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Star players could return to the West Indies cricket team

AVAILABLE: Dwayne Bravo

THE LONGSTANDING impasse between West Indies players and senior management would appear to be easing.

Respected cricket website espncricinfo.com reports that some of the biggest names in Caribbean cricket could be about to return to the West Indies team after significant progress was made in negotiations between players and the board.

Not only has a resolution been agreed to the Darren Bravo scenario, but the likes of Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle are also available for selection for the one day side after an amnesty was proposed by WIPA, the players’ union. That means they could be available for the limited-overs section of the tour to England that starts in a few weeks.

Gayle, who recently marked his international return after 15 months during the one-off Twenty20 international against India in Kingston said that “things have been steadily improving” and playing the 2019 World Cup, for which West Indies may have to qualify, is still a burning desire.

“The fans were happy to see me back on the field representing West Indies. Hopefully, things can get better. Hopefully I can play a few more games. I definitely want to play the 2019 World Cup,” Gayle said.

“Things are beginning to open-up a little more now between players and the board. It’s looking good, and we’ve to try and build from this to get the best players out on the field.”

espncricinfo.com adds that both Jimmy Adams, director of cricket and Johnny Grave, CWI CEO, have previously intimated their desire to change the policy, with Adams labelling it “unsustainable”.

This article appears on www.espncricinfo.com

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