West Indies news April 26, 2011

'Tried exceedingly hard to reach out to Gayle' - Hilaire

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WICB chief Ernest Hilaire has said the board worked "exceedingly hard" to reach out to Chris Gayle before leaving him out of the West Indies squad for the first two one-dayers against Pakistan. Hilaire's statements were in response to Gayle, who had earlier said the board hadn't communicated with him before making their decision. Gayle is currently playing in the IPL, where he started off his 2011 campaign with a sparkling ton for Royal Challengers Bangalore, while West Indies are down 0-2 in the five-match series against Pakistan.

"We can dispel all that Chris [Gayle] said by releasing the letters and emails," Hilaire told the Line & Length Network. "But we should not do that. You communicate with a player, you ask for his opinions, you ask for him to account on certain statements he made, you ask him what's his position on certain things and you expect to be treated with a certain degree of confidence.

"You expect when the coach pulls a player aside and speaks to him there is a certain level of respect for that conversation. And against that background I'm not going to try to prove Chris Gayle wrong. What's more important is to state that we're very disappointed in the way in Chris has decided to respond. I think he is being ill-advised. We've worked exceedingly hard to reach out to Chris - numerous attempts - letters, phone calls, emails. He is being advised and he will act in the way in which he sees best."

Hilaire revealed that the WICB had decided to allow Gayle to play in the IPL, since it did not want to deny him the opportunity. "We've stated - it is not that we do not want the players to earn a living," Hilaire said. "We want them to earn a living but we also want them to honour their commitment to West Indies cricket. So we spoke to [Kieron] Pollard, [Dwayne] Bravo and Chris.

"Last October when the three players did not sign the retainer contracts, we wrote to them and said 'tell us what the issues are so we can address it moving forward'," Hilaire said. "We had some exchanges, a couple of constructive ones, one not very constructive but we decided we were going to continue to engage the players. We did not want a situation where we pick the players to play for West Indies and they miss out on IPL, they are then bitter, disappointed, they wish they were at IPL. We would not benefit, they would not benefit.

"Two of the players [Pollard and Bravo] were very cooperative, very supportive, that they can work out an arrangement with us where they can meet their commitments to West Indies cricket as far as the selectors would want them to but also get a chance to play in the IPL.

"It did not exactly work out with Chris but when the point came and he said he was not available for selection, we did give him the NOC because it is not about revenge, it is not about denying him the opportunity."

Pollard, normally a first-choice pick in West Indies' limited-overs' squads, is currently playing in the IPL for Mumbai Indians. Bravo, who missed all but one game in the World Cup with injury, is playing for West Indies, but is set to miss the Test leg of the Pakistan tour to play in the IPL.

"It did not exactly work out with Chris, but when the point came and he said he was not available for selection, we did give him the NOC because it is not about revenge, it is not about denying him the opportunity."
Ernest Hilaire

Hilaire said the board was under the impression that Gayle was undergoing rehabilitation, and would be available to play Pakistan once he was fully fit. "We said to Chris repeatedly that as far as we are concerned you're injured, you're doing a rehabilitative programme, and that when you're finished we want you tested and if you're available we'll pick you to play for West Indies," Hilaire said. "If you don't want to play we have no difficulty in giving you the NOC once you say you're not available for selection, and he said he was not available for selection and we gave him the NOC.

Hilaire defended the wholesale changes in the side - apart from Gayle, other seniors like Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul have also been left out - saying it was done with the intention of sparking a revival in the team's fortunes.

"If you look at West Indies cricket since the mid-90s a lot of the systems we had in place broke down," Hilaire said. "There's no discipline, there's no application. We've been doing that for 15 years and we've been losing.

"We need to put a new system in place. No one man is bigger than the team, no one man is such a superstar he can decide if he is training today, if he's going to have treatment tomorrow, if he's going to attend a team meeting. It cannot work that way.

"So [the WICB] does not tell the selectors who to pick, we've said to the selectors that we want a team, we don't want the whole team to surround one or two superstars so that if the superstars fail then everything collapses. We depend on two or three people to excel for us to win and if they don't excel we lose. We don't want that."

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  • BUTT_093 on April 30, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    As a neutral, I have no idea who's side to take on this issue. The WICB seriously lack professionalism if they let their emotion influence a decision on the teams selection. Honestly, the only impression I get when I see these statements is the board trying to convince everyone that their the good guys. I dont know about Gayle, but the decision to drop Chanderpaul didnt make sense. Even Pakistan took Misbah along for the tour and he's the reason Pakistan secured the series with 2 games to spare. A senior batsman in the middle order is the reason why WI only bat well for small periods that are VERY few and far in between.

  • jtsol on April 29, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Coming from a small island state, some of the players that have been selected are considered as part time players. How can we develop cricket if the sport is not taken seriously? We have a few matches played and that is it until the next season. No grooming of players. Some past WI cricketers comment about IPL but are they not the same ones who played English county cricket and cashed in?

  • jtsol on April 29, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    WICB YOU CAN'T EAT YOUR CAKE AND HAVE IT. What about the 10% of the signed contracts that you receive from the players. How much have you cashed in? After all WICB omitted those guys. Please answer why are they performing in the IPL and not in the team? Something is fishy. After all Gayle has financial commitments just as the officials. OH by the way he got the last laugh.

  • jtsol on April 29, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Something has to be definitely wrong. Can you blame the players totally? Management has a big contribution the lack of motivation in West Indies Cricket today. If players are not respected how can we expect them to perform? According to Michael Holding, the WICB said they wanted young blood but the spinner Martin is 29 years old. Is this young? Is not Sarwan about the same age? The selectors and coach Gibson have omitted the two best players players of spin in the name of Chanderpaul and Sarwan and they expect the inexperienced players players to stand up to the likes of Afridi and Ajmal? If we follow carefully Gayle only went to IPL when Dirk Nannes the Austrailian player got injured. He had already committed himself to play for WI and that is why he was not auctioned initially. But WICB omits those players who would be playing for WI, gave them NOC and then states that they are disappointed. WICB receives 10% of the contract sum of players who have signed IPL contracts.

  • Dr_CKT on April 28, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    i feel pity for WI cricket... they have dropped and snubbed their best cricketers... if u want to build the team, u need to have some solid experienced players around which the youngsters can be groomed... i dont see any fault of chanders, gayle and sarvan cause the other players were not that good. WI selectors and board have snubbed gayle, and now he has scored a 100 in ipl... chanders is like a "wall" of WI, and sarvan is master crafter... and now the result is showing in the recent series... the performance of WI in world cup was not that bad which merits these harsh selection policy. they should have persisted with the same team... but one thing which needs to be changed is the captain... whats the role of sammy? he is not that good batsman, and he dosent take 1-2 wickets per match which merits his selection....

  • prettyiz on April 28, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Hilaire and the WICB are all INCOMPETENT. All the things that Hilaire has said make no sense because he has given the selectors the right to leave out important people from the team (last paragraph). What he has said gives them permission plain and simple. The WICB also has a problem with wording their statements because IF they wanted Gayle to play they should have told him that when he is finished with the programme that we are going to test you and if you are fit we want you to play for us and that's it. Giving him the NOC just shows they DO NOT want him. I think everybody knows the WICB has their ways of getting rid of people they don't want; ask Desmond Haynes. Chanderpaul should sue them for slander if they dont retract the statements because they do include him. No one has mentioned Sarwan. As for Pollard who is a "first pick for limited overs", only a SHEEP (Hilaire) would say that seeing the man was not even in the squad. STUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPSE.

  • sramjist on April 28, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Interesting article posted in Guyana Kaieteur News http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2011/04/28/chanderpaul-responds-to-reported-allegations-of-indiscipline/

  • jadi501 on April 28, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Sorry Sir

    Can't Believe on you story.Its not possible that you try to contact to Gayle and you are not successful to do this.

    You can even communicate him through D.Bravo.Every body knows Bravo have excellent relationship with Gayle............

    Sir please stop this kind of politics which badly effect WI Team..... Players have no other choice except IPL. If Wi play with best side they easily defeat any team.Gayle or Bravo announced as Cpt and there is no place for Sammy even as player.

    Best current side must be Gayle,Simmons,Bravo,Sarwan,Sammules/Nash,Bravo,Pollard,Flacther (Wk),Taylor,Edwards,Roach,Bishoo (Please take some positive steps and don't play with feelings of Fans)

  • xenon555 on April 28, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    Ok, so Gayle is supposed to sit at home and watch WI lose when he could be on a glamorous team, get tons of fans, make money, and have fun. Makes no sense. Gayle was the best batsman on the team by far and they left him out. No wonder Pollard would rather play in Mumbai.

  • on April 28, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    gayle a my hero any team he play for i will watch, u people need to remember alot of things this guy do for the wi, he make triple centry, he carry his bat throu a innings against aus ect if u cheaq is stats he maybe as good as some of the past greats that team that he get when he was captain not even clive loyde r viv can make them win leave the man alone hilier cause u cant walk in his shoe

  • BUTT_093 on April 30, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    As a neutral, I have no idea who's side to take on this issue. The WICB seriously lack professionalism if they let their emotion influence a decision on the teams selection. Honestly, the only impression I get when I see these statements is the board trying to convince everyone that their the good guys. I dont know about Gayle, but the decision to drop Chanderpaul didnt make sense. Even Pakistan took Misbah along for the tour and he's the reason Pakistan secured the series with 2 games to spare. A senior batsman in the middle order is the reason why WI only bat well for small periods that are VERY few and far in between.

  • jtsol on April 29, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Coming from a small island state, some of the players that have been selected are considered as part time players. How can we develop cricket if the sport is not taken seriously? We have a few matches played and that is it until the next season. No grooming of players. Some past WI cricketers comment about IPL but are they not the same ones who played English county cricket and cashed in?

