West Indies news June 6, 2011

Gayle hopeful of speedy national return

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle, who was named the 2010 West Indies Players Association (WIPA) Cricketer of the Year as well as Test Player of the Year during the eighth annual First Citizens WIPA Awards in St Ann's on Thursday night, is hopeful about getting back into the national side "as quickly as possible".

Gayle, who had been omitted from the West Indies limited-overs squad for the Twenty20 and first two ODI games against India, following his ongoing dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over his controversial radio interview in April, wrote in his column in the Hindustan Times that he wanted the "issue to be sorted out".

"We have a meeting scheduled sometime in the next few days," Gayle wrote, "[and] I want to be involved in the game. But it is out of my control. The WICB people are the ones in charge. I have to see if we can resolve the issue. As I had stated to the board, they have known that I am fully available."

Gayle, who watched the Twenty20 game between West Indies and India in Trinidad on Saturday from the stands, wrote it was "disappointing to actually be on the sidelines" and "strange not to be involved in the game, not to be walking out to open the batting".

"The atmosphere was great but the stands are not a great place to be. I want to be in the middle."

Gayle had called on his fans to give him "a wake up call to go and watch cricket, wake me at 9-30am T&T plz [sic]" on Twitter the day before the match. After the game he tweeted that he had a "blast at cricket...It was really nice to see the support and appreciation by fans...thank you all for d [sic] support!!" During the game he had tweeted "WI Fans..Don't worry about a thing,cause every little things gonna [sic] be alright...", suggesting that that there could soon be a reconciliation between him and the board.

The WICB was angered by Gayle's decision to play in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore but Gayle had said the way he had been treated by the West Indies board (WICB) had left him with little choice but to join Bangalore and miss the home series against Pakistan. Gayle, who ended the IPL as the tournament's top run scorer, called his stint "memorable."

"The people and fans there showed a lot of warmth," he wrote. "That was in contrast to how one's own people fail to recall, tend to forget the things you have done for the team.

"From a player's point of view, that kind of respect is definitely deserved. In your own region you are made to feel like an outsider. It is sad but that is how it is. Yes, here I'm definitely talking about the administration. It is always important that you should feel absolutely relaxed to feel an integral part of an environment."

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  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    Chris is perfectly right. In the WI, great players are not appreciated. Players are constantly under pressure; they are not made to feel wanted. In the IPL, the owners and managers recognize the importance of making players feel wanted and comfortable in the team. WI Board and the Selectors need to take a page from their book. Two case in points: Tandurka is going strong for India; why is the Greatest WI batsman Brian Lara not still playing for WI? Devon Smith was one of the top scorers in the recent ICC World Cup and by far the highest scorer for the West Indies. He played well against Sri Lanka. He had some problems with one Pakistan bowler, but he played all the other bowlers well. A batsman who can hardly get the ball off the square is preferred to him. We have so many great past cricketers, yet the selection panel is comprised of people who were all mediocre players. Are we so un-progressive, that we cannot appreciate what is best, greatness?

  • Kamal on June 7, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    On another note, Can we as WI supporters not do something about our cricket? Must we just sit and watch the WICB destroy our pride by picking second grade players to represent our region... How much longer can we take it??? It is about time we stand up and take back our cricket... too many years have gone by and still no change... It is not the players to blame by the management and coach... Let us sign a petition or something for the board to resign... and vote for a new board... The board should not consist of individuals from one island, instead it should be made up of a representative from one island each...where the people vote for them... Step down now WICB board... If it's change you want then take the first step and get out.... New Board and bring in a new coach...a top coach...who the players can look up to...not a failed cricketer such as Ottis Gibson... how good was he as a cricketer???? just check his stats... why would the players listen to him when their stats are better?

  • Kamal on June 7, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    All said below. The major problem is the WI Administration and Coach. How good is Gibson as coach, how good a player was he? WI need Gayle, Barath, Chanderpaul, Taylor, Edwards... Agree with some comments below that Baugh must go and even though I support Ramdin, we should nuture either Darren Bravo or Simmons for the keeper role, they got the ability. WI have all the players fit and available, so why not pick a strong side against this Indian team. Just poor management. People say that Chanderpaul cannot play ODI cricket again, but we need a player like him to bat and steady the innings in the middle.We got - Gayle, Barath, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Bravo, Rampaul, Taylor, Roach, Bishoo, Simmons, Fidel Edwards and a few youngsters to choose from. With these players, WI can beat this indian side... but need to score 260 plus in the ODI and cannot do it with the current side...Bring back our players WICB...

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Gayle is good for sure he can change the game,But at the same time he cannot play every game.once he is gone game is lost by the side which should nt be for any team so gayle should be optional player if some one is hurt he should be taken.

  • sherman on June 7, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    In 2003 Baugh scored 115 n.o. playing for the Carib Beer XI and in 2008 he scored 111 n.o. playing for the Jamaica Select XI both against Australia. While these may not be test centuries it shows that he has the ability to score against the likes of Gillespie, MacGill, Lee, Mitchell Johnson and Stuart Clark. He should get the chance to settle into the test team like everyone else. It seems everybody wants heads to roll with Baugh and Sammy at the top of the list but they can't see that Simmons and Ganga aren't the answer!WICB needs to be patient and level headed and develop the players and stop playing musical chairs.When players show ability early in their careers we should nurture them as Eng did with Alistair Cook.

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    I really feel for West indies Cricket and the fans..They were known as Cricketting Giants 3 decades ago but since then they have beel falling apart.But im sure someday they ll rise up and be World Champions again n for dat Dey need to have players like Gayle,Taylor,Fidel as they r typical match winners.This comes from a Sri lankan.

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2011, 9:50 GMT


  • Senthil on June 7, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    @xlcrhs Who said C.Baugh scored two centuries against Australia. He has not scored even 50 against Australia & FYI he has never scored a century against any team in the world. His Highest score against Australia is 24. My humble request for West Indian fans please don't recommend Ramdin or C.Baugh for wicket keeper position. Develop L.Simmons or Darren Bravo as wicket keeper so that an all-rounder can be added to the team.. Don't give chances for these keepers until they are useful with the bat. Bring in Chris Gayle,Shiv Chanderpaul,J.Taylor,F.Edwards,S.Benn & K.Roach for 3rd ODI. Remove A.Martin,C.Baugh,K.Edwards.R.Rampaul & A.Russell. S.Benn would be the right combination for D.Bishoo.. BRING IN CHRIS MAMA BACK...................... BRING IN CHRIS MAMA BACK......................BRING IN CHRIS MAMA BACK......................

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    @xlcrhs ... baugh has scored no international hundreds ... wat are u talkin about ,... in 34 odi's he has nevr crossed 50

  • Manesh on June 7, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    Now who will bash IPL? Gayle replied to WCB with his batting in IPL and hence he got lot of fans frm India too. The people who are spending hours to criticize IPL for everything must think this too.

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