West Indies brings back Gayle, Bravo, and Samuels to ODI

 . Last updated on August 22, 2017, 2:58 PM
West Indies brings back Gayle, Bravo, and Samuels to ODI
Chris Gayle, who did not play an ODI for West Indies since March 2015, is back to business.


The West Indies Cricket board had an almost absurd regulation that somehow barred the top cricketers to represent the country in ODI. There was a long hiatus of several top players in coordination with the board, leaving them out of the format. However, in a recent shuffle in the approach of the board, these cricketers are now included in the next ODI campaign of the team. It means, the long-standing impasse is broken. Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo are back to the ODI team of West Indies. The squad will tour England shortly for an ODI series. Apart from systematic lacuna in the selection criteria, some players were out due to other reasons.

For instance, the suspension of Darren Bravo followed a shuffle in social media website, Twitter, with Dave Cameron, the president of WICB. Gayle was not in the team for he did not match the selection criteria of the board. WICB had the rule of inclusion of a player in international team only if he or she is available in a corresponding domestic tournament. This was a hurdle for top players who are more into international cricket. Franchisee Cricket like IPL and BBL has been a destination for top players like Gayle and it was difficult for them to invest time in domestic tournaments, which of course, had a much lesser pay compared to franchisee cricket.

Realizing implications of the changing scenario of international cricket, WICB made the provision to change the rule of compulsory involvement in domestic cricket to quality for international matches. This made Gayle and Samuels eligible to play ODIs for West Indies. Gayle has been absent from the format since March 2015 and Samuels did not play an ODI since October 2016. Both players were in contract with franchisee T20 cricket that made them absent from domestic tournaments.

Meanwhile, Darren Bravo’s case had a different solution. Both Dave Cameroon and the cricketer apologized for their behaviors and harsh words to each other. The player and the president issued statements of apology that ended the informal trolling hobble formally.

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