Chris Gayle set for West Indies ODI return after pay dispute 'amnesty'
Last Updated: 01/08/17 6:58pm
Chris Gayle and other leading cricketers are set to return to the West Indies ODI team after agreeing a "temporary amnesty" with the board over a pay dispute.
The players have been involved in a dispute for several years with Cricket West Indies (CWI), leading to the board selecting only players who play in the same format in domestic competitions.
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Many high-profile stars have been absent from the one-day side as they chose to take part in lucrative overseas Twenty20 leagues rather than the domestic 50 over tournament.
The dispute even led to the team even abandoning a tour of India half way through their 2014 series over a payment structure row.
CWI said in a statement the agreement formed "part of a wider strategy to be more inclusive and to improve player relations aimed at re-engaging all players within our system so that they can perform at their best for the Windies teams".
The agreement could see players like Gayle, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Samuel Badree, who play in T20 leagues around the world, returning to play international one-day cricket.
West Indies have suffered during the row with their weakened 50-overs side missing out on qualification for the recent Champions Trophy.
They are ranked ninth in ODIs and could also miss out on automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
It they miss out they would have to take part in a qualification tournament to play in the competition.
"We recognise that it is highly unlikely that we will now automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup," CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said in a statement.
"So whilst the qualifying tournament has yet to be confirmed by ICC, we may only have eight ODIs against England and New Zealand in the next six months to prepare.
"It is crucial that we can have ourbest-performingg Windies players available for selection in these important games."
Gayle's last one-day international for the West Indies was at the 2015 World Cup.