West Indies in England 2012

Gayle's West Indies return hits fresh roadblock

Nagraj Gollapudi

April 30, 2012

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Chris Gayle thumps the ball down the ground, Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012, Mohali, April 20, 2012
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Chris Gayle's return to the West Indies squad is likely to be delayed after fresh doubts emerged over his availability for the ODI leg of the upcoming England tour, pouring cold water over the hard-earned resolution reached between him and the West Indies Cricket Board by CARICOM (the Caribbean Community).

Earlier this month Gayle had sent a request to Ernest Hilaire, the WICB chief executive, asking the board if he would be selected for the ODI leg of the England tour in June; this was to help him clarify his availability for Somerset, with whom he had signed as an overseas player for the summer. Hilaire, in his response, has accused Gayle of "reneging" on the undertaking the player had given in the presence of St Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, stating he would make himself available to play for West Indies over Somerset.

"I write to you with respect to the upcoming West Indies tour of England scheduled for May 2 - June 25, 2012. As previously indicated, I am willing to make myself available to play for West Indies for this tour after my obligations to my IPL team are fulfilled," Gayle said in his e-mail, available to ESPNcricinfo, dated April 20.

Gayle, who last played for West Indies in the 2011 World Cup, told Hilaire that having signed a contract with Somerset, the county required him to "give an undertaking" of his availability for the entire duration of the contract, which clashed with West Indies' tour of England. Somerset have five Friends Life t20 games scheduled during the time West Indies play three ODIs and a T20I against England.

"I would appreciate if I could be informed whether I will be contracted for the West Indies Team for England Tour before I give my commitment to Somerset," Gayle said. "I only ask this so I would be in an informed position before I respond to Somerset, given the fact that I indicated my availability to the West Indies Team after the IPL," Gayle said, requesting an immediate reply.

In his response, sent on April 26, Hilaire said that "the Board has now considered your request and is extremely disappointed that, following the progress we had seemed to be making towards final agreement, you now seem unwilling to honour the commitment you made with respect to your Somerset contract."

According to Hilaire, Gayle had sent a "side letter" to Gonsalves on March 23, stating that he would "forego" his Somerset contract in order to make himself available to play for West Indies. "You reiterated this commitment in your April 1 letter, in response to WICB's request for clarification," Hilaire said. "Your most recent communication appears to suggest that you may be reneging on your availability as you now state that you are willing to make yourself available and not that you are making yourself available. A player cannot be considered for selection if he has not made himself available for selection."

According to Hilaire, during the meeting between Gonsalves, Gayle and the WICB, it was made clear to Gayle that selection matters did not come under the "purview" of the board. "The Board cannot give any commitment to any player with respect to his selection for a particular match or tour; but we will ask the Chairman of Selectors to have a discussion with you on issues relating to your selection at the earliest, in anticipation that you will meet all eligibility requirements," Hilaire told Gayle.

The ball is now once again in Gayle's court with Hilaire asking the player to come up with an instant reply.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

To all that concern this is Sammy and Gayle record as Captain. Gayle captain 20 games won 3 lost 9 and drew 8 , Important to look at the opponents 6 test SA, 3 test AUS , 7 test Eng. 2 test New Z, and 2 test TRI. Sammy captain 16 games won 2 lost 6 drew 7 and 1 abon. opponents INdia 6, Aus 3, Pak 2 , Bang 2 ,and tri 3. For personal contribution of the 2 men please go to WI players stats and make your own conclusion. For the person who are asking what Gayle have done for WI cricket his name is the record book as 1 of the 4 persons to score 2 triple century in test , unfortunately the one under Sammy , Gibson and Hilaier cost him his place in the team.

Posted by TheLight on (May 2, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

@Rally_Windies.............you are so correct in your assessment. Players do not trust the WICB because of the treatment dealt out players before them. That is why they choose IPL etc. before playing for the WI. There are many examples of WI players who cannot pay their bills and have ended up on the streets...recall interviews during the world cup in the WI with vagrants who once played for the WI?................. WI cricket will continue to languish at the bottom of the table as long as this trust is absent..............Modern players do nto want to end up on the streets because of insularity and vindictiveness..............things that the current WICB has displayed time and time again.

Posted by TheLight on (May 2, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

What dis Gayle do wrong? The man said he would be available if selected.

Did the WICB expect him to refuse a contract and not be picked for the WI?

The WICB is just playing games and I suspect wanted to punish Gayle by having him forgo his contract and not be picked for the WI.

Shame on hunte and his minions.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 2, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

simonviller I don't know where you are from, but Viv and Llyod would say you are not West Indian .. their teams were HIGHLY professional, they trained day in day out and plugged away in the nets. They were the best Fielding unit in the world, and not because of talent ...

FYI, T&T and Jamaica are more professional in their approach to the game than the WICB .... they have better training regiments, the team schedule and travel is better organised, better treatment for injured players, better technical teams to analyse opponents and both T&T and Jamaica have a better coach than the WI...

T&T and Jamaica players who play in England and India, can safely say that their WORST working conditions are when they play for the West Indies ....

where the hell are you from exactly? can't be the West Indies that is for sure ....

Posted by riverlime on (May 2, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

Bobmartin is right. All the players on a touring team will have a CONTRACT to play, and they will collect a salary, whether or not they are SELECTED to play any particular game. Gayle was merely asking the WICB to declare their pre-arranged intention to sign him for the England tour, so that he could give a legally binding reason for reneging on his Somerset contract. Somerset would sue him for breach of contract, if he were to decide ,say, to suddenly go on a month long holiday. Similarly he could be sued for not having a GOOD reason for abandoning them at the last minute. The ONLY reason they would HAVE to let him leave would be for NATIONAL commitments, as agreed by the ICC. So, for all those whose brains can fit in their mouths, Gayle is in a cleft stick here. He can only escape playing for Somerset if WICB confirm his need to play for them. If the WICB change their minds after he has cancelled his Somerset contract, then Gayle would be quite royally screwed.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

WICB = Idiots..so sad! i have tickets to see Windies in the ODI's here in Enlgland, but now want a refund. Who wants to see the current crop of openers flaying about, and hitingt the odd ball for a six... ridiculous !

Posted by simonviller on (May 2, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Let's say WICB gives Gayle a contract as he asking and on selection ,he for whatever reason fails to produce , do they then drop him and pay him while he's benched ? Would he then resort to the IPL or other as before ,while under contract given his constant wrangling with the board ? I'm asking because anything is possible with such a volatile situation ; which would surely put "egg "on faces of many within the administration . I see a message being sent here to Gayle ,that you will be treated as any other player if selected , perform and conform ,or else .

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Cricket needs a players union which would advocate and represent the players. The Simon Katich and now the Chris Gayle incidents are reminders of how the players are literally at the mercy of the selectors and the board. With T20 leagues, these players get a chance to showcase their talents even though they are shunned by their boards. I can only imagine how many talented cricketers were shunned and ignored by their boards before the T20 era and before they were able to have enough income to voice their concerns publicly.

Posted by sircarl on (May 2, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

@bobmartin. I don't think I am confusing the "contracted" with "selected". As far as I am aware a player without a guaranteed contract like Gayle is only contracted to play after they are selected to play a series. The selection is an offer to the player to play for the WI for a particular series for a certain amount of money. The contract is formed when the player accepts the selection. So as far as I am aware the selection and contract have been essentially the same thing (except for players who already have guaranteed contract). So I'm still of the view Gayle is asking for a new type of precedent setting arrangement.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

@RandyBridgeman and others,very simply put as good as good is as a batsman,ONE batsman CANNOT just come and change the fortunes of a team.He is being portrayed as some kind of cricketing messiah which he is not,he and other quality batsmen and players were in the team before and we were getting slaughtered,winning the odd game.There are so much similarities to the Pakistan team who had star indivisual players,massive egos,but hardly played as a team,until some of them went out of the system and now with Misbah,are playing as a unit.It seems to me that Gayle,Bravo and Pollard will continue to play in whichever global T-20 competition around the world ,keep asking for no objection certificates from the board,and if by some miracle,West Indies can be slotted in,so be it.Does anyone remember Pollard turning down a place on the A team tour of England a couple of years ago to play in the T-20 competition,or Gayle arriving days before an important series from IPL,etc?.Precidents have been set

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

The entire Gayle/WICB impasse must be treated in an holistic manner, an not ju st the above article. When Mr. Hunte(WICB) responded to the Jamaican's PRIME MINISTER'S comment many in high offices said he was disrespectful. I disagreed, on the contrary, I thought he was very diplomatic. The person who was disrespectful & unpatriotic was Gayle. Most persons, with the intervention of their Head of State, more less a cricketer, would have found closure, and i mean closure. When SHIV had his problems with the WICB, the GUYANESE PRESIDENT picketed at the Nat'l Stadium. SHIV quickly found common ground with the Board & found closure to the issue. HE is now bringing glory to WI cricket. That is commitment if u may.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Regardless of whose side you take on this, i think it's fair to say that all the double-talk, power-games and manipulating the public into thinking the other party is to blame has gone beyond the point of ridiculous. If the Board don't want Gayle to be involved they should just come out and say it, or if Gayle himself says that representing the West Indies is the least appealing of all his offers, then just come out and say it. But the problem is that nobody wants to take any responsibility to act on their convictions, so instead they blame each other in the hope that the fans out there, will sympathise with their cause. I think it's time to put this to bed, one way or the other and move forward. We've been struggling with our International rankings status since the late 90s, so losing the services of Gayle won't make a difference towards the bigger picture of what's best for cricket in the caribbean.

Posted by bobmartin on (May 2, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

@sircarl... I think you are confusing "contracted" and "selected" when the two are quite separate issues. As I understand it, players are contracted to the board, and selected by the selectors. Gayle merely wanted to know if he was to be contracted by the board on order to allow him to clarify his position with Somerset. That seems to be a reasonable enough request. I've no doubt that the players from which the ODI/T20 teams will be selected are already contrated so he would simply be an addition to that list. That is hardly setting a pecedent. There was no mention of him asking if he was going to be selected.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

I would like to say as much as I admire Gayle talent I do not like his style. The west indies team is more than one man, Sammy has the boys playing as a team again, so if gayle can contribute to this effort all good, but he must not put himself over the rest of the player and play for Chris Gayle. Big scores are what we need but not at a cost to the team. Welcome him back to the squad as a great opener and one that wants to help the team. Good luck.

