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Gayle says he is fully committed to play for WI

Published:Friday | September 4, 2009 | 8:25 AM

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle said he is still committed to playing for the regional squad.

However, Gayle said the ongoing contracts dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) will have to settle before top-tier players could return to action.

Skipper Gayle along with other top players made themselves unavailable for the Bangladesh series because of the contracts dispute.

The selectors then turned to players with little or no international experience for the recent two Test and three One-Day Internationals against Bangladesh.

It resulted in a whitewash for West Indies in both series, giving Bangladesh their first-ever overseas series win.

The top-tier players were also overlooked for the Champions Trophy scheduled for South Africa later this month.

Mediation efforts, brokers by Guyana’s president Bharrat Jagdeo and headed by former commonwealth secretary general Sir Shridath Ramphal, broke down this week after WIPA and WICB failed to come to any agreement.

Gayle is currently in the Cayman Islands as part of the Digicel Cricket Clinics.