Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Chris Gayle of West Indians in the back

Previous captain Chris Gayle has been named in the West Indies ODI squad, scheduled to play England later this month after a long absence of 14 months.

Gayle, whose row with the West Indies Cricket Board resulted in him being barred for close to a year, was built-in in a 15-man squad announced on Monday for the 3-match series that begins on June 16.

Gayle, who has been one of the most winning batsmen for the West Indies, played his last match for them in the World Cup quarterfinal in March 2011.

He was critical of the WICB in a radio meeting after the World Cup, following his removal from the subsequent ODI series at home against Pakistan, The Sydney Morning Herald information.

Those comments, some of them unkind to coach Otis Gibson, led to his long spell out of the team, and Gayle instead played well-paying Twenty20 tournament in India, Zimbabwe, Australia and Bangladesh.

In March, a meeting between Gayle and the WICB facilitate by CARI COM ministers, cleared the way for his return.

Last Sunday, the few residual matters in the long-running stalemate were sorted out to clear the way for his return.

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