Bravo, Gayle agree to accept WICB retainer contracts
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — West Indies players Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle have decided to accept retainer contracts with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after years of refusing.
The move by Gayle and Bravo represents a turnaround from their decision not to accept retainer contracts in 2010, while a third player who did not sign that same year, Kieron Pollard, is still not on the list of players retained.
Gayle, West Indies captain at the time, refused to sign in 2010 when Ernest Hilaire was WICB's CEO and was replaced by Darren Sammy later that year.
The new WICB CEO Michael Muirhead says Gayle and Bravo's willingness to enter into contracts with the WICB at this time speaks for itself.
"I would like to believe it was a recommitment to West Indies cricket from both of them (Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle). They were advised that they were being awarded contracts and they accepted," said new WICB CEO Michael Muirhead in an interview with the Express.
"So it augurs well for West Indies cricket and we really did not have to go into negotiations or anything, so it means that they are recommitted to West Indies cricket and the fact they are presenting themselves, making themselves available at the expense of the other leagues speaks for itself, so I am happy about that."
Off-spinner Sunil Narine, who had once opted out of a contract, is now on the list, which also includes prolific Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
List of men's players on Central Retainer Contracts 2013-2014 (with category): Dwayne Bravo (A), Shiv Chanderpaul (A), Chris Gayle (A), Sunil Narine (A), Darren Sammy (A), Marlon Samuels (A), Kemar Roach (B), Tino Best (C), Darren Bravo (C), Johnson Charles (C), Kirk Edwards (C), Kieran Powell (C), Denesh Ramdin (C), Ravi Rampaul (C), Shane Shillingford (C).
List of women's players on Central Retainer Contracts 2013-2014 (with category): Shanel Daley (A), Anisa Mohammed (A), Deandra Dottin (A), Stafanie Taylor (A), Merissa Aguilleira (B), Shemaine Campbell (B), Subrina Munroe (B), Shaquana Quintyne (B), Shakera Selman (B), Tremayne Smartt (B).