West Indies in England 2012

Gibson, Sammy pleased to have Gayle back

Nagraj Gollapudi at Hove

May 3, 2012

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Chris Gayle led Royal Challengers Bangalore's chase, Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012, Mohali, April 20, 2012
Chris Gayle is currently playing in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore but will return to West Indies colours for the one-day series in England © AFP

West Indies have openly embraced the return of their premier batsman Chris Gayle, who on Wednesday committed to making himself available for selection for the one-day leg of their tour of England. In doing so he decided to forsake his contract with Somerset as an overseas player for the Friends Life t20 and Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, said if Gayle was available, he would "definitely be picked".

However, West Indies captain, Darren Sammy, warned that his predecessor will need to get used to the new "hardworking culture" put in place in the West Indies dressing room.

Speaking at West Indies' media conference at Hove, ahead of a three-day tour match beginning on Saturday, Gibson said: "It is great to hear that Chris is available again. I'm sure the selectors will pick him, because he is world-class. If he's made himself available for the one-day series, I can't see him not being selected."

Gibson, who has been openly critical of Gayle in the past, was confident that despite having not played international cricket since the 2011 World Cup, the opener would slip back into the team environment without fuss. "It will be very easy [for him]," Gibson responded, after being asked whether Gayle would find it difficult to re-establish himself in the international arena. "He's the best one-day batsman in the world. So I don't think it will be a problem at all.

"He plays very well, going into many different dressing rooms all round the world and making runs. I don't think coming into ours will be any different."

Sammy said the team had not been distracted by the standoff between Gayle and the WICB, which has remained the main West Indies talking point in the last year, despite the team making gradual progress in certain areas. Asked if it had been unsettling for him to read about the Gayle issue all the time, Sammy pointed out he was busy drilling in the new culture that he and Gibson had put in place.

"I don't necessarily focus on that. I am more focused on what the team is trying to do," Sammy said. "The Chris Gayle issue has been going on for a while but we as a team have moved on and as you could see the last series we played we came out with a new attitude: where we are not going to let anybody keep us down. We are going to strive to move forward. When Chris joins the set-up, he will be coming into a very hardworking environment in which he has to fit in."

At the same time Sammy said Gayle's return could only be a good thing for West Indies cricket. "As a captain, whoever comes into the dressing I know myself and the coach would welcome them. Obviously we would urge them to contribute to the team's success. If he is in it is all good for us. We all know what he is capable of doing and hopefully he could fit in nicely and do the job to take West Indies cricket forward."

Gayle had ruled himself out of selection for the three-Test series against England having got a NOC from the WICB to participate in the IPL, where he represents Royal Challengers Bangalore. Gibson did not entirely agree with the opinion that some West Indies players were more interested in the monetary gains accrued from playing in lucrative Twenty20 tournaments around the world, while they picked and chose which series to play in national colours.

"In an ideal world you would want all your best players available to you all the time and still be making money and the board to be able to say to somebody 'we don't want you to go to the IPL, so we will pay you X amount of money to stay at home and play for us', but the reality is that is not possible in the Caribbean because of the financial situation," Gibson said.

In such a situation, Gibson said the WICB did not have much to bargain with. "The board has tried to negotiate, if you like, with people. That is what it has come to. That is the reality. So some guys can go off and play in the IPL and come back and play in the one-day series for instance. It is a little bit of give and take. It is good to see some of the guys go down that road rather than say they are unavailable completely. So it is not ideal but it is what it is and we just have to get on with it really."

Edited by Alan Gardner

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Posted by lyl67 on (May 5, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Is good to hear Chris Gayle wil be back in International cricket soon but I wont elaborate on this topic, all I can say it is about time. I hope west Indies is looking at the mastery of Narine and the manager should be speaking to him soon about a central contract. I believe we are looking at the best spinner in the world. W.Indies cricket has been in decline for so long we should therefore waste time when an exciting cricketer arrives on the scene.

Posted by SuperSharky on (May 5, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

Aaaah, brilliant news. The best news of the week by far ! The Great West Indies are rebuilding again. In the last series against Australia, you could see the new culture Sammy is talking about and I'm loving it. They've now got a Big squad of players that can play international standard cricket and it is understanding that they will lose some players for T20 series involving money, because of the Caribbean financial situation. And still can they work together as brothers in a unit, although their different situation. Great work by Gibson, Sammy & co.

Posted by kinkminos on (May 5, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

i think that gayle has realised that if he is to continue commanding BIG BUCKS from the likes of the IPL and pro20 franchises, he must play international cricket to remain in the FAN SPOTLIGHT.

it's a purely selfish decision. not that i think there's anything wrong in it -- when you put it all in the context of a cricketing world flailing about in an IPL-induced lucre-frenzy.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

The problems in West Indies cricket are great, maybe Gibson is incapable of coaching the the established players in the side.Welcome back Chris I see interesting times ahead.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Who the hell is Sammy who dares to advice Chris Gayle? What are his cricketing credentials? It's like the lame Duck M.S. Dhoni providing cricketing advice to Sachin Tendulkar.

Posted by legend_963 on (May 5, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

lol a question that hasn't been answered up to this day

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

why is Sammy still the captain?

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

west indies have opportunity to beat england

Posted by Gillybean on (May 4, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

Welcome back Chris Gayle!!! The Windies Cricketers that have the pleasure playing with Chris alone knows what he is as team player. You people out there just like to make things more graver than it is. This is a team sport or else we would have one man playing for West Indies. Judging from some of these comments here, I realize that this is the same mentality some of the windies players may have. We cannot go anywhere with sure attitudes. Let the players unite. I am sure Gayle is not worried about the changes that have been made to the team and I dont find anything wrong with what Sammy said. All that crap talk in here just keeping the team divided. No wonder WICB crash the chatroom!!! Peace and love!!!

Posted by Ammy_rd on (May 4, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Cricket is one of those few sports that is defined more by character than anything else. Unity of purpose and interests is an essential component of a cricketer's character. For international cricket to thrive, we need strong, competitive teams not individuals. Nobody comes to watch matches in which only one or two stars are playing, otherwise even matches b/w heavyweights and minnows would be sellouts. The likeable thing about Sammy is that he is dedicated towards making his team succesful, which is a good sign for International cricket whereas Gayle is hunting for personal fortune. To be honest, its boring to see him play for 5 different teams at diff times. Its like, he is completely devoid of any feeling of devotion and dedication. It would be good if ICC came up with a fifa style structure with each country having its own league and Inter league competitions. Otherwise, we will have a survival of the richest rule where the wealthiest board will be able to retain its players.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

@ Andrew Foruria on (May 04 2012, 06:58 AM GMT): indeed for the tests adding Sarwan, Nash and Narine can make it a winning team. Since Narine is not available for the series at least Sarwan and Nash should be recalled. The test team should read: Bharat, Kirk Edwards, Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Nash, Sammy (means Deonarine, a better all round player will be left out), Shillingford, Roach, Edwards/Rampaul. And yes they do have the makings of a good T20/ODI team: Gayle, Bharath, Simmons/Kirk Edwards, Darren Dravo, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Russell, Cooper/Sammy, Sunil Narine, Fidel Edwards/Rampaul, Roach

Posted by GravyMon on (May 4, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

I see that many of you out there think, like I do, that Sammy's comments are NOT consistent with those of a captain who really wants to welcome back a significant asset to the WI batting lineup, and one that is quite deserving of a spot on the team, more so than even the captain himself!

Posted by GravyMon on (May 4, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

@ Aussasinator … Gayle may have probably been Man of the Series, but WI winning was never on the cards. And believe me, I'm a true WI supporter. A 0-1 loss may have been better than a 0-2 one. We may have managed to salvage the match in Barbados.

Posted by dwaynerenville on (May 4, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Sammy is probably the luckiest of WI players: to be made captain while not serving a particular role in the team. He will continue to be captain as long as the WI management continue to only attract a weakened team. Will there be a place for Sammy in the side if all the key players of WI avail themselves? I guess not, there are specialist batsmen and allrounders who are not playing. Additionally, Gibson seems to be incapable of coaching the established world-class players within the west indies. I guess therefore that both Sammy and Gibson are happy with the current state of WI cricket. Sammy has no competition and Gibson has no opposition.

Posted by GravyMon on (May 4, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

@ jb633 … Do you see it as criticism of Darren Sammy? Really? I see it more as criticism of an obstacle to the progress of WI cricket rebirth. While I do agree with you that the value of a good captain goes beyond the scorecard, let's be realistic, Sammy is NOT our knight in shining armor, far from it. He lacks the skills as a captain, and is barely passable as a player. Strauss, on the other hand, is an established Test captain and opening batsman, and his Test and First Class (and even lower) credentials leave no doubt as to his ability. Statistically, Darren Sammy's contribution to WI cricket is not anywhere on the same planet as those of any prior WI captain. Look it up, it could provide a whole new perspective to what WI cricket really means to the true diehard supporter. By the way, Sarwan is currently playing County Cricket for Leicester (captain at the moment), and Gayle is awaiting what new version of the foxtrot the WICB is likely to put him through.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

The reason why Gayle excels for all of the franchises that he plays for around the world is the way that he is managed. They let Gayle be himself. They don't try to box him into a corner. They make him feel important. That's how good managers get the best out of persons they manage.Gayle also respects them because they are true professionals. Now do you really believe that Otis Gibson and Darren Sammy are capable of this? I dont think so because of their own insecurity.

Posted by GravyMon on (May 4, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

@ Kurt Prescott … Let's see, better players than Darren Sammy in all forms of the game, statistically and otherwise. Just off the top of my head … DJ Bravo, AD Russell, KA Pollard, DR Smith, AB Fudadin, CR Brathwaite, AP Richardson; etc., etc., etc. better captains: DJ Bravo, D Ramdin; and lest we forget, we must drop any one of Rampaul, Edwards, and Roach, or the spinner to play Sammy! Also, as the cricketer I assume you are/were, you would know that for a team to perform well on a consistent basis, it needs good balance. Sammy's inclusion upsets the balance in the WI team. Unfortunately for WI cricket, and for the wrong reasons, the master plan in place is to develop a team around Darren Sammy, and consequently, WI cricket suffers as a result. If we look to improve WI cricket, perhaps the question shouldn't be who is better than Sammy, but rather, would you really pick him if someone else were captain. Given free will, most of rest of the world would not! Try helping WI cricket!

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (May 4, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Oh yeh, Hardworking environment in dressing. What a joke by Sammey. What tournament did he win over the last 1 year without gayle, which series he won. Nothing. Gayle is world class player and he knows how to do hard work and no body else should tell him to do what. So sad to see a comment from a captain about his team mate. WI some time makes no sense.

Gayle is a sensational player and without hard work he cannot achieve what he is doing in T2020 world wide. Then why to ask a dumb question like that so sad.

Posted by SLMaster on (May 4, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Good for Gayle and WI. This makes sense. Playing IPL for money is not a bit better than playing for country. Gayle has proven it. This is a great advice to SL players who are choosing IPL over country. They money is important. It is but it will not fill cricketers dream. How much money Gayle earned, but it wasn't enough as playing for their country.

Posted by dev337ah on (May 4, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Gayle is a good player not great and to suggest that Gayle can do whatever he wants to do when he comes back into the West Indies team again and the team has to just accomodate him even if he does not want to train as hard as some of the other players, will simply bring back that feeling that this team is not progressing. As an example the last series against Australia, although the West Indies did not win the test series you can take some positive signs in the way they fought against Australia. The process is slow but they are positive signs this team is improving and Gayle and the other players from the IPL series has to fit in as a team. We who love the West Indies team just want the team to do well and progress to a point where they will be extremely competitive and actually get to a point as a world cricketing power in test cricket again.

Posted by b4u8me2 on (May 4, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

@ Dashgar :- My point is exactly that. Sammy needs to continue making runs and play at number 6 as that all rounder that supports the main bowlers and the main batsmen. He should not be playing as a strike bowler. If he cannot consistently hold that number six spot then he should not be in the team. That is my simple point. More power to Sammy if he can finally be that all rounder that he claims to be and can continue making some runs. That should be his role in the team.

Posted by Aussasinator on (May 4, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

now if he had played against Australia WI would have won and Gayle would have been Man of the Series

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

I wish Gayle and the West Indies the best of luck in the ODI series in England,lets take it one day at a time.Correct me if i am wrong,Gayle can be in immediate future be picked for the ODI's and test matches against New Zealand but because he DID NOT play in the Caribbean T-20 competition,then if the selectors and board stick to their pre-requisite standards,BY ALL RIGHTS,GAYLE CANNOT be picked for the World T-20 championship squad.This year,unlike in 2011,both Bravo and Pollard returned from the Big Bash to play as they knew the World T-20 competition is this year.Smart move fellows.

Posted by jb633 on (May 4, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

Apologies for my naievity but can someone please explain the situation with Chris Gayle and the WICB is. Also can someone explain where Sarwan is? In terms of the argument regarding Darren Sammy, I think the criticism of him is over the top. He is clearly a good leader and if you look at his bowling averages, not bad with the ball. English conditions should suit his style. The value of a good captain goes beyond the contributions to the scorecard. Just look at England and Strauss, people understand he is not scoring runs but he remains a vital cog in the machine. I think the WI look like they are finally capable of representing themselves respectably and Sammy should be praised for this.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Sometimes I wish that Sammy would just retire from WI Cricket. But he has guts and will probably stay on until they make him go. No matter what he does or says he gets critized. People seem to forget that WI did not start losing when Sammy became captain. Funny, people seem to forget some of the stick Gayle got when he was captain

Posted by Dashgar on (May 4, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

No way Windies are favourites for the world cup but they'll be a serious dark horse. Gayle, Barath, Bravo, Pollard, Bravo, Samuels, Sammy, Russell, Ramdin, Roach, Narine. Then bench strength of Lendl, Cooper, Rampaul, Fidel and Bishoo. They have strength in every area (except their keeper).

Posted by Kricket_Fan on (May 4, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

While we all welcome Gayle back to his rightful place in international cricket... am still not expecting much in his return to the WI team. as long as we have this WIBC and Gibson as coach we will 4ever be a developing team... Haven't anyone see how well WI players perform when playing 4 their clubs and can't perform playing 4 WI... look how gayle himself say the coach have messed up Sawan haed, Chander came out and say the same. Sammy talks of new attitude n no one will keep thm down... look and see the perfomers on the last series? So thoese of u'll who thinks with Gayle being back WI will be favorite 4 upcomin T20 worldcup think again. Definitely not under current WI cricket mamagement.

Posted by NP_NY on (May 4, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Finally a good compromise. But Sammy needs to be careful with the "hardworking culture" thing. The reality is some players don't have to work nearly as hard as the others. Gayle is way more talented than most other WI players and he is the biggest entertainer in cricket at the moment. Sammy/Gibson just need to let Gayle be Gayle. With Gayle, Pollard and Bravo WI will be a formidable force in the world T20 in SL.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Sammy seems to suggest that Gayle does not work hard. Sammy, the IPL comprises some of the best players in the world and they all, including Chris Gayle achieve success by dint of professional training. Hard work is only a state of mind that gets you nowhere without the requisite ability.l

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Well, I am truly puzzled because if the results of the W.I team is a result of hard work Sammy is talking about, the other teams must be taking their cricket very easy. It is time to fire this coach Gibson, imagine before the series start he is saying I will be happy if we lose in 4 days instead of 2.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

West Indies will be favourite to win T20 world cup.. If they picks correct squad and captain.. My playin XI would be.. Gayle, Simmons, Dawayn Smith, Marlon Samules, Dawain Bravo, Kieron Polard, Andre Russel, Darren Sammy/ Kevon Cooper, Dinesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach/ Ravi Rampoul........ It would be formidable team and very hard to beat in T20.........

