Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine could make West Indies return in NZ

Chris Gayle's made a name as a Twenty20 mercenary while the contract dispute has raged.
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Chris Gayle's made a name as a Twenty20 mercenary while the contract dispute has raged.

The West Indies cricket board has reached an agreement with the players' union for a "temporary amnesty".

The move paves the way for Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and other leading cricketers to return to the national one-day international side to play against the Black Caps on their November tour of NZ.

Players have been embroiled in contractual disputes with Cricket West Indies for several years, with the team even abandoning a tour of India midway through their 2014 series over a payment structure row.

Kiwi fans could get to see Chris Gayle in NZ if he decides to return to the West Indies' ODI side.
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Kiwi fans could get to see Chris Gayle in NZ if he decides to return to the West Indies' ODI side.

CWI currently only selects players for the international sides if they feature in the same format in domestic competitions.

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This policy has led to many high-profile players being absent from the ODI side as they skipped the domestic 50-over tournament in order to take part in lucrative overseas Twenty20 leagues.

CWI said in a statement the agreement formed "part of a wider strategy to be more inclusive and to improve player relations aimed at re-engaging all players within our system so that they can perform at their best for the Windies teams."

The agreement could see players like Gayle, Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Samuel Badree, who feature regularly in T20 leagues across the world, returning to the West Indies 50-overs side.

West Indies have had little success outside the shortest format and their weakened 50-overs side missed out on qualification for the recent Champions Trophy, played among the top eight teams in world cricket.

They are ranked ninth in ODIs and could also miss out on automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

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The top eight sides in the rankings at the September 30 cutoff, including hosts England, earn automatic berths, with the rest required to go through a qualification tournament to make up the 10-team event.

"We recognise that it is highly unlikely that we will now automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup," CWI Chief Executive Johnny Grave said in a statement.

"So whilst the qualifying tournament has yet to be confirmed by ICC, we may only have eight ODIs against England and New Zealand in the next six months to prepare.

"It is crucial that we can have our best performing Windies players available for selection in these important games."

 - AAP

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