West Indies news March 14, 2014

Gayle hurt by 'mercenary' tag

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Chris Gayle has criticised those who are labelling cricketers as T20 mercenaries. He believes that it is an unfair term to players and degrades their standing in the game, warning that harming players' reputations with such labels was "distasteful and unwarranted".

"I've had that said about me in the past and it's hurtful, by my own fans in the Caribbean and some by others. But they need to know that it's always a cricketer's dream to wear his international colours. That term 'mercenary' will hurt cricket," he said. "These same mercenaries are the ones who are representing all the countries in the World T20s who everyone will be supporting so why use that word?"

Gayle's dispute with the WICB took him out the international frame in the past and he understood why the criticism came as he plied his trade in T20 tournaments globally, but he maintained that it was always his aim to return for West Indies.

"I had bills to pay and all cricketers have the same. We still do," he said. "T20 is a good way of earning extra income to secure your future and your family's. Many people don't get that. I'm more comfortable financial-wise now and I'm looking to play West Indies cricket for a few more years."

"All I wanted to do was come back and play for the West Indies. When I wasn't in the team, I had to play T20s to pay the bills and look at what happened in 2012. We won the World T20 and so many players like myself, [Dwayne] Bravo and Sunil Narine gained from our IPL experiences. We have more West Indies players in the IPL now and it's great for [Krishmar] Santokie and Jason Holder to get this experience. And make a living."

Gayle's view was backed by former West Indies opener Desmond Haynes who coached Barbados Tridents in last year's Caribbean Premier League. "You know how hard it was for players like us back in the day to make money off cricket? We had to travel the world on tour and play away from our family for so long," he said. "Relationships, marriages and parenthood struggled. Some of us couldn't see our newborns for a year. But we had to do it. Now, some players can make what we did in a lifetime in just one or two T20 tournaments."

Gayle, now 34, has targeted at least another couple of years at Test level - fitness permitting - and insists his drive to represent West Indies remains strong but added "the T20 label keeps sticking to me" before drawing again on the case of his friend Kevin Pietersen.

"You look at someone like KP," he added. "He could have made money for years now playing T20s but he stuck with England. It's national pride. Now, maybe he will be going out there and be playing more T20s and making big money but no one believes us when players like us say we always want to play for our country first and foremost.

"The game has changed and there's a lot of cricket being played so T20s do clash with tours and such but we can iron and fix this out. Maybe it's all about proper T20 windows, who knows? But I'm sure if England called KP up now he'd jump at the chance to play for his country. That's across the board for players like us. We always would."

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • trace000 on March 20, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    we as fans need to realize thats this is their ''JOB', Just like everyone else... we have bills and family to take care of.. It our job is not paying us enough we work 2 jobs or leave for better paying 1... are u gonna say your staying because you like your boss and u not getting enough pay.. rubbish... Chris is a great cricketer... how many cricketers can say they made a triple century he has 2--- not even the great Sachin has a triple century.. he's a great CRICKETER.. not only for T20's but all form of the game.. WI is in a tough group but they will win the world T20 again...WI all the way.. 1 luv..JA

  • on March 18, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    I think it is unconscionable to disparage any professional sports personality for earning as much as possible at their craft. The commitment necessary to excell in sports at the highest level even with great talent is huge. It surpasses the level that most people are willing to invest including the critics.

  • on March 17, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    The truth always hurts, but I must apologized for thinking the same thing about Chris Gayle whenever he leaves us the West Indian fans stranded. Hey my friend Chris, I hope you show us in the T20 world cup that you caters for every fan including those who don't have enough money to pay you as much as in the IPL. You are definitely the modern hero for West Indies cricket, and to be frank, that is exactly what we the fans want you to recognize, ok sir?

