IPL 2011 April 25, 2011

Gayle had written off IPL 2011 until Bangalore call

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Chris Gayle says he had written off IPL 2011 and was getting ready to resume international duties before being dropped from the West Indies team for the series against Pakistan. Gayle spoke to ESPNcricinfo on the eve of his second IPL game for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday.

"It was to be international cricket for me. Had I been picked, that would have been what I would have done," Gayle said. "I didn't have any thoughts about IPL4. I had written off IPL4, rather I was looking forward to its next year. I should have been there (in the West Indies) playing with the national team, but I am here. It is unfortunate but that is how it is."

Gayle said he had never expected to be in this part of the world at this time. The offer to play for Bangalore came "out of the blue at 3 am. After a party." Gayle's IPL arrival was emphatic, with an unbeaten century that set up Bangalore's win against Kolkata Knight Riders after they had gone four matches without a victory. Gayle hammered 102 in 55 balls against his old franchise, leading Bangalore to a nine-wicket win.

He came in to bat at Eden Gardens after having spent the better part of a month without a hit in the nets, working entirely, he said, on physical strength work to recover from an abdominal strain. "An opportunity presented itself, so I am here now to actually do what I can. I have got a good welcome from each and everyone, the players, the owners, and management staff." The abdominal strain? Gayle replied to the question with another one, "What did it look like during the match? That's what it is like now."

In the January IPL auction, Gayle had remained unsold. "It was surprising to be honest when no one took up the bid but based on my knowledge, they said we (West Indies) have a window where we have international cricket at that particular time. So I guess that was the reason, unless there are other things that I don't know about."

Gayle said he did have complaints against the West Indies Cricket Board that had not communicated with him before dropping him for the first two ODIs of the Pakistan series. "I was injured and no one bothered ... haven't I done enough (for the West Indies)? I have given my all and if that is not enough, what is? They left me to fend on my own and I have complaints."

He has followed the progress of West Indies against Pakistan by reading the scores, rather than watching the first of the five ODIs on TV. His interaction with his teammates has been through Blackberry messaging. "I say hi to the guys now and then and wish them well."

Gayle earlier also became one of three West Indian players who did not sign their WICB contracts, becoming freelance players in the several Twenty20 leagues around the world. "I had already pointed out my reasons (for not signing the contract). I thought the contract had too many restrictions and I explained to them (the board) and I explained to the public why I had not signed."

The decision by Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga to retire from Test cricket and choose the shorter format of the game, Gayle said, had little to do with his own situation. "Malinga and I are not in the same boat - so I don't know what's happening with Malinga." The issues of club versus country, he said, could be easily sorted in most cases through communication. "It's simple, they (boards) just have to work it out as much as possible with the individual and see how best we can all co-operate. At the end of the day everyone can be happy and then we can actually move on and we wouldn't have anything dramatic like this."

A window for the IPL would be the next step to avoid what Gayle called cricket's "confusion" between a lucrative Twenty20 league and international commitments. "You have a window for the IPL just like you have a World Cup window. I'm sure there wouldn't be any fuss. That's something they need to take seriously. I'm sure cricket can actually move ahead and everyone will be happy."

Gayle had earlier said that the WICB had left him with no choice. At the moment though, all he wanted to do was, "win the IPL, be on a winning team. That would be the ultimate at this point in time. To lift the IPL trophy and see what it's like."

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • bbpp on April 27, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Darren Sammy as captain at home in St.Lucia in an ODI on a public holiday and still empty stands. WICB cannot pull WI out of the hole for 15 years on the field then at least how about making some money at the gates or with TV rights? Hate them or love them but sports are about stars....you don't have stars nobody cares. Gayle, Sarwan, Chanders are stars and will pull crowds, generate interest in the game and mix that with young talent like Darren Bravo, Barath, Roach, Bishoo or a re-emerging Samuels and people will want to watch the games.

    With 100 plus TV channels people don't want to see untested players develop...that is for the league and first class set-up...not Int'l Cricket.

  • Alikhannz on April 27, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    To be honest, Chris didn't do much for WI during the world cup and may be better off just making whatever money he can make. A good player, but not with the consistancy the great players have.

    As far as the IPL vs Nation debate is concerned, it will not be solved unless there are clear rules and guidelines which donot leave the current wriggle room i.e. if you are physically unable to play test cricket .. then retire for god sake !! Malinga's timing leaves a lot of doubt about his true motivations. Chris has always shown that he prefers money over county .. the fact that he didnt sign the central contract says so. So don't go and moan about it .. just be honest ... you wanted the money ... there is no shame in that

  • stevedd on April 27, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Gayle how much the west indies board will pay you for one ODI about 100 dollars. even if you play 100 odi's for west indies for rest of your life, you will not get the amount ipl will pay you in a year. your generations will not be without money. stay in india and enjoy the flavour of india.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on April 27, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    NO MORE SAMMY, NO MORE SAMMY! To Clive Butts and rest of Selectors, you have to work with what you have NOW- this team should be - Chattergoon, Ganga, Dar Bravo, Samuels, Deonarine, Simmons, Baugh, Russel Roach Edwards Bishoo

    I bet you win the next 3 match.

  • 44johter on April 27, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    We keep hearing field the best team, but even if that is done the WI is not WINNING. WI problems too complex to be solved. Maybe in another 10or 15 years?? i doubt it. Go Gayle the IPL needs you. Without players like yourself the IPL would be dead. Hope when u return to the WI you can show the juniors how to blast a century or just bat to win a match. We can't let experience go to waste. I focus on Gayle only because it is about him and what he has contibuted to WI cricket? Im looking foward to the 3rd oneday go WIndies 3 - nil You will never do worse than what we have done before for the last 15 years

  • Jeffericon on April 26, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Chris, without playing for your country you would be an unknown. It was playing for WI that gave you your recognition & your current status in the IPL. The IPL is the WWF of cricket-a sideshow, a temporary glitz & glamour that distracts from the main course. Yet you choose a fringe benefit over a long term career. You were never considered an item in the first place in this latest edition of a circus that is called the IPL. Yet, audaciously, you conjure up accusations against the WICB to re-inforce your selfish decision to partake in this circus. Chris, remember this...the IPL is not cricket as you and I know it to be...it is a Business Broadcast at the highest level, with the BCCI being the sole beneficiary. In what other cricket event (the World Cup included) do you see a Host Broadcaster obligated to have a camera dedicated to show a sponsor's vehicle (the VW) a specific number of times during an innings? Chris, wake up and smell the roses. Life is short; the IPL is much shorter...

  • Nampally on April 26, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    It is shocking how the West Indies Board are treating their star players like Chris Gayle. Chris is easily the most dominanat opening batsman in the world - in the same mould as Sehwag. WI cannot afford to drop Chris from their team in any format of the game.To drop him from captaincy itself was a terrible injustice. Sammy, the current WI captain, in my opinion is a non playing captain. He is neither a batsman nor a bowler and has contributed nothing to the team. He does not deserve a place in the XI. On top of it dropping Gayle is poor reflection on how politic ridden the WI is now. Chanrapal, Sarwan & Gayle Have been the heart of the WI team so far. They are all dropped. Their current batting is poor with Bravo brothers, Smith, Roach and big Ben the remaining stalwarts.Bishoo has been the find along with Rampaul. But having the 3 dropped players + Pollard, in the side will restore batting powerhouse to WI. Common, WI - playing politics isn't Cricket!.

  • on April 26, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    As I said previously WI have been taking beatings for about 15 years after we surrendered to FW trophy to Aus in the Caribbean. Recent history suggests that WITH CG, SC and RS, WI would still do poorly. Are we being selectively oblivious to recent history. WI in Aus 2010(ODI's), SA in the Caribbean 2010 and SL late last year. The WI won a series against Zim where we struggled against the Zimbabwe spinners. I will admit that in my opinion CG is a better player of spin than fast bowling but out of the aforementioned only against Zim did we win any matches. Plus we have the WC. At least one of the "senior" men should have stood up. Did they?. We shouldn't even be having this conversation(if they were performing) but then again we want garanteed positions for inconsistent "seniors".

  • cricfanraj on April 26, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Somehow, I'm not a great fan of this guy simply because his commitment towards the national team is not impressive. May be WI board is main culprit there. But his attitude towards the game is not that good. If WI board really want to make a better side it should go back to its strength . What is happenning the the pace attack. I think Edwards,Roach,Taylor even today can make good pace attack. Problem is I seldom see them playing together. How can S.Ben play in 11. Its high time WI board rethink their strategy towrds game.

  • Mohan_Krishnamurthi on April 26, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Anybody can score in below standard formats of cricket like T20 and ODI. So, Gayle century is not a big thing compared to his test match exploits. He should be picked for Test match where the test of batsman's skill go for the real valuation. By not picking him for test matches along with Sarvan and Chanderpaul it is going to be very worst situation for already defeat prone West Indies. Please come on and play like a team and bring back your goldens of 70s, 80s and early 90s.

  • bbpp on April 27, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Darren Sammy as captain at home in St.Lucia in an ODI on a public holiday and still empty stands. WICB cannot pull WI out of the hole for 15 years on the field then at least how about making some money at the gates or with TV rights? Hate them or love them but sports are about stars....you don't have stars nobody cares. Gayle, Sarwan, Chanders are stars and will pull crowds, generate interest in the game and mix that with young talent like Darren Bravo, Barath, Roach, Bishoo or a re-emerging Samuels and people will want to watch the games.

    With 100 plus TV channels people don't want to see untested players develop...that is for the league and first class set-up...not Int'l Cricket.

  • Alikhannz on April 27, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    To be honest, Chris didn't do much for WI during the world cup and may be better off just making whatever money he can make. A good player, but not with the consistancy the great players have.

    As far as the IPL vs Nation debate is concerned, it will not be solved unless there are clear rules and guidelines which donot leave the current wriggle room i.e. if you are physically unable to play test cricket .. then retire for god sake !! Malinga's timing leaves a lot of doubt about his true motivations. Chris has always shown that he prefers money over county .. the fact that he didnt sign the central contract says so. So don't go and moan about it .. just be honest ... you wanted the money ... there is no shame in that

  • stevedd on April 27, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Gayle how much the west indies board will pay you for one ODI about 100 dollars. even if you play 100 odi's for west indies for rest of your life, you will not get the amount ipl will pay you in a year. your generations will not be without money. stay in india and enjoy the flavour of india.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on April 27, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    NO MORE SAMMY, NO MORE SAMMY! To Clive Butts and rest of Selectors, you have to work with what you have NOW- this team should be - Chattergoon, Ganga, Dar Bravo, Samuels, Deonarine, Simmons, Baugh, Russel Roach Edwards Bishoo

    I bet you win the next 3 match.

  • 44johter on April 27, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    We keep hearing field the best team, but even if that is done the WI is not WINNING. WI problems too complex to be solved. Maybe in another 10or 15 years?? i doubt it. Go Gayle the IPL needs you. Without players like yourself the IPL would be dead. Hope when u return to the WI you can show the juniors how to blast a century or just bat to win a match. We can't let experience go to waste. I focus on Gayle only because it is about him and what he has contibuted to WI cricket? Im looking foward to the 3rd oneday go WIndies 3 - nil You will never do worse than what we have done before for the last 15 years

  • Jeffericon on April 26, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Chris, without playing for your country you would be an unknown. It was playing for WI that gave you your recognition & your current status in the IPL. The IPL is the WWF of cricket-a sideshow, a temporary glitz & glamour that distracts from the main course. Yet you choose a fringe benefit over a long term career. You were never considered an item in the first place in this latest edition of a circus that is called the IPL. Yet, audaciously, you conjure up accusations against the WICB to re-inforce your selfish decision to partake in this circus. Chris, remember this...the IPL is not cricket as you and I know it to be...it is a Business Broadcast at the highest level, with the BCCI being the sole beneficiary. In what other cricket event (the World Cup included) do you see a Host Broadcaster obligated to have a camera dedicated to show a sponsor's vehicle (the VW) a specific number of times during an innings? Chris, wake up and smell the roses. Life is short; the IPL is much shorter...

  • Nampally on April 26, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    It is shocking how the West Indies Board are treating their star players like Chris Gayle. Chris is easily the most dominanat opening batsman in the world - in the same mould as Sehwag. WI cannot afford to drop Chris from their team in any format of the game.To drop him from captaincy itself was a terrible injustice. Sammy, the current WI captain, in my opinion is a non playing captain. He is neither a batsman nor a bowler and has contributed nothing to the team. He does not deserve a place in the XI. On top of it dropping Gayle is poor reflection on how politic ridden the WI is now. Chanrapal, Sarwan & Gayle Have been the heart of the WI team so far. They are all dropped. Their current batting is poor with Bravo brothers, Smith, Roach and big Ben the remaining stalwarts.Bishoo has been the find along with Rampaul. But having the 3 dropped players + Pollard, in the side will restore batting powerhouse to WI. Common, WI - playing politics isn't Cricket!.

  • on April 26, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    As I said previously WI have been taking beatings for about 15 years after we surrendered to FW trophy to Aus in the Caribbean. Recent history suggests that WITH CG, SC and RS, WI would still do poorly. Are we being selectively oblivious to recent history. WI in Aus 2010(ODI's), SA in the Caribbean 2010 and SL late last year. The WI won a series against Zim where we struggled against the Zimbabwe spinners. I will admit that in my opinion CG is a better player of spin than fast bowling but out of the aforementioned only against Zim did we win any matches. Plus we have the WC. At least one of the "senior" men should have stood up. Did they?. We shouldn't even be having this conversation(if they were performing) but then again we want garanteed positions for inconsistent "seniors".

  • cricfanraj on April 26, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Somehow, I'm not a great fan of this guy simply because his commitment towards the national team is not impressive. May be WI board is main culprit there. But his attitude towards the game is not that good. If WI board really want to make a better side it should go back to its strength . What is happenning the the pace attack. I think Edwards,Roach,Taylor even today can make good pace attack. Problem is I seldom see them playing together. How can S.Ben play in 11. Its high time WI board rethink their strategy towrds game.

  • Mohan_Krishnamurthi on April 26, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Anybody can score in below standard formats of cricket like T20 and ODI. So, Gayle century is not a big thing compared to his test match exploits. He should be picked for Test match where the test of batsman's skill go for the real valuation. By not picking him for test matches along with Sarvan and Chanderpaul it is going to be very worst situation for already defeat prone West Indies. Please come on and play like a team and bring back your goldens of 70s, 80s and early 90s.

  • kapilesh23 on April 26, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    oh come on at least in this case don't blame ipl .Some people here say that it is because of ipl how can it be ? .are you saying that ipl forced to drop gayle so that he can play in ipl .

  • on April 26, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    When Capt Sammy was asked about the chances of his team winning the 2011 World Cup, his answer was '...this will be Gayle's World Cup...'! In other words his strategy to win was with Gayle's batting single handedly! Gayle had a bad World Cup and that seemed to annoy capt Sammy, the coach and the Board so they dropped Gayle from the team when they came home - how unfair! The said Capt Sammy again, when asked about his strategy for beating Pakistan in the quarter final match against Pakistan, told reporters that their (ie captain and coach, I assume) 'hoped that Pakistan would have a bad day'! Pakistan did not have a bad day and booted them out of the WC. Yet when they came home, the Board and its cronies rewarded Mr Sammy with a hero's welcome by consolidating his captaincy position for providing these 'intelligent answers' in his interviews; BUT dropped Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan - eachl more than 100 classes above Sammy and who are still better futures than Sammy for WI

  • on April 26, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Why is Jerome taylor and fiedel edwards not being picked. Atleast for the tests, they should go with their full team.

  • buncers on April 26, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Regardless of the stats - Gayle is a match winner, when he gets going (particularly in limited overs) he is awesome and scares the pants off any attack in the world. The WI should give him a clear run in all forms of the game without the politics.

  • Gilys_Heroes on April 26, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    nothin to do with the article but regarding Australian cricketers i completely agree with VivGilchrist. lol why is steve smith in the side? his bowling was used like a part-timer and frankly wasn't any better than the legbreaks katich used to bowl. doesn't bat either

  • prash70 on April 26, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Where is Nash & Barath & F.Edwards?Why Jerom Tylor is plying IPL and not in National side. Realy we WI fans wats to see WI to play with full possible strenth. these buddies are still better than they seems to be. so come on get united

  • genius-me on April 26, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    My view on the situation is greed,it have a old sane say enough is never enough.I played under 15 carib cement for windwards back then it was hard for a windward island player to make WI now some guys i play with like D SMITH and against is now there and working hard so plz give them ur support...My WI squad is C GAYLE,L SIMMONS,DM BRAVO,M SAMUELS,DJ BRAVO,C BAUGH,D SAMMY as capt,J TAYLOR,K ROACH,F EDWARDS AND D BISHOO.MY FIRST 11 then A BRATH,A MARTIN,A RUSSEL

  • HmmmCricket on April 26, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    During 1 Jan 2010 and 20 Apr 2011 Gayle Played 23 ODIs. Run Scored: 658. Highest:88. wk-ts:5. Able to make century cause in this IPL the wickets and boundaries are in Batsman favor. This IPL is for entertainment.

    Still want to choose Gayle for your ODI Team....

  • robheinen on April 26, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    I'm happy for Chris Gayle to be able to play and not be sidelined. Otherwise I can't be bothered to much by the IPL. The stars of yesteryear aren't performing the way I hoped they would. So, at the moment I much rather watch English County Cricket. DLF maximum's, no Citibank moments of succes( barf ) and no Karbonn Mobile catches. Just plain and honest cricket. Thank you very much.

  • on April 26, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    i agree with Mr. andrew-schulz. Some WI senior player also absent in the last WI-Bangladesh series. May be the same reasone. So, i think they are selfish and greedy

  • robheinen on April 26, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    I'm happy for Chris Gayle to be able to play and not be sidelined. Otherwise I can't be bothered to much by the IPL. The stars of yesteryear aren't performing the way I hoped they would. So, at the moment I much rather watch English County Cricket. DLF maximum's, no Citibank moments of succes( barf ) and no Karbonn Mobile catches. Just plain and honest cricket. Thank you very much.

  • on April 26, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    @andrew-schulz : Perhaps I should have been clearer. I am not saying this squad could beat England in a Test series , if they squared off right now( I am an England fan , just FYI). But give them a year with peace from the WICB and good morale, intensive training and a captain whom they respect and they'd take on any side at home.

  • VivGilchrist on April 26, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    The problem for one reason or another lies with selection. WI simply don't put there best players out on the park. If they did, they would be very competitive. They are not alone. People in Australia are banging there heads against the wall for the very same reason. Whether it be political or favoritism, who knows? People in WI question why Sammy is in Test team, people in Aus are baffled why Smith is in Test team as he is neither batsman or bowler. Roach needs help. He needs Taylor opening from the other end, not an all-rounder posing as an opening bowler. It doesnt work. Watson does open the bowling for Aus, Kallis doesnt for SAf, why does Sammy or Russel for WI... It looks so makeshift. What I am trying to say to you Windies is that we over here read you loud and clear and know your pain.

  • Stevros3 on April 26, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    @nzcricket you mentioned Darren Bravo twice, so I assume at least one of those is meant to be Dwayne, but otherwise a very good point. There is way too much politics in the way selection works in the West Indies.

  • on April 26, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    IPL is destroying International Cricket,

  • nzcricket174 on April 26, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    You guys do realise if WI play there best XI all the time they would actually be winning games. 1 Gayle, 2 Barath, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Sarwan, 5 Chanderpaul, 6 Brendon Nash, 7 Darren Bravo, 8 Dinesh Ramdin, 9 Jerome Taylor, 10 Kemar Roach & 11 Fidel Edwards/Andre Russell/Divendra Bishoo. This similar XI was brought to New Zealand 2 years ago and they were really good.

  • Knightriders_suck on April 26, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    If the correct side is selected WI are world beaters even today. gayle, Barath, Bravo, Chanders, Bravo, Ramdin, Pollard, Benn, Edwards, Taylor, Roach. Only problem, I cannot seem to fit their captain in this lineup... In this lineup you have 4 match winners with bat, 2 to to provide stability, 3 bowlers to blow away the opposition and a wily spinner. Still cannot understand why all these people cannot play together. Have Sarwan, Russel, Bishoo and Simmons in 15 and this is as good a squad as any in this world.

  • on April 26, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    gayle rocks... he is a master blaster... bangalore would have definately been out of the competition without him..

  • yocasi on April 26, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    seems like some windies fans have caught "smallislanderitis".Why this sudden vicious attack on the so-called small islands?If we forget the emotions and look at the stats, we'd see that all the players, regardless of the size of their countries, are equally mediocre.It appears that fans from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados & Guyana think that their countries have a divine right to field all players representing Windies.The sad fact is that very few young men play cricket any more in West Indies, therefore, from such a small pool, it is unlikely we'd ever have a strong enough squad to compete consistently with the big boys.Blaming Sammy, Gayle, Julian Hunte or Ottis Gibson, is just an exercise in denial

  • andrew-schulz on April 26, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Good challenge Andrew Simoes. Yes, I'll take you up on it. That 15-man squad you picked is nowhere near as good as England's. Or Australia's. Or any current squad in test cricket, except Bangladesh.

  • on April 26, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    @bbpp You know ... when you enumerate the players that way - on reading it , I feel that the team should be winning more than it should be losing. Take this for a Test team : Openers : Gayle/Barath/Simmons No 3 : Darren Bravo No 4 ,5,6 : Chanderpaul/Sarwan/Nash/Samuels No 7 : Ramdin No 8 : Bishoo/Benn No 9,10,11 : Taylor/Roach/Edwards/Russell

    Don't tell me an eleven selected from among these is not seriously going to challenge a team like England (man to man they are better, in fact) They need PROPER BACKING from the Board, proper coaching , proper team morale and unity. This is a GOOD 15 man squad and I challenge anyone to contradict me.

  • iqbaladnan on April 26, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Both WI and PK teams are investing in newer players in this series and I think this is the right way to go ahead. There should not be any place in the national team ifor selfish and greedy players, no matter how talented they appear to be. Although WI lost both one days, I can see the signs of improvement. They scored 200+ in both games and the last game was decided in 47th over. I guess had WI have just one more wicket taker (other than bishoo), the game could have been different.

  • on April 26, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    where's brendon nash in the ODI side????

  • on April 26, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    Biggest predicament of West Indies cricketer as a mere observer is a complete lack of consistency, and some illogical policies.

    Resting or dropping 3 senior players is not the big deal, it's all about doing it with a sense of logic and application.

    First of all, I am a complete believer in the Australian thought process that the captain of a team must figure in a team by virtue of his cricketing skills. Australian selector had the guts to drop someone of the stature of Steve Waugh when they felt he was past expiry date.

    Here you have Darren Sammy who is neither a good bowler nor a batsmen, but brings in imbalance to the team in all formats of the game.

    What WI board needs to do, is once this series is over, simply pick up your best 14 or 16 players purely on their cricketing skills, and then select a caption from one of these players.

    If they need to introduce new talent, then try one or two at a time, and not by dropping 3 of your best batsmen.

  • Robster1 on April 26, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    There is no logical reason why Gayle is not opening the batting versus Pakistan. Shame on the WICB, you are robbing the fans of the best batsman and weakening the team.

  • NBRADEE on April 26, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    It is indeed interesting to read all the sycophantic rants of the fanatics like Godfrey Pieters et al on these pages from time to time. Imagine, they are HOPING for a solitary win against Pakistan, which in their words will bring the desired verification that the Windies have made the right choice in removing the senior trio of Chanders, Sarwan and Gayle. Time for us to move a step up, gentlemen. I envision that Darren Bravo, Nash, Bishoo and others will end up in the same mess, as the WICB continues its historic legacy of vitriol against those it employs - the players! Face it, the only jobs that the WICB officers could ever hope for are the ones that they have presently, and their output is a guarantee that only mediocre current players CAN join their ranks in the future. None of the greats are currently employed among them - ever wonder why???

  • on April 26, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    i really want to no wat some people have against gayle, can no some off you r either friend with the baord or u from the small islands, if any body and i mean every body who play cricket get the chance to play in the ipl they will play. people must stop be iprocrite wat other sport gonna stop some one from stop playn for a different club. im might stop watch cricket to much politic and i hate politic

  • on April 26, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    Gayle is a star and we will be for gayle at royal challangers club and i hope so he continues to bang with his bat off the field and let us know the victory for royal challengers..

  • Principle on April 26, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    Wow, how much of this are we to listen to. Apparently Mr.Gayle and other greedy West Indians no longer want to represent the region. I strongly believe that even if the so called big players were there we would still lose. The good Lord will not give us more than we can bear. Someone will rise and save WI cricket.

  • rayinto on April 26, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    West Indies losses are never from lack of talent, but lack of leadership. Comparing the WC quarter final game to the current series is like comparing a tsunami to hightide - pressure is totally different. One must understand that the senior players never had the support of management as proven by the yo-yo selections. Instead of acknowledging their mistake they choose to blame the seniors. That is the mentality of the morons making up WICB. The comparison of 100 runs in WC vs 200 runs currently is not an achievement - in all cases we lost. Do not accept mediocrity - we must field our best team.

  • on April 26, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    Simonviller needs a lesson in comprehension. Gayle is not saying that he has done enough for WI and so can see about himself now. Rather, he is asking rhetorically whether he has not done enough for WI cricket to get minimal respect, such as some consideration when he got injured, or a call to find out how he is doing before summarily dropping him. Big difference.

  • AyrtonS on April 26, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    Chris is an amazing player who deserves nothing but the best. I hope that he continues to do well in the IPL. At least we (W.I) folks will still get a chance to see him play

    The WICB is on a road to a slow and miserable death, befitting of a set of loosers.

  • Boris72 on April 26, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    The simple answer everybody should be looking for is scrap the IPL. Pure and simple. Half of the problems in world cricket arise from it and nobody but Indians care about it in the slightest.

  • on April 26, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    The main down fall of W.I.cricket is the manaagement,selectors and all.They are all about taking revenge.Small Islands fighting againts so call large Islands..I am happy for Gayle and Iwouldn't blame him for a minute ..Gayle is like Patrick Ewing when he played for the N.Y. Knicks.. They would blame him for everything that happen on the court..Now when W. I. loose, they are going to try and blame Gayle.If he is smart he will try and make all the money he can make just the way they are telling Polard and Bravo to do..Until they at the top get their act together,they willcontinue to be the bunch of Jokers they are.........

  • Sunil_Canada on April 26, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    Let's stop this pseudo patriotic discussion. Why should the National duty & patriotism be applicable to cricket only. If you guys don't know, please note that soccer, ice hockey, basketball, baseball players make millions playing for clubs while they play for their country also. Let's face the reality, IPL is becoming like Soccer league, NHL and NBA. Country cricket boards should work around the schedule to leave window for IPL. Let the cricket players make money while they are at their prime and people are willing to pay. No one will remember them once they retire. Don't forget the cricketers who did not have money to survive at their old age. Would a businessman or a serviceman leave their source of income for national duty while they can do lot more for the nation than cricketers. It should not be either play for country or IPL, it can be both if the country cricket boards are willing to help their cricketers.

  • delboy on April 26, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    @ Paul Rone-Clarke well said!

  • westindian4life on April 26, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    In my opinion, Gayle can stay right where he is for now...by the end of this series if the west indies discover 3-5 solid, consistent and promising young performers then the team is definitely on the right track...Simmons and Bishoo already look good, Darren Bravo is continuing to learn his trade, i was disappointed at the selection of Anthony Martin for the series though the selection has to be more of a reward for performances at regional level, i cant see him as a test match bowler having the guile to outfox a top class batsman...i would have preferred to see Kantasingh the left arm spinner tried instead...west indies have to be know their local pitches better than they currently do...three spinners on the st. lucia surface and we would have run pakistan much closer...

  • Silloh on April 26, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Ok Chris , you focus now on the IPL and blast more centuries / good scores. Let your bat do the talking so fans could enjoy your batting.For what it's worth, it takes at least two for a conversation , so if WICB didn't contact you,why didn't you call or do so through WIPA's Ramnarine . Nuff said. Give some advice to Sammy and the team afte the two defeats. Do this for the Windies fans as we live in hope.Samuels seem to be in a trance today but Bishoo, Darren Bravo and Simmons are the positives so far.

  • Aaaaaron on April 26, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    IPL franchises did correct by not signing Gayle earlier. Now all fortunes came together for him by dropping him from WI team and picking him for Bangalore.

