Chris Gayle and the West Indies Cricket Board have finally reached an understanding that paves the way for the former West Indies captain to return to the national team for the second half of the upcoming tour of England.
However, the deal’s success will be tested by an ongoing lawsuit – to which Gayle is a party – between the West Indies Players’ Association and the board. Gayle hasn’t played for West Indies since the 2011 World Cup a year ago.
The agreement between Gayle and the WICB was brokered by CARICOM and had the involvement of St Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves.
The 32-year-old Jamaican is in India and said he is unavailable for West Indies duty for the entire duration of the Indian Premier League, which ends on 27 May. West Indies are due to tour England for a full series between 5 May and 24 June and Gayle’s participation in the IPL means he will miss the Test series.
However, he is prepared to forego his contract with Somerset and play for West Indies in the one-day and Twenty20 games on that tour. He also said he was available for the World Twenty20 this year and that he is not seeking to “cherry pick” the series he plays in.