Posted by owb001 on (May 2, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Its is sad to see the WICB putting it's ego ahead of a team. No fans go to a game to see arrogant and childlike egotistical board members or coaches. They go to see players. The WICB board response to Gayles letter is amauterism at best. If the Board was around during Sobers, Khanai, or anyone of the great players, WI cricket would not have been what it is today. All great players have a competitive and selfish edge. That juice and desire to win and be the best always make them look selfish. Ask any of the great WI players. They all felt like they were the best. If they dont feel that way they should not be playing the game. Gayle is no different. He is one of the best and to deny us West Indes a chance to witness and feel that is a shame. Gibson feels like he is making progress. We still looses at home aganst Australian and that is considered progress. Loosing two is still loosing in any book. Good team such as Australia played down to their competition.

Posted by riverlime on (May 2, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

I am relieved that the text and context of Gayle's letter was made available so that we, the observers, can see for ourselves the rot at the heart of the creaking edifice that is the WICB. It is quite clear from his letter that Gayle is carefully choosing his words so as to not cause any friction. He asked if he was CONTRACTED to WICB, not whether he would be selected to play. Yet, the response was screeching and histrionic from Mr. Hilaire, who clearly does not care if his words offend. Worse yet, there is no mention of the others discarded by the roadside, since they are not as globally represented as Gayle . What about Sarwan, who is the second best striker of a ball in the WI (after young Bravo). Nash is the natural successor to Chanderpaul, refusing to budge on his way to a double ton for Jamaica recently. Dwayne Smith has the same talent as Samuels, but more experience in England and, crucially, has learned discipline in shot-selection.And there are others..............

Posted by simonviller on (May 2, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

Thank you Godfrey Peters ,for making your points so clearly ! If the tail wags the dog ,then that dog is no good . We do talk of professionalism ,but that same talk should teach us all to support those who strive for professionalism . WI for so long have been a collection of talented players ,without a professional approach to the game of cricket . This present administration ,whether we agree or not ,is taking the team away from that ,by way of a work ethec and behavior which mirrors that of the top teams like England and Australia etc: ,which we all know would never be in such a predicament ,by allowing themselves to be manipulated by any one player regardless of ability .

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

Let's put this Board-Gayle saga behind us and focus on this team which former stalwarts such as Holding, Walsh, Lloyd plus numerous non-Caribbean officials, players and fans are saying very nice things about. It should be obvious to all that the Board doesn't want Gayle back for a multitude of reasons and he couldn't care less. Gayle is making boatloads of cash knocking around club bowlers, enjoying himself, receiving much adulation from fans plus a few other fringe benefits/perks. Do you really believe the big man about town wants to give this up? Would you? So again, let's get behind this young, still learning team and give them our support. England will be a tough and trying place to play especially for green players. By the way, CG is overrated, basically a glorified swiper. He was in the WI along with some other deadbeats for over a decade and we lost far more than we won. What makes anyone think his return to the Test team would make us better? This soap opera is very boring.

Posted by vannoj on (May 2, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

"Your most recent communication appears to suggest that you may be reneging on your availability as you now state that you are willing to make yourself available and not that you are making yourself available. A player cannot be considered for selection if he has not made himself available for selection." Can anyone distinguish between "willing to make yourself" and "making yourself" available to play. It seems that only Mr. Hilaire knows the difference. This seems to be a clear indication that he does not want Gayle in the team. If Gayle is to be disciplined and which I feel is just for his actions, this should have been done a long time ago so that competitive cricket for the WI can move on. What the Board fails to recognise is that some players, like Gayle, are excellent marketing tools and can be used to financially boost the Board. WI cricket will be better off, players better paid and executives, like Hilaire, with more money in his pocket when his time is DONE.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 2:37 GMT)

Good atleaet in our times we still can enjoy players through T20 leagues across the world as well as county stints.It is always sad when sportspesrons have to deal with boards coz there are enough fools on such panels.Gayle just wants to ensure that he is picked up so that he doesn't sit out and not play at the county as well.I agree but the county an also be a bit more accomodating in terms of notice period and Gayle should also try to drop out of this commitment and show a little humility.its a clear case of bending backs.

Posted by Rollindice on (May 2, 2012, 2:03 GMT)

Many ppl here are criticizing the WICB Board and saying Gayle is so great & they should just accept his question.It just shows how many ppl are just for $$$ cause they would do same if they were in similar position, now Gayle signed agreement with them saying he would "forego" his Somerset contract and be available for WI, now why ask to know if you will be selected for current tour of England ? Why?to reap benefits all around? I'm sure he wouldn't do that if there wasn't private league matches available..for as long as i can remember i can't remember when last i've seen WI team played as much better unit, you see it in them,they have hunger to win, I can't remember seeing those during Gayle days,Of course he would perform at IPL among other places b/c others are paying more,there is no committment like b4,Indian selectors also suffer same fate,hurrying after IPL so called stars & losing big time to Aussies & England,what would happen then if he returns & not perform?

Posted by sircarl on (May 2, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

I wish the ardent Gayle supporters would put aside the emotion and look at the bigger picture. While I can see why Gayle would want to know in advance whether he will be selected (or to use his new term 'contracted') before the rest of the team is even selected his approach could have serious repercussions. If the WICB entertains his request it would be promptly presented with the same demand for other series not only from Gayle but from Pollard, Bravo, Narine etc. I can forsee such players (having already rejected guaranteed contracts) asking up year in advance whether they will be "contracted" for their handpicked series while other less fortunate players have to wait for "selection" It would make a mockery of the current system. Having said that I think Hillaire should have just responded in a measured way and not in the intemperate tone in which he did.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

@simmonviller,well said,like we say over here....there are always three sides to ANY story, mines,yours and the TRUTH.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

Let's Go Chris, show the board how it is done! Don't worry we the people want you! Time to move beyond the small talk and keep the media out of it!

Posted by simonviller on (May 1, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

Is this the same person who refused a contract in the past ? Before we condemn others for all this mess ,we should first find out ,what's penned in the deal with WICB and Gayle ,otherwise we would all be speculating and blaming the wrong persons . If GAYLE doesn't trust WICB for some reason ,we should also see why WICB wouldn't trust him ; if after forming an agreement with them,he is now asking questions at this time ,when all this would ,or should have been cleared up prior ,or at the time of the agreement . As I see it ,there is still a lot bubbling beneath the surface here ,which will come to light sooner ar later ,with straight answers .

Posted by delboy on (May 1, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

@Adnan143 Chris ALWAYS represents Jamaica when selected. What do you mean by national pride? Where did it get those who played before Gayle? When national pride become legal tender at an hospital, supermarket etc then you ca start lambasting him. This is 2012 and MOST cricketers can read, know how to use a telephone and also get help from agents who are entitled to a well earned percentage of whatever they negotiate for the player. Some fools are calling for boards to refuse granting players contracts whenever the team is engaged in a series. They are also asking for players to have some of their earning taken away. A more sensible suggestion would be that players make a donation to a benevolent fund which they manage to look after their own kind rather than fill the coffers of the champagne charlies.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 1, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

@bobmartin on agree and disagree with your posts. Agree that if he had no interest in playing for WI he would not have sent that letter. Disagree with your post to Yevghenny on (May 01 2012, 10:07 AM GMT) who basically was just stating a view that he things CG and KP are overrated which is a valid comment whether you or I agree with it. As I put in my previous comment , provided Gayle waited sufficient time for a response before signing the SS contract then fair play to him.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

i said it and going to say it again the coach give wicb an ultimatum gayle come back i am gone it don't take a grade i kid to figure that one out tony cozier say that the very first time gibson make his statement after the world cup that he is going to get rid of the senior player tony words was the coach must have written his resignation letter already when he make such a statement if any of you think that its the statement gayle made cost him not to in the team you all more fool than i think its plane and simple gibson don't want gayle in the team hilaire just playing puppet for gibson and this last thing prove it more to me and all who thing gayle should give an answer without knowing weather he is going to get a contract to go to england or not trust me if he gave them an answer they will find something else for if u have your best player and u can't tell him you r in the squad for he can't sue them for lost wages if he say yes and they don't select him for he don't have a contract

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

Maybe both parties were dead wrong in the remore and recent past.Maybe Gayle if he can seem to have a good working relationship with the board or with the coach,then do like Shahid Afridi who announced a conditional retirement from international criket as long as Waqar Younis was the coach and the head of the board remained,when they were no longer there,Afridi returned up to this day.Maybe Gayle can do this with success.@ZahidSaltin,i totally agree with you and alot of peoples here seem to make Gayle this criketing messiah of West Indies cricket which he clearly is not as good as he is.Pakistan like the Windies in the past always had alot of talented players who had MASSIVE EGOS,HARDLY played as a team and several personality clashes,after a while several of them for different reasons are no longer a team and now for the last year and some have been playing like world beaters under Misbah Ul Haq.Maybe,even if not with same results the Windies can learn something from that .

Posted by tempus on (May 1, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

People,forget whether you like Chris Gayle or not,forget whether you think he should be playing for us or not,just focus on the logic and principle of Hilaire's actions.If you do that,you will see why the West Indies are going nowhere at the moment.When you have people like that running our cricket,we have no chance.Thank god he'll soon be gone.

Posted by delboy on (May 1, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

What a lot of those who are mouthing off in this forum are not aware of ; Gayle like Lara, Richards, Holding, Adams and so many others before him know exactly what they are up against when dealing with the WI board.

Posted by delboy on (May 1, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

LACK OF PLANNING! WI need a board which realizes that cricketers playing at international level are PROFESSIONALS; if they are not needed for their national squad then someone somewhere will be more than glad to have them earning a living. A professional sportsman has a very short shelf life and MUST make hay while the sun shines. I knew about the WI tour of England since 2010 because I consult the future tours database so who does the board not know these things and plan accordingly. The emancipation of players means boards do not have that power to mess them around however, they can try to make it appear that certain players are chasing money and are not interested in representing their country. The board could have replied to Gayle's email a lot sooner than now. Have they thought about buying out Gayle's Somerset contract?

