West Indies in Australia 2009-10 November 10, 2009

Gayle must respect Windies legacy - Richards

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Sir Vivian Richards has called on Chris Gayle to put the West Indies contract dispute firmly behind him and lead his team in a manner befitting the region's legacy, as the team prepares to arrive in Australia on the eve of a Test campaign that will test the fragile peace that was brokered during meetings between the WICB and the players' association last month.

The team touches down in Australia on Wednesday, and Richards was cautiously optimistic that the reunited squad would put their recent troubles to one side. "The way it looks at the moment, it does suggest that there is a ceasefire," he told Cricinfo. "But we all know what ceasefires are like. Let's hope this is not a ceasefire like you get in the Middle East."

Gayle was a controversial choice as captain for the Australia tour, given his integral role in the stand-off with the board, and Daren Ganga was mentioned as a possible replacement following his inspirational leadership of Trinidad & Tobago in the recent Champions League.

But there is no questioning Gayle's status as the leading batsman in the Caribbean, and his absence was keenly felt earlier this year, as a second-string West Indies side slumped to an embarrassing home series defeat against Bangladesh, before being knocked out in the first round of the ICC Champions Trophy.

""I think Daren Ganga is a good captain who thinks on his feet, and he'd have been quite appropriate, so presently the jury is out," said Richards. "Gayle has got to go and show a different sort of attitude when he goes to Australia. He's got to show that he wants to represent his people and represent them well, and not only them, but also the legacy that he's representing. Let's hope he has learned his lessons."

Gayle has been the subject of controversy throughout a torrid year, particularly during the unscheduled tour of England in May, when he arrived in the country barely 24 hours before the first Test at Lord's, and went on to say in a newspaper interview that he "wouldn't be so sad" if Test cricket died out. But having announced his availability for the Australia tour, Richards said he was prepared to take the captain's declarations of full commitment at face value.

The way it looks at the moment, it does suggest that there is a ceasefire. But we all know what ceasefires are like. Let's hope this is not a ceasefire like you get in the Middle East.
Sir Viv Richards on the contracts dispute

"I take it on board when he says he feels pretty strong, even though he may not show the so-called enthusiasm," said Richards. "Some people do things differently, and he's one of those individuals who's pretty laid back. But I still like to believe he wants to see West Indies cricket do well, and it's up to him. He's in the seat now to make that happen."

Even with a fully unified squad, the challenge that awaits West Indies would be arguably the toughest in the world game, and Richards - who made five Test tours of the country in the course of his illustrious career - knows from personal experience just what lies ahead.

"An Australia tour can make or break a team," he said. "They are like that. They are a pretty competitive bunch of folks. Over the years, I've always loved competing against the Aussies, because you knew they weren't going to give you half-measures, they were going to give you their all. You knew to what capacity you were going to have to raise your level. And that, to me, was always interesting.

"The Aussies were always ready and available verbally, whether with ball in hand or not. And I appreciated that aggressive stuff because I am a competitor myself, and these were the things that made me think. I hope that Gayle and the guys can deal with that, especially coming back from the dispute. Let's hope that he [recognises] the job he has to do now, and makes sure that he gels that team, and hopefully, if this ceasefire lasts, builds a team that can be competitive in the future."

Few people give West Indies a realistic chance of putting up a fight against Australia - Brian Lara, who led their last tour to the country in 2005-06, predicted recently that they would receive a "hiding" - but it is not all doom and gloom in the Caribbean, thanks to the exploits of Trinidad & Tobago, who captured the imaginations with their enterprising performances in last month's Champions League in India, in which they finished as runners-up.

"The way things have played out in the media, a lot of people would think there's nothing happening in the Caribbean," said Richards. "But they have given us the light, and shown the world that our club structure is as good as any club structure around the world. Even though they didn't win the tournament, to me, the message was already sent that West Indies cricket is still very much alive."

