West Indies in Sri Lanka 2010-11 November 5, 2010

We will rally around Sammy - Gayle

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Chris Gayle, the former West Indies captain, has reiterated his support for his successor, Darren Sammy, as West Indies embark on a challenging tour of Sri Lanka. Gayle and some of his team-mates left for Sri Lanka on Thursday, while the remainder of the squad would fly out on Friday.

Sammy, who has played only eight Tests and wasn't a regular member of the Test team, was handed the captaincy after Gayle, as well Dwayne Bravo, turned down his central contract. Bravo was replaced by Brendan Nash as the team's vice-captain.

"It will be a new role for Sammy. I wish him all the best and we will all be there to rally around him and give him the necessary support," Gayle said. "He is the one who will have to take charge and lead from the front and we all know he is capable. We are all there to try and guide and help him."

The West Indies squad trained in Barbados as preparation for the Sri Lanka trip and Gayle said he was "feeling good" and "hitting the ball really well". "I hit a lot of balls in the camp and I'm looking forward to the tour," he said. "We are looking to have a winning tour. The preparations went really well and you could see everyone putting in the hard work. It will be different conditions to what we are accustomed to. We have a three-day warm-up game to get acclimatised and take it from there."

West Indies will play three Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 international on the Sri Lanka tour, which begins with a warm-up match at the SSC in Colombo on November 10.

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  • Nerk on November 10, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    Chris Gayle really matured last year on the tour to Australia. He led from the front, with some great batting, and given a side with a bit more confidence could have ambushed Australia and even drawn the series. Now, because of political reasons, he has given up the captaincy. But hopefully he will still show the poise and maturity he had in Australia last year. The Windies need him to be strong if they want to succeed.

  • percidee on November 10, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    Hey let us all rally behind Sammy as true West Indian supporters. Do we all remember we had Walsh as captain? He had the distinction of scoring the most ducks, Sammy is still young and I know he will rise to the plate. So what if he loses against Sri Lanka? Gayle has lost so has the great Lara. THey did not take the captaincy from Gayle or Bravo or Chanderpaul they all rejected it particularly the former two. Sammy has the spirit that West Indies needs. I totally support not giving it to Gayle and Bravo because they have not signed unto any commitment to WI cricket. Good Luck Sammy and just do your best that is all we ask of you.

  • on November 8, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Wow, people are upset with Gayle for still being on the side. (they do not like WI cricket)

  • cricfanatic22 on November 7, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    I no how WI fans & media r. he could b as good as Clive Lloyd if we lose this series badly & Sammy has a rough time we r goin 2 ask 'what did he contribute 2 the bowling or batting?' & his confidence might take a huge blow from which he may never recover. check the statistics -- Gayle's batting average has gone up since he became captain & he did an excellent job under the circumstances in Australia yet everyone ( myself included during the last series vs South Africa) was calling for his head on a platter. we can b very unreasonable @ times & i think WICB is making a mistake here. they should hav chosen a tour where Sammy would find it easier 2 perform as a player 2 appoint him captain. e.g. in England or New Zealand where pitches & conditions r more helpful 2 his style of bowling. this could hav given him a boost he could use 2 propel himself in2 his role as captain & bowler more effectively

  • cricfanatic22 on November 7, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Sammy might have the leadership skills 2 b a good captain. But does he have what it takes 2 b a good all-rounder? as a bowler His control is good & he is a big lad so he can get bounce but in Sri Lanka the pitches r slow & low flat tracks that dont help fast bowlers in general & Sammy go need alot of help if he go rough up Dilshan Jayawardene Sangakara & co. there wont b much swing around & sammy bowling @ medium pace on a road with no pace carry or bounce could b a recipe 4 disaster both long & short term disaster. & his ability 2 play spin is questionable @ best.there is no point in being a good captain of a weak team if u r not contributing well as a player first & foremost. so i think West Indies & Sammy r up 4 a hammering in the sub continent. Hate 2 admit but its true as 2 how badly we get hammered we're jus goin 2 hav 2 wait & see

  • Metman on November 7, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    So what do you all expect Chris Gayle to say?that he is not going to support Sammy?My friends,ACTION speaks louder than words.I will watch and observe how he performs at the crease and his body language on the field,before I pass judgement on him,and the same goes for Dwayne Bravo.Although the biggest play actor is not in this team,play acting will continue.Some will do that much as to maintain their place on the team.That,along with Malinga and Mendis,will destroy the WI team.

