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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has hit back at comments made by batsman Chris Gayle, calling the Jamaican opener 'antagonistic' and 'unrepentant'.
Gayle has called the WICB a 'sham and a mockery' following the ongoing conflict between the two parties which has led to his unavailability for international cricket.
The board responded by revealing their displeasure that Gayle had not chosen to use official channels to register his dissatisfaction with the situation.
"The WICB is disappointed by the continued unprofessionalism being displayed by Mr. Gayle in dealing with this matter," a statement read.
"It does not help that whilst matters are under discussion, Mr. Gayle, rather than expressing his views directly to the Board through one of the numerous channels open to him, chooses instead to make public his version of events and to create further antagonism.
"The WICB does not wish to engage in a public debate with Mr. Gayle or his representatives but presents the following in an effort to ensure that the public has a balanced view of the situation.
"The WICB has made every effort to resolve the issues with Mr. Gayle in an amicable manner by proposing meetings with him and his representatives."
Despite criticising Gayle's conduct, they make clear that they have not ruled out him returning once more to play for the West Indies.
"As previously communicated to Mr. Gayle, the WICB wishes to ensure that Mr. Gayle’s services remain available to West Indies cricket, but not at any cost and not on his inflexible take-it-or-leave it terms.
"There must be mutual respect and a commitment to put West Indies cricket first. The WICB has written to Gayle making it clear that it is willing to seek a compromise resolution. Gayle’s position is that he has nothing to account for and expects to be automatically re-instated to the West Indies team whenever he decides that he is available.
"Even though at a follow up meeting between Mr. Gayle and the Team Management, the Head Coach indicated what was required to assist in his return to the West Indies team, Gayle has refused and has demonstrated no inclination to compromise; instead he has been antagonistic and unrepentant in the entire process.
"The Board will continue its efforts to meet with Mr. Gayle to resolve all outstanding issues."
© Cricket World 2011
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