyone else. Could yyou imagine that Julian Hunte can only talk about Women cricket when we have more pressing matters.Why is he President/ We have to tell Hillaire that WICB and west indies cricket is owned by him. The best thing ,if those other directors had any guts, would be to fire Hillaire as they have done in the past with others.

  • Rahulbose on May 11, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Gayle should dump these WICB folks. He is having a successful career playing in First class and T20 leagues. Except for WICB, everyone in the Cricket community recognizes and respects his talent. Playing for WI team these days is not much fun anyway. Why should he go through that when the team coach, captain and the cricket board all don't want him around?

  • StatisticsRocks on May 11, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    I hope WICB come to their senses and let Gayle play for WI. Seriously how can you not have such a player in your team beats me. He can destroy any bowling attack in the world. Let him play.

  • on May 11, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Why is everyone complaining??? It is the proper way of handling a situation that never had a conclusion for over a year!! It all procedure. they want to ensure that there is a level of respect between both parties and that everything is understood and will be smoothly after this meeting. It it clear that some fans are only complaining because of their disgusting hatred towards Sammy and the board management. As a business man if you would not go through such a process if you are going to hired back an employee that violate the rules and regulations then you got some thinking to do.

  • AMOR on May 11, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Some of you have been kind in wishing and hoping. I beleive the time has come for all of us fans of the game especially in the West Indies to call on the board to resign. What residual matters. Lucky 2 Prime Ministers will there to see and hear what transpiresdespite they are both from the same region as Sammy, Gibson and Hilaire. WEST INDIES CRICKET BOARD RESING NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • newjughead on May 11, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    For anyone that doubts Gail's desire to play for WI, do the math. He's the best T20 hitter in the world and makes millions of US dollars per year playing for various countries, therefore, he doesn't need the two cents the West Indies offer to pay him, yet he has made himself available to play. That is a patriot, because his nation's needs comes before his own. Full Stop!

  • lyl67 on May 11, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Why call a meeting so late, by that time the one-dayers and the 20/20 would have been concluded, we all know that the CEO is putting obstacles in the way. The only way to move on is to "SACK HIM"

  • Big_Chikka on May 11, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    ps. This current team is on the cusp of a major turnaround ( I believe this), if only they could be allowed to focus on the cricket rather than board level issues. Gayle would be a big piece of the puzzle in a WI resurgence, if they could just let him get on with what he does best. Now tell me whose got a problem with that? No supporter of WI cricket thats for sure. Come on the board take some responsibility, prove your worth get him blasting for WI. Will bring dollars for WI cricket too. He's good to watch, I might pay for a ticket.

  • Big_Chikka on May 11, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    What a disappointing turn of events, someone please take control of this mess called the WICB. Lets see, test pitches not fit enough for football, disenchanted players, a game in decline, and some of the games greatest players reduced to proverbial tears at the antics of the now wholly laughable manangement team of the WICB.

  • on May 11, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    West Indies is like a city about to be destroyed by alien invaders and Chris Gayle is like one of the Avengers but instead of City(WICB) doing whatever they can to get the Hulk (Gayle) back saving lives they turn him away with any excuse possible so they can get destroyed.

  • on May 11, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    So does Chris have to fly from India to the Caribbean to meet with these jokers, before he flies to the UK to play cricket for the WI team? What rass is this?!

  • on May 11, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    It's hilarious how hard WICB is trying to prove that they have control over the matters. With due respect to Sammy and Gibson's work - WI can't exactly can opt to not have an impact player like Gayle sit out. There are always spiky characters in the dressing room - but you need to recognize who's your best player and find a way to channel their energy towards your team goal.

  • cricket-india on May 11, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    the WICB is poor in talent mgmt, mainly because they place their own interests ahead of WI cricket. no wonder highly talented players like gayle, lara, sarwan, etc all have had probs that richards, walsh and ambrose didn't. times hav changed for the worse in WICB management. even richards said not long ago that the board has no use for former greats like him. that said, the players too have to take the blame...thye achieved international exposure with the board's support and then they turn mercenary, putting money above the pride of represneting the WI. WI cricketers are not languishing in penury...relative to the caribbean lifestyle they are paid well indeed. and definitely hig-profile players would be getting more than fringe players like the deonarines and baughs. why wash dirty linen on public radio

  • on May 11, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    The epitaph on Ernst Hillary's grave will read ; "Here lies the small man totally responsible for the greatest gunslinger in cricket, Chris Gayle, to turn his back on the woeful, inept and rudderless West Indies".