Nevertheless, Richards did not believe that Trinidad's success as an individual island would lead to further ructions within the fabric of West Indies cricket. "I don't think we have very far to go where those matters are concerned," he said. "Barbados tried that once [in 1967] when they took on the Rest of the World, because of the number of players they had in the West Indies team at the time, and they took a hiding. They are going to need more volume, there are so many people around the Caribbean with so much talent. They must be given an opportunity. That's the format that we have and that's how I'd like it to remain."

Sir Vivian Richards is an ambassador for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Gloshong on | November 18, 2009, 1:41 GMT

    To even think of Darren Ganga as West Indies captain would be pure mockery of west indies cricket and would display a high level of Hipocracy in west indies cricket. Gone are the days when plays were given captaincy to hold a pick. Ganga cannot perform as a batsman in international cricket the only operational role he performs on the team, his batting cannot get him a pick, suddenly we a so desperate for a captain that we should give him a Job. I believe this job is better suited for a player who has showed promise and consistency at this level. even if it means nurturing one the young players who performs consistently so that they can adequately take up the mantle of capataincy. This Darren Ganga idea would be a big step in the wrong direction and it would be making a statement that there is no one wih the potential to lead on the west indies team. If we cannot count on our captain to score 20 runs in our time of need how is he suppose to lead our team.

  • POSTED BY hazeltine on | November 15, 2009, 22:00 GMT

    Firstly, Gayle should be nowhere near the Test team after the nonsense he came out with on the tour to England earlier this year. Secondly, I do not want to hear any nonsense about WIndies beating Australia, they have not got the team to do that. What I want to hear from Williams and Joel Garner is that this WIndies team are going to make Australia FIGHT all the way during the Series and for that to happen, they will have to BOWL, BAT AND FIELD WITH DISCIPLINE THROUGHOUT THE SERIES. If Windies are not doing these things, then I want to hear tactical criticisms of why they're not doing them, only by doing these things will WIndies START to go forward.

  • POSTED BY hazeltine on | November 14, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    I totally agree with the comments of Sir Viv and indeed think that he has not gone far enough!. Gayle does not think much of Test cricket and his batting average is modest for someone who has played as much test matches as he has, in other words, HE SHOULD NOT BE IN THE TEAM. I do not want Williams or anyone else to "talk up" our chances against Australia, instead, they should be asking for the team to show discipline in ALL FACETS OF THE GAME even if we lose the series and then take it from there because it should be obvious to everyone that Australia are the better team

  • POSTED BY redneck on | November 11, 2009, 23:32 GMT

    as an aussie im really looking forward to seeing the windies back again! we all know gayle is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world but i think chanderapul is the bigger threat. in the last series the aussies couldnt get him out! if someone like nash (experienced in aussie conditions) or ramdin can hang around at the crease for a while the west indies should be able to post competative scores. also if benn is on his game, he could prove to be a handful with the ball. his hight and therefor his high release of the ball coupled with bouncy aussie wickets could make for some interesting viewing!!!

  • POSTED BY NBRADEE on | November 11, 2009, 23:16 GMT

    I really don't think that their will be any difference in the fortunes of the team, seeing that they have had no real acclimitisation period together before leaving the Caribbean. I am also certain that very little homework has been done in evaluating the strategies to be employed in general for each game to iuncrease our opportunities to be competitive. On top of this, a lot of inane talk by all concerned about the fact that contractual disputes are over (which newspapers do you all read???) - Lara is right, and the team will only be able to compete in the T20 games. Australia are now among the world's best, being rated lower than ever before 1995 going into a Sir Frank Worrel Trophy. All this eing said, it matters very little who leads the team, or even who is selected to play - NO WINDIES TEAM WILL EVER BE COMPETITIVE IN LONGER FORMATS OF THE GAME IF THE MANAGEMENT EMPLOYED (???) REMAINS IN PLACE. My question - isn't the managment of the team synonomous with the WICB???