  • jtsol on April 29, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    WICB YOU CAN'T EAT YOUR CAKE AND HAVE IT. What about the 10% of the signed contracts that you receive from the players. How much have you cashed in? After all WICB omitted those guys. Please answer why are they performing in the IPL and not in the team? Something is fishy. After all Gayle has financial commitments just as the officials. OH by the way he got the last laugh.

  • jtsol on April 29, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Something has to be definitely wrong. Can you blame the players totally? Management has a big contribution the lack of motivation in West Indies Cricket today. If players are not respected how can we expect them to perform? According to Michael Holding, the WICB said they wanted young blood but the spinner Martin is 29 years old. Is this young? Is not Sarwan about the same age? The selectors and coach Gibson have omitted the two best players players of spin in the name of Chanderpaul and Sarwan and they expect the inexperienced players players to stand up to the likes of Afridi and Ajmal? If we follow carefully Gayle only went to IPL when Dirk Nannes the Austrailian player got injured. He had already committed himself to play for WI and that is why he was not auctioned initially. But WICB omits those players who would be playing for WI, gave them NOC and then states that they are disappointed. WICB receives 10% of the contract sum of players who have signed IPL contracts.

  • Dr_CKT on April 28, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    i feel pity for WI cricket... they have dropped and snubbed their best cricketers... if u want to build the team, u need to have some solid experienced players around which the youngsters can be groomed... i dont see any fault of chanders, gayle and sarvan cause the other players were not that good. WI selectors and board have snubbed gayle, and now he has scored a 100 in ipl... chanders is like a "wall" of WI, and sarvan is master crafter... and now the result is showing in the recent series... the performance of WI in world cup was not that bad which merits these harsh selection policy. they should have persisted with the same team... but one thing which needs to be changed is the captain... whats the role of sammy? he is not that good batsman, and he dosent take 1-2 wickets per match which merits his selection....

  • prettyiz on April 28, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Hilaire and the WICB are all INCOMPETENT. All the things that Hilaire has said make no sense because he has given the selectors the right to leave out important people from the team (last paragraph). What he has said gives them permission plain and simple. The WICB also has a problem with wording their statements because IF they wanted Gayle to play they should have told him that when he is finished with the programme that we are going to test you and if you are fit we want you to play for us and that's it. Giving him the NOC just shows they DO NOT want him. I think everybody knows the WICB has their ways of getting rid of people they don't want; ask Desmond Haynes. Chanderpaul should sue them for slander if they dont retract the statements because they do include him. No one has mentioned Sarwan. As for Pollard who is a "first pick for limited overs", only a SHEEP (Hilaire) would say that seeing the man was not even in the squad. STUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPSE.

  • sramjist on April 28, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Interesting article posted in Guyana Kaieteur News http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2011/04/28/chanderpaul-responds-to-reported-allegations-of-indiscipline/

  • jadi501 on April 28, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Sorry Sir

    Can't Believe on you story.Its not possible that you try to contact to Gayle and you are not successful to do this.

    You can even communicate him through D.Bravo.Every body knows Bravo have excellent relationship with Gayle............

    Sir please stop this kind of politics which badly effect WI Team..... Players have no other choice except IPL. If Wi play with best side they easily defeat any team.Gayle or Bravo announced as Cpt and there is no place for Sammy even as player.

    Best current side must be Gayle,Simmons,Bravo,Sarwan,Sammules/Nash,Bravo,Pollard,Flacther (Wk),Taylor,Edwards,Roach,Bishoo (Please take some positive steps and don't play with feelings of Fans)

  • xenon555 on April 28, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    Ok, so Gayle is supposed to sit at home and watch WI lose when he could be on a glamorous team, get tons of fans, make money, and have fun. Makes no sense. Gayle was the best batsman on the team by far and they left him out. No wonder Pollard would rather play in Mumbai.

  • on April 28, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    gayle a my hero any team he play for i will watch, u people need to remember alot of things this guy do for the wi, he make triple centry, he carry his bat throu a innings against aus ect if u cheaq is stats he maybe as good as some of the past greats that team that he get when he was captain not even clive loyde r viv can make them win leave the man alone hilier cause u cant walk in his shoe

  • Reuelsean on April 28, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    The WICB is lying, i don't believe that they even called Gayle, plain and simple. Here are the facts, they told us that Gayle, Taylor and Edwards were injured and not fit to play thats why they were left out of the odi series, however both Gayle and Taylor are currently playing in the IPL and Edwards is sitting at home in Barbados when he played in Pakistan's only warm up game for the tour, a game which he bowled well, he even played the last 2 or 3 matches for Barbados in the regional 4 day competion, but they retain Darren Sammy, why? because Darren Sammy would do whatever the board tells him too. the wicb cannot be trusted, please don't believe a word that they say. Sammy needs to be dropped and otis gibson fired, along with the entire board, followed by an entire change-up in our organizational structure where cricket is concerned.

  • on April 28, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    Gayle was given a NO OBJECTION certificate by the WICB clearing him to play in this year's IPL. Can anyone explain that to me please. I keep saying there is more to this story than either Gayle or the WICB are giving us. We the paying fans want an explanation NOW.

  • shawnsundar on April 27, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    @delastbastion: how do you expect consistency from senior players when 70% of the time the whole team depends on them alone. All 3 of them are in the top 10 list of best WI batsmen.

  • on April 27, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    now they are blaming Gayle, i would have done the same thing, i think the WICB SHOULD have knowledge of cricket, and should know when a bats man is failing and because of what, and worked ok that, why didn't ottis gibson play all the years for WI, why did sammy become captain? what happen to dwayne bravo when he is back?

  • on April 27, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    WI Board must be blamed .They are clueless about criket.The selectors themselves have never been competent. They must each get their qouta.Keep the ones who can excel out.Just as they have been mediocre players the team must be same.They believe in mediocrity.The only soltion is to somehow get rid of the present selectors and board members.

  • on April 27, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    I agree with henrys a "small island" clique has taken control of West Indies cricket and it is reflected in their selection policy.

  • on April 27, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    The statements from WICB and Gayle include matters of FACT. We should stop the cross-talk and establish when the WICB contacts took place? Can we see copies of the e-mails? Let us get to the facts.....

  • likeintcricket on April 27, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    There is no doubt that IPL is creating lot of problems for International cricket. As Mr. Holding mentioned that the IPL will never clash with the Indian's International Commitments. As far as I remember the same thing happened during the Kerry Packer Circus where most of of the cricket board (Including Indian) didn't allow their cricketers to play in the Circus. The IPL is also a circus which is hugely in favor of Indians. At this time all the cricket board and ICC has to step up and take some action against this circus. Cricketers are human and they go for the money. But it'll ultimately destroy all the cricket setup. A better option is to setup an International T20 league with 2-3 teams participating from every test playing countries and 1-2 associate countries. Maybe we can allow more Indian teams in that league. Is anyone care about Kochi vs Pune outside India?, or Surry vs Yorkshire outside England?

  • Aussie-07 on April 27, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    who do we believe now the Board or Chris? I believe Chris, they intended to drop him and the likes of Sarwarn being drop also proves it. On the basis of Chanderpaul,l a man I do not consider to be a ODI player and who thinks of his average rather than the team, was always selected even in the 20/20 format.If one person that deserves to be dropped it's him not Chris the selection was deliberate they did not want them to play and that's final.

  • cablemannpete on April 27, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    HIllarious, to see some of you taking about country first. Gayle was sitting at home when the side was picked. Now out of bravo Gale and pollard who is the better player? if you picked GAYLE you are right now .Now check put any sports and see why people pay to see sports.its the players dummies.Look at all the international players that get 10 of millions a yr to play sports they deserve it they make the other players better.Why would I play for an inferior captain such as SAMMY. I am sure the like of chanderpaul and sarwan are happy not playing for him.AS long as sammy is captain WIs will go nowhere.I would pay my money to see Gayle whether WIs are losing or not.Leave gayle alone.Leave GAYLE alone.fire all selectors

  • henrys on April 27, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    windies is not a nation bu a collection of islands. Players no longer feel committed to windies as they may feel allegiance to Jamaica or Guyana. Insularity has destroyed windies cricket. There seems to be a policy of picking players from the windward and leeward islands now and ignore Jamaicans, Guyanese and Trinidadians. The current board's policy of rotation is rubbish. You don't exclude your top players from top matches. It will be better if windies is disbanded and each territory go as an associate and then you will get loyalty. I will not go to see this team play as we have far better players who can represent us.

  • jcan200 on April 27, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    I agree that we do not want and should not have a situation where if one, two or three of your "superstars" fail, you lose. But how does that justify leaving out the "superstars". I gladly put "superstars" in quotes, for there is no such thing in West Indies cricket.

    We played Bangladesh in West Indies with a weaker team, and LOST. We did not learn from that lesson. Now that Pakistan is in the West Indies we are playing with a weaker team again - I guess for the good of the team, right? When will CRICKET win in the West Indies?

