The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said it would hold further discussions with explosive batsman Chris Gayle in a bid to resolve the standoff between the player and the board.
A meeting convened last week to sort out the issue, after the WICB had sought Gayle to explain his critical comments in a radio interview in April, ended in confusion after the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine and the board CEO Ernest Hilaire clashed.
The WICB's Board of Directors met on Friday to discuss a report on that failed meeting held on June 14.
A board statement said it has decided to end contacts with Ramnarine until he changed his behaviour but would continue to deal with the players' body, a move that would be seen as an effort to isolate the former player.
"The WICB management will continue efforts to resolve the issues with Mr. Gayle," it said in a statement.
The board had sought an explanation from the Jamaican batsman for his criticism of the board and coach Ottis Gibson in that interview, which it sees as a breach of discipline. Gayle insists they were his personal views.