Posted by ste13 on (May 4, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

huge mistake - return of rifts among the players and the end of stability in the team that moved WI team forward, most of the people forget that cricket is team play and no one is bigger than the team welcome back the slump days - but I hope I am wrong

Posted by maddy20 on (May 4, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

And suddenly the WI squad for T20 WC looks very intimidating! Hope they treat the man with respect.

Posted by srivatsacertain on (May 4, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

This is awesomeness! I hope Chris leads West Indies to world cup glory in Sri Lanka this September.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (May 4, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

So Gayle said earlier that he would be available if he would definitely be picked and Mr Hilaire made a big song and dance about it and now that Gayle has made himself available Gibson is saying that he will definitely be picked. If Gibson can give that assurance now, why couldn't the WICB do so when Gayle asked them for it? It seems like Hilaire was trying to get one final dig in and make Gayle be the one to blink first and all it's done is make the WICB look letty one final time and Gayle come looking the bigger man. This particular matter appears to have been resolved but the underlying issues in WICB are still there.

Posted by cmondatahn on (May 4, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

Gayle should be back on the world stage, but he should have thought about that before signing a contract to play for Somerset. The county has moved swiftly to replace him with Du Plessis, but have already banked tens of thousands in advance ticket money from supporters (like me) who wanted to see Gayle. But this is what one gets these days with cricket mercenaries, only in it for a quick buck, and who have no allegiance to the teams they sign for. I hope the county now sue Gayle for breach of contract and damages. In that way the cricket 'travellers' might learn to act honourably when signing contracts they have no conscience about breaking if it suits them.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

This is awesome Gayle in West indies eleven. which will strenth the west indies cricket. hope the captain and the team management get 100% out of him. and as to Sammys comment about hardworking unit. Gayle is always a hard worker and allways a match winner so. the responsibility lies on the captain and the coach to get the best out of Gayle.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

good newz for carib cricket...elated to hear the newz bout gayle's comeback.... windies cricket has taken a giant leap forward.... all d bes my frnds feom the caribs..... whole india supports u n wishes u good luck..:-):-)... though would have liked to see jason holder n carlos brathwaite move up th ranks to represent the windies in intl. cricket...both r exceptinal talents.....

Posted by tappee74 on (May 4, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Gibson has spoken well,Sammy i am convinced is a fighter,but not quite a test selection.Chris Gyale has seen and achieved more than Sammy will ever dream of.Talking of new culture set by himself and Gibson still does not show significant reflection on the team.Had it not been for Chanderpaul the kingpin of the batting and Shane Shillingford we would have still been in no mans land.Can Gibson and Sammy teach Chanderpaul anything new.You need to shower praise on the man who still brings respectability to the team.

Posted by anil80 on (May 4, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Gayle,Bharath,kirk edwards,daren bravo,dwayne bravo,pollard,russell,cooper/sammy,sunil narine,fidel edwards,roach

westindies favourites in srilanka world t20

Posted by Dav1daKing on (May 4, 2012, 7:56 GMT)


Posted by smudgeon on (May 4, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

as long as Gayle can fit into the team culture and respect his captain, this is good news for the Windies. however, the proof will be in the pudding.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Now bring Sarwan, Nash and Narine in to the squad and they're set.

Posted by soumyas on (May 4, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

GAYLE,POLLARD,NARIEN,BRAVO in thier team makes cricket lovers from all over the world to keep and eye on West Indies cricket, also makes world cricket more interesting. good for cricket, and cricket fans...

Posted by Garretjacks on (May 4, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

This is brilliant.... west indies played really well without Gayle the past few months. With his inclusion the team will only perform better! I cannot wait to see him perform for his country once again, so excited

(A sri lankan!!!)

Posted by sony_sr on (May 4, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

With the kind of hard hitting medium pace alrounders + naraine + gayle at top, I'll be wondered if WI does not get to the top 3 in ODI and T20.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

At last Gayle has been selected for the England Tour of West Indies. Congratulations to Gayle and West Indian Team.

Posted by Surajrises on (May 4, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

This is really good for the Windies... Sammy is a good captain. Gayle will play freely at the top like he does for RCB and that would be GREAT for the West Indies crowd. Feels great that Gayle is going to play once again for his country :-)

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

West indies team is much much stronger with Gayle around. i dont see that enthusiasim from Sammy about the return of Gayle though but the coach seem to have embraced his return which is encouraging. i hope they work together for the good of West Indies Cricket.

Posted by karthik666 on (May 4, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

@aclarity - very easy to say from here whom to select and whom not to .. No matter who the selectors select , ppl r always der to criticize alone which s very very sad ..

