May 12, 2012

Gayle's return: boon or bane?

It's all down to how he gets along with the captain and coach, and whether he can fit into the team's new ethic
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When Chris Gayle, Ottis Gibson and Darren Sammy get to serious talking again, it will be one of the most important conversations in West Indies cricket for some time.

Now that he has freed himself of his commitments to Somerset for later this summer, it is inconceivable that, barring injury, Gayle will not be part of the West Indies squad for the limited-overs segment of the current England tour. To not pick one of the world's most in-demand batsmen would be a political faux pas too serious for the selectors and the West Indies Cricket Board to contemplate.

However, in selecting him, the authorities will be taking a gamble. And managing Gayle's return to the fold will be the biggest challenge yet for Sammy as captain and Gibson as coach.

The pluses to the team are obvious. West Indies will be getting back an offensive weapon the likes of which few teams possess. Gayle on the go at the top of the order is an irresistible force, one that can throw bowling attacks into disarray. Repeatedly, over the last two seasons of the IPL, the world's best have been powerless to stop him - the consistency of his output has been as impressive.

At 32, Gayle is at the peak of his powers - a proven performer in all forms of the game, one full of experience, who can take the pressure to score off his less experienced team-mates. Always popular with his fellow professionals, Gayle can be a source of inspiration in tough times, and thus a valuable ally to both Sammy and Gibson.

But first they must settle matters between themselves.

Since signing an agreement brokered by the prime minster of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) last month, which ended a year-long impasse with the WICB, and Gayle getting out of his Somerset contract, all parties have been making the right noises.

Gayle said of his decision to break the Somerset contract: "I made it clear to them that my decision was made because of my commitment to West Indies cricket and to West Indies cricket fans." Gibson said: "It's great to hear that Chris is available again. I'm sure the selectors will pick him, because he's world-class." And just this week, the directors of the WICB issued a statement in which they said they were "pleased that, consistent with his previous commitment, Mr Chris Gayle has made himself available for selection to the West Indies team".

How happy and pleased everyone will be when the UK tour is over and West Indies come back to the Caribbean to face New Zealand remains to be seen. Much will depend on how Gayle, Gibson and Sammy deal with each other.

The carefully uttered statements will not have swept away the stinging words of last year that brought Gayle and Gibson into conflict and which were a major element of the post-World Cup standoff that led to Gayle's exile from the team.

It is difficult to believe that there is not still a level of distrust between the two. It took prime ministerial intervention and then some before Gayle agreed to a statement of "regret" over his public comments. As uncompromising in his views as in his batting, Gayle will need to adjust his approach if he is not to soon find himself in conflict with the coach again.

Gibson, evidently not impressed with what Gayle was previously contributing to his team-building project, has no choice now but to find a way of integrating a strong-willed personality into a fledgling unit. He may privately be happy to do without Gayle, but his side will be much the better for the big man's runs and experience. As coach, Gibson must find a way to get the best out of Gayle. So far he has been successful in motivating his upcoming charges, but how he handles Gayle's return may say much about his true ability to manage men.

Sammy has grown into his role as leader. And while he has welcomed the return of his predecessor in the job, these next comments, in which he seemed to lay down a marker, hint at his truest feelings: "In the last series we played, we came out with a new attitude where we are not going to let anybody keep us down. We are going to strive to move forward… When Chris joins the set-up, he will be coming into a very hard-working environment, which he has to fit into."

Will Gayle accept the boundaries set for him, or will he insist on going over the top? Fragile as it is at the moment, West Indies cricket can do without more distraction. Gayle's return has the potential to be just that, and an obstacle to the further development of this West Indies team. But it doesn't have to be that way, not if he is handled the right way, and not if Gayle proves his commitment to West Indies cricket, not only with the runs he scores but by being willing to toe the line, for the team.

There have been long months of conflict for Gayle. He has the chance now to make them seem just a bad memory.

