The prolonged row between Chris Gayle and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) showed some signs of easing up after the board sought a meeting that could end the explosive batsman's exclusion from the squad.
The board CEO Ernest Hilaire wrote to the former skipper in a reconciliatory tone, saying that the WICB valued Gayle's contribution to the team and was willing to sit down with him to sort out the issue, a WICB official told HT.
Gayle has been out of the team since the World Cup. The board has been demanding explanation from him for his critical comments made in a radio interview in April.
However, a meeting held in Kingston on June 14 ended in acrimony and the WICB has accused the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine of threatening to hit Hilaire with a chair.
In an indication that the issue was complicated, the WICB's corporate secretary Stephen Camacho has written to the WIPA secretary Andrew Richardson asking for Ramnarine to be left out of future meetings between the two parties unless he apologised for his behaviour.
Although the WIPA has rejected the suggestion, there is recognition of the experience Gayle can bring to the West Indies line-up and that could be the single factor that could bring about an end to this saga.
Gayle is demanding 250,000 dollars (Rs 1.1 crore) to play in the six-week KFC Twenty20 Big Bash tournament this season, after receiving 100,000 (Rs 45 lakh) dollars from Western Australia last season.
Gayle increased his price after Muttiah Muralitharan said he was seeking 150,000 dollars (Rs 68 crore) from one of the new Melbourne franchises.