Gayle back in WI team
J'can named in ODI squad for England series
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Beleaguered opener Chris Gayle has been recalled to the West Indies squad for the one-day tour of England, ending a protracted stand-off with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) that has lasted for more than a year.
This follows a high-level meeting in St Vincent on Sunday involving the talismanic left-hander, two regional prime ministers and officials from the WICB.
The 32-year-old Gayle and his representative Michael Hall sat down with St Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, WICB President Julian Hunte, WICB director Elson Crick and the WICB's legal officer Alanna Medford in what CMC Sports understands was a "successful meeting".
Gayle has not played for the regional side in more than a year because of a protracted squabble with the WICB, but made himself available for selection earlier last month after the impasse was resolved during an April meeting involving Spencer and Gonsalves.
Though Gayle had been cleared for selection, the meeting was called by the WICB in order to thrash out "residual issues".
A source with knowledge of the meeting said discussions were held so as to ensure that both Gayle and the WICB understood their roles going forward and knew what was expected of them.
Gayle will now join a 15-man squad which will be led by regular captain Darren Sammy and which sees a recall for Trinidadian opener Lendl Simmons following injury and Dwayne Smith for the first time in more than two years.
SQUAD: Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice-captain), Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Johnson Charles, Tino Best, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, André Russell, Darren Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul.