West Indies news June 15, 2011

Gayle's future in doubt after heated meeting

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Chris Gayle is highly unlikely to play in the Test series against India and is in danger of not representing West Indies in the near future. A heated meeting on Wednesday night between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and Gayle's camp ended in a stalemate, according to those present, with conflicting reports from both sides over what had happened in the meeting.

After the meeting, a West Indies board source told ESPNcricinfo there was a possibility that Gayle's career could go down the same road as that of Andrew Symonds, who now plies his trade only as a freelance player in domestic Twenty20 events across the world and does not play for Australia. Gayle's camp said this prediction made by the board was an indication that the WICB wanted to end the international career of the former West Indies captain. They also said the meeting had proved the board was in no mood to arrive at a compromise, refusing to negotiate unless Gayle retracted statements he made in a radio interview in April.

Gayle was present at the three-hour meeting along with Ramnarine and WIPA vice-president Wavell Hinds, while the board was represented by Hilaire, coach Ottis Gibson, team manager Richie Richardson and director of cricket Tony Howard.

After the meeting on Wednesday, in which tempers are said to have flared, allegations from both camps flew thick and fast. A WICB source alleged that Dinanath Ramnarine, the president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), had lifted his chair and threatened to assault the board CEO Ernest Hilaire. WIPA denied the incident but conceded that there had been verbal disagreements and that Ramnarine had got out from his chair at one point, but had neither lifted the chair nor tried to hit Hilaire.

A WIPA source said the meeting ended with Hilaire saying he would have to speak with the WICB management and the selectors before any more action was taken. No further meeting between the two parties was scheduled. The West Indies board will meet on June 17 in Kingston, with a new round of players contracts due in three months. The Gayle issue is also expected to be discussed.

The WICB wants Gayle to retract the statements he made on radio earlier this year, during an interview in which he alleged the board had mismanaged his injury, that coach Gibson had damaged Ramnaresh Sarwan's confidence, and the board mishandled his contract talks in October 2010.

The player's camp said they were willing to negotiate but the WICB had been adamant and wanted to end Gayle's career to set a precedent. "They just want him to beg and apologise," the WIPA source said. "We were willing to bury the past and move on but they weren't willing. We asked two things. One: why didn't they pick up Gayle? Two: what's the next step from here and what's the time-frame? The board didn't give any time-frame. The thing is just hanging now."

According to the WICB Gayle wanted to brush his allegations made during the radio interview under the carpet and that WIPA was now demanding that he be selected. "They didn't want to retract the statements made which is not acceptable to us," the board source said. "Their claim is that Gayle was upset when he said that and it was just a statement made in that context. The board doesn't agree. You can't make unsubstantiated statements against the board, the coach, and the other issues and just say that you were upset. Gayle has to retract his statements."

If Gayle retracts his statements, the board would likely view the incident as a minor indiscretion, penalise him accordingly, and select him.

The WIPA claims the board doesn't want to see a resolution over the issue and wants to bury both Gayle's career and the players association along with it. "We went in thinking that the issue will be resolved but to our horror they weren't just in the mood," a WIPA source said. "They made lots of false allegations. The real issue is the selection of Gayle. Clearly, they don't want to. It's a big ego issue for them and they are dragging West Indies cricket down with them."

The issue dates back to October 2010, when Gayle refused to sign a contract with the board. The WICB claims that Gayle wanted the board to buy him out of his IPL contract. "It was before the IPL auction time," the board source said. "Gayle said he went for US $800,000 in the last year and wanted the same amount."

Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, who initially adopted the same position as Gayle, later reached an agreement with the board. They would accept match fees for playing in games for West Indies and were allowed to play in the IPL.

It is understood that later, when Gayle approached the board for a no-objection certificate to play in the IPL, the board agreed because they didn't want to be dragged to the court on a "restraint of trade" clause.

As things stand, a resolution between the board and Gayle now seems extremely unlikely.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on June 19, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Is Gayle's statement at the radio interview the real issue. The answer in my view is no. Gayle is now seen as a bad influence to the younger players. There is a problem between Gayle & Gibson. And in any case we weren't going anywhere with him in the team,that is how the WICB sees it. He will not apologize and they know it. And finally Samuel did not help his cause by hi-fiving Gayle. Don't be surprised if he is 12th man for the 1st test. No kidding.

  • on June 19, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    royramesh what world are u living in? that's call restriction of trade do u know that these guys are cricketers & they ply their trade for the enjoyment of the people of the carribbean & the world. but they have to be payed the so call board can not refuse to select them & then say they can't play IPL.u just can't prevent these guys from earning a living. wake up guys we are living in a real world ha ha"

  • AsherCA on June 19, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    To all who read this, including the Cricinfo management - the issue here is not whether any player is above the game. The issue here is a war between WICB & WIPA. Both sides are comfortable with the destruction of a few cricketers' careers & WI Cricket, just to ensure that they are above the other side. Maybe it is time ICC just terminated West Indies as a cricket side. All the countries that form the West Indies should come up with their own cricket teams, associate members of ICC.

  • on June 19, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    their is a saying becareful of what u ask for because u will surely get it remember when he said he didnt mindful of playing test cricket well he get what he ask for w.i is moving on and will surely moving o n without many of these so call great cricketers kudos to the w.ic.b.c for doing what they r doing when people like noonstar is going to compare gayle to haynes something is wrong with these gayle supporters haynes have done yeoman service for w.i cricket on a consistent basis as against gayle we had better opening bats than him like greenidge/haynes/the late hunte/ fredricks to name a few and as for the w.i.p.a if the players dont get the rid of ramnarine who have his own axe to grind they will be histroy too i have nothing against the w.i.p.a but at the same time they have to realize that this game is a business u either perform or ship out select the players who is hungry for success dont give me a good innings then give me 6 sub standard 1 ramnarine need to tell players

  • cricketisagame on June 19, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    RoyRamesh.. perhaps you should go to the books of law again.. it seems like you're missing few pages there.. If the players are not selected for the national team the board has to give the NOC..mate they will be bankrupt if the player go to the court... forget just loosing...

  • on June 19, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Well if west indies does not need him then let's have gayle in indian team

  • on June 19, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    I think that if the west indies board had any sense they would recall Jerome Taylor for this match here in Jamaica which happens to be the place where he demolished England almost single handedly and it seems is the only place where a true pace attack can thrive but i guess this board loves playing politics. Why is it again that Jamaica is not playing as a separate nation a mean Chris Gayle, Jerome Taylor, Marlon Samuel, Carlton Baugh and the team that just won the championship for the four day competition to choose from hmmm haha lol. Please keep it up so called Windies board you guys may just be the catalyst for the end of this notion of a Windies team and how ironic that the ones put in place to bring harmony to a region are doing more harm than good. I therefore will say it now lets stop this pretense of a regional board and go it as individual nations we might be better served at least that's my opinion.

  • WestIndies1987 on June 18, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    The saddest thing for me is that out team is being destroyed from within.

  • delboy on June 18, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    I notice some smart alex is suggestin the WICB cancel Gayle's NOC. Think what Gayle does for a living. If he is banned from the WI and refused the freedom to earn a living elsewhere are you seriously a FAN of WI cricket or a LAWYER who wish to benefit from Gayle's suit which would most certainly bankrupt the board and kill WI cricket. That is exactly the kind of short sightedness which is causing this stalemate.

  • on June 18, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Do people actually listen when the players talk? For the past 4 years, the consistent factor in whatever small steps WI have taken forward has been Chris Gayle. All the younger batsmen credit him with guidance, his captaincy has been both innovative and steady, and most importantly he KNOWS his players. Chris has NEVER had a discipline problem. Never. What seems to be the instigating factor was when the WICB hastily signed on for a return Test Series after SL pulled out, without discussing it with the players and in direct conflict with the IPL. The board has continued to show scant regard for the players' and well as WIPA's opinions. If this was any other profession, this would be in court already. If Gayle wants to play, just fine him or make a joint statement or something. Trying to force an apology from him, and I suspect poor Chanderpaul will meet this fate too, is meaningless and a disgusting way to behave.

  • on June 19, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Is Gayle's statement at the radio interview the real issue. The answer in my view is no. Gayle is now seen as a bad influence to the younger players. There is a problem between Gayle & Gibson. And in any case we weren't going anywhere with him in the team,that is how the WICB sees it. He will not apologize and they know it. And finally Samuel did not help his cause by hi-fiving Gayle. Don't be surprised if he is 12th man for the 1st test. No kidding.

  • on June 19, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    royramesh what world are u living in? that's call restriction of trade do u know that these guys are cricketers & they ply their trade for the enjoyment of the people of the carribbean & the world. but they have to be payed the so call board can not refuse to select them & then say they can't play IPL.u just can't prevent these guys from earning a living. wake up guys we are living in a real world ha ha"

  • AsherCA on June 19, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    To all who read this, including the Cricinfo management - the issue here is not whether any player is above the game. The issue here is a war between WICB & WIPA. Both sides are comfortable with the destruction of a few cricketers' careers & WI Cricket, just to ensure that they are above the other side. Maybe it is time ICC just terminated West Indies as a cricket side. All the countries that form the West Indies should come up with their own cricket teams, associate members of ICC.

  • on June 19, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    their is a saying becareful of what u ask for because u will surely get it remember when he said he didnt mindful of playing test cricket well he get what he ask for w.i is moving on and will surely moving o n without many of these so call great cricketers kudos to the w.ic.b.c for doing what they r doing when people like noonstar is going to compare gayle to haynes something is wrong with these gayle supporters haynes have done yeoman service for w.i cricket on a consistent basis as against gayle we had better opening bats than him like greenidge/haynes/the late hunte/ fredricks to name a few and as for the w.i.p.a if the players dont get the rid of ramnarine who have his own axe to grind they will be histroy too i have nothing against the w.i.p.a but at the same time they have to realize that this game is a business u either perform or ship out select the players who is hungry for success dont give me a good innings then give me 6 sub standard 1 ramnarine need to tell players

  • cricketisagame on June 19, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    RoyRamesh.. perhaps you should go to the books of law again.. it seems like you're missing few pages there.. If the players are not selected for the national team the board has to give the NOC..mate they will be bankrupt if the player go to the court... forget just loosing...

  • on June 19, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Well if west indies does not need him then let's have gayle in indian team

  • on June 19, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    I think that if the west indies board had any sense they would recall Jerome Taylor for this match here in Jamaica which happens to be the place where he demolished England almost single handedly and it seems is the only place where a true pace attack can thrive but i guess this board loves playing politics. Why is it again that Jamaica is not playing as a separate nation a mean Chris Gayle, Jerome Taylor, Marlon Samuel, Carlton Baugh and the team that just won the championship for the four day competition to choose from hmmm haha lol. Please keep it up so called Windies board you guys may just be the catalyst for the end of this notion of a Windies team and how ironic that the ones put in place to bring harmony to a region are doing more harm than good. I therefore will say it now lets stop this pretense of a regional board and go it as individual nations we might be better served at least that's my opinion.

  • WestIndies1987 on June 18, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    The saddest thing for me is that out team is being destroyed from within.

  • delboy on June 18, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    I notice some smart alex is suggestin the WICB cancel Gayle's NOC. Think what Gayle does for a living. If he is banned from the WI and refused the freedom to earn a living elsewhere are you seriously a FAN of WI cricket or a LAWYER who wish to benefit from Gayle's suit which would most certainly bankrupt the board and kill WI cricket. That is exactly the kind of short sightedness which is causing this stalemate.

  • on June 18, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Do people actually listen when the players talk? For the past 4 years, the consistent factor in whatever small steps WI have taken forward has been Chris Gayle. All the younger batsmen credit him with guidance, his captaincy has been both innovative and steady, and most importantly he KNOWS his players. Chris has NEVER had a discipline problem. Never. What seems to be the instigating factor was when the WICB hastily signed on for a return Test Series after SL pulled out, without discussing it with the players and in direct conflict with the IPL. The board has continued to show scant regard for the players' and well as WIPA's opinions. If this was any other profession, this would be in court already. If Gayle wants to play, just fine him or make a joint statement or something. Trying to force an apology from him, and I suspect poor Chanderpaul will meet this fate too, is meaningless and a disgusting way to behave.

  • on June 18, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    descipline is very important in any game.Board should never bow down to any player but should alsp put a time limit for negotiation. Once the negotiation fails then there should be no further talks and thats it

  • on June 18, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Believe it or not WICB is a business entity. they r there to make money for WI cricket.In order to do that WI have to start winning match. They have to move from #7 to #1-3.Itis not about Gayle making 50 at a SR200 or SHIV 50 at a SR 25. It was about the winning, and that wasn't happening. The cricketing nations of the Caribbean r no longer doing well financially. So the WICB has changed its strategy. It has deciided to rebuild. And it is satisfied with what it is seeing. With an improved financial position WI cricket is expected to benefit.

  • royramesh on June 18, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    GAYLE SEEMS TO THINK HE IS BIGGER THAN THE BOARD. DITTO DWANE BRAVO. HISTORY SHOWS THAT NO PLAYER IS BIGGER THAN THEIR BOARD AND DEFINITELY NO ONE IS BIGGER THAN THE GAME.BUT DO THESE PLAYERS READ ANY CRICKET HISTORY? CAN THEY READ ANYTHING OTHER THAN THEIR BANK STATEMENTS AND PHONEBOOKS? ITS TIME THE WICB AND W I PEOPLE WAKE UP AND FOLLOW THE SAME PROCESS AND GUIDELINES AS OTHER COUNTRIES; 1) DONT GIVE ANY CLEARANCE FOR IPL OR OTHER BASHES IF IT CLASHES WITH THEIR CRICKET AND THE PLAYER'S FITNESS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.2) IF GAYLE, BRAVO ETC DO NOT SIGN WI CONTRACTS THEN DON'T SIGN ANY CLEARANCES FOR THEM. THEY CAN'T WIN IN COURT ON THAT. 3) SELECT THE TEST/ODI TEAMS ON PERFORMANCE ONLY. THEN GAYLE WILL NOT GET IN THE TEST OR ODI TEAMS. WITH BARRATH AND SIMMONDS AND THE OTHER YOUNGSTERS WHO NEEDS THESE IPL SUPERSTARS? IN GAYLE'S CASE HE WILL HAVE TO FACE OFF SPINNERS EVERY TIME HE OPENS THE BATTING AND HE WILL FLOP AFTER BASHING A FEW BOUNDARIES. IT THAT GOOD FOR WI CRICKET?

  • on June 18, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Gayle is one of West Indies Crickets big problems. Hes arorgant and bad for player moraale. Sacrifice the big fish for the sake of the school. WI cricket will be beter off in the long run. Theyve never been short of talent - always short on the right attitude and Gayle is the centre of that problem. Its right for the board to take a stand for the greater good. Everyone in the world wants to see strong test cricket and the Windies can contribute to that.

  • cricPassion2009 on June 18, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Is the ego of the board so important that they want to destroy their best player's pride, self-respect and thus destroy their own team and nation ?

    Gayle, we love you. Just hang in there and you'll win.

  • thenoostar on June 18, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    @OutCast There is no comparison between Gayle and Haynes. Gayle beats Haynes hands down both as a test palyer and a one day player. Surely the time has come for the ICC to set up a premier league like the IPL and sell licences around the world. There is no way any private business would survive if it was run as poorly as the cricket boards of most countries. I would much rather see the best players in the world playing together in teams than watching a team with gayle and sarwan with nine other guys making up the numbers. Face it people, international cricket is dying. The last international tournament that was anygood (other than the ashes which is always quite good) was the 20-20 world champs in 2007. The last 3 ODI world cups have been dogs! Clever people like Modi will come along and take over cricket producing a superior form of the game like what happened in America with baseball. While the current boards run the game, there can only be one possible outcome.

  • gottalovetheraindance on June 18, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    @ Outcast- Right now it is not far fetched that Australia would give an arm & a leg to have a player of Gayle's Quality especially in the shorter format of the game. He is a better spinner than any in Australia right now.maybe except Hauritz lol

  • PaddyRasta on June 17, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Sorry to say, Gayle he burnt his bridges here.This is beyond resolution. Gibson and Co will not work with the man and Gibson is in for the foreseeable future unless a proven high quality coach e.g. Fletcher, wants this thankless job for much less money than they could get elsewhere. Gayle needs to move on.

  • OutCast on June 17, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    To be honest Gayle has no interest to play to win games for WI... he is more interested in feeding his ego and bank a/c... take example from Aus which never extend its arms for players who put themselves ahead of cricket.. time for WI to remove distractions from the on & off field and select the players who are committed to win games...

    Someone has to remind Gayle he is no Sir Viv or Sobers or Lara or Haynes...

  • on June 17, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    It's sad but true Waste Indies Cric Board there Egoistic , clueless and stubborn been going on for sometime whoever in charge promotes that island players .They use you then kick you to the curb...What a shame...so sad

  • richardall8383 on June 17, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    It's such a shame that this whole situation has developed. Crhis Gayle is a quality player and will be missed by the national team if he never plays again. But this may be the kick up the bum that West Indies/WICB need.

