Sydney: Cricket Australia acting Chief Executive Michael Brown has said that West Indies players Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo can`t participate in the Twenty20 Big Bash without the permission of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
All three players have rejected contracts from the WICB, seemingly because of a desire to have greater freedom to play in various countries` domestic Twenty20 competitions, including the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Gayle and Pollard are contracted to Western Australia and South Australia respectively, while Bravo is believed to be keen to re-sign with Victoria.
"They`ve got to get approval to play in our competition. It`s Cricket Australia`s competition and we would work all those things out. I would not see a situation where a player would be putting his position with his (home) board at risk without consent," The Age quoted Brown, as saying.
"We will work through that and I will talk to the West Indies if needed. One of the things we need to understand is that players don`t come without their home-board approval."
"Regardless of what we do in cricket [matches], we are very strong allies and supporters of West Indian cricket. They have the ultimate right whether they approve their players going, so if any of those players can come it`ll float back to them," he added.
Brown further expressed hope that the WICB and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) would resolve the issues.
"We don`t get involved in their politics. I`ve heard that they`ve had some issues, but I`m sure they`ll work them out," he added.