West Indies in England 2012 June 6, 2012

Sammy delight at Gayle's return

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Darren Sammy did his best to conceal a big and wide smile but was not shy to admit how happy he would be to see Chris Gayle re-enter the West Indies dressing room soon. Gayle was part of the 15-man squad announced on Sunday by the Caribbean selectors for the three-match ODI series and the solitary Twenty20 to be played in England from June 16.

Gayle's inclusion brought to an end the bitter dispute between him and the WICB, which started immediately after last year's World Cup and kept him out of international cricket for 15 months. But both parties cleared the "residual" issues during a meeting in St Vincent, which was attended by Gayle, Julian Hunte (WICB president) along with West Indies Players' Association chief executive Michael Hall. Also present were Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St Vincent, and Baldwin Spencer, the Antigua & Barbuda Premier, both facilitators instrumental in resolving the issue.

"I think we have a very exciting one-day team with the inclusion of Chris Gayle," Sammy said. "Our previous ODI and Twenty20 series against Australia was very good for us; we drew both series. So with guys like Chris and Dwayne Smith adding more power, I am very excited, but I have to focus on this Test. After this is over, we will focus on the ODI series." It is understood that Gayle along with the other players picked for the one-dayers, would join the West Indies squad in Birmingham on June 9.

In his first press conference on this tour, at Hove, Sammy mentioned that if and when Gayle comes back, he would need to get used to the "hardworking culture" put in place by Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach. Today Sammy was more lenient, saying Gayle would easily slip into the team environment without much fuss. "He is a professional and will do what is necessary for the team," Sammy said.

Last month, Gayle decided to forsake his contract with the Somerset, as it clashed with the ODI series in order to commit himself to West Indies cricket. That was an important step which convinced the WICB that he was serious about his comeback. For all the positive speak that Sammy and his troops have so far uttered on this trip, the West Indies captain knows he needs able and experienced generals like Gayle and Chanderpaul on his side if West Indies have to finally start seizing opportunities.

"It is good to have him back," Sammy said. "We all know what he has done for us in the past, and hopefully, he can come into the squad and pass on the experience to the younger players because he has been a phenomenal limited-overs player for us. We expect to win this upcoming series because looking at this squad, we should pose a serious challenge to England and win games."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vivek78 on June 8, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    England to win series by 2-1. WI to win the T20.

  • Baundele on June 8, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    I really feel for Sammy. He was not treated fairly by the WICB in the past. Now that he is the captain, he can not speak against the WICB. He never raised his voice to have Gayle in the team. Gayle is a successful International cricketer in all formats of the game. He is certainly a hard working man in his own way and he does not need to learn anything in that aspect from his below international standard colleagues.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on June 8, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    WI team I would like to see playing in the test series against New Zealand...

    1.C.Gayle 2.A.Barath/K.Powell/K.Brathwaite (whoever is in form) 3.D.B.Bravo 4.S.Chanderpaul 5.M.Samuels 6.L.Simmons (wk) 7.D.Sammy (c) 8.J.O.Holder 9.R.Rampaul 10.S.Narine 11K.Roach

    with K.Edwards, D.Bishoo, J.Taylor and D.Johnson also in the set up. It is high time to move forward with a new attack, led by Roach, so bring in Holder, the giant accurate pacer, and the fast left armer Johnson. Forget Fidel and Tino, they have had more than their fare share of chances. Roach, Rampaul and Sammy have enough experience, now we need some pace and bounce!

  • on June 8, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Sammy have always been a great person, Gayle was the person who made comments about Sammy but as a West Indian it great to have Gayle back hope he leave the cricket politics out and be a good example to the young players and not a distraction. Die hard West Indies fans have been hurting for too long now for poor results and all the off the field stupidness, time for everyone to start acting like adults for the good of the people of the West Indies. Time to put the pride back in the cricket and stop braking the heart of the West Indies people.

  • riprock on June 8, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    West Indies have one of the best limited overs players! Seven all-rounders in one team? Gayle, D.Smith, Bravo, Samuels, Pollard, Russell, Sammy all in one team? Exciting times ahead! Add Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Narine, Edwards and Rampaul to that..what a team! West Indies has gotta be the most flamboyant and exciting T20 team in the world.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 7, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Gayle is good cricketer and i would be happy to have a good player in my team any time. Gayle needs to understand that he is no more captain of the team and no more boss so he needs to evolve and become a better player so that we fans can remember him as good WI player not great IPL player.