  • wifan16 on May 11, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    this is pure BS!! the wicb will find a way for gayle not to play cricket for west indies ever again!!...i guarantee ittt!!

  • on May 11, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Don't have an issue with this. Tying up loose ends I suppose. The civilize way of doing business. The WI fans r behind the BIG JAMAICAN. Just hope things go smoothly.

  • mar2000 on May 11, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Again we will see the "Twist-n-Turn" between Chris Gayle and the WICB .It seems like the two parties just love the challenge. Next it will be a case of MONEY per game.

  • jupiterlaw on May 11, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    @BRYCE27687 For all the achievements that you have mentioned, Gayle seems to need the WI team than the WI team need him. If he were so happy with all the achievements that you enumerated, why would he give up a signed contract with Somerset, putting himself in considerable legal risk to play for the meagre match fee that WI can afford, with go guaranty of selection. Perhaps he has not derived the same degree of happiness playing for foreign clubs in foreign lands before foreign audiences as he did playing for his country. He wants to go back because he is unhappy. If he gets back with WI, he would have to make a huge adjustment otherwise the happiness that he seeks would elude him, because the team culture of "anything goes" no longer exists under Sammy.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 11, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    what kind of people are saying Gayle doesn't need to return to International cricket? I wonder do you guys evern understand cricket?? Don't you guys want to see a contest in test matches where Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel bowl 15 over staright to Gayle? where Malinga bowls 10 overs to Gayle? where Cummins, Siddle bowls 20 overs to Gayle? where Anderson Broad run to Gayle? Everyone wants that contest and not some mediocre T20 contest. Gayle return to International Cricket please

  • Percy_Fender on May 11, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Chris Gayle is the Viv Richards kind of destroyer of bowling in cricket. Unfortunately for Chris, he is playing at a time when the WICB is in the midst of trying to change the attitudes of the Carribean players to make them pay obesciance more than playing the game. One cannot blame the likes of Gayle and Richards if they have a super ego. The world loves to see such supreme athletes who come once in a lifetime. I hope the WICB will realise that they are hurting West Indies which exists as a nation and an identity only because of cricket. Other than this they belong to different nations. The reason to conform to dictatorial whims is therefore simply not there. I wish the WICB realise that. I also wish the West Indies gets some big sponsor.The WICB could well become less relevant then This team is definitely the most marketable one amongst all the teams of the world.I hope the WICB will realise that it does'nt always pay to be unreasonable.

  • Rising_Edge1234 on May 11, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    The media is having a field day with this. 5 will get you 10 that the next story the media is going to come up with is that there is discord between Gayle and other players(when he returns to the team).

  • EdwinD on May 11, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    I was wondering how many international runs/wickets all the WICB directors have between them...isn't it a nice big fat '0'?

    Imo this is pure jealousy by the WICB on Gayle's popularity, his earning potential, and his cricketing ability. At the end of the day, the only losers are the public, especially the WI fans and citizens.

    Thanks a lot WICB - I hope they are proud of themselves.

  • on May 11, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    to mop up what? the man has broken his contract with somerset at the risk of being sued and here we speak of mopping up residual matters . the world is seeing where the problem is i.e. Hilaire and Co

  • on May 11, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH WICB?I THINK EVERYBODY IS JEALOUS OF CHRIS VETTORI AND KOLHI IN PARTICULAR.LET THE MAN BE IN PEACE WICB. WHAT THE WICB SHOULD DO IS GET OTIS AND SAMMY AWAY FROM CRICKET. IN ALL MY LIFE I NEVER SEE TEST MATCH PLAY LIKE HOW SAMMY PLAY IN THE CARIBBEAN.

  • TORONTO123456 on May 11, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    You know Gale is happy go lucky man ,he enjoy the game and he dont go for the money like Lasith Malinga he gave up Test cricket for IPL

  • noplay on May 11, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    People are paying their money to see Gayle bat. A comment on a previous story here said Somerset had sold tickets because of the Gayle contract. People bought tickets to see Pollard and Bravo play against Australia. Who is paying to see the rest of the West Indies team play?