  • teenu21 on April 27, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    the team who was at the top of cricket.. first one to got hold of two world cup...had the gem like vivian richards ..will come down to such pathetic situation where therewould no trust factor, no responsibility towards the nation (from the given article),throwing mud at each other.....completely unbelievable....i agree that it takes two to make a quarrel so Gayle can't be accountable for this whole situation ...there are questions still unanswered why he was dropped at the time of selection though he is among the best players who holds the potential to turn the game single- handedly....i think rather than giving a chance to new comers WI needs desperate and consistent winning streak which will bolster the confidence of WI players and that would be quite tough without senior players.......Gayle should go back to play for WI if not for the WICB board a least for his own country , for the people who keeps so mnuch trust in him

  • delastbastion on April 27, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    cant believe what i'm reading from u bloggers other than zaras......how did the world know of bravo,sars,pollard,gayle,chanders?. without WICB how many of them could get recocgnition. there simply is no loyalty with these players. WICB present them with stages to display their talent from under 15, 19, regional domestic test , t/20, odi. and all WI public asks is for consistent performances. The issue is not the board, the issue is the lack of consistency from so called star players, the same gayle could smash a century on debut for his new ipl team but no heroics for wi in the wc, pollard beat minnow bowling in the wc and declared he was ready for allcomers n failed palpably against the good teams. despite good records and performances for far flung teams these guys do not perform consistently enough for wi to allow lesser players to develop, Bravo is currently playing no runs,wickets or catches. these guys dont make a difference, so go to IPL, have fun, dont come back. bye

  • buddygr8 on April 27, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Will the WICB COME OUT OF DREAMLAND and do the honourable thing and resigntomless pit.? They dont have any clue about anything cricket.I still cannot believe the route they are taking to get out of this bot

  • timtom on April 27, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Many in the forum are blaming IPL for Gayle n WICB rift !!!! Absolute rubbish...Gayle is gr8 player but bucket load of EGO.. His interviews have always reflected that....He wants things his way... With or without GAYLE this team is going to lose.. Alteast WICB is progressive in bringing new talents..Definitely WICB is on right track unlike ACB still playing ponting/hussey in Bangladesh.... But cannot understand Y shivNaraine was left out..He is the greatest player for WI since Lara..He shud be given a proper farewell...

  • on April 27, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    The CEO is not making any sense in cricketing terms all sporting teams have a few superstars and then role players. The problem with West Indies cricket in the last 15 years or so is that the structure they had in place was not preparing players for the rigors of international cricket. It seems to me he is insinuating that Chanderpaul and Sarwan attend meetings when they want to or train when they want to, if this was the case why weren't they dropped a long time ago. What is most interesting the ill discipline that has plagued West Indies cricket began under their present manager when he was captain.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 27, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    @all people who are blaming IPL..well i guess u all r ignorant...this dispute is on even b4 ipl ......remembr how Bangladesh thrashed them when WI had fielded a weaker team and oh well have u read the statement of Malinga he is thanking IPL for resurrecting his career

  • on April 27, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Its totally utter shame that the superstars like Gayle, pollard, mallinga are not playing for their countries, instead they choose to play in highly paid tournament like IPL, where their is no scope for them to improve their cricketing skills.. Players like them should understand that the tournaments like IPL are just a temporary phase...not going to last long..but their country should come first..what will happen to them once all the seasons of IPL will be over??? where they ill go afterwards if they continue to choose to ignore their country & play in IPL..they should think of their future right now or else they have to retire very soon than normal, once all the seasons of IPL all over!!!!

  • on April 27, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Well how did they try to reach....What was the difference in the mode that made sure Chris Gayle was informed prior to the selection that was no longer available. If the team physio can reach Gayle on a text message...then how come the CEO or the selection committee cant..... Well atleast i would have been happy to hear from the CEO that they decided to drop Chris Gayle than such excuse statements usually heard from a start-up employee

  • Rahic on April 27, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Does anyone really believe the smooth-talking Dr. Hilaire? Sir, I think you do have a serious credibility problem. The fans would have really liked to see some supporting evidence to support your claims, but you know full well you have nothing. This is a total fabrication in order to defend your initial action of dropping the three best players. Also you keep flip flopping on the issue. On the one hand you have tried exceedingly hard to reach out to Chris, yet on the other, you said that the reason for axing the three players was to rebuild the team with younger players. Make up your mind, you just can't have it both ways. The fans are not dumb, they are quite smarter than you think. Were you really trying exceedingly hard to retain the three best players on the team, or to let them go? Also you said that you were not going to try to prove Chris Gayle wrong, yet you proceeded in the interview to paint him as a villain. Come on Doctor, you could have exercised better judgement.

  • on April 27, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    look thr truth of this matter is that wether r not the board acted in the right manner is that gayle had indicated that he prefer playing limited over test crcket over test cricket is well known so why do we keep discussing his position what wi should of done there and then is to selected anothe captain ever since we all know that some of these cricketers r only playing for their national teams is because that is the only way they can can take part in the ipl what mr gale need to do is do like malinga and decide if u only want to play limited over cricket and move on this game is bigger than any one and it will survive whether we have mr gayle r any other p,ayer with the exception of chanderpaul can any cricket loving person stand up and say they are satisfy with gayle and sarwan performance over the past 5 yearsplaying for the national team1 good innings here 5 substandard performance where is these guys pride of representing the people of the caribbean it is time

  • on April 27, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    I am not a big fan of the IPL, and heck, I am not even following it, but stop blaming the BCCI for the fight between Gayle and WICB. BCCI didn't ask WICB to drop him so that he could play IPL. WICB has to drop its stupid and arrogant attitude. "You should not play IPL, but we won't let you play for WI either." What kind of a pathetic attitude is that? IPL is an Indian domestic tournament and nobody has forced the foreign players to come and play here. Australians were able to put international commitments ahead of IPL, and IPL went on fine. If WICB cannot pay their players enough what is BCCI's fault?

  • sherishahmir on April 27, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Priority yo play should be always given for national team, absence of mature players like gayle,sarwan,chandarpaul,pollard etc makes the tour of Pak is one side affair and the end result looks same what Bdesh did in their last tour of WIndies.

    WICB should sit with their senior players and resolves the issues and bring the best players in the side against the oppositions, so cricket can be competitive and enjoy by all fans at best.

  • on April 27, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    It's a sad state WI cricket. They should be back home playing for WI not in the IPL. WI should start making fast bouncy pitches again. Every year there's a new bowler bowling @90Mph. It's amazing. It's a shame Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor have been out for so long. Hope they can recover and play 3-4 years more. Because Edwards/Taylor/Roach would have been a bad day for the batsmen.

    I don't remember seeing determination in the WI side. I don't see WI batsmen trying to build partnerships. No hustling like Jimmy Adams no quality ala Carl Hooper/Richardson. India had a same problem 10 years ago when they had quality players but not enough resolute to go and be competitive in Australia/SA/Eng. Over the years their attitude has changed/ confidence has gone up and slowly and surely they have won series in WI, Eng, Pak, SL and have been competitive in Aus and SA.

    Here's hoping WI cricket adopts the 4 pronged pace attack formula again!

  • espncric123 on April 27, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Let the blame game begin! Instead of resolving the issue inside the board room, it is sad that both Gayle and WICB have decided to go to media and throw mud on each other's face. As most of the international players are demanding now, there should be a separate window for IPL so that such issues will not surface again. People may argus about the importance of IPL, but the fact is that it is a win-win situation for all. I haven't seen/heard any international complaining about IPL. Also considering the international schedules, IPL also should take a step forward by reducing the number of tournament days to less than what it is now. If these things are not taken care, we are going to see more Malingas, Gayles in the coming days.

  • Majoreg on April 27, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    Ok I feel a little silly now having read the last paragraph of this article. I now see the reason for the Board's action. Why the HELL they didn't say so in the beginning I don't know!!! They would have got a lot of support from the WI supporters who have watched the team become a disjointed collection of average players around a few mostly mediocre international stars. Time for a WI TEAM instead of what has been masquerading for a WI team for the past two decades

  • Majoreg on April 27, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    While I am firmly of the view that there is both sinner and saint on both the part of the Board and the players, this comment from the CEO is really not believable. So Gayle was not picked because he was recovering from injury. This was not told to us when the team was announced and I do believe Gayle that that was not explained to him as the reason either. Similarly we do not know the reason for the non selection of Jerome Taylor who looks darn fit bowling for the Pune Warriors in the IPL.So we have Pollard, Taylor, Gayle and soon Bravo in the IPL and we have a fit to play Sarwan and Chanderpaul home but not playing due to the rotation policy. Makes some sort of morbid sense to this current WICB board

  • on April 27, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    WICB---u can't get hold of a star player before a major series????? U just disgracing yourself more. WICB u don't need to know rocket-Science to controll a board. Five players made there debuts who builds a team like that.....WICB u r on your own now because your Fans gone with the SAr, Shiv and Gyale. bye bye

  • on April 27, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    Chris Gayle had every right in not signing the retainer contract as the WICB had made changes that would have allowed them solely to dictate where Gayle could play cricket and could dictate that he plays for Lucas in Jamaica over IPL or Big Bash. I listened to a man that has taken abuse for years and has decided that enough is enough and he was going to clear his name.

    Posters here can talk about "country first" but first take a look at the many former players who put "country first" and ended up destitute. Gayle has taken abuse from fans, former players and the WICB as disinformation flies all over the place and he wanted to clear the air.

    If he never plays for the West Indies again, then so be it. He will have another 5-7 years of IPL, Big Bash and English T20 to keep him busy

  • Bhatin on April 26, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    Interesting.. For all people who criticize Gayle for his performance, a gentle reminder, He is one of the 4 players who had scored 2 triple centuries in Test Cricket - Bradman, Lara & Sehwag being other three. Talent and capability is not an issue. Whatever little success West Indies cricket had after likes of Richardson,Lara, Hooper have left is because of likes of Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul to win whatever little ODIs and draw tests which are as good as victory considering West Indian side quality.WICB say they tried contacting Gayle but could not do so, which with technologies that are used - emails,mobiles, pagers, social networks, its impossible to believe that contact was not made unless either Gayle or WICB chose to ignore. The bitter fact is that WICB can not pay good amount as a part of contract. Remember, West Indies is not a single nation, its all islands together so national loyalty may not come into play as it comes for other nations.