  • on March 16, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Kevin Petersen's case is very different to that of Gayle's...so don't think the comparison was necessary. however, i understand his point and he is very right for what he says

  • on March 16, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    i don't no why gayle even make what bad mind and jealous people want to think or talk about him christ was the best man to wall the earth and yet he could not please every one if it was not for t20 cricket gayle would be home working a 9 to 5 job for thats what wicb think was going to happen when gibson take over as coach for his vision was to get rid of all the senior player like gayle siv. and sarwan and it was a blessing when he go to the ipl and make all those runs if he did go over there and fail he wouldn't make back the w.i team if when w.i were in their glory days have the chance to play they all would play for they were all playing in england so u all get a life and let the guys live their life some of you never pay a dollar to watch a game to pay the players

  • Sorcerer on March 16, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Ironically, through ridiculously attempting to justify him turning back on WI, he's damaging WI cricket even further by showing the budding junior aspiring cricketers the way..

  • sanathputha on March 16, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    If national selection boards have a fool proof method of selecting best 11 players for what ever the format of cricket the players to be selected without human interference ( as in a computer programme), then selection of Gayle will be the same as Chanderpaul. Unfortunately no country has such a system. Then assesment of players participation in national duty can become objective. Mercienery or not, to earn money in franchise cricket, firsly one has to prove his worthness. Generally it comes from somehow being associated to the national team and playing cricket on pick and choose basis. One might sees this is the national pride while others see this as selfishness. Also do not forget the fact that cricket supposed to be a team game. Selection of a "selfish player" also could mean an oppurtunity lost for a upcoming, developing genine player.

  • on March 16, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    Why bother to even try to play Test cricket for the Windies, when the majority of the game is not played at home? Many players now have less Tests to play because of the mixed bag of tours for ODI and T20. While he says he does, he won't have much opportunity to do so - see the Future Tours Itinerary for the Windies, and understand my point.

    Test cricket is set up for the players from Australia, England and India to play. South Africa themselves get only three Test rubbers and they are no. 1. There are 6 regular T20 Tournaments every year around the world now - where are our players going to get a chance to prove themselves???

  • keepingtestcricketreal on March 16, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    professional cricketers and Gayle is one play for money, they are working when they play cricket. The concept that they play for love of the badge on there shirt is so old school. You will only get 20 years in the professional game, make as much as you can because when its over the prim of your life is gone and you best have more than fond memories to show for it. Great past experience to look back on is satisfying but wont put food on the table in later life

  • dappasnappa533 on March 16, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    i am sick of hearing chris gayle cry about his feelings that are hurt by the fans! what about our feelings? the fans have also shed tears every single time our west indies lost a game or series! there is no denying that he has bills to pay. the problem i have is these guys not only turn their backs on their national teams in the case of gayle but still manage to stir up trouble within the team while they are away. take for instance sammy was given the captaincy because gayle and bravo refused to sign retainer contracts but still had the nerve to critisize sammy being in the team saying it causes an imbalance. for me any body wearing west indian colours has my support so i back gayle but it doesnt take from the fact that he is indeed mercanary

  • trace000 on March 20, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    we as fans need to realize thats this is their ''JOB', Just like everyone else... we have bills and family to take care of.. It our job is not paying us enough we work 2 jobs or leave for better paying 1... are u gonna say your staying because you like your boss and u not getting enough pay.. rubbish... Chris is a great cricketer... how many cricketers can say they made a triple century he has 2--- not even the great Sachin has a triple century.. he's a great CRICKETER.. not only for T20's but all form of the game.. WI is in a tough group but they will win the world T20 again...WI all the way.. 1 luv..JA

  • on March 18, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    I think it is unconscionable to disparage any professional sports personality for earning as much as possible at their craft. The commitment necessary to excell in sports at the highest level even with great talent is huge. It surpasses the level that most people are willing to invest including the critics.

  • on March 17, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    The truth always hurts, but I must apologized for thinking the same thing about Chris Gayle whenever he leaves us the West Indian fans stranded. Hey my friend Chris, I hope you show us in the T20 world cup that you caters for every fan including those who don't have enough money to pay you as much as in the IPL. You are definitely the modern hero for West Indies cricket, and to be frank, that is exactly what we the fans want you to recognize, ok sir?

