Getting better with WICB, says Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard available for selection as WICB ends impasse with players

Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard available for selection as WICB ends impasse with players

Would he and other similarly-placed players be available for September's England tour, Gayle was asked.

Gayle, who recently returned in Windies colours after 15 months during the one-off T20I worldwide against India, said he is hopeful of representing Windies in future and wants to play the 2019 World Cup.

Test cricket has enough problems without being able to get the best players on the park.

"I'm still active, playing cricket around the world, a couple more years still left to play". Gayle believe the newcomers are the future and the need for the hour is collective effort aimed first at qualifying for the 2019 World Cup. "Things are beginning to open up a little more now between players and the board". The players too, they've got one of the best all-round teams as well.

"I look forward to continuing to play a positive role in both the West Indies' senior men's team and regional cricket, as well as helping to grow and develop cricket in the region at all levels".

The board may also relax its stance on compelling players to represent their regional sides in order to be selected for the West Indies, which has effectively forced some of the Caribbean's leading lights to choose between the lure of domestic T20 tournaments and playing global cricket.

As per ESPNCricinfo, new central contracts will be announced in October and that is when the relaxation will be formal.

But, with the amnesty that Cricket West Indies and the WIPA have agreed on, some of the biggest names in Caribbean cricket could be back when the West Indies take on England in a few weeks.

"On the 11th day of November 2016, after viewing statements made about me by Mr. Dave Cameron, President of the Cricket West Indies, on a television sports programme, I tweeted a response which referred to the President which was, inretrospect, inappropriate". But Bravo instead pursued legal action against the board, claiming lost earnings.

A similar resolution is expected imminently in the case of Nicholas Pooran.

The long-standing issue occurred after star players rejected cricket board's central contract. He played for a WICB President's XI that took on Afghanistan in a T20 tour match on May 30 in St Kitts and also retained his place with Barbados Tridents in the 2017 CPL for $70,000, which places him in the top 10 highest paid West Indians in the tournament.

West Indies have lost their last six Test series and have not won a series since beating Bangladesh in 2014.

The top eight teams qualify directly, whereas the bottom four teams will compete in the World Cup qualifiers next year against the top six Associate and Affiliate teams.

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