West Indies left-hander Chris Gayle has backed Steve Smith and Australia players in their ongoing pay dispute with the country’s board. Things have slightly moved forward with Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association engaging in meetings but new MoU is yet to be signed.

In an interaction with CricketNext, Gayle said that he can relate to the situation Australian players are in. Gayle too has been part of pay disputes between West Indies players and the board. The left-hander has urged senior players to not give up under pressure from the CA.

“To be very honest I have not been following or have not spoken to anyone about it. But yes, I am aware of their situation. It is something that I have been involved with myself before. I am standing with the players and hope they stand firm and get what they deserve,” he said.

Gayle was also full of praise for his Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli but feels there is a long way to go for the dashing right-hander.

“Well I still see him progressing in his career. A lot more runs to score and he can only get better and better and gain more experience as well. He will be one of the top guys, maybe even target Sachin Tendulkar for the most centuries and get those hundreds (Kohli already has 16 hundreds in Test matches and 28 in ODIs). He is still young, energetic and fit and can get those milestones as well. His mindset is to reach the ultimate milestones of all times,” Gayle revealed.

Gayle in couple of months time is set for his 38th Birthday but is still hopeful of making West Indies squad for 2019 World Cup.

“It is obviously great to be back in national colours. Obviously, I hope to get back into the squad. Our main aim will be to put up a great show and collectively win the 2019 World Cup. Yes, I do look to play as long as possible and till the time my body permits,” he said.