  • Mayfield on June 17, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Every one seems to think that the problem only lie with the WICB, but it does not. The problem with WI cricket has to do with the team members. You have by all accounts, players (Gayle, Samuels, Sarwan) to name a few, who could have been great but have not achieved anything close to greatness. Why? The answer is that it lies with the players in question. Everything comes from within. What is at the core of a person does not change, even if they are under immense tribulations. These players come from a time where the focus is on the individual and the individual alone. They like most of society do not care about others, and it is quite evident in their behavior. Self gratification is all that matters. This culture of self gratification has been evident for a long time. Even with the great Lara, the WI could not win consistently. A team is a group of people working for the collective good, not for the ggod of the individual. THERE IS NO I IN TEAM. PERIOD.

  • on June 17, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    The WICB acting unprofessional, at a critical period in time where I think West Indies Cricket can make a resurgence. I think the WICB thinks about themselves and not players and fans.

  • on June 17, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    WICB needs to bring logic into its operations by including best players like Gayle. Gayle should also re-confirm his committment to WI cricket. WIPA should get rid of Ramnaraine.

  • on June 17, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    since in the days when west indies was on top the WI board never help or took care of players and now even more so they don't give a rat ass about players, use and abuse, and because of the previous board and present 1 west indies cricket will never reach the top again because of selfishness of some illiterate people. so today i say rip WI , this is 1 westindian who will never support west indies again. and i wait for the day that icc makes trinidad& tobago can go on their own

  • on June 17, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    The WICB have a long history of telling lies and half-truths. For all those blaming Ramnarine, whay have WIPA won EVERY SINGLE COURT BATTLE with the WICB? Gayle wants to play for WI, Hilaire and company want slaves who will grovel for their paycheck. If this continues all our talented, hard working players will leave to pursue more lucrative contracts elsewhere. It's not the IPL or Big Bash who's forcing the players to choose, its the WICB. PS 90% of WI fans would take the opportunity to hit Hilaire with a chair.

  • on June 17, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Pakistan and Westindies cricket are going the same way down the drain. Both players and Boards are not handling things well. Players think they are bigger than the game and they can do whatever they want and the boards do not know how to handle them until the situation is out of hand. This is ruining two crowd puller teams of cricket.

  • on June 17, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Fine Gayle and get on with the game. Simple.

  • on June 17, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    HAS Gayle Become Bigger Than WICRICKET?

  • Robster1 on June 17, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Judging from what Michael Holding said on Sky Sports yesterday in the UK, Ramnarine often seems to exacerbate matters and prefers to fight rather than find solutions.

  • on June 17, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    I think the WICB should have a little respect for West Indians we want to see entertaining cricket. How can you leave out the most destructive batsman in world cricket in the best form of his career. Cricket is now a business where people pay money to be entertain so put your egos aside and give the fans their man as a west indian i would love to see Chris Gayle play again. Most fans across the region have lost faith in the WICB it is evident by the small crowds at the games.

  • on June 17, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    If what Gayle said was in anger why not aplogize? If Gayle wanted to play cricket for West Indies he wont be asking them to match his IPL contract. Ramnerine has been advicing him and the others (Pollard and Bravo) wrongly he is in this to make himself as popular as the players. Regardless of wether Gayle is th best batsman in the world,the selectors have a job of picking a TEAM, if the best team is without Gayle's attitude towards the coach then its best for him to ply his trademark swipes in Indian and Australia or whosoever shalll deem his runs more crucial than his lack of respect for authority. Love you Gayle but you are a man and need to act like one. Stop taking Ramnerine's advice as it will only benefit him and not you. As for Bravo he dont deserve selection either as he played a whole IPL season and then asked to be rested after 2 ODI's i say drop him he has been contributing to the team anyway.Ramnerine will ruin your career as well Bravo, why rest against IPL (INDIA) lol

  • OopsIsaiditagain on June 17, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    England selectors looking to get Gale to play for England :) lol

  • on June 17, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Gayle is a only decent batsman in current WI lineup. If Gayle is a problem why there are so many players having problems with WICB from past few year. Ramesh , Chanderpaul, Bravo, Kieran Pollard, they all have/had issues with WICB. Wake up all the WICB officials, people want to see players not officials. I wish you all the best Mr Cool Gayle.

  • on June 17, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Gayle is not even contracted so i don't know what their beef really is. He's a free man and plays to represent the WI even without a CC and obviously wants to be wearing the colours so why is the Board really making a stink of this?

  • OW-ZAAT on June 17, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    EY! I'm not a fan of the WICB, but i'm in agreement with their obvious policy of wanting to move on. We can't have player's walking in and out of the team, refusing contracts, choosing when to play and whom to play for. England, the best cricket team in the world at the moment as far as I am concerned, has managed to keep their players focused on their agenda and not the IPL's. I'm all for the players rights, but we cannot have the players running West Indies cricket. LET THE PLAYERS PLAY AND THE MANAGERS MANAGE. Successive West Indies boards have lacked vision, except for the one Mr Pat Rousseau headed. The cricket board needs to be restructured. We just happened to have a very good womens team through no obvious policy initiative. What is the board doing to build on their successes? and to ensure that we always have a fine women'team? I want the board to focus on developing this current crop of under 19 cricketers who went to Australia and bested them in limited overs and mock tests.

  • Silloh on June 17, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    Both sides vented their feelings at the last meeting. So now there is reason for another meeting between the WICB and Gayle. At least the caribbean fans deserve to see Gayle in action. Whichever side has made errors this can be sorted out quickly, as CRICKET is supreme and bigger than all. But do we need to go public with all what was said ? If that is the case and the only way out ,why not have the meeting at Sabina and invite the fans to the hearing, Surely the younger players do not need any distractions at this time. We have not turned any corner , but every WI vicory is a plus for the fans. So Messrs President WICB and WIPA take note. If it cannot be resolved then let's move on. Kudos to skipper Sammy . Take the victory into the next Test and. Gayle will support from the stand and play his part there.Good sense may prevail one day.

  • Evilpengwinz on June 16, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    I don't really understand the whole situation as I've not been following it much, but surely it'd be in everyone's best interests to pick Chris Gayle if he's one of the best 6 batsmen in the Caribbean, regardless of whatever is happening behind the scenes? I'm sure he would've scored a hell of a lot more runs than Devon Smith did against Pakistan :)

  • on June 16, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    This is Bad for Cricket :(

  • on June 16, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    let the game play We need Chris back in the team....No gayle NO cricket

  • Qdzy on June 16, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Agreed, Gayle is/was one of the senior player in the team and in some way added value to it for the upcoming younger players, but great players have come and gone, he can too. Whichever cause he's fighting, this cannot be the right way to go about it, surely.

  • on June 16, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    regarding the WIC Board I do believe that if Gayle's Statements aren't true he should retract them. However if they are the WIC board should stop being vindictive. I also belive there must be some truth to them too many other players have a problem with the board( pollard taylor shanderpaul bravo). There is obviously a problem with communication. I think though for greater transparency they should have opened the issues to the public. After all WIC is bigger than any one man or board

  • inswing on June 16, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    The management is used to being the lords, with players as their subjects. When players had no association no opportunities to play elsewhere, they had to toe the line. Now player power has increased and the board is unable to adjust. Gayle is not without fault either, but the board should compromise with some kind of small apology from Gayle that doesn't make him look too bad. The dispute is entirely based on egos, an not based on any material differences like contract amounts. This should be resolvable with some savvy personnel management. WI shouldn't be without its best player, especially when there is not much new talent forthcoming.

  • BrianStephenson on June 16, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Is Gayle not retracting his statement because they are not true or just because they are in the past. If any of them were not true he should retract them. Situation may not be resolved because both parties seem to think they are holding the handle and not the blade. Gayle has more to lose, he can still make a living from his career. With or without him WI cricket is going nowhere with this board.

  • NASIRSHAHSAHEB on June 16, 2011, 18:39 GMT

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  • KingOwl on June 16, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    IPL is killing the game. I am not saying that the IPL is bad for cricket. But it needs to be aligned better with the needs of individual cricket boards as well as the players. A compromise is possible and it needs to be found, fast.

  • Mayfield on June 16, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    I have a question for most of the supporters of Gayle. Where in the world can one criticize one's employer, say they are incompetent, etc. and still have a job? WHERE? Whether or not the WICB is imcompetent, they are the employer and Gayle is the employee. Is the employer suppose to grovel to their employee? I would argue that this type of behavior was tolerated before and that is why Gayle believes he can make these public statements and get away with it. If he wanted to criticize the WICB, him and his representatives could have handled this in the appropriate manner. They could have had a meeting with the WICB and voice his concerns. If one employee can criticize his employer and get away with it, what do you think the other employees will do? They will do the same. The WICB is right in their stance. If Gayle wants to be employed by his employer, he should offer a public apology. Otherwise, don't expect the employer to employ you. Get Real people.

  • on June 16, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    For as long as Ramnarine is in charge of WIPA, there will be permanent turmoil in West Indies cricket. WICB boards, presidents, coaches have come and gone. The only common denominator in all of these years is Dinanath Ramnarine. WICB is not perfect, and neither are WIPA. But nobody wishes to negotiate with Ramnarine because of all the history that exists. The current cricketers gobble up every last little morsel that comes out of his mouth though, because he speaks the language of money.

  • on June 16, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Has Gayle proven that he can take the WI to the next level? NO. Gayle is about Gayle. Whether he plays or not, it will make no difference in the overall success of the team. WI problem is not only Gayle. Management don't respect players because players stop respecting management on the advise of WIPA (Dinanath Ramnarine). I was at a function about 6-7 years ago and heard Mike Holding saying that, when WI players are on tour, if the media seeks an interview with a player, the player would call Dinanath Ramnarine in the Caribbean to get permission. Players wouldn't even go to the dinner functions unless its cleared by WIPA. Then one wonders where the breakdown in discipline and respect starts. Dinanath Ramnarine is the main spoke in the indiscipline wheel.

    Gayle and all these senior players knows that WIPA got their backs no matter what, so they will continue to play their own games. They will score some runs then relax or win a game after the series are already won by the opponent.

  • WI_anaylst on June 16, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    @Beazle what did Holding say?

  • MoBayReggaeMan on June 16, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    I knew it!!!!!!....I could have told you all the WICB was going to ask Gayle to grovel and beg......Gayle a big man..."big man nuh tek back him word"...especially when it is the truth. The WICB should stop acting like a spoiled child and stop being so vindictive. I urge all Jamaicans to boycott the matches there....especially the test and conspicuously call for the resignation of this inept board. We need a new regime, one who will put West Indies cricket first and the cricket loving public at large. This board is so self serving, they cannot see past their noses...or egos. With all that.....I want you to know that I am a BIG GAYLE fan.....Nuff luv and much respect star!!!!!!

  • on June 16, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    It seems most of the commenters are basing their statements on Gayle's performances in this years IPL. Gayle has always been an inconsistent batsman, never making enough runs or not making any at all. He is always out before the job is done. It's better for the team that he is out, it's a shame he's become this huge distraction. Farewell and good riddance I say.

  • on June 16, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Is it any wonder things are how they are? Some of these comments smack of strong insults and yet, they speak their minds based on what they hear (not Know) the WICB speaks about Gayle demanding money but what about those other issuses, they are painting a picture of Gayle being the evil one and I am sure they are and have been more develish than Gayle. Had Gayle not spoken out then they would not have had anything to say about his ommission. They have been operating like this for years and have accomplished zilch. We have been turning a corner for so long, is the longest corner ever, because we have yet to straighten the lock yet. For those who don't like to hear it we win most of our games because of Gayle just like when it was Lara alone, so if Gayle fails the team fails(when Lara failed, the team failed). Speak the truth & speak it ever. A word of caution to the puppets they have filling in now, of course you will win a consolation match here and there (occasionally) but beware....

  • Beazle on June 16, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Did anyone else hear what Michael Holding said about Dinanath Ramnarine on Sky today ? Wow !

  • on June 16, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    See you later Chris... you yourself said you didn't want to play test cricket, the board should have removed you then. You obviously want to only play t20 cricket because it's the only form that you are an effective player in, so go ahead... you are free to make millions now around the world... in anonymity of the record books.

  • on June 16, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    we want galye, he teachs and motivates young talented left or even right handers..we want chris

  • StLucia on June 16, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Unfortunately Hilare and the rest of the jokers on the WICB are far more concerned with their egos than the success of West Indies cricket. And why should they be?? They've never played cricket at any level!!! If Gayle chooses to forget about West Indies cricket altogether, we would miss him, but I would not blame him.

    My solution though, FIRE THE BOARD!!!!

  • VisBal on June 16, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Judging by Gayle's body language in the World Cup and the IPL immediately after, it is obvious that Gayle does not WANT to play for the West Indies. He NEEDS to play for the West Indies to be able to get T20 contracts. He played the World Cup as though he couldn't care what happened; there was no life. Contrast that with his batting and bowling in the IPL: he was totally involved. It is better for West Indies cricket if the WICB close the book on Gayle, officially or unofficially.

  • KingofBlades on June 16, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    WICB and PCB are the same...both are getting rid of amazing players(gayle and afridi) both allrounders and both former captains. Without either these teams are finished.

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Sometimes you wonder if we are living in the same region! Here we go again with the board bashing. You would think that this is a quite simple situation. Then there is the talk about egos. You tell me, who has the bigger ego?CG(or his reps. or the board). We all know what the regions wants but "no apology we will defy the board.Coincidentally the same situation is happening with Afridi and the PCB. Look at the difference between how these 2 situations were handled. Afridi I think had to apologize(like a man should) to get on with his cricketing life. Chanderpaul said in response to Ernest Hilare that he was his "own man" so why Ramnarine is even involved in this baffles me. Cant CG be his own man. I don't know everything but trust me if DR was not involved this thing would probably have been settled. This guy pushes his agenda and will try to get his way no matter what. The meeting isn't even about you and then we hear of alleged chair incident(india times, cricinfo). What is going on?

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Cricket match at Sabina today and i am at my desk. I work 2 minutes away from the grounds and it has been almost two years since WI payed here. IF Gayle were playing then at least half the staff in my office of 120 would be there. without Gayle playing there are 120 staff sitting at their desk doing what we do everyday. We love Cricket but the truth is there is no player in the current WI team to pull us there - Gayle has talk Shots and Swagger, we need at leas a new player that can rise up an be great until then i will contine coding at my desk.

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    @dubier: thats is polititcs. and this is how things end up wen a player condems a board. Its a world of TIT for tat.

  • WI_anaylst on June 16, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    I stopped caring a long time about WI cricket. I don't know why most of you guys don't stop pretending. Playing Gayle will not solve things. Playing WI so called strongest team with all its senior players will not stop them for being bowled out for 110 consistently, and to me that is where the problem is. There is no heart and there is no passion in WI Cricket. The structure needs overhauling, and I wish most of you will stop pretending and bringing Gayle into this squad will solve anything

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    good wicb destroy west indies cricket because you have bigger egos than the playersquestion number one did you pay chris medical bills or not show show proof of payment#2did you check on his injuries all injured players according to you tell same lie donot check or ask how they injury is comming more to come answer those first.you destroyed grinidhe and haynes team has not yet recovered do you think this team can even ruffle the feathers of a ful strenght aussie team .let me lose with best available team ok.if you already decide gayle carreer playing for windies over why is it you grumbelling if he go to ipl you like a woman in want a man but still in want noone else to talk to him if you decide gayle will never play foe windies again say so now and stop dixy danceing about it

  • sweetiepaper on June 16, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    This is so sad. Confrontation all around and no compromise. Gayle is clearly talented and I want him in my side always but he has always been difficult to handle. And WICB and the Caribbean in general does not know how to handle talented but difficult people (Lara, Ramnarine, Samuels, Gayle, Benn, Morton plus many others over the years). Gayle is destructive to opponents and the W.I. alike. But do we discard all our talented people. We all know that a lot of talented people in all walks of life have some sort of difficult way about them, it is what makes them exceptional, it just needs to be managed and channelled into their performance. In the same breath, a line must be drawn and NO ONE should be allowed to go overboard. But in this instance the WICB is at fault. Gayle made an error, and now WIPA is handling the thing wrong. CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG! I'm fed up of all the reasons and just want back a W.I. Champion Team.

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    dnt worry the black legend.will we are waiting for u in airport///

  • Ryme on June 16, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Whats the latest news with Chanderpaul. I haven't seen him nor hear about him, does he still play for the WI?

  • NCassie on June 16, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Sad to see Gayle's WI career left hanging on the decision from an INCOMPETENT management the WICB. What's so wrong in accepting an apology from gayle burying the past and putting WI cricket first. The fans have their way of protesting and this will just take WI cricket further back than where it currently is. Gayle has his ways but WICB needs to hear what the players are comfortable with not just act like dictators. Not just the WI fans are missing Gaye but the entire cricketing WORLD...come on man!