Garth Wattley is a writer with the Trinidad Express

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  • Nathaniel45 on May 15, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    @David Rutherford - Gayle is not just a twenty20 player. He's exceptionally good at it but he has also scored two triple test tons and in the last 18 months of his test career he had been averaging over 50. In fact, Gayle is clearly incredibly strong-minded on the pitch, his cool persona is partly a reflection of this, but it's never good to show huge amounts of emotion on the pitch - special circumstances like Antigua in 2003 tend to make it acceptable. The fact that his style is conducive to twenty20 doesn't detract from his quality as a test player. Gayle is very different to someone like Pollard - he doesn't have the technical flaws and plays proper cricket shots. Personally, I think it is almost impossible to blame Gayle for the affair as the failure to cater for Sarwan and implement any kind of meaningful structure at youth level suggests to me that the problem is with the board. In terms of experience, Gayle's presence can only be helpful to a young and developing side.

  • on May 15, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Until the politics leaves the cricket field we will not improve . Why is our best pace bowler Jerome Taylor still being ignored by the selectors and there is no way Nash should not have made the England tour.

  • on May 15, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    @ Balaji you sound like a typical IPL, test and odi cricket is not hit and giggle it is hradwork, fitness and more substantial talent than hitting some over rated indian medium pacer or off-spinner for six. Chanderpaul is the real West Indies legend, he is there best player Gayle needs to be like him.

  • essky on May 15, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    "Sammy with all his limitations as a cricketer makes up with his attitude and hard work" - One question, makes up for what exactly? His dropped catches and horribly set fields? Sammy is limited and should not be the captain. I we compare him to Walsh, who over bowled himself for the team, Sammy underbowls himself for the sake of his stats. What a Captain!!! @ABoodram, I don't think Wattley is a lackey, but you made some good points, a yessir man makes a good "board's" captain. One of the reasons that WI cricket is where it is today is because the board overstepped Haynes as Captain and gave it to yessir Ritchie, a fine cricketer but a horrible captain. Skipping Haynes the "rightful" successor, encouraged insularity in the team and might I even say the region, with regional boards pushing "their" player for captain. As a Trini, I can say our Board pushed for Lara and that didn't help him or WI cricket. This all started when the Board wanted a yes man, and didn't do the correct thing.

  • SoLucien on May 15, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    LET PLAY CRICKET!!! Leave the politicking to the politicians and small minded behaviours and attitiudes to small minded people..

    GO WINDIES!!!

  • jmcilhinney on May 15, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    @Shwetank Banthia on (May 14 2012, 23:30 PM GMT), while I agree that Gayle can definitely have an impact for WI, it has been pointed out by several people that WI were performing no better as a team when Gayle was playing and captain. There was more talent before but they were not playing as a team. Now they are playing as a team but with less talent. It is up to both sides to make Gayle's reintegration in the team work. If he comes in and refuses to play by the same rules as everyone else then he will be as big a hindrance off the field as he is a help on and the team will likely not improve, plus they will have to start building as a unit from scratch again when he goes.

  • on May 14, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    Gayle is a must if West Indies cricket is to move fwd. Not only is he a prolific run scorer who can take the game by the scruff and blow an opposition away, the mere fact that that is always a possibility is something that always keeps an opposing team guessing. The recent series' against Australia really highlighted some positives for the WI, especially in the limited overs form of the game. Good young players like Bravo and Narine should be nurtured as they have the talent to be superstars of the game. Chanderpaul's late-career purple patch must also give them confidence. Gayle adds considerable strength to WI batting, and should be a moral boost to the team as well. Sammy and Gibson need to get past their differences and accommodate for his return.

  • TheLight on May 14, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Sammy needs to learn how to set a field and get some lessons on how to his bowlers. His captaincy is woefully bad, I cannot see this team ever winning a test match against meaningful opposition with him in charge. t20 and ODI he can get away with since his bad captaincy can be overcome by some individual brilliant performances. He just does not have it in him.

  • Alexei on May 14, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Pieters... Not being able to wrap up the tail is worrying and we cannot afford to give second chances. Gibson needs to solve this problem as an experienced bowler in English conditions... they say Roach bowls well with the old ball but it doesnt seem like enough. They need more attacking fields, bowlers need to bowl yorkers & bouncers and not get complacent..

