West Indies news July 1, 2011

Gayle to 'explore opportunities' but won't quit

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Chris Gayle has said he "will explore the opportunities available" to him elsewhere since he can no longer wait on the WICB to resolve their issues with him, but is available for selection for West Indies and Jamaica and has ruled out retirement. In a long and emotional public statement he said communication with officials of the West Indies and Jamaica boards had broken down and traced the evolution of the long-running and bitter dispute back to 2009, when Ernest Hilaire, now CEO of the WICB, cast doubts on his ability to captain the team.

Gayle also referred to the recent efforts at rapprochement with Hilaire and said that Hilaire would not be able to meet him till August, ruling him out of West Indies' current home series against India.

"I have now reached the stage where I have to say that enough is enough," Gayle wrote. "I understand that the WICB and the Jamaica Board met and my matter was discussed but nobody has told me anything and I can only assume without any positive feedback there has been no resolution. There is a disciplinary process in West Indies cricket. Yet the board is allowed to be the complainant as well as policeman, judge, jury and executioner in my case. When I tried to respond to the accusations made against me, I am deemed to be out of place and trying to destroy West Indies cricket.

"I am now coming close to the end of my shelf-life as a cricketer ... and must concentrate on providing for my family now and in the future. On this basis, and not hearing from the West Indies Cricket Board with any clear pathway forward, I have come to the bitter realisation that I am not wanted by the board and all that has gone before in terms of reconciliation is a sham and a mockery. I see it as a scam to fool the people of the West Indies and the world into believing that they were serious about my returning to West Indies cricket.

"My eyes are open, my heart is clean, my conscience is clear and the voice of reason is loud in my ears telling me that I should close this chapter in my life. I am not going to be the WICB's whipping boy. We as West Indies players are admired throughout the world for our honesty and sportsmanship. Yet the custodians of West Indies cricket, the people who are responsible for the development of our heritage sport, have not dealt with us honestly.

"It is against this background that I have now decided not to wait on the WICB any longer but, while I still have the time and the skills, explore the opportunities available to me elsewhere. I do it reluctantly but have no choice. I have people to take care of and cannot sit for months waiting on WICB CEO Ernest Hilaire and the board.

"Despite all that has happened I am still hopeful that good sense will prevail and I would once again represent my country and my region in near the future. I wish to make it abundantly clear that I have not yet retired from any form of the game and remain available for selection for both Jamaica and West Indies. However, this is entirely out of my hands."

Gayle suggested his exclusion from the series against India was part of a long-term plan to remove him from the team. The problem, Gayle said, goes back to 2009, since when he had "been put in a no-win situation". Soon after Hilaire took office that October, he said, the board questioned the selectors' recommendation that he should captain the team to tour Australia. While eight members voted for him, five voted against. "Clive Lloyd, who had praised me highly before was one of them [who voted against him]. He never said anything to me about why he was no longer on my side. Joel Garner, who was the manager of the West Indies team and who worked with me closely on the Stanford game which we won, was another. Conde Riley from Barbados too. Most surprising is the man who said publicly that he always supported me as captain. Professor Hilary Beckles voted against me so when he says that he pushed for me to be captain you have to decide whether to believe Beckles or the minutes of the meeting. Gregory Shillingford of the Leeward Islands voted against me."

The Board set up a committee to meet with him, he said, which included Lloyd, Garner and Beckles. He was then criticised in coach Ottis Gibson's report on the 2010 World Twenty20, which said, "the captain was not a natural leader" and "not a student of the game and lacks tactical awareness on the field". However, Gayle wrote, Gibson never said anything to him before or after his report. "He is a man who sought my advice when things were not going well. Before he became the West Indies coach he used to call me often."

In October 2010, Gayle was sacked as captain, and says he still has no idea why. "I did not protest since the captaincy is not a right. It is a duty." He said he went on the Sri Lanka tour in November 2010 having recommitted himself to West Indies cricket and backing Darren Sammy, the new captain. He pointed to his triple-century in the first Test of that tour, and said: "Nobody questioned my commitment then."

After the World Cup, he said, the board was looking for people to blame for the poor performance of the team and "picked on me and the other senior players". This time it was not the captaincy that was the issue but the senior players - "Gibson said we lacked the hunger and the desire to succeed".

Gayle said he played with an injury during the World Cup and returned to Jamaica to get in shape for the home series against Pakistan. A camp was set up but nobody contacted him, and he was again ignored when the squad was picked for the first two ODIs. That, he says, is when he got an offer to play in the IPL - for Royal Challengers Bangalore - and went when the WICB made it publicly clear that Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Gayle were not considered for selection. "I did not turn my back on the West Indies because the West Indies had already turned its back on me. I was not in the squad and it was clear that there was no intention to pick me."