  • on March 16, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Kevin Petersen's case is very different to that of Gayle's...so don't think the comparison was necessary. however, i understand his point and he is very right for what he says

  • on March 16, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    i don't no why gayle even make what bad mind and jealous people want to think or talk about him christ was the best man to wall the earth and yet he could not please every one if it was not for t20 cricket gayle would be home working a 9 to 5 job for thats what wicb think was going to happen when gibson take over as coach for his vision was to get rid of all the senior player like gayle siv. and sarwan and it was a blessing when he go to the ipl and make all those runs if he did go over there and fail he wouldn't make back the w.i team if when w.i were in their glory days have the chance to play they all would play for they were all playing in england so u all get a life and let the guys live their life some of you never pay a dollar to watch a game to pay the players

  • Sorcerer on March 16, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Ironically, through ridiculously attempting to justify him turning back on WI, he's damaging WI cricket even further by showing the budding junior aspiring cricketers the way..

  • sanathputha on March 16, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    If national selection boards have a fool proof method of selecting best 11 players for what ever the format of cricket the players to be selected without human interference ( as in a computer programme), then selection of Gayle will be the same as Chanderpaul. Unfortunately no country has such a system. Then assesment of players participation in national duty can become objective. Mercienery or not, to earn money in franchise cricket, firsly one has to prove his worthness. Generally it comes from somehow being associated to the national team and playing cricket on pick and choose basis. One might sees this is the national pride while others see this as selfishness. Also do not forget the fact that cricket supposed to be a team game. Selection of a "selfish player" also could mean an oppurtunity lost for a upcoming, developing genine player.

  • on March 16, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    Why bother to even try to play Test cricket for the Windies, when the majority of the game is not played at home? Many players now have less Tests to play because of the mixed bag of tours for ODI and T20. While he says he does, he won't have much opportunity to do so - see the Future Tours Itinerary for the Windies, and understand my point.

    Test cricket is set up for the players from Australia, England and India to play. South Africa themselves get only three Test rubbers and they are no. 1. There are 6 regular T20 Tournaments every year around the world now - where are our players going to get a chance to prove themselves???

  • keepingtestcricketreal on March 16, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    professional cricketers and Gayle is one play for money, they are working when they play cricket. The concept that they play for love of the badge on there shirt is so old school. You will only get 20 years in the professional game, make as much as you can because when its over the prim of your life is gone and you best have more than fond memories to show for it. Great past experience to look back on is satisfying but wont put food on the table in later life

  • dappasnappa533 on March 16, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    i am sick of hearing chris gayle cry about his feelings that are hurt by the fans! what about our feelings? the fans have also shed tears every single time our west indies lost a game or series! there is no denying that he has bills to pay. the problem i have is these guys not only turn their backs on their national teams in the case of gayle but still manage to stir up trouble within the team while they are away. take for instance sammy was given the captaincy because gayle and bravo refused to sign retainer contracts but still had the nerve to critisize sammy being in the team saying it causes an imbalance. for me any body wearing west indian colours has my support so i back gayle but it doesnt take from the fact that he is indeed mercanary

  • tutorial on March 16, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    Gayle did what he had too to provide a certain life style for him and his family, good for him!!! but it comes with a price tag also and the price is being called a "mercenary".... so put a little blubber on your skin and wear it proud.....here a tip for you.... learn to move your front foot to the pitch of the ball and with your power amazing things will happen, you can thank me later,loll.

  • on March 15, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    People call a square a square, if you're a mercenary there's no need to be ashamed about it, or 'hurt'. You want the money, so what?

    It was Gayle who said he wouldn't be sad if test cricket died, all for T20.