  • on May 14, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @ryan hill.. try to understand that it is not about replacing young people with an old one. IT is about replacing not performing people who are scoring very very low scores and having a very low career average with a guy who can score over 50 at will.He can easily play 4-5 years still if fit like chandrapaul .So he can definately serve westindies conspicuously. Besides westindies needs quality players which it currently doesnot have in powell ,k .edwards etc. So atleast if he is there and score runs chances are that westindies will be potentially be at a place to win.IF gayle pollard and bravo play for any t20 team along with sunil naraine in bowling along with russell it is sure to win half the matches it plays for sure.

  • Nathaniel45 on May 15, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    @David Rutherford - Gayle is not just a twenty20 player. He's exceptionally good at it but he has also scored two triple test tons and in the last 18 months of his test career he had been averaging over 50. In fact, Gayle is clearly incredibly strong-minded on the pitch, his cool persona is partly a reflection of this, but it's never good to show huge amounts of emotion on the pitch - special circumstances like Antigua in 2003 tend to make it acceptable. The fact that his style is conducive to twenty20 doesn't detract from his quality as a test player. Gayle is very different to someone like Pollard - he doesn't have the technical flaws and plays proper cricket shots. Personally, I think it is almost impossible to blame Gayle for the affair as the failure to cater for Sarwan and implement any kind of meaningful structure at youth level suggests to me that the problem is with the board. In terms of experience, Gayle's presence can only be helpful to a young and developing side.

  • on May 15, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Until the politics leaves the cricket field we will not improve . Why is our best pace bowler Jerome Taylor still being ignored by the selectors and there is no way Nash should not have made the England tour.

  • on May 15, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    @ Balaji you sound like a typical IPL, test and odi cricket is not hit and giggle it is hradwork, fitness and more substantial talent than hitting some over rated indian medium pacer or off-spinner for six. Chanderpaul is the real West Indies legend, he is there best player Gayle needs to be like him.

  • essky on May 15, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    "Sammy with all his limitations as a cricketer makes up with his attitude and hard work" - One question, makes up for what exactly? His dropped catches and horribly set fields? Sammy is limited and should not be the captain. I we compare him to Walsh, who over bowled himself for the team, Sammy underbowls himself for the sake of his stats. What a Captain!!! @ABoodram, I don't think Wattley is a lackey, but you made some good points, a yessir man makes a good "board's" captain. One of the reasons that WI cricket is where it is today is because the board overstepped Haynes as Captain and gave it to yessir Ritchie, a fine cricketer but a horrible captain. Skipping Haynes the "rightful" successor, encouraged insularity in the team and might I even say the region, with regional boards pushing "their" player for captain. As a Trini, I can say our Board pushed for Lara and that didn't help him or WI cricket. This all started when the Board wanted a yes man, and didn't do the correct thing.

  • SoLucien on May 15, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    LET PLAY CRICKET!!! Leave the politicking to the politicians and small minded behaviours and attitiudes to small minded people..

    GO WINDIES!!!

  • jmcilhinney on May 15, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    @Shwetank Banthia on (May 14 2012, 23:30 PM GMT), while I agree that Gayle can definitely have an impact for WI, it has been pointed out by several people that WI were performing no better as a team when Gayle was playing and captain. There was more talent before but they were not playing as a team. Now they are playing as a team but with less talent. It is up to both sides to make Gayle's reintegration in the team work. If he comes in and refuses to play by the same rules as everyone else then he will be as big a hindrance off the field as he is a help on and the team will likely not improve, plus they will have to start building as a unit from scratch again when he goes.

  • on May 14, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    Gayle is a must if West Indies cricket is to move fwd. Not only is he a prolific run scorer who can take the game by the scruff and blow an opposition away, the mere fact that that is always a possibility is something that always keeps an opposing team guessing. The recent series' against Australia really highlighted some positives for the WI, especially in the limited overs form of the game. Good young players like Bravo and Narine should be nurtured as they have the talent to be superstars of the game. Chanderpaul's late-career purple patch must also give them confidence. Gayle adds considerable strength to WI batting, and should be a moral boost to the team as well. Sammy and Gibson need to get past their differences and accommodate for his return.

