Gayle to meet WICB officials

Chris Gayle’s meeting with WICB could clear his way to play in the Test series against India Getty Images

By Ashish Shukla

Jamaica: Jun 15, 2011

Chris Gayle’s chances of making it to the West Indies squad for the Test series against India brightened on Tuesday with the dashing opener all set to meet his Cricket Board to clear the air over his controversial radio interview last month.

Gayle’s meeting with WICB officials, West Indies team management and the coaching staff could pave way for his selection in the Test series against India starting at Sabina Park here on June 20.

The 31-year-old left-hander was left out of the ODI squad after he raised quite a few issues during the interview, including WICB’s callous attitude towards his recovery from injury, the coaching style of West Indian coach Ottis Gibson and appointment of Darren Sammy as captain.

The WICB subsequently released a number of documents on their website which contradicted Gayle’s claims, following it up with a decision to bar the batsman from representing the regional team until he cleared up the issue with the Board.

West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine said he looked forward to the meeting.

WICB president Dr Julian Hunte and chief executive officer Ernest Hilaire have reached Jamaica for the meeting.

The Indian cricket team and the members of the home side also arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday via a chartered flight for the fifth and final ODI at Sabina Park on Thursday.