West Indies in Bangladesh 2012-13

'Off-field trouble part of cricketer's life' - Gayle

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November 10, 2012

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Chris Gayle at a training session, Dhaka, November 7, 2012
'If you don't have fun, you'll struggle in international cricket," said Chris Gayle © Bangladesh Cricket Board
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Chris Gayle's return to the West Indies ranks has been a happy one. He has tucked a Test century and a world title under his belt since June this year when the 15-month impasse with the WICB ended. He's also worldlier, not just from playing all the Twenty20 leagues, but for being equipped to deal with every aspect of cricket administration, an aspect he thinks is a "part of life" as an international cricketer.

"We are playing international cricket, so there's going to be issues to deal with on and off the field," Gayle said. "As a player you have to know how to deal with things around your career. You have to be strong-minded to get the job done. It is part of life."

Following the 2011 World Cup, the Gayle-WICB saga came to a head after Gayle criticised the selectors. He was first dropped for the visits of Pakistan and India to the Caribbean and was also ignored for the tour to Bangladesh in October. He went on to miss series against India, Australia and England from November 2011 to June this year, West Indies having won just 14 out of the 47 international matches during this latest stint away from the team. The standoff was only broken when he and his agent met the selectors in St Vincent, following which the WICB picked him for the limited-overs leg of the England tour.

Despite the return, Gayle has said that off-field issues are endemic, and it has to be dealt with. "We will always have these things to deal with off the field, every particular board is going to have problems. It is something we have to live with."

Gayle has made it count though. He made 150 and another half-century over two Tests against New Zealand earlier this year and he has averaged above 50 in ODIs and Twenty20s since his return. And he's been having fun in the dressing-room too.

"If you don't have fun, you'll struggle in international cricket. I am enjoying it, it's good to be back and contributing at the top of the order. Hopefully in the next couple of years, things can get better from a personal point of view. I will try and entertain as much as possible," said Gayle who turned 33 during the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, a tournament that saw West Indies back on the winners' podium after 33 years.

Gayle said he can look back to the tournament with fond memories, but is now more inclined to focus on Test cricket. "It is great, to get that milestone of winning the World T20," he said. "This is something that I can look back in the future and say I was a part of it. This is just another target we can set, and do better in the longer form of the game. That has been our major challenge in the last couple of years."

He was also happy to see Darren Sammy, the man who took over long-term from Gayle (though Dwayne Bravo and Floyd Reifer were in charge for three games in the interim), take strides as the leader.

"He has played a particular role in the last two years," he said. "It is not an easy role to be captain. We are trying to make his job as easy as possible. We try to play a part by helping him out, but he's done well. He got a Test century this year which is a big improvement from his personal point of view. He's doing well with the ball too. He will get to learn more and make changes and see how he can cope with it, to be a better captain."

When West Indies take on Bangladesh in the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from November 13, it will also be Gayle's first Test away from home in almost two years.

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Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

I was one of Gayle's biggest critics prior to his return to the team. His attitude wasn't the best and he openly said that if Test cricket died, he just wouldn't care. He was very critical of the whole set up too. I believed he was unnecessarily self-centered.

Now I'm sensing a new, more matured man and player and he is to be commended for it. I like this version of Gayle, the one that rather than put down his captain, is complementing him. The one that wants to do his best to uplift and advance our team and by extension, the game in our region.

That's what it's all about, Mr. Gayle. I wish you and the team the very best as you collectively try to turn things around. May the Lord bless each and every member of our team.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

@Coolgye...It doesn't matter whether I'm a Bangladeshi or whatever, I support all teams including Associates. Its only some of the silly fans I have a problem with. Now coming to the point Mortaza style of bowling is different he hardly bowls bouncers or yorkers and most of the time sticks to good length plus his pace has reduced a bit because of his injuries. In limited overs Cricket you can get away from bowling how you want its all about putting balls in the good area which Mortaza does. He doesn't play much that's why he's not in top 10. Nazmul Hossain though not tall and express is an improved bowler still very young but a lot of the credit has to go to Ian Pont for nurturing him. There are a few other fast bowlers that are okay but that's all Bangladesh has which is one of the major reasons they struggle at tests. Mortaza contributed in the Asia Cup final with quick strong hitting when they still required some 50 runs after Shakib was out in the end losing by 2.