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

Chris Gayle back.....thats great news...West Indies should include Sarwan in there too...i somehow feel West Indies are getting back slowly and steadily under Sammy at the top where they belong....Best of luck for England from Indian Fan

Posted by Dashgar on (May 4, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

@b4u8me2. So going by that you've judged Sammy based on one series. Also based on that series Sammy was the 3rd best batsman so he certainly still keeps his spot. What's your real argument?

Posted by aclarity on (May 4, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

I think the selectors made three errors with the team to England. Samuels most definitely should be out and Jonathan Carter in. In the regional finals, Carter demonstrated that he could pilot a team to a big score. His calmness, ferocity, style and poise were characteristics of good batsmanship. His 99 was the best innings of the entire tournament - an innings under pressure. Cottoreal is a diamond in the rough and he should have been picked over Fidel Edwards. Edwards's record in the last 5 test is beyond poor. I would have picked Benn over Shillingford in English conditions early in the season and against Peterson and Trott. Schillingford is better at home and in Asia and Australia. Folks that is the kind of strategic decision making the selectors must project.

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (May 4, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

really interesting comment I see hear. For de past 10 years West Indies HAd they best Player Without smamy in the Team, yet they Drop to Number 8 in the World, under Sammy they move up to 7 in Test and in ODI. Sammy isnt a Great Player and yes i agree he may be keeping out a few Players. But looking a the attitude of the Team have change which today many people dont look at, they only look at a person come in score 100 and then the Team Lost.Im a Gayle Fan, but This past year was the first time after a Long time i had confidance in West Indies Cricket. We had our best unit Best Player who avg Over 40,yet we been beaten 5-0, 3-0, ,etc and only win we got in Test was 1-0 against England, which we could of been beaten 3-1.West Indies collapse in those matches Go back in de Past from 2000 until Sammy came in an ask ya self this Question without Sammmy were We World Beaters?Did we ever came from 70-6 and score 200+?in Test 200 Run behind with 7 wickets down and got beatn with less then 100?

Posted by WindiesWillow on (May 4, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

Great news. Gayle seems to be more mature, professional person these days. I would expect him to have a back seta and let the captain and coach control the dressing room, while at the same time let his bat do the talking on the field. Gibson brought up a godd point about the financial situation. it is true....we live in a real world, and to many people who think it is easy to say no to millions of dollars rather than play one series of international cricket should put themselves in that situation mentally and see what it feels like. The alternatives to this is that WICB plan their series around the IPL because of what the reality is OR playing and winning a lot so that private sector sponsorship can up the players salaries which will make playing for WI lucrative.

Posted by cric_freakNo2 on (May 4, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

Looks like Windies is going to be the main THREAT in WorldT20

Posted by Buggsy on (May 4, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

I haven't really been following the Gayle saga over the last few years, but I do know that West Indies desperately needs his firepower, especially in the top order of the Test squad. Hopefully it turns out well for both parties.

Posted by WTEH on (May 4, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

Sammy trying to be funny!!!!!!!!!! It must be really hard working for him just to be in the team, as everybody can see that, he get picked in to the team being the captain, not because of any real talent. In the case of Gayle, everything is natural as he's a real power house in the modern world of batting.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

@ GravyMon......... Name the better players that Sammy is keeping out of the team. Let me help Bravo >> IPL,Big Bash, BPL<<

Posted by Erebus26 on (May 3, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

Credit where credit is due here as both Gibson and Gayle have had harsh words to say about each other in the past. But it seems for the good of Windies cricket that Gibson(in public anyway) is prepared to let bygones be bygones.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

West Indies needs him in all forms of cricket. This is definitely a step in the right direction.

Posted by legend_963 on (May 3, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

look who is telling who he has to fit in

Posted by delboy on (May 3, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

I would avoid the PR stunt and defer buying a ticket until the day of each game. If you do not get a ticket; the view from the comfort of your armchair with the TV muted to avoid all the ramble about the commentators own playing days will be just as good. India and ALL the other countries do not schedule IPL to run alongside tests the ECB must look at ways to ensure that a touring team is sloted into the county IPL program. An extra team will not hurt. In seasons when there is not a visiting team then they may want to invite the winner of the Champions league to take part.

Posted by GravyMon on (May 3, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

Seems like Gayle and Gibson have both learnt their lessons; Sammy on the other hand is yet to learn his, as he still strives to be relevant. Is it because he recognizes that he's the only current player least deserving of selection? His being captain has kept so many better players out of the team, it's downright dim-witted on the part of the WI Cricket Board and Selection Committee.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

Darren Sammy is absolutely right. It would be ridiculous to fall back into the same old failures just to get Gayle back. Ether he plays for the team or goes back to playing for himself in circus cricket.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

So Gayle would be available for the 3rd test against England.

Posted by teo. on (May 3, 2012, 22:29 GMT)

Sammy seems like a good captain, and a tough guy!! I hope he can ensure Gayle knows his place.. and plays for the good of his nation!