  • on November 6, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    yes chris glad to know you are willing to support sammy because he will definately need your and everyone else support. I see sammy as a captain,merely because he is a wholehearted and industrious cricketer. Where I have some question is with is skill set as a cricketer,i dont think sammy like others have the necessary technique to withstand a good pace or bowling attack and he not the greatest bowler around,his bowling is no threat not even to lower order batsmen(no disrespect,its true).However,I see commitment and willingness to learn and improve from sammy,i dont mind sammy being captain but as i said i would prefer to have my captain to have some skill sets that will not have questions marks as to his place in the squad.

  • hazeltine on November 6, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    I have no problem with Sammy being made captain, the only problem with that decision is why did it take the West Indies Cricket Board so long to do so. What has irked me is that GAYLE IS STILL IN THE SIDE. Everyone knows that before he was captain, he was a disruptive influence in the side and in my opinion, he will CONTINUE TO BE SO, particularly if Sammy or the management want to instigate a tough training programme which this WIndies BADLY NEED. Him and discipline do not go together and so it is time for him, Bravo or any others to be thrown out of the side. As for the Sri Lankan trip? I am not expecting a series victory but I want WIndies to be competitive and DISCIPLINED in their approach, attributes which neither Sammy, Gibson or Garner has talked about.

  • on November 6, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    FANTASTIC chris......... I M UR BIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGEST FAN.....n LOVE D W.I. VVVVVVVVVVVVV MUCH.......jus crush d LANKANS n bring back our GLORY DAYS back

  • visualdp on November 6, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    We hope to see a good series in SL. Though we are supporting to my motherland (SL) we have great respect to WI. Warm welcome to Sri Lanka.

  • Nerk on November 10, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    Chris Gayle really matured last year on the tour to Australia. He led from the front, with some great batting, and given a side with a bit more confidence could have ambushed Australia and even drawn the series. Now, because of political reasons, he has given up the captaincy. But hopefully he will still show the poise and maturity he had in Australia last year. The Windies need him to be strong if they want to succeed.

  • percidee on November 10, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    Hey let us all rally behind Sammy as true West Indian supporters. Do we all remember we had Walsh as captain? He had the distinction of scoring the most ducks, Sammy is still young and I know he will rise to the plate. So what if he loses against Sri Lanka? Gayle has lost so has the great Lara. THey did not take the captaincy from Gayle or Bravo or Chanderpaul they all rejected it particularly the former two. Sammy has the spirit that West Indies needs. I totally support not giving it to Gayle and Bravo because they have not signed unto any commitment to WI cricket. Good Luck Sammy and just do your best that is all we ask of you.

  • on November 8, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Wow, people are upset with Gayle for still being on the side. (they do not like WI cricket)

  • cricfanatic22 on November 7, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    I no how WI fans & media r. he could b as good as Clive Lloyd if we lose this series badly & Sammy has a rough time we r goin 2 ask 'what did he contribute 2 the bowling or batting?' & his confidence might take a huge blow from which he may never recover. check the statistics -- Gayle's batting average has gone up since he became captain & he did an excellent job under the circumstances in Australia yet everyone ( myself included during the last series vs South Africa) was calling for his head on a platter. we can b very unreasonable @ times & i think WICB is making a mistake here. they should hav chosen a tour where Sammy would find it easier 2 perform as a player 2 appoint him captain. e.g. in England or New Zealand where pitches & conditions r more helpful 2 his style of bowling. this could hav given him a boost he could use 2 propel himself in2 his role as captain & bowler more effectively

  • cricfanatic22 on November 7, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Sammy might have the leadership skills 2 b a good captain. But does he have what it takes 2 b a good all-rounder? as a bowler His control is good & he is a big lad so he can get bounce but in Sri Lanka the pitches r slow & low flat tracks that dont help fast bowlers in general & Sammy go need alot of help if he go rough up Dilshan Jayawardene Sangakara & co. there wont b much swing around & sammy bowling @ medium pace on a road with no pace carry or bounce could b a recipe 4 disaster both long & short term disaster. & his ability 2 play spin is questionable @ best.there is no point in being a good captain of a weak team if u r not contributing well as a player first & foremost. so i think West Indies & Sammy r up 4 a hammering in the sub continent. Hate 2 admit but its true as 2 how badly we get hammered we're jus goin 2 hav 2 wait & see

  • Metman on November 7, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    So what do you all expect Chris Gayle to say?that he is not going to support Sammy?My friends,ACTION speaks louder than words.I will watch and observe how he performs at the crease and his body language on the field,before I pass judgement on him,and the same goes for Dwayne Bravo.Although the biggest play actor is not in this team,play acting will continue.Some will do that much as to maintain their place on the team.That,along with Malinga and Mendis,will destroy the WI team.

