Chris Gayle has reaffirmed his desire to play for the West Indies, claiming he was 'forced' to make himself ineligible for the series with Pakistan in order to play in the Indian Premier League.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had earlier issued a statement expressing their disappointment that Gayle had travelled to India and ruled himself out of the forthcoming international matches.
Gayle first put his side of the story across in an interview on Jamaican radio before a statement from the West Indies Players Association quoted him as saying:
"I want to play cricket for West Indies. I am a West Indian first and it has been a privilege to play for my country and the West Indies.
"The only reason I asked to be made ineligible from the Pakistan tour was to try and continue playing cricket for a living. I was dropped from the West Indies Team with no communication whatsoever with no hope of being able to play cricket again for West Indies.
"I found out I was dropped from the team through the media and was then told by the WICB that the only way they would release me to go and play cricket in the IPL was to make myself ineligible for the Pakistan tour. I was forced into that position."
Gayle made an instant impactat the IPL when he scored a 102 not out in 55 balls to help the Royal Challengers Bangalore beat his former team the Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets.
The West Indies take on Pakistan in the first of five One-Day Internationals in Saint Lucia on 23rd April.
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