Posted by dunger.bob on (May 3, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

I'm a neutral in all this but I've got to say that it sounds like a sensible solution to let the players go off and play some T20 if the Board can't afford to pay them. Players have a right to look after themselves and their families financially because a cricket career only lasts 10-15 years usually. .. This way presents a path for YOUNG West Indians to follow if they are interested in cricket. It's better than losing them to the sport altogether. I'm told a lot of young West Indian athletes choose US sports because of the money so at least if they can see a way to earn good money in cricket then it's got to be good for the game, hasn't it. ..

Posted by b4u8me2 on (May 3, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

If we should continue to follow the logic of Sammy's supporters then that logic will lead us to say that Deonarine who took 9 wickets at an average of 21.55, and was the 3rd most successful W.I. bowler behind Roach and Shillingford, should now be one of W.I. leading strike bowlers and occupy one of the four slots for bowlers. Truth is that Deonarine, as an allrounder and part time bowler did what he was suppose to do. This is the role Sammy should be playing. Sammy should not be one of the 4 strike bowlers because he is not a strike bowler!!! He cannot force batsmen out. That is the plain fact. I have always said if Sammy is gonna play he needs to occupy that number 6 spot and start making some runs and support the 4 main bowlers. This is what Deonarine has done and this is what Sammy should be doing. Had Rampaul been fit, Roach would have been the one on the bench to accommodate Sammy into the 4. That is ridiculous!!!! Sammy needs to play the role Deonarine plays or sit out.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

Gayle is back now...how about bring back Sarwan?

Posted by goldeneye075 on (May 3, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

It's really refreshing news to hear that Gayle is back.. But reading the stuff that Sammy has spoken about makes me tickle my self to death.. ;-) If any one looking at the West Indies cricket team knows, and only person who does not belong to be there is Sammy him self. He is not a genuine bowler neither a batsmen, altogether an useless fellow... and he is not a good Captain either.. If you look closely there are people who are doing far better than this fellow.. Andre Russel is a good choice to be put in to the team as an all-rounder instead of Sammy, and there might be far better people in the country for the all-rounder position. If Gayle were the captain, Sammy might have trouble getting in to the west-indies pool of 25 player, (no point of talking about the 15 men who will picked up as he will not be included in the 15 men squid at any point in any given day full-stop )

Posted by Priyank on (May 3, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

sammy doesn't sound like he is really welcoming...

Posted by TropicPleasure on (May 3, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

@ Gary Rubbas Harris, "This team has been doing much better AS A UNIT not relying on certain players". Did I get this right? Or is this meant to be a joke? Did you follow the last test series against Australia? Without Chanderpaul, how many runs would West Indies have scored? Please, if you're going to make comments, at least pretend to know something.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (May 3, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

Haha. I read the article many times to find that words that shows they were "pleased". I can believe Misbah when he said he was happy to see Afridi back in the side, but this ...

Posted by SirViv1973 on (May 3, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

@mark Frayne - Johnson, I totally agree that there should be a window for the ipl but unfortuntley it's just not going to happen. Following IPL1 Steve Waugh proposed that the IPL be played in 2 windows one in April the other Oct when no other int cricket wld be played. The BCCI did not like the idea of splitting the ipl so it was rejected. there was another proposal put forward before the announcement of TCFTP in 2010 for a 6 week window during Apr/May but Eng rejected this as it would have overlaped with the start of the Eng int season. Therefore the ICC decided to in force a window for the ridcoulous CLT20 instead. The IPL is here to stay and the WICB will need to do its best accomadate it. Unfortunately wI cricket appears to be the biggest looser in all this.

Posted by aubynarcher on (May 3, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

Finally the issue is at rest but I guess that the WICB will want to get back at Gayle. The CEO's recent 'outburst' to Gayle's reasonable request tells a tale. As far as Sammy he is lucky to be in the team. His very poor choice of words is symptomatic of one who is not very comfortable in his skin and will want to exert his authority. Nothing wrong with sending a message but an inappropriate forum. Gayle has worked hard and has done much gym work and that's why he is one of the best cricketers at the shortest forms of the game. I don't think he needs to be reminded by mediocre Sammy that hard work is essential!

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

Sammy is trying to say the right things and to be diplomatic. but let's face it he must be concerned for his own personal survival on the team. No international team picks a person to captain a team if he cannot make the team on merit as a bowler, batsman, keeper or allrounder. Sammy is none of those on an international team

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (May 3, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

Gayle has snubbed tinpot County cricket for the real ones i.e IPL and International cricket (West Indies).. so much for the IPL bashers out there... eat your heart out!!!

Posted by kaynsid on (May 3, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

We all know Gayle is a good ODI and t20 Cricket but everyone seems to forget he is one of only very few people in the game to make two triple century in test cricket and has a good test record too..that out the way, very very happy that Gayle is back in the West Indies Plans..:)

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

It is good news to know that Gayle is back ,and most of us should know that he is 1 piece of the 11 pieces of the playing 11. It is also excellent to here coach Gibson and captain Sammy say they are please to have him back. Gibson have all positive things to say to the media about Gayle but can someone tell me why did Sammy who is supposedly to be Mr COOL pretty much gave Gayle an ultimatum in his press conference " HARDWORKING CULTURE" are you will not be in my team. I think this should have been save for the locker room.

Posted by Dav1daKing on (May 3, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

@Bruisers, Darren Sammy was never contracted to play IPL, it was BPL. not IPL!!!!

