WICB-Gayle impasse may end today
Explosive opener Chris Gayle could soon be back in the national side as he is expected to retract his critical remarks about the West Indies Cricket Board when he meets WICB officials today.cricket Updated: Mar 20, 2012 13:01 IST
Explosive opener Chris Gayle could soon be back in the national side as he is expected to retract his critical remarks about the West Indies Cricket Board when he meets WICB officials on Tuesday.
Gayle is meeting with the WICB officials and CARICOM on Tuesday in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
It is understood that Gayle is expected to submit either an apology or make a retraction of statements he made during a controversial radio interview last year in which he openly criticised members of the WICB and West Indies team hierarchy.
The WICB, in a subsequent response, has stated that Gayle would not be included in the side unless he either apologises or retracts the comments he made.
"A meeting has been arranged for tomorrow morning (today) between Gayle, the WICB and a few heads of government in a bid to arrive at an amicable solution that could result in Gayle returning to the team," Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) secretary, Fritz Harris was quoted as saying by Jamaica Gleaner.
"As we are all aware, there have been efforts to have the matter resolved in recent weeks, including all the workings coming out of CARICOM, etc, and I suspect that this meeting is a sort of culmination of the efforts," he added.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller had also called for the WICB to review the process that was being used to "punish" Gayle for the statements he made during the radio interview.
The 32-year-old batsman is out of the team for almost a year now. He has been a huge success in the IPL and newly launched Bangladesh Premier League.