  • johnathonjosephs on March 15, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    Nobody criticizes Gayle because of his "mercenary" status. They criticize him because he seems to perform well in the IPL/Big Bash but doesn't do anything close when representing West Indies (very rare for him to even get a 50). I do agree that fans do this "mercenary tagging" though. Malinga is a prime example of it. He had this back problem in which doctors told him that he would never play cricket in his life. He went to some miracle doctor and got his back fixed and even played test cricket for a while. But, because of his back, he knew that Test Cricket was never going to be long term for him and resigned. KP, Gayle, and Malinga are some of the poor cricketers who have this tag unnecessarily

  • on March 15, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Maybe when people start harping about the need from him being "patriotic" to the WI, they can undertake to pay his bills and keep his family accustomed to a particular lifestyle. Surely that will free him from obligations to devote his time to satisfying THEIR ideas of what a dedicated cricketer should do.

  • Sorcerer on March 15, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Actions speak louder than words. Gayle has time and again shown his focal interest is money, not WI.

  • on March 15, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Gayle has no point.

    He is not wrong to put his family first. I commend him for that.

    But those who call him a cricket mercenary aren't wrong either. He chose his family over his team or country. That is the definition of mercenary. Both are facts.

    He has to deal with it.

  • on March 15, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Wish the English selectors reading this.Deep in their hearts they will know that without KP their team is nothing in the shorter formats.

  • steve48 on March 15, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    I am glad Gayle has said this, and that commenters here are largely agreeing. Guys like Gayle can set his family up for a couple of generations off the Ipl money, and to a lesser extent the other leagues. Who has the right to complain about this. The boards have always frowned upon players looking to take their share, forgetting that the players ARE the game. I wonder if KP wishes he had put money before England sooner, saved his knee and his pride a lot of damage, wouldn't it? And to those who say the International game is what gives these players their initial profile, the top players are what give cricket ITS profile in my view, and I am sure Gayle was still in demand during his international exile, as will KP be. People want to see the shot makers, the quickest bowlers, the mystery spinners etc no matter what their international status.

  • on March 15, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    What about when you were West Indies CAPTAIN Gayle in 2009 and fly in for the Test series opener vs England ONE DAY before the match was about to start because you wanted to play one more IPL match than you initially AGREED to. Who the cap fit let them wear it. Don't wanna be called a mercenary then don't act like one!!!

  • on March 15, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Most cricket fans want to see Chris play the game....what the heck is wrong with players making some dough!It would be great to see KP play for Jamaica in the Caribbean T20 would it not.....GO CHRIS

  • Nirvana-light on March 15, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Various Cricket boards are teaming up to make more and more money, but when it comes to the players they are alway criticized. ICC is a whole is a not f.unctional body.They have done almost nothing for promoting Cricket. Just been busy piling up the cash.But their boards are always the moral inspectors.

  • on March 15, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Chris put across his defence of his appearance in T20 cricket very eloquently. He wears the maroon shirt with pride giving his all for the cause. Back off you knockers of Chris and others. Question to you-Would you act differently to secure your future and that of your family?

  • Practical_person on March 15, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Well said Mr. Crosse! Couldn't have said it better myself.

    Cricket is not a humanitarian cause that marks the end of the world and leads the world into poverty. At the end of the day, sport like any other profession has always been about money. T20 is the purists' nightmare but it gives cricketers more money which can spent on their family and the spectators have no right to judge as long as the majority support

  • baghels.a on March 15, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    @Haq33, I am not such a big T20 lover and as much a test lover as you are , most of us Indians fans love all formats of Cricket and we don't beat ourself over what consitutes real or unreal cricket , reason i support IPL in particular is because there are 7 Indian players allowed in starting xi and many of them are domestic players. it is a nice platform to be recognised and appreciated and earn some decent money in the process, it is not so much about International super star like Chris Gayle but cricketers like Rajat Bhatia and many deserving others like him who toil hard unnoticed all season long and for some reasons are never selected for national team , how would you feel if 1000 odd footballers who play in epl and La Liga are told to stop playing league games and that only 15 of them can represent national team, even i wish that there could a test league along the lines of IPL or if ICC allowed BCCI to field multiple teams so no talented player misses out on big time cricket.

