West Indies news June 6, 2011

Gayle hopeful of speedy national return

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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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  • 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?

  • jonfox6020 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?

  • jonfox6020 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...

  • 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.

  • xlcrhs 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.

  • 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.

  • on June 7, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    THIS MUST BE THE PLAYING 11 OF WEST INDIES FOR ODIS: SIMMONS,GAYLE,SARWAN,CHANDERPAUL,DJ BRAVO,POLLARD,SAMMY,RAMDIN,RAMPAUL,ROACH AND BISHOO

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket 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......................

  • 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

  • Fast_Track_Bully 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.

  • 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?

  • jonfox6020 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?

  • jonfox6020 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...

  • 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.

  • xlcrhs 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.

  • 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.

  • on June 7, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    THIS MUST BE THE PLAYING 11 OF WEST INDIES FOR ODIS: SIMMONS,GAYLE,SARWAN,CHANDERPAUL,DJ BRAVO,POLLARD,SAMMY,RAMDIN,RAMPAUL,ROACH AND BISHOO

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket 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......................

  • 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

  • Fast_Track_Bully 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.

  • on June 7, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Why are you guys coming down on Sammy like that??? He continues to do alot for the team and so far is leading well.

  • PaddyRasta on June 7, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    Nice one simonviller. I am not a HR professional, but Gayle; central contract or not needs to be performance managed. They need to give him a formal warning, discuss and document behaviours that are acceptable and not acceptable. If he does not decide that these future rules are acceptable; then let him go his own merry way. If he does accept and then if he breaks the rules; he will have no recourse and will be out for an extended period of time. Yes he can contribute to the team, but he is a disruptive influence unless he is fully reconciled with management. And I wish he would just keep his mouth and ego shut. He is not helping his cause.

  • on June 7, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    stop experimenting ,we have the players to beat this indian outfit .they did not see this tour as important thats why they rested there main players, i know we are trying to build a team ourselves but my west indian people have not had a home series win for a while. .lets put the politics aside west indians need something to smile about .lets resolve this gayle /taylor issue and make a decision on sammy and pollard .we can beat india in the west indies.oh and please the grounds in the caribbean where windies have the rest of the games try prepare a pitch that suits our boys, they need any help they can get right now .

  • xlcrhs on June 7, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    @testIP Baugh cannot bat but he is the last WI player to score two centuries against Australia when they were ranked #1! He also has a better first class batting ave than Ramdin & Simmons. Remember Ramdin got 5 yrs to prove himself and failed

  • simonviller on June 7, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    I never thought I would be hearing this from Gayle ! He literally burned his bridge behind him and now he is trying to repair iit ;but his ego is such that he doesn't even know how to . The best way to wipe the egg off your face Gayle ,is to start with a public apology to your coach and board members for the deparaging remarks made to them and to not continue with your double talk . I wish your followers would be honest with you, as well as themselves and let you know when you go wrong . You are the professional dealing with a board who has the right include or exclude you from the team for whatever reason ,so act like one if you know that you want to play for them again . No one is indispensable and that includes you .

  • Silloh on June 7, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    The days are gone when we can count on the so called experienced local stars. What was Sarwan, an established experienced batsman trying to prove with that snail pace and not trying to lead by example and convert ones into twos. Dwayne Bravo's bowling was costly and I can't recall if he batted . Darren Bravo and Simmons the younger generation need to get thei battingr act together . All in all, the WI team showed tremendous spirit on the fiels which is good, but that alone cannot win the game for us. Is Desmond Haynes still the batting coach ? Make room for Pollard in the next game I think and WIBC, please sort Gayle out fast. Cricket is bigger than you both.Congrats to India . This team may not be exciting but they won.

  • Metman on June 6, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Well said Silva -surfa !Gayle critises Sammy,the coach,the WI public and management,and now hopeful of a speedy national return ?but according to delboy,he might very well be picked for the Jamaica leg,just to boost sales.Hope it doesn't backfire like in Guyana with Sars and Chanders.Well,I have seen now that those responsible for choosing the final XI,have finally looked at Pollard the cricketer and not Pollard the name.His presence was clearly affecting the balance of the team.