Posted by SirViv1973 on (May 3, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Well it is great to See Gayle back in the international fold. However does anyone know how this is going to work ? Will Gayle be available for tests starting with the 2 against NZL ? if so will he be allowed to skip any in the future which clash with the IPL or BBL ? or will he do what Pollard does and just play limited overs games ? Personally I think Gayle has already made a lot of money from the various T20 leagues over the past few years and should really focus on trying to help revive Windies over the next few of years. He can go back to the T20 leagues when he is 35/36 i'm sure he will still be a big draw & make plenty more money for a few years at the end of his career.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Cant wait to see GAYLE STORM in an International Cricket..eagerly waiting :)

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

Bruisers: Sammy would not easily get a big IPL contract...period. Clearly Sammy isnt interested in Gayle at all.

Posted by cricPassion2009 on (May 3, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Hardly the way to talk to a guy who has been sidelined by WICB for 1.5 years. Obviously there are a few folks rattled by Gayle comeback. Ridiculous statements from Sammy and Gibson.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (May 3, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

I guess Chris Gayle getting the chance to avoid the test series in England will prevent the embarassment he sufferred the last time from being repeated.Take that huge bat away from him & lets see how he does without it.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (May 3, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Looking forward to seeing him in England. International cricket needs the best players to be playing and his absence was complete madness. Just a shame he's not playing in the tests too.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

now that gayle is back we need sarwan and bravo back in the squad to elevate our team and get ready for the world cup..

Posted by Bruisers on (May 3, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Darren Sammy is really GREAT to opt out of I.P.L. and focus only on his international duty. He could easily get an big contract in the I.P.L. yet he focuses only to serve his country. Such a selfless, hardworking cricketer.. Hats off.

Posted by TheSouthallBee on (May 3, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

I very much agree with the first comment. There should be an IPL window. I want to see the best players in the world, playing test cricket at the highest level.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

I am delighted to learn that Chris is available for the OD matches, but disappointed that he is not available for the Test series.

On the IPL, I am not a fan of it. I have stopped watching it since last year. It does not appeal to me. Over all, T20 games takes away from the essence of the Game and was a huge mistake, in my view. It will be a great day for cricket if or when it is abolished.

Welcome back, Chris!

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

i think WI are learn very well in the presence of Gibson and Sammy and this process will not be stop. we want to see WI on top. Good decision by Gayle. welldone Sammy u will take WI on top.

Posted by Hit1968 on (May 3, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Sammy you show very poor choice of words for Gayle. You don't have to sounding rude or intimidating. Gayle also knows that it is not in his best interest to have stands off with any one.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

This undoubtedly is a great day for WI cricket. My next desire is to c a Gibson/Sammy/Gayle, working relationship to move WI cricket forward. Gayle's presence in the team must be a confidence boast to the younger & inexperience players. Our problem was a solid opener, now we have one. Along with Shiv, Kirk, Darren & the lion heart capt, we can move up the ranking. Our bowling is very good.However, I don't want to move ahead of myself, I am excited. God bless WI!

Posted by MadCricter on (May 3, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

Gayle is no doubt one of the best ODI/t20 opening & hitter in the world, as time & time again he's proved to be a danger to any side. Darren Sammy's comments of not letting anyone bring the team down, or needs to fit in., etc., sounds so possesive and scared at the same time. Darren's own position, performance and leadership in the team needs to be questioned. The WICB should offer Chris Gayle captaincy & respect to keep him in WI side. I am sure he's made a lot of money from t20's, as any side would be very happy to take Chris.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

its decision is very good because any player give to the 1st priorty on country after all may be gayle should help now at improve cricket on WI best of luck

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

welcome back Gayle u will make a differences WI cricket we cannot weight to see u

Posted by kaddy64 on (May 3, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Now that Gayle is back in, lets see how long it takes the WICB to get back on his case....

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

@Mark Frare-Johnson, the BCCI has ALOT of influence on the ICC to put it mildly,so we will see.Lets see how these developments with Mr Gayle coming back into the team as he is expected to be selected,this is going to make for intresting viewing.

Posted by frozendilemma on (May 3, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

finally the Gayle will come back to the Windies....enough said

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

@ Nigel Bradshaw....obviously you don't know who Chris Gayle is,perhaps the reason why W.I. cannot move forward is because Chris Gayle is not present on the team,nevertheless,i can assure you that any of the top test playing nations will like to have Chris Gayle on their team. If that was possible.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Windies will be a powerhouse in cricket some day IN SPITE of Sammy and Gibson. Let's get that straight. Running around clapping hands and grinning like a Cheshire cat isn't really captaincy. This might appeal to the less informed, but a captain first need to EARN his place on the team and it is quite clear that Sammy's presence cause much more talented players like Russell to have to sit on the bench or not be included in the squad at all.

Posted by mrhamilton on (May 3, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

All of that said if Gayle does come in and do nothing to disrupt the team he is an automatic choice and could be a tremendous anchor at the top. a gayle in form could have been the diffference that won the windies the closely battled indian and pak tours last yr of the caribbean as well as this recent aussie tour as they could have done with his 40 runs an innings

Posted by mrhamilton on (May 3, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

@nigel bradshaw. Well the facts speak for themselves. Gayle may have good averages, much like sarwan,samuels,dwayne bravo have decent ones but under these players the last decade their attitude,playing for themselves mentality and standoffs with the WICb and pick and choose when to play well mentality did NOTHING for windian cricket and led it to become a laughing stock. Sammy isnt a great player but he has restored pride and fight and is improving as a player.

