It’s easy to characterise Chris Gayle as a man who’d rather play Twenty20 for money than international cricket for less money. However, recent jumping has taken him through a number of hoops in order that he is now, once again, able to play for the West Indies.
Essentially, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) made him get down on bended knee and kiss their boots using the right technique.
The WICB chief executive, Ernest Hilaire, basically said that Gayle had to make himself fully available by cancelling all his current commitments and if he did, then he would be considered for selection. It was like saying ‘jack in your day job and we might give you a few hours of freelance work – no promises though’.
Gayle did jack in the day job, however – meeting the WICB’s rather unnecessary demands – and is now facing possible legal action from Somerset, with whom he had signed a contract. Hopefully, they’ll chill out and spend the money they’ll save on Ajmal Shahzad instead, because they’re short of bowlers.
The good news is that we should get to see Chris Gayle in international cricket this summer. Lancashire’s Oliver Newby isn’t the only person who’s ‘partial to a bit of Chris Gayle spanking‘. He’s a great cricketer and this is a great story, by the way.