Board thought Gayle was ‘unfit’

West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief Ernest Hilaire has said that former captain Chris Gayle was dropped from the squad as the board was under the impression that the explosive opener was not fully fit to feature in the first two One-day Internationals (ODI) against Pakistan.

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Published: Thu 28 Apr 2011, 12:54 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 6:28 PM

Hilaire’s clarification comes after Gayle said the board did not tell him beforehand that he will not be picked for the initial matches. Subsequently, Gayle opted to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

“We told Chris (Gayle) repeatedly that as far as we are concerned you are injured, you are doing a rehabilitative programme, and that when you’re finished we want you tested and if you are available we’ll pick you to play for West Indies,” Hilaire said.

“We said that If you don’t want to play we have no difficulty in giving you the NOC once you say you are not available for selection, and he said he was not available for selection and we gave him the NOC to play in the IPL,” he said. Hilaire, reacting to the statement made by Gayle on not being picked, said WICB “tried really hard” to communicate with the seasoned player.

“We can dispel all that Chris (Gayle) said by releasing the letters and emails. But we should not do that. You communicate with a player, you ask for his opinions, you ask for him to account on certain statements he made, you ask him what’s his position on certain things and you expect to be treated with a certain degree of confidence.

“You expect when the coach pulls a player aside and speaks to him there is a certain level of respect for that conversation. And against that background I am not going to try to prove Chris Gayle wrong. What’s more important is to state that we are very disappointed in the way in which Chris has decided to respond. I think he is being ill-advised. We have worked exceedingly hard to reach out to Chris — numerous attempts — letters, phone calls, emails. He is being advised and he will act in the way in which he sees best.

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