  • stephenramsingh on May 11, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    The only residual matter that needs mopping up here is the abundance of incompetence displayed by the WICB under Hilaire and co. It is time to get rid of this present board,they are anti West Indian in their thinking.Their tenure is plagued with to much incompetence.It is time for young vibrant positive leadership,leadership that can propel this young W.I. team forward.....sos Dinanath Ramnarine.

  • Bryce27687 on May 11, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    @fas101_pk why on earth would Gayle feel the need to "make" his reputation as an international player? He already has the best T20 record on the planet and has proven it in various leagues around the world, even against the best T20 bowlers on the planet. Heck he has even already proven it in T20 internationals of the past!

    Do you think that Gayle actually has something left to prove in T20 cricket? Is he not already the best T20 batsman in the world? He turned down big money from Somerset, even by way of breaking a signed contract, to be part of the West Indian side.

    Gayle is already a proven international player, if you are not aware of this already then you are obviously not familiar with Gayle's previous achievements.

    The thing which Gayle is not proven as yet is being loyal to West Indies cricket, and he has taken the first steps toward rectifying this.

  • on May 11, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    First, let me say that i find some of the comments about the Gayle-WICB saga immature and malicious - meaning that they were made with the sole intention to inflict hurt or damage. One example is the comment here by fas101_pk. I wonder what benfit this individual sees in his comment - who will it serve? What purpose? As it is, it is attributing intention of selfishness to Gayle. This person should be following another sport - rounders maybe- cuz he cannot have cricket in mind. Secondly, ALL OVER THE WORLD, including here in Thailand, ppl recognize that Christ Gayle is the most destructive batsman in the game today, so this is not a matter of opinion. Ppl everywhere turn up just to see him in action: WICB should pay attention to this if they put WI cricket first - ppl want to see Gayle, simple as that. NO MORE NEGOTIONS NEEDED - let them bowl: let him bat.

  • on May 11, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    And the beat goes on. Hunte, Hiliare and Company do not want to resolve this issue, they want a pound of flesh from Chris Gayle's heart; and they will not stop till they frustrate him and let him stop representing the West Indies. Chris Gayle don't need the W.I. he has made himself a rich man by playing around the world in T20's and a lot of people are jelalous like the 1 poster. Let's grow up and stop this monkey business, give West Indies the best players on the field, let us play exciting W.I cricket, I go to game not only to win but to be entertained for my money; C.G. provides this - let's go, stop the harrassment Hiliare and Co. and let play cricket!

  • bluefunk on May 11, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    @Javed Sani: Do you mean kolaveri?

  • 30-30-150 on May 11, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    @getsetgopk - That's right, but how did you post a reply in just 5 mins?? It takes an hour for comments to get published..

  • on May 11, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    This is junk...It is better for gayle to play in T20 clubs all over the world...I am a keen follower Test matches...But the sad truth is that test matches are dead except in Australia and England...And WI team is one of the worst in Test matches...Yes they have a good formidable bowling unit..But their test batting, barring Chandrapaul, is a joke...a bunch of jokers with the lead being Mr Sammy and their coach......So Mr Gayle play for IPL, your life will be secured....Dont even listen to thesese morons......

  • Stark62 on May 11, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Just when you think Gayle would play again for the Windies, the disease that is 'WICB' will swoop in and destroy any chance of that happening.

  • satish619chandar on May 11, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Not sure what WICB wants.. Do they want Gayle in team or not.. If they want him, accept his commitment towards WI cricket by dropping Somerset contract.. If u don't want him, just leave him.. He ll earn millions and party the whole life.. Having meeting after meeting is not going to serve any purpose to both sides..

  • Midonoff on May 11, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Welcome back Gale. Looking forward to see you in full flow. Don't see any problem, if the WICB wants to tied up loose ends by having a meeting.

  • getsetgopk on May 11, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    @fas101_pk: Can't agree more mate!

  • fas101_pk on May 11, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    I feel Mr. Gayle is a very cleaver man and he is trying to resolve those issues just because he wants to play in T20WC in September... to make his reputation as an International player .... other wise he do not want to play cricket for West Indies... he only loves to make Money for playing leagues like IPL, BPL, Big Bash etc etc....... I am 100% sure he might make a fight with West Indies cricket board again after the T20WC and want board to allow him to play League T20 cricket instead of Playing International Cricket for West Indies ...