  • POSTED BY javiso on | November 11, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    Leading batsman in the side? Chanderpaul is a without doubt a significantly better batsman and the only "world-class" one on the side.....and I would also give Sarawn a slight edge over Gayle too....Gayle may be the leading attraction due to his potential big hitting, but that's it. And mark my words, he'll soon be fourth in the pecking order once Bharath is given a fair chance. There's no doubt either that Ganga is a better cpatain, BUT, his success is largely due to discipline, and let's face facts, the majority of this WI side lacks discipline. That's why I will support Gayle as captain over Ganga, becuase he can command greater respect of most of the team. The side has the talent to do well, but they have to realise that talent is not everything and that they must work hard, have discipline, and exercise some common sense......they haven't matured that much yet, so I'll be surprised but very very happy if we come out better than a 2-0 loss.

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | November 11, 2009, 19:13 GMT

    i respect sir viv to the utmost. he is such a legend & struck fear in2 the hearts of bowlers all over. however his statements about gayle's batting & our club structure are not quite accurate. their is no way our club structure can compete or be compared with cricket in australia, england or even SA or Pakistan. Gayle has tremendous talent because his excelent hand eye co-ordination & reflexes help him to tear bowling attacks to shreds with his aggressive bating however he is not as technically sound in his footwork & shot selection as Sarwan or Chanderpaul & as he gets older it is inevitable his eyesight & reflexes will weaken. this is why he fails against good bowling. i strongly believe that if Chris had a good batting coach who he could relate to well there would be no bowling attack that could hold him down.

  • POSTED BY calypsocricket on | November 11, 2009, 17:47 GMT

    Let us get the "facts" right. Gayle, the present captain of the West Indies, is the leading batsman in the limited form(s) of the game. The leading batsmen in the longer form of the game ( TEST ) is Chanderpaul and second is Sarwan. That is the fact. The records are there for everyone to view if they wish to do so.

  • POSTED BY drsuso on | November 11, 2009, 17:04 GMT

    Australia will face a surprise. There is a lot of difference between this Aus and the Aus of 2006 and also some rookie talents have been included in the WI side. This WI can take 20 wickets in a test match.

  • POSTED BY ishy-85 on | November 11, 2009, 16:27 GMT

    Gayle is the best choice for capataincy..we are not playing in a regional tornament we are playing International Cricket with the world best..Take note my people Ganga cannot captain on that level..he hardly could make the squad....I beleive that Gayle will try his best....Windies all the way !!!!!

  • POSTED BY Gloshong on | November 18, 2009, 1:41 GMT

    To even think of Darren Ganga as West Indies captain would be pure mockery of west indies cricket and would display a high level of Hipocracy in west indies cricket. Gone are the days when plays were given captaincy to hold a pick. Ganga cannot perform as a batsman in international cricket the only operational role he performs on the team, his batting cannot get him a pick, suddenly we a so desperate for a captain that we should give him a Job. I believe this job is better suited for a player who has showed promise and consistency at this level. even if it means nurturing one the young players who performs consistently so that they can adequately take up the mantle of capataincy. This Darren Ganga idea would be a big step in the wrong direction and it would be making a statement that there is no one wih the potential to lead on the west indies team. If we cannot count on our captain to score 20 runs in our time of need how is he suppose to lead our team.

  • POSTED BY hazeltine on | November 15, 2009, 22:00 GMT

    Firstly, Gayle should be nowhere near the Test team after the nonsense he came out with on the tour to England earlier this year. Secondly, I do not want to hear any nonsense about WIndies beating Australia, they have not got the team to do that. What I want to hear from Williams and Joel Garner is that this WIndies team are going to make Australia FIGHT all the way during the Series and for that to happen, they will have to BOWL, BAT AND FIELD WITH DISCIPLINE THROUGHOUT THE SERIES. If Windies are not doing these things, then I want to hear tactical criticisms of why they're not doing them, only by doing these things will WIndies START to go forward.

