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Gayle denies rumors of ODI boycott

CAPTAIN Chris Gayle rubbished rumors of West Indies boycotting the rest of the one-day international series against England because of another dispute with the national cricket board.

"There wasn't any threat made about boycotting any games, not to my knowledge," Gayle said after training on Thursday. "If the game wasn't supposed to go on, I'd be home cocking up my legs now.

"We're making a lot of progress (on negotiations with the West Indies Cricket Board) which is good. There has been speculation about no game and so forth but the games will be going on."

The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and the WICB met in Barbados over the past two days to discuss players' concerns over a range of issues. Among WIPA's complaints were nonpayment of fees for recent tours, retainer contracts and for injury compensation, scheduling of tours and provision for the Provident Fund which supplies pensions for retired players.

Meanwhile, England batsman Kevin Pietersen has ruled out the possibility of returning as captain for this year's Twenty20 World Cup.

"I just think it's too soon after what happened between me and the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) for me to take over the captaincy again if I was offered it for the Twenty20 World Cup," he told the Daily Mail. "It's not somewhere I want to go and dive into. After the way I was let down I just don't think I want to get involved in that again. Being England captain means you have to be a politician and that's something I'm not. My England captaincy was not the England captaincy I wanted, that's what will live with me for a long time."

Pietersen quit as skipper after less than six months following what the ECB described as an "irretrievable breakdown" in his relationship with coach Peter Moores, who was sacked on the same day. He was replaced as captain by Andrew Strauss.


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