  • gottalovetheraindance on April 26, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    the fact remains it was a stupid decision to drop the 3 best batsmen and our most experienced spinner b4 such a crucial series. yes we have been losing with them in the team. but Do the WICB & selectors really believe that they are going to win with this team? we got lucky in the 20/20 but our luck has run out. the batsmen in this team dont have a clue against spin & the wicket didnt help our pace bowlers either. hopefully the pitch @ kensington oval will change their fortune. our best chance is to bring back Sarwan, Shiv, Ben & Fidel drop Martin, Samuels Edwards & Baugh. Play Simmons as keeper & push Sammy & Dwayne Bravo up the order. This move will improve our batting against spin & we bring in 2 bowlers who are used to conditions at Kensington Oval. also The Bajan spectators will b far more likely to come out & watch this team. its a win win situation & we have nothing left to lose.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on April 26, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    No player is bigger than the nation or team. Any player who thinks so should not be included in the team in the first place. As a Pakistani supporter, I wouldn't want Javed Miandad or Imran Khan playing for Pakistan, if they behaved in such a manner. The disadvantage of losing very good players is more than compensated by the performance of the team as a whole - ultimately, as ill-feeling amongst players is not created due to no special treatment for any player.

    Having said that if a player wants to play in lesser tournaments, only because it is financially more rewarding, then he has the right to do so. But clarity of communication and due process is vital.

  • on April 26, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    @cooljack_143 Deccan charges belongs to HYDERABAD(located in andhrapardesh state).hyderabad also has a name DECCAN. that's why they put as DECCAN CHARGES

  • kentjones on April 26, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    I am not at all convinced that WICB has done all that it can to engage Chris Gayle in serious dialogue about his and West Indies future. WICB executives like Hilaire seem to consistently employ these public relations gimmicks at their own convenience to defend their hegemonic positions. Please Mr. Hilaire let "see" those tools of correspondence to Mr. Gayle. Or is it a case of making another bluff. Well, we call your bluff: publicise those emails etc. Why must Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan pay for your board's ineptitude. Making scapegoats out of the most experienced and skilled criketing artisans is not the answer. but then you never had the answer to the dilemma of West Indies cricket, so I am not really surprised.

  • popahwheely on April 26, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    You got players knocking hundreds and bagging wickets in India and the rest of the team is losing a series at home. What a bunch of waste running the WICB. They still can't explain the exclusion of Sarwan & Chanderpaul. Which current Windies middle order batsman is performing better than them?

  • on April 26, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    I don't worry, once Pakistan and India buss up West Indies in these coming matches, and with the inevitable batterings that are sure to occur in the future due to the selection of a substandard international side, Hilaire will be gone, the selectors ousted, and Gibson can go back to county cricket where he belongs - and Gayle and Sarwan will be welcomed back like the prodigal sons of West Indies cricket.

  • Talolz on April 26, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    @cooljack_143 Deccan Chargers represents Hyderabad Deccan, so u see the connection in the name now

  • Jim1207 on April 26, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    @Simon Rees: Overseas players need to get NOC from their national boards, states IPL rule by BCCI. That's the reason these players need to get irrespective of they are in central contract with their boards or not.

  • RonSingh on April 26, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    I am a West Indian fan at the core. Have been since I was 6 years old listening to the '79 WC on the radio with my Dad and brother. I find this latest "selection policy" and reasons for it just the latest in a continuous downward spiral of our cricket. It is actually troubling to me since I consider WI cricket part of who I am and am coming to a realization that it is like the end of a relationship that has turned sour and to which their is no resolution. It feels as if a part of me is dying a slow and painful death. It is such a hopeless feeling when I look at what's going on with our cricket and realize that there is little hope for change for the better. I wish the heads of states of all WI nations would come together and institute some radical changes that ensure we have a functioning board, players association, and rules/guidelines for all interested players; call it a fresh start or revitalization. We are in crisis and no one party has the wherewithall to lead us out of it

  • MejiasBoy on April 26, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    ALSO!! who remembers when Chris Gayle was captain for the Windies tour of England a couple years ago, and Gayle shows up 2 DAYS BEFORE A TEST!! 2 DAYS BEFORE A TEST!! What does that tell you? Lack of respect for windies cricket. I dont recall Sir Viv, Clive Llyod, Richie Richardson doing anything like that. Therefore WICB was right to cut him lose! serves him right. Regardless of what happens behind close doors, you still show up and represent you country, b/c country/region is bigger than any one person!!

  • NikSaid on April 26, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    and we are in 2011 with all sort of live Social media networking and smartphones! I think Chris got busted this time!!

  • MejiasBoy on April 26, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    From the time Chris Gayle said "I wouldnt be sad if test cricket went away" the writing was on the wall! Everyone is saying Gayle is a superstar? Has this man ever on a match on his own for Windies? (Dont worry I will wait!) Has ANY previous west indies captain ever say what Chris Gayle said?! So to me WICB made the right move in letting Gayle go! As far as I am concern, Bravo Sr. Pollard should not be in that team! For those of you who are worried about the state of windies cricket. WI U-19 beat australia 2-1 in an ODI and beat australia in a test match as well! Talent is there! youth is there! please be patient with Otis Gibson, you can see he constructing a system in place. Another question, when was the last time you heard of windies youth (or A team) play sooo much cricket in recent times! It is all a part of the plan for windies players to be groomed into the senior team. Otis is lining up his ducks!! youth is where it is!!!

  • Jeffericon on April 26, 2011, 21:37 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...

  • kumarcoolbuddy on April 26, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    @cooljack_143, your question is interesting. May be you just started following IPL and may be you don't know about hyderabad. So don't worry too much... Deccan chargers team anyway is not waiting for your support. By the way why was your wonderful question posted to this article irrelevantly?

  • wicketkeeper1 on April 26, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    Gayle said that he speaks with his bat. Its a pity he only spoke to the minnows during the World Cup. How can we maintain a bunch of losers who just keep on making noise about money? The best article about Gayle was when the writer so aptly pointed out that Mr. Gayle just loves the attention of the media and does everything to be in the news. I wonder what he will do when his playing days are over. He certainly cant coach.

  • hardess699 on April 26, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    the WICB is really trying its best to destroy windies cricket.....u cannot hav your best players out of the team and also some of them are participating in ipl instead of playing in the home series...eg...jerome taylor n kieron pollard

  • on April 26, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    For many years the west indies cricket selectors or the west indies cricket board have handled certain matters with west indies cricketers very disgracefully, try and remember how they treated Desmon Haynes, Gordon Greenidge, Jimmy Adams, and many others. Its time for the entire board to go, they dont have a clue what there doing. How can you leave out three of your senior players out of west indies squad and expect to win. Iam sorry but Darren Sammy should never be in team he cant bat and not a good enough bowlers to get steady wickets how do expect him to motivate the younger players if cant lead from the front. A captain is suppose to inspire his team. You might of well gone with Daren Ganga, at least he bat, he is good motivator. I know Chris , Ramesh,Shiv are getting a raw deal, tell who in current west indies team can bat better that this three guys. I dont believe a word that lyied hilarie said he is clown, if they didnt want Chris to go tell him no.Cricket unights the people.

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

    @NP_NY: If Gayle was such a big match winner then why has he not been able to do it on the international stage for so long? Where has he been this past year when WI cricket needed him? It's easy to smash a few balls around in a sub-standard cricket league like IPL, not so easy when you're facing a world class bowling attack as he would have been against Pakistan. Maybe Gayle took the easy route out??

  • wicketkeeper1 on April 26, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    We in the West Indies love cricket so much that we fool ourselves about the likes of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo especially and the rest of the IPL bullies. Give me the job as selector of the team, Gayle, Pollard and Bravo can continue to make their fortunes in the IPL. Question, What is the record of the West Indies with these players? Answer, Poor in all forms of the game. So what is the noise about Gayle. We settle too much for hit or miss cricket. Chanderpaul and Sarwan should only be used in the Test Cricket arena. Why are the selectors continuing to let Devon Smith fool them? Just say offspin and he is off to the pavilion. Darren Bravo and L Simmons should open the innings. Samuels days are gone he has no knees and will keep on frustrating the cricket. How will he play spin if he cant sweep. Let him talk to Brian Lara. At 24 balls and 24 runs required, why was Roach trying to bowl down the batsman when he should have concentrated on line and length. Goodbye to Gayle&Bravo

  • on April 26, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    Please give the WICB a BREAK. Guys like Gayle has been playing for the WI for years and for years the WI has been loosing. What is wrong with dropping them because of their performance during the WC? or because of fitness? They gave some other guys an opportunity to play given their performance during the Caribbean Tournament.

    I believe if Marlon and Edward do not perform in the next match, they should not picked. What all the criticism about Sammy is for. Sammy took over the side when all your superstars chose the IPL over country. The WICB should set a policy that if in a year a player chooses the IPL over playing for the WI, they should not be granted NOC for one year and should not allowed to play for WI for one year.

    WI should mean more to the players whom the WICB has invested in. If you ban them for one year they will reconsider playing elsewhere when they are needed. Good luck guys for the rest of the season. WICB should keep the Guys for the rest of the tournament.

  • snbajwaa on April 26, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    very sad indeed.wicb situation goes from bad to worst.their board is the biggest tragedy to their cricket.they cant handle good players and what they can handle is darren sammy.they even wasted a great player like sarwan costantly complaining abt his fitness and now being in and out of the team,sarwan isn't really the same sarwan.even tayler and edwards's fitness wud never meet the great fitness standards that wicb has.i m sure if malinga had been playing for wicb ,he wudn't hve been fit enough to represent wicb.its amazing how an ordinary person can select a better than the selecters.windies still have great talent.here's my eleven mr hilare !!! 1.gayle 2.barath 3.jr bravo 4.sarwan 5.samuels.6.simmons (wicket keeper) 7.d.j bravo 8.russel 9.tayler 10.roach 11.bishoo .......fidel edwards pollard d.s smith completing the squad........now beat that team !!

  • cooljack_143 on April 26, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    WHO IS DECCAN CHARGERS..Which city do they belong??????????? with no city name how can people support this team when they don't represent a particular city in their francisee name??????????????????? People supporting this team got to be crazy then.