Posted by Coolgye on (November 12, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain - If you want to direct me to the Asia Cup then i'll tell you his weakness. He should know that Nasir Jamshed is powerful when the ball is coming on his legs. Despite knowing this he kept on bowling on his legs and went on to being hit for four. He concedes a lot of runs thats why he isn't in the top 10 bowlers. He is a good bowler and i respect him for his performances but since he has to lead the attack he should at least know the weakness of the batsmen facing. Nazmul is actually the Mohammed Aamer of Bangladesh. He has a bright future ahead of him. And yeah i wanted to ask you when was the last time Mortaza contributed with runs? Are you from Bangladesh or what?

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

the windies now have the right combination and mental toughness ,they will keep improving rome wasnt built in a day .

Posted by AzAb12754 on (November 11, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

@InsideHedge: I agree with you except for your last point because still no team has scored being how bad Bangladesh was a triple century against them as of yet.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 11, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

Bangla need to prepare spinning wickets, as simple as that. For bangla to be respected in Tests, the first thing they need to do is to be difficult to beat at home. As it stands, they are poor home and away. A line-up of seamers is not going to bowl out the West Indies twice in a game, so why do they keep picking these guys? Play to your strengths, you need turners and open against Gayle with an off-spinner. Study what happened when WI toured SL last, Gayle began with a triple ton and fizzled out thereafter with the off-spin tactics. Learn otherwise you'll be looking at triple tons every Test!

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 11, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

@Naresh Pitamber:- You'd be surprised just how serious Gibson is with the West Indies team. Darren Sammy is okay for limited overs but is test his game? I mean having Andre Russel instead of him will benefit the West Indies test team in my opinion.

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 11, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

@Steve Rod:- The problem with Shivarine is that he bats at 5 and then the West Indies are all out. If he bats at 4 then he'll be dangerous no doubt about that.

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 11, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

He scored a 150 on his comeback test against New Zealand so no doubt he's come back for good. Even as a Bangladesh fan I still actually want him to score big you can't resist it cause he's such an entertainer all the best to him!!!!

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

He should come and play in County Cricket if its possible, no doubt he'll set the stadiums alight.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Even if Gayle mistimes it it still goes for a 6 a rare player in the circuit these days a joy to watch.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (November 11, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

Gayle has improved as a batsman but West Indies rely on him too heavily.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Gayle is a true west indian and along with Sammy , windies will be world no.1 again

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

I can't believe people giving Sammy and Gi bson all the Credit for winning the WT20 when it was won because of the return of Gyale to the side. Whow is thiere frame of mind would sack a player this? Crazzy!

Posted by AzAb12754 on (November 11, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

@Legaleagle: But the point is they are better than you nothing will happen to Bangladesh's Cricket win or lose :P

Posted by Legaleagle on (November 11, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Bangladesh has pathetic bowlers, and pathetic batsmen, and over all its a useless team. Tamim and Shakib have averages in 30s in test batting- according to Bangladesh that's world class. Their bowling is dreadful. Stop day dreaming!! I really hope Chris Gayle can wake up Bangladeshi fans from their dreams. West Indies will decimate Bangladesh. INSHALLAH

Posted by a1s2 on (November 11, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

@Gizza actually they don't have roach he is injured and won't be playing this series.other than that only shakib is the only thing for bangladesh and perhaps west indies poor fielding other than that it will be west indies all the way but i do hope bangladesh gives some fight

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

shiv is bangladesh biggest problem dont see gale doing much'.. watch for tammin...

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

@Coolgye...Dude that made me laugh he can bowl line and length why don't you watch his bowing all 4 matches in Asia Cup so you can see for yourself. Him and Nazmul are the 2 best fast bowlers Bangladesh has and are accurate most of the time with their lines. Retire? he only just turned 29 for crying out loud he may not play Test Cricket again but limited overs at least a good part of 5 years for him. He's careful about his fitness now because Bangladesh knows they need him as much as possible plus can be a handy batsman with late big shots.