  • TheLight on May 14, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Sammy needs to learn how to set a field and get some lessons on how to his bowlers. His captaincy is woefully bad, I cannot see this team ever winning a test match against meaningful opposition with him in charge. t20 and ODI he can get away with since his bad captaincy can be overcome by some individual brilliant performances. He just does not have it in him.

  • Alexei on May 14, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Pieters... Not being able to wrap up the tail is worrying and we cannot afford to give second chances. Gibson needs to solve this problem as an experienced bowler in English conditions... they say Roach bowls well with the old ball but it doesnt seem like enough. They need more attacking fields, bowlers need to bowl yorkers & bouncers and not get complacent..

  • on May 14, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @ryan hill.. try to understand that it is not about replacing young people with an old one. IT is about replacing not performing people who are scoring very very low scores and having a very low career average with a guy who can score over 50 at will.He can easily play 4-5 years still if fit like chandrapaul .So he can definately serve westindies conspicuously. Besides westindies needs quality players which it currently doesnot have in powell ,k .edwards etc. So atleast if he is there and score runs chances are that westindies will be potentially be at a place to win.IF gayle pollard and bravo play for any t20 team along with sunil naraine in bowling along with russell it is sure to win half the matches it plays for sure.

  • on May 14, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    A more immediate concern for Gibson is the inability of our bowlers to wrap up the lower order of the opposing teams. I am not saying that our bowlers r not trying, but they r just not effective with the old(45+ ovs) ball. The LIONS r not ENG, 98-5 to 340+ is unacceptable. There is where we lost the match. Maybe we need a specialist old ball bowler, an exponent of the reverse swing. Maybe the capt is not aggressive enough. Batsmen r most vulnerable when they r attacking. The ENG team has no rabbits. We will take out the 1st five & then what? Of course this is nothing new. Our batting line up is 2 fragile for this situation to continue. Your comments.

  • Metman on May 14, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    @ Ryan Hill ! Well said !Most people KNOW how this saga started....the type of individual Gayle is,yet they continue to tell themselves what they want to hear,and in the end ,...end up convincing themselves that he has done NOTHING wrong ! Others,just want to see Gayle play at all costs ! If Gayle comes back into the team there is NO WAY that he, Sammy,Gibson ,Hilaire and SOME Board members would ever see eye to eye !There HAS to be a reason why Gayle wants to come back under the same very people that he " talked down ",and those of you who think that it would result in the betterment of WI cricket ,are certainly in for a rude awakening....just wait until after the World Cup....the real Chris Gayle WILL resurface !

  • on May 14, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Who is this Gibson and Sammy? Between them how many runs & how many wickets? Also, Sammy preaching about hardwork to Gayle is so ironic. That lean guy has not done anything worthwhile in his life to somebody who has put a lot of work to get to the top of world batting. Gibson & Sammy picking Gayle is like a schoolkid deciding on the next Nobel laureate.

  • on May 14, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Which one of the young developing players, all with at least 10-12 years of cricket ahead of them, are we going to replace for a man who may have at best 2 or 3 years of "useful life" ? And are we keen to forgive the"great " man's penchant for indiscipline and his criticism of such professional requirements as curfews and rigorous training?

  • on May 14, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    The IPL toughened WI players, Gayle, Bravo Sr, Pollard, Smith and Narine, need to be assembled now. Kick out Powell and a couple of the other school boys who WI are currently using as openers. Change up the batting order, bring Chanders up to three, and please let's develop a better wicket keeper who can also bat. Bring in a good fielding coach, and an expert in playing tactics and strategy, like setting fields and working power plays and strike rotation. Watching WI it always seems as if they didn't think through the plan. They start out good and then suddenly they've lost the plot.