  • on November 6, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    yes chris glad to know you are willing to support sammy because he will definately need your and everyone else support. I see sammy as a captain,merely because he is a wholehearted and industrious cricketer. Where I have some question is with is skill set as a cricketer,i dont think sammy like others have the necessary technique to withstand a good pace or bowling attack and he not the greatest bowler around,his bowling is no threat not even to lower order batsmen(no disrespect,its true).However,I see commitment and willingness to learn and improve from sammy,i dont mind sammy being captain but as i said i would prefer to have my captain to have some skill sets that will not have questions marks as to his place in the squad.

  • hazeltine on November 6, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    I have no problem with Sammy being made captain, the only problem with that decision is why did it take the West Indies Cricket Board so long to do so. What has irked me is that GAYLE IS STILL IN THE SIDE. Everyone knows that before he was captain, he was a disruptive influence in the side and in my opinion, he will CONTINUE TO BE SO, particularly if Sammy or the management want to instigate a tough training programme which this WIndies BADLY NEED. Him and discipline do not go together and so it is time for him, Bravo or any others to be thrown out of the side. As for the Sri Lankan trip? I am not expecting a series victory but I want WIndies to be competitive and DISCIPLINED in their approach, attributes which neither Sammy, Gibson or Garner has talked about.

  • on November 6, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    FANTASTIC chris......... I M UR BIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGEST FAN.....n LOVE D W.I. VVVVVVVVVVVVV MUCH.......jus crush d LANKANS n bring back our GLORY DAYS back

  • visualdp on November 6, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    We hope to see a good series in SL. Though we are supporting to my motherland (SL) we have great respect to WI. Warm welcome to Sri Lanka.

  • on November 5, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Well said Chris, now lets get back to that winning feeling that is missing for far too long!

  • Tiptop32 on November 5, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    @bjcm12

    10000% correct. Players who don't give importance to country should be neglected. We know how Gayle prepared for England tour.

  • NBRADEE on November 5, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    It's high time that many of the fans that write on this blog recognise that many things are essential for a team to play well, especially when going abroad - one of the most glaring abstentions is the lack of cohesion in a team where anyone can be captain! I can go on and on, but fuh now... 'nuff said!!!

  • on November 5, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    I think we all agree in terms of Natural Talent and in terms of having Natural Athletes the West Indies is way above everyone else in World Cricket, however this does not translate to a team based performance on the Cricket Pitch. Like everyone said some unity needs to be shown and players need to dig deep within themselves to step up on every occasion. The Sammy era could be a good fresh start for the region

  • stormy16 on November 5, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    The Windies baffle me and appointing a guy who has played 8 tests and not a regular test player reiterates the point. I cannot fathom the disaster this whole contract thing has become for the Windies and its going on from Lara's time - they actually played international cricket with a second string team while the real team were locked in contract talks withe board - that's a sick joke!!! All teams have issues but not even Pakistan have managed to get that idiotic. Please the Windies lets respect the game and get on with cricket and stop fumbling with contracts and what ever else that stops the best guys taking the field - the game deserves better!!!

  • darkmon.SL on November 5, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Majr,lol dude today we won the series vs AUS today in Australia,dream on about we SL are in a purple patch,specially in Sri Lanka.Anyway good luck windie's.We want some tight games ;)

  • Windies84 on November 5, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    @ bjcm12, you should be disgusted at your stink attitude. West Indies AND West Indians need solidarity and you're completely missing the point of any type of rebuilding that's happening. Instead you just put down. Gayle may not have been the best Captain, but he was there when needed him to be captain and he's still a great player who is willing to put his phenomenal expertise behind our new captain.

  • cricketman96 on November 5, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    bjcm12 you are so REDICULOUS its unbelieveable.You really think that Gayle and all the other players who are earning maxium for their talent should be dropped for the WI?Where is it written that a player cannot earn a decent amount of money and still represent the WI.As far as i concern,Gayle is still one of the better cricketer in the WI.If we are to stand any chance of competing and winning on a consistent basis we have to put our best players and team forward.That include the llikes of Pollard,Bravo,Gayle,Barath,Roach and all the others whose skills and talent are in high demand around the world.So bjcm12 and other like minded should stop being so divisive and start throwing your support behind the WI.We should be aiming to move from strenght to strength,not devide and devide.RALLY ROUND THE WEST INDIES.Go Sammy.Well done Gayle your embrace and support for the new leader of this team is a step in the right direction.Unity is definitely strength.WI fan 4life.