  • satspeare on June 16, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Gayle is NOT bigger than cricket - he is just the BIGGEST player we have! WICB is NOT bigger than cricket either, just BIG bullies! Galye is being punished for saying things that are displeasing to WICB. Is that happening to Chanderpaul too?? In the case, Sarwan better be very careful because he dared to say that the team is missing Gayle (spoken like a real captain and not like the guy we have there now who is just side stepping the issues). It's falling into place though - Butts could not make it into a winning team so he remains silent while they are giving youngers guys a chance. WI can't afford to do that at the expence of the few experience ones who have averages nearly as highas our heros of yesteryears - Gayle & Sarwan (40's) Chanderpaul (49). even Ramdin has an average of 22 - not bad for a keeper. How could one board have so many problems with so many players all at the same time?? If Gayle goes then the board should also be replaced - actually ONLY the board needs replacing!

  • on June 16, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    WIPA,WICB needs to get its act together. If they are not aware, WI cricket is only getting worse regardless of the talented players that we have. And apparently, it looks like nothing will change

  • mohamedamin on June 16, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Ok hear WICB...show the correspondence you said u sent to Gayle...emails, texts, whatever...show the oublic and then we will know if the board is talking truth...Gayle if you hav any emails the board said they sent u release it or phne calls or texts....lets see who is talking the truth

  • mohamedamin on June 16, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    The President CEO and Coach must go...i say must goooo....we should start a boycott across the Caribean region....

  • dariuscorny on June 16, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    I think WICB is correct with its stand,players like Cris Gayle cannot feel they are bigger than the team.So what if he's the best player for WI he cannot dictate terms.Rather than wooing Gayle WICB shood work in the domestic circuit to breed new cricketers.and take steps to attract crowd into the stadiums.But again its a huge loss Gayle not playing for WI anymore.I hope the issue gets resolved soon and we can see Gayle once again playing for WI

  • Trickstar on June 16, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    @AdmireZAK I'd love to know how Bopara is a insulted player, he's a average player, who hasn't performed when the pressure was on him ,hence why Morgan got the gig. Everyone's always quick to blame the boards but I think on this occasion, what the Board is saying is correct, Gayle's made comments that are out of order, apologize and move on, it's what all pro sportsmen are expected to do, when they go making controversial statements but he seems to think he doesn't have to.

  • BMDBoss on June 16, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    i think its timely decision to ommit gayle....as he is more comfortable with ipl thn national contrct and received more love n respect frm indian ppls thn carrabian ppls(as per his tweet)...he shudnt represent WI...my suggestion fr him is to apply citizenship of indian and play in ipl as under indian quota

  • abiose on June 16, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Chamal deSilva is spot on. No single player is bigger than the team, order must be restored, protocol followed and players respected. No player has a birthright to play regardless of how good he is. If Windies were winning all their matches there would be no call for Gayle's return. Fans need to find new heroes, role models and gentlemen

  • xlcrhs on June 16, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Wow! WICB says they want to end a players career! Who's acting larger than life Gayle or WICB? For all the detractors who claim Gayle is arrogant, selfish and uncommitted to WI cricket where is the proof? He is outspoken but that's not arrogance and in the past when he spoke up he was right and the board was wrong. He expressed that he preferred T20 and wouldn't mist Test cricket and suddenly he's unpatriotic? The board and insularity has given him a bad rap but should he be quiet or speak up? The headlines that Gayle, Chanderpaul & Sarwan were dropped is the reality, it was in the press &their intentions cannot be denied.Hilaire & Gibson then explained why they were dropped, Chanderpaul has since taken action against their accusations and has not played since.WICB needs to go!! And please stop talking about indiscipline what has CG done? WICB hired Haynes &Hooper who walked out on the team and want to critcize Gayle about commitment!

  • monayi on June 16, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Gayle and WICB should take good decisions on this issue..This will affect Gayle's Intenational career and this affect WICB's image in the International level. Hope Gayle will return to National side..

  • on June 16, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    This has reached the stage where,like the Afridi and Katich situation,the politicians must get involved.The WICB must be accountable to the Caricom countries'governments and be held responsible and accountable when the team does well and when things are going well.In Australia and Pakistan the politicians are using their clout to get their cricket back on track.The W.I. politicians must do the same and demand that their shareholders(the proud Caribbean people)maintain our dignity.Cricket is what gives us hope and a combined feeling of unity.

  • on June 16, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    this is sad and I am very disappointed that Gayle is getting no support from Jamaica cricket association and Ja's minister of sports babsy where you at?

  • on June 16, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Spectators are awaiting to see Gayle's heroics but WICB denying the entertainment to the world cricket enthusiasts. What a blow to the international cricket.

  • on June 16, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    i think gayle and wipa should swallow their pride , give them the apology or whatever they are asking for and let's move on... after all, it's us the fans who are suffering ..without gayle and the senior players the rest of the team is like a bunch of chickens without heads...apology is just a word or a few words , you don't have to mean it , but gayle should just say sorry to the wicb and continue to entertain us like he always does... at the end of gayle's playing days pople will line up to buy his auto biography ,which is when he can publish his story about this illfated cricket board we all put our trust in , hoping they would treat our cricketers with the respect they deserve...do it for us chris,life is short and you can only be young once . do all you can for your self and the people of the west indies who love you dearly ....

  • on June 16, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Windies are already down, without Gayle there would be not much of a reason to watch windies cricket. No offence for the existing players but people know Gayle and his flamboyant hitting. WICB please step down a notch and let cricket be played for the enjoyment of the people who watch it.

  • simonviller on June 16, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Some interesting comments here on site : '' West Indies cricket is at it's low ''.. ''How can you have a conflict with the best W.I player ''...."Living Legend "..etc,etc . West Indies cricket has been at low for some time now ,with the so called " star player "even lower than at present ; and yes you can have conflict with the best player if the situation warrants it, because no one is greater than the game . To whom it may cocern ; don't you think that to call Mr Gayle a living Legend at this point is a bit over- weaighted ? I am sure they are a few around at this point in time but he is not amongst the lot .

  • Metman on June 16, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Those of yu who are calling for Gayle"s inclusion are living in a fools paradise on some fantasy Island ! Gayle critisises his captain and coach,now wants to walk onto the field behind the man he critisied ! SHEER MADNESS on Gayle"s part and UTTER EMBARRASMENT on Sammy"s part!Put yr self now in Sammy"s shoes,Gayle criticises me,but I now have to communicate with him on and off the field,UTTER EMBARRASMENT for Sammy!Gayle critisises the coach,but the coach must now come and communicate with Gayle and the other players,UTTER EMBARRASMENT for the coach !The Board basically have two problems.One could be solved at the end of the series when Sammy's captaincy comes to an end and not reappointing him as captain,paving one end for Gayle's return,for it is clear to me that the stupid Board and selectors are going to reinstate him.The other problem will be the coach and what to do with him.As it is now,it would be SHEER MADNESS to include Gayle with Sammy as capt.and Gibson as coach.

  • on June 16, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    The truth as always lies somewhere in between. It's no secret that WICB and Hilaire are egotistic and myopic entities. They just look to pander their personal interests in the garb of (mis)managing WI cricket. That being said, WIPA isn't a transparent body either. For a representative of players, Dinanath Ramnarine is far too often in news for frayed tempers and rubbing people the wrong way. He must have done something right to earn the trust - however in this case (gayle's interview) no clue how and why this would equate to not apologizing for the random outburst against authorities and getting selected regardless. It should have been an easy resolution via dialogue like grown ups. Bottomline: none of these parties have WI cricket and its pride in their heart.

  • on June 16, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    A player has good discipline if does not fix matches and plays the game honestly. A player does not have to obey orders of managers always to have good discipline.

  • linba on June 16, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    So he goes public, insults his manager, and employer, won't apologize and demands he be given his job back. Wow - I'd love to work for any company that would do that!!

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    mr ceo the fans love chris gayle weeeeeeeeee hate u

  • delastbastion on June 16, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Chris Gayle not bigger than WI cricket, he may be the best of a poor lot and that all...certainly he's no lara, greenidge, haynes, richarson, sobers, richards etc, he's just rich and spoilt, infact in wi colours gayle has been a great disapointment, in sri lanka last year gayle scored 300 in one innings... guess how much he scored in reamining tests innings for wi....in world cup gayle said this is his tournament...guess how much he contributed to wi cause during the tournament, wi does no better or worse with him, lets look to develop someone who is polite, appreciative, loyal and passionate about wi cricket....let the mercenary go his way...there are other talents in the WI waiting to be developed the same way gayle was developed

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    @ Birju Patel - No one man can lift the whole team. Not even SRT could do it for India, When he was on all time high. Cricket is team sport, And Gayle likes money. That's that.

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    I don't think Gayle has anything to worry about or apologize for. It's not like he hascommitted any crime. The current West Indies team revolves around Gayle and without Gayle, the team is just another Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. If Gayle is denied the opportunity, then he will be taken care of in the IPL. Gayle is currently the best cricketer on the planet and WCIB are being immature by taking a stand against Gayle.

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Regardless to what, I think that the WICB should put the past where it belongs and get Chris back into the team. Fans pay to watch top players so let them play stupid and forget that!

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    HILAIRE MUST GO. WHY IS DR. HUNT SO SILENT? JAMAICA CRICKET BOARD, DO YOU NOT HAVE A VOICE?

  • tappee74 on June 16, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    We are supposed to be a free people,the days of slavery are thought to be over,but it is clearly evident that the masters are around,the children whose forefather's flesh and blood were sacrificed for the freedom of theml.They our forefathers in their graves will be crying at the selfishness of the very children they have sought freedom and a better life for.Gayle is a legend recognised from every corner of the cricketing world.A legend comes once in a lifetime, consider it a previledge and a blessingi .Remember what Jesus said,Cast the first stone if you have not sinned.Do not be selfish.

  • pr3m on June 16, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    So while the West Indies were the whipping boys of Test cricket in recent years with Gayle, what will they be now, without him?

  • hansrich on June 16, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Dear SimonVillier show me the hunger in them young players and I may just back you up, come on man you can't be hungry and go out there and never get off the mark nor score double figures, furthermore you can't build a team on youth alone experience is needed especially when the coach don't have the sort of playing experience required to do the job (I hear bells ringing, WICB.) wake up and smell the Mauby Matey have you guys not learned from sides like Australia and South Africa? Do not be ignorant open your eyes and see all you care about is punishing players the senior ones. When you were in school and you were bad at math or english what did the teacher do, did they send you home for a week or worked with you? my friend the same applies here guidance is needed, you are reliving the glory days long gone when we saw boundary after boundary which sadly to say WICB has let escaped from us. If they did not please Lara with the demise of Franklin Rose maybe a diffrent story fe DE TEAM.

  • ChrisH on June 16, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    A lot of people claim they won't watch because Gayle isn't there. But my question is, did you watch before anyway? Because I remember when Gayle used to be there and quite a few "cricket fans" would be at home on a Saturday only half-heartedly listening to the game (and often switching stations or channels) when they could easily have gone down to the venue. I suspect a lot of these claims are hot air.

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    The WICB has got is all wrong. They're about ego. All they had too do was fine Gayle and suspend him for a few games instead of all this media foolishness.They are more concerned about their image rather than the West Indies cricket development. If Gayle is fined for his breaches of the written rules and policies of conduct, he will certainly be more circumspect.

  • Viky_Robin on June 16, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    EGO is the worst thing in any relationship.This issue can be resolved only if any one of this two parties leave their EGO and go forward to give us Quality cricket.

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    i think WIPA should not allowed any players to play cricket unless this issues is slove. because we all know WI gone tru. the coach and management is distracting the player look at sarwarn canderpaul and gayle. these dummies who running WICB should all resign.. btw have you all notice since this clown coach gibbison take over we having this problem

  • Regulator on June 16, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    The Gayle saga has evoked a lot of emotion and rightly so, he does provide entertainent value to the game. However, when you acquire influence if you use it you should use it with conscience. I think we are missing the bigger point in casting blame on the board and totally ignore the responsibility that Gayle has in this matter. Lets face it Gayle went on national radio and was very fallacious in his comments about his rehab. This is a serious action by him, we refuse to acknowledge that this is the issue at hand. We are acting like Gayle is not culpable in this matter. I am from Jamaica, we have and are experincing serious social and moral decay simply because there is an apathy to the RULE OF LAW. This behaviour transcends throughtout the soceity and especially so when it is perpetrated by an icon. In this regard Gayle has to understand that he is sending a morally flawed message to his fans when he is unwilling to accept that he did wrong and seek to remedy his actions and move on.

  • bbpp on June 16, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    After 2 decades of worsening failures with some of the greatest players of all time (Lara, Ambrose, Walsh) this has to be a MANAGEMENT issue, not a PLAYER issue! When will the WICB own up to its mismanagement of OUR cricket? They are the most inefficient, incompetent, ego-filled administrators in world who will try to blame players for their organizational ineptitude. They now have a good "yes suh" captain who means well, has a good heart but is clearly not equipped to lead a test team and they are doing everything in their power to keep him in charge. Remember when they got rid of Viv, Marshall, Greenidge and later Haynes to make Ritchie more comfortable? All they did was to start the decline and that hurt Ritchie's legacy in the process. Also, did Mr Gibson speak to and about his English players the same way he feels so comfortable insulting, denigrating our WI players who have given so much to us? I wonder what is the diff between English and our players?

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Hi Gayle, Get out from your country. Your board will not respect you. Migrate to some other country who plays cricket.

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    The WICB comprises a bunch of old men who want absolute power over the game and players.

    They have NO respect for the players or fans.

    The team they field is a WICB XI.

    WI cricket will be dead soon under them.

    Tier 2 status is calling.

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Message to WICB WIPA GAYLE: Make a deal. Have Beckles apologize & Gayle do the same. Leave pride and hot heads out of the meetings.

    Who is winning in the present situation??? 'Rasta no apologize to no man' meets 'Apologize or we have nothing to talk about. We hold the handle and have the power to end your career.'

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    The main problem in West Indies Cricket, is the entire Administration. They seem to have an agenda of their own an its not in line with Cricket. They are suppose to motivat, encourage, descipline and build a positive attitude in the players, instead they are doin the opposite. West Indies cricket is not the same without Chris Gayle.

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    I think Gayle is entitled to his opinions as a player.The West Indies cricket board needs to seriously consider stepping down because they r the CEO of windies cricket and they r failing they don't have the answers to move the team forward look at who they put as captain and that within it's self says it all....I listened to an interview with Boycott and he says it well he feels sorry for Sammy cause he has notin great going for him and he is the least talented guy on the team and he could be a great guy but that is it........

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    there must be an understanding, WICB needs him for the market and to return fans to the beautiful game in the Caribbean. we are not enjoying the games, not competitive in anyway..... How many teams want to host the windies with the kind of opposition they will expect.

    Come on WICB, understand this, move on with the game, we must also understand that its what happens on the Field of play we use in judging a progressive board.

  • Tarunmsn on June 16, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Gayles future is now with Vijay Malya.

  • on June 16, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    IPL will destroy world cricket this way.....hitting third grade local indian street bowlers is not what gave you fame in the first place Mr.chris gayle....he spoke that stuff on radio bcz IPL money got to his head...he only spoke after getting IPL contract..he was crying at home before that..too bad IPL is not going to last for ever..TRPs are dropping guyz...bcz we dont like to watch it anymore....ROFL

  • on June 16, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Thumbs up for Gayle! Thumbs down for WICB!!

  • TestIP on June 16, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Hilaire, coach Ottis Gibson and Richardson MUST go. It is time to save WI cricket. I hope many fans begin to protest and these guys are removed ASAP. These 3 are hiding the talents in the WI and killing the good players as well. These are guys who play players based on faces rather than talents. Why is Calton bough playing ahead of Ramdin....this guy NEVER scored above 20 runs.....why is darren sammy captain....he shouldnt event make the WI water boy panel. I hope Caricom steps in and fire Hilarie fast before fans stop watching and people stop going to the games.

  • Robster1 on June 16, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    A pathetic and entirely predictable outcome. Both sides should hang their arrogant heads in shame. Petty politics at its very worst. The very weak West Indies cricket seems to be trying to commit suicide. Nobody seems to care about the ever dwindling number of supporters who are quite fed with the militant players and intransigent administrators. Is it really this difficult to get the best Windies XI on the field ?

  • Umamahesh_Srigiriraju on June 16, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Kudos to WICB for standing their ground. It is pretty ordinary to shoot your mouth and then say oh I was upset at that time. Lol..Hope Gayle understands that what he said when he was 'upset' was damaging the reputation of the people he was making claims about.

  • PaddyRasta on June 16, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    @simonviller So Sammy as captain was not a senior player in WC, just someone (and I hate this word) "entrusted" with the captaincy so no blame there; and the solution was get rid of said senior players. Have none so that the whole team can be absolved from any blame. Back to the drawing board again. Wi will win the 5th ODI and be absolved again against a C-team because 3-2 doesn't look bad on paper. Chanders is a man who has had to carry the team over the years with everyone collapsing around him. And sadly has been cast into retirement not to be used as the valuable mentor and innings anchor that he could be.

  • Mariakutty on June 16, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Only solution is to kick the board members out rather than Gayle. And let the team management appoint- Lara, Viv Richards, Greenidge, Riche Richardson, Haynes, Dujon -Batting coach: Garner, Walsh, Marshal, Ambrose, -Bowling coach: G Loggie, -Fielding coach, Sobers- all round charge for all the coaches, Finally- Gayle the captain.

  • Navin84 on June 16, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    WICB wants to feel that they are the "ONE" and Gayle must retract his statements. Why they just couldn't suspend him for a few matches and let it be that! WI cricket has no way to go from here but further down, everyday is some sort of problem. The WICB board must be gotten rid off and let new management come in, just like they did with the team, if they old ones as they say can't do the job then bring new ones. Why Chanderpaul is not in the ODIs, India is his favourtie team, a team which he always do good against. Players like Gayle, Chanderpaul and the others should just leave WI and go play County cricket and T20's which is the going format now.

  • sweetiepaper on June 16, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    This is so sad. confrontation all around and no compromise. Gayle is clearly talented and I want him in my side always but he has always been difficult to handle. And WICB and the Caribbean in general does not know how to handle talented but difficult people (Lara, Ramnarine, Samuels, Gayle, Benn, Morton plus many others over the years). Gayle is destructive to opponents and the W.I. alike. But do we discard all our talented people. We all know that a lot of talented people in all walks of life have some sort of diificult way about them, it is what makes them exceptional, it just needs to be managed and channeled into their performance. In the same breath, a line must be drawn and NO ONE should be allowed to go overboard. But in this instance the WICB is at fault. Gayle made an error, and now WIPA is handling the thing wrong. CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG! I'm fed up of all the reasons and just want back a W.I. Champion Team.

  • RichieRich1979 on June 16, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    I am happy to sort the whole mess out!

    1. You need either mediation or one side has to step down. 2. Sort the policies out. What does WI cricket want to achieve? Do you want to play our best players or start again. When you drop 1 player like Katich for Australia, that shows favouritism and weakness all at the same time. 3. It goes without saying you need some experience to bring on youth! 4. Play a captain who is worth their place in the team. Sammy although a decent cricketer is hindering the WI chances of winning games (Not his fault I might add!) 5. Look at the talent pool and select accordingly Barath, Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, DM Bravo, DJ Bravo, Ramdin, Baugh, Russell, Pollard, Edwards, Taylor,Rampaul,Simmons, Roach, Bishoo, Sammy, Shillingford(Action cleared). Squad of 18 - Simple. Get Jimmy Adams, Courtney Walsh, Ambrose, Hooper, Lara involved to show the youngsters what test cricket is all about, reason they are recently retired. As I said, im available!

  • jonfox6020 on June 16, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Who could have thought that the WI cricket would sink even lower. Clearly the WICB don't possess the right managerial skills when it comes to cricket. Here we have an Indian team without the top players and the WICB still didn't take advantage of it?? Gayle should be in the team, along with Chanderpaul. I think that they want to kill these 2 guys career before time. The WICB need to go along with the Coach. Leave Haynes as batting coach and bring in Walsh or Ambrose as the bowling coach. We had 2 chances of moving up the rankings, but the WICB picked weak teams. Imagine if Gayle, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Taylor,Edwards were there from the start. Perhaps the outcome would have been different. Again, I am saying, let us come together and sign a petition for the WICB to be removed. After all, it is us the west indian people whose cricket they are managing and making us shame by their actions at present time. Do the right thing and resign now Hilarie, Howard, Gibson.... and let WI cricket rise

  • on June 16, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    With Money power of IPL cricket boards of various countries would lose good players. Gayle is one such example. Also, Cricket is not played with EGO. Board MUST adopt a compromise approach to revive already low position of the game in WI. With the current team they cannot expect viewrs to come to stadiums

  • on June 16, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    You Guys go on like Chris Gaple is a Demi God of WI cricket. He hase been around for a good period now and has he raised the quality of Wi cricket? Really has he? And at a time when we are struggling to survive can any of you justify paying $800,000 to Chris. Please separate your emotions from your ability to think properly? We have been speaking about the lack of discipline in our present crop of players and now something is being done to stem this, we shun the board and management. Whats next in our unbelievable support for destructiion of WI cricket.

  • on June 16, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Please Send him to India, we'll gladly take him anyday. Sehwag and Gayle opening, enough to make any bowler cack himself senseless...

  • on June 16, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    They are heatedly quibbling over dividing the house while the roof is crashing over their heads. Hilaire has got too big for the game and he has Ottis Gibson in his pocket to egg him on.

  • Midonoff on June 16, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    I am sorry that he is not playing at the moment but I'll continue to support the current team. WI cricket cannot rely on one batsman. I remember on numerous occasions where Gayle has fail in first over or so and then the wall kept tumbling down, therefore, WI ended up with a meagre score. At the moment I see some good late order batting which was lacking.

  • PACERONE on June 16, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Why are some people operating like Gayle is the cause of the WI decline.WICB treated Desmond shabbly..gave the captaincy to Richardson...who is now manager.This is the same Richardson who let Curtly try to get 6 runs to win a game.He did not take charge.This is the same board that arranged a tour against England just after we had beaten England in the worst weather possible.Sri Lanka refused to play at that time of the year,but WICB accepted because on money.WI players were then playing in the IPL and the board knew that.If they wanted these players to lose money to play for WI,how could that be fair.WI looked a better team when the Australian was coaching them...he made mistakes,but WICB has been making mistakes for years.ACB tried to protect their players when they were involved with gamblers,WICB suspended our player for years.Richardson was also involved in that decision. We do not know the names of all the applicants for the coaching position,but could we not of got someone better

  • NBRADEE on June 16, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    1. Before a Test match to be played in Kingston with India and no Sachin, the WICB wishes to have Chris Gayle retract his statements??? (snicker!!) 2. Pick any team with the dolts of the WICB in charge, and soon we will have many more like Chris Gayle! For all you goodie-two-shoes out there who may never have read anything 'bout Windies cricket historically, you might want to question why Holding, Croft, Lloyd et al have nothing to say in the WICB's defense lately 3. Picking Gayle now will not necessarily ensure a good series for the Windies now; there is a lot of detritus that still exists, especially between the current players on the team. 4. Until the WICB modernizes and innovates its management style, we may be asked to play ODI and T20 cricket only in the near future, which is not the best way to nurture the players of the future. Expect things to get a lot worse before it gets better...

    RALLY 'ROUND THE WEST INDIES (but not the WICB)...

  • on June 16, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    Hello, i applaud WICB, even though Gayle doesn't have a central contract its a matter of respect for the ppl you work with, can you imagine coming out and saying whatever you want about a company or organisation you work for, and then expecting them to pay it no mind at go on allowing you to ply your trade. i mean its beyound me that you say it was an error you were upset but you then refuse to apologise, how can they in good conscience give you a chance to play again. Gayle and his supporters have this air of entitlement like any of them would allow for someone to disrespect and lie about them and then want to work with that person. you are not bigger than the game, and that goes for all aspect of life

  • on June 16, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    i think West indies decided that they want to lose all the matches in the future..yes without Gayle ITS IMPOSSIBLE

  • on June 16, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    West indies cricket is bad with or without Chris Gayle....At least the team they have now u can see that there trying...Gayle should have been one of the more senior players in the team...could u see any leading international player acting like Gayle....no matter how great u are the sport will continue with out u!

  • Jean_JJ on June 16, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    damn idiots how can u not select ur best batsman we r going to boycott matches played here if gayle doesnt play

  • VEXXZ on June 16, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Its time the WICB take a stand and show players that the GAME is bigger than he or she .People in the Caribbean look forward to GOOD cricket from our players . We the paying public pay BIG BUCKS to go to the grounds or watch on TV to see a competitive match .The seniour players are in it for the MONEY and do not care about WI cricket .We must take s strong stand and make a new start with a group of YOUNG players on the march FORWARD.

  • on June 16, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    I am big fan of Gayle, i want him to bat for WI, keep all politics aside and let cricket take the center stage... let Gayle play.

  • sgbhatcar on June 16, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Amazing that the Cricket Boards should act so autocratically, even in the 21st century! I have never understood as to why the board members and selectors behave so stupidly in almost every cricketing nation in the world. Last week it was Australia. For the sake of West Indies cricket, I wish that some of the all time West Indian greats like Lloyd, Richards, Holding or Roberts intervene and convince the board that a cricketer like Chris Gayle is important to the country. The Board members have egos as big as trucks, but that does not augur well for the team as a whole!

  • on June 16, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    bad luck for West Indies...

  • on June 16, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Gale is a fine cricketer, there is no doubt. But he had also mad mistakes. Now everyone is blaming WCB, only because the WI can't afford to leave him as there is no equal replacement. Had it been there, the WCB, it think, would not have faced this much criticism.

  • PHANTOM-X on June 16, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    If they don't want Chris Gayle...He can play International Cricket for another country....

  • Mash3009 on June 16, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Gayle needs to be disciplined. He's so full of himself, thinks that he's better than everyone else, and that rules don't apply to him. He may be talented, but his attitude is a terrible example to all youngsters. Hope the WICB doesn't change their stance on the matter.

  • on June 16, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Maybe Gayle's home fans should send a statement to the selectors by boycotting the next odi and test in Jamaica. These Officials are behaving like a ten year old with an over-inflated fragile ego. Gayle gave his view on the controversial program. should he be crucified for that? Why dont they come clear with theirs (not with diplomatic words to mask the real meaning)? The team is already reduced by injuries. The best route is for them to play the best, most experienced players.

  • Danan99 on June 16, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    this issue if bigger than gayle stop think of gayle he is 1 of 2 voices for W-I cricket and the are not happy with any wont be surprise if they finally destroy wipa

  • Danan99 on June 16, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    The issue with west indies cricket is surely the board, the board is primarily persons from other caribbean countries playing some what politics with their cricket. The board is out to remove any force which apposses them such as gayle and wipa with no wipa west indies cricket is surely over. Future aspiring cricketers if WIPA is gone get ready to kiss some real ass as that would be the only way u get to play with this current board. I ill by happy when i begin to see some foreigners running the W-I board. THIS ALL STARTED WHEN THE LAST COACH LEFT.

  • on June 16, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    All you people siding with the WICB are crazy. Just crazy. Chris Gayle has been a LOYAL servant of WI cricket!! LOYAL! FACT! When Chris Gayle is in FULL FLOW I BET all of you are singing his praises! The man who NOTORIOUSLY DOESN'T SAY MUCH decided to speak out for ONCE!! He speaks out and all of a sudden you jump on his back and slander him!! How SHORT your memories are! Chris Gayle is one of 5 people to make 2 triple centuries...and he did this for WI! He has batted with more responsibility (barring his dismissal in the CWC against Umar Gul) for WI because he realised that we NEED him to do well!! IF he didn't care he WOULDN'T be trying to get this matter resolved!! The man deserves better and you "people" who spit on his name and his dedication to WI cricket should be ashamed of yourselves and OBVIOUSLY know next to NOTHING about WI cricket! DISBAND the WICB and get in a body of people who have WI cricket at the FOREFRONT of their priorities!!!! Damn ego's...

  • Steggz on June 16, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Gayle's a good player. But NO player can think he can work to a different set of rules than others. Both parties are at fault here

  • on June 16, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    play for country not for money.. WI board is right and also this is a good lesson for all players.

  • on June 16, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Yes..gayle is a legend, he needs to play international cricket. but not with this attitude..he should have accepted his mistake and just make a simple apology.

  • Livinitupnowww on June 16, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    The lucrative side of T20 cricket is affecting the national side as West Indies players are turning down playing for West Indies & deciding to ply their trade elsewhere but still wants to look patriotic hence the charade that is going on now. Gayle, along with other players on the team, prefers to play the T20 but wants the board to look as the bad guys driving them to play outside. West Indies players for a while now have discipline issues & are not professional enough to abide by rules & regulations. They want the public to think they are being forced to do what they're doing & be sympathetic, when in fact they want, & prefer to play these T20 tournament.

  • delboy on June 16, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    The board has spoke so Gayle should move on. Move to Ireland and seek to be natralised in time to qualify to represent them when they I as full member.

  • Mri35 on June 16, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Gayle deserved that he should give more concentration to country than ipl wicb should cancel his noc letter and let sit gayle in the home

  • nzcricket174 on June 16, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    No matter how bad Australia's board (CA) is, it will never match the WICB.

  • on June 16, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    i hate west indies cricket board bunch of idiots but i love the cricket

  • Imthiyaz_Haniffa on June 16, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    WICB = Bunch of Jokers. They don't want WI Cricket prospects. What a shame. One of the greatest criket nation gone to the level of Zimbabwe cricket.

    Oh WI Cricket Lovers.......why you'll are quit?

  • mail2shiv on June 16, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    But Birju, all the problem is created by India and the IPL and this will finish international cricket.

  • on June 16, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Who remember when Jamaica made it to play in the world cup in 1998? well there was one rene simoes who was bent on not selecting one walter boyd on that team to leave our shores. walter said simoes wanted to play god in his life.simoes wanted him to bow and grovel...sounds similar to chris gayle and the wicb? you bet! People..weak leaders like simoes and wicb cant handle strong , outspoken individuals..so they prefer to work with a weak captain like sammy, a young team, where they can manage without any percieved interference.. case in point..simoes came back, refused to pick the senior players and lost everthing almost..it took whitmore to pick them all and just fell short of qualifying us again...gibson and company is trying the same thing...weak , ineffective leadership...thats all it is. Plus...is there any merit to what gayle said on radio? why are they not addressing that? if he was being truthful, why should he apologise? Did otis gibson not say stuff too? where is his apology?

  • on June 16, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    I think majority of West Indian people don't like cricket any more. May be WI youngster like to be an "USAIN BOLT" or Asafa Powel instead Chris Gayle. People must remember West Indies is the greatest Sporting Region in the Whole world. They are super stars in 200+ country participating Olympics. Jamaican Track Team is awesome…They can create Thousand Gayle, if they like this sport…WEST INDIANS GREAT, GREAT, GREAT Sporting people…Can't they Dominate the sport in which just 10 countries playing? the fact is , They (WI Youths) like to participate in much competitive sports than cricket. COMMON WI! YOU CAN MAKE 1000 GAYLES IF U LIKE

  • ninad.varadkar on June 16, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    WI cricket is at its worst low......................now waiting Chappel in charge of Cricket Affairs in Australia, it wont be long before Australia go below the WI.......

  • Tarunmsn on June 16, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    IPL ruined gayles career. No doubt IPL ruined Chris Gayles career. Poor gayle. Now He can only play in IPL.

  • stormy16 on June 16, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Doesnt the WICB attitude kind of confirm some of what Gayle said in his radio interview? I think its absurd this whole WICB and contracts saga - its been going on from the time of Lara where senior players end up having contractual issues with the board. The WICB doesnt have a right to deny Gayle or anyone the opportunity to play for the Country regardless of what Gayle said. If he contraviened some policy then he must be punnished with a fine or ban - you cant just refuse to let the guy play at all - that playing god's role with I am afraid the WICB is not.

  • lyl67 on June 16, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    All i can say is SACK the board and in with a new, otherwise we will be the laughing stock of cricket if we are not already are, eventally we will become minnows of cricket or expelled from international cricket.

  • Tigg on June 16, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    WIPA are as bad as the board. West indies cricket is in a poor state but the WIPA seem to think it's players are the megastars of the past. Sure Gayle can whack a few balls in T20 with the fields in but his career averages aren't anything spectacular.

    A simple retraction and he can play again. Just suck it up and get on with it.

  • 200ondebut on June 16, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    WICB are a joke! They are letting their egos get in the way of what is good for WI cricket.

    I'm not sure why Gayle needs to apologise- his comments seem to echo those of other senior players in the side.

    No wonder England do not think they are worthy of a Lord's test.

  • on June 16, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    In its fight against the PCB for incompetence, the WICB has gained further ground. just rediculous. Can the WIPA, for a change, take up a real issue and struggle it out?

  • on June 16, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    u cant take such steps against the legendary, if gayles presence would be for india tour then west had a chance of winning the series. WI team will not be a balance team is gayles future ends up:(

  • SuperSharky on June 16, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    This is sad. I've seen it happen to Lance Klusener as well. He also was in disagreement with his cricket board and was dropped way too early while his cannon still worked. Klusener, Symonds, (just to name a few) and now Gayle as well. The entertainers for the fans.

  • on June 16, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Farcical. This situation is beyond laughable.