  • SRT_GENIUS on April 26, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    @Hilaire: read the comments on this article and the verdict will be clear to you.

  • kumarms_2000 on April 26, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Not only WICB but also many CBs around the world has the same attitude which kills the game. System is good but placing rules with in the system is absolutely needed. They can not treat Gayle and Bishoo the same way in the team not becasue gayle is a superstar but becasue he has given much to WI cricket. We can clearly see the way Gary Kirsten handled india team Vs Greg chappel. WICB need to learn from other successful boards and Players like Gayle need to learn from Tendulkars. One has to give enough respect to others otherwise things turn ugly like what has been happening. Ego is the evil. else WI will remain the Fallen forever.

  • philibert on April 26, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    The current WICB is putting West indies cricket in a worst position than they are already in, with there stupid decision.

  • NP_NY on April 26, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    I don't know who is lying. I am leaning towards believing Gayle because we've seen no evidence from WICB to back their claims. Besides, they didn't just leave out Gayle. They've left out other experienced players like Sarwan and Chanderpaul as well, which leads me to believe that the WICB bosses are insecure about having experienced cricketers in the side. In any case, this war of words is very counterproductive to WI cricket. Gayle is a true match-winner and makes a huge impact in any form of the game. Just look at this IPL tournament. RCB were placed 9th before Gayle, and after the two matches Gayle played, they are number 2.

  • on April 26, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Chris Gayle is a disgrace. How dare does he choose IPL over his country. The WICB should punish him for his selfish behavior.

  • yardB on April 26, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    "So [the WICB] does not tell the selectors who to pick, we've said to the selectors that we want a team, we don't want the whole team to surround one or two superstars so that if the superstars fail then everything collapses. We depend on two or three people to excel for us to win and if they don't excel we lose. We don't want that."

    No super-stars need apply. We cater to mediocrity .. we are satisfied when mediocre players fail but not when super-stars do. Yikes! The fact is that WICB wants players that they can controlr in all respects. That has been the history of WI cricket from the inception.

  • CricketLoverToronto on April 26, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    WICB's loss = IPL's & Gayle's gain.

  • mjroyal on April 26, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    advantage pakistan !11 this series will provide them a much needed morale booster. wicb is helping them.

  • samedwards on April 26, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    i think the best wi team that could have been playing against pak would be:1.Gayle2.Barath3.Lendl Simmons4.Darren Bravo5.Shiv Chanderpaul6.Dwayne Bravo7.Keiron Pollard8.Andre Russell9.Jerome Taylor10.Devendra Bishoo11.Kemar Roach

  • on April 26, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    What do you expect from Hilaire? Not a word from the President Julian Hunte.They thought that they could beat Pakistan and get the rid of the senior players but the whole episode have backfired. Otis Gibson and Richie Richardson should not be around Windies cricket.The selectors do not have a clue about selecting a team. Must we as Windies cricket fan pay our hardearned money to see a bunch of novices play? Not me .

  • cricfan4july on April 26, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    After selection, they said its about GOING YOUNGER and never mentioned Gayle missed becos of a injury until this whole IPL issue.

  • delboy on April 26, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    What this board fail to realize is that Gayle, Pollard, Taylor and Sarwan can now choose between the IPL and a period of natralization to qualify for either Canada, Zimbabwe or even Kenya. It hurts the board to know that the balance of power has shifted and there are now some players who care about their FUTURE when they are PLAYING rather than waiting until a movie is released showing what they use to be. If the WI really do not want Gayle once he finishes his IPL stint, there will be opportunities from the English counties and the AUSSIE BIG BASH... My advice to SARWAN ; is it's not too late to give academia a try Guyana has enough natural resources for you to secure a future doing something you'll enjoy.

  • rayinto on April 26, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    Hillaire quote "So [the WICB] does not tell the selectors who to pick" is "hilarious" given that the selectors are carrying out their wishes to "not have the team surrounded one or two superstars". Now instead of one or two, we have none! Incompetence to the extreme!

  • fireballer on April 26, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Did you guys read Malinga's statement about his shabby treatment while he was injured? what's the difference with WICB's treatment of their injured?

  • shawnsundar on April 26, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    If I recall correctly, this same person said that he's almost certain that one of the 3 senior players will be dropped for good, and he also never gave any proof to back up the board communicating with Gayle. If you were not making any money would't you take a offer to play for IPL? Its not the players fault at all. The WCIB does not know what they're doing, they should get dropped instead. I only hope they bring back Sars and Chanders for the remainder of the series, else its gonna be a sweep for PAK.

  • on April 26, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    @komal kowlessar - very well summed up ....... its a fact now that Caribbean "managers" cannot handle the bright, young, technology advance and superstar status of emerging talent ...................... and it is not only in cricket !!!!!!

  • meisteroso on April 26, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Question ... how many regional players does the WI have playing in the IPL? How many of those came directly from the domestic game without ever playing for the WI? The fact is, the exposure at the WI level is what gave these guys access to the IPL in the first place. Is there some sense of biting the hand that feeds you here?

    Also true, the board is messed up ... they need to take responsibility for building a stronger organization in the following ways ... empowerment and accountability with appropriate consequences at all levels. From ground preparation, structured/mandatory player-development programs (including physical and mental exercises for concentration and dealing with game situations as well as public speaking).

    That St Lucia pitch and outfield were deplorable ... what's the point in having "home field"? We will kill the spirit of guys like Roach and Russell. Between the pitch and selecting pacers, we spotted Pakistan 2 games. They knew the pitch better than us!

  • fireballer on April 26, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    From a former cricketer......... Who's looking out for the players ? When a player gets injured does the WICB take care of him until he is fit? Ask dwayne Bravo,Fidel Edwards,Jerome Taylor. Taylor is playing for Pune in IPL.There is no medical treatment from WICB. They monitor you? they just check if you are good enough to play. What rehahitative facility or specialist do they have to treat or prevent serious injury?None.....What do you expect these guys to do? They're only looking out for their security.Do these players have any health benefits,pensions when they retire or their career ends in injury? The oldtimers might say differently....but times are different. Wi cricket needs to treat their employees fairly ...regardless of who they are...look after them when they are hurt. If you want loyalty.......show that you are loyal The maturity of the WICB really stands out when the CEO is dealing with private issues in the press....So much for class.

  • satanswish on April 26, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    WICB chief Ernest Hilaire is really hilarious. They will cry foul to save their faces after shameful consecutive ODI defeats vs Pakistan. Chris Gayle have rocked IPL with swashbuckling century, I guess he will be laughing reading hilarious statements by WICB.

  • Anand.R on April 26, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Since we dont know the details of the communication that took place between the board and the players, it is not fair to say who is right or wrong. The fact is IPL is so glamorous and economically strong, it is affecting the wntire cricketing world. First Sri Lanka and now West Indies. Everybody knows IPL made BCCI happy by giving them millions of dollars in revenue so they are more than willing to bend over backwards to accomodate IPL schedule. The fact is IPL should not be considered above Cricket. It is just another league and should be treated like one. Every player should respect their national commitments first and IPL should be second option. - Hopefully, money will not win over our beloved sport.

  • kalpanapanditha on April 26, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Chris Gayle and Keiron Pollard should be in the team. Sammy's performance aren't that good as a player nor as a captain. 1.Chris Gayle 2.DS Smith 3.L.Simmons 4.DM Bravo 5.R Sarwan 6.DJ Bravo 7.D Ramdin 8.J Taylor 9.D Bishoo 10.K.Roach 11.R.Rampaul is my team :D

  • bagofella19 on April 26, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    they want us to believe they try to reach out to Gayle and he didn't answer. WICB must go

  • on April 26, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Sorry, but I'd like to see these emails. The WICB has proven time and time again that they are full of hot gas/wind/air (whatever you like). They have also shown that they are quick to dismiss any player who doesn't play "ball" according to their rules of politics.

    Besides, why would Gayle, Pollard or Bravo need an NOC from WICB if they are not on retainer contracts???

  • bagofella19 on April 26, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    people missing d whole point which is victimisation on the part of the WICB and the coach to certain players, and an attempt to cover it up which has the cricket in total chaos, to prove this watch at the justification for the current squad of players and then watch a d make-up of the squad, what they said about Chanderpaul then what he said they told him,then what Gayle said and finally what at the history of the WICB operations with players that wasn't favourable to them

  • on April 26, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    I agree that we should not get caught up with the Chris Gayle issue. Focus has to be on the performance or lack thereof the WICB. Someone has to explain how they arrived at the decision to appoint Darren Sammy as captian. Take a look at all international teams . in each and every case the captain can make the team on merit as a bowler, batsman, wicket keeper or a genuine all rounder. Where does Sammy fit in? Can any player have any respect for mediocrity.

  • sebwin on April 26, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    The fact of the matter is that the way Gayle n Pollard perform for their IPL teams is not the same 100% effort they give to the west indies. Bravo is the only one that puts his all regardless of which team he's playing for. Gayle especially often looks like he's not overly concerned about whether he makes runs or not but oh how he prizes his wicket for his foreign teams, Pollard too for IPL and Big Bash. Players r gettn too big for the game that brought them recognition in the first place. I dont think we're getting the full story from either Gayle or the board either, there's more to it than meets the eye!

  • cablemannpete on April 26, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Guys who are saying country first are hypocrites.You would have done the same thing as Gayle and all gayle did was use the card that the west indies dealt him.Remember they said at first THEY WERE GOING YOUNGER. Gayle just played his hand better than The selectors.Guys pollard is playing in the Ipl and so is bravo what is the difference in gayle doing the same.He was not picked and no one is mentioning bravo who will leave for the IPL after the one days.Gimme a break you bunch of hypocrites

  • area1985 on April 26, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    BCCI is not different from ICC now, so they never allow indian team to clash there international match with IPL. They want to up lift the IPL name and show it for young generation as the best place for cricket,im not surprise in future if players got banned from playing international cricket if they didn't participate for IPL,, & India will refuse to play with those teams who not participating IPL, & ICC funds for those teams also cut short!!!