  • rienzied on May 14, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Sadly Sammy is not worth his weight in the test side. He can bat and bowl a bit , but he is definetly not captaincy material. I have seen times when he has pulled back rather than go on the offensive. There are many more deserving players in the team that should be the captain. I guess with Gibson in charge, it just shows the quality of the team

  • Metman on May 14, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Before the series at the time this saga started,Gayle said he was iinjured,and that he played through the last world cup with an injury NOBODY knew about....not even himself ! THAT IS WHY HE WAS NOT PICKED ! Gayle got a last minute call up to go to the IPL.....the Board then wanted to know how come he was injured,and could go to the IPL and play.....that IS how it all started.....in other words Gayle PRETENDED he was injured because he DID NOT WANT TO PLAY UNDER SAMMY AGAIN ! How come NOW he wants to play under Sammy ? and people keep saying that he has the interest of WI cricket at heart ,and that things would be better when he returns ????? @ Rally_Windies......He was supposed to be INJURED too! when he was drafted half way into the 2011 IPL.Gayle LIED at the start...that is what he did wrong,and he was NOT dropped either....he WAS not selected because he said he was INJURED...and ,the interview came about 2 months after he lied about the injury !

  • on May 13, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    I don't think that Sammy's statement about hard- working environment, & Gayle having to fit in, was made in a vacuum. After all these guys have trained & played together, & Sammy must know something we don't. Maybe the timing was bad. But then on the other hand, Gayle is a seasoned campaigner, a true professional & must known what is required of him. For Gayle's return to be of any benefit to WI cricket, Gibson/Sammy/Gayle have to find a way to work together; they don't have to socialize, although that would be nice. The objective is to move WI cricket forward. We have been at#7 far too long.

  • on May 13, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Gayle is one of the few that have scored 2 triple century in test cricket. Sammy could not play for any other test playing. They would not even consider him in any for of the game.

  • on May 13, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    There is very little if anything that Gayle said that wasnt & still isnt true. So what if he called Otis Gibson a user? He & his cronies tried to force Chanderpaul to retire & now they are acting as if they are this one big family because in the series just concluded he scored more than 25% of the runs the team made & over 56% of the teams runs were made with him at the crease. That sounds like exactly the kind of thing a user would do, doesn't?

  • sajjodaalman on May 13, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    what about ramnaresh sarwan? why is nobody even mentioning him at all?

  • on May 13, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Reminds me of what Rudyard Kipling has to say about the wolf and the wolf pack "For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack" One cannot exist without the other.

  • DingDong420 on May 13, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Gayle is a liability for WI - he will have probably walked out before the end of the series

  • on May 13, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Bring on the Gayle force! Sure he said outlandish things but that was so long ago. Time to move on West Indies even if it means Gibson moving out. I am a die-hard fan West Indies fan but I have to say my team will be trounced badly by this English team, which is the best England has produced in a long time. At least the West Indies will have Gayle, Darren Bravo and Chanders to justify the English public paying to watch them.

  • sugars on May 13, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    @ rally_windies i'm afraid you have it all wrong. chris gayle resfused to sign the windies contract and opted to play the IPL. he was not purchased by any of the IPL franchises . RBC only got interested in him as a replacement when the board in turn did not pick him on the team.

  • vik56in on May 13, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    International cricket needs Chris Gayle ! This nonsense between Gayle and WICB has been going on now for a long time.Gayle is 32yrs old ,he needs to give cricket as much as he can in the remaining few years of his career.Sammy with all his limitations as a cricketer makes up with his attitude and hard work .He ,Gibson and Gayle should work together for the sake of WI cricket.

  • hhillbumper on May 13, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    It will certainly be interesting to see what happens next.While a decent batsman his attitude can effect others and he picks and chooses when he tries which is a negative for such a young team

  • Rally_Windies on May 13, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Clem Power please tell me how Chris Galye casused a leadership crisis ?

    was it Chris Gayle who dropped himself, Sarawan and Chanderpaul form the West Indies team and asked Chadnerpaul to quit cricket ??

    oh that was Gayle? thanks for the correction ... I honestly thought that was Gibson and the selectors ...

    please forgive my folly ....

    & FYI Gayle did not quit WI cricket to play in the IPL .. in 2011 after being dropped by the WICB he entered the 2011 IPL half way through because of an injury to another player ... (the same way Smith just signed a contract with the MI) .....

    also, the "interview" he had to appologie came 2 months after he was dropped, so please don't tell me he was dropped because of his public comments ...

    to this day Gibson nor the WICB have told us why Gayle,Sarawn and Chanderpaul were dropped and/or asked to retire ....

  • on May 13, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    @ acrawford78 you mean two triple centuries, right.

