They are the ones who decide, I’ll have to wait
There's a lot of speculation about the meeting between the West Indies Cricket Board and me. There are all sorts of allegations doing the rounds, most of it media leaks, but the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) hasn't come out and cleared the air, writes Chris Gayle.india Updated: Jun 18, 2011 00:49 IST
There's a lot of speculation about the meeting between the West Indies Cricket Board and me. There are all sorts of allegations doing the rounds, most of it media leaks, but the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) hasn't come out and cleared the air.
It is just unfortunate some sort of agreement was not reached. When I asked why I was not selected, there were no answers.
They asked me a few questions. I told them that in my interview I had only said how my name was tarnished. At no stage did they ask me to apologise.
The team for the final ODI was already selected before the meeting. They told me I have to wait for another meeting, and had their arms wide up when I asked if they had anything to say. I don't know what will happen.
All these are diversions from what transpired, and they have put it on Dinanath Ramnarine. They can't put the blame on me. But there is nothing I can do. They are the people who have to decide. They are having a board meeting, so we will have to wait and see.
Coming back to the final match, it felt really good to be at the Sabina Park and watch a good run chase by the West Indies. It will give the team the momentum going into the Test series.
It is good to make a comeback even though the team had lost the series. Ramnaresh Sarwan laid the foundation, and although he left the field due to cramp, he had set the tone. Darren Bravo played a very good innings and then Marlon Samuels and Kieron Pollard finished it.
It was special when Marlon ran up to greet me in the stands. I had lost my voice cheering for them, and they responded in the middle. Marlon was playing back at home in an international game after a long time and it was thrilling to see him finish it off.
We go back a long way. Although people may look at it differently because of me, there is nothing to speculate. People shake hands in many other sports.
In tennis, players run up and shake hands whosoever the other person is. In football, players run to a particular stand and celebrate when they score a goal.
I have done it in cricket. Marlon went back on the field and shook everyone's hand. It should never be made a big deal.
I also had some fun with my Bangalore Royal Challengers teammate Virat Kohli when he was fielding near the
In our IPL team we call each other kaka. He calls me kaka as well and so I was shouting to him and he took it with a smile.