Kingston, July 5: Chris Gayle seems to be so invaluable an asset to West Indies cricket, that his ongoing dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has attracted the concern of the region's heads of government, no less. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has decided to intervene in the clash days after Gayle's public outpouring and request for government mediation.
CARICOM chairman Dr. Denzil Douglas said the heads of government weer going to reignite the functioning of the prime-ministerial sub-committee on cricket to try and reach a solution. "Today we had to take certain decisions with regards to the impasse that seems to be ongoing between the regional players association and the WICB," Douglas told a sports reporting agency. "We believe that West Indies cricket has not been one of the vehicles of which the Caribbean man today can be proud of moving himself upwards."
A few hours earlier, Guyana president Bharat Jagdeo, responding to Gayle's statement, had reportedly asked CARICOM to intervene in the spat. Jagdeo also called for a greater degree of accountability within the WICB.
The Gayle-WICB stand-off erupted when coach Ottis Gibson blasted the senior batsmen following the team's quarter-final exit at the World Cup. Gayle was subsequently overlooked for the Pakistan series and subsequently, showed up in India to participate in the Indian Premier League(IPL), leaving as the player of the tournament.
In a radio interview around this time, Gayle lambasted the top-brass of the WICB for not keeping him in the loop about his fitness before announcing the squad. As a result, he was left out of the squad for the India games as well, and a heated meeting with the board - also attended by WIPA president Dinanath Ramnarine - only made matters worse as the stalemate continued.