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

If you send a fool to school as Hilaire was sent, what would get? Simple... an educated fool. Such ones think that they are smart but every time they speak you realise how stupid they are.He is playing with words with Chris Gayle's head and feels that everyone think he is smart.Oh, How I await his departure from WestIndies cricket.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

now that ramnarine is gone it is time for hilaire to go also these r the people who is destroying w/i cricket i am not a gayle fan but i think he is asaking a valid question as far as the contract is concern why would hilaire keep giving gayle a hard time only god know maybe it is because of the fact that he is making so much money and he is envious of him n/z cricket board had this same problem with their cricket union and eventualy they get the rid of both the union rep and the cricket rep and nove on now they r doing better w/i cannot afford to have individuals hampereing the game this game is bigger than anyone so it is time for hilaire to move on and lets get people in the union and the cricket board who cares about our cricket as i said before w/i team needs a dependable wicketkeeper bats and a captain who can command a permanent place in the team and we can beat any team in the world sammy might have done a good job but he is not a creative captain we lost because he is not

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 1, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

wait? did I read that the board cannot select a player? so was it the selection panel that dropped Gayle, Sarawan and Chadnerpaul ?

well since a team has been selected and announced and Gayle is not on it...

doesn't that mean that the WICB selectors have blanked him? and that he should go ahead and play for Somerset ?

Posted by satspeare on (May 1, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Paramount stupidity and arrogance!! Obviously WICB does NOT want Gayle in the team. Its time for Gayle to just forget West Indies and continue to fend for himself. It is very sad what they have done and are doing to the former captain of the team. Most sane folks can see that we NEED Chris in the team - he IS the BEST opener we have. for those who say that we are more competitive, the last time I checked winning is the ultimate guide to status and we haven't won a series without Gayle either. we were also losing with BCL in the team but that did not reduce our need for him in the team! Maybe we should recall BCL - he certainly will do better. WICB NEEDS TO GO!! This is not the way to treat our players. They will not select Gayle and yet they want him to also make himself unavailable for any other team BEFORE they tell him that he is NOT in the team!! is there any one of you out there who are defending the bullying way willing to accept those kinds of terms?? GOOD LUCK GAYLE ! Post this

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 1, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

this has been the problem from the BEGINNING .....

Gayle was stuck at home after he DECLINED IPL offers for 2011 and he was available for WI duties and he was dropped from all forms of the game, along with Chanderpaul and Sarawan , and the Coach made an open attack on them in the media .....

Gayle went to the IPL late, in the middle of the season ! do you all remember ?

the interview for which he is supposedly banned came 2 months after he was dropped from the WI team ...

All the IPL contracts and other tournaments he has been playing in have all been AFTER he was dropped from the WI team ....

If the WICB does not select him , do the expect him to just stay at home and not play cricket ?

the WICB is asking players, to not sign foreign contracts and make yourself available, but they don't HAVE to select you to play for the WICB ...

lastly, the WICB player contracts make the WICB owners of the player's image rights. That is why (even Brian Lara) did not want a WICB contract.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

What a mess! The WICB work like they are stuck in the early 1900s! Sad times!!!!

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

absolutley ridiculous. Hillaire is on an ego trip. He is quibling on words and making an issue out of something that is not an issue. Gayle asked a simple question. He needs an answer to this question so that he can tell Somerset. He has put West Indies first, ahead of Somerset but they are not cooperating with him. If Hillaire gave Gayle a straight forward answer then the situation will be resolved. The weak West Indies desperatly need Chris Gayle in order to challenge England at home. This does not concern Hillaire as he is under the illusion that West Indies cricket is all about him. As an Australian supporter i didn't even watch the last series due to the ridiculous circumstances surrounding Gayles's exclusion.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

well there is nothing wrong with that request Gayle made.. just goes to show mr Ernest Hilaire is spiting Gayle..why can't they get rid of that dude..mr Ernest Hilaire west indies cricket is not ur play thing!!

Posted by ilyas on (May 1, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

I give up!!!! One way to solve this - put Hilaire and Gayle in a boxing ring and let them batter some sense into each other but we know who will win!! This never ending saga is quite ridiculous. I am not a big fan of Gayle after seeing his attitude last time WI toured England but i don't understand what Hilaire is going making noise about. A simple request by Gayle just to get confirmation, and its irrelevant what the side letter said, and Hilaire goes crazy (well crazier than he already is!!!). The other thing is why does this all have this to be done in public. Why dont they just ring each other agree what needs to be done and then issue a joint statement. How is releasing letters publicly helping the situation?!!!

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

@ Coll Gayle, Objective I've always tried to be. But I'm not going to call a spade a fork. WICB decisions in many cases might not be correct, but they usually have very solid reasons for their actions. They have to, because we the fans have the weapon of boycott. Once u don't have WI cricket at heart I will not support u. And Gayle in my view doesn't. Clive Lloyd asked him to retract & he refused. My take is Hilaire doesn't want Gayle in the team, for whatever reason. But Gayle is giving Hilaire ammo to fight him. Until Gayle can unequivocally & publicly declare his availability I can't support him. His stance is unclear to me. U can't suck cane & whistle at the same time. But Gayle must remember that life is stranger than fiction.

Posted by Outswinging on (May 1, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

Hilaire and his merry bunch continue to disappoint. He should realize that it is no longer WICB of CONTROL, but just WICB. It seems that given the history of how the Board has treated players, Christ Gayle was being cautious is asking whether the Board intended to give him a contract. Hilaire should understand that Gayle has a fiduciary responsibility to his personal estate, by being aware of his future economic situation. Who is to say whether or not the WICB would offer Gayle a contract, if he turned down Somerset? This is not shenanigans or foolishness on Gayle's part; and fans must realize that the Board's hands are not clean in its past treatment and support of players. Why couldn't a straight commitment be made - Yes or No?

Posted by KDoc on (May 1, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

This Hilaire guy is really PIG HEADED !! From the excerpts above, Gayle is asking if he will be considered for selection to play for WI. Not if if he will definitely be selected ! Before he decides to sign with Sommerset. And if a simple "Yes, I will forward your request to the Selection Committee as you are available for selection", cannot be given, then Gayle has to earn money elsewhere; meanwhile WI cricket is being stifled once again by Hilaire.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

If there seems to be no compromise,then as good as he is,why not consider even if short term walking away from West indies cricket?.Maybe a change in administration that he and the others can have a better working relationship with,will allow him to consider being more readily available in the future.Let me be very clear,i am NOT trying to defend the board here as they have dealt with this and other matters badly in the past and i CAN understand Gayle's position of wanting to secure his finacial future,however,there is basic principles that one has to look at.How many players from other countries can ask if for sure they will be picked? ,can a board really give those assurances?,if they do will they be setting a negative precident for the future ?,if so,what next is likely to happen?, if he is assured of playing for Somerset,then go and play for them,he can never be too certain in relation to the West Indies,can he?,West Indies can say they were not always certain about him.

Posted by bharath74 on (May 1, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

All that he needs is a confirmation, dont know why WCB is making such a fuss?

Posted by inot on (May 1, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

THIS IS ONLY AN ISSUE BECAUSE HILARE MADE IT ONE!!! GAYLE ASKED A LEGITIMATE QUESTION. WILL HE BE CONTRACTED (NOT SELECTED) FOR THE ENGLAND TOUR FOR WHICH IS AVAILABLE. THE ANSWER IS EITHER YES OR NO. EXECUTIVES ROUTINELY GET QUESTIONS LIKE THAT FROM EMPLOYEES AND THEY RESPOND TACTFULLY EVEN WHEN THEY ARE SAYING NO. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF POOR COMMUNICATION AND PEOPLE MANAGEMENT SKILLS. I THOUGHT RAMNARINE WAS THE PROBLEM.

Posted by bobmartin on (May 1, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

@Posted by Yevghenny on (May 01 2012, 10:07 AM GMT) "Forget Gayle, he's a showbiz cricketer these days. Him and Pollard can carry on swanning around all these t20 tournaments for all I care" If you don't care, why bother posting.. Surely the only reason for posting on this subject (or indeed any other subject) is that one way or another, you do care.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

@Chris_P and Ambrose Alexander,glad to see you and others are seeing it,sorry alot more persons cannot look at this and similar isssues objectively.No one here is questioning the cricketing ability of Mr Chris Gayle,or he or any other criketer wanting to secure his finacial future when cricketing days are over.However,even before this empasse,Mr Gayle,Mr Bravo senior and Mr Pollard has continuously secured lucrative contracts all over the world,then as a second thought,if they can slot in playing for the West Indies,then they would.Mr Gayle was played in English T-20,Australian big bash,Bangladesh premier league,Zimbabwe T-20,IPL,was linked to the start up of the Sri Lankan premier league which did not start as anticipated,but when it does,he will be there fore sure.He has kept himself busy while this impass has dragged on,prior to this,and trust me,he WILL even after all of this

Posted by rotma11 on (May 1, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

This is foolishness! I am one who didn't want to see Gayle back in the team, however the powers that be saw it fit to broker a resolution. That said, what Gayle is asking for is reasonable. He has asked "if I could be informed whether I will be CONTRACTED for the West Indies Team for England Tour", which doesn't mean that he is asking if he will play, but will he get paid. That request isn't unreasonable given he entered into contractual obligations prior to the intervention of PM Gonsalves. He has not said that he expected to be in the 11, but just in the touring party. Given the exceptions that have been made through this incident, we can accept that communication between the selectors and Gayle can be done without the fear of setting a precedent as we have a set of unusual circumstances to begin with. I like the rest of the public will say, if you don't want him, be man enough to tell him and let us move on.

Posted by Technical-1 on (May 1, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

I remember as a young man Jamaica, I heard a story of an old man selling a bike for ten shillings, the man who was purchasing the bike said he could only pay 12 shillings. Need I go further with the story. Mr. Gayle stated he would like to be informed if he will be considered for the ODI, since his name was was not on the contract list foe the Test Team. Mr. Hilaire tool Mr. Gayles question and turn it into the man that was purchasing the bike.

Like Satan, Mr Hilaire embroidered seed of dissention into the minds of the players and fans against Mr. Gayle, how can one man carry so much hate in his heart agaisnt a young man only God Knows. It is the board that gives contract not the selectors, thats where the wickedness of Mr. Hilaire is exposed.