  • keralite on March 15, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Gayle has a point. Just because he choose cricket he should not be expected to play that withouth givibg anything in return(by the board). If the players are playing t20 leagues when there are no intl matches around and is giving 100% when playing for country why stop them? Think about the valuable experience Brendan Taylor will get by playing with different intl stars(in IPL) or the exposure Shakib Al Hassan will get(in BBL).

  • baghels.a on March 15, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    @Haq33, "Footballers get big bucks but look, the magic of the game and the international game is retained " you kidding right !!! i am as much a football fan as i am cricket fan and i could not diagree more with you... Nine months of non stop football takes such a huge toll on bodies come the start of a major international tornament in summer players are either injured or burnt out because of fatigue.There was a survey before the start of Euro 2012 which said about 300 odd players who would have been eligible for there nations missed out because of injuries, due to rapid globalisation of football high profile EPL clubs hardly play any English players which explains why they have not won anything since 1966,so not much magic is being retained neither the sanctity of international footbal.l Fans like you very convinient in your thinking , you seem oaky with the idea of Barcelonas and Uniteds of the world but have a problem with 2 months club cricket, contd

  • on March 15, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Chris I'll tell you one thing those same critics would do no different given the same circumstances. Go for it Chris as long as you keep your eyes on the prize and your feet on the ground you have my full backing and that's from WI cricket biggest fan.

    The biggest mercenaries in WI cricket are those suicidal decisions made by sectors so don't let them use players who are committed to the game and their vouas scapegoats. Go for it Chris.

  • SamWintson92 on March 15, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    1. Well said, Chris Gayle ! 2. KP always chose Eng over T20 leagues. It was indeed very heartbreaking to witness the pathetic treatment KP got after the Ashes. Really not the one you expect after playing over 100 tests, no respect whatsoever. 3. I doubt neither Cook or Broad should retain the captaincy. I prefer Bell for tests & Morgan for shorter formats. 4. Eng just couldn't handle the star batsman KP in their ranks. Teams crave for having such game changing batsman & Eng just dumps KP. 5. But I still hope to see KP back in Eng colors in all formats. He's just 33 !

  • on March 15, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Forget the rest and just hold on to the cup one more time guys waited for it from 1975/2008 make us happy again this season too. All the best.

  • tanweeralam on March 15, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Not all are mercenaries of T20 but u certainly are mr gayle followed closely by most of the west indians including bravo naraine and few from other countries.

  • on March 15, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Cricket is a business these days. I agree with Gayle's comments if anyone of us were in his shoes and if we were offered 1 million for a season we would all grab the chance. It ia not easy to say no to money players like Gayle and KP have amazing talent. What Mark Ramprakash earned in his career these two probably earned in Two or three years. This is another era in cricket we must all accept and move on with the game.

  • haq33 on March 15, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    The problem is not U Chris, or KP, or anyone else who wants to earn money for their family and represent their nation. The problem is T20 itself. It is high time we treated it in the way it deserves to be treated, not as a form of cricket, but as a different sport altogether. It erodes players' test prowess. 50 overs is acceptable as it retains some of the skills involved at test level. Honestly, T20 should be reclassified somehow. The best solution us somehow to make test cricket as lucrative as T20, and attract class players like U and Chris away from the alternative sport that is T20. I can't think how though. If nobody comes up with an idea cricket will die, simple as that. India doesn't give a damn. Footballers get big bucks but look, the magic of the game and the international game is retained. International test cricket will be replaced by T20 drivel. Darn.