  • on April 26, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    WICB chief Ernest Hilaire has said the board worked "exceedingly hard" to reach out to Chris Gayle "We can dispel all that Chris [Gayle] said by releasing the letters and emails...... Hilaire said the board was under the impression that Gayle was undergoing rehabilitation. A question for Mr Hilaire If you were indeed communicating with Mr Gayle how come you were "under the impression"?

  • Rajin_27 on April 26, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    ppl doesnt see wat is going on here...."What's more important is to state that we're very disappointed in the way in Chris has decided to respond. I think he is being ill-advised"....it's the wicb saying dat wipa is leading the players astray and if anybody is 2 be blamed it shud be wipa...U R VERY CREATIVE MR HILLAIRE...but wat of the other players dat were dropped ???U have not given a reason 4 dat...the only thing u have said in respect to dat is 2 give young players exposure but couldn't u have done dat by choosing both young and old players???...in doing dat u would of had a good balance of youth and experience...west indies cricket is going down the path of zimbabwe a few yrs ago...

  • vannoj on April 26, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Lets forget this issue. Gayle is where he wants to be and the "Waste Indies" is exactly in the position they should be. Losing!! Something is terribly wrong with that board. Which cricketing nation can be at such a low for such a long time and when the U19s have been performing creditably over an extended period of time. where is the transition? WICB you are a failure.

  • cablemannpete on April 26, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Mr Hillare,I find it very hard that you have made your best effort to reach out to Chris gayle after you bashed him when you took office. If it was the fact that you did reach out to Pollard and Bravo and they were receptive why then would Sammy be given the captaicy when you and others know that it would cause resentment in the team.Now please tell me that you as the president dont see the resentment. Players expect you guys to live up to certain standards and Go ahead and tell me that you think this is the best team that WI can put forth.Yes we needed another spinner you got that in Bishoo,yess we needed another opener and you got that in Simmons and yes you need a good keeper batsman which we have not clearly seen anyone step up to the plate but think You have gayle,simmonds,young bravo,samuels ,db bravo ,pollard,russell,benn,keeper,bhrath,roach ,bishoo,you have a gd team 3 spinners including gayle.you have very good players.Why not use you say to give the WIS fan something to live

  • NP_NY on April 26, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    @AnasAli: Tough luck buddy, You will never be able to see how BCCI reacts if Indian players were playing in this type of tournament during India's international series, because that will never happen. Whatever your problem with the IPL is, this is between Gayle and the WICB. They didn't pick him, so he chose to play in the IPL. IPL didn't arm-twist him or blackmail him into playing. And while you're on the subject of "national duty" why don't you ask all your fellow countrymen working abroad to come back to your country so that they'll pay taxes in your country? Or, are you just being hypocritical about cricket players?

  • on April 26, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    hi i m big friend of wc team i thing board is playing with team they didnt want to win before they do with lara same w c have world class payer but what board is thing that i dont know have four cham bowler edward tailor nroach but 2 is out gayle is one man army he is out sammay is haveing no place in team he is caption if gayle both bavo simmons pollard n that 3 bawller nsammule in test out pollard n take shiv n nash

  • inot on April 26, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Hilare's comments on the last 15 years is basically an admission of failure. Instead of accepting responsibility he blames the players. This most recent "new system" will also fail because it is not a system. Here are some question for Mr Hilare. How many former cricketers of note are associated with the WICB? How many fights with the players and the WIPA did the WICB win? How many successful coaches did you appoint? How many superstars came out of your systems? How is it your under 19 teams are competitive with Australia and India and your senior team which you focus on is not? Are Smith, Samuels, Martin and Baugh younger players? Look..Pollard was released because you had no choice. He would have retired to play IPL. Bravo was released for the Tests to avoid criticisms of imbalance.There is no room for him with Sammy in the team. Gayle Sarwan and Chanderpaul were not selected because Sammy and Gibson do not have any personal accomplishments or leadership skills to lead them.

  • on April 26, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Well said Mr CEO. But why are we persisting with Sammy who is a glaring misfit in the team? What else is he? And to rub salt into the wound he is captain'! That's one of the 'big problems' Gayle has, even though due to professional protocol he wouldn't tell the Board. Now, when one asks how come the big names were dropped based on poor performances while Sammy who is no where in their class and has performed even worse is still in the team? The answer is because he is polite and has a positive attitude! I know long ago a captain was picked based on the impressive number of runs he made or number of wickets he took 'consistently'. I don't know why the policy has been changed so drastically to suit Mr Sammy's cause! Imagine the Great Brian Lara, arguably the best batsman of all time was still performing as good as any batsman in the world but was still being harassed by the WI Board to resign as captain, causing him to retire. Maybe Darren Sammy is 'the best all rounder of all time'!

  • CricSamraat on April 26, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Hilaire, please leave Gayle alone. You better concentrate on getting WI a win in the games against Pakistan.

  • brentlew on April 26, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    To tell you how bad cricket is in the Windies, and how poor the attendance is, there will be more people at Trotters (a sports pub in TT) today watching Schalke versus Man U than there were at both 50 over games in St. Lucia.

  • on April 26, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    To be honest I'm tired of this Gayle and Board saga , they should take this out of the media for a while... lets just enjoy the IPL and WI lose to Pakistan if they don't mature in a day or two.

  • on April 26, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    The Administrators of West Indies need to "wake up and smell the coffee". I am not a coffee fan, but I understand the importance of the smell of coffee to many people as a stimulus for the day ahead. West Indies cricket administrators need to understand that they do not make West Indies cricket, the players do; and players cannot be treated as pawns in the game; they are the game. They have for many years paid no respect to players or taken decisions that have as a principal objective, the interest of players and the game. The CEO of the WI cricket board does not understand the importance of the word COMMUNICATION in the relationship. Gale and the other top batsmen in the side should never have been left out from the first 3 games of the series. New players can be given opportunities without weakening the team. We will only regain our position in International Cricket when we get back on our winning ways. The best players should therefore be selected at all times. Where is Brian Lara?

  • mrx2 on April 26, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    for big men, somebody is lying. Gayle made his choice i don't see why WICB had to be beating up themselves over him for. The game goes on, life goes on. If they can't get players here, our U-19 looks promising, so let Gayle n Pollard etc put that in their pipe ans smoke it.

  • on April 26, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    West Indies was not winning with Gayle. He should stay with IPL and never be allowed to represent West Indies again. He is too upstart and out of place.

  • on April 26, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    THE CEO OF WEST INDIES CRICKET IS NOT CHRIS DOCTOR, TO MAKE A STATEMENT,THAT HAS FAR HAS HE IS CONCERN CHRIS IS INJURED,WHEN THE BOARD DIDNOT SEND THE PLAYER TO A DOCTOR. ALSO IN EVERY MAJOR SPORT IN THE WORLD YOU HAVE SUPERSTAR ON THE TEAMS, THATS INCLUDING CRICKET.SUPERSTARS BRING PEOPLE TO THE GAMES,BECAUSE THIER TALENT IS OF A HIGHER LEVER THAN OTHER PLAYERS,SO IF YOU MR,CEO DO NOT NEED SUPERSTAR ON YOUR WEST INDIES CRICKET TEAM,YOU ARE IN THE WRONG BUSINESS AND NEED TO QUIT.

  • jackiethepen on April 26, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    The West Indian Cricket Board has to set standards. If it doesn't do that then the team will not be able to compete properly. The national team is greater than its stars. It has to be. All those so called fans who worship at the altar of money go and watch stocks and shares rise and fall and leave cricket alone. The Board should not select Gayle again. Or any cricketer that makes himself unavailable for selection during IPL. Discipline has to come from the top. Gayle should never be selected again. Or any other cricketer that follows his path. Then it is a real choice. Money or fame. If they want to be cricket buccaneers then they are free to do so, but a buccaneers is not free to represent his country. Gayle is a good one day cricketer but he has chosen money over country. Time to build a team out of new ethics.

  • cgtboy87 on April 26, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    WICB I JUST DONT HAVE NO BELIEF IN YOU ANYMORE. YOU ALWAYS LOOKING TO PUT THE BLAME ON PLAYER BUT YOU NEED TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND TAKE SOME OF IT. THE WAY YOU GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS IS IN NO ONES BEST INTEREST. ITS HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE THAT YOU TRY TO CONTACT CHRIS AND YOU COULD NOT REACH HIM.WITH TODAYS TECHNOLOGY ITS VERY HARD TO BELIEVE.WITH THE LIKES OF CHRIS SAR AND SHIV I THINK WOUDL WOULD HAVE DONE WAY BETTER THAN THIS CURRENT TEAM.

  • naudurivsm on April 26, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Well let us not compare International players participation in IPL, why WI vs. PAK ODIs after World Cup and / or why IPL after World Cup. these are irrelevant questions.

    People should understand The IPL is primarily an INDIAN (domestic) tournament, period.

    And for others to participate and make money us just an option.

    And For those players who are willing to participate have to deal with their respective cricket boards and have to balance their commitments.

  • on April 26, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    NO you all not getting the main point .....the main point is because west indies are 2 down in the series there would gayle to come back and try some magic so there will not go for 5-0 ..but if west indies had won the 2 match you would off never seen this this ..'Tried exceedingly hard to reach out to Gayle' - Hilaire" and there would aff never call of gayle

  • abiose on April 26, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Here is my scenario, You are a university lecturer they hires you, send you on extensive training, gives you years of on the job training, even though you frequently mess up they do not terminate your employment. Now you are performing well and the investment the university made in you is about to be paid back. They offer you a contract, you refuse and go work for a new higher paying university. WI cricket is the company and the fans and young aspiring cricketers are the university students. Gayle is already farely rich, he just does not have any sense of moral obligation. He believes that the WICBC must beg him to play. WI cricket may soon be destroyed completely leaving each country to fend for themselves.