Mr. Hilaire, "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to decieved" Sir Walter Scott. Quotes. (Scottish Novelist, Poet, Biographer and Historian 1771-1832. Mr. Hilaire I hope you do not ostentatiously postulate the words Christian

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (May 1, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

As a paying supporter of both Somerset and England this summer I think Gayle is acting entirely reasonably. He has been asked by Somerset to confirm if he can play or not, to give us time to get a replacement if he can't. Somerset are the beaten finalists of English T20 for the last 3 years, semi finalists of the CLT20 and will be paying Gayle a lot of money to try and win this year. But, the best players of any nation should be playing for their country, and he wants formal confirmation of this. He SHOULD be picked and play for the Windies - as he clearly wants to - and they should do the reasonable thing and confirm this now - in light of the specific circumstances. If they can't sort this out, then we'll look forward to having him at Taunton and everyone should respect Gayle's decision.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Do you genuinely question why Gayle, Pollard et al are ambivalent about the Windies with adminstrators like that?

1) Somerset, perfectly reasonably ask Chris Gayle whether he will be fulfilling his contract or not this summer.

2) Chris Gayle, perfectly reasonably decides to ask the Windies board whether he will be selected or not before answering that question.

3) The board, completely unreasonably, read that as him reneging on his committment to play for the Windies.

Unbelievable.

Posted by dwaynerenville on (May 1, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

How can Hilaire interpret Gayle's letter to suggest that he is "reneging" on his commitment? I too would have needed confirmation, after such soured relations, that now that I have availed myself you are actually going to use my services and not leave me in the cold again. On a related matter, the WI coach was found guilty of committing the same "sin" as Gayle (talking too much to the media). He is still the coach though.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

This thing is going on to long and can't be good for the current players who are trying their best to use the talent they have to compete with the big guns.I think that Gayle need to stop this foolishness and make up his mind.Is he all of a sudden going to be comfortable playing under Sammy as captain and Gibson as coach.

Posted by Z.Saleem on (May 1, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

I think Chris has done the right thing here, he is one of the best T20 batsmen in the World and thus asking his board if he will be selected or not is right, so that he can tell his county (Somerset) that look sorry I am not available as I have been selected for W.Indies. The WICB board has completely lost it and quite rightly as a few people said that they have over-reacted to a request. Chris we are with you mate, you are the best and we love to see you batting in the T20s (whichever the team it is)!

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

RandyOZ, funny how you pick only the last 5 tests. We did win the ODI series against Pakistan 4-0 and the 20/20 2-1. Last summer beating India at test level 4-0 and remind me what was the test match score in the last ashes in OZ? If the England & Wales team is weak how did we win the Ashes 3-1 (in case you'd forgotten). Gayle will be missed. The Windies are better with him, but we can only play against the side they pick. Personally I would love to see him bat and bowl as I have tickets for days 1-4 of the Lords test. Plus tickets for days 1-4 of the South African tests at Lord's and The Oval. Oh and I did make it to the ashes tests in Melbourne & Sydney.

Posted by Pablo_six on (May 1, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

Seriously this is what the fuss is about. Gayle asking the WI Board if he would be selected on the West Indies team and they couldn't just say YES or NO. Is the WI board run by children or adults. I'm sorry for WI cricket because this is not professional by the WICB and would not happen any where else in the world. Gayle i would recommend you keep making your money for your family and leave the kids at the WICB to themselves.

Posted by Karnor on (May 1, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

I'm not really a Gayle fan but I don't see how he has done anything wrong here. He has privately asked for clarifiaction on whether he will be picked. This doesn't place any demands on the WICB to guarantee his place as they could simply reply with "we haven't decided yet". On the other hand they might have been able to respond with a yes or no which Gayle could speak to Somerset about.

However instead the WICB have chosen to release this private correspondence to the press which is an extremely unprofessional reaction.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Gayle was given a rope(NOC) to hang himself, & that is exactly what he has done. Could u imagine the#1 opener in the WI, & arguably 1 of the best openers in the wrld having to ask whether he will be selected. From a position of strength to one of weakness. Well, comparatively speaking. However, it is not all lost for Gayle. He can still put pressure on Hilaire by publicly announcing his availability for the upcoming ODI series in ENG. Which WI selection comm will refuse to pick Gayle? It is as simple as that. But again I ask, does he really want to play for the WI? So many contracts to honour!

Posted by yorkshirematt on (May 1, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

You should know of all people that one good player doesn't make a team randy. Michael Clarke?

Posted by TropicPleasure on (May 1, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

@Chris_P. Maybe I've been in a coma for the past six years so now that I have finally awakened from it, enlighten me please. And not in generalities. You would have noticed that in the 1000 characters allowed, I pointed to specifics and I asked you for facts. Bring the facts, please. Tell me they were not competitive against New Zealand. Tell me they didn't fight against England to win the series, tell me they didn't earn the praises of the Australian media during their last tour there. Show me how this current team has won anything. Bring the facts, Chris_P. The facts, because facts are stubborn things. Don't come reharshing the generalities. Show me the evidence to support your claim that previous teams have not been competitive, have not shown fighting spirit. Show me the results.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

@Ncnotorious, That's my point. This is a Halaire/Gibson/ Sammy, show & Gayle has no place. Since Gayle publicly dis the WICB Halaire has closed the door on Gayle. Asking Gayle to retract his statement was a sham.Hilaire knew Gayle would do nothing of the sort. It is not his style. Hilaire is using Gayle's BIG EGO to score points. Hilaire is no dunce. The WICB gave Samuels a NOC to play IPL when the MIGHTY AUSSIES were here and turned back & selected him for Eng. Think about that. Hilaire can't publicly tell Gayle it is over, but he will do everything humanly possible to frustrate him. Let me give u a secret. Gayle & Gibson cannot work together & that is what Halaire is sheltering. WI cricket will survive this, trust me.

Posted by The-Guy on (May 1, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

It is clear once again that Gayle does not have west indies cricket a heart. The BOD should disassociate themselves completely with Gayle so that they are not responsible for him and therefore will not have to issue NOCs for him. Also the ICC should clearly state that if you are selected for national duty then you cannot be issued with an NOC. The cricketers are produced with the money that the home BODs use to run their programs, organize games, train cricketers etc. So it reasons that they should get some returns on their investment. A percentage of IPL wages should be paid to the respective country BODs.

Posted by Somerset-Richard on (May 1, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

OK, as a Somerset supporter I declare an interest. We were cock-a-hoop at the prospect of Chris Gayle playing for us in this seasons' T20 competition, but it's all going a bit flat now. Am I a bit old fashioned in trusting that if the bloke had signed to play for us, that he'd play for us? Not "I'll sign, but if a better offer comes along I may reconsider, leaving Somerset in the lurch and facing the prospect of a showdown with angry supporters."

Posted by Adnan143 on (May 1, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

please let him play the domestic tournaments around the world for money, clearly he has no national pride, at-least WI is competitive in his absence, we only wants true effort result are nothing. sami is another misbha who is keeping the team together and making effort, not a showman that's why media is against him

Posted by bobmartin on (May 1, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

@PutMarshyOn on (May 01 2012, 09:32 AM GMT) " Good luck to him and all but this gun-for-hire stuff is not what International Cricket needs." I've only extracted that last sentence from your reply because the rest isn't applicable to my answer... But the plain fact is that this "gun-for-hire" stuff is exactly what international cricket needs these days...Without them the IPL and all the other similar competitions wouldn't exist. It's the ever-increasing number of these lucrative Mickey Mouse competitions which have spawned the genre of itinerant cricketers.

Posted by Yevghenny on (May 1, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Forget Gayle, he's a showbiz cricketer these days. Him and Pollard can carry on swanning around all these t20 tournaments for all I care

Posted by RandyOZ on (May 1, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Not that the Windies will need Gayle to beat the weak English side who has lost 4 of their past 5 tests, but it would be great to see Gayle smacking Broad and Swann to all parts.

Posted by Chris_P on (May 1, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

@TropicPleasure. Have you been in a come for the last 6 years? Scroll through all the test series he has played and see the abysmal & disgraceful efforts the Windies have put up, They were unfocussed, not interested and ill disciplined. I saw 3 series in which he played and the old memories of the West Indies seemed like an eternity. The just completed series had the Windies competing and performing as a unit for the first time in recent memory. FYI, I also saw Gayle's efforts with the Sydney Thunder last season and they looked like the West Indies used, disinterested! His IPL side also appears not to be getting any great value from him as well. The results are there, look them up. Surely you don't suggest Gayle developed team harmony & loyalty? LOL. They even competed against India in India, who are historically difficult to beat at home. Are you watching the same game as the rest of us?

Posted by Big_Bat on (May 1, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Am I reading this all wrong? Chris Gayle, a professional, has sought to clarify his position with the WI Board regarding his livelihood. Afterall it is the way he earns a living. The Board has taken this out of context and have over-reacted, quite simply they should have just replied to him confirming his position for the ODIs. Everyone would have been happy...

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

@soumyas - those players might manage to win the odd T20. But there's no way they would beat any of the top sides in the proper form of the game

Posted by PutMarshyOn on (May 1, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

I'm with Rajan1968. Forget the money for a moment. Where is there any evidence of Gayle's desire to do the best thing for his teammates? Genius scrum-half Will Genia has just re-signed with Qld Reds for vastly less than he could have got with another franchise - because he realised what the team environment means to him. Hard to imagine Gayle turning down extra money for the same reason. Good luck to him and all but this gun-for-hire stuff is not what International Cricket needs.

Posted by Silva-Surfa on (May 1, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

In reply to bobmartin, my theory on the general apprehension concerning Gayle is that he only cares about representing West Indies on his own terms. This goes back a few years when the Windies last toured England and he only turned up a few days before the first test and he was Captain, not a great example to set any young, up and coming International Players. On top of that he still wants to be recieved as a fan-favourite to the general public in the Caribbean, so whether or not he's genuinely interested to still represent the West Indies, only he knows the real answer to that. I don't begrudge the guy wanting to make some serious money, but i can't help feeling that he's playing the misunderstood martyr, to the big, bad West Indies Cricket Board. I certainly don't agree with alot of their decisions or treatment of some Senior Players, but in life i tend to find that any kind of dispute is never a one way thing and there's always more to what's going on, beneath the surface.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

@addicted_to_chaos - This is not the issue of availability for whole tour and i dont think any Indian Cricketer has made his available only for part of the tour due to other cricketing commitments.....And on the Issue, I support Gayle. He jus asked whether he will be considered for selection or not and made himself available for selection but wat does hillarie mean by "you are willing to make yourself available and not that you are making yourself available". Gayle is not running after money he get by playing for somerset but at the same time he dont want to miss both the teams by bluntly going away from County and then not getting selected by WI. So i think Hillarie has to clarify his stand on selecting Gayle into WI team.

