Chris Gayle, the West Indies
captain, has turned down a central contract with the West Indies Cricket Board
and became the third prominent West Indies player to opt out of a central
contract after all-rounders Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo did the same last
The contracts on offer had required
players to make themselves available for the West Indies team at all times,
something that the three players – all of whom have forged prominent careers in
domestic Twenty20 competitions including the IPL – were reluctant to do.
The board subsequently confirmed
that Gayle, Pollard and Bravo will be available for selection in the West
Indies team if they meet the board’s criteria which makes it mandatory for
players to participate in regional tournaments. It also confirmed that
possession of a retainer contract is not a pre-requisite for selection to the
West Indies team.