  • NBRADEE on April 26, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    There will never be a definitive IPL window in the Future Tours calendar, unless the model for inter 'nation' play collapses completely, which it damn well might as sponsors are not going to line up to promote a game which is on the wane spectator-wise. Tests are viewed in a way that do not always ensure the promoters are seen (especially those featured at the ground). It's not hard to envision the BCCI's IPL becoming the MLB of cricket, with all the best players in the playing there. Other leagues worldwide will feed the IPL, and then and only then will the bickering between boards and players stop, as it will be in their best interest to work together since income for the board will be in commissions and transfers on players traded. Let Tests, ODI WC and T20 WC be the pinnacle for players and fans alike, with meaningless series becoming a thing of the pass!

  • Silva-Surfa on April 26, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    The fact that alot of people on here defending Gayle's actions, is a sad reflection on life itself. To try and justify it by making comparisions with a regular job, doesn't even come into it. Turning your back on your Country to play freelance cricket might be a personal choice, but a decision by a individual who doesn't care about the team or who he represents, as long as he's getting paid, pretty-much says it all. That's the mentality of a mercenary and to be that money-orientated, makes you wonder as to how far would you go for money?...sellout your loved-ones, family or friends if the price is right?...

  • safvan82 on April 26, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    All westindian cricket needs is a GOOD COACH...!!!!!!!!

  • gdavis on April 26, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    One thing jumped out at me, Mr Hilaire said that a new system is needed, I think that is correct, however the system needed is a proper coaching infrastructure in the West Indies, with better coaches and courses that people can join. He has none of these, we will have no chance of getting better! If there is no structure for individuals to chose cricket coaching as a career, then we will continue to scrape the barrel and never have the elite coaches that we need.

  • on April 26, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    I don't understand why people are so furious about this Gayle-WICB issue. Gayle is a proffessional athlete and he is doing what is right for his future. You can't completely trust the WICB. As Gayle is not in the contract, he as every right to choose his path. Moreover, the current situation was going to happen (aytime) once the contract was signed . WICB should have sorted out this indifferences, during the contract signing time. The people here who are so patrionised about the love of country should point your fingers to yourself first and ask "Money" or "Country". My say is "How u sow, so u reap", how u treat ur team, that will represent in the teams performanec. And boards like WICB, Pakistan Board and Bangladesh Board to realize first. Then to all cricket lazy lovers, treat your cricketers as one among u and not as jus entertainers or slaves.

  • gudolerhum on April 26, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Chris Gayle is exactly where he wants to be and where is best for WI cricket this time - in the IPL. He is and has been a disruptive influence on the team and to the WICB. I hope he makes lots of $$ and lets WI get on with their rebuilding process. No further consideration of him for the WI is necessary.

  • TestIP on April 26, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Hilaire saves the lies. You are only defending yourself because Gayle made a ton for his IPL team. Look at the selection made for the pakistand tour and you could see all the bais in it. Why is Ramdin not playing ahead of those waste of a Wk keeper you have. Sammy should not even be captain and he cannot bat nor bowl. Stop the non-sense and stop hiding the WI talents and then maybe this team will be a decent team. IT should be Gayle, Smith, Nash, Sarwan, DJ Bravo, DM Bravo,Ramdin, Bishoo, Taylor, F.Edwards, and Roach. I cannot understand why you keep saying you need to look into the future with a bunch of old waste in the team. Check the team playing against pak...most over 29yrs. So stop you lies and stop hiding the WI talent.

  • on April 26, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    WICB have been looking for trouble like this for a long time, they shudnt be surprised. This is just the beginning. WI HAS TALENT !! no doubt about that, but if WICB inisists on choosing the Devon thomas and sammy and miller and benn, then with advent of IPLand airtel champion league, players like gayle have something to strive for. Every year a regional caribbean team( which has nothing to do with wicb !!) is going to go across to play amongst the best and showcase their talents and flair. And of course their would be IPL scouters always on the lookout for new players

  • jupiterlaw on April 26, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    I think that the WICB should release the letters and emails Mr. Hillaire claims they have proving that they were in contact with Gayle, which Gayle denied. Until they do, it's their word against his. The propensity normally is to believe the establishment over the individual, but I prefer to withhold judgement. One thing that is certain is that one of them is lieing.

  • on April 26, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    I think players should give preference to national duty first as this was the platform which gave them the stature they have today to be able to play in IPL as for the PAK VS WI series being pointless I would like to see how BCCI reacts if Indian players were playing in this type of tournament during India's series against any team

  • on April 26, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    As far as I am concerned Gayle was unfairly treated by the WICB. As a very senior player and former captain he deserved better. Did the WICB contact him prior to team selection for 2 one dayers and T 20 versus Pakistan to find out how his injury was progressing? I don't think so based on what Chris has said

  • bheekuchatri on April 26, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    well, in the end, it is about feeling good about a deal... bangalore welcomed him with open arms, respect as a cricketer... May be WICB reached out to him, but nobody likes start-stop relationships where there is no surity or confidence; and Gayle for sure is tired of all this... his century in his first appearance this year in IPL shows his determination and zeal to play cricket and yes, earn some (okay, a lot !) money !

  • InsideHedge on April 26, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    If the WICB produced the perfect evidence in their defence, we would still have the Gayle supporters (mostly Indian fans) here claiming their man was wronged. The mind is powerful.

    If Gayle was an Indian, he'd have been crucified by the fans a long, long time ago. You only have to read the comments from the haters here who get on the backs of players like Rohit Sharma. As long as you can hit 4s and 6s, you're alright seems to be the message.

    Gayle made a lot of predictions in the recent WC but failed miserably. He strikes me as someone who's taken advantage of the public opinion against the WC to play the perfect victim. The average West Indian cricket fan appears to be far more understanding than their East Indian counterparts!

  • on April 26, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    I think players should give preference to national duty first as this was the platform which gave them the stature they have today to be able to play in IPL as for the PAK VS WI series being pointless I would like to see how BCCI reacts if Indian players were playing in this type of tournament during India's series against any team.

  • CricketChat on April 26, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    IMHO the simple fact is, players should be able to choose when and where they want to play and earn their living for their skill, talent and limited playing time of their career for the best possible returns. So should the selection committees, who should select the national team from the available player pool. Obviously, the pool size is very small for WI, hence the discussions about nation vs club etc.. If the same situation occurred, say in India, SL or Australia, there wouldn't be such hue and cry. That player would easily be replaced by someone from the bench. What WI board should concentrate on now is to increase popularity of cricket there and have more bench strength. There in lies the solution.

  • SUNILSUB123 on April 26, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    No body can blame Gayle for playing in IPL, you known every cricketer has a career max upto 38 yrs, after that he has to sit in home and eat from what he earn from the cricketing career so he has to earn maximum during his career period, No body is complaiing the doctors who study and work for some time in india and going to foreign countries for much high salary, all are same as it is. everybody known wat windies board is giving to there players so if any one of them getting better oppourtunity let them grab it and enjoy cricket.

  • Willowarriers on April 26, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Gayle is not doing anything wrong. All of you taking the moral highground act the same way in life. Evryone wants to earn $ in the most efficient way possible and in most cases, as much $ as possible in the shortest time. IPL does just that. Look at your own lives and the cost benefit analysis you carry out while selecting jobs and then come call Gayle a traitor. He is pputting it to good use.

  • irfans1 on April 26, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    @ Karan Kalwani "If you go to see this W.I. vs. Pak series is the most pointless one... what's the point in having a one-day series right after the world cup. In only tests series should be played right now" Lol.. mate, could you tell me what is the point of this so IPL(T20) right after WC? any valid reason?

  • on April 26, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    @ kewlkanna, If the icc did that then all the sub-continent countries that have there summer at a similer time of the year as India would be unable to have a full season of international cricket and would all be the worse players because of it.

  • rabirizvi on April 26, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    its as simple as this...everyone should be allowed to make money (through fair means) but not at the cost of forgetting their actual responsibility and contract with their cricket boards. IPL is a domestic league with alot of international players (they are there for money), so players should seek approval and manage their commitments with both their national team and IPL. ICC should in no way make room for IPL, again coz its a domestic league. Or else a time would come when there wont be any national teams but IPL like leagues in every other country.

  • varunkho on April 26, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    I have thought of a really good analogy. How many of us here work in fancy multinationals who pay much better compared to 'Indian' companies? Even if we don't, how many of us won't switch our jobs if our pay is hiked in excess of 30%? Does that mean 'we choose money over country'? STOP being a hypocrite.

  • on April 26, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    @ kewlkanna in that case ipl needs to open its doors to all in international cricket....cause pakistan team cant sit home and spa for two months

  • Chrishan on April 26, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    The WI board didn't have to make any such compromises. They should simply tell the players you either play for your country or you get out. It's absolute madness that they are letting players pick and chose series (or formats) which they would like to play. Guys like Pollard have forgotten how their talent was found out - by playing for his country, T&T. He's not doing so well in IPL4, and I'd love to see him come crawling back to play for WI once he's dropped. I'm sure there are plenty of youngsters who have dreamed of playing for WI not for money but for glory. They should be recruited. It's high time that these crickets boards got their acts together for the greater good of the game. Country first!

  • on April 26, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    All these confusion and controversy is mainly due to no clear cut status to IPL in ICC cricket calender. IPL is here to stay and it gives chance for players to make money. ICC cannot ignore IPL. let there be a fix place in annual calende for IPL and these clashes of interests can be avoided.

  • on April 26, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Gayle must immediately contact WICB and return back to WI to steady the sinking ship in the Carabean Oceans. IPL is just a platform for money for superstars and may be a showcase for young Indian talents. Its disgraceful not to represent the country just for the sake of money. I personally respected both GAYLE and MALINGA, but its shocking that they are not representing the country and playing in IPL. I hope players will realize their duties to serve for the country comes before everything.

