Chris Gayle says he was left with no alternative but to sign with an Indian Premier League team after he was ill-treated by the West Indies Cricket Board.
The 31-year-old is at odds with the WICB over his decision to join the Bangalore Royal Challengers which will result in him missing the upcoming home series against Pakistan.
The Windies board expressed their “disappointment” in Gayle on Wednesday following his decision, but the left-hander claims he only joined the Challengers after he received no communication from the management.
“A group of players were selected for a training camp in Barbados, and I never got a call, nobody spoke to me, and I decided to leave it alone,” he told Jamaican radio station KLAS Sports. “I continued my training programme, and I came to find out via the media that a Twenty20 squad was announced, and a one-day international squad was announced, and I was stunned when I saw a big headline in the newspapers, ‘Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul dropped’.”
He added that wanted to represent the Windies, but was “forced” to make the decision.
“The only communication I have had with anyone connected with the WICB was when I sent a text message to (team physio) CJ Clark, and gave him an update about how I was doing,” he said. “I told him I was feeling good, the progress I was making; I was running, I was in the gym, and working. His only response was that he would send a fitness programme, which I did not receive until the IPL offer had presented itself.
“I wanted to get back on track as quickly as possible. I wanted to play and represent West Indies. This was my ultimate goal, since I did not have a contract, but I was forced into this decision because teams were picked, I was not informed about what was happening, and I did not know what the future would hold. The matches could be played, and other players do well, and I could still be sitting on the sidelines, so I had no other choice.
“I have served West Indies for many years, but I was disrespected a lot, and I have been playing under a lot of pressure.” Cricket365