  • bennybar on May 13, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Gayle is like a king all around the world and treated as such except in the eyes of WICB. They try to treat him like an inferior. I hope this changes for the sake of WI cricket. He has taken a big step towards reconciliation. WSIB better do their bit. -Ben, Indian fan from Canada.

  • Dashgar on May 13, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    People should think twice before treating Gayle as the only victim here. Remember that it was him who as captain of the test team said he wished Test cricket would die, as captain of the test team refused to sign a central contract. Yes he is a good player, a better player than Sammy, but should not be captain after the things he's done.

  • acrawford78 on May 12, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    What is often forgotten is that Gayle also scored a triple century at test level. I remember him smashing a 60 odd ball century against Australia in aus. He is up there with the best in all forms. If he was English, South African or Aussie he would have been managed correctly and be one of the best players in world in all forms of the game.

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Yes he will disrupt the ethics..and create an ethic of winniing bloody games..the man is a proffesional batsman.. and any team would appreciate him.

  • on May 12, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    We all will see how this all works out,lets hope that the clash of egos will not get in the way like howin the past it did with the Pakistan team,but is easier said than done.Let your bat do some talking Mr Gayle,but we all know in the batting department,you alone cannot do it,help is needed.

  • on May 12, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Come on Mr Panicker,Give Sammy a break!You know that Sammy is a stop gap for the leadership crisis that Gayle created. It is just unfortunate perhaps for the sammy bashers that Sammy has lead the WI with some measure of worth. He has not climbed the pinacle of consistent wining that the WI fan expects, In reality only the caribbean believes irrespective of our ranking and inexperience team that we can beat every team in the world. However this is the first blood of modern day WI players that have of the most recent time given us caribbean people something to hope for in the cricketing world again. No one is disputing Gayle,s leadership,skills or talent nor his place in WI or in any team. but lets us be thankful that Sammy,despite the pressure, has held the reins with some balance. It could have been worst.Now that Gayle is back,we do expect him to shortly assumed his post and bring WI back to wining times again!Galyle will also say to Sammy, thanks for the job you have done

  • SPORTSWITCH on May 12, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    I m sure gayle can only be controlled by pakistani bowlers. Sohail tanvir did it in bpl and Azhar mahmood im both bpl and ipl. Umer gul also get him early in mc quarter final,* BEST OF LUCK GAYLE AGAINST PAK*

  • SPORTSWITCH on May 12, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    I m sure gayle can only be controlled by pakistani bowlers. Sohail tanvir did it in bpl and Azhar mahmood im both bpl and ipl. Umer gul also get him early in mc quarter final,* BEST OF LUCK GAYLE AGAINST PAK*

  • on May 12, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    C'mon Watley, u r assuming the quadruplet of Hillary, Hunt, Gibby and Butz know what faux pas is. I maintain, for the good of WI cricket, the quad must be dumped.

  • Riderstorm on May 12, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    It is not the lack of talent that is the issue for WI. It is grooming and management of that talent. Look at gayle, pollard, bravo and to an extent smith making valuable contributions to their respective IPL teams. Why is that there is distinctive lack of performances when these guys turn up for WI? To extent, T&T performed exceptionally in CLT20 against teams with international experience.I hope the management have understood this and treat the players they are supposed to i.e. colleagues instead of treating them as inferior laymen.

  • on May 12, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Hey WI is really improving. They almost beat India in the last sreies.

    OK. India is no more champion. So what ?

  • settingcaptivesfree on May 12, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Hey all my comment on the matter of Gayle is for the WICB management captain coach is to look at how leo Messi is being handle when he at barca AND home

  • on May 12, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Watley seems to have become a board lackey. What growth has this team shown? What new ethic? You can bet your bottom dollar that the board, Sammy and Gibson are all apprehensive about a player who would not be a 'yes sir' person. And they would have kept him out had it not been for high level intervention. But as good as he is Gayle alone cannot invariably bring back a winning culture. Yes he will complement Chanderpaul but its such a pit that these high level interveners do not realize that Sarwan is also needed and even Nash. For the first time in almost two decades the West Indies have a set of bowlers who can bowl out an opponent but they lack requisite batting and a captain who knows how to lead.