Posted by bobmartin on (May 1, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

For all the anti-Gayle types, think on this,, If Gayle was not interested in playing for the WI, why would he be seeking assurances from the board as to his chances of being selected...If he genuinely wasn't interested, he'd just take Somerset's money and move on to the next lucrative offer that would inevitably come his way. That's the first point. Secondly, since he already has a firm offer from Somerset, he is merely seeking clarification of his position in order to let Somerset know whether or not he will able to take up a position with them. By taking the stance they have, the WI board have now not only put Gayle on the spot, the also Somerset who are as yet unable to say whether or not Gayle will be part of their T20 season. All in all it's a bag of worms..

Posted by JG2704 on (May 1, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Can see both sides of the coin here. I don't see anything at all wrong with the request Gayle has made. Now the way I see it is that much depends on when Gayle signed the contract with Somerset. If he allowed WI sufficient time (and also depends on what we see as sufficient time) to respond to his request and they did not respond then fair play to Chris. He has to look after his own interests and why should he stall on playing for SS if he is not guaranteed a place for WI and SS have to try and get it all signed and sealed ASAP and look for other players if Gayle was not available and the longer they leave their decision to look elsewhere (if Gayle was unavailable) the less quality players would be available. Obviously if Gayle signed the SS contract before WI responded to his request - then provided WI responded in good time then it is Gayle who is at fault. If WICB delayed responding to Gayle then surely they are liable.

Posted by soumyas on (May 1, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

imagine if all these west indies players UNITE as single team for single cause of winning...GAYLE,POLLARD,NARIEN,BRAVO,ROACH,EDWARDS,RUSSEL,SAMUELS,KOOPER they can beat any side in the world. and regain the dominating days of 70's. but to their bad luck they are not UNITED. they always had problems in team.long bak i remember forgotten match winner carl hooper didn't play under richardson.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

Can't really see the logic of the response there. Gayle is perhaps out of line to request early notification, but there was no need for the dummy spit from Hilaire.

Simply say: "Can't tell you, you'll have to wait and see when we've decided on the squad."

Then the ball's in Gayle's court as to what he wants to do.

Instead they've jumped the gun and questioned Gayle's priorities and chucked a hissy fit while they're at it, making themselves look small and coming out as unnecessarily diplomatic towards their best player who, for all his problems, they should at least try and rehabilitate.

Amateur hour stuff.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

Hillaire is an egomaniac! Can he not see that players with great talent need to be given greater leverage? If West Indies had a bigger talent pool, then perhaps Hillaire could play these games. But given the state of WI cricket and the lack of depth, the senior talented players such as Gayle (and Chanderpaul, Pollard, Sarwan, etc.) need to be given a wider berth. Allowing them to play in leagues with all the world's top players makes them better players. Seems like Hillaire wants Gayle to cancel all of his other international engagements, then just sit around waiting in vain to be called up. Dream on, Hillaire, you are a power freak, and you need to be replaced.

Posted by Rajan1968 on (May 1, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

First of all any player in the Team must follow the rules, code of conduct of the Team Players. If he does not follow the rules, he should be put out of the Team no matter how good the player is. Look at Australia and Andrew Symons for example. Symons was dropped by Australia when he was at his peak for his indisciplined actions. Gayle is a fantastic player alright. But Boards cannot work with players who do not follow the rules governing them. Therefore if Gayle wants to play for WI he should sign the players contract and abide by it 100%. Rajan from Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

gayle,charles or d smith,d bravo,samules,,pollard, bravo, sammy,ramdin,narine,roach,rampal

Posted by bobagorof on (May 1, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

@Nigel Bradshaw: this particular situation seems to have come about by the contract Gayle had negotiated with Somerset. Many other players are able to have contracts that allow them to play part of the English summer and then leave for International duties. Gayle's contract stipulates that he must be available the whole time Somerset's Friends Life t20 matches are on. I'm sure there would be other counties who would be interested in having Gayle for only a few matches if he were called upon by WI.

Posted by addicted_to_chaos on (May 1, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

Excellent reply Hilaire....... hope indian cricket board also get some lessons, and select players who are available for full tours.......

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

You can't loose someone that you never had in the first place, good riddens !

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (May 1, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

''The West Indies captain, Chris Gayle, has reiterated that he does not care about Test cricket's future''... That was 2009... So what's the fuss?? Chris and the board should let others play who do care and Chris should just move on quietly and keep chasing the sloggers cash. He is probably realising though that the 20/20 merry-go-round is becoming increasingly boring, soulless and overdone and it's credibility has fallen off a cliff..

Posted by CricketAbhimani on (May 1, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Let's hope that Gayle plays for the WI. The situation now is that all his fans are supporting him while all his non-fans are critisizing him. It's not going to help if we get personal on this. Gayle is a good player and in his present form, he will surely contribute to WI team. Though it looks unlikely, let's hope good sense prevails. It's not all about money and I hope Gayle will acknowledge that. How many people get a chance to represent their country? There are so many who are putting their utmost efforts but do not get a chance. The present guys do not seem to show the fire in the belly attitude. You're not winning and you're not putting potentially good players to somehow play for the country (am also including Bravo, Pollard etc. who all have fighting spirit). The team/players will be only as good as the board controlling it. Let's hope that for the sake of good cricket, these things are sorted out amicably

Posted by Naren on (May 1, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

I always thought Gayle was putting his T20 interests over playing for West Indies. But it is so clear that WICB is giving him a hard time. Gayle has to be the first WI player to be picked if he makes himself available. What is Hilaire's problem in saying he will be picked?? WI is better off following NZ in not scheduling any game during IPL. They are losing some valuable players like Gayle, Naraine.

Posted by Sinhaya on (May 1, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

Reading the article carefully, it is important that Hilaire assures Gayle that he is chosen for the ODIs against England and that he must be available a week before the ODIs against England start.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

Much can be said on both sides. It may appear what Gayle is 'requesting' tantamount to guaranteed selection which if conceded can seriously disturb the current selection practices all over the world. Yet one has to do a reality check in these changing times and values. Players increasingly see themselves as global resources and can be hired by anyone who wishes provided the terms sound right to both parties. And so national duties are no more a unquestioned priority. Does that mean players involved in such situations are less patriotic? How about doctors and engineers who obtain degrees mainly funded by state going abroad for professional work?

On other hand what happens to a student who gets a good rank in an entrance test but is in quandary since the results of another entrance test he covets will be declared only after the expiry of deadline for accepting the first one.

The reall issue is a trust deficit on both sides that is getting played out.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

Dwight Bowen, Godfrey Pieters, Ambrose Alexander, Chris-P and Blackie fellows please be objective here WI chooses to left Gayle and company out for the home series against Pakistan and India. Fortunately Gayle is marketable around the world so he was able to secure some contracts and not have to sit and wait on Hilaier and Gibson to put food on his table. I have to say you guys criticisms of Gayle is not worthy in this circumstance.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Dear Readers. I am getting older and my memory is failing me a bit. So can anyone remember an international cricketer asking a cricket board for a guarantee of selection before they make themselves available. Maybe Tendulka, Dravid or Sewag. How about Michael Clarke or Mike Hussey. I know maybe it was Kallis or Steyne, Sangakara or Dilshan. Please help me remember.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

There are some people here who rather a a player play no matter because of what he brings. Well i'm not one. Did WI win any matches with Gayle really? i think not. Let Chris go on and make his money and leave WI alone. It is there for all to see. First he says he will forgo play for Somerset to play for WI, now he is saying something else. People i will work with the youngsters because Gayle started somewhere like they are now and he was no immediate success so i dont knw what all the excitement for Gayle is all about.

Posted by gsamiru on (May 1, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

Currently WI hasn't got any match winner in the team........... Case worse further with their stupid captain Sir. Sammy and the WICB crew............ Chris Gayle is the only available solution.......... but when will he be able to come back........ who knows ? only time

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (May 1, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

Wana see him playing for his country.. what a player.. how sad the West indain people must be for not seeing him playing for his own country.. what a shame.. i hope he gets back soon.. a Pakistani fan x

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

Folks cricket has moved beyond the ability of the current regime in the WI to manage it. When WI was king of the hill, nothing was done to capitalise on the domination and marketability of the team. It was assumed that new players would simply come along to replace the greats. The WI has been unable to develop a top quality, marketable domestic competition that allows the players to stay home and earn a good living. The days of a cricketer being satisfied with solely a WI call up are long gone. Until the domestic competitions move from being short part-time endeavors and becomes truly professional competitions players like Gayle will seek to maximize their earning potential elsewhere. The top international teams do not have this problem because they are run better and their players are better compensated. The WICB and team management need to realize that players are the sport, not the administrators. Hilarious needs to work it out with Gayle in private and not in the media.

Posted by balajik1968 on (May 1, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

I think the WICB is overreacting. A year or two ago Gayle did not sign the central contract, so he is no employee. As of now, he is just plying his trade in the various T20 leagues around the world. He cannot afford to burn his bridges for a prospective employer who may not give him an offer. Plain as that. All the WICB needs to say is "Yes you have a contract." One other thing. Is Barbados no longer part of the West Indies cricket scheme? I see practically no players from Barbados. Barbados was the engine which drove West Indies cricket. What's happened to that engine?

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 2:20 GMT)

How come the WICB did not understand that Chris Gayle, even with renewed commitment and zeal to represent the regional team would not be able to play for the Windies at this juncture. If he makes himself available to play for the Windies and reneges his Somerset contract, he is out of pocket! While I agree that he cannot presume to be selected in terms of precedent, he cannot simply stop playing ALL cricket to just stay in the Winidies locker room in England?!? Obviously, the scenarios that the selection policy created needed to be stated at the point of reconciliation, to ensure that the most important stakeholders, THE WINDIES FAN and the players would understand that Mr. Gayle would be only available for selection when regional play allowed for his consideration once again. This wass necessary especially if they were now ever willing to offer goodwill, due both because of the spirit of reconciliation, but because also Sir Hunte HIMSELF admitted that WICB policy maybe outdated!!!

