Gayle is skipper again

Chris Gayle has been reappointed West Indies captain for the upcoming tour of Australia.

The West Indies Cricket Board sat down in Barbados on Saturday to approve the selectors’ recommendation of Gayle’s return.

Gayle, 30, has not played international cricket since the home series against India in July due to the ugly contractual dispute between WICB the players’ union.

In his absence, the selectors fielded depleted teams, led by Floyd Reifer, against Bangladesh and in the Champions Trophy. The name of Daren Ganga, who captained Trinidad & Tobago to the final of the inaugural Champions League, has been closely linked in the ever-changing story of the captaincy.

Gayle has led the side since 2007 but said in May that he wasn’t intending to remain in the job in the long term and would also consider giving up Test cricket in the near future.

His comments frustrated the WICB’s new chief executive Ernest Hilaire, who said in September that Gayle’s future as the captain was not guaranteed, but after several months off due to the player strike Gayle is simply keen to return to any form of cricket.

John Dyson, the recently deposed West Indies coach, revealed selectors had previously balked at moves to restore Ganga to the captaincy over concerns that his batting was not up to the rigours of international cricket. Ganga scored three centuries in 48 Tests between 1998 and 2008, averaging just 25.71.