  • on May 12, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    excellent article..indeed managing the Gayle foce is a critical but necessary trait the WI team management must perfect. My guess is Gayle is after his cash and will pay little attention to Gobson and the Board only speaking with this Runs and Records. The game has changed and Gayle know this well, the time spent arguing around is time and money lost. In addition he has the ears of the regional leaders, a much better forum to effect and influence the game. Gayle hs the power to change the "game" lets see how well he uses this opportunity and his ability to really further WI cricket and himself in the same "vain".

  • HadleeCrowe on May 12, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    N.z is comin windies.... be afraid very afraid.... Our Yappie import is gonna make more difference than Chris Glory-monger Gayle

  • on May 12, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Its just a load of nonsense that the West Indies have been showing some fight as a team under Sammy's leadership alone. Who captained them to their last home series win? Who led them in their last ODI series win against England? Who was the captain when WI won there last test against South Africa? Who led them in Australia when the West Indias really fought hard and ran the Australians closer than anyone expected them to? I can't understand as to why even most of the cricinfo writers deliberately do not notice it all? is there some contractual arrangements? Darren Sammy has to first score the runs and take the wickets to gain respect as a quality international cricketer. Then he can go and teach Christopher about team ethics and all that nonsense. How on earth can a man who has become captain just because he always says yes to the powers that be make such outrageous statements?

  • on May 12, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    I dont think Windies management or Gibson needs him..its like an organization an under-performing manger will try to eliminate a performing star due to the threat of his existence...Gibson is nothing in terms of cricket..i wonder weather he has played cricket at all, and sammy is too going through the same feelings...without Gayle cricket will live..but the million dollar question is..is watching cricket without gayle is it worth it..we the supporters make the game big as possible for the tv rights and tickets so on..so why cant the most knowledged management of windies cannot understand the concept and give us what we want..Gayle and Chanders in the game speacially chanders in 50/50...are we asking too much or is that your pride is overwhelming you over the game...please answer..we know you'll write to cricinfo comments through proxy names

  • amit.arya70 on May 12, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    bane of west indies board

  • noplay on May 12, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    This sport is called cricket and Chris Gayle is a cricketer. I don't know what Sammy is and what Gibson is. All this talk of team building with young players. Who are the players who are performing? WI did well in limited forms of the games against Australia with Pollard, Bravo and Sunil Narine. What work has Gibson done with them? Chanderpaul scored runs. How did Gibson's motivated charges fare? A major problem with our sport in the Caribbean is the lack of analytical skills in sport writers. Coaches and captains have the writers exactly where they want them

  • Rally_Windies on May 12, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Am I missing something? when has Gayle Made himself unavailable to the WICB for selection because he was playing in the IPL or some foreign league? Mr. Wattly why are you misleading people? or have you been misled about the facts by your friends? Chris Gayle was to take NO part in the IPL 2011 and was supposed to be playing for the WICB because they DID NOT GIVE HIM PERMISSION TO PLAY ... WI games clashed with the 2011 IPL .. However, Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarawan, found themselves on the Bench and out of work missing the 2011 IPL and having no other source of income due to the fact that WICB did not release them AND did not select them either. Luckily because of an injury to another player, Gayle was drafted half way into the 2011 IPL, just as Smith has been drafted 1/2 into the 2012 IPL. The WICB has black listed Gayle since, and he has been earning a living as best he can. What the hell did Gayle do wrong? And the interview came two months after he was dropped so please don't fib.

  • Dashgar on May 12, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Very good article. It's going to be a very interesting few months for West Indies. I think as a group they have come a long way but England will be a massive test. If Sammy can lead well and Gayle gives him support then they will come through stronger than ever, but if problems start coming up in England then all the hard work of the last year could be down the drain. Good luck to all players involved, especially Sammy.

  • on May 12, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Why all the worry? We need much more tha

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  • on May 12, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Why all the worry? We need much more tha

  • Dashgar on May 12, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Very good article. It's going to be a very interesting few months for West Indies. I think as a group they have come a long way but England will be a massive test. If Sammy can lead well and Gayle gives him support then they will come through stronger than ever, but if problems start coming up in England then all the hard work of the last year could be down the drain. Good luck to all players involved, especially Sammy.