Posted by Meety on (May 1, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

Whilst I'm reluctant to take a firm view on this issue as Gayle has not publicly spoken, it's clear that representing at International level is not high on Gayle's list of priorities. I suspect that this is symptomatic of the issues the selectors are facing with other "in-demand" T20 players (Pollard & DJ Bravo in particular). I said it was sad way back when Malinga & Tait chose a short form career, but respected his decision as being a pace bowler, playing 3 formats, you are always somewhere near getting seriously injured. I am less supportive of Gayle for the fact that he is a batsmen & he's odds of career ending injuries are less. I wish he would try & accomodate the WICB more, but in reality, there is a strong case that the current test & odi team don't need him anyway. It will be interesting to see how Gayle's career tracks if his contracts are primarily T20s. I suspect there would have to be an increase in diminishing returns?

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 1, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

I don't think Gayle can be faulted here.

Posted by TropicPleasure on (May 1, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

@Chris_P Please explain that following from you: "this West Indian side has forged a much closer unit with fighting qualities that's evident for all to see. All those years when Gayle played, the team looked divisive, disinterested and performed poorly on the world stage. Without him they are far more competitive." Where's the evidence to support what you've said. Where are the results? A fighting unit compared to which team? More competitive than which period? Which team? Are they more competitive than the team that defeated England in a series in the West Indies for the first time since heavens knows when? Are they more competitive that the team that played in New Zealand? More fighting spirit than the team that played in Australia, which, after losing badly in the first test, earned the respect of the Australian media? Come on, bring the facts to support your rhetoric because, right now, it all sounds very hollow

Posted by jmcilhinney on (May 1, 2012, 1:50 GMT)

@blackie, I hear what you're saying but if it's the case that WICB cannot confirm Gayle's selection for the upcoming tour then that is what they should tell him. He can then make his decision based on that. If and when WICB selects Gayle for the tour, if he is then unable to play because he is contracted to Somerset, only THEN should Hilaire accuse Gayle of reneging because only then will he actually have reneged. If WICB can't confirm selection at this stage then fair enough but, under the circumstances, it doesn't really seem unwise for Gayle to make the enquiry. The Test squad has already been announced and, under the circumstances, I would think that WICB would have a very good idea of whether they intend to pick Gayle or not. It just seems like Hilaire doesn't want to budge an inch in order to resolve the situation.

Posted by yocasi on (May 1, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

Let Gayle ply his trade to his advantage. No one should begrudge him that. Let's remember though that WICB is there to manage the game regionally and not to pander to any particular player, regardless of how good he thinks he is. In reality, he is just an average international. Makes one big score and follows it up with a series of zip codes most of the time. Let those who want to play unconditionally represent us.

Posted by cricPassion2009 on (May 1, 2012, 1:32 GMT)

For heaven sake, Gayle is not a small guy, he was _captain_ of WI team. Rewind and check the WICB's stiff attitudes and treatment. For a long time they left Gayle to fend for himself. Gayle has to win his livelihood and he went to other places who were happy to givem him contracts. Friends, for a sportsman 1 year is an eternity. Anything could happen. That Gayle remains a productive cricket is great but it could have gone the other way. Will WICB then come forward and rescue or make up for lost time ? Gayle knows well that Gibson and other small minds will hate his presence and may keep him out of the playing 11. So he is absolutely right in seeking assurance that he will get to play.

Posted by peche on (May 1, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

As far as I am concerned the WICB has no professionalism in them. They have no regard for anyone but themselves and Sammy. What is so wrong with Gayle asking if he would be selected? He is showing some professionalism by asking so that he can inform his county of his unavailability and that they can make alternative arrangement, after all they are only allowed one overseas player, and I am sure they know that Gayle would be a major contributor to their efforts.

Posted by sugars on (May 1, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

this is the same chris gayle everyone talking about bringing back to west indies cricket. after this latest episode i would just write him off for west indies duties. let him play his 20/20 and leave test cricket for those who are committed to represent the west indies team..what kind of leadership is gayle demonstrating to the younger guys on the team? all the way with GIBSON AND SAMMY. lets build our team without those so sportsman.

Posted by Kimgi on (May 1, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

Does everyone seem to forget that West Indies was losing with Chris Gayle in the side? He is not, nor is any other player, bigger than the game itself. And, he does not exhibit the hard work, discipline, consistency, and other attitudes/behaviors conducive to building a team and mentoring young players in a positive fashion. Good riddance to Chris H. Gayle... Let him continue to play for hire in various leagues throughout the world as the West Indies moves forward with the current mix of players.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 0:51 GMT)

If this continues to go on, Gayle's career could be as good as over. A very exciting swashbuckling batsman who can tear bowling attacks apart. His replacements have all failed and are no where near as good as he is. Gayle must make up his mind to play for WI or domestic competitions, otherwise it'll always be a conflict of interest.

Posted by Metman on (May 1, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

Being available to play for the WI , DOES NOT mean that he will be selected ! Looks as though this was brought to Gayles' attention by Somerset. Gayle then foolishly writes the Board to find out if he would be contracted for the UK tour........unprecedented !......Seems to me that Gayle DOES NOT WANT TO LOSE OUT on anything.What he should have done was to say no to Somerset,and see if the WI would pick him....then and only then would we see who is genuine.

Posted by spesh on (May 1, 2012, 0:39 GMT)

Firstly, Gayles written request to the board asking them to gaurantee his selection is wrong. However, given their recent history I'm not sure he has too many options. It is not arogant of him to belive he would be selected purely on form/ability, any cricket follower in the world could tell him that, therefore he is basically asking whether the board will continue their obstinate power driven stance or whether they will finally use a touch of pragmatism and finish this rediculous stand off. The WICB has not moved with the times. Money is power, and the WICB has none. Gayle, harnessed correctly, could fill that ever increasing void, and give the promising youngsters a chance to fulfill their own potential. Sort it out!

Posted by Ncnotorious on (May 1, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

@Godfrey your comments make no sense...Pollard, Russell, Bravo and Samuels all went to play IPL instead of Stay to play Australia...how is Gayle playing IPL any different...infact he wasnt even considered for selection, so the only thing he can do is to go play the IPL...BTW the board wants Gayle to forgo money from Somerset and they can always say that he doesnt pass fitness tests for selection, and thats money down the drain...if he's fit enough to play (AND WIN) for other teams, then i see no problem. IF I WAS GAYLE I WOULD JUST TELL HILLAIRE TO SHOVE IT AND CONTINUE MAKING MORE MONEY THAN ANYONE IN THE WI TEAM EVER CAN..what incentive is there to play for a WI team that that doesnt play well and clearly doesnt want you in their team

Posted by rockyyy on (May 1, 2012, 0:29 GMT)

someone shud start a new cricket board for windies, maybe some foormer players

Posted by   on (May 1, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

This is stupid. This whole thing is stupid. Gayle makes a commitment to Somerset because you refuse to select him over some petty nonsense. Then he comes back to the board saying he will forgo that commitment if he is being selected. Which makes sense- the man is easily in the squad if the board will select him. But how does the board respond? "Dishonor your commitment first, then we can talk." It's time for the WICB to tell him where he stands and move on. Don't expect professionals to bow to your whims.

Posted by ashok16 on (April 30, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

WICB doesnt understand the laws of supply and demand. And for those complaining that national team should always take precedence, West Indies is not even a country.

Posted by blackie on (April 30, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

Unfortunately the board is being asked by Gayle to set a dangerous precedent; guarantee him a play so he can make himself available. In West Indies we have an unfortunate situation where our players would prefer to become instant millionaires than represent the team. Australia was just here with their best players unless they were injured. Now their players have gone off to the IPL. On the other hand, some of our best players were at IPL during the Aussies tour. I really wish we could have Gayle but i understand the board's position. The board represents West Indies cricket and they, like any representative body is seeking the best for the people they represent. They are simply trying to get Gayle to put Windies cricket first. What is interesting is that if Gayle was available for Windies he would play all forms of the game and every game. Gayle should tell his Prime Minister, all of Jamaica and West Indies that his interest really is making money not reprsenting Windies.

Posted by Chris_P on (April 30, 2012, 23:46 GMT)

Well stated Dwight Bowen! As talented as he is, Gayle has shown mercenary tendencies in running off to whatever T20 league is happening & basically seeking out large financial gains in doing so. Now I'm not against this, everyone is allowed to choose their path, & he has chosen his, however you look at it, this West Indian side has forged a much closer unit with fighting qualities that's evident for all to see. All those years when Gayle played, the team looked divisive, disinterested and performed poorly on the world stage. Without him they are far more competitive. Put bluntly, like it or not, the WICB is the boss here, not Gayle. By picking & choosing when he wants to play places enormous disharmony on the others who are putting in. His abilities as a player is unquestioned, however I have found his contribution to team harmony poor. The KFC big bash showed this. In a team of many talented youngsters, he chose not to mentor, not to mix and basically do his own thing.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

Play IPL an take rest Chris... that will pay enough :)... hell about playing for WI... they cant even respect you for the kinda value you can bring to the team.... you are a match winner... not sure how hard thats to find out....