    I hope Gayle comes back with bang and win matches for WI because WI looks hapless in England.

  • SunnyD on June 7, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Gayle should bring English bowlers back to their senses

  • SuperSharky on June 7, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Yes, this sounds like good team spirit. A Captain that respects his soldiers gets visa versa. Now the team can move ahead as a unity.

  • AKS286 on June 7, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    irish or namibia gets the test status and WI removed from test. gayle has to take retirement from test cricket so he can play the t20 tournament all over the world without any hurdles and without facing any fans expectation.

  • on June 7, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    its good that Gayle and the other guys are back, however one of the good things i have noticed about this current WI team is that are playing as a team supporting their captain. there is no evidence of personality problems in the camp. Gayle and the other guys have to come back with the right attitude to maintain that team unity. If they don't we will end up in the same problem.

  • Vivek78 on June 8, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    England to win series by 2-1. WI to win the T20.

  • Baundele on June 8, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    I really feel for Sammy. He was not treated fairly by the WICB in the past. Now that he is the captain, he can not speak against the WICB. He never raised his voice to have Gayle in the team. Gayle is a successful International cricketer in all formats of the game. He is certainly a hard working man in his own way and he does not need to learn anything in that aspect from his below international standard colleagues.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on June 8, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    WI team I would like to see playing in the test series against New Zealand...

    1.C.Gayle 2.A.Barath/K.Powell/K.Brathwaite (whoever is in form) 3.D.B.Bravo 4.S.Chanderpaul 5.M.Samuels 6.L.Simmons (wk) 7.D.Sammy (c) 8.J.O.Holder 9.R.Rampaul 10.S.Narine 11K.Roach

    with K.Edwards, D.Bishoo, J.Taylor and D.Johnson also in the set up. It is high time to move forward with a new attack, led by Roach, so bring in Holder, the giant accurate pacer, and the fast left armer Johnson. Forget Fidel and Tino, they have had more than their fare share of chances. Roach, Rampaul and Sammy have enough experience, now we need some pace and bounce!

  • on June 8, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Sammy have always been a great person, Gayle was the person who made comments about Sammy but as a West Indian it great to have Gayle back hope he leave the cricket politics out and be a good example to the young players and not a distraction. Die hard West Indies fans have been hurting for too long now for poor results and all the off the field stupidness, time for everyone to start acting like adults for the good of the people of the West Indies. Time to put the pride back in the cricket and stop braking the heart of the West Indies people.

  • riprock on June 8, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    West Indies have one of the best limited overs players! Seven all-rounders in one team? Gayle, D.Smith, Bravo, Samuels, Pollard, Russell, Sammy all in one team? Exciting times ahead! Add Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Narine, Edwards and Rampaul to that..what a team! West Indies has gotta be the most flamboyant and exciting T20 team in the world.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 7, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Gayle is good cricketer and i would be happy to have a good player in my team any time. Gayle needs to understand that he is no more captain of the team and no more boss so he needs to evolve and become a better player so that we fans can remember him as good WI player not great IPL player.

    I hope Gayle comes back with bang and win matches for WI because WI looks hapless in England.

  • SunnyD on June 7, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Gayle should bring English bowlers back to their senses

  • SuperSharky on June 7, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Yes, this sounds like good team spirit. A Captain that respects his soldiers gets visa versa. Now the team can move ahead as a unity.

  • AKS286 on June 7, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    irish or namibia gets the test status and WI removed from test. gayle has to take retirement from test cricket so he can play the t20 tournament all over the world without any hurdles and without facing any fans expectation.

  • on June 7, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    its good that Gayle and the other guys are back, however one of the good things i have noticed about this current WI team is that are playing as a team supporting their captain. there is no evidence of personality problems in the camp. Gayle and the other guys have to come back with the right attitude to maintain that team unity. If they don't we will end up in the same problem.

  • RandyOZ on June 7, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    @yorkshirematt - so it seems you live in the UK? Well done, one of the only poms on here who does!

  • andrew27994 on June 7, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Its good that Gayle is back in the WI team, but its important that he doesn't take his wicket for granted in this series because WI's main problem is that they dont have top order batsmen who can consolidate the innings so Gayle might have an important role to play for consolidation. WI have all the firepower to get them big scores but its important they make use of the entire 50 overs and not take their firepower for granted.

