Gayle unlikely for Tests as meeting with board fails

Zeecric Bureau

Kingston: Charismatic West Indian opener Chris Gayle’s chances of making it to the Test squad against India looks very bleak as a meeting on Wednesday between him and WICB officials failed.

Not only the Test series starting June 20, Gayle, in fact, has put his entire career in jeopardy after he declined the West Indies Cricket Board`s request to retract the comments he made during a radio interview last month against it.

It was also reported that a heated argument also took place during the meeting between Dinanath Ramnarine, West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president and chief executive officer Earnest Hilaire.

"At the end of it all, there was no decision, and the little chance of Gayle playing in the series has now evaporated," a regional cricket official said.

Gayle had arrived at the meeting along with Dinanath Ramnarine, president of the WIPA and Wavell Hinds, vice-president of WIPA. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was represented by its chief executive officer Earnest Hilaire; Tony Howard, Director Cricket, head coach Ottis Gibson and manager Richie Richardson. The meeting went for nearly four hours.

The 31-year-old left-hander was left out of the ODI squad after he raised quite a few issues during the interview, including WICB`s callous attitude towards his recovery from injury, the coaching style of West Indian coach Ottis Gibson and appointment of Darren Sammy as captain.

The ongoing tussle between WIPA and WICB turned ugly before the start of Indian Premier League as Gayle, according to sources, wanted to commit himself to West Indies cricket only if the board was willing to compensate him for the money he was being offered in the IPL

Another major issue for this rift was that the WICB did not consider Gayle for captaincy because he did not sign the retainer contract with the board, while the player felt his not signing the contract shouldn`t have affected his captaincy.

The board, however, was adamant that it is important for a player to be part of the retainer contracts to be named captain.

Gayle was not immediately available for comments while Ramnarine too left the meeting in a huff.

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