The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after a recent meeting of the Board of Directors has said that it would seek to resolve the differences with Chris Gayle and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) but would not interact with WIPA chief Dinanath Ramnarine, unless he changed his approach and behaviour.
The Board said here on Sunday, "The WICB will continue to treat WIPA, the representative body of the players, with the highest degree of respect and as a principal partner in West Indies cricket and will continue to engage WIPA on matters pertaining to West Indian players." It added, "However, given Mr. Ramnarine’s threatening action towards the WICB Chief Executive Officer and the unprofessional conduct of Mr. Ramnarine during a recent meeting on June 14, 2011, the Board will no longer engage with Mr. Ramnarine on any issue unless there is a change in his behaviour and conduct.
The WICB further said, "It is the Board’s stated view that Mr. Ramnarine has not demonstrated any willingness to constructively dialogue with the WICB in the best interest of West Indies cricket. The Board has directed the management to communicate with WIPA to this effect."
The Board added, "The WICB Management reported to the Board that the attempts to discuss and resolve issues with Mr. Gayle (as it pertains to his behaviour over the past months) ended inconclusively. The WICB
Management will continue efforts to resolve the issues with Mr.Gayle."
On senior batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the WICB said. "The WICB Management met with Mr. Chanderpaul on Saturday, June 18, in what was a fruitful and productive meeting regarding his future involvement in West Indies cricket."
Dwelling on left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, the Board revealed, "The WICB Management will continue to engage Mr Benn in an attempt to resolve issues relating to his discipline and behaviour."
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Cricket Association will host a naming ceremony during the lunch break on the first day of the First Digicel Test between India and the West Indies. The two ends of Sabina Park and the
Players Pavilion will be named after three of Jamaica’s premier cricketers - Courtney Walsh, Michael Holding and Lawrence Rowe.