West Indies cricket superstar Chris Gayle has hinted at the possibility of a return to Test cricket. The destructive opener who last played five-day cricket in 2014 has been absent from the Test circuit due to a variety of reasons ranging from form to issues with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
"It's a possibility. We are in talks, so we'll see what happens, said Gayle, who was in Chennai to promote the Tamil Nadu Premier League.
West Indies are the current Twenty20 champions in the men's and women's formats, while also holding the Under-19 World Cup. They haven't been able to translate this form into Test cricket, where they are struggling and are currently ranked eighth with 67 points, just 10 points ahead of ninth-placed Bangladesh.
What has also not helped is that the clash between a few senior players and the WICB has resulted in the best players not representing the country. This situation has led to the West Indies fielding a relatively young and inexperienced side, with only Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo having played more than 40 Tests for the country.
"In both formats of the game we struggle to concentrate for long periods of time. This has been the case since I made my debut under the captaincy of Brian Lara. We only play cricket in short sessions and then we switch off, so that's how we tend to lose a lot of Test matches. In the shorter format of the game it's just boom, boom and check if the game is over. We lack patience, as we are very attacking people we want to play shots most of the time. So sometimes we tend to fall to a loose delivery as well."
"To be successful in Tests will actually take time since it's a rebuilding process. The youngsters in the team need to mature, gain a lot of experience and they still need a few senior players here and there to actually guide them along. The board and the players are trying to sort things out and hopefully one day it will happen and everyone will be on the same page. There have been meetings, effort and progress to get everything on track for West Indies cricket," Gayle concluded.