Hard-hitting left-hand opening batsman Chris Gayle could be a step closer to once again appearing for the West Indies after he signed an agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Gayle signed a CARICOM brokered agreement designed to end an impasse which has seen the player outside of the national set up for more than 12 months.
A statement issued by the board following its Annual General Meeting, read:
"The Board was advised that Mr. Chris Gayle has signed the CARICOM brokered agreement but with a ‘side letter’ from Mr. Gayle.
"Prime Minister, The Honourable Dr. Ralph Gonsalves provided a copy of Mr. Gayle’s ‘side letter’. The matter was discussed and the Board will respond to the Honourable Prime Minister shortly."
Gayle is currently contracted to Indian Premier League outfit the Royal Challengers Bangalore and has also signed to play Twenty20 cricket for Somerset this summer.
The IPL runs from 4th April to 27th May while Somerset's campaign in the Friends Life t20 could run from 12th June until 25th August.
Gayle last featured for the West Indies during the 2011 World Cup, subsequently publicly criticising the board and management staff.
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