Crisis over IPL resolved: Chris GayleMarch 27th, 2009 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 27 (IANS) West Indies captain Chris Gayle says the issue of playing in Indian Premier League (IPL) has been resolved.
West Indies’ tour of England in May was in danger after it emerged that five senior players had threatened to withdraw from the series to play in the IPL.
Gayle and Chanderpaul, along with Dwayne Bravo, Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor, are understood to be angered that the tour of England, which coincides with the IPL, was organised last October without their consultation.
For three days officials of the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players’ Association were engaged in talks about pay, contracts and playing responsibilities.
“There has been speculation but the games will go on,” Gayle was quoted as saying in
“If the games weren’t going on I’d be at home now cocking up my legs, but I’m here to play cricket.”
Gayle insisted that all was well between the players and their employers, although the players have not been paid in full for the recent tour of New Zealand or for the present series of Tests and one-day internationals against England.
Asked if there might be potential for direct action by players some time, he said: “I am very happy the way we stick together. Unity is strength as well. I’m not saying it won’t happen, some players might go their separate ways, but for now it’s looking good.”
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