Gayle left out of matches against India

Published: Monday, May 30, 2011, 10:37 [IST]
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Gayle left out of matches against India

St John's (Antigua), May 30: Chris Gayle may have left the Indian Premier League on an incredible high, proving his worth as an explosive opening batsman with a mind-boggling aggregate of 608 runs from 12 matches. But his exploits in the subcontinent have evidently not done enough to warrant him a place in the West Indies side that takes on India.

Gayle was left out of the squads announced for the lone Twenty20 and the first two one-dayers against India starting June 4.

"Chris Gayle will not be considered for selection to the West Indies team before an intended meeting with himself, the Selection Committee, the WICB Management and the West Indies Team Management," the WICB said in a statement.

"The Selection Committee views this meeting as necessary as a result of Gayle's comments in a widely publicised radio interview in Jamaica," it added.

Gayle, who was recently ignored for the series against Pakistan, has had a nasty war of words with the WICB after claiming that he was left to fend for himself during recent injury problems.

An angry WICB retorted by saying that the batsman was well looked after and it was he who kept the Board uninformed while flying out to India to play in the IPL for eventual runners-up Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fast bowler Kemar Roach has been rested for the lone Twenty20 and the first two ODIs in Trinidad. Roach will, however, be available for selection for the third ODI of the five-match series.

"It is expected that other players with heavy workloads will also be rested and rotated from time to time throughout the West Indies v India Series 2011 and moving forward," the WICB said.

The explosive batting duo of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were declared "not eligible to represent the West Indies in Twenty20 format as they did not take part in the last edition of the Caribbean Twenty20."

But both of them have made the squad for the first two ODIs.

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