  • POSTED BY hazeltine on | November 14, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    I totally agree with the comments of Sir Viv and indeed think that he has not gone far enough!. Gayle does not think much of Test cricket and his batting average is modest for someone who has played as much test matches as he has, in other words, HE SHOULD NOT BE IN THE TEAM. I do not want Williams or anyone else to "talk up" our chances against Australia, instead, they should be asking for the team to show discipline in ALL FACETS OF THE GAME even if we lose the series and then take it from there because it should be obvious to everyone that Australia are the better team

  • POSTED BY redneck on | November 11, 2009, 23:32 GMT

    as an aussie im really looking forward to seeing the windies back again! we all know gayle is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world but i think chanderapul is the bigger threat. in the last series the aussies couldnt get him out! if someone like nash (experienced in aussie conditions) or ramdin can hang around at the crease for a while the west indies should be able to post competative scores. also if benn is on his game, he could prove to be a handful with the ball. his hight and therefor his high release of the ball coupled with bouncy aussie wickets could make for some interesting viewing!!!

  • POSTED BY NBRADEE on | November 11, 2009, 23:16 GMT

    I really don't think that their will be any difference in the fortunes of the team, seeing that they have had no real acclimitisation period together before leaving the Caribbean. I am also certain that very little homework has been done in evaluating the strategies to be employed in general for each game to iuncrease our opportunities to be competitive. On top of this, a lot of inane talk by all concerned about the fact that contractual disputes are over (which newspapers do you all read???) - Lara is right, and the team will only be able to compete in the T20 games. Australia are now among the world's best, being rated lower than ever before 1995 going into a Sir Frank Worrel Trophy. All this eing said, it matters very little who leads the team, or even who is selected to play - NO WINDIES TEAM WILL EVER BE COMPETITIVE IN LONGER FORMATS OF THE GAME IF THE MANAGEMENT EMPLOYED (???) REMAINS IN PLACE. My question - isn't the managment of the team synonomous with the WICB???

  • POSTED BY javiso on | November 11, 2009, 22:02 GMT

    Leading batsman in the side? Chanderpaul is a without doubt a significantly better batsman and the only "world-class" one on the side.....and I would also give Sarawn a slight edge over Gayle too....Gayle may be the leading attraction due to his potential big hitting, but that's it. And mark my words, he'll soon be fourth in the pecking order once Bharath is given a fair chance. There's no doubt either that Ganga is a better cpatain, BUT, his success is largely due to discipline, and let's face facts, the majority of this WI side lacks discipline. That's why I will support Gayle as captain over Ganga, becuase he can command greater respect of most of the team. The side has the talent to do well, but they have to realise that talent is not everything and that they must work hard, have discipline, and exercise some common sense......they haven't matured that much yet, so I'll be surprised but very very happy if we come out better than a 2-0 loss.

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | November 11, 2009, 19:13 GMT

    i respect sir viv to the utmost. he is such a legend & struck fear in2 the hearts of bowlers all over. however his statements about gayle's batting & our club structure are not quite accurate. their is no way our club structure can compete or be compared with cricket in australia, england or even SA or Pakistan. Gayle has tremendous talent because his excelent hand eye co-ordination & reflexes help him to tear bowling attacks to shreds with his aggressive bating however he is not as technically sound in his footwork & shot selection as Sarwan or Chanderpaul & as he gets older it is inevitable his eyesight & reflexes will weaken. this is why he fails against good bowling. i strongly believe that if Chris had a good batting coach who he could relate to well there would be no bowling attack that could hold him down.

  • POSTED BY calypsocricket on | November 11, 2009, 17:47 GMT

    Let us get the "facts" right. Gayle, the present captain of the West Indies, is the leading batsman in the limited form(s) of the game. The leading batsmen in the longer form of the game ( TEST ) is Chanderpaul and second is Sarwan. That is the fact. The records are there for everyone to view if they wish to do so.

  • POSTED BY drsuso on | November 11, 2009, 17:04 GMT

    Australia will face a surprise. There is a lot of difference between this Aus and the Aus of 2006 and also some rookie talents have been included in the WI side. This WI can take 20 wickets in a test match.

  • POSTED BY ishy-85 on | November 11, 2009, 16:27 GMT

    Gayle is the best choice for capataincy..we are not playing in a regional tornament we are playing International Cricket with the world best..Take note my people Ganga cannot captain on that level..he hardly could make the squad....I beleive that Gayle will try his best....Windies all the way !!!!!

