Kingston, July 4: The stalemate between West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) continues to get murkier with the latter claiming the former is being unapologetic and vitriolic. The board has however, continued to remain open to the possibility of a meeting with Gayle in order to resolve the dispute. Such was the board's response to Gayle's public outpouring in which he called the board's attempts at reconciliation "a sham and a mockery".
The WICB stated, "From his (Gayle's) latest statement and his expressed views in the meetings with the WICB, it would appear as though he is of the unshakeable view that he has conducted himself impeccably."
The board said that Gayle would be made available for selection for the West Indies team, but not if he remained rigid in his stance.
"There must be mutual respect and a commitment to put West Indies cricket first. The WICB has written to Gayle making it clear that it is willing to seek a compromise resolution. Gayle's position is that he has nothing to account for and expects to be automatically reinstated to the West Indies team whenever he decides that he is available."
Gayle was left out of the squad for the ongoing series against India owing to bad equation with the board, including issues over a widely-publicised radio interview with KLAS Sports, in which he strongly criticised the WICB. The warring parties met on June 15, but the rift only appeared to deepen.