  • Insightful2013 on March 15, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    Well said , Chris and the true fans are behind you all the way. After the shoddy and callous way that you lot, are treated by the WICB, I commend your actions. They need you to make money for them and not the other way around. The WICB consists of small minded and petty individuals who deals in punishment and scolding. The players need to invest in a proper American type agent to represent them, not the former players, playing at negotiators. At the end of the day you will be criticized by some, no matter what decisions you make. I find it difficult to believe you make so many runs with that thrashing style of yours, but as I just said, criticism can be found everywhere. So even a critic can be objective. I say Sir, please yourself and what's best for your family. And learn to bat properly :)

  • Insightful2013 on March 15, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    Well said , Chris and the true fans are behind you all the way. After the shoddy and callous way that you lot, are treated by the WICB, I commend your actions. They need you to make money for them and not the other way around. The WICB consists of small minded and petty individuals who deals in punishment and scolding. The players need to invest in a proper American type agent to represent them, not the former players, playing at negotiators. At the end of the day you will be criticized by some, no matter what decisions you make. I find it difficult to believe you make so many runs with that thrashing style of yours, but as I just said, criticism can be found everywhere. So even a critic can be objective. I say Sir, please yourself and what's best for your family. And learn to bat properly :)

  • Rally_Windies on March 15, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    hats of to KP ..

    KP CHOOSE England over 20/20 ...

    but because he was the ONLY English player WANTED, he was isolated by jealous and petty individuals and bullied ...

    and the ECB stood by and allowed it, because of his "birth"

    " All Englishmen are equal but some are more equal than others" ....

    Andy Flower ACCEPTED that, and wanted KP to accept being a second class citizen ... but KP could not accept always being lower than Broad and Cook by virtue of birth instead of ability and performance ...

    I blame Flower... Not KP .......

  • Insightful2013 on March 15, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Well said , Chris and the true fans are behind you all the way. After the shoddy and callous way that you lot, are treated by the WICB, I commend your actions. They need you to make money for them and not the other way around. The WICB consists of small minded and petty individuals who deals in punishment and scolding. The players need to invest in a proper American type agent to represent them, not the former players, playing at negotiators. At the end of the day you will be criticized by some, no matter what decisions you make. I find it difficult to believe you make so many runs with that thrashing style of yours, but as I just said, criticism can be found everywhere. So even a critic can be objective. I say Sir, please yourself and what's best for your family. And learn to bat properly :)

  • xtrafalgarx on March 15, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Not buying it. The great Windies sides if the late 70's and 80's would be crying about these modern players. Those guys just played cricket for the good of the region which was in turmoil at the time even though they got payed naught. These current windies can never get their first choice XI on the park because they are playing hit and giggle stuff for their own good.

  • on March 15, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    Yes Chris has a point. Players need that freedom to play in the IPL and the big bash. They too are like businessman who venture into opportunities when an opening arrives. If a player gives his 100 percent to his country, and gives priority to national duty, but does play for the IPL or the big bash or any other tournament during his off days that is a fair call. Lets not judge players by tagging them as mercenary's because they are the ones who put in all the hard work for the administrators and we cricket lovers to enjoy our beloved game

  • keepingtestcricketreal on March 15, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    The lable of Master Blaster for you know who was great. Players who offer services to the highest bidder are by definition a mercenary get used to the term fellas its the correct one. If you dont like it play for one team only!!

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  • keepingtestcricketreal on March 15, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    The lable of Master Blaster for you know who was great. Players who offer services to the highest bidder are by definition a mercenary get used to the term fellas its the correct one. If you dont like it play for one team only!!

  • on March 15, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    Yes Chris has a point. Players need that freedom to play in the IPL and the big bash. They too are like businessman who venture into opportunities when an opening arrives. If a player gives his 100 percent to his country, and gives priority to national duty, but does play for the IPL or the big bash or any other tournament during his off days that is a fair call. Lets not judge players by tagging them as mercenary's because they are the ones who put in all the hard work for the administrators and we cricket lovers to enjoy our beloved game

  • xtrafalgarx on March 15, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Not buying it. The great Windies sides if the late 70's and 80's would be crying about these modern players. Those guys just played cricket for the good of the region which was in turmoil at the time even though they got payed naught. These current windies can never get their first choice XI on the park because they are playing hit and giggle stuff for their own good.

