Windies southpaw star Chris Gayle insists his passion for representing the regional team has never faded despite a few run-ins over the years with various incarnations of Cricket West Indies (CWI).
The 39-year-old is one of the region’s most recognisable players and the T20 record runs scorer hopes to be part of the team to next year’s ICC World Cup in England.
Gayle’s appearance against Bangladesh earlier this month marked the 284th maroon cap of his career. Sailing between Gayle and CWI hasn’t always been so smooth, with the player finding himself suspended for as long as a one-year period after criticising the board and then coach Ottis Gibson.
Gayle was also omitted from the team for a prolonged period after now altered CWI regulations required players intending to represent the regional team to take part in the regional competition.
“I have always been passionate about playing for the West Indies. As a youngster, I got a chance to play for the play for the team and share the dressing room with my hero Brian Lara and legends like Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose. That was fantastic regardless of the ups and downs in my career with the board,” Gayle told Times of India.
“In every business, you will have bosses and employees who have problems. It’s just something you have to live with.”