The West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is to meet officials from the West Indies Cricket Board and CARICOM in St Vincent on Monday to talk about his future with the West Indies team. The Jamaica Gleaner has report that Gayle is likely to either present an apology or retract his comments made next to the board and the coach Otis Gibson in a radio meeting.
A meeting has been set for tomorrow morning (today) between Chris Gayle, the WICB and a few heads of government in a bid to arrive at a friendly solution that could result in Gayle returning to the team, Fritz Harris, the Jamaica Cricket Association secretary, was quoted as say in the paper.
As we are all aware, there have been hard work to have the matter resolved in recent weeks, include all the workings coming out of CARICOM etc, and I guess that this meeting is a sort of culmination of the efforts.
October last year, the WICB had said that Gayle could return to the West Indies team if he retracts his critical statement about the board. Gayle had at first said the board was playing mind games with him by not specify exactly what he needed to apology for. That meant the before now ancient impasse between Gayle and the board nonstop, with even the Jamaican prime minister becoming complicated by coming out in support of Gayle.
February this year(2012), the WICB chief executive Ernest Hillarie said he required Gayle to make his priority clear, saying that Gayle could not ask for unrestricted no-objection certificate to play domestic Twenty20 tournament around the world and all together make him available for West Indies selection Board.
Gayle last played for West Indies in the 2011 World Cup, and has as taken part in Twenty20 league around the world, include the IPL, the Big Bash League in Australia and the BPL in Bangladesh. He has twisted out for Jamaica in the domestic one-day and four-day competitions. He was left out of the WICB's 30-man squad for a fitness and training camp in advance of the home series against Australia. Though, he was spotted in the stand during the second one-dayer against Australia on Sunday, in St Vincent.