  • on May 11, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    This looks like another stall tactic by WICB to avoid allowing Gayle back into the team. They see him as a threat to their power base if he is allowed back in. However, the notion that you have to completely emasculate the guy before you take him back is counter productive. Must of Gayle's strength against opposition is in his flare and machismo. If he is made to be meek and cowering as a West Indies team member, he will be nothing more than a toothless lion. The team already has too many of those.

  • on May 11, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Why this Kholawadi again I thought all was over and Gayle would be welcomed to the west Indies team now they still want to meet him again You know this is like irritating the player for no reason we are the people who spend money to buy tickets for the match and we all have every right to be entertained by the best players of cricket we dont care about the infighting in the selection commitee.IS WICB LISTENING? Javed Sani Los-Angeles USA.

  • on May 11, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    good to see mr hard hitter the hell for bowlrs is back... the milinior and the pure gold of westindies is backkkkkk

  • jmcilhinney on May 11, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    It all seems rather simple to me, although it's always simpler from the outside looking in. WICB cannot hold that WIPA lawsuit over Gayle's head unless they similarly penalise any and every other player involved. As for Gayle, he was dropped for speaking in public about matters that maybe would have been better handled privately. He needs to promise not to do that again or accept that he will be dropped for good otherwise. As much as the WICB don't seem to be the most professional board in international cricket, all boards have rules, official or otherwise, about contracted players criticising the board in public, so WICB is no different in that regard.

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  • jmcilhinney on May 11, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    It all seems rather simple to me, although it's always simpler from the outside looking in. WICB cannot hold that WIPA lawsuit over Gayle's head unless they similarly penalise any and every other player involved. As for Gayle, he was dropped for speaking in public about matters that maybe would have been better handled privately. He needs to promise not to do that again or accept that he will be dropped for good otherwise. As much as the WICB don't seem to be the most professional board in international cricket, all boards have rules, official or otherwise, about contracted players criticising the board in public, so WICB is no different in that regard.

  • on May 11, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    good to see mr hard hitter the hell for bowlrs is back... the milinior and the pure gold of westindies is backkkkkk

  • on May 11, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Why this Kholawadi again I thought all was over and Gayle would be welcomed to the west Indies team now they still want to meet him again You know this is like irritating the player for no reason we are the people who spend money to buy tickets for the match and we all have every right to be entertained by the best players of cricket we dont care about the infighting in the selection commitee.IS WICB LISTENING? Javed Sani Los-Angeles USA.

  • on May 11, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    This looks like another stall tactic by WICB to avoid allowing Gayle back into the team. They see him as a threat to their power base if he is allowed back in. However, the notion that you have to completely emasculate the guy before you take him back is counter productive. Must of Gayle's strength against opposition is in his flare and machismo. If he is made to be meek and cowering as a West Indies team member, he will be nothing more than a toothless lion. The team already has too many of those.

  • fas101_pk on May 11, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    I feel Mr. Gayle is a very cleaver man and he is trying to resolve those issues just because he wants to play in T20WC in September... to make his reputation as an International player .... other wise he do not want to play cricket for West Indies... he only loves to make Money for playing leagues like IPL, BPL, Big Bash etc etc....... I am 100% sure he might make a fight with West Indies cricket board again after the T20WC and want board to allow him to play League T20 cricket instead of Playing International Cricket for West Indies ...

  • getsetgopk on May 11, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    @fas101_pk: Can't agree more mate!

  • Midonoff on May 11, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Welcome back Gale. Looking forward to see you in full flow. Don't see any problem, if the WICB wants to tied up loose ends by having a meeting.

  • satish619chandar on May 11, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Not sure what WICB wants.. Do they want Gayle in team or not.. If they want him, accept his commitment towards WI cricket by dropping Somerset contract.. If u don't want him, just leave him.. He ll earn millions and party the whole life.. Having meeting after meeting is not going to serve any purpose to both sides..

  • Stark62 on May 11, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Just when you think Gayle would play again for the Windies, the disease that is 'WICB' will swoop in and destroy any chance of that happening.

  • on May 11, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    This is junk...It is better for gayle to play in T20 clubs all over the world...I am a keen follower Test matches...But the sad truth is that test matches are dead except in Australia and England...And WI team is one of the worst in Test matches...Yes they have a good formidable bowling unit..But their test batting, barring Chandrapaul, is a joke...a bunch of jokers with the lead being Mr Sammy and their coach......So Mr Gayle play for IPL, your life will be secured....Dont even listen to thesese morons......