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

@ Dwight Bowen, well said,this is another strong point in favour of the board. And the answer to your question is no. The Aussies players r now going to the IPL, country first. All the top players serve their country & then move to the IPL. Does Gayle's behaviour suggest that he is interested in playing for the WI? What time will he have to play for the WI? His behaviour is tantamount to a cricketing mercenary, if ever there was one. Why can't fans see that Gayle, not Halaire, is contributing to the demise of WI cricket. Gayle has the cricketing talent, not Halaire.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 23:10 GMT)

WICB, Hillaire and Otis Gibson are pathetic. Gayle has been completely professional in his letter and they have made false accusations back at him! They're behaving like children, stopping one of the great WI players from playing. They're not even winning matches because they can hardly get a score on the board! This makes me so upset.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 22:58 GMT)

People seem to be reharshing old tales and animosities rather than deal with the article.Remember compromise and read carefully. The penultimate paragraph is quite instructive:" it was made clear to Gayle that selection matters did not come under the "purview" of the board. "The Board cannot give any commitment to any player with respect to his selection for a particular match or tour" and it continues. It seems that the crux of the matter is this: that CGayle wants Hilaire to tell/guarantee him that he will be selected for the Eng ODI part of the tour(which Hilaire cannot do). Hilaire probably feels that CG is reneging on the agreement which states that after IPL that he would be available to play for WI. His non inclusion in the tests was probably due to the IPL(IPL ends after tests have begun). Did I read contract in there? His selection is possible but "whether he will be contracted"? Wasn't a contract turned down? Probable ground work for non selection to honour Som. contract

Posted by kunta1st on (April 30, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

It would be interesting to find out if others have ever written the board to find out if they would be selected or not.

Posted by kunta1st on (April 30, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

I wrong Gayle of making it clear to the board of his intention however it might work in his favour. If Gayle writes the board it's in his best interest, he is in reasonable good form and to come home and sit down for that period then that won't help if he can use his skills elsewhere if he is not needed by the WI, and make some money (probably more than what he would get playing for the WI). Please note he did not ask if he will be playing he just asked if he would be selected (apart of the team) whether he gets to play is another matter. He just want to see where he stands, are you giving me a contract or not. If I don't get one that means I won't be playing and if I am not playing that means you don't need me now. I will move on to secure some games and money till you need me. That's it. There is nothing to that. Just tell mister where he stands. So people, "what wrong with that."

Posted by cricPassion2009 on (April 30, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

Sad state of affairs. Gayle, we love you. Obviously the WICB is skating on the brink. They want Gayle to submit and fall on their feet, issue 60 apologies per minute. Hubris, they name is WICB.

The fact that they are even talking to Chris Gayle reaffirms his status as one of the greatest cricketers of modern era. If it was a lesser mortal, WICB would have discarded in the nearest waste bin. WICB - talented artistes require better handling, do not expect docility and kneeling-downs from them. Your Gibsons and Sammys are not enough when it is crunch-time. It has to be Chanderpauls and Gayles.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

WI with Bravo Gayle and Pollard - essp in the 50 over and 20 over games will be a totally different proposition to the same team without them. Such a shame these men have no pride

Posted by ramps_wi on (April 30, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

THis WICB eh, they out to punish Gayle, de man have to make sure his money secured before he give up a contract. THis seem as though tehy were waiting for him to forego his somerset contract and then they would not of selcted him. Why do WI fans have to suffer so.

Posted by WindiesWillow on (April 30, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

This man Hilaire must be mad!!!!!!!!!!! Why did he have to take Gayle's words in that context. It is clear CG wants to play for WI. It however seems clearer that Hilaire wants the opposite. We need him and people like him out of WI cricket altogether. Gayle, like everybody else has to earn a living, it is obvious that he wants to put the money aside to play international cricket, but if he is not assured that, then why throw away the opportunity to feed himself and his family. By the way.......I thought the ICC had a strict stance on not allowing politics to interfere with cricket....Ernest Hilaire and Julian Hunte are serial politicians in their native St. Lucia!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

This is do ridiculous. This now more seems personal than anything else. Ernest Hilaire needs to stop with all these things.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

What Hilaire wants is for Gayle to turn down Somerset contract and make himself "available" for national selection. Being available doesn't guarantee a spot. To me it seems like WICB and Hilaire will refuse Gayle spot in the WI XI anyways; and wants him to forfeit his Somerset contract to bleed him as much as they can.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 30, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

Time to move on. Let Gayle play domestic cricket, and leave the tougher international game for the committed. Chris Gayle "the Div 2 Champion".

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

WI cricket board is just arrogant and wants Gayle to bend to their beck and call. They want him to break his contract and be available to play without even telling him if he is in the squad. Grow up WI cricket board or lose out on 1 of the greatest batsman in the modern T20 and 1 day formats.

If they cannot treat Gayle as a special case and tell him if he is playing or not he has every right to snub them. As Gayle has shown time and time again that he is worth paying money to watch. As a cricket fan I am sad to see this happen but as a logical thinker I would say Gayle put his country first and was left in doubt so no doubt he should honor his contract with Somerset.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 21:35 GMT)

"You reiterated this commitment in your April 1 letter, in response to WICB's request for clarification," obviously it was a prank ! APRIL FOOLS

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

Gayle wants his cake and eat it too....he should quit international cricket and play this tamasha games

Posted by AnoMaLy on (April 30, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

WICB is a joke at best. Someone teach them man mgmt. Ottis & Sammy don't really want him back which is really sad. Sammy has become arrogant after a few wins. Sammy will never get WI to the top without one of a kind players like Gayle. Feel bad for WI fans.

Posted by Carvert on (April 30, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

This is not as simple as an employer employee relationship, the day that Chris Gayle is no longer commercially viable to West Indies or any other team, he is discarded. It it therefore imperitive that he seeks his own interest, as he has many years to live after retirment from cricket with no guarenteed income. I belive once he maintains his position as the best opener in the region, then he deserves to play. The day he is not, then someone else should get the spot. If he breaks one of WICB's rules, then fine him and move on, it does not matter what anyone "feels", "likes" or "prefers". This is professional sport we need a professional approach to administration, full stop.

Posted by willowcric on (April 30, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

It is reasonable that Mr. Gayle seeks assurance from the Board whether he will be granted a contract. According to the report, he has not asked for an assurance of selection to the team. It is the Board which grants contracts to players. Mr. Gayle declared the extent of his availability to the giving up his contract with Somerset. It is now the Board's call to offer Mr. Gayle a contract. Leave the rest to the selectors. If Mr. Gayle does not confirm his contract with Somerset and the Board does not offer Mr. Gayle a contract, he is left in the lurch. It is a sensible move on Mr.Gayle's part to ask the board to state their contractual intent towards him. Given the strong interpersonal tensions which exists between Mr. Gayle on the one hand and the CEO of the Board in particular, the Coach and the Captain on the other hand; counseling of the parties is an absolute necessity in the reconciliation process which will not beinnstant. Otherwise it may be best for them to stay apart.

Posted by WindiesKing on (April 30, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

It is obvious the WICB are trying their hardest to keep Gayle out of the senior team. The WICB is unwilling to let Gayle know if his selection is guaranteed, pending fitness tests and other checks. All Gayle wants is to know is what his status is so he can properly inform Somerset.

It is conceivable that even if Gayle announces his availability, that does not mean WICB will select him. He would therefore be left with no job, on either side.

That's like asking a man to leave his job 1st and then seek employment with another company.

WICB, do the right thing and select Gayle so he can perform work in good faith.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

After the Test Team is declared, and Gayle is NOT part of it, he had the right to know if he will be selected for the limited overs game, and the WICB, the obligation to inform him if he would part of the limited overs' side or not. And as such, he can decide which way is more suitable to him. Being available does not necessarlly means you will automatically be picked to play. See Carlton Baugh, Dwayne Bravo and Bishoo. Having said that, the two should part ways now and stop the cat and mouse game being played out for the cricket world's amusement.

Posted by hhillbumper on (April 30, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

maybe it would be better if they just leave him out for good as he seems more interested in just throwing his toys out the pram every two seconds.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

Alot of peoples here are not objective in their thinking.Over here,there is a saying,there are 3 sides to a story,so have to be guarded by what we only see or percieve as one side here according to this leaked email.Yes the board has dealt with this and other issues in the past badly,yes Mr Gayle is a good opening batsman,BUT,this is just another example of this man having to look after his financial future but at the same time EVERY T-20 league that pops up and is available,you can garentee,Gayle,Bravo and Pollard will be going and play,just look for this year's start of the Sri Lankan T-20 competition and then if by some chance they can fit in playing for the West Indies,then they will try.Some peoples may suggest that they are poorly paid which is not quite the case,not maybe as much as Australian,English and South African players,but then again,those players produce internationally.Cn other international players make those demands to their boards and still be assured o their spots?

Posted by ste13 on (April 30, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

Dear WI team. You do not need Chris Gayle. Invest in the future and build the team of committed players.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

I think to play safe gayle should just reply stating that he has made himself available for selection. That ends the issue..i think thats what he needs to do

Posted by sircarl on (April 30, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

As simple as it sounds the problem with Gayle's request/demand is that it would set a precedent that could haunt the West Indies long into the future. If players can demand to know whether they will be selected then they are in essence able to demand guaranteed placement in the team before the team is selected. Perhaps the system is antiquated but as it is the players have to wait until they are selected before they know for sure whether they will play. Also the selectors have a level of autonomy that would prevent the Board from guaranteeing who will be selected for a given series. It is understandable that players would want the financial security of a guaranteed contract and that is why the Board and players agreed to the idea of guaranteed contracts. But of course Gayle has rejected such a contract so that he could play in the more lucrative T20 leagues around the world. He is now seeking to have it both ways.

Posted by rama_krish on (April 30, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Has Mr. Gayle been included in the team to tour England - perhaps I missed it, but I do not recall seeing his name on the list. Since Mr, Gayle has a confirmed contract with Somerset, it is critical that WICB includes him in their team if he is to have an a basis for opting out of his contract with Somerset.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

And to the next episode folks!lol

Posted by Arthaurian on (April 30, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

I'm agree fully with the board on this one, if Galyle wants to play, then he must damn well say YES I wanna play. Not ..."urm well, can you guys tell me whether you gonna pick me or not coz urm... u know, I kinda got this other thing on the side, and u know, I'm willing to drop them for you guys but still, you know, just in case." JUST SAY YES I'M HERE IM COMMITED PICK ME! In WI its not the IPL where you are a free agent and you do as you like.r The WI board has done nothing wrong, they are just standing up to what they believe, just like Gayle stood up to them for what he believes. Just like Gayle stood up to them, they are standing up to Gayle. Gayle wants this fantasy contract where if he says jump, the board says, how high? We all know his the WI best player, but just like everybody else, he's a player. This IPL has made him pompous and amaurotic, giving him a fake sense of "well, you know I'm still wanted." But its vanity. Its all in vain, and subliminally, its ruining his cricket

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

It is quite obvious that the WICB is set on keeping Chris Gayle out of the WI Cricket team. I see nothing in Chris' correspondence to suggest that he is reneging on his agreement with the Board- Mr. Hilliare chooses to interpret it this way! If the WICB keeps this nonsense up they are going to frustrate not only world class players like Gayle, but also the die-hard WI cricket fans.

