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The president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has reignited a row with superstar batsman Chris Gayle.
Gayle made just four in his side’s World Cup win over Pakistan on Saturday, prompting WICB president Dave Cameron to retweet a negative fan comment on Twitter.
It read: “Gayle goes… Can’t buy a run. Let’s give him a retirement package…”
Cameron later deleted the post from his account and tweeted an apology.
“No offense intended. Full apologies extended. Rally round the West Indies,” the tweet said.
No offense intended. Full apologies extended. Rally round the West Indies
— President Cameron (@davec51) February 21, 2015
The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) released a statement denouncing Cameron’s actions.
“The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) is extremely disturbed by the unacceptable re-tweeting by Mr. Dave Cameron, President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), of a negative “fan” tweet which was directed at our member Mr. Christopher Gayle,” the statement said.
“That Mr. Cameron’s re-tweet came in the middle of the West Indies team’s critical ICC CWC game against Pakistan renders it even more unacceptable.
“President and CEO of WIPA, Mr Wavell Hinds says, ‘We denounce any such behaviour by any official of the WICB in any given circumstance’.
“WIPA has written to the WICB requesting a full explanation.”