The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has discontinued pursuing a disciplinary charge brought against West Indies opener Chris Gayle.
On January 11th this year, Gayle made public comments during a post-match interview that were critical of the selection policy of the WICB, when Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo were not selected for the West Indies team that took part in the ICC Cricket World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2015.
A charge was later laid against Gayle that he had conducted himself in a manner contrary to Rule 9 of the WICB’s Code of Conduct.
Rule 9 states that “players and team officials shall not make public or media comment which is detrimental to the interests of the game”.
The charge was referred to the Disciplinary Committee of the WICB which comprises:
-Justice Adrian Saunders (Chairman)
-Madame Justice Desiree Bernard
-Hon. Dr. Lloyd Barnett, QC, OJ
-Jeffrey Dujon; and
-Verlyn Faustin (Secretary to the Committee)
The WICB’s Code of Conduct also states that such a charge must be laid against an offender within 10 days of the alleged commission of the offence.
It came to the attention of the Disciplinary Committee, however, that Gayle had previously been the subject of a reprimand for his comments and the charge was served on him outside the required time frame.
In the circumstances, the WICB has accepted the intimation of the Disciplinary Committee that the charge should be discontinued and Gayle has accordingly been so notified.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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