  • POSTED BY T20funda on | November 11, 2009, 16:01 GMT

    At last the contarctual dispute is over and a full strength squad is selected but still gayle will have his task cut out against australia .My prediction is 2-0 in favour of australia

  • POSTED BY gudolerhum on | November 11, 2009, 15:39 GMT

    "But there is no questioning Gayle's status as the leading batsman in the Caribbean" sorry but I think you have that very wrong. There are a lot questions about who is the best, Sarwan & Chanderpaul must be considered. Gayle is mainly a big hitter with a good eye. His apparent lack of application often results in less than expected batting performance. As a captain I think he completely fails the test. He does not set an example in any way for his team. I hope he can bring the team together in Australia but I am not optimistic. The selectors need to have a look in the cupboard for his replacement because one way or another his days as captain will be numbered.

  • POSTED BY misterjoeyman on | November 11, 2009, 15:34 GMT

    On the one hand, i can't find anything specific to disagree with in the words of Sir Viv. But on the other hand, i find it a bit aggravating for retired players to now be giving advice they didn't themselves take. First there was Clive Lloyd bashing the players for their recent stands on money... when he himself was prepared to pursue Kerry Packer's money no matter the cost to WIndies cricket. Not that he wasn't right then, but he isn't right *now*. And here's Richards, preaching to Gayle with the same lips that tut-tutted umpires on the field. Where was Sir Viv's respect for the legacy when he treated the ARG as his own personal fiefdom?

    As for our chances in Oz this season, i think we've got good players, some proven, some awaiting their moment. Here's hoping they can put on a good show.

  • POSTED BY Fonteas on | November 11, 2009, 15:10 GMT

    I have no doubt that the team will be reunited on the tour of Austrailia although the likes of Sammy, Dowlin, Roach who played in the depeted team will find it a little difficult to blend in as they will be looked at us ememies of the WIPA players. For Sammy though I don't think he had a choice having been discarded by the insane selectors. In fact his choice to play during the strike is now the only reason he has been selected.I have confdence in Gayle although he has struggled against the Aussies. It is my feeling too that Sarwan and Chanderpaul as well as Barath and Bravo will shine on the tour. It will be interesting to see what the bowling attack will be like and whether Sammy will ever get a game in spite of the fact that among the lot his average stands above most. I would definitely play him along with Taylor and Roach and Tonge in a four prong pace attack along with Bravo and Gayle thus giving us at least six bowling options. I would only play Benn at Brisbine ahead of Tonge.

  • POSTED BY nyallj on | November 11, 2009, 14:31 GMT

    Brian Lara said it right - see the article on it attached to this one. Why the debate over the captaincy? Gayle's captain. Fullstop. It just pains me to see all the past "legends" talk about legacy and respect, and they can't seem to offer any, or support even, to the team. They just seem to bicker and fight little children trying to keep in the limelight. I say shut up or show some support. The damn series hasn't even started and division is showing. Let's hope the team can indeed find unity and laugh at silly comments like those that Sir Viv and those of his ilk make. No disrespect to them meant of course.

  • POSTED BY Caribbean_Man on | November 11, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    The idea that captaincy is such a make or break point is fallacious. Strategies and plans can be conceived and demonstrated o the entire team and reinforced individually: Management/Coaching concerns. Diction and presentation can be taught. Oratorical skills can be groomed. Nb* Please do not make the mistake of encouraging the loss of our caribbean accent, tun of phrase or twang.

    Personally, at this stage in being a WIndies fan I have put things in perspective. Let the team Compete as equals and I will be content and wear a smile. Let the team Compete and win a match and i will beam with smiles. Let them win the series and WI will be ecstatic!

