Chris Gayle remains in Windies exile

Former captain Chris Gayle was overlooked again by West Indies selectors on Thursday when the squad was announced for Saturday’s third one-day international against India.

Despite West Indies having lost the first two matches, Gayle was still missing from the 13-man list as his high-profile dispute with officials from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) goes on.

Gayle was dropped for the recent home series against Pakistan, a decision that left him free to play in the entire Indian Premier League with Bangalore.

Despite Gayle finishing the tournament as the leading run-getter, the WICB have insisted that the big-hitting batsman will not be recalled until he explains comments he gave in a radio interview in which he lambasted selectors.

“The WICB management and the West Indies team management have not yet met with Chris Gayle and as such he has not been considered for selection for the 3rd ODI. The WICB and Gayle are currently working on settling a date for the meeting,” said a WICB statement.

There are two changes to the squad that was selected for the first two ODIs.

Dwayne Bravo’s request to be rested has been granted with Jamaica’s Danza Hyatt, who played in the only Twenty20 against India, selected in his place.

Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul has also been rested for the Antigua leg of the five-match series, which comprises the third and the fourth ODIs. Kemar Roach has returned to the squad to replace Rampaul.

West Indies 13-man squad for the third one-day international against India at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Saturday:

Darren Sammy (capt), Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Danza Hyatt, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons.

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