  • on June 16, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Thats what IPL is doing to world cricket. They offer so much money which a player cant earn his whole life if he plays for the national team. I am sure West Indian people are intersted in Gayle playing for Kolkata or Victoria or Glamorgan only if he continues playing for the WestIndies. If he stops playing for Windies for any reason, he is not the same reverred and loved Gayle anymore. No body cares if he smacks 100 of 20 balls as a mercenary cricketer. How many of us now remember Symonds. I am not interested in Afridi playing for any county or city or state if he stops playing for Pakistan. He is not a Pakistani assett anymore, which is the primary reason we pakistanis love him. Players have to embrace the value of humility if they need to earn big money as well as respect of their followers. Fighting with administrators of the game would not take them anywhere as we all know that hundred of players are waiting in the wings to replace these stars.

  • on June 16, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    first of all these boards r ending some g8 careers.......west indies r runnig in a g8 lose...nd they r loosin most of the matches....the absence of gayle is another g8 lose.he is a living legend........everyone wants to play politics......but wat will the poor cricketers do...... tis is just disgusting!!!

  • gargi_vizag on June 16, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    i think there are lessons to be learnt for both players and boards from this episode....cricket boards need to understand that the money top players are going to get from IPL is too much and they can't match it....at the same time they cannot be seen to accede to players choosing which games they want to play and which ones they are not going to play. Gayle and others like him need to understand that they were able to get the big bucks bcoz of their reputations made from playing for their respective countries and boards need to recognize that if they have to bring in sponsors/crowds they need to be playing their top players. It is purely business and there is no room for egos here!!!!

  • MirRohal on June 16, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    PLEASE TAKE GAYLE... he is the man to bring upheavals in windies cricket.... WICB is doing foul by dropping gayle repeatedly... We made a slogan for gayle... GAYLE GAYO MATCH GAYO.. meaning NO GAYLE NO MATCH

  • Ubeecool on June 16, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Its time to see a Rebel West Indies Team...Captained by Brian Lara and include Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Bravo, Pollard, Russell, Roach, Rampaul, Samuels, Ramdin, Benn, Simmons, Barratt and Bravo.... Batting Consultants: Sir Viv Richards, Carl Hooper and R. Richardson Bowling Consultants: C. Walsh, I. Bishop, A. Roberts and C.Ambrose Mental Toughness Mentors: Sir Garfield Sobers, Clive Lloyd and Lance Gibbs TV/ Commercials/Promotions: I Bishop, T. Cosier and Sir Garfield Sobers Scheduling: C. LLoyd, Sir Viv Richards and T. Cosier Legal: D. Ramnarine Finance: Ernest and Young

    With this outfit, you are guranteed to find juice in every bone..and proud West Indian Fans.

  • on June 16, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    This reads like some squabble between backward adolescents rather than grown men deeply involved in the only sport which unites the nations of the West Indies. CLR James must be turning in his grave.

  • on June 16, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Some times I ask myself if what i am hearing and seeing is correct, it is true to say that the WICBC has tolerated the ill behaviour of some of its players for too long. We can talk about incidents in South Africa incidents in Australia incidents on the field of play and in the opposition dressing room here in the Caribbean form that it tells us that some players just have a licence to behave bad, because tha Board failed to address these past incident proprely that is why Gayle find himself in this delima, let me make this clear I am a gayle fan and I long to see him back in WI colors he is an icon but icons are subject to disciplaine. Gayle's behaviour was Wrong oh how I wish he had some sensible people arround hiw to let him know that. The board has taken the right action and I stand with them on that. Gayle should submit a letter of apology to the board in an effort to bring closure to this matter. If you are looking to resolve this matter you cannot take Ramnarine with you.

  • on June 16, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    I agree with the board cant have players not interested in representing west indies deciding when they should play and when they should not if Gayle wants to play let him apologise for his comments and lack of respect for the Caribbean People.

  • on June 16, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    No individual however talented should not be bigger than the game. If WICB let Gayle concessions they set a very bad example for the future. Only indiscipline will reign. Presence of Gayle alone cannot salvage WI cricket form the abyss it is currently set in. But if indiscipline sets in it will never recover from current sorry state.

  • WTEH on June 16, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    As far as Ottis Gibson will be the coach of WI, they will not have a future. It is sad that they have that many legends of the game and cannot find a coach who knows cricket and also know how to march his troops.

  • WTEH on June 16, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Stop this madness. Gale is a living legend and the savior of the team. Fire the board. Fire the coach. They are job is just to select a good team. Their pride means nothing to fans. WI without Gale is below club level. If they not let Gale play, ICC might have to seriously consider the Test status of WI. Unlike India not every country is willing to send a weaker team to balance the poor performance of WI. If a full test or ODI team comes to WI, then fans will realize WI is even weaker than Bangladesh or Nederland.

  • popcorn on June 16, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    IPL has done more harm to World Cricket than you would ever imagine. Cricketers have now become slaves to the money thrown to the beggars of Cricket.Country be damned,say the cricketers.Only Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson have told IPL to go to hell,and have put Country first. Only India is sitting pretty, because their cricketers are not affected.So a deeper ploy by BCCI than meets the eye?

  • wicked.wizard on June 16, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Time for the sleeping ICC to step in. Is it a case of we dont care as WI doesn't generate significant revenue for the governing body? Perfect oppurtunity for ICC to prove its a forward looking and proactive organisation,

  • bluestar555 on June 16, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Get Gibson out things will be sorted out, this is the same Gibson who failed as a player miserably. Kick him out & eveything will fall in place, dun make the players in gud nick sit out.

  • on June 16, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Sad sad sad The employer is your boss and there is always management anywhere you go and work that is the policy i love Chris, but this is indiscipline you make a statement it was wrong retract it case close move on Mr Ramnarine has issues with the board and he intents to get even with them so he does care who he pulls down. look his behavior,he is destroying the players future. Sad

  • on June 16, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Players like Gayle & Afridi are indisciplined cricketer and they should be dealt the same as Andrew Symonds and it is my honest advice to the WICB not to select Gayle in the Test team in the first test against India

  • Ubeecool on June 16, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Is WICB promoting Sandy Beaches or West Indian Cricket? Look at the crowd in Georgetown and Port of Spain and compare to North Sound...I highly recommend Business Management 101 for WICB members and Psychology 101 for Gibson. West Indian fans have suffered for a long time, this Gayle issue should sank the board and coach to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. Come on WI die hard fans let your voices be heard...

  • on June 16, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    common windies cricketers , lower ur egos and rejuvenite once again for the sake of ur future and windies cricket future

  • HOTCHA on June 16, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    A bunch of bungling fools. They have some talent in there, but have no clue how to harness it.

  • ed.dixon on June 16, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    The guy's an idiot. He has to realise that no one man is bigger than the country that he plays for. He either plays for his country or he doesn't. There can be no half measures. That's not to say that the WICB aren't to blame as well of course - they should make a public statement saying whether Gayle would be picked if fit and ready to play, and Gayle should make a simple statement confirming whether he wants to play for the West Indies or not. Not for some of the games, not for the tours that he wants to go on, but for all games in whichever formats he chooses.

  • on June 16, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    its sad a player like gayle will fit into every team in the world but cant play for WI i think icc should step in coz this is bad for wi and for cricket as a sport and wicb should be suspended

  • on June 16, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    @ Crininfo administrators Cant we have a LIKE / DISLIKE button for the comments.

  • johnathonjosephs on June 16, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    what is up with the cricket boards these days? Australia, Pakistan, and West Indies cricket boards are going off the wall. Normally, i would say that Gayle should just be the bigger man (no pun intended) and retract his statements, but looking at the bigger picture, why doesn't chanderpaul or sarwan do the same too? Three players can not be wrong (especially world class players like these), and i think WICB should be restructured

  • thenoostar on June 16, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    @Akhlaq Zafar The West Indies is not a country. Many would argue that the standard of the IPL would match the standard of NZ VS WI or PAK vs ENG, atleast in limited overs games. Surely players would want to play at the highest level possible and maximize their earning potential. The standard of domestic football well surpasses international football in most cases and the NBA is the pinnacle of basketball. Why? because the best players regardless of nationality are all playing in the same competition. South Africa or India cant enter 3 teams into the world cup even though they would comfortably beat most of the minnow teams. We all know Gayle and the WICB have clashed for a long time but Gayle is good enough to be in the West Indies team! The WICB is the organization that has been in charge while the best cricket test team in the world with only daylight second has become the worst. The Caribbeans ability to produce outstanding athletes woefully exceeds their ability to manage them.

  • Ubeecool on June 16, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    West Indian fans, turn off the lights to West Indian cricket, look east and you will find great cricket being played in England, India, S. Africa, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan.

  • blackie on June 16, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    what a mess we have in windies cricket. gibson clearly has been given the job of cleaning up a team that every manager and coach over the last 15 years believes is full of indiscipline. very hard job. caribbean youth today dont care much about what the game meant to us as west indians 20 or 30 years ago. in fact they wont even understand it; having been born in a totally differernt era. nowadays 'money talks'. gayle is the last of what the board sees as 'the indisciplined trouble makers' and they are understandably keen to see the back of him. even though the board has made more than its share of mistakes, this move to 'clean up' the team is not just by the board but also has the backing of many great/good players from the past. dont be surprised if we never see gayle in west indies colours again.

  • vedichitesh on June 16, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Its an irony of fate...... worthless people decide the fate of Diamonds..... West Indies Cricket was in the bottom.... but the board has found a new low....

  • on June 16, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Gayle is overrated and I'm happy the Board is not ready to compromise. Gayle not playing for West Indies can only be good for them. Money chaser. Useless technique. Inconsistent. No pride in the game. I wish he had stuck to his childhood plans and played football for Jamaica.

  • on June 16, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    Many people here have been talking about supporting the WICB. Players have been indisciplined at times no doubt, but as a neutral Indian, one thing that has surprised me over the last few years is the decisions of the selectors and also the WICB. So much so that I feel that we NEVER EVER get to see the best playing XI in WI in any series. This has been going for quite some years now. Why is Chanderpaul not in the team for the ODI series? Why was Brendan Nash never considered for ODIs and branded a 'test' batsman? Why did Jermaine Lawson disappear from the scene? Add to that ridiculous initiatives like fielding a totally rookie team in the name of grooming 'young blood'. The WICB board has always meant a bunch of good-for-nothing politicians who have ruined WI cricket. Cricinfo kindly do a related article on WHAT IS THE WICB? so that people actually come to know about the board and also how it can be dissolved? WICB does more damage than good to the WI cricket.

  • jackiethepen on June 16, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    This is not about the IPL - so why don't all those Indian fans stop defending it at all costs? This is about discipline. The West Indian team has been underperforming for years with the benefit of Chris Gayle. He has set them a poor example as a player and as a captain. He put wealth acquisition first. Well now he has to pay the price. West Indian cricket will get nowhere and remain in the doldrums unless the coach gets tough with disloyalty and poor discipline. Chris Gayle can't be bothered with Test cricket. He said so in England when he turned up late to captain his team. He won't sign a contract with the Windies Board because he wanted to be free of his obligations. Can you imagine the furore in England if KP had behaved in the same way? Shame on you Leo C. Hall. Is Gayle more important than the West Indian team versus India? If you are a fan, support your team. It's not about one man. The team is more important. Otherwise the glory days of West Indian cricket will not return.

  • rkannancrown on June 16, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    The fact is WI has very few quality players and Gayle is the best batsman around. Chanderpaul is another cricketeer the WICB has targetted and he has been their most dependable player for over a decade and a half. While administrators claim the game is bigger than the players, it is equally important to recognise the game is bigger than the administrators. Spectators pay money to watch the players - not the administrators. I do not know when the WICB will understand this.

  • mithun2880 on June 16, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    Gayle shud have acted diplomatically.Whtever he had commented on the radio was not sensible.Eventually nobody is bigger than the game, you earn so much respect worldwide playing for the country and then you decide to behave immaturely, also it should not be matter of choice for players to choose for IPL/County to Country.Now when there is no cricket, Gayle wants to play for WI !

  • jimmy777 on June 16, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    I think gayle along with dwayne bravo & pollard are the most disloyal cricketers in world cricket at the moment, their cricket board is doing the right thing bcoz nobody is bigger than the country or the game,if you see the examples of these 3 cricketers they try to become freelance players to play in all the 20/20 leagues thats why they had a contractual dispute with the board, dwayne bravo is the most overrated allrounder in world cricket, if you see his odi average which is 24 i think, which is next only to afridi 23 but afridi is a destructive batsman his game is that type, inspite of lots of opportunity in the top order bravo never played well, pollard is even worse hardly 1 year in international cricket he is the next bigger allrounder (hype) averaging in the early 20s but thinks he is in the class of symonds or flintoff ridiculous, of all these disloyal cricketers only gayle is a worthy cricketer both in domestic as well as international, gayle must apologise to the board!

  • on June 16, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    West Indies cricket is at it's low and these guys want to finish the career of a living legend. I think Gayle is the guy who can lift this side, WI has many good players but there is no one in the team who can be the icon. Gayle is an entertainer and if WI need people in their stadiums they need Gayle to play for them

  • Karthik_Runja on June 16, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    What the HELL is going on with the Chris Gayle? West Indies board wants Money or Talent they need to come to a conclusion. There will be some or the other issues going on they need to compromise and move forward. But ending up the Gayle's career......... It's really senseless to listen. Chris Gayle can do better as Captain than Sammy why WICB can't understand it is very transperent.Every west Indian knows that Chris Gayle is the Future cricket for their country......

  • SajinVarghese on June 16, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    This is a long pending issue, players were forced to form an association to fight with WICB against their discrimination. Now the saga continues, Chris Gayle, a player with such a great caliber should not be wasted in this ego clash, though, I don't belong to Carribean Islands and being an Indian National and cricket fan, I would like to see that Gayle is resumed playing for West Indies. There will be a huge impact on world cricket, if West Indies started playing like 1980's. Hope Cricket Loving Administrators will step into the cricket administration of West Indies or the respective heads of Islands will find some solution to this.

  • Ubeecool on June 16, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    For the sake of WI Fans and WI cricket, the Prime Ministers of Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica,Barbados and Combine Islands should dissolve the WICB, fire the Coach and appoint a consortium- consisting of Ambrose, Walsh, Roberts, Richards, Hooper, Lara and a few other great WI cricketers to manage WI cricket. Make a lot of sense. WICB and Gibson are out of touch with WI passion. Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Bravo and Pollard..There is light at the end of the tunnel.

  • indianzen on June 16, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    I dont know why people are criticizing IPL. may be pakistan would as their players were not included... IPL has given life to many people including Gayle, had gayle not showed his skills in IPL, he would have been rehabilitating in the training camp still... First Pakistan Cricket board, now WICB and Australian Cricket board and Lankan board is next ? Why don't these guys learn from BCCI on how to successfully administer a sport?

  • 9ST9 on June 16, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Conceptually WI cricket was always a problem about to happen - there is no national feeling in a made-up side. Feel disappointed at not seeing gayle at least hopefully he will play in numerous domestic leagues worldwide but those who watched his 333 will wonder if they'd see such a feat again.

  • on June 16, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Two Wrongs cannot make one right Gayle blaming selectors or WI managements doesnt prove him right and WI Mgmt blaming Gayle and party doesnt make them right bottom line is all of them are wrong and doesnt care much about WI cricket that flair, that passion, the clypso everything is lost some where and poor cricket lovers of carrebian are suffering but they dont have anything in their hands to change. All of them should take collective responsibility and hand over the reins to a people who really have passion for WI may be people like our great commentator Tony Cozier he really some times feel pain when he sees WI cricket. this is just a thought there surely are others who will pride in helping improve the WI cricket the one we have seen in 70's, 80's and early nineties. God bless WI Fans all the best go for a change.

  • on June 16, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Well Country has to be top priority and in Gayle Case or even Pollard that has not been the case what ever be the reasons, how can you go out in the media and blast selectors after all it is their job to select team for the country, Secondly look what Gayle has done when ever he represents WI in past at least 2-3 years hardly any notable contribution and less we talk about Pollard better he wants to play IPL over International commitments of WI. So such players deserved to be banned completely from national duties and even their NOC should be revoked why WI board is so lenient with it players I dont understand. who said what or who did what is not the issue the reality is most WI players have preferred Commercial commitments over the WI cricket. Plus Board I dont know what it is doing they are not able to find 11 good players who pride themselves in playing for WI instead of running after commercial deals and till WI cricket improves I dont think sponsor's will be interested.

