West Indies Cricket Board chief Ernest Hilaire insists that the board made every effort to reach out to Chris Gayle before leaving him out of the West Indies squad for the first two one-dayers against Pakistan.
Hilaire’s response came after Gayle had blasted the board for not communicating with him before making their decision.
Gayle is currently playing in the Indian Premier League, where he started off his 2011 campaign with a sparkling ton for Royal Challengers Bangalore, while West Indies lost their first two games in the five-match series against Pakistan.
“We can dispel all that Chris Gayle said by releasing the letters and emails,” Hilaire said. “But we won’t do that.
You communicate with a player, you ask for his opinions, you ask for him to account on certain statements he made, you ask him what’s his position on certain things and you expect to be treated with a certain degree of confidence.”
Gayle, 31, although skipper until recently, has a long history of disputes with the board who are not totally blameless in the way they treat the players.
Jamaican Gayle felt merely compelled to stick up not just for his rights but for the players’ well being.