  • gottalovetheraindance on June 6, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    i know i for one will not be spending hard earned money to go watch Kirk Edwards & Sammy at Sabina Park. even though i trying to lose weight i would rather go Devon House for ice cream or Hellshire for sum fish & bammy. So if Wicb want people to turn up they better pick Gayle, Fidel or Roach / Taylor should also be brought in for Rampaul because he seems to be tired or injured or maybe both. Carlton Baugh is not doing west Indies any good at the moment & this is coming from a Jamaican !! Play Simmonds as Wicket Keeper & make Pollard or Sammy open with Simmonds in the next Match @ Queen's park. all they can do is swipe so maybe it would be a good idea to put them in early vs the medium pacers. isnt that common sense?? Y cant the coach or selectors see this?

  • Outswinging on June 6, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    Should the continued defeats be placed on the backs of what is increasingly being seen as a callous and vindictive WICB? When is WI going to put the best team possible on the field? When will the pettiness be put aside and allow WI cricket to flourish without malicious interference? When will there be a proper structure to address and manager player injuries, rehabilitation and fitness? What has happened to young Barath? Let's see how theTaylor/Roach tandem works.

    The management needs to increase the level of professionalism and urgency in the team - 184 dot balls, where's the coaching?

  • delboy on June 6, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    In persuit of ticket sales Gayle will be recalled for the Jamaican matches..

  • TestIP on June 6, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    WI management needs to GO. Someone save the WI team. What a disaster. The selectors are BIASED...Why are they not playing the talented players? Someone comments last week was correct to say that the current T & T team can destroy this waste of a team that played the first match against India. Stop forcing the failures. Darren sammy should not even make the team and I cannot see who made him captain. The WI team should be Gayle, Barat, Sarwan, D.Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin, Edwards, Taylor, Roach, A. Russel. Try this and see the difference. Although Bisoo is a good spinner he needs to develop his batting. Russel can be a good all rounder. Clearly Ramdin is the best wicket keeper/batsman to play. bough is a waste. He cannot bat. Please change the WI management fast.

  • TheLight on June 6, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    WICB should all be fired for the way they have managed players.

  • nafzak on June 6, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    WICB should stop this experiment with 10 against 11. we could not beat India when we had 11, what makes them think that we could beat India with 10? Guess I don't understand the point of playing a man short.... yes, I am talking about Sammy.

  • cgtboy87 on June 6, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    we need him bck badly....barath and gyale back at the top order plssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • delboy on June 6, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Guys..this is an administration team that act like the boy who owns a bag of marbles and will gladly play with you as long as you never win, once you start winning he picks up his bags and goes home. Does anyone remember WI beating England recently??? In the boards pursuit of CASH they stepped in to fill the position of Pakistan who were due to tour England. As part of the negotiation what did they do?? The sacrificed the Trophy JUST to ensure they secured the series, is that wisdom or just chasing the MONEY. Why then are we knocking PROFESSIONAL players for their choices?

  • Shoeb_Texas on June 6, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    With Gayle they won no matches against top teams in last two years, without Gayle they did, just in the last month. Gayle is good for IPL, but not that much consistent or useful for WI.

  • indiaworldchamps2011 on June 6, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    thx god people r not blaming bcci n ipl for gayle not being in the WI team.... thats the fashion these days..... jus blame bcci for everything

  • on June 6, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Selfish or not I don't know, but he's very clearly the most destructive opener in the world currently, capable of singlehandedly winning this Indian series, so why the hell has the WICB not already decided if he's gonna play for the WI anytime soon or not? What's the point of keeping that meeting or whatever it is so late. Whether Gayle is selfish or not, the WICB really does not know how to manage its players and is right up there in the Ijaz Butt mould.

  • Silva-Surfa on June 6, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Have a calm-down Gayle supporters. Believe it or not i'm not criticising him for the choices he made, just being brutally honest enough to tell it like it is. I certainly don't approve of the man-management of the Board, i for one would like to see the back of them, but some of you out there putting on the Gayle-Goggles and claiming he had no choice and was a victim of circumstance, well I'm sure he feels conflicted by the millions that he's made, i wish him luck, but don't give me all this guff about still caring about representing the Windies, when his actions are clearly speaking louder than his words.