  • chandau on June 16, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    The problem when an ordinary bloke with no career to speak of takes the high posts like coach or chairman, he will hate those with class and glittering careers. I for one has been a fan of WI cricket because we Sri Lankans also play a similar brand of calypso cricket. Cant remember what Gibson did or in which team he played in; may be he played a few games when a few regulars were injured. Now he as the coach has an average team with a few classy guys like Chanders, Dwyane Bravo and Roach but look at the captain Sammy. An average cricketer like him can only get into an international team ranked below 8 for sure let alone captain it. Look at the openers who partner Symmons version 3. Where are the bowlers like Taylor and Powell and Best. I saw Gayle first when Lara brought a second string team to Sri Lanka in the early 2000. During one of the ODIs Lara broke a knee or arm after colliding with Marvan. Gayle was hitting them like missiles all over the park even then, now even harder :)

  • ABP235 on June 16, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    I agree with Werner Blomberg. The trio of Shiv, Ram & Chris (may sound like gods names!) have done more harm to WI cricket than the board itself has. I agree Ottis should not have been the coach, but at the same time, just by comparing the money from this artificial sport called IPL, these players are making a mistake. If Gayle is keen on making money, then why is he, and WIPA, so hell bent on pushing his case for inclusion in WI team? Have you seen these 3 guys performance in the recent world cup? They are so talented to have such poor performances (and then, on same conditions, this Gayle makes merry in the IPL!!!), why they should now look for favours. Admit your faults, take the pride of your nation and play. Else, go IPL or any monkey-trade cricket. (PS: I am very much Indian. I am appalled by the way BCCI has crucified the game of cricket on the Cross made with Commercial interests. Just see the guys like Gambhir, Zaheer playing IPL fully, but injured for national duty)

  • Dimescream on June 16, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    If Gayle is dropped, WI cricket will crumble. The matches played by the WI team are pathetic anyways. And without Gayle, I prefer watching the kids on the road play.

  • on June 16, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    ALSO LET ME ADD THIS , The WICB think that they are BIGGER than the GAME and star players like GAYLE because they fill out a TEAM SHEET , But LAST I CHECK the FANS DON'T PAY to COME WATCH ANYONE from the WICB.

  • on June 16, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    There should be a people protest against the Windies board to take Gayle !!!!!!!!

  • simonviller on June 16, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Some are displeased with the coach being upset with senior plyers performances during the World cup ,but that's what coaches do sometimes just that we don't hear about it in the media as in this case . The problem with West Indies recently is that senior players were not held accountable for their constant failures ,but instead were constantly selected failure after failure and in every format of the game ,giving no oportunity to the juniors .Now as we can see it shaping up ,you perform consistantly or you give way to the next man until you reform , because we have a lot of hungry young players in camp .

  • Dubier on June 16, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    How can you have a conflict with the best west indian player its just silly, does the WICB realise that the team is losing most of their matches, WICB should be overhauled get better members to handle the board like adults would and not like kids.

  • on June 16, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    gaylr or anybody else , all must keep discipline.then only can make a great team

  • on June 16, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    THE WEST CRICKET BOARD is operating in PREHISTORIC TIME,,, YOU DON'T or EVER FIGHT with your STAR PLAYER ..EVER, Could you imagine NBA owner mark cuban fighting with dirk,,, or the Miami heat pat Riley FIGHTING with dwayne wade or lebron james,,,Why on earth would they be PETTY in asking for him to RETRACT on a interview??? Are you kidding me !!! You can't be management and be this THIN SKIN,, This is like being in HIGH SCHOOL,,, and the people that are suffering from this JUVENILE BEHAVIOR by management are the FANS,,,WEST INDIAN FANS NEED to Boycott games and demand that CHRIS Gayle RETURNS ,,, HE IS THEIR BEST PLAYER and to NOT see him in the TEAM is BEYOND TRAVESTY

  • sharidas on June 16, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    What ails Cricket in the West Indies are a lot of things. One is that there is no one with WI cricket at heart to head the board. Like in many cricketing countries, being known as an official of the board itself brings a lot of respect and in many cases lot of business influence as well. If this is what being in the board means then what can be expected in the way of benefiting Cricket ? I wish there were enough people genuinely interested in Cricket to run the board. Of course not all players are innocent, and there maybe issues of discipline. But if the players realise that the Board stands for the benefit of WI Cricket, then a lot of things can change for the better.

  • AdmireZAK on June 16, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Lets form a team with rejected,insulted players by their respective boards Afridi(C),Katich,Gayle,Bopara....

  • on June 16, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    everyone should boycott west indies cricket until Hilaire and the WICB steps down!!

  • Stos on June 16, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    @Chamal de Silva: West Indies cricket is at a point where pleasing West Indies, let alone world, fans it just about the least important thing to do. They've been a pretty bad team for quite a few years, with or without Gayle, and what they need to do now is build for the future in order to stop being a bad team, rather than hoping that shuffling around a bad team is going to bring a miracle eventually; for this, the team's attitude, work rate and discipline is far more important than trying to please crowds. In any case, if there's anything worse for a team than being run by its administration's wishes, it's being run by its fans' wishes.

  • trinswana09 on June 16, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Since the days of rousseau and co. the successive boards have been run by idiots, businessmen and egomaniacs.they are destroying west indies cricket.why cant they simply select the best 15 cricketers and forget all the personal nonsense?

  • Sameer-hbk on June 16, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    They should have gone live with this meeting on TV... Seems to have been a lot more exciting and action packed than the boring Ind-WI matches on air. It is a pity though that Windies cricket has come to this. maybe someone like Viv Richards or Gary Sobers should sit at one of these meets and help sort things out... If possible

  • simonviller on June 16, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    It baffles me how some folks see nothing wrong with the way Gayle behaved as a professional ,to a board which has his career in hand . We may not like the board's way of doing things ,but they did not speak disparaginly about Gayle up to this point in the manner in which he did to them ,especially the coach . No player is larger than the game ,and no player is indispenable no matter how good he thinks he is . Mr Gayle was illadvised as to his handling of the situation and now finds himself up the creek along with his advisers . We have a right to freedom of speech ,but there is a price to be paid for it ,when carelessly used . If you want to resolve this quickly ,star with an apology or retraction of your comments . It was drawn to your attention during the radio interview [ MR Gayle] that it was being heard aroud the world but it didn't care then . I suppose that's too hard a thing for you to do now .

  • shawnsundar on June 16, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    What a sad, sad day for W.I cricket :(

  • timmyw on June 16, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Well, if the WI don't want you Chris, come to Australia. We'll gladly take you.

  • on June 16, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    It's all about money and ego..!! nothing about cricket or country..!!

  • len501 on June 16, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    The notion that Chris Gayle is a symbol of what is wrong about West Indies cricket is one that's used by those who want to retain the status quo. The real problem with West Indies cricket is a board which needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century. Cricket belongs to the people of the Caribbean, not a group of elites who bring nothing to the table by which to further advance the game. While I agree that there is a need for discipline and order, the situation with Chris Gayle could be resolved if there was any ability on the part of the board to make room for the fact that everyone's personality is not the same. Chris may be different, but different does not equate to wrong. Shane Warne, for all his brilliance would not have survived this board, not because he's a bad bloke, but because he's got his own personality. In the interest of West Indies cricket, the board as currently constructed has to go.

  • on June 16, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Gayle is such an explosive and talented cricketer. Perhaps one of the other test playing nations can offer him a citizenship and grab him before WICB changes its mind. Hint: the world champs - women's table tennis team of Singapore.

  • vedanthy2 on June 16, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Years back- Lala Amarnath was sent home for throwing tantrums.He mellowed and became Captain of India.But this Gayle is too much.He has not achieved anything under his captaincy.He is too arrogant.The game and WI will get better players. We have our own loiterers hanging on to old laurels blocking the way of real talented youngsters.Examples_Dravid, Laxman,Tendulkar .Why can't they walk into sunset with honour.?Greed has a limit. Sum it,WI selectors and board may be are fools in the eyes of a few,but many will appreciate their stand"no more bullying by players" Honest to good players like Walsh,Ambrse will arrive if there is Discipline is in the team.

  • on June 16, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    You can't have it both ways. A board member can make damning statements againts a player but a player can not reciprocate. My view is that both parties were wrong. Board members need a lesson in diplomacy. Discussions and decisions should be done with players imput as they are also stake holders. The Board should have called Gayle to a meeting and make the neccesary inquiries of him. Having heard Gayles case then and only then should they make a decision as to actions or sanctions needed. They have gone about it the opposite way. They have decided on the punishment before the hearing. Things have gotten way too personal. There is much more to say... But another time.

  • Rahul_78 on June 16, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    As a neutral observer all I can make from the news is at least WICB has a solution. Apologize, get penalized and get selected. WIPA and Gayle doesn't seem to have anything apart from allegation that WICB wants to ruin Gayles career. Some common sense should prevail but doesn't seem so.

  • Mr.Fox on June 16, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    The problem with West Indies cricket is those monstrous watches they all seem to be obsessed with. I'm quite sure they would cause even the sturdy likes of Pollard to lose balance. Who needs to know the time so acutely in a game of cricket anyway? Must be the IPL's fault.

  • on June 16, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    England must be pretty keen, May be one more overseas player... :D

  • nikhildevdesai on June 16, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    To all those Gayle supporters, let me ask you, is he dedicated to WI cricket. While being a captain he was seen sleeping during lots of matches in the dressing rooms, that is no way for him to behave. Yes, he might perform once in a while, but these days he's more like Afridi, barely making a difference every 5-10 games and his bowling is also on par. Hats of to WI cricket board, had it been BCCI they would have looked down and taken him after his performance in IPL, which doesn't show a player's true talent.

  • on June 16, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    @ Akhlaq Zafar I dont think buddy anyone here has a question about your nationality. About IPL attracting players because of money, would you please tell me why Saqlain Mushtaq, Azhar Mahmood are playing county instead of following their national duties. Why did Neil Johnson and other Zimbabwean guys went to England? Why WI players having a dispute with their boards for many years even before IPL was started.?

  • on June 16, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Gayle is west indies best ODI and T20 batsman, they really need him, he can win a match on his own. But WICB has already shown the door to chanderpaul in ODI and T20 cricket so im sure they have the power to sideline gayle too. WICB is childish, they want an apology but thats ridiculous, give gayle a punishment and be done with it, then select him again. Gayle also could have apoligised and this could have been over so both sides need to man up and get over it for the good of WI cricket

  • ms.arjun on June 16, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Ever since Richie Richardson retired in 1996, there has not been a single long standing captain in WI team. Jimmy Adams, Brian Lara, and Hooper, Gayle who followed up, all had unsuccessful tenures. All were unsatisfied with the board at some point in their careers. There were never a proper player groomed for replacing the likes of Walsh, Ambrose, Lara, Hooper etc. Sarwan, Gayle and Chaderpaul are the ones who are hanging, but they too look eventually disturbed. Something is seriously wrong for nearly 15 years now. Its not the time to bring a change among players. Its time to bring a change among the board members.

  • on June 16, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Gayle is the most destructive player that WI has had since Brian Lara. WICB needs to find a way of getting him on the side to help WI do well and to entertain fans world over.

  • satanswish on June 16, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    All cricket boards are acting funny lately - PCB is always comedy of errors, SLCB forcing Malinga to retire from Test cricket, CA for saching Katich, BCCI for their stand against UDRS & WICB for digging the grave for WI cricket.

  • on June 16, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    good riddance. WI doesn't need gayle. he is a selfish person and all the fame he got through his country and team, he wants to cash in on it by joining IPL and making demands to WICB. WI is better off without gayle and his dramas. he is only good for IPL and T20 which is not really cricket but more of street cricket.

  • on June 16, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    IPL has not made the cricket world remember Chris Gayle, most people in the cricket world wouldn't have cable TV or live in a city that has a team playing in it. So if he's not playing for his country in some capacity then nobody would see him. He isn't a team player and only after his own glory, at least that's the perception I have of him. WICB would be best to leave him to do whatever he wants and move on.

  • bobagorof on June 16, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    I agree with generation-next. Gayle made some complaints to the media and the board requested that he retract those statements prior to his selection. Gayle has a history of being involved with disputes with WICB - some are probably justified, as WICB has taken a long time to get its act together. But now he cannot swallow his pride and retract his statement so that he can play for WI. I have no respect for WIPA who seem to exist only to cause trouble for WICB and have no interest in WI cricket as a whole. It is a shame that Gayle won't play due to their own stubbornness, but in 10 years WI will have found other players and Gayle will not be an issue. Meanwhile the players playing now will have gone on to have long successful careers.

  • on June 16, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    Very sad ........... C.Gayle is great player....

  • crikkfan on June 16, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    maybe Gayle and WICB are equally to blame...maybe... but SO WHAT. Here is how I look at it - Gayle is needed by WI cricket and by the cricket fans all over the world more so than anyone needs WICB. The people in the board have to suck it up, put their tail between their legs and do whats BEST for WI cricket. It is terrible that he may not play for WI at all - terrible.

  • Percy_Fender on June 16, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    I agree with ibbani that Pakistan's opposition to IPL is basically because their players are not involved in it. In Pakistan, when a Pakistani player or a group of Pakistanis are playing in any international scene like county cricket in England or the 20/20 tournament in Australia, the matches are watched because the Pakistanis are playing, not to watch a good game of cricket. I remember when the ICL was on, people in Pakistan used to get together at various places in Pakistan because there was a team by the name Lahore Badshahs.I agree with the many comments from West Indians that, the WICB has to be reined in. They have presided over the greatest deterioration of any national team. I believe that an alternate board should be set up there if it is possible,so that these brilliant cricketers get their due.

  • cyberflirt on June 16, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Its absolutely a wrong comparison between Gayle and Andrew Symonds..Australia certainly do have a strong bench strength and it certainly can afford to lose Symonds.. which is not a case with WI Cricket. Especially at this point of time they cannot ill afford to lose Gayle due to some Ego issues. I see this as absolutely an Ego issue and nothing more..Ideally WICB should seek the help of ICC, being an affiliated board member and ask them to be a neutral body to judge this case and resolve it amicably in the interest of the Board and the interest of the Cricket in the Caribbeans. I am sure this (Gayle Issue) is just a tip of an iceberg and I am sure the WICB will pull out some more tricks to sideline the super stars of WI cricket (Pollard and Bravo -in future). So ideally WIPA should approach ICC to intervene and make them an ideal neutral negotiator between 2 parties and resolve this issue immdly, in the interest of the Game in the Caribbeans.

  • ravi_hari on June 16, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    What ever is the stature of the player, indiscipline cannot be tolerated. Gayle has been in the bad books quite a few times and I think it has reached a stage where the board has decided to settle it permanently. There have been may occasions where players have been critical of the selectors. Our own Jimmy Amarnath and most recently Simon katich. All have taken the media route to whent their ire. I feel there are times when selections are made which defy logic. But each time that happened, selectors were forced to retract and correct themselves with pressure from media, ex-players and experts. Outbursts only worsen the situation. If you look at it, Gayle is definitely the best player in the Carribean, but has he done justice to that tag? What has he done for the West Indies when he was captain? Did he not fight with Benn? Was it not because of lack of discipline that prompted him to take drastic action? How can he forget it? I think Gayle is at fault. It is his own making. Hari Ravi

  • on June 16, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    I am really happy if Ramnarine actually hit Hilaire with his chair. Gayle should play not just for west indian cricket fans, but also for all cricket fans around the world.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 16, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    If you keep blooding the new generation, when will you win ? I am not defending Gayle or anything, but is WI cricket in a position to discard established talent ?

  • CricEshwar on June 16, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Very disappointed with the developments, it is sad WICB does not have able negotiators to deal with the situation, one may not also know if Gayle is being unfair too. The bad phase of WI cricket is turning out to be worse.

  • Impactzone on June 16, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    How to handle a genius? This is not how to go about it. Gayle is not doing a Symonds, who was being anti-social with outside influences affecting judgement. If someone calls it as they see it, the other side better look real hard at themselves or look like Homer Simpson. The big stick approach is not going to fix the issue as CG obviously does not agree with their standpoint.

  • on June 16, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    It is a disgrace what the WICB is doing to our cricket. As a Jamaican in full support of Chris Gayle, I am not going to be attending any of the upcoming games. As a matter of fact, I am encouraging West Indies fans to boycott al games as means of protest. Hunt and Hilliares should resign now! And if the Jamaica Cricket board fails to show support for Gayle... I believe the new leadership will soon join Campbell in the holiday lounge... permanently so!

  • Jim1207 on June 16, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Yes, now WICB needs to prove they are better(?) than CA. Soon, we can hear from Ijaz Butt. I like the competition of this kind of cricket's dimension.

