Gayle and the WICB have been at loggerheads for a good part of this year. He hasn’t played for West Indies since the end of the 2011 World Cup. He participated in the IPL that followed the World Cup, after being left out of a training camp ahead of the home series against Pakistan. In a hard-hitting interview with KLAS Sports, he had questioned his treatment by members of the board, including chief executive Ernest Hilaire, and the coach Ottis Gibson, after he had picked up an injury during the World Cup.
He was subsequently involved in negotiations with the board but the dispute is yet to be resolved. As a result, he was also left out of the West Indies squad for the tour of Bangladesh.
It is still unclear as to whether Gayle will lead the Jamaica side. The appointment of a captain, reportedly, needs to be ratified by the WICB. Jamaica will not have the services of batsman Marlon Samuels and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh, who will be away on national duty.
“This is a balanced team when you look at it. We took into consideration the venue in Guyana and the state of the pitches,” Junior Bennett, the Jamaica coach, was quoted as saying in the Jamaica Observer.
All-rounder Andre Russell and Danza Hyatt are expected to join the Jamaica squad after finishing the limited-overs leg of the Bangladesh tour.
The tournament will begin in Guyana on October 19.
Jamaica squad: Chris Gayle, Shawn Findlay, Tamar Lambert, Chadwick Walton, Nikita Miller, Yannick Elliott, Odean Brown, Andrew Richardson, Jerome Taylor, Krishmar Santokie, Xavier Marshall, Simon Jackson, Jermaine Blackwood, Kenar Lewis.