  • Romenevans on June 7, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    WI have the best T20 site if all these players play together. Gale,Pollard,Smith,Samuels,Bravo,narine,kevin cooper, Andre Russell, Sammy, Rampaul...Outstanding players!

  • on June 7, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Good Desicion by Caribbean Selectors...........

  • on June 7, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Welcome back Chris Gayle The World's Best t20 and 1 Day player Now WestIndies can become thestromgest side again not all of a sudden but bit by bit HAIL THE LORD THE KING OF CRICKET ENTERTAINMENT CHRIS GAYLE ONCE AGAIN WELCOME WELCOME WELCOME> Javed Sani, Los-Angeles USA.

  • hetti on June 7, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Gale,Pollard,Smith,Samuels,Bravo,narine,kevin cooper, Andre Russell, sammy.... wow....couldn't get better than this for a T-20 game.

  • Umair.Khalid_UK on June 7, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Glimpse of Gayle in WI squad shapes the team in the perfect position to make a strong impact in World T20 in Srilanka.

  • jmcilhinney on June 7, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Gayle has played before with little success for WI. If Gayle's obvious talent and ability can be combined with the current team's work ethic then things should be looking up. I'm not 100% sure that that will happen though. I certainly don't have all the facts but Gayle strikes me as a lazy person. That's no crime. I'm a lazy person myself. There are certain things that I'll never achieve as a result though, and harmony with the current regime in WI cricket may be something that Gayle never achieves. I wish all concerned the best but I won't be shocked if it doesn't work out.

  • 1st_april on June 7, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Gayle will do his usual languid movements in the field....and get out after a couple of 4s of Stuart Broad

  • timohyj on June 7, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    has anyone ever thought of the possibility that gayle was out of the team because sammy kept him out? Sammy knows that people are always uestioning his captaincy and if gayle comes back and starts playing well then he will be a definite candidate for captain. Of course sammy has to say he's happy but his earlier comments about gayle not fitting into the dressing room seemed like he didn't want him in the team

  • on June 7, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    I am so happy for the team now

  • on June 7, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    The West Indies should have a Pretty good limited over(s) side as we look at the names listed . Getting the final eleven together will be the problem .

  • ananthap on June 7, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Has been?

    Unfortunately for West Indies, Gayle has not had a great international T20 career recently, in the series in Zimbabwe, Bangladesh etc.

    OK.

  • on June 6, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    But Gayle should also have been playing the third test along with Sarwan. And Sammy is anything but happy about Gayle..He simply has no choice but to accept it.

  • on June 6, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    Chris Gayle will pump the English ODI attack. Forget the Queen's 60th Diamond Jubilee, Gayle for King!

  • kickittome70 on June 6, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    Gayles returns - Narine joins team. My money would definitely be on Sammys team. The English are going to have no idea about Narine. He will take 10 wickets plus over the 3 games and will vowl his side to victory. Narine is the best bowler to hit the scene in a decade. This guy will take 500 plus test wickets.

  • on June 6, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    I dont believe that story that sammy is happy about GAYLE return

  • demon_bowler on June 6, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Gayle will undoubtedly make the West Indies a much better ODI side. But in the test series the guy they really missed was Sarwan, who has an incredible four centuries plus a 94 in his past five tests against England and a test average 19-20 runs higher than Gayle's against England overall.

  • yorkshirematt on June 6, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    IPL is very different to England during one of the most miserable summers I can remember.

  • on June 6, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    And if after we include Gayle we continue to perform dismally, who will we blame?

  • on June 6, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    It would have been exciting for cricket fans all over the world if it was announced that Chris was in the squad for tomorrow's Test in Birmingham. He is the most explosive batsman in the world at this hour!

  • on June 6, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    The India A team won as the WI A team did not play to its strengths, another fast bowler in Kevin McClean who has done well against English A & touring sides in the past was sat in the pavillion, while an out of sort Bishoo and inexperience Permaul were played. J. Carter who got 5 in the first innings is medium pace while McClean is genuine pace. India A won but with the right selection even with Pujara (who batted really well) they would have lost. NB the WI production line of fast bowlers is getting back into operation WORLD BEWARE

  • on June 6, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Would be great to watch Chris Gayle finally don the West Indian colours. He's an exciting prospect and now the Windies surely look reinforced with the return of Gayle and the availability of the mystery man Sunil Narine. The English will surely have a tough time.

