Jamaican Not Ruling Out Late WI Call
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Estranged West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has not ruled out making himself available for the third Test of West Indies' ill-fated tour of England, but says a meeting with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Sunday will take priority.
The former Windies captain will sit down with WICB officials, Antigua's Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and St Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves in St Vincent to discuss "residual matters" relating to the solution that was brokered last month, which paved the way for the player's return to the team.
At the same time, speculation has been rife that Gayle could fly out to join the struggling side that has lost both Tests of the series and is currently in disarray, especially with a novice top order.
"I don't know if I'll eventually get that call (from the selectors), but I have to meet with the board first on the third (of June) and the Test match starts on the seventh, so I don't how that would work," Gayle said on the SportsMax Zone on Tuesday.
"We would have to meet and then (I would have to) jump on a plane. I don't know how beneficial that would be for the team to actually be arriving a day before the Test match."
While the agenda of Sunday's meeting has not been disclosed, among the "residual matters" is expected to be Gayle's role in a multimillion-dollar West Indies Players Association (WIPA) lawsuit against the WICB, relating to the issuing of No Objection Certificates.
In correspondence to Gayle last month, the WICB raised concerns about the lawsuit and Gayle's continued participation in the litigation process, especially since he was making himself available for selection.
At the time, Gayle said he could not "possibly contemplate withdrawing unilaterally from proceedings", contending that such a move would affect all West Indies players.
"It's nothing really to do with the cricket, to be honest with you," Gayle said of the meeting. It's other issues to actually deal with at this particular time, which the board needs to iron out. We'll see how best we can work that out and see what comes out of it. "Hopefully, (I) can be clear and have (my) mind free of all these ongoing issues and play some cricket and have fun."