April 13, from Clyde Butts, as part of an official WICB release about the ODI squad:
"There are some familiar faces who have not been included on this occasion, but we have already identified the core of players who we will build the team around, however the time has come for us to introdice a fresh crop of players who we believe has a deep desire to excel and whocan be tested at international level."
The release went on to state (without quoting anyone):
Consistent with the policy to expose young players, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan were not selected.Adrian Barath has not yet attained a level of satisfactory fitness and was not considered for selection.
NO MENTION OF INJURY ON APRIL 13th.
April 14th, from Ernest Hilaire, speaking to Andrew Mason:
"Having established in your mind what the core of your team is that you plan to build around, you now need to find the other players who will fit into the squad and that is what the selectors are seeking to do......"
"Chris has not yet been invited to do a fitness test and I am sure when the team management is ready they will decide on him undergoing a fitness test."
What kind of statement is that?
Not yet invited.....when team management is ready?
So... based on the CEO's quote, the Board could not have been sure of the status of Gayle's fitness at the time of his ommission from the squad - they having not invited him to do a fitness test. So.....he could not have been left out of the squad based on fitness then.
Yet on April 19th, we hear this from Cricinfo, the source favoured by most who support the Board:
"The Board had Gayle under an injury management and recovery programme in Jamaica for an injury systained in the World Cup. The fact Gayle was taking part in a WICB supported recovery programme until he made the request is likely to further complicate the issue of whether or not he gets an NOC from the Board."
Who told Cricinfo that? It couldn't have been Butts....and it couldn't have been the CEO who said 5 days before that Gayle hadn't even had a fitness test....
Corporate communications has been and continues to be hit and miss with the WICB.