Posted by zoot364 on (April 30, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

I had some sympathy for the West Indies Board on this issue, but really, Hilaire's statement is just so unnecessarily confrontational. Oh for a statesman who could rise above the petty rights and wrongs and see the bigger picture.

Posted by bobmartin on (April 30, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

Being a Somerset and England supporter I have mixed feelings about this news. On the one hand if the WICB succeed in their suicidal quest to find any excuse to keep Gayle out of their team... it will give Somerset a great T20 player and deprive WI of one in their forthcoming series v England.. It's a win/win situation. On the other hand it's a tragic situation where a handful of incompetents can weaken the WI cricket team just at the moment when it appeared to be mnaking some progress.. Pathetic is the only word for it I'm afraid.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (April 30, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

It's not just WICB but every CB/CCC etc which needs to be dispensed with. These boards offer nothing but total nonsense. They are filled with egoistical self serving breadheads who know next to nothing about the game. In my view, including ICC, time needs to be served on them and a better way found to run this game based on cricketing needs first and foremost. The main reason now for this dispute is that head of WICB needs to protect his position and nothing is going to happen which remotely threatens his positionality. Whatever the argument for or not including Gayle, Hilaire will get his pound of flesh at all costs plus compound interest. And now Somerset is joining the party. Soon Gayle is going to resemble more spit roast than human sportsman. Ditch the cretins in suits and maybe we can get on with the game. Personally I think Gayle is an entertainer and people warm to his batting. So if the spectators count at all he should play ODI's. But he needs to wise up and turn up right.

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (April 30, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

Hilaire is being quite unreasonable in this situation. Since Gayle is saying that he would play for WI ahead of Somerset, I really don't see the issue of "reneging".

Posted by bzzd on (April 30, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

Isn't it time that the Windies gave up on Chris Gayle? His commitment to the team has always been suspect and he has never done anything to suggest that he puts any team's interests before his own. He is a mercenary, which is OK but it does not mean he can be counted on.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

ITS CLEAR THAT MR GIBSON AND THE POWERS TO BE OF WEST INDIES DO NOT WANT GAYLE,SARWAN,TAYLOR,BENN...I CLEARLY REMEMBER AFTER WEST INIDES BOW OUT OF THE WORLD CUP GIBSON SAID THEY WILL BE MAJOR CHANGES IN THE FUTUTRE..

Posted by roddybee on (April 30, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

Gwan Chris The WICB must think he's dumb to let them hang him out to dry, go make your money hillare is making his at the expense of west indies cricket

Posted by Spokes007 on (April 30, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

The simplest answer is; fire the West Indies Board and the coach. Hire a new team with the proper mandate. Make the selection process public. These old school and prejudice bunch need to pick up playing 5 rocks- littieā€¦

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

This is not Gayle's fault. The world does not respect West Indies cricket to be making our best players offers they can't refuse whist West Indies is engaged in international cricket. Anyone involved in the denial of West Indies fielding their best eleven is down right selfish and mischievous!

Posted by likeintcricket on (April 30, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

If a guy cannot play for his country and prefer something foolish over his country than country should not care for him. He will sure regret this once his IPL form over.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

WICB pity on your affairs. Gayle will find place in playing 11 in any teams of the world cricket. But the bunch of dictators sitting in WI cricket dont want him. WI and ZIM both sit in the same bracket as for as world cricket is concerned.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

I cannot believe how stupid the WICB can be ,they clearly don't want gayle to play.

Posted by gagagaga on (April 30, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

i have no respect for players that take $$$$ over their country. He didnt play against Aus because he wanted to play in the IPL. Gayle fans can write whatever they want, but thats the fact. WI cricket needs to move on and set a precedent for other players. You play for us full time and not part time.

Posted by maddy20 on (April 30, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

It is absolutely ridiculous that despite of him saying ""I write to you with respect to the upcoming West Indies tour of England scheduled for May 2 - June 25, 2012. As previously indicated, I am willing to make myself available to play for West Indies for this tour after my obligations to my IPL team are fulfilled," the WICB is looking for an excuse to not pick him! Its seems their inflated ego is the only obstacle here. If I was Gayle I would say "in your face WICB" . But the fact that Gayle is repeatedly trying to get back into the WI team despite of all the humiliation meted out to him by WICB shows he has genuine interest in playing for WI. It is unfortunate that the most competent people are often "Managed" by people who are clueless about their job!

Posted by Keibo on (April 30, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

This is so ridiculous!!! come on if you don"t want the guy around West Indies cricket let him know and most of all the public of the West Indies. We are the paying customers we need to know. Stop playing these games. Gayles wants to know so as he would not loose money as simple as that. This Ceo should just resign.I pay my money to see good cricket not to see clowns like the CEO . You guys are messing with West Indies cricket. Leave and go home Mr. Ceo

Posted by Mayfield on (April 30, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

Gayle continues to play his publicity game, knowing that he has the WI fans on his side. Anyone can see that Gayle does not intend to play for the WI. He is basically willing to go where the money is, while continuing to ply this out in the media, and in so doing, make the WICB look like the bad guy. If Gayle really wanted to play for WI, he would unequivocally make himself available. There is no more that needs to be said.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

I am loving this. Gayle has to remember one thing, he is an employee like all the other players, & WICB r the employer. And Hilaire is wasting no time in drawing this fact to Gayle's attention. Make yourself available for selection & the selectors will take it from there. Both guys r on an ego trip, but Hilaire will win. I am happy that Halaire is seeing things the way I am seeing them. My advice to Gayle is to seek employment elsewhere & move on with his merry life. Hilaire's message is loud & clear, we don't need u.

Posted by Erebus26 on (April 30, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

I'm sorry but it seems to me that Hilaire is being deliberately difficult over this. What is so unreasonable about Gayle's letter? It could be construed as him stating that if he doesn't get selected he is off to Somerset and in that sense he is holding the Windies board to ransom but I don't feel this is the case. You could also say that Gayle is looking after his own interests but I feel he has the right to do this. If Gayle isn't selected for the limited overs games and he has given a 'no' to Somerset then he is basically sat about twiddling his thumbs. We should also factor Somerset into the discussion. I saw an article on another site where Brian Rose was seeking clarification as to whether Gayle would be coming as an overseas player and was looking to contact the player or those in the Windies hierarchy. Maybe the 'Gayle letter' is a follow on from that? Whatever the case Gayle and Hilaire should just bury the hatchet and move forward by cutting out this nonsense.

Posted by tappee74 on (April 30, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

This is more like a cat and mouse game.Gayle clearly states that he is willing to make himself available to play for the WI after the the IPL season.He also states that Somerset is desirable of him playing for them, but he would not make any commitment until he gets a positive answer from the WI cricket board.This clearly shows the man's intent of playing for the WI.What is the problem with the Lords of WI cricket.We have the best one day player on the planet who is having a hard time to represent the people who dearly love him and want to see him setting fire on the cricket field.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (April 30, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

If he was an indian or Pakistani player with this attitude, he was thrown out of the national team with a no certificate for playing foriegn leagues. All this was surely done with fan backing

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

An earnest question: Is this Ernest Hilaire guy totally insane or what? Gayle makes a very reasonable request, in very reasonable language, and this is the response he gets! As long as these not-so-hilarious occupy positions I can only feel pity for WI cricket.

Posted by PureTom on (April 30, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Besides the laughability of the continuing Punch and Judy show it is unrealistic and unfair for Somerset to expect a player to commit to them over the possibility of international duty. I know the IPL sets an unfortunate precident here, especially for Caribean cricketers, but the IPL does not expect players to turn down international selection to play for them, officially anyway. Gayle must play to earn and can't be expected to turn down contracts and sit idle on the off chance the West Indies pick him. Likewise, any contracts he signs must make allowances for his possible selection for the Windies.

Posted by adnanadu on (April 30, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

W.INDIES WHO THE HALE U R THINKING TO REPLACE GAYLE ITS IMPOSSIBLE U HAVE TRIED A WHOLE YEAR TO REPLACE HIM BUT IN VAIN THE REASON U LOST TO AUSTRALIA IF HE WAS THERE IN SQUAD THEN SURELY W.I WOULD BE 2-0 SO BRING GAYLE BACK

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (April 30, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

WI board is so bad. I mean really bad. Their best player is asking them whether he will play or not and they are saying they don't know. If your best player is not going to play then who is going to play in IX.

WI board at it's lowest in history now. I don't understand this reply by WI board. Gayle is a superstar player, he is best WI ODI player today and if he is not going to get guarantee to play then who.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

here we go again! will it ever end?

Posted by Royalspice on (April 30, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

I don't see Gayle playing for the West Indies ever again. Neither party want anything to do with each other, and I think that they should just come out and say so, and stop all the back-and-forth.

Posted by xylo on (April 30, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

Can we also have this translated to regular English please?

Posted by Sobat on (April 30, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Stupidness yet continues ... and I always wonder what is the perpose of selectors who dont have the hunger to give the best players to represent the country ..... I always feel the pride of selectors dont count if they could give the best 11 to play...even how hard it will be.... if WI have got a better then Gayle... may be they are right... ha ha

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (April 30, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

May be it's just me..but I enjoy this Gayle-Hilaire face-off :-)

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Here we go again....honestly, this is beyond farcical now.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Please don't start up another episode, too much politics. This is policrics.

Posted by Rising_Edge1234 on (April 30, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Gayle and WICB are like Suru and Duru.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

cant jus get gayle back in west indies team why so much problems the man ask a simple question stw

Posted by Stark62 on (April 30, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

The Windies team is on its way up and players like Gayle will just hinder the progress!

Sammy is doing a great job and should be fully backed by everyone in the Windies but Gayle should never be allowed to play for the Windies again and any other player like him.

Posted by   on (April 30, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

C'mon..this is not even a joke any more. In this world of instant communication, why cant they just pick up the phone and sort it out. There seems to be so much mistrust and the end result is that both gayle and WI are losing out.

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