Gayle upset by WICB treatment

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 11:02 [IST]
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Gayle upset by WICB treatment

A day after the WICB said it was disappointed at how Gayle had handled the IPL issue, the batsman retorted by claiming the board had not bothered to check on his rehabilitation from injury after the World Cup.

"A group of players were selected for a training camp in Barbados, and I never got a call, nobody spoke to me, and I decided to leave it alone," Gayle told KLAS Sports, a radio station in Jamaica. "I continued my training programme, and I came to find out via the media that a Twenty20 squad was announced, and a one-day international squad was announced, and I was stunned when I saw a big headline in the newspapers, 'Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul dropped'."

Gayle said no one from the WICB had contacted him before the squads had been named. "The only communication I have had with anyone connected with the WICB was when I sent a text message to (team physio) CJ Clark, and gave him an update about how I was doing," he said. "I told him I was feeling good, the progress I was making; I was running, I was in the gym, and working. His only response was that he would send a fitness programme, which I did not receive until the IPL offer had presented itself."

"I wanted to get back on track as quickly as possible. I wanted to play and represent West Indies. This was my ultimate goal, since I did not have a contract, but I was forced into this decision because teams were picked, I was not informed about what was happening, and I did not know what the future would hold.

"I have served West Indies for many years, but I was disrespected a lot, and I have been playing under a lot of pressure."

Gayle's explanation, however, seemed to contradict what the WICB said in a release soon after it granted him the no-objection certificate, clearing his participation in the IPL. The board claimed it had been in communication with Gayle.

"At the conclusion of the cricket World Cup, Gayle underwent a medical examination in the UK," the WICB said. "Following Gayle's consultation with a UK doctor it was determined that he would require at least two to three weeks of rest before returning to training.

The WICB said it was taken aback to discover that Gayle had been arranging to play cricket in India when it was under the impression that he was undergoing rehabilitation work and about to resume training.

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