  • POSTED BY delboy on | November 11, 2009, 12:11 GMT

    Listening to this interview, one wonders if the interviewer would care to suggest SUSSEX should be the representative English team sent off to SA or either of the Indian teams which figured in the T20 represent india in their current series against AUS? Where are the future Peter West, John Arlott's ? WI will be taking on the world's best, they need to be prepared for that challenge. The past is gone and cannot be arrested; we need to focus on the future, forget who turned up when and said what about test cricket last year. Ask questions like has Gayle been given all the resources to compete? Do the selectors consider this to be their best representative squad, are all the bases covered, Who is the reserved wicket keeper, are many of the one-day fringe players likely to stay on for the one dayers if they perform? These Q&A's build interest

  • POSTED BY SunAndSea on | November 11, 2009, 10:47 GMT

    "But there is no questioning Gayle's status as the leading batsman in the Caribbean" Hey there Andrew. There's a chap named Shiv Chanderpaul. Ever heard of him?

  • POSTED BY MalikNadeemAwan on | November 11, 2009, 9:42 GMT

    I think Gayle is a good captain along with he is the best player too of windies. but the board should also resolve the problem of the players bcoz now a days it is easy player like gayle and co. to earn money easily in ipl etc. in very short period of time. but hopefully they will play for their team now and it will be good for circket and west indies.

  • POSTED BY ww113 on | November 11, 2009, 9:01 GMT

    This West Indies side will probably be whitewashed in Australia.There is just not enough quality in this side.

  • POSTED BY Professor_king44 on | November 11, 2009, 8:55 GMT

    While there exist great talented youngsters across the Caribbean region, the structure for training and development varied significantly in the different territories. The Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands could well do with the structure and facilities available in territories like Barbados and Trinidad. This is the real problem in West Indies; the inequity of resources. Over the years a great number of youngsters who would have painted the cricket books if properly nutured, have been lost to the poor developmental system, poor competitiveness and marginal incentives.

    Concerning this tour though, the Aussies should not take the West Indies for granted. On their day, the Chris Gayle team can surprise and devastate any team in the world. The inconsistencies and the periodic lack of commitment and focus are the defining problems, not the lack of ability. West Indies CAN beat any team.

  • POSTED BY Sri_Iyer on | November 11, 2009, 8:25 GMT

    The farce of the prolonged dispute between the WI board and the players has gone on too long, As a neutral, I would rather watch an exciting West Indies win than a cocky Australian side any day, although sadly I think that is wishful thinking. Really feel for the former West Indies greats when they see how little respect has been shown for the game over the last few months. As much as I love watching Gayle play, I don't think that he's the right choice for captaincy. Ganga seems to be the logical choice and Sir Viv's views only reinforce this.I suspect this tour is Chris Gayle's last chance for redemption, if he has to look back at his career with any pride.

  • POSTED BY mock-cockpit on | November 11, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    "But there is no questioning Gayle's status as the leading batsman in the Caribbean"。

    I think Mr S Chanderpaul and Mr R Sarwan might question that status quite strongly。

  • POSTED BY mock-cockpit on | November 11, 2009, 8:12 GMT

    "But there is no questioning Gayle's status as the leading batsman in the Caribbean"。

    I think Mr S Chanderpaul and Mr R Sarwan might question that status quite strongly。

  • POSTED BY ToMegaTherion1986 on | November 11, 2009, 5:26 GMT

    It would be sad to see the West Indies disolve into the nether of cricket archieves and history. The tradition is so rich and there is so much tallent over there that it would be such a shame. Even the current Windies outfit has its individually brilliant players and boundless youthful tallent, this contract dispute (Not blaming anyone for it) was a waste of time in preparation for the tour of Australia. Now they will go there mostly raw and out of International practice. I predict right now a 3 - 0 scoreline to Australia excusing weather interuptions.

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  • POSTED BY ToMegaTherion1986 on | November 11, 2009, 5:26 GMT

    It would be sad to see the West Indies disolve into the nether of cricket archieves and history. The tradition is so rich and there is so much tallent over there that it would be such a shame. Even the current Windies outfit has its individually brilliant players and boundless youthful tallent, this contract dispute (Not blaming anyone for it) was a waste of time in preparation for the tour of Australia. Now they will go there mostly raw and out of International practice. I predict right now a 3 - 0 scoreline to Australia excusing weather interuptions.

