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The Gayle-WICB saga

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 5, 2012

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A timeline of the dispute between Chris Gayle and the West Indies Cricket Board.


Chris Gayle got to a century off 46 balls, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2011, Bangalore, May 6, 2011
The clash began with Chris Gayle signing with IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore in April 2011 © AFP
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  • April 20, 2011 - Gayle signs with Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 2011, meaning he is unavailable for the home series v Pakistan; WICB says it granted Gayle a no-objection certificate only after he had made himself unavailable for national selection.
  • April 21, 2011 - In an interview with a Jamaican radio station, Gayle says the way he had been treated by WICB had left him with little choice but to join RCB, and criticises West Indies coach Ottis Gibson.
  • June 15, 2011 - A meeting between WICB and West Indies Players' Association representatives, called to resolve the dispute, ends heatedly, casting further doubt on Gayle's future.
  • July 1, 2011 - Gayle releases a statement, tracing the dispute back to 2009, when now WICB chief Ernest Hilaire had voiced doubts on his ability to captain West Indies.
  • July 5, 2011 - The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government decide to intervene in the dispute.
  • August 25, 2011 - Gayle has a one-on-one meeting with Hilaire; no major breakthrough.
  • October 20, 2011 - Gayle will be considered for selection if he retracts his statements about WICB and its officers, the board says in a statement.
  • October 27, 2011 - Gayle asks WICB to "state clearly" what it wants him to apologise for.
  • February 21, 2012 - WICB asks Gayle to make up his mind about his future with West Indies; Hilaire says Gayle can't ask for unconditional no-objection certificates for domestic Twenty20 tournaments around the world and simultaneously play for West Indies.
  • March 26, 2012 - Gayle signs a CARICOM-brokered agreement with WICB.
  • April 6, 2012 - Gayle and WICB reach an understanding that paves the way for his West Indies return. However, the deal's success is expected to be tested by an ongoing lawsuit between the board and WIPA, to which Gayle is a party.
  • May 3, 2012 - Gayle pulls out of deal with English county Somerset, declaring himself committed to playing for West Indies in all forms of the game.
  • May 11, 2012 - WICB ask Gayle to meet to mop up 'residual matters', including, it is believed, the ongoing WIPA lawsuit.
  • June 5, 2012 - Gayle's 15-month international exile ends, as he is picked in West Indies' squad for the ODIs in England. He had last represented his region at the 2011 World Cup.

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Posted by chuBBs1965 on (June 6, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

I think that ESPNcricinfo staff got the begining of this story wrong. I think that after WICB did not select the senior players for the test matches in that year only then gayle asked for a NOC to play for the RCB which was granted by the WICB.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

Timeline? Remember this, THE SENIOR PLAYERS DID NOT PERFORM AND I AM BITTERLY DISAPPIONTED WITH THEM.....I CANNOT SAY FOR SURE THAT THEY HAVE NOT PLAYED THERE LAST MATCH FOR W.I. AND THEN, CONSISTENT WITH THE POLICY TO EXPOSE NEW PLAYERS, SARWAN,CHANDERPAUL AND GAYLE HAVE NOT BEEN CONSIDERED...WICB RELEASE. THEN NANNES GOT INJURED AND MALLYA CALLED. CHECK THOSE DATES.

Posted by Ncnotorious on (June 5, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Wrong start to the timeline...Gayle, along with some other senior players were not seleted in the squad... THEN Gayle joined RCB...this was started by WICB not selecting the senior players...GET IT RIGHT

Posted by rajithwijepura on (June 5, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

This is a warning for one srilankan player who choose private league over National team.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

West Indies Cricket must have missed him very much.....

Posted by DBCHOSEN1 on (June 5, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Welcome back Mr. Chris Gayle you have have to support so you can continue the good work and put up where you left off. With God's guidance and strength we as a Caribbean people will move forward and collaborate for the success of West Indies Cricket. God bless.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

GAYLE FORCE- WORLD CUP FEVER

Posted by SoLucien on (June 5, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Where is the apology that Gayle was supposed to make? I guess they dont need it anymore.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

pressure now on Gayle to perform and to MAKE the team win in england which will not be easy

Posted by b4u8me2 on (June 5, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

The time line started wrong. Gayle was only signed by RCB after the WICB left him out of selection. Gayle was not the one that made himself unavailable for selection.

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