Everything rectified with WICB, insists Chris Gayle.posted under: West Indies | All news
|Chris Gayle, the former exiled West Indies cricketer, is back and has insisted that all the issues between him and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have been resolved.
“Everything has been rectified,” he was quoted saying.
“The main objective is to contribute to West Indies cricket and uplift it. I'm available for all formats of the game. Hopefully I can get some runs in whites and in colored clothes.”
Gayle’s relationship with the WICB broke down after the ICC World Cup last year. After a heated row, he was banned from playing cricket for his nation. His success in domestic leagues across the planet, especially in the IPL, was hard not to notice. After prolonged talks with the WICB over the past few months, Gayle eventually pulled out of a contract with Somerset to show his commitment to the West Indies, and he was officially part of the country’s international team again. He has been selected as one of the eleven that will face hosts England in a 3-ODI series.
On his comeback match against Middlesex, Gayle confessed that he was “a bit nervous” at the start. He was quoted saying: “It is good to be back in my No. 45 jersey I represented West Indies in once. I started out a bit nervous, I am human, but things came along well after that. Unfortunately I got out. I am looking forward to the first ODI and should be in a better state of mind.”
He scored 34 off 30 balls in the match, which the Windies won comprehensively.
“Once you get settled in everything will come back to normal. You get that feel again in any environment which you have been out of for a year. Once you get back that feeling, once you get back into your comfort zone, things will be much easier.
“I want to contribute more. Hopefully get a few more centuries for West Indies. The most important thing is to try and get a couple of series wins. Because the pressure has been there. Even when I wasn't playing, the pressure has still been there outside. I am still a part of it whichever way you look at it,” he added.
The first thing on Gayle’s mind now will be to fit into the squad as soon as possible. He has also declared himself available for all formats of the game, expressing desire to make a name for himself wearing white as well.
His return may have boosted the confidence and morale of the Windies for now, but their true potential will be seen at this year’s World T20 in Sri Lanka. The first ODI against England will be played on Saturday, the 16th.