  • on June 6, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    He is the best player available for Westindies at the moment, let him play against India and see what he can.

  • on June 6, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    West Indies team management has to start to be consistent and to take the moral high ground and lead the team players. There are too many incidents of poor communication, inconsistencies in policy/actions and a total lack of transparency. Since there are no clear expectations, and with a lack of communication it just leaves everything up to speculation going as far as thoughts of vindictiveness by players and fans, when it could simply be incompetence. However, when only players (some) are held to account and the administrative don't seem to be held under the same microscope despite issue after issue, one just can't help but to wonder. Sir Viv Stadium beach party, who lost their job over that?

  • PaddyRasta on June 6, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    WICB didn't want him to play against Pakistan. He was not picked, minor injury or not. So the man went off to a team that wanted him and WICB gave a NOC. But why is it taking so long to have this meeting? IPL finished 28th May. Does every man and his dog have to be there? Or is this a few drinks in a brewery and WICB cannot even arrange this? That said, he should be approaching them with his tail between his legs not bigging himself up. He may be the best opener at the moment but if he's not fully committed to work with Gibson and Co, then he should be out. The team comes first.

  • PACERONE on June 6, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    It is funny how some have a problem with Gayle. Australia India and Sri Lanka do not have a problem picking him to play in their games.They are willing to pay big money without fitness test etc.He played with an injury in the world cup for WI.Played a long inning in Sri Lanka to save WI. WICB have screwed up like this before..not picking Haynes,who would of helped Campbell. At the height of our greatest team...the top players were playing county cricket. There were no complaints then. Matches should be scheduled better.Not playing in England when it was still terribly cold.WICB was after money then.Cricketers have no right to want to make money. Their careers are shorter than most of ours.

  • on June 6, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    @Silva-Surfa - This is just not so straight forward. Remember Gayle and the seniors got blasted by the coach, then by the CEO who announced a new way forward for West Indies cricket for 2015. They then proceed to name the squad for the T20 and 2 ODI's without any of the senior players, and without communicating with them if they got dropped. Considering what happened to Sarwan and Taylor in the past and what is now happening to Benn, I cannot knock Gayle for taking up the opportunity presented to him. I am just sorry Benn did not get a similar opportunity.

  • on June 6, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Gayle was not picked for the series vs Pakistan and thats the reason he went to the IPL in the 1st place....

  • on June 6, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    GAYLE WAS NOT PICKED FOR THE PAKISTAN SERIES, THATS THE REASON HE WENT TO THE IPL!! "had no choice"...was he just suppose to sit and home and hope WICB picks him when they had already announced the squad and he was not in it...

  • PACERONE on June 6, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Cricketers get payed for playing cricket. I guess that some people think that Gayle should of waited around for the WI board to assess if he is fit. When would they have done that? Vivgilchrist would not of played in the IPL...maybe he gets un-employment cheques They should of picked him and have a fitness test the day before the game.That is done by most teams. I hope they sort this mess out.I want to watch cricket live. Young Bravo does not look the same as when Gayle was in the team.

  • Silva-Surfa on June 6, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    I'm with VivGilchrist on this one. Gayle knows the nation needs him, but only shows interest when there's nothing else on offer to him. That's the beauty of not signing a retainer contract. If he feels so strongly about the way the Board treats him, then he shouldn't play under them, but it looks to me that he wants the best of both worlds, as long as it's suitable to his professional schedule. I'm a big fan of his style of batting, but i find it hard to support a guy that only wants to play International cricket, when there's nothing else out there. I respect the fact that he has his reasons and i wish the current members of the WICB would be replaced, but until that day arrives, you have to like it or lump it. At this moment Gayle treats representing the Windies as a chore and not a honour. I'll be intrigued to see what he does if a English county wants his T20 services, during the series against India, although i'm pretty sure we all know what the answer would be.