  • rodzstars on June 16, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    chris is my favorite player after lara retired but all the wicb is doing is tryin to keep a dicipline team an its showin on field; our bowling is more consistent than usual and also taken a lot more wickets we seein a real fighting spirit and team unity an a leader wit a huge heart an always givin 120% . all this is because of dicipline so chris jus follow d rules of management an u chanders an sarwan come bac an put wi cricket bac on top we dont hav long wit u guys again and i think dis is our last real chance to rise u guys got some talented youngstars to groom darren bravo,barath,russel,simmo,polly and some good bowlers roach,rampaul,edwards,taylor,baker an we hav spinners to bishoo,ben,martin,shillinford AN 2 BIG BIG PLAYERS DWAYNE BRAVO AN SAMUELS well for ah keeper ramdin or baugh even odds SO CHRIS 2 WRONGS WONT MAKE IT RIGHT THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE IN D NEX 3 YEARS TO GET BAC ON TOP MAKE DIS DECISION FOR D FANS WE DESERVE IT

  • on June 16, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    West Indies cricket belnogs to the people of the Caribbean and not to those few who head the WICB. The mess that West Indies cricket has been in since 1992 is as a direct result of the poor management of those few. Chris Gayle is now being used as a scapegoat for all the ills of West Indies cricket. Otis Gibson thinks it's his role role to clean up West Indies cricket but in my opinion he is going about it in the wrong way. His outburst after West Indies lost to Pakistan in the semi-finals of the just concluded World cup was most unfortunate. He disrespected the senior players of the team in no uncertain manner. The same players he expects to show respect to him. Probably Mr. Gibson's parent did not teach him that respect is a two way street. You show me respect and I will show you some respect in return. The opposite of which is also true. Results will show that Gibson's introduction to the postion of coach of WI team has only shattered the confidence of the senior players.

  • NP_NY on June 16, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    @Achlaq Zafar: Yes, IPL is also the cause of world hunger, the extinction of so many endangered species, global warming, etc. etc.. Get a life buddy. Cricketers are adults and can think for themselves - not kids or puppets. Suppressing free-thinking and free-enterprise may be the norm whereever you're from (18th century perhaps?!) but no one is stopping IPL just to please you.

  • soorajiyer on June 16, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    @Akhlaq Zafar - Do you mean to say Abdur Razzaq, Afridi, Chanderpaul all play IPL and thats why they have problems with board? Keiron pollard also plays IPL - he is still playing for Windies.

    The problem is that you get top sportsmen to play for you only if you pay and treat them well. WI have not been doing that and thats the reason they are loosing the services of Gayle. Players looking for financial independence is not to be taken negatively. Its just like you and me would work for any company which pays us well. Simple!

  • on June 16, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    The IPL-haters have all joined in the STOP IPL campaign again....but let me put a counter-point.... with Gayle' case atleast he has some where to go if his cricket board 's dumb-ass administrators dont want him.... had it not been for IPL the guy would have to retire and the world would have forgotten all about him....If anything IPL has brought the case of Gayle for public purview...

  • satanswish on June 16, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    WICB are bunch of fools. Don't worry Gayle, you can play in IPL, secure your future by making more money.

  • stevedd on June 16, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Its a sad ending to the meeting. where is freedom of expression gone in this open minded free country, ask the west indies people if they want gayle back and they will decide. otis gibson is no gary kirsten or andy flower, he is just an otis gibson who hasnt done anything for west indies other than divide and rule. he did to sarwan, chanderpaul and others also. instead of sacking gayle sack the board members, throw them out, make ramnarine the chief. gayle is the best player west indies has produced in a long time, don't loose him!!!

  • Antir on June 16, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    The failure to make peace in is a sign of a problem with the West Indies Cricket Board not with the player. It does not matter how big the player's ego or demands are the Board is responsible for the unity of West Indies Cricket and the West Indies Cricket teams of all formats.

  • on June 16, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    This is sooo Disappointing....I am Finish with West Indies Cricket until further Notice...A group of Us from the BVI was arranging to Go to Jamaica to see The First Test,Tomorrow we will have a Meeting about It,It will be Off...I cant Support West Indies cricket any more..Call me Bias if U Want...U guys Love to talk about Rebel Team and Rebel Team,Check WI history and U wil See who the Real Rebels was...Disgusting,Gibson dont know how to hold a bat,Cant see the reason Why Desie Haynes is batting Consultant,cause the batsmen Keep making the same Mistake over and Over again...West Indies Cricket is Going Down the Drain and I promise not to Go Down with It.

  • ibbani on June 16, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    I can personally say that one of the comments say to stop IPL. All I can say is only Pakistanis oppose IPL because, their players are not involved in it and wont be in future too. Gayle's decision was not bad as he was not picked to the national team. A player's career can last only up to 37-38 max 40. Gayle is already 32, if the WICB does not pick him, he will utilize his talent in the local T20 and IPL , whats wrong with this? If the board has bias over certain players, let that be to their country or side, why IPL is blamed. Gayle chose IPL instead of sitting at home.

  • on June 16, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Gayle has to go. His fans need to open their eyes and see that he is no saviour of WI cricket. They have been beaten badly over the past 10 year and Gayle was playing that entire time..he has done nothing for WI cricket and the board needs to put their foot down and act like a board of management. Lara started this entire stream of disunity in SA in 1998 and instead of leading young players like Gayle he allowed them to think that he and they were bigger than the game. The board took it and more and now finally they are being firm with WIPA which thinks that it should run WI cricket.

    Ramnarine is a bitter man and someone should tell him that his role is that of a trade unionist instead of a bully. WI cricket has seen the exodus of Richards, Sobers , Lara , Marshall etc and Gayle stands pale in comparison to these greats. He can have his IPL money but without the WI cap he is just another player. It's time to blood the new generation.

  • ChrisH on June 16, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    Excellent news! Now Gayle can terrorize club bowlers and WI don't have to deal with his ego and I no longer have to worry about being embarrassed as a Jamaican about what next will come out of his mouth when he does an interview because he will simply be representing some club in India. I'm pretty sure he's not going to play for Jamaica again either since he long since indicated his preference for Aussie Big Bash to playing for Jamaica in the domestic T20.

  • exuma on June 16, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    i think both party are wrong and need to both apoligized to each other. this need to be settled peacefully without wipa pulling players out of the team. thats why sammy is capt, he will not go against the board and younger players will play for wi, then fail and be psycologically damaged by too early exposure. caricome and head of states need to get involved and settle this peacefully. that is why we have trade unions in the wi, so employee right can be respected, wipa is the players trade union. EXUMA.

  • on June 16, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    IT IS A PITY THAT THE SITUATION HAS COME TO A HEAD JUST NOW.I THINK THAT THE WICB IS ACTING PROFESSIONALLY A LITTLE TOO LATE. ONE SHOULD RECALL THE RULES INSTITUTED A FEW YEARS AGO WHICH REQUIRED PLAYERS TO BED DOWN BY A SPECIFIC AT NIGHTS DURING CAMP. MR. GAYLE WAS THE ONLY OUTSPOKEN INDIVIDUAL WHO COMMENTED THAT NO ONE SHOULD BE TOLD WHEN TO DO THESE THINGS,"WE ARE ALL BIG PEOPLE". THIS WAS BECAUSE HE WAS PROBABLY PART OF THE GROUP OF NIGHT AT THAT TIME WHICH INCLUDED THE CAPTAIN WHO LEFT CAMP AT 10PM ON A NIGHT BEFORE A PRACTICE 50 OVER GAME AND RETURNED AT 6AM, "TIRED BUT READY TO PLAY" WE JUST HAVE TO DRAW THE LINE. AS FOR MR GAYLE, NOWHERE IN THE WORLD YOU CAN MAKE NEGATIVE STATEMENTS ABOUT A GOVERNING BODY IN PUBLIC AND GET FORGIVEN IN PRIVATE. YOUR WIPA VP SHOULD KNOW BETTER, HIS ESCAPADES ARE DOCUMENTED.

  • generation-next on June 16, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Gayle/WIPA are out on a limb here. This is not only about picking the most skilled players. It is about getting selected players to perform to the max as a team. This is where Sammy is most valuable. Sadly, brilliant players like Chris and Brian are Ramnaresh are associated with the whole becoming less than the sum of its parts and love them as we do, we have to fix this. One way is for the Board to insist on professional standards for public conduct and utterances. The militancy of Gayle/WIPA is misplaced: this is not a cane-cutting dispute and it cannot be resolved by their current tactics. You need a re-think, fellows, and an approach that is above individual interest.

  • PACERONE on June 16, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Donda seems to be jealous of Gayle.Why not be jealous of the US$250,000.00 earned by the coach. What enjoyment has he given us either as a player or now manager.There has been times when the players had to wait longer than six month after a series to get paid.The janitor gets paid on time.The player seem to perform when not playing for WI..that must have something to do with the environment they are playing in. ICC should implement that if a nation that the player could immediately qualify for another country that wants him. I will cancel my trip to Barbados.The government of these nations should do something about this problem. Where is Burnham when we need him? he looked after Lloyd and look what happened. Australia went downhill after they got rid of Symonds..check how many times he saved that team...no one like him since. The WI board is bigger than cricket!!!!!!

  • redneck on June 16, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    i feel for cricket followers in this proud cricket region! first the indians dont send a full strength squad, then their own board has to go one better and not select their best player! the west indies have a real chance to take it up to the no. 1 side thats gotten a bid complacent and feels it can pick and choose series in which it can rest it stars. gayle could really be the difference between having a genuine shot at winning and just trying to not get smashed!!! all because of petty pollitics, i dont like govt interference in sport at all but this may need the preident of carib com (i think thats what the body is called???) to intervene for the best interests of west indies cricket! would love it if the wicb would do whats best for the side and not bare petty grudges like school children!!!

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on June 16, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    WICB administrators need to be fired not C.Gayle.......Fire & F--K off O.Gibson and E.Hillaire who are exactly like Chimpanzie... They are making the way to split WI into different nations now. Surely T&T & Jamaica going to play the cricket individually soon... People of West Indies make some strikes against WICB for your powerful batsmen in the world. Playing for country is pride and passion, but the WICB should take care of injury cost of the player, flight tickets rate for international tour....

  • on June 16, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    Donda put a cork in it! Are you are WICB member? Are you a WIPA member? All this could be put to rest, the WICB said they sent Gayle emails, text and whatever else, then simply put them out for us to see. I agree Chris Gayle is not bigger than the game of cricket, nor the WICB, but by no way is the WICB bigger than Gayle or cricket either, respect is a 2-way street and last time I checked respect is earned, not intimidated out of people! The same way players have to answer to the Board, the Board should have to answer to a body, sadly they don't I don't recall any ground here in the Caribbean that the WICB owns, maybe each country should ban cricket from playing in the stadiums, we will then see where true power is, it is with the people, not the Board! The coach wants respect, then he should have some and give some as well. Everybody comes on and speak about play for Country, be proud, play not for money! Stop being hypocrite it is all about money, it is the world we leave in!

  • everfaithful77 on June 16, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    @donda I totally agree with you. NO PLAYER IS BIGGER THAN THE GAME. And that applies to all sports. CHRIS GAYLE IS NOT INDISPENSABLE. SO IF HE MADE REMARKS THAT WERE UNFOUNDED IT'S ONLY FAIR THAT HE RETRACTS THEM AND SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO REPRESENT WEST INDIES AGAIN UNLESS HE DOES SO. SIMPLE. THERE MUST BE MUTUAL RESPECT BETWEEN BOARD & PLAYERS BASED ON CLEAR RULES & PRINCIPLES. I APPLAUD THE WICB FOR BEING FIRM ON THIS AS IT IS IMPORTANT FOR FUTURE CONDUCT OF ALL WI CRICKETERS. ALSO IF TRUE I FIND IT VERY UNREASONABLE FOR BRAVO, POLLARD AND GAYLE TO HAVE DEMANDED COMPENSATION IN THE AMOUNT THAT THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN PAID BY THE IPL IN ORDER TO REPRESENT THEIR COUNTRY. WHAT A SHAME. THESE GUYS MUST NOT FORGET THAT IT IS WEST INDIES CRICKET WHICH PRODUCED THEM AND NOT IPL. I AM ALSO VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE ROLE OF WIPA IN ALL THIS. WIPA MUST BE CAREFUL THAT AS THE PLAYERS' REP THAT IT'S ACTIONS ARE RESPONSIBLE AND REASONABLE AND DOESN'T LEAD TO THE PREMATURE END OF PLAYER CAREERS.

  • on June 16, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    If Gayle's 'camp' are going to posit that he only made his statements because he was upset, then it follows that they are acknowledging that he said things in a manner that he normally would not as a professional. In that context he should not have too much difficulty in accepting responsibility for his ill-speak and apologize to WICB, and particularly Coach Gibson. With freedom of speech, with all freedom comes responsibility, and Gayle, Ramnarine and co simply need to get that into their heads. It would be sad to see him leave, but the truth is the West Indies team is only a bit more entertaining to watch with Gayle as a member. There is not much recent evidence to suggest that they actually win more games. As such, if Gayle cannot deal with his authority issues, and his 'big pile' issues, then the entertainment from Simmons, Sarwan, Pollard, Russell, Bishoo, et al will suffice.

  • cooljack_143 on June 16, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Both WI and PCB boards are in the same boat.Very unfortunate and quite harsh on the players.People who are blaming IPL here are just jokers.One should not forget that its only because of IPL cricket players are seeing some future in them what if there wasnt IPL.Gayle's issue would have arised even in the absence of IPL.

  • mr82 on June 16, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Its a good decision. Let him stand with his own thinking. If you put your country to 2nd place then he is not a man to look for. Very very good stand by WI. All the best for your stand, younger players will learn from this. Good for WI cricket. See no one man is bigger than country.

  • on June 16, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Quite a few bashing WICB here. Even if they are a poor and mismanaged board, it seems that Gayle is the one who instigated this roller-coaster. It was morally wrong on his part to demand 800k on his contract comparing it to his IPL salary. What can a cash-stripped board do in response? If Gayle was so desperate to increase his salary, he deserves this end. Money (IPL) is the root of all evil and needless to say, has co-incided with Aus's decline mainly beacause of BCCI forcing ICL players to be banned. If what Gayle needs is money, let him join the IPL circus. A shame for cricket really!

  • on June 16, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    I can see the rigidity from the board. But Gayle has had issues with his attitude and never bothered to show that at times. Money is a big factor these days who cares about nation, patriotism, bla bla bla...

  • yocasi on June 16, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    WICB bigwigs are no angels but Gayle seems to be an egotistical loose cannon, with no respect for captain or management. He should not be allowed to call any shots, particularly as he has treated Windies cricket with utter disdain. Moreover, his occasional swashbuckling 26-40 runs rarely, if ever , made a difference to the outcome. I venture to say that overall team results are marginally better with him out of the way.No personal grudge, and I love to see him voop, but he's not bigger than the team and is most definitely NOT our saviour. I hope that WICB don't stand in his way as he plys his trade internationally.

  • on June 16, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    This is ridiculous. The attitude of WICB is so very negative. No wonder how once a champion team has now been reduced to rubble. This ego will deplete and bring a team which is already low on confidence even more.

  • Balb on June 16, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Where is the WICB Chairman Clyde Butt? Is he not supposed to be involved in this meeting or does he have any say at all in WICB cricket? I thought some matters would have been resolved such a financial penalty, discipline by way of sitting out of the next few matches and total reprimand if there is a recurrence. If the WICB can do this to Gayle, just imagine what they have done to Chanderpaul. Dwayne Bravo was smart to take a 'five'.

    Bishoo, look out. Try to scoer somre runs man.

  • Masud_BITK on June 16, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Be cool man..Don't play slog with the board. Board is a test envrionment, so be careful and play with appropriate shot selection. T20 made player to play every balls and they are practicing to do so with the board.The two world best T20 players are doing the same.. Please try to practice test game in all of yur life..Please don't play T20 from both sides...

  • nks1234 on June 16, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    I have seen few people here citing IPL as the reason. We need to remember that Gayle story started much before the IPL when he had also made strong comments during the Aussie series. It should not happen that because Pak players were rightly not selected by any of the IPL team so every pak cricket lover will blame IPL for for every wrong thing. IPL should definitely be shortened somehow but cant blame it for every cricketing debacle.

  • Jai_CricketFan on June 16, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    The west indian cricket board is heading in the wrong direction. i understand gayle had spoken ill about their cricket board. but this has to be taken seriously and spoken open and arrive at a conclusion very soon. Gayle is the spark of WI cricket. without him the team lacks the firepower. Bring him on and make the test series interesting and let the young players in the team grow along with him. its time to stop the who is bigger contest and play competitive cricket!

  • WI4life on June 16, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    @ donda would u work for free? the man have a family to support, y dont u go to work for free. wicb is a joke and they always want to be in control. its too bad WI cricket is dead and its because of gibson he was never a good player so how the hell he tell in shiv how to bat.

  • Blazedragon on June 16, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Gayle should take legal action for this. All these boards acting like dictators needs to be taught a lesson.

  • nandug on June 16, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    This is very pathetic. I dont know why WI Board is not seeing their country over the board member's ego. They need to keep their ego and work with players. The same thing is happening in Pakistan and Australian boards. They need to thing their country is bigger than their Ego. They need to respect players.

  • xenon555 on June 16, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    Hey, I think I've found England's new recruit.

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    shahid afridi, simon katich and chris gayle are all having disagreements with their boards. It's just not cricket.

