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Gayle's IPL decision leaves WICB fuming

cricket Updated: Apr 21, 2011 01:06 IST

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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has cleared Chris Gayle to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but said it is "most disappointed" with him for keeping it in dark about his plans to play in India after making himself unavailable for the home series against Pakistan.

"The WICB was surprised to learn that Gayle had been making arrangements to play in India when it was under the impression that he was recovering from injury and was undergoing rehabilitation and about to resume training," the WICB said in a statement Wednesday.

"The WICB does not accept Gayle's reason for making himself unavailable, but as he has already clearly made his choice and has travelled to India, the WICB does not wish to stand in his way." The WICB also stated that it can understand players wanting to play in the IPL, but at the same time they must show a "commitment" to West Indies cricket.

The explosive opener got an offer from RCB to replace injured Australian fast bowler Dirk Nannes.