  • on June 6, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Well what can I say. We desperately need an opener and he is our best choice at the moment. He is not a great player of spin,but may just be able to bully the spinners, he is good at that. If GAYLE gets some runs, it will give the younger players the confidence needed to play the spinners. It is about CONFIDENCE. However I am still angry with the GUY, but he is one of us and it will be nice to have him back. HAPPY hunting Mr GAYLE, respect due.

  • VivGilchrist on June 6, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Let me get this straight... so now that the IPL is over, he wants to play for Windies again?

  • msg90 on June 6, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    nah, still need the "sic" cause technically, since this is a somewhat professional site, they must still abide by international grammatical rules.

  • on June 6, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    No "sic"'s needed on twitter. Tweets don't follow Old Fogey Cricinfo's grammar rules.

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  • on June 6, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    No "sic"'s needed on twitter. Tweets don't follow Old Fogey Cricinfo's grammar rules.

  • msg90 on June 6, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    nah, still need the "sic" cause technically, since this is a somewhat professional site, they must still abide by international grammatical rules.

  • VivGilchrist on June 6, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Let me get this straight... so now that the IPL is over, he wants to play for Windies again?

  • on June 6, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Well what can I say. We desperately need an opener and he is our best choice at the moment. He is not a great player of spin,but may just be able to bully the spinners, he is good at that. If GAYLE gets some runs, it will give the younger players the confidence needed to play the spinners. It is about CONFIDENCE. However I am still angry with the GUY, but he is one of us and it will be nice to have him back. HAPPY hunting Mr GAYLE, respect due.

  • Silva-Surfa on June 6, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    I'm with VivGilchrist on this one. Gayle knows the nation needs him, but only shows interest when there's nothing else on offer to him. That's the beauty of not signing a retainer contract. If he feels so strongly about the way the Board treats him, then he shouldn't play under them, but it looks to me that he wants the best of both worlds, as long as it's suitable to his professional schedule. I'm a big fan of his style of batting, but i find it hard to support a guy that only wants to play International cricket, when there's nothing else out there. I respect the fact that he has his reasons and i wish the current members of the WICB would be replaced, but until that day arrives, you have to like it or lump it. At this moment Gayle treats representing the Windies as a chore and not a honour. I'll be intrigued to see what he does if a English county wants his T20 services, during the series against India, although i'm pretty sure we all know what the answer would be.

  • PACERONE on June 6, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Cricketers get payed for playing cricket. I guess that some people think that Gayle should of waited around for the WI board to assess if he is fit. When would they have done that? Vivgilchrist would not of played in the IPL...maybe he gets un-employment cheques They should of picked him and have a fitness test the day before the game.That is done by most teams. I hope they sort this mess out.I want to watch cricket live. Young Bravo does not look the same as when Gayle was in the team.

  • on June 6, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    GAYLE WAS NOT PICKED FOR THE PAKISTAN SERIES, THATS THE REASON HE WENT TO THE IPL!! "had no choice"...was he just suppose to sit and home and hope WICB picks him when they had already announced the squad and he was not in it...

  • on June 6, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Gayle was not picked for the series vs Pakistan and thats the reason he went to the IPL in the 1st place....

  • on June 6, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    @Silva-Surfa - This is just not so straight forward. Remember Gayle and the seniors got blasted by the coach, then by the CEO who announced a new way forward for West Indies cricket for 2015. They then proceed to name the squad for the T20 and 2 ODI's without any of the senior players, and without communicating with them if they got dropped. Considering what happened to Sarwan and Taylor in the past and what is now happening to Benn, I cannot knock Gayle for taking up the opportunity presented to him. I am just sorry Benn did not get a similar opportunity.

  • PACERONE on June 6, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    It is funny how some have a problem with Gayle. Australia India and Sri Lanka do not have a problem picking him to play in their games.They are willing to pay big money without fitness test etc.He played with an injury in the world cup for WI.Played a long inning in Sri Lanka to save WI. WICB have screwed up like this before..not picking Haynes,who would of helped Campbell. At the height of our greatest team...the top players were playing county cricket. There were no complaints then. Matches should be scheduled better.Not playing in England when it was still terribly cold.WICB was after money then.Cricketers have no right to want to make money. Their careers are shorter than most of ours.