  • on April 26, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    West indies has produce great cricketers , Chris Gayle will never be among them, good ridda nce

  • Ashu123 on April 25, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    well gayle always had an attitude. he is like kp in the sense that they think highly of themselves. that is not totally a bad thing because that is one of the reasons why they can dominate bowling attacks. but it can also lead them to be quickly angered. remember kp twitter after he was dropped shortly after the 20 20 world cup. They will always think they are the victims. and for the record i love to watch both kp and gayle bat, coming from an Indian

  • Nutts on April 25, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    I dont understand why this piece of information even deserves an article. He wasn't picked by any team during auction. He had "no choice" but to prepare for the pak series. The question that should be asked of him is "if WI selects you in the squad for the remaining matches against pak, will you play international cricket or IPL?" I believe WI initially selected squad for 2 or 3 ODIs. so this could be a possibility. Hell yeah, I want WICB to select him and then the world will know his true priorities.

  • on April 25, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    @rayinto. Exactly what is meant by island teams choosing to go their own way. I have heard many folks loosely throwing this into discussions about our cricket. How does that operate?? Do they call ICC and say "Hey folks we on our now right. So arrange some tours for us. We going to Aus first and then South Africa after." You need to speak to the Irish Cricket Assoc who will explain to you the frustrations of trying to obtain full ICC membership. They have now almost given up. Any island team going on it's own will spend the next 20 years playing Canada, Holland, Kenya etc. If that is what they want then go right ahead.

  • krd_kevin on April 25, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Two losses in two games, whats new - Alot... Allow me to explain. In contrast to the paltry 109 in the worldcup quarter finals, we made it to 200 + twice in successive games and I remind everone, that Misters Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan did not feature in the batting lineup. While the WI endured another loss I believe that rebuilding is going to be a long and arduous process and we are going to stumble alot on the way. That said I am one of those demanding the captain's head on the block for his lack lustre perfomances and his inability to lead the squad. The new selections who appear to have a touch of stage fright should also be replaced, young Brathwaite from the U19 squad is just an example of talent laying in wait for a chance on the big stage. A realistic goal of one ODI victory this series is very achieveable and the players should back themselves they have the talent, they have the ability its just to execute, if they fire the last 2 decades will soon be a faded memory.

  • on April 25, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    Would we have won any of those two ODIs with GAYLE around? I doubt whether. HIS mine would have been on IPL. HE has made his decision and the BOARD has made theirs. LETS deal with the future. WE may have to draft in either SHIV or NASH.OUR top order has to bat for 40overs. OUR target has to be min 250. DWAYNE has to show some more responsibility. WE R STUCK with SAMMY for now, WE CAN DO IT FELLOWS.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on April 25, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    To all those praising Gayle's IPL efforts, remember it's easy doing it against sub-standard bowling attacks on artificially shortened boundaries. IPL in no way can be compared to International level cricket. It doesn't have the same quality, and arguably never will. It's just not inherent in the format of the game.

  • on April 25, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    The whole concept of the West Indies cricket is flawed. Most of these countries are small Islands with very little unity to start with. With dwindling interest left in cricket, the cricket in the carribeans is dying. WI still has lot of raw talent but there is no board to nurture the talent. I don't fault Chris Gayle or Sarwan, because most of these players live and come from different countries and at times competing against one another. WICB is a flawed organization. Its model is flawed.

  • simonviller on April 25, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    Interesting ,"I have done enough for West Indies cricket " a comment befitting of a player who does not care abouut West Indies welfare . Gayle's attitude says it all ,he didn't sign a contract ,yet he want's to play every game when he wants to and not give the youngsters a chance . This kind of behaviour is synonimous with gully cricket ,wherin the better player holds the team hostage due to their ability ,thinking that they are indispensable . Gayle is disruptive force and his ranting about coach Gibson on the airways , says more about him than anything else . You will live to regret this Mr Gayle !!!!

  • on April 25, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    Gayle is correct with his assessment that there needs to be an IPL window built in to the cricket calendar. I'm sure a 6-8 week period could be carved out between the end of February to mid April each year, which will allow players from all nations the opportunity of taking part without missing international matches. This would also make sense for the international boards; particularly those of the less well-off nations (like NZ, WI & SL) as the board gets 10 % of each player's auction price. So, for simply issuing a certificate, each board gets a substantial sum to boost their coffers. This scenario means that the standard of the IPL will be higher and, more importantly, that no players will be forced between having to choose between playing for their countries (and in NZ, WI & SL's case in front of dismal crowds for a relative pittance) or in the IPL. Hopefully common-sense will prevail but, from following West Indies cricket for a very long time, I won't be holding my breath.

  • 44johter on April 25, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    if the wicb wants the WI to be on top in cricket again, instead of going through this long painful non-working system of rebuilding the team, they should pay the WI players what the IPL is paying cricketers. lol. No one will be dropped because we may see so many centuries and wickets our heads may spin.

  • on April 25, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    You have a trade - someone says they do not require you - someone else does. You work forthat someone else. WI said they did not want Gayle. He is not contracted to them. He can do whatever he likes. If WI board would "man up" and commit properly to players like it expects players to do for them then this might be resolved. While they don't a tradesman will ply his wares with whoever will pay for them. WI don't want Gayle. IPL does. Could it be more simple than that?

  • on April 25, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    "KosalaDeSilva" - You are spewing nonesense. Gayle was doing rehabilitation work and strength training. Maybe if the WICB had contacted him they would have known his status and not assume his level of fitness. The point is at no time after his 2 week injury period the board did not attempt to find out his status. He is their best bat.

  • bbpp on April 25, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    For all those idiots who are saying Gayle, Sars etc (and Lara before them) are failures and not committed please look at their records and compare those to the previous greats....Surprising for non-committed cricketers on a mediocre team right?