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    As the WI prepare for a very challenging tour to the sub-continent something glaring has just been revealed to me.The number of tours the WI is having is getting fewer and fewer.Since SA tour has ended earlier this year the WI has gone into hibernation.We are playing the least amount of cricket amonst all the test playing countries.Why is it that Australia, England,Pakistan, India,Sri lanka NZ,SA and Bangladash are actively playing or recently concluded tours while the WI is sitting on the sideline looking on?We keep wondering why we are stuck at the bottom of cricket's ladder.The answer can be very simple at times. Inactivity will get us nowhere.We need to play against the likes India,SA and the other topflight teams to measure our progress.We can't afford to remain dormant and expect to seriously challenge the like of Sri Lanka,one of the better team out there.I do wish our boys all the best on this Sri Lankan tour.However, preparation in the nets will never be enough.GOOD LUCK WI

  • breen on November 5, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    @bjcm12,You should stop chatting Nonesense,if Gayle is a cricket Business man,what about Dwayne Bravo...Stop chatting Rubbish and rally and Support the team thats going down to Sri Lanka...I wish my Beloved West Indies team all the very Best..

  • Ray365 on November 5, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Well done Chris... Wish u guys all the best!! It will be a hard tour but we in the Caribbean will be watching and supporting you 100%.. COME ON WINDIES!!!

  • Percy_Fender on November 5, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    I feel this is the beginning of a good era for the great West Indians. Individually, the likes of Chanderpaul,Barath, Gayle, Pollard and Roach are not easy to find. But for some reason,idespite having some great players individually, West Indies sem to be languishing at the bottom of the table. That is truly baffling. Maybe this happens to all the teams which have remained on top fora long time like the Australians are finding out now. The one thing I will always remember about about the great West Indies team under Lloyd and then Richards is that they never abused others. They were without a doubt proud but never insulting. That is the reason they deserve to be at the top again. I hope this climb starts in Sri Lanka.The Sri Lankans are at the moment in a purple patch as we see in Australia. Even if Australia are down and out at the moment and the Sri Lankans are having it easy they are a tough team any where and more so at home.

  • Silva-Surfa on November 5, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    It's good to see that Gayle is publically showing his support for Sammy. It will be vital for experienced players like Gayle, Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo to rally round both Nash and Sammy during what will be a very challenging series against one of the top teams in World Cricket. The Lankans are showing good form in the ODIs against Australia and it will be a hard enough task just to compete with them, let alone trying to beat them, on their home turf. I'm under no illusions, as i expect us to get washed in both the test and one-day series. It's the manner of defeat that concerns me and i just hope that we can show some fight, play collectively as a team and make them work hard for their expected home-victory, instead of giving it to them on a plate. As long as we show a good, competitive spirit and avoid getting embarrassed like minnows, i'll take that as a positive step forward and a much needed learning curve to strive for improvement, within our own game.

  • bjcm12 on November 5, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    gayle should be ashamed of himself. he is not fit to play in the Windies XI since he is not focussed on the country cricket. West Indies Board should have players committed to the country cricket and even if they lose it will be proud to have such players and not cricket businessmen like Gayle.

  • p_agrl on November 5, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Its high time that West Indies Cricket show unity on cricket field if they are to come anywhere nere competing Sri Lanka In Sri Lanka. Even the two best current test teams, South Africa & India, have struggled to beat Sri Lanka in its home territory. West Indies need to plan well and ensure thier fast bowlers bowl with fire & venom backed up by solid spin. They must also ensure that their players are fit, as that has been a major problem for them in the recent past.

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  • p_agrl on November 5, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Its high time that West Indies Cricket show unity on cricket field if they are to come anywhere nere competing Sri Lanka In Sri Lanka. Even the two best current test teams, South Africa & India, have struggled to beat Sri Lanka in its home territory. West Indies need to plan well and ensure thier fast bowlers bowl with fire & venom backed up by solid spin. They must also ensure that their players are fit, as that has been a major problem for them in the recent past.

