Chris Gayle has outlined his desire to play for West Indies at the next World Cup as a long-running pay saga between the Cricket West Indies (CWI) and its leading players appeared to show signs of a conclusion.
Chris Gayle featured in Windies' win over India in the one-off T20I at Sabina Park on last Sunday. "Just from the little I have experienced since coming back, there is still more discussions to be done", Gayle, who was speaking at an event promoting IONA - a virtual reality gaming start-up in Bengaluru, said.
Gayle last week played his first match for the Windies since their thrilling World T20 final triumph over England in April previous year. From a personal point of view, I'll have to be monitored as well, playing for the West Indies. The players, too, got one of the best all-round team as well.
"In early November 2016, I gave an interview to SportsMax TV during which I discussed player retainer contracts and the grades of contract that had been awarded to certain players".
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West Indies, now ranked ninth in ODIs, is in danger of missing out on direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup (only the top eight teams qualify directly, with the next four to go into a qualifier tournament in 2018).
"With our experience, we [seniors] will try and share as much as we can before we go", Gayle said.
Besides, when asked about tying up with any other commercial ventures, he said, "Definitely, there are a few projects under the table which are actually under discussion as we speak".
"It is for them [the cricket board] to make the announcement and make it formal so that we know what is what". "We will wait and see what happens". He added "As cricketers, you want to do good things for other sports as well, especially when you are associated with big brands". Once we are guided with the rules (of being selected in Windies teams), if it is going to change fully, we'll know how to take things further. He's very young and very hungry, he's one for the future. "We will try and push hard and everyone can work collectively to make sure we're part of the World Cup". At present, CWI only select players for their global sides if they feature in corresponding domestic competitions, a policy that leads to many high-profile absentees who instead prefer to ply their trade in overseas Twenty20 leagues.