Posted by TestIP on (May 3, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Can someone please compare darren sammy achivements to chris gayle and see what they come up with? Personally, I think the caribbean has many more talented players than darren sammy. this guy bowls rubbish and cannot bat. The only reason he is afraid of good players coming back is because it might push him out of his job and fighting for a place in the side.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Great Move Chris!!!! I've waiting so long to hear this. Darren and Otis has done well but they need experience match winners. I only hope that something can be done to keep our good players rather than they being Hilaired. Nash, Sarwan and NARINE, England would be shivering in the cold.

Posted by LabMan on (May 3, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

I also think that there should be a season for T20 cricket. All the T20 tournaments should occur in this season running concurrent with the ICL similar to UEFA championship and the Europe football season. This has a great marketing potential for not only all the boards but also players and providing an opportunity for Cricket to be a fully professional sport with professional players.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Some of you people are talking like like Gayle is the best thing since sliced bread. Our best Batsman and hardest working is Chanderpaul and he has never turned his back on WI for money. This team has been doing much better AS A UNIT not relying on certain players and that is what we need, If Gayle can fit into that then fine. Look at Australia, they didn't have any great players dominate but as a team they did well. We all know that they are better than the WI but our youngsters fought them tooth and nail. WE didn't have that when Gayle was around. The most talented team in the 1982 world cup football was Brazil with all thei stars but did they will win, no. It was a team with a no name player who broke their hearts so let us all stop talking like a star padded with stars is certain of winning.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

Somerset have sold many T20 passes on the basis of the contract that Gayle signed with us. Does no one honour contracts anymore.

Posted by LabMan on (May 3, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Congratulations to Gayle for making himself available. It is very fortunate that the situation didn't escalate to further the impasse between him and the board. I personally think it was within his right to ensure that at least he plays some cricket. "Chris we are not in a position to say if you are guaranteed a place in the team it is not up to us but rather up to the selectors." That was a very reasoned response also, the other comments were unnecessary. I would not read anything much in Sammy's comments either he is simply suggesting that the culture has changed even if only a bit and Chris would have to accept it and go with the flow. Whether we supported Chris or the board we all as West Indians realize the value he brings to a West Indies team. He and Chanderpaul I feel is sufficient with the young guys to see the continued upwards movement of WI cricket. Welcome back Gayle

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Ok gentlemen, he's back, please let peace, respect and love play the game, just show some LOVE!!

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

What a joke this Sammy is, just reviewed the stats of both Sammy and Gayle, batting average of 20 odd in both test and ODI handful of wickets in both form of the game as well. No great leadership skills as well, and he is saying the Gayle needs to adopt to hardworking environment. Come on. take a chill pill.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Lie they are not happy that Gayle is back ............................

Posted by TropicPleasure on (May 3, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

What a ringing endorsement, Sammy. You sound awfully excited to have Gayle back.

Posted by Ncnotorious on (May 3, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

@Nigel Because Gayle, as they said, is one of the best ODI and T20 batsman in the world!! @Mark I think that is exactly what we need to avoid any conflicts. Although im a west indian, I rather see our players go to IPL and make the money they can, than stay in WI for extremely low pay comparatively.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

Now, if we can add Pollard, Sarwan and Narine, we might have a chance!

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

I think this situation clearly demonstrates the need for the ICC to work with the BCCI to designate an IPL window in to the annual cricketing calendar. Unlike the boards of India, England and Australia, the WICB has not got the finances to pay their top players a significant central contract amount and it is very hard to deny them the opportunity to go and play 7-8 weeks cricket in the IPL to earn what it may take a whole career to earn playing for the West Indies. A 6 -7 week IPL window without any international cricket occuring from, for example, from mid-February to April each year would make sense so that cricketers from the less well-paid nations (such as the West Indies) are not forced in to choosing between international cricket and IPL cricket.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Darren Sammy: "When Chris joins the set-up, he will be coming into a very hardworking environment in which he has to fit in." Otis Gibson believes that Gayle will do so without fuss! My question is - if the team is so keen on moving forward, why are they even prepared to talk to Gayle???

Posted by essky on (May 3, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

What a negative tone to welcome back a player

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

so is Sammy saying that Gayle isn't a hard worker ? glad hear our best oddi n t20 batsman is back

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

FINALLY, West Indies have sorted out the differences. Would be a real test for the English team if Gayle finds the middle of his bat!!

Posted by bharath74 on (May 3, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Coach and Captain are lucky to get those jobs, they just need to handle Immensely Talented Gayle with care. Gayle should try to be a team man because games are won mostly by team effort rather than an Individual effort

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

- Respect to Sammy ... WI will be a power house in cricket because of this man...

Posted by   on (May 3, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Good decision by Gayle. WI is performance is definitely improving and Gayle can provide the essential boost needed to win a serious. I wish WI all the best for the England tour!

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