  • GPhil on June 16, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    The people out there who supports a board (proven failures) are ridiculous. What good is this decision or (ball(s) fight) doing for WI cricket? They claim Mr. Gayle believe he is bigger than cricket, and he is all about money, no national pride. Faced with the same decision many would have done the same, he was not selected for IPL because he was Committed to WI, He was not selected by WICB because they had some plan which no one new about not even senior team members (isn't that disrespect too?), (has any plan by the board for the last 15+yrs work?) You cannot have a plan in place and change your mind every other tour. Back to IPL, this is a tournament the board new about, why schedule a tour that conflicts with tournament? why not let our players show case there talents as Gayle did?(didn't we all regain some WI Pride) The Board needs to know what they are up to or RESIGN

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    The board, the selectors, the coach all want firing. It is the players who represent the WI, not the board. They think they bigger than the game, bigger than the supporters. Get rid of them.

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    my hero chris gayle well done bro ..i hope west indies loss all dem game now ..hahaha jus for dat there 'll want to bring yuh back !!!!!!!!!dont wrry

  • cablemannpete on June 16, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Donda ,I can see that you dont reakize whats going on, You dont just not select the best player on your team. Otis Gibson has it in for Gayle and please if I was gayle I would not want to play either and sure in hell wont apologize. Screw them. Gayle can sell his services all over the world and make more money. He has been giving his all to the west indies for years. I hope when Otis Gibson gets to jamaica that he has good security because he will sure need it. He will sure need protection and I hope he is looking over his shoulder.

  • DaisonGarvasis on June 16, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    The members in the board MUST understand that the BOARD exists because of the players and the game. The board is not larger than the game. They cant just "discipline" players by ending their careers. That board should be dissolved if they are trying to end career of such a talent like Gayle. Players like Gayles come across once in a lifetime and one has to be careful how you handle such talents. To finish him off is easy. Like the case of Symmonds - Australia could do a lot with if Symmonds is playing now, especially with the drought in talent in Australian cricket. West Indis cant even afford as much as Australia as Gayle is the only Serious talent they got.

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    this is ridiclious.the board has to go. We need new people and we need them now...yea i agree we need all the presidents to get involved and disolve this board quick as possible.This is taking too much time. Its gone too far now..and we as caribean people have to have some type of say..this is crazy..i will take 11 players like gayle on my team any day...regardless of their behivior..and now i am finding out that they abuse sarwan tooo. and chanderpaul...wow...

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    WICB sucks!!!! Sorry folks but the truth is their is really no unity in the Caribbean as people would liek to suggest, the presidents/prime ministers will only get involved when the affected player is from their country. We hear T&T and Guyana sport ministers questioning the board on why players from their territory has been dropped but did they ask about C. Gayle??? the answer as you guessed it....NO! Gayle don't appologize, just go on and do your thing in the IPL and other leagues, make that money.

  • kriketluva on June 16, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    There is nothing wrong with wanting to make a lot of money Mr. Gayle just go do it somewhere else. This guy bats very well occasionally and could easily have an average of 55 but chooses mediocrity. He says the rudest things about the WICB and expects to be rewarded even after he refuses to sign a retainer contract in order to be free to play IPL. He calls for the demise of test cricket because there is more money in shorter formats and less effort. He better make money while he can because in a few years he will be a spent force. The WI scarcely did any better when he was in the team. We will continue to lose just as badly with or without him.

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Curse the WICB Hopefully westindies will lose all their matches from now as a punishment

  • mets692006 on June 16, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    otis gibson is as ugly as his coaching skills... i wonder if michael hold and sir viv and clive lloyd are seeing this...? or maybe they are either powerless or just don't give a hooot...

  • Baundele on June 16, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    I am thinking what is ICC's role in this case. A team is bound to select their best players. It is not Gayle alone, WICB has treated players like sh!t for a long time. The now favored Sammy, who is a wonderful player in my book, was also a victim of WICB. Now, Chanderpaul, Gayle, Sarwan, Pollard, Bravo, Taylor and who-knows-even Rampaul all are treated this way. Shame!

  • mets692006 on June 16, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    just when you think west indies cricket cannot get any lower, here we go... gayle never should have gone about things the way he did but he has an obligation to speak the truth... the west indies cricket board is filled with a pack of individuals who have an axe to grind and they are doing so at the expense of the few faithful supporters they have left... there needs to be a reorg/facelift of the board... they need to get with the times... they are still in the age of phonographs while the rest of the world and their administrations are using ipads etc... Shiv "tiger" suddenly cannot find a place in the side but marlon samuels, darren sammy amongst others are starting ahead of him... India sent it's B TEAM because they did not want to waste their time playing the minnows of the WI... Shaid Afridi at coin toss of the first match of the pakistan series said "we came to the west indies on vacation with our families"... WI cricket is a joke... my club team can beat them...

  • pvwadekar on June 16, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    Agree with Donda, seems like Chris Gayle is used to getting things his way for a long time. Remember his comments after the 1st IPL just before the series against England.."he does not care about test cricket".WICB(notwithstanding their many faults) has done the right think here. They have demanded an explanation and basically given Gayle an ultimatum -- apologize for your statement or stick by them. Gayle and Co on the other hand want to brush the issue under the carpet and go on as if nothing has happened and that is wrong. I think that WIPA and particularly Dinanath Ramnarine is at fault here. He is always in the limelight when there is any issue. Seems that he likes the attention. If the incident of him threatening to hit WICB officials with a chair are true, then Ramnarine has some serious mental issues. Would u trust your career in the hand of a nut job ? As for Gayle, it's time for him to move on and become a T20 mercenary. He can party, make money , isnt that what he wants

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    i love the windies...but this is why we have been terrible for 15 plus years... rally round chris gayle

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    Why do we even need the WICB in the first place? again Where is Chanderpaul? They are willing to just ruin him and his fans just like that and now Gayle.. just like that?

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    The WICB are tyrants... where is Chanderpaul? why is he not playing I want Chanderpaul back and Gayle to play, why is the WICB even around anyway? players should just quit the Windies team.. players go on strike... uh... dictators

  • satspeare on June 16, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    One of the most disappointing think in this entire fiasco involving WICB, Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan is the fact thah no official words from any of the local boards ! No support for Gayle from Jamaica board, Guyana's board is totally silent. going forward however, i wish to suggest that WICB does not plan any tours/series coinciding with IPL. This will allow our players an oppertunity to earn extra money in this rather short cricket career. Our regional tournament MUST be played during this time so that facilitate the particpation of all our test players. This is where we expose our younger players and directly into the regional team. This will elevate our local cricket and our younger players will get to competewith and against our better players. Please don't allow only IPL, big bash or anywhere else to benefit from another Gayle when WI can't also benefit. This also allows the local boards to offer inclusion of any such players in their team and deal with this ahead of WI team.

  • Rezaul on June 16, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    I am not surprised by the outcome of the meeting. Dont forget that Gayle himself made the hole for him and now slowly dragging his own legs into that hole. Some of the audience who support Gayle need to think about the fact that he considers himself above the team, country, board everybody. He is the man who always wants to be the center of media attention, money hunger who refused to sign contract with his own board to play for his own country, wow! Look at the people in the board camp in todayś meeting: Richie, Gibson both are former cricketers from WI and they deserved more respects from Gayle. I feel its a shame for Gayle.

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    Chris Gayle has found more easy money in places like IPL and was really not interested in a national team with all its formalities.While wishing him well, it is clear that he left no room for the board to negotiate.Cricket is a sport where flaring tempers are not tolerated and Gayle fell into that vicious low level. A course in anger management and a psycholigical evaluation will do him good lest he end up like Mike Tyson in and out of prison. Regardless he is a very entertaining batsman whose art needs to be appreciated

  • KTKAndy on June 16, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Who the hell is Ernest Hilaire? What the hell is wrong with this guy? Stupid!

  • rohanbala on June 16, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Chris Gayle is paying the price for his arrogance and indifferent attitude.. As rightly pointed out by one of the readers (donda), he painted himself as a larger than life character and thought he could walk in and walk out of the team at his will and pleasure. All this because of his association with IPL. He should have remembered that the Ship is greater than the Crew and that the Game is always greater than the individuals representing it.

  • phantom99 on June 16, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Just one question...Is the WICB bigger than West Indies Cricket ?Sabina Park could well be empty on Thursday...no Tendulkar, no Dhoni etc....AND NO CHRIS GAYLE ?

  • whatever007 on June 16, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    All I have to say is that if I throw my employer under the bus publicly, I would get fired too!!!! He got and is getting what he deserved. WI cricket is struggling with him and without him, so they may as well get the cancer out and focus on rebuilding a TEAM!!,

  • cornplus on June 16, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    This is some ridiculous side show. This Board is not in the interest of cricket, It should resign and let capable managers run the affairs of West Indies Cricket. The Major problem with west indies cricket is that there are too many past players on the board who make decisions based on their tenure as members of the west indies cricket team. The game has changed to suit the 21st century and obviously players attitudes have also changed. Why cant these blockheads change their ' developing country ' attitude and adopt a more modern style. If a player misbehaves, you hit his pocket where he alone get hurt, you don't deprive the region of the best players and say its in our interest. THE BOARD MUST GO AND WE WILL SEE WEST INDIES CRICKET RISE AGAIN!

  • on June 16, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    Wow, we have disputes between players and their boards all around the world now. 1st Shahid Afridi gets sacked as captain, despite being the leading wicket taker in the WC, then announces his retirement as protest to the board's decision then the PCB wants him to face a disciplinary hearing. 2nd Simon Katich gets dropped from the CA contract list despite being the best performing batsmen in the last 3 years and lashes out at the board's decision. Now we have Chris Gayle having a dispute with his board for threatening to derail his career. Why bring politics into cricket? It is just not cricket!

  • CricFan78 on June 16, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    RIP WI cricket, RIP Gayle's intl career

  • on June 16, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    Ridiculous situation .. politics again. Maybe he can come and play for NZ!!

  • on June 16, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    Egos are destroying West Indies cricket. We have to sideline the leadership of WICB and WIPA so that cooler heads with WI cricket as their main objective can sort through the years of hostility.

    The skills are available within the region to arrive at a sustainable solution that avoids these perennial conflicts. If the Governments won't make the move, sponsors will have to do it. Over to you Digicel. Your sponsorship dollar is buying you less after every squabble.

  • therealfighter on June 16, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    well done West Indian board.Such players should be given such treatment only . They play only for money. Country comes only at last. This should be the line of action of all boards but sadly in our country even Sachin should be given such treatment but because of his contacts in board with media and especially with the commentators they will give him god like status and sings pean for him. I know that i will get abuses for my thoughts but to them i want to ask:Sachin and Dhoni and others took time off the test and one day series to spend time with family. If they had to do this they could have opted out of IPL. But no one will ask them questions in india.all those whose national commitment is like this should be given such treatment.

  • on June 16, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    It is all because of IPL creating rebel players to seek financial gains over their national responsibilities.

    Stop IPL.

  • Principle on June 16, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    Well I guess some of the issues are now coming out. This Ramnarine fellow has no business leading any professional organization as he lacks the requsite reasoning skills that all leaders must possess. He shows no decorum and carries himself like a vagabond. To add to this he also obviously has a vendetta against the WICB which stems back to his playing days and this is his way of getting back at them. As for Mr.Gayle who has grown bigger than the game, we cannot afford you anymore sir, maybe you can find a place on the Indian team, it seems you like them better as team mates than West Indians.

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on June 16, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    This is terrible, all i can say is tht the carribean presidents have to get involved , no other flippin way! Words can describe my dissapointmentt, but surely this soudn'tbe too shocking.

  • satspeare on June 16, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    This is so sad and heartbreaking. Arguably our best player being harrased and bullied by the authorities who should NEVER be forgiven for this crime committed against a guy who once was in their favor and against WI cricket. What a display! Hopefully, the younger players learn from this and keep their mouths shut about the truth. Gayle took on the captaincy in Sarwan's absent due to injury and never really had the full support of the WICB because he rubbed some folks the wrong way. Which member of WICB will apologise for critizing our players in public in no uncertain manner after a rather disappointed world cup? I really hope that this is not the end of Gayle on WI team but if it is - so be it. Go on Chris and entertain the world of cricket lovers. WI will hurt for this but good luck to you!! They don't want to select you - then go play for those who will ! I am a West Indian but it really pains me to see WICB treat our senior players like garbage because THEY can't handle the truth!!

  • fibonacci_72 on June 16, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    The WICB is simply being ridiculous! Let Gayle play, maan!

  • on June 16, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    I hope jamaicans n the rest of the caribbean support C Gayle now,starting from the 5th ODI.Board wants to end the man 's career.its true sars confidence is soo low,look at what they have reduce chandra to?a man who has dedicated almost his life so far for west indies cricket,a man who has neglected education early in his life to play cricket n represent west indies n now they are questioning his committment.a former world number1 test batsman n still in the top 10.how can otis gibson tell chandra how he must bat,what does he knows about batting?only when chandra ''skinned'' him up then they[board] employs Haynes as batting coach.forget the past,both sides have egos n lets move fwd.

  • on June 16, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    players should the freedom of speech.the board owe it the the W.I people to pick the best team.

  • on June 16, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    This is horrible. They cant ruin the carrer of a player like this. WI will loose all match without him.

  • donda on June 16, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    I am very happy to see that WI board is taking a good stand here. Chris gayle thinks that he is bigger than cricket and board it self and he can demand what ever he wants and he can sell his services to board like he did with IPL.

    Like Andrew Symonds ; gayle should be allowed to play domestic and 2020 cricket and let him earn money.

    If he cannot respect the board and his country then why to play for it. I have never heard some body asking board to pay the same amount as IPL is paying.

    You play for your country for passion and respect and greatness not for money .

    WI board is right and gayle is totally wrong here.

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  • donda on June 16, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    I am very happy to see that WI board is taking a good stand here. Chris gayle thinks that he is bigger than cricket and board it self and he can demand what ever he wants and he can sell his services to board like he did with IPL.

    Like Andrew Symonds ; gayle should be allowed to play domestic and 2020 cricket and let him earn money.

    If he cannot respect the board and his country then why to play for it. I have never heard some body asking board to pay the same amount as IPL is paying.

    You play for your country for passion and respect and greatness not for money .

    WI board is right and gayle is totally wrong here.

  • on June 16, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    This is horrible. They cant ruin the carrer of a player like this. WI will loose all match without him.

  • on June 16, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    players should the freedom of speech.the board owe it the the W.I people to pick the best team.

  • on June 16, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    I hope jamaicans n the rest of the caribbean support C Gayle now,starting from the 5th ODI.Board wants to end the man 's career.its true sars confidence is soo low,look at what they have reduce chandra to?a man who has dedicated almost his life so far for west indies cricket,a man who has neglected education early in his life to play cricket n represent west indies n now they are questioning his committment.a former world number1 test batsman n still in the top 10.how can otis gibson tell chandra how he must bat,what does he knows about batting?only when chandra ''skinned'' him up then they[board] employs Haynes as batting coach.forget the past,both sides have egos n lets move fwd.

  • fibonacci_72 on June 16, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    The WICB is simply being ridiculous! Let Gayle play, maan!

  • satspeare on June 16, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    This is so sad and heartbreaking. Arguably our best player being harrased and bullied by the authorities who should NEVER be forgiven for this crime committed against a guy who once was in their favor and against WI cricket. What a display! Hopefully, the younger players learn from this and keep their mouths shut about the truth. Gayle took on the captaincy in Sarwan's absent due to injury and never really had the full support of the WICB because he rubbed some folks the wrong way. Which member of WICB will apologise for critizing our players in public in no uncertain manner after a rather disappointed world cup? I really hope that this is not the end of Gayle on WI team but if it is - so be it. Go on Chris and entertain the world of cricket lovers. WI will hurt for this but good luck to you!! They don't want to select you - then go play for those who will ! I am a West Indian but it really pains me to see WICB treat our senior players like garbage because THEY can't handle the truth!!

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on June 16, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    This is terrible, all i can say is tht the carribean presidents have to get involved , no other flippin way! Words can describe my dissapointmentt, but surely this soudn'tbe too shocking.

  • Principle on June 16, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    Well I guess some of the issues are now coming out. This Ramnarine fellow has no business leading any professional organization as he lacks the requsite reasoning skills that all leaders must possess. He shows no decorum and carries himself like a vagabond. To add to this he also obviously has a vendetta against the WICB which stems back to his playing days and this is his way of getting back at them. As for Mr.Gayle who has grown bigger than the game, we cannot afford you anymore sir, maybe you can find a place on the Indian team, it seems you like them better as team mates than West Indians.

  • on June 16, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    It is all because of IPL creating rebel players to seek financial gains over their national responsibilities.

    Stop IPL.

  • therealfighter on June 16, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    well done West Indian board.Such players should be given such treatment only . They play only for money. Country comes only at last. This should be the line of action of all boards but sadly in our country even Sachin should be given such treatment but because of his contacts in board with media and especially with the commentators they will give him god like status and sings pean for him. I know that i will get abuses for my thoughts but to them i want to ask:Sachin and Dhoni and others took time off the test and one day series to spend time with family. If they had to do this they could have opted out of IPL. But no one will ask them questions in india.all those whose national commitment is like this should be given such treatment.