  • Rally_Windies on May 12, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Am I missing something? when has Gayle Made himself unavailable to the WICB for selection because he was playing in the IPL or some foreign league? Mr. Wattly why are you misleading people? or have you been misled about the facts by your friends? Chris Gayle was to take NO part in the IPL 2011 and was supposed to be playing for the WICB because they DID NOT GIVE HIM PERMISSION TO PLAY ... WI games clashed with the 2011 IPL .. However, Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarawan, found themselves on the Bench and out of work missing the 2011 IPL and having no other source of income due to the fact that WICB did not release them AND did not select them either. Luckily because of an injury to another player, Gayle was drafted half way into the 2011 IPL, just as Smith has been drafted 1/2 into the 2012 IPL. The WICB has black listed Gayle since, and he has been earning a living as best he can. What the hell did Gayle do wrong? And the interview came two months after he was dropped so please don't fib.

  • noplay on May 12, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    This sport is called cricket and Chris Gayle is a cricketer. I don't know what Sammy is and what Gibson is. All this talk of team building with young players. Who are the players who are performing? WI did well in limited forms of the games against Australia with Pollard, Bravo and Sunil Narine. What work has Gibson done with them? Chanderpaul scored runs. How did Gibson's motivated charges fare? A major problem with our sport in the Caribbean is the lack of analytical skills in sport writers. Coaches and captains have the writers exactly where they want them

  • amit.arya70 on May 12, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    bane of west indies board

  • on May 12, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    I dont think Windies management or Gibson needs him..its like an organization an under-performing manger will try to eliminate a performing star due to the threat of his existence...Gibson is nothing in terms of cricket..i wonder weather he has played cricket at all, and sammy is too going through the same feelings...without Gayle cricket will live..but the million dollar question is..is watching cricket without gayle is it worth it..we the supporters make the game big as possible for the tv rights and tickets so on..so why cant the most knowledged management of windies cannot understand the concept and give us what we want..Gayle and Chanders in the game speacially chanders in 50/50...are we asking too much or is that your pride is overwhelming you over the game...please answer..we know you'll write to cricinfo comments through proxy names

  • on May 12, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Its just a load of nonsense that the West Indies have been showing some fight as a team under Sammy's leadership alone. Who captained them to their last home series win? Who led them in their last ODI series win against England? Who was the captain when WI won there last test against South Africa? Who led them in Australia when the West Indias really fought hard and ran the Australians closer than anyone expected them to? I can't understand as to why even most of the cricinfo writers deliberately do not notice it all? is there some contractual arrangements? Darren Sammy has to first score the runs and take the wickets to gain respect as a quality international cricketer. Then he can go and teach Christopher about team ethics and all that nonsense. How on earth can a man who has become captain just because he always says yes to the powers that be make such outrageous statements?

  • HadleeCrowe on May 12, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    N.z is comin windies.... be afraid very afraid.... Our Yappie import is gonna make more difference than Chris Glory-monger Gayle

  • on May 12, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    excellent article..indeed managing the Gayle foce is a critical but necessary trait the WI team management must perfect. My guess is Gayle is after his cash and will pay little attention to Gobson and the Board only speaking with this Runs and Records. The game has changed and Gayle know this well, the time spent arguing around is time and money lost. In addition he has the ears of the regional leaders, a much better forum to effect and influence the game. Gayle hs the power to change the "game" lets see how well he uses this opportunity and his ability to really further WI cricket and himself in the same "vain".

  • on May 12, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Watley seems to have become a board lackey. What growth has this team shown? What new ethic? You can bet your bottom dollar that the board, Sammy and Gibson are all apprehensive about a player who would not be a 'yes sir' person. And they would have kept him out had it not been for high level intervention. But as good as he is Gayle alone cannot invariably bring back a winning culture. Yes he will complement Chanderpaul but its such a pit that these high level interveners do not realize that Sarwan is also needed and even Nash. For the first time in almost two decades the West Indies have a set of bowlers who can bowl out an opponent but they lack requisite batting and a captain who knows how to lead.