  • POSTED BY mock-cockpit on | November 11, 2009, 8:12 GMT

    "But there is no questioning Gayle's status as the leading batsman in the Caribbean"。

    I think Mr S Chanderpaul and Mr R Sarwan might question that status quite strongly。

  • POSTED BY mock-cockpit on | November 11, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    "But there is no questioning Gayle's status as the leading batsman in the Caribbean"。

    I think Mr S Chanderpaul and Mr R Sarwan might question that status quite strongly。

  • POSTED BY Sri_Iyer on | November 11, 2009, 8:25 GMT

    The farce of the prolonged dispute between the WI board and the players has gone on too long, As a neutral, I would rather watch an exciting West Indies win than a cocky Australian side any day, although sadly I think that is wishful thinking. Really feel for the former West Indies greats when they see how little respect has been shown for the game over the last few months. As much as I love watching Gayle play, I don't think that he's the right choice for captaincy. Ganga seems to be the logical choice and Sir Viv's views only reinforce this.I suspect this tour is Chris Gayle's last chance for redemption, if he has to look back at his career with any pride.

  • POSTED BY Professor_king44 on | November 11, 2009, 8:55 GMT

    While there exist great talented youngsters across the Caribbean region, the structure for training and development varied significantly in the different territories. The Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands could well do with the structure and facilities available in territories like Barbados and Trinidad. This is the real problem in West Indies; the inequity of resources. Over the years a great number of youngsters who would have painted the cricket books if properly nutured, have been lost to the poor developmental system, poor competitiveness and marginal incentives.

    Concerning this tour though, the Aussies should not take the West Indies for granted. On their day, the Chris Gayle team can surprise and devastate any team in the world. The inconsistencies and the periodic lack of commitment and focus are the defining problems, not the lack of ability. West Indies CAN beat any team.

  • POSTED BY ww113 on | November 11, 2009, 9:01 GMT

    This West Indies side will probably be whitewashed in Australia.There is just not enough quality in this side.

  • POSTED BY MalikNadeemAwan on | November 11, 2009, 9:42 GMT

    I think Gayle is a good captain along with he is the best player too of windies. but the board should also resolve the problem of the players bcoz now a days it is easy player like gayle and co. to earn money easily in ipl etc. in very short period of time. but hopefully they will play for their team now and it will be good for circket and west indies.

  • POSTED BY SunAndSea on | November 11, 2009, 10:47 GMT

    "But there is no questioning Gayle's status as the leading batsman in the Caribbean" Hey there Andrew. There's a chap named Shiv Chanderpaul. Ever heard of him?

  • POSTED BY delboy on | November 11, 2009, 12:11 GMT

    Listening to this interview, one wonders if the interviewer would care to suggest SUSSEX should be the representative English team sent off to SA or either of the Indian teams which figured in the T20 represent india in their current series against AUS? Where are the future Peter West, John Arlott's ? WI will be taking on the world's best, they need to be prepared for that challenge. The past is gone and cannot be arrested; we need to focus on the future, forget who turned up when and said what about test cricket last year. Ask questions like has Gayle been given all the resources to compete? Do the selectors consider this to be their best representative squad, are all the bases covered, Who is the reserved wicket keeper, are many of the one-day fringe players likely to stay on for the one dayers if they perform? These Q&A's build interest

  • POSTED BY Caribbean_Man on | November 11, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    The idea that captaincy is such a make or break point is fallacious. Strategies and plans can be conceived and demonstrated o the entire team and reinforced individually: Management/Coaching concerns. Diction and presentation can be taught. Oratorical skills can be groomed. Nb* Please do not make the mistake of encouraging the loss of our caribbean accent, tun of phrase or twang.

    Personally, at this stage in being a WIndies fan I have put things in perspective. Let the team Compete as equals and I will be content and wear a smile. Let the team Compete and win a match and i will beam with smiles. Let them win the series and WI will be ecstatic!