  • jupiterlaw on June 6, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    @MOHAMMED ANAS ATIF I don't want to call monsoon rains on your celebration but don't you think that India "A" should have done better against WI "A" than scrape through to a win? The India "A" has 3 triple centurions at the 1st class level in Mukund, Pujara and Sharma. They also have 3 double centurions at the 1st class level in Dahwan, Ranane and Tiwari and a centurion in Sahh. Even Kumar has a high score of 78. These batting credentials are far too imposinf for India "A" to have struggled so embarrassingly against a bunch of players not long out of their teenage years.

  • on June 6, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    yeah he's back n better dan b4

  • on June 6, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    This looks like the amazing and power packed team with so many clean strikers of the ball: Gayle, Bravo, Smith, Pollard, Samuels, Russel....should be a very good contest with this team facing any opponent in the world.

  • on June 6, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    gayle's addition is going to benefit westindies as he is a class act

  • on June 6, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    I think WI ODI team can give England quite a good fight. I'd like to see the best WI ODI team in action - 1. Chris Gayle 2. Dwayne Smith 3. Marlon Samuels 4. Darren Bravo 5. Dwayne Bravo 6. Kieron Pollard 7. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 8. Andre Russell 9. Darren Sammy (capt) 10. Kemar Roach 11. Sunil Narine

  • on June 6, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Good. Now I want Gayle to hit a double century in ODIs.

  • on June 6, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    INDIA WON YOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • mrhamilton on June 6, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Id be more excited if Gayle would be reinstated in the test team. The windies one day team looks good. But gayle & sarwan given 1 more chance in the test team, narine bought in, and only 1 space for powell, barath,edwards to fight over (i pick edwards) than i think windies test cricket may be carry on going forward like it has the last 12 months.

  • on June 6, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    who wouldn't? :) master blaster

  • Stark62 on June 6, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Everyone is excited about Gayle's return to the Intl. scene, except maybe the English bowlers!! :D

  • Sumanth.G on June 6, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Why is Gayle not being included in the test match squad..does WICB think Gayle is not good enough to fit into their current struggling test side

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on June 6, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Drop Edwards and play Fudadeen now..Edwards cannot play swing bowling, period!! Fidel is done, play Ramphal permanent!!

  • on June 6, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah! come on boys let's destroy England

  • chicoguapo on June 6, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    At last, we have some congruence.....and more of this has to be done...to let some players know that their place isnot secure.....the openers especially have not done anything of late....and 3 test is a long trial period....i would pick fuddain and deonarine and make a change at the top,.....

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  • chicoguapo on June 6, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    At last, we have some congruence.....and more of this has to be done...to let some players know that their place isnot secure.....the openers especially have not done anything of late....and 3 test is a long trial period....i would pick fuddain and deonarine and make a change at the top,.....

  • on June 6, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah! come on boys let's destroy England

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on June 6, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Drop Edwards and play Fudadeen now..Edwards cannot play swing bowling, period!! Fidel is done, play Ramphal permanent!!

  • Sumanth.G on June 6, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Why is Gayle not being included in the test match squad..does WICB think Gayle is not good enough to fit into their current struggling test side

  • Stark62 on June 6, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Everyone is excited about Gayle's return to the Intl. scene, except maybe the English bowlers!! :D

  • on June 6, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    who wouldn't? :) master blaster

  • mrhamilton on June 6, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Id be more excited if Gayle would be reinstated in the test team. The windies one day team looks good. But gayle & sarwan given 1 more chance in the test team, narine bought in, and only 1 space for powell, barath,edwards to fight over (i pick edwards) than i think windies test cricket may be carry on going forward like it has the last 12 months.

  • on June 6, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    INDIA WON YOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • on June 6, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Good. Now I want Gayle to hit a double century in ODIs.

  • on June 6, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    I think WI ODI team can give England quite a good fight. I'd like to see the best WI ODI team in action - 1. Chris Gayle 2. Dwayne Smith 3. Marlon Samuels 4. Darren Bravo 5. Dwayne Bravo 6. Kieron Pollard 7. Denesh Ramdin (wk) 8. Andre Russell 9. Darren Sammy (capt) 10. Kemar Roach 11. Sunil Narine