Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Getting better with WICB, says Chris Gayle

Getting better with WICB, says Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle has outlined his desire to play for West Indies at the next World Cup as a long-running pay saga between the Cricket West Indies (CWI) and its leading players appeared to show signs of a conclusion. The 37-year-old stated here that discussions with the WICB were on, suggesting that a way may soon be paved for his recall to the ODI side.

Gayle, T20 cricket's all-time leading run-scorer, has previously insisted he hasn't retired from any format of global cricket, though he hasn't played a one-day worldwide since the 2015 World Cup, while his last Test was in 2014.

"It was good to be back", he said. "I am looking forward to that", Gayle said. From a personal point of view, I'll have to be monitored as well, playing for the West Indies.

However, the CWI said that the period of the player's suspension had since elapsed and both parties had opted to "settle this matter amicably" in the best interest of West Indies cricket.

"Darren is a senior cricketer who has been a valuable part of the Windies set up for a long time, and I would hope to see his game continue to progress and mature, at both regional and worldwide level", Cameron had said.

Only the top-eight ranked ODI teams will automatically qualify for the World Cup, with the bottom four sides to play off in a 10-team ICC event alongside associate nations next year. We don't want to miss out like what happened at the Champions Trophy.

Fans could see Chris Gayle wearing the maroon jersey back in the 50-over format as early as September during the Windies' tour of England. "It's for them to make the announcement, and make it formal so that we know what is what", explained Gayle. So, it is better for us to wait and watch and see what happens.

“As cricketers, you want to do good things for other sports as well, especially when you are associated with big brands.

"With our experience, we (seniors) will try and share as much as we can before we go", Gayle continued. "He's a small player but a powerful player. He will be going to be unsafe if he is consistent", Gayle said after announcing his investment venture in IONA Entertainment. "We will try and push hard and everyone can work collectively to make sure we're part of the World Cup". Brilliant innings just the other day to put us into that winning position by batting right through the end was fantastic.

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