  • Insightful2013 on March 15, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Well said , Chris and the true fans are behind you all the way. After the shoddy and callous way that you lot, are treated by the WICB, I commend your actions. They need you to make money for them and not the other way around. The WICB consists of small minded and petty individuals who deals in punishment and scolding. The players need to invest in a proper American type agent to represent them, not the former players, playing at negotiators. At the end of the day you will be criticized by some, no matter what decisions you make. I find it difficult to believe you make so many runs with that thrashing style of yours, but as I just said, criticism can be found everywhere. So even a critic can be objective. I say Sir, please yourself and what's best for your family. And learn to bat properly :)

  • Rally_Windies on March 15, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    hats of to KP ..

    KP CHOOSE England over 20/20 ...

    but because he was the ONLY English player WANTED, he was isolated by jealous and petty individuals and bullied ...

    and the ECB stood by and allowed it, because of his "birth"

    " All Englishmen are equal but some are more equal than others" ....

    Andy Flower ACCEPTED that, and wanted KP to accept being a second class citizen ... but KP could not accept always being lower than Broad and Cook by virtue of birth instead of ability and performance ...

    I blame Flower... Not KP .......

  • Insightful2013 on March 15, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    Well said , Chris and the true fans are behind you all the way. After the shoddy and callous way that you lot, are treated by the WICB, I commend your actions. They need you to make money for them and not the other way around. The WICB consists of small minded and petty individuals who deals in punishment and scolding. The players need to invest in a proper American type agent to represent them, not the former players, playing at negotiators. At the end of the day you will be criticized by some, no matter what decisions you make. I find it difficult to believe you make so many runs with that thrashing style of yours, but as I just said, criticism can be found everywhere. So even a critic can be objective. I say Sir, please yourself and what's best for your family. And learn to bat properly :)

  • Insightful2013 on March 15, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    Well said , Chris and the true fans are behind you all the way. After the shoddy and callous way that you lot, are treated by the WICB, I commend your actions. They need you to make money for them and not the other way around. The WICB consists of small minded and petty individuals who deals in punishment and scolding. The players need to invest in a proper American type agent to represent them, not the former players, playing at negotiators. At the end of the day you will be criticized by some, no matter what decisions you make. I find it difficult to believe you make so many runs with that thrashing style of yours, but as I just said, criticism can be found everywhere. So even a critic can be objective. I say Sir, please yourself and what's best for your family. And learn to bat properly :)

  • haq33 on March 15, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    The problem is not U Chris, or KP, or anyone else who wants to earn money for their family and represent their nation. The problem is T20 itself. It is high time we treated it in the way it deserves to be treated, not as a form of cricket, but as a different sport altogether. It erodes players' test prowess. 50 overs is acceptable as it retains some of the skills involved at test level. Honestly, T20 should be reclassified somehow. The best solution us somehow to make test cricket as lucrative as T20, and attract class players like U and Chris away from the alternative sport that is T20. I can't think how though. If nobody comes up with an idea cricket will die, simple as that. India doesn't give a damn. Footballers get big bucks but look, the magic of the game and the international game is retained. International test cricket will be replaced by T20 drivel. Darn.

  • on March 15, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Cricket is a business these days. I agree with Gayle's comments if anyone of us were in his shoes and if we were offered 1 million for a season we would all grab the chance. It ia not easy to say no to money players like Gayle and KP have amazing talent. What Mark Ramprakash earned in his career these two probably earned in Two or three years. This is another era in cricket we must all accept and move on with the game.

  • tanweeralam on March 15, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Not all are mercenaries of T20 but u certainly are mr gayle followed closely by most of the west indians including bravo naraine and few from other countries.