Posted by Silva-Surfa on (November 11, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Having different types of personalities in a squad is natural in any team-format. The key to success is down to how Management and Leadership can co-operate with the respected players on the field and how the Board and Selectors handle them off the field. What we've seen with Chris Gayle in the last two years was an example of communication breaking down. But thankfully some of those issues seem to be resolved and the team as a whole can move forward. Although the Windies were successful in the T20 World Cup, they still need to do alot of work in the 5-day format. They should be slight favourates on paper against the Banglas, but i wouldn't under-estimate the hosts at home. If their batsman turn up and the spinners perform, they'll be more than capable of winning the series. So it has all the makings of being a fascinatinating contest.

Posted by Coolgye on (November 11, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain - Bro Mashrafe Mortaza's main problem is that he can't bowl accurate lengths. Your point is also valid that he has been hampered by injuries but now you might consider that he should retire after a couple of years. I don't think he should be available for the 2015 World Cup or the Twenty20 World Cup in 2014 which i guess is in his backyard, Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

keep it up, we no u all will make us happy.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (November 11, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

Man of Sixes...great player good wishes for future ,,from Pak fans

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 0:55 GMT)

@Htc-Android...wisehah makes a fair point but the ranking bit is slightly wrong. Mortaza is a good fast bowler but his career has been hampered by multiple injuries which is why he never made it to the top 10 of rankings. Abdur Razzak is a limted over spin specialist and has a fantastic record in ODIs and T20s. Both are actually better than Shakib.

Posted by Shortcuts on (November 11, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

West Indies fans look way too overconfident I hope it doesn't go wrong for you. West Indies are expected to win all these matches so you have everything to lose. You say West Indies will smack all these Bangladesh bowler out of the park but don't realise that spinners like Shakib and Sunny already have 5 wicket hauls against your 'mighty' team don't get too carried away prove it on Tuesday.

Posted by Htc-Android on (November 11, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

@wiseshah. when did mortaza become the top 10 bowler in the rankings? when did razzaq stayed in the top 10 ranking for more than 3 years? only shakib is the good bowler in Bangladesh. the rest are just Overrated bowlers.

Posted by mikey76 on (November 10, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

Poor Bangladesh bowlers. Ouch! They're gonna be fetching cricket balls from all parts as he smashes the medium pacers out the park.

Posted by Gizza on (November 10, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

At the least the West Indies have Roach and Narine. The Banglas don't have a single bowler that will trouble the Windies lineup unless they make the pitches really dusty. But that also helps Narine and co. The series should be one-way traffic. Remember the West Indies are full strength this time around.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (November 10, 2012, 22:55 GMT)

He is a true entertainer. He is gonna bash bangladesh bowlers.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2012, 22:51 GMT)

well when its all said and done bangladesh will still need more rain

Posted by   on (November 10, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

Good luck fellas!!! Time to improve our standings.

Posted by KenyaDigIt on (November 10, 2012, 21:35 GMT)

@wiseshah... " elias sunny, enamul jr are also world class". Seriously?! As for WI, they have Kemar Roach!

Posted by Coolgye on (November 10, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

@wiseshah - Bro there is only 1 WI bowler in the current ICC Top 10 Bowlers Ranking which is Kemar Roach. There is NO sign of ABDUR RAZZAQ AND/OR SHAKIB UL HASSAN.

Posted by mngc1 on (November 10, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

I am happy that Bangladeshis think their bowling is world class. This should be a very interesting series for a WI team that has been playing a lot better than the raw results suggest. Whilst not top class as yet I believe it will be good enough to win the series.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

come on gayle, nothing can stop u ;)

Posted by wiseshah on (November 10, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

@gtzshotta--- i dont know if u know bangla bowlers are better than WI bowling. shakib, razzaq, mash all are top ten ranking bowlers, elias sunny, enamul jr are also world class. If bangladesh lost, its because of their poor batting, not bowling. shakib and razzaq are top ten bowlers more more than 3 years. how many wi bowlers are in the top ten list?

Posted by KingOwl on (November 10, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

"If you don't have fun, you'll struggle in international cricket", says the man. This may sound very simple. But I think there is a LOT of wisdom in it. Even those with great talent who 'did not have fun' have failed to make it in the long run in international cricket.

Posted by gtzshotta on (November 10, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Off field issues won't stop this man from plundering the Bengali bowlers all over their country.

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