  • bjcm12 on November 5, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    gayle should be ashamed of himself. he is not fit to play in the Windies XI since he is not focussed on the country cricket. West Indies Board should have players committed to the country cricket and even if they lose it will be proud to have such players and not cricket businessmen like Gayle.

  • Silva-Surfa on November 5, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    It's good to see that Gayle is publically showing his support for Sammy. It will be vital for experienced players like Gayle, Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo to rally round both Nash and Sammy during what will be a very challenging series against one of the top teams in World Cricket. The Lankans are showing good form in the ODIs against Australia and it will be a hard enough task just to compete with them, let alone trying to beat them, on their home turf. I'm under no illusions, as i expect us to get washed in both the test and one-day series. It's the manner of defeat that concerns me and i just hope that we can show some fight, play collectively as a team and make them work hard for their expected home-victory, instead of giving it to them on a plate. As long as we show a good, competitive spirit and avoid getting embarrassed like minnows, i'll take that as a positive step forward and a much needed learning curve to strive for improvement, within our own game.

  • Percy_Fender on November 5, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    I feel this is the beginning of a good era for the great West Indians. Individually, the likes of Chanderpaul,Barath, Gayle, Pollard and Roach are not easy to find. But for some reason,idespite having some great players individually, West Indies sem to be languishing at the bottom of the table. That is truly baffling. Maybe this happens to all the teams which have remained on top fora long time like the Australians are finding out now. The one thing I will always remember about about the great West Indies team under Lloyd and then Richards is that they never abused others. They were without a doubt proud but never insulting. That is the reason they deserve to be at the top again. I hope this climb starts in Sri Lanka.The Sri Lankans are at the moment in a purple patch as we see in Australia. Even if Australia are down and out at the moment and the Sri Lankans are having it easy they are a tough team any where and more so at home.

  • Ray365 on November 5, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Well done Chris... Wish u guys all the best!! It will be a hard tour but we in the Caribbean will be watching and supporting you 100%.. COME ON WINDIES!!!

  • breen on November 5, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    @bjcm12,You should stop chatting Nonesense,if Gayle is a cricket Business man,what about Dwayne Bravo...Stop chatting Rubbish and rally and Support the team thats going down to Sri Lanka...I wish my Beloved West Indies team all the very Best..

  • on November 5, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    As the WI prepare for a very challenging tour to the sub-continent something glaring has just been revealed to me.The number of tours the WI is having is getting fewer and fewer.Since SA tour has ended earlier this year the WI has gone into hibernation.We are playing the least amount of cricket amonst all the test playing countries.Why is it that Australia, England,Pakistan, India,Sri lanka NZ,SA and Bangladash are actively playing or recently concluded tours while the WI is sitting on the sideline looking on?We keep wondering why we are stuck at the bottom of cricket's ladder.The answer can be very simple at times. Inactivity will get us nowhere.We need to play against the likes India,SA and the other topflight teams to measure our progress.We can't afford to remain dormant and expect to seriously challenge the like of Sri Lanka,one of the better team out there.I do wish our boys all the best on this Sri Lankan tour.However, preparation in the nets will never be enough.GOOD LUCK WI

  • cricketman96 on November 5, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    bjcm12 you are so REDICULOUS its unbelieveable.You really think that Gayle and all the other players who are earning maxium for their talent should be dropped for the WI?Where is it written that a player cannot earn a decent amount of money and still represent the WI.As far as i concern,Gayle is still one of the better cricketer in the WI.If we are to stand any chance of competing and winning on a consistent basis we have to put our best players and team forward.That include the llikes of Pollard,Bravo,Gayle,Barath,Roach and all the others whose skills and talent are in high demand around the world.So bjcm12 and other like minded should stop being so divisive and start throwing your support behind the WI.We should be aiming to move from strenght to strength,not devide and devide.RALLY ROUND THE WEST INDIES.Go Sammy.Well done Gayle your embrace and support for the new leader of this team is a step in the right direction.Unity is definitely strength.WI fan 4life.

  • Windies84 on November 5, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    @ bjcm12, you should be disgusted at your stink attitude. West Indies AND West Indians need solidarity and you're completely missing the point of any type of rebuilding that's happening. Instead you just put down. Gayle may not have been the best Captain, but he was there when needed him to be captain and he's still a great player who is willing to put his phenomenal expertise behind our new captain.

  • darkmon.SL on November 5, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Majr,lol dude today we won the series vs AUS today in Australia,dream on about we SL are in a purple patch,specially in Sri Lanka.Anyway good luck windie's.We want some tight games ;)