x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

The Gayle blows over

The West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has withdrawn his resignation as captain of the national team following extensive meetings with the West Indies Cricket Board

JAMAICA // The West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has withdrawn his resignation as captain of the national team following extensive meetings with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in Antigua this week. Two weeks ago, Gayle resigned the post he held since last August after being reportedly unhappy with the WICB's selection policy and has criticised the body. However, sources said the issues between Gayle and the board had now been resolved following "positive" discussions and the player will make himself available for the captaincy for upcoming West Indies engagements.

The West Indies will play in a tri-series involving Bermuda and Canada later this month, as well as the ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan in September. The WICB president Julian Hunte reportedly led the charge of those requesting Gayle's return and had made representation on behalf of several senior players who were also clamouring for him to come back. * Agencies