West Indies news July 16, 2015

WICB drops disciplinary charge against Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle had labelled the Clive Lloyd-led selection panel as "ridiculous" for dropping Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the World Cup squad © AFP

The WICB has decided to discontinue pursuing a disciplinary charge against Chris Gayle over comments he made in January about West Indies' selection policy.

On January 12, Gayle slammed the Clive Lloyd-led selection panel for dropping the pair of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from West Indies' World Cup squad, calling the move "ridiculous". Gayle's outburst subsequently earned him a Rule 9 charge of the WICB's Code of Conduct, which states that "players and team officials shall not make public or media comment which is detrimental to the interests of the game".

However, the code also states that such a charge must be laid against an offender within 10 days of the alleged commission of the offence. The WICB's disciplinary committee ruled that since Gayle had been reprimanded outside the required time frame, it would drop the charge.

A WICB media release confirmed that the board had "accepted the intimation of the Disciplinary Committee that the charge should be discontinued" and said Gayle had been accordingly notified about the same.