  • on April 26, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    He is just trying to show his love for the game. He sees only cricket and not the boundary of the country or IPL. Let him do his job, i.e. play Cricket. :)

  • on April 26, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    there is only one solution to this biggest issue, first of all IPL should expend teams may be 16 and allow 5 players to play in a team also allow players from every nation to participate like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland Afghanistan, Holland because even smaller teams also have 2 to 3 good players. Lets give an opportunity to everyone to make money plus BCCI. Reduce the duration of IPL to 1 month. when everyone gets equal opportunity then all of the boards will put pressure on ICC to make a 1 month window for IPL every year. And players will also be glad to represent their national teams proudly..

  • Meety on April 26, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    This is the bad aspect of IPL. Players forgoing their representing their country for lucrative bucks. The smaller economic nations of the Test world will see this happen more regularly. The WICB needs to avoid International fixtures during the IPL. More well financed nations need not bother as their key players on very good retainers. Sad to see Gayle not playing for the Windies & I don't quite believe his side of the story, but I know it must be massively tempting!

  • patni67 on April 26, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    I remember the good old days when cricketers used to play only test cricket. when most matches were draw. cricket started becoming boring. Then came One dayers. Excitement restored. But still the Charisma to attract more nations to play this wonderful game was not there. Alas T 20 is there and suddenly cricket has become a money spinner, attractive , fun. Finally IPL changed the way cricket is seen throughout the world. Take out the leagues from Soccer and see what it will be. I agree that nation comes first but lets be realistic. Do these players have a right to secure their future? Should not the respective boards find a solution where the players do not get bitter and disappointed ? Should not the boards stop the harassment of players to choose between country or club? Between his future and playing for his country? Rightfully said by Manjrekar- Its a retirement plan for players who struggle to make a living after their career ends. And cricketers retire very early.

  • Masking_Tape on April 26, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    "...exceedingly hard to reach out to Chris - numerous attempts - letters, phone calls, emails..."

    Try Twitter...

  • Naren on April 26, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    One thing for sure is IPL has coincided with India's ascendancy to the top. Firstly other players have gone soft when playing India. Lot of players (from other nations) are isolated from the team because of their participation in the IPL. So that brings down the team morale to some extent. It was dividing other nations team spirit and obviously India gained. But you look into the Indian team, players like Tendulkar, Dhoni, Sehwag, Ganguly, Dravid were all protected nicely as Marquee players in the first 3 editions.

  • mravikiran on April 26, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Where money is involved, there's going to be business.

  • Naren on April 26, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    @Niraj: It is unfortunate that you are putting Gayle and Symonds in the same boat. Symonds always played for Australia over IPL. He missed the major part of his $1.5 million because of playing for Australia. He was a team man than anybody else. He was isolated due to the Sydney saga for no fault of his and CA treated him badly in that episode for aligning itself with BCCI for financial gains. He was left high and dry. He wasn't doing anything too bad except for some late night in the bar stuffs, which were blown over. He lived the Australian way and by their culture, there was absolutely nothing wrong. He was made a scapegoat by CA. Anyday Symonds is better than Gayle Always a team man.

  • on April 26, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Its not right to say sri lanka and west indies suffering because of IPL. sri lanka board had given NOC till may 20 and new board want to change {political motivation}they not suppose to do that. and CHRIS GAYLE BEEN DROPPED for the first two one dayers. soon as bangalore came up to sign him WICB SAYING HE IS INJURED BUT INITIALLY HE WAS DROPPED.{They dont even know their player is injured or not hehehe} so what the fuss is about... get on with it...

  • on April 26, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    ok forget past..select him nw for 3,4,5 ODIS and see whether he comes to play./ thn everybody knows he plays fr money or fr country./

  • on April 26, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    All you guys who are talking about Gayle making money are all hypocrites. These guys are professionals and for most of them cricket is their primary mode of income. Now if you guys get an offer from a firm who is willing to pay you twice or even thrice the salary of your present firm and that too requires you to work for only 1.5 months... then would you not opt for that firm? Of course you will. Look at the matter from being in Gayle's shoes. If you go to see this W.I. vs. Pak series is the most pointless one... what's the point in having a one-day series right after the world cup. In only tests series should be played right now.

  • on April 26, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Gayle, Symonds and many others like them, Good performers but perhaps not so good team members. In a team sport, team comes first and then individual. Without decipline no team can win anything. Its best Gayle like Symonds is left to his own devices by the Board.

  • BachchuFromHyderabad on April 26, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    IPL is a open tournament where players play for money than the pride of their country. It is important for the respective Cricket Boards to maintain stricter discipline when it comes to country than depend on the people representing them. I would say if Gayle had the permission to participate and make money with the approval of Board of Cricket, Why Not? Put yourself in Gayle's shoes. This topic is much hyped after his century, what would be the response if he had failed. All politically correct comments here.

  • JustIPL on April 26, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Now it is SL & WI national teams that are suffering while a time may come that Indian stars try to play for money and discard their own board. So, we have to nip in the bud as soon as possible. It is surprising to note that BCCI is trying to defend the defecting players. ICC should look into this. IPL is same as ICL just the business partners are different. Also, players have been preferring to play English county but no one complains even if they push their national duties back.

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

    Its lik a rashomon movie. Each one has told from their pov. Only God knows the truth.

  • on April 26, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Gayle should have to play for Windies. National duties first. IPL is a great platform for local talent hunt, polish and experience at the cost of rest poor cricketing nations.

  • BILLAULAKH on April 26, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    No one is suffering because of IPL, boards are jealous of players making ton of money and on top of that BCCI making bank from this event...SL and WI board just cant take that.......its simple....

  • on April 26, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Gayle sucks,,,, wat a loser??? he is trading money with his country.....

  • kewlkanna on April 26, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    The best solution for these kinda problems is for the ICC to create a window for the IPL and ten days gap before and after the IPL. So about 2 months of IPL every year. This wouldn't dent cricket's health by any means it would help in not spoiling relationships with the players and the boards.

  • robheinen on April 26, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    And so, once again everyone has their own angle of perception. Which one is right will always be the question, as long as ego or mammon are involved. So let's call it a tie and move on.

  • on April 26, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    IPL should be banned it is destroying the nation cricket

  • Hoggy_1989 on April 26, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Chris Gayle is a spoilt little brat who decides what he wants to do, and doesn't care about the board of cricketing nations that made him famous. The faster the West Indies get rid of him, the better for them. They do not need his infectious, lazy, money-driven personality in the team anyway...no matter how good a batsman he may be. Same goes for any other IPL loving, West Indian deserting, T20 sloggers the West Indies possess in their lineup.

  • CricSamraat on April 26, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Hilaire is on the right track. Obviously, he is trying to make West Indies better. Chris Gayle has a strong point as well. IPL needs to be respectfully factored into setting up country to country games so that big time players can get a chance to make money in IPL. What are the national boards going to lose if they can let their top players make some dough?

  • robheinen on April 26, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    And so, once again everyone has their own angle of perception. Which one is right will always be the question, as long as ego or mammon are involved. So let's call it a tie and move on.

  • on April 26, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Cursed IPL!!!! It is destroying the cricket world. Srilanka and Indies are suffering.

  • on April 26, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Given the state of WI Cricket, such a positive statement from the officials is hard to digest!

  • amirhamzas on April 26, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Honest opinions from the WICB President. His statements are clearly reflecting the positive outlook of the board towards the players. Not pondering on Gayle or on who is correct or who is wrong, it is time they put a new system in place. The players should also be co-operative. Honoring the commitment to the country must be the main motto. It is the country that makes a player big and it is their duty to standup to the loyalities. Hoping to see Gayle play for WI again.

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  • amirhamzas on April 26, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Honest opinions from the WICB President. His statements are clearly reflecting the positive outlook of the board towards the players. Not pondering on Gayle or on who is correct or who is wrong, it is time they put a new system in place. The players should also be co-operative. Honoring the commitment to the country must be the main motto. It is the country that makes a player big and it is their duty to standup to the loyalities. Hoping to see Gayle play for WI again.

  • on April 26, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Given the state of WI Cricket, such a positive statement from the officials is hard to digest!

  • on April 26, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Cursed IPL!!!! It is destroying the cricket world. Srilanka and Indies are suffering.

  • robheinen on April 26, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    And so, once again everyone has their own angle of perception. Which one is right will always be the question, as long as ego or mammon are involved. So let's call it a tie and move on.

  • CricSamraat on April 26, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Hilaire is on the right track. Obviously, he is trying to make West Indies better. Chris Gayle has a strong point as well. IPL needs to be respectfully factored into setting up country to country games so that big time players can get a chance to make money in IPL. What are the national boards going to lose if they can let their top players make some dough?

  • Hoggy_1989 on April 26, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Chris Gayle is a spoilt little brat who decides what he wants to do, and doesn't care about the board of cricketing nations that made him famous. The faster the West Indies get rid of him, the better for them. They do not need his infectious, lazy, money-driven personality in the team anyway...no matter how good a batsman he may be. Same goes for any other IPL loving, West Indian deserting, T20 sloggers the West Indies possess in their lineup.

  • on April 26, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    IPL should be banned it is destroying the nation cricket

  • robheinen on April 26, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    And so, once again everyone has their own angle of perception. Which one is right will always be the question, as long as ego or mammon are involved. So let's call it a tie and move on.

  • kewlkanna on April 26, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    The best solution for these kinda problems is for the ICC to create a window for the IPL and ten days gap before and after the IPL. So about 2 months of IPL every year. This wouldn't dent cricket's health by any means it would help in not spoiling relationships with the players and the boards.

  • on April 26, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Gayle sucks,,,, wat a loser??? he is trading money with his country.....