Chris Gayle's career still in limbo

Published: Saturday, June 18, 2011, 11:18 [IST]
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Chris Gayle's career still in limbo

Kingston, June 18: As the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) continues to be at loggerheads with West Indies opener Chris Gayle, the latter's career remains on hiatus. The tall, hard-hitting Jamaican has not been included in the squad to play the first Test against India beginning on June 20 and his very future is at stake.

After having an inconclusive meeting with Gayle on June 14, the management says it will intimate him about their course of action in resolving the dispute following another meeting between its board of directors (which will take place today).

According to the minutes of Gayle's meeting with the board, the former "emphasised his concern that the timeframe for his reinstatement to the West Indies team seemed to be indefinite". He also wanted clarification on why he was not considered for selection for the limited-overs matches against India after indicating his availability to the WICB.

However, the board later repudiated these minutes insisting they had been inaccurate. According to the board's version, Gayle's position in the side would only be reinstated after he retracted his public criticism (made in a radio interview in April) of the WICB and apologised for the same.

The WICB also deemed it imperative that guidelines be delineated on how to deal with players who don't show up for selection but expect to be selected as and when they choose to make themselves available, as Gayle did.

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