West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has backed the Australian cricketers, who are fighting a war with the national cricket board, Cricket Australia, over the pay issues.
Backing the Aussie players, he was quoted saying on Cricketnext, “To be very honest I have not been following or have not spoken to anyone about it. But yes, I am aware of their situation. It is something that I have been involved with myself before (West Indies even cut short a tour of India in October 2014). I am standing with the players and hope they stand firm and get what they deserve.”
Gayle had not played a single international cricket match for West Indies since the team’s triumph in the ICC World T20 2016 final in Kolkata due to the long struggle with the West Indies Cricket Board. However, he received a call-up for the only T20I against India recently. Things are now falling in place between him, the players and the board. Gayle is eager to play more for the national team now.
He said, “It is obviously great to be back in national colours. Obviously, I hope to get back into the squad. Our main aim will be to put up a great show and collectively win the 2019 World Cup. Yes, I do look to play as long as possible and till the time my body permits.”
Want to play IPL for longer time
The Universe Boss also spoke on his IPL career and said that he wants to play the league for a long time. On being asked whether he is expected to be picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore, he said, “I have had no such conversations yet, neither do I have any idea what the outcome will be — of the mega auction. We’ve to see what the rules are first. Definitely, the plan would be to associate with the IPL for longer time.”