    Now compare those of the selectors Butts, Haynes & Browne at WI level. Butts averaged 60 runs per wicket, Browne 16 with the bat (plus dropping the Frank Worrell trophy), Haynes 5 with the BAT at 45 with the BALL. Is this the type of committment they are looking for? Maybe, based on the results of their selections.

    Taylor, Sarwan, Gayle and Chanders (in tests) plus Roach, Benn, Darren Bravo are probably our best players with Samuels, Bishoo, Barath, Nash (in tests), DJ Bravo, Simmonds, Edwards as good options. Pick your best fit players since cricket, while it is a team sport, still needs individual brilliance to succeed. Every team at every level has "attitude players" but once they are taking wickets or making runs then play them!!!!

  • delboy on April 25, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    NP_NY , perhaps the difference between you and a WI cricketer when you are sick you get someone to pay your bills. It a cricketer does not worki.e, a WI contracted player) he gets no pay and when he does work the board gets more than he does. Money earned during his IPL playing days secures a future for him and his family whenever he loses favour with the board....

  • on April 25, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Gayle I hope u make a few more tons in the IPL just to prove a point to the WICB. I hope u make a few millions more too because u deserve it. At the end of the day, if the WICB has out no respect or regards for u, then too bad for them. They lost a very good player and the IPL gained a very good player. U have to look out for yourself. Just treat cricket as a job. U r working for WI, n they just ditch u n then IPL came along n offer u a job which is what u r doing now n u r being paid well. This is a no brainer, take the IPL job. Money is good so go for it. I know that Gayle wants to play for WI but after being treated like crap, why should he play for WI. Get raid of all the current management WICB has now. If the WICB president is a real doctor, he cyan go get a real job. He has no cricketing sense so he should not be on WICB. Look at all the countries that r doing well, they have former cricketers running things. Sammy cyan even captain his house. he is waste of time in the WI.

  • on April 25, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    pakistan has now cruise to two easy wins....Gibson is a bowling coach and need to worry about our bowling...instead of focusing on the batting...he been the reason they drop gayle,shiv,and sar...the only person that stand out was leidi simmons and bishoo...this will be the first time pakistan will win a series in the WI and this is with a weak pakistan line up. its sad to see how the WICB is destroying cricket in the west indies..

  • KosalaDeSilva on April 25, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Another joke.. every one know what is true.. just after he scored 100 in IPL , he said he didn't touch a bat after world cup...so was he getting ready for WI matches with pakistan? was he trying? i think WI cricket better without selfish people like this..not only WI all other countries. people who love cricket need test and real international cricket..Party bangers can have their own thing..BUT leave ICC and cricket alone.

  • tnelson on April 25, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    A FEW QUES FOR WICB: 1) HOW DO YOU EXPECT A CAPTAIN TO INSPIRE A TEAM WHEN HE IS SUCH A MEDIOCRE PERFORMER ? 2) HOW DO U JUSTIFY EXPOSING SO MUCH INEXPERIENCE PLAYER AT THE SAME AND EXPECT TO WIN AGAINST TEAM LIKE PAKISTAN ? 3) HOW DOES JEROME TAYLOR END UP PLAYING IPL OVER NATIONAL DUTIES? THE BOARD NEEDS TO FIND A WAY OF MOTIVATING SENIOR PLAYERS, WHILST NOT ALLOWING THIER WEAKNESS TO BE DISRUPTIVE, WORLD OVER SPORTS ADMINISTRATORS HAVE HAD DEAL WITH DIFFICULT PLAYERS IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER. WICB LOOKS QUITE INCOMPETENT IN THIS AREA, THE HEAVY HANDED APPROACH SEEMS NOT TO BE WORKING. OTIS GIBSON IS TURNING OUT TO BE A DISAPPOINTMENT, JUST LIKE HIS CAPTAIN.

  • avmd on April 25, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Gayle is a match winner, and he is true "professional". At IPL, lot of money is at stake and he will perform but in world cup, "pride" and not money was the insentive and that was not good enough for him. We can see the diffence in his performance in two tournaments.

  • on April 25, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    @Vishal Dikshit Clearly you don't understand... If you love Test cricket so much, why don't you go play it! Malinga has a knee problem. Test cricket is 5 consecutive days, he's a strike bowler, surely he would be required to bowl at least 15 overs... how does that compare to bowling 4 overs every three days... good grief, it couldn't be that hard to figure you, could it? http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/story/512431.html

  • WI_anaylst on April 25, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    so the solution is to play players like Gayle and Sarwan and to a lesser extent Chanderpaul whose sole purpose is to make as much money at all and care nothing at all about the state they leave WI cricket in? Gayle and Sarwan especially show no interest or pride when playing for WI.. What is even more amusing is that the beauty of this current crop of players..even with a "full strength" WI team filled with Chanderpaul, Sarwan and Gayle theyd still prob be losing this ODI series just as badly..so I say play the youngsters who care about the crest that is over their hearts.. I want to see the passion back in WI cricket

  • TestIP on April 25, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    W.I Team will soon be worst than the Canadian team thanks to the W.I management and Captain Sammy. In the first place Sammy should not even be in the WI team muchless be the Captain. As long as the fools are leading, WI cricket will suffer. According to Julian Hunte pak tour is to help develop young players yet a set of old goats are playing. Reason: Most of the players picked are age 29 and above...hmm Jerome taylor, fedel Edwards, Sarwan are all younger than some of these waste playing currently. WI team should be: Gayle, Simmons, Nash, Sarwan, DJ Bravo, Darren Bravo, Ramdin, Bishoo, Taylor, Roach and F.Edwards.

  • mixx on April 25, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    if you're dropped by ur team and offered an opportunity to play somewhere else why not take it? The board should have been communicating with Gayle, simple.

  • on April 25, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    At the speed of his arrival, Gayle is surely due to lift the IPL and see what it looks like!!!

