Kingston, June 20: As the Chris Gayle-WICB spat continues to snowball into a full-blown controversy, the board has lashed out at Dinanath Ramnarine, president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), accusing him of exacerbating tensions between the warring parties. Ramnarine, the board argued, pre-empted a reconciliation by displaying a rancorous attitude, which caused Wednesday's meeting to end in an impasse.
In defending his client, Ramnarine had refused to accept the WICB's opinion that Gayle should have attended the meeting alone since as an employee of the board, he was obliged to engage in direct correspondence with them.
"The meeting with Gayle ended in uncertainty, as Mr Ramnarine insisted that the WICB had no business writing to players, and that under no circumstances should the WICB be writing to Gayle, or any player for that matter," ta local newspaper quoted a media release issued by WICB as saying. "It is his (Ramnarine) view that the players are not in the employ of the WICB," it added.
The statement from the WICB added that Gayle's comments put him out of line and that it had an abrasive effect on the rapport with the West Indies team management.
"WICB is of the view that his (Gayle's) comments had a detrimental effect on the relationship with the West Indies team management and the WICB management."
"The Gayle team did not share this view, and expressed their position that Gayle's conduct was a just response to how he felt the board treated him, and had blighted his name and reputation," the release said.
In a long meeting on Wednesday, Gayle was backed by Ramnarine and WIPA vice-president Wavell Hinds, while the WICB was represented by its CEO Earnest Hilaire, cricket director Tony Howard, head coach Ottis Gibson and manager Richie Richardson.
The meeting, which was requested by the WICB, was called to address statements made by Gayle in a recent radio interview in which he slammed members of WICB and West Indies management and coaching staff. As of now, Gayle's position in the team has still not been reinstated.