  • on April 25, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    I Dont know why does the media and public keep slating chris gayle for his attitude.Common guys with that same laidback attitude he has been your best player since last 4 years both in tests and ODIs he is the only guy who is a genuine match winner which you fellows have and instead of pampering him you guys drop him for filmsical reasons of lack of commitment

  • rayinto on April 25, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Dr Hillaire can't be that smart to not recognize the important role of the senior players in the WI team. Gibson, a former team mate of Chanderpaul for Durham where Chanderpaul scored a ton of runs in 2006 should also know better. It was plain that by dropping Chanders during the WC, Sarwan was forced to play the anchor role - while he is more a natural stroke player. Doctor or not, it. clearly shows lack of intelligence. WICB continue with their bullying ways to kill West Indies cricket. The team we have right now can be beaten by any of the top 4 individual countries (Jam, T&T, Bdos, Guy) and the current approach can only lead to these teams choosing to go their own way. Is that what the Doc ordered?

  • athentik on April 25, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    gayle is blowing through. massive destruction yet to come.

  • shawnsundar on April 25, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Gayle does not drink, even though he goes to parties he's not an alcoholic, he's actually always eating fruits. Jerome and Fidel were both playing in the 4-day contest at home, to me that shows that they're totally fit.

  • jupiterlaw on April 25, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    That's strange. He never spoke about lifting the trophy for his country. All he did was create problems for WICB and WI cricket with the support of WIPA. I just hope he stays at the IPL forever. However, he is a West Indian and I wish him well, but I just don't want to see him back in the WI team.

  • on April 25, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Gayle has always been selfish, he could be great but he never will be because of the constant partying that he even mentioned. He's not dedicated to WI cricket, he played like an immature cricketer during the World Cup also. But i have always said it that IPL is killing QUALITY cricket. IPL is basically hit out or get out and if you want to watch that you would watch Baseball.

  • NP_NY on April 25, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    @Trevor Smith: When I am sick, I work a half-day instead of a full day. I try to take it easy on myself instead of stressing out too much. What Tayor is doing is not too different from that (play 40 over games versus 100 over games). Yes, money is an extra motivation, but who isn't motivated by money?

  • on April 25, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    @ Vishal Dikshit, in t20 a bowler has to bowl only 4 overs, that too not in a single spell. compare that with a test where spells of 5-6 overs at a stretch are necessary to get a batsman out. you can't compare 100 m dash with a marathon

  • wiiCricket on April 25, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    All in favor of Gayle, please re-read the article and his answers. What bothers me is that IPL has been considered in many cricketing circles an international event rather than a domestic one. Tomorrow English counties will be asking for a window as well and then Australian county and so on and so forth. The concern here is the preference the players are making over national duties. Is English county worth same for a player who is also playing for a national team? I don't think so. The answer lies somewhere in dollars.

  • on April 25, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    I thought dropping Gayle,Chanderpaul and Sarwan from the WI squad for the Pakistan ODI series was a good one at the time but now looking back i don't think it was a very good one.The current side playing against Pak in the ODIs just has no experience whatsoever and cricketing wise are just not upto international standards.

  • on April 25, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Good for Gayle...Better for WI cricket

  • on April 25, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Meanwhile, the "injured" Jerome Taylor took 3 wickets for Pune in the IPL this morning. The IPL seems to have a better system for assessing "injuries".

  • on April 25, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    To be honest i think west indies were completely stuppid to drop Gayle, Sarwan and chanderpaul. ATLEAST INCLUDE SARWAN!

  • on April 25, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Go get them Chris...Wi cricket is in the middle of nowhere...

  • on April 25, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    WICB is full of Jokers, gayle did right thing by joining IPL franchise. i wish good luck for gayle...

  • on April 25, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    win re baba win!! even we want that :)

  • on April 25, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    But was he asked if he would prefer the money minting IPL over country or the other way around? And even if Malinga has given his sore knee as a reason to retire from the best form of cricket, fans will ALWAYS think it was because of IPL as well. Why couldn't he retire from T20s and ODIs? The no. of Tests these days are not as many as the 70s or 80s...are they?

  • on April 25, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    WICB has a long history of embarrassing senior players we cant expect much from them

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  • on April 25, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    WICB has a long history of embarrassing senior players we cant expect much from them

  • on April 25, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    But was he asked if he would prefer the money minting IPL over country or the other way around? And even if Malinga has given his sore knee as a reason to retire from the best form of cricket, fans will ALWAYS think it was because of IPL as well. Why couldn't he retire from T20s and ODIs? The no. of Tests these days are not as many as the 70s or 80s...are they?

  • on April 25, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    win re baba win!! even we want that :)

  • on April 25, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    WICB is full of Jokers, gayle did right thing by joining IPL franchise. i wish good luck for gayle...

  • on April 25, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Go get them Chris...Wi cricket is in the middle of nowhere...

  • on April 25, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    To be honest i think west indies were completely stuppid to drop Gayle, Sarwan and chanderpaul. ATLEAST INCLUDE SARWAN!

  • on April 25, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Meanwhile, the "injured" Jerome Taylor took 3 wickets for Pune in the IPL this morning. The IPL seems to have a better system for assessing "injuries".

  • on April 25, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Good for Gayle...Better for WI cricket

  • on April 25, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    I thought dropping Gayle,Chanderpaul and Sarwan from the WI squad for the Pakistan ODI series was a good one at the time but now looking back i don't think it was a very good one.The current side playing against Pak in the ODIs just has no experience whatsoever and cricketing wise are just not upto international standards.

  • wiiCricket on April 25, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    All in favor of Gayle, please re-read the article and his answers. What bothers me is that IPL has been considered in many cricketing circles an international event rather than a domestic one. Tomorrow English counties will be asking for a window as well and then Australian county and so on and so forth. The concern here is the preference the players are making over national duties. Is English county worth same for a player who is also playing for a national team? I don't think so. The answer lies somewhere in dollars.