From there on things moved swiftly - and dramatically. Gayle said the controversial June 15 meeting with WICB officials, at which WIPA president Dinanath Ramnarine was also present, was called to discuss his future but had a motive other than his reinstatement in the side.

On June 22, he said, he wrote to Hilaire in response to an email received the previous day in which Hilaire said he wanted to resolve the issue but sought to know what Gayle wanted him to do. Gayle said he had not received any guidance, other than what has appeared in the media, on what he needed to do to be included in the West Indies team.

He received a reply two days later in which Hilaire said that the issue was about a "history of misunderstanding, miscommunication and mishandling of issues, on both sides". He said Gayle would have to meet with the team management and after that with the selectors, and after that with the cricket operations department and only then would Hilaire meet him before reporting to the board. That, Hilaire said, would not be until August.

Gayle also referred to the WICB's claim that Ramnarine had threatened Hilaire with a chair at the June 15 meeting, saying nothing of the sort happened. He admitted tempers flared during the meeting but disagreed with accusations that Ramnarine had not represented Gayle's best interest in the meeting.

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  • POSTED BY Principle on | July 4, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    If Chris Gayle had really wanted to represent the West Indies just as in the case of Pollard and Bravo he would have signed the central contract offered to him. We as a public are not fools anymore and we can see that these individuals don't really care about our cricket. A great legacy was passed down by the players of the past and these guys are doing everything to destroy it. Get rid of them all and let the rebuilding process begin. Finally all those from other countries who back Chris Gayle must ask themselves if that sort of behaviour would be tolerated by their boards. I think not. Because didn't India just band all their players from taking part in the Aussie Big Bash Tournament.

  • POSTED BY Tester on | July 4, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    Testing! Ignore There is constant talk that Gayle is an average opener. N E body who believes should go to stats guru and compare Gayle to Haynes and Greenidge and only then will people stop making allegations against Gayle been an average opener. The only difference is that Haynes and Greenidge played in a all powerful WI team. Gayle has a lot to offer. It's really sad to see these turn of events. But it only shows the inability of the WICB to resolve player issues without trying to degenerate the player. Do we remember how the WICB ended the careers of Haynes, Greenidge and Viv? There is no guarantee that adding Gayle to the squad will make us but at least it will improve our chances of winning. I have a new level of respect for Gayle now because he's the only that is standing up to the WICB stupidity.

  • POSTED BY balao on | July 4, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Please solve this issue WICB. Chris Gayle is an international cricketer and good sportsman, Cricket boards shouldn't be allowed to destroy cricket and players. All the cricketers and fans are with Gayle around the globe. Through out his career he played for the betterment of the WI cricket team. We believe , he is not a selfish.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    It is so sad to see what West indies Cricket has come to, yes every team goes through a crisis some time or another, to see now that Money, abusive language, and and most recently an attitude that spells violence has taken the place of Love for the Game, Love for your Country and West Indies and PRIDE; West Indies was once upon a time the Godzilla in the Cricket World. Everyone can see Sammy is trying his best, the body language and face expression on some of the players who still have the love and pride for the game. Yes, I do believe the Team wants badly to win, but there is too much wrong outside bad influence that is hampering the unity and team spirit. I love my West Indies team Win or Lose.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | July 3, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding! what is a 'SPECIAL' test average? anyhting in excess of 40 at test level is special even if you've only played 10 tests. Remember how averages are calculated. A better way to judge this might be to only classify a player's top 10 innings against the top 5 teams and discount everything else. That way all those players with big scores against WI since they fell out of the top 5 will not matter.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    why u guys keep this series it is very boring to see without gayle include gayle and exclude sarwan as well as sammy there are wate in the side.......

  • POSTED BY sal80 on | July 3, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    IPL has ruined the career of other world class performer...stop this Indian pathetic league,,other wise the real English flavour of cricket wil die

  • POSTED BY melrose on | July 3, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    where is the jamaican cricket board,the prime minister and the WI cricket loving people? the wicb,selectors &coach should be representing a cricket loving population.is'nt it obvious before the eyes of the world that there is a political fight against jamaican cricketers (regional champions in almost every phase of the game)CHRIS GAYLE,set-up & being used as a scapegoat by wicb,selectors & coach.check the caribbean countries they're all from? facts #1 chris was not fit for selection,neither was jermaine taylor(both coming frm ipl.) marlon samuels made fifty in his last test against PAK, was left out for the 1st test against india(rescued the team in the 2nd test).andre russell,one of our best allrounders,sidelined,why?sammy who is from the same country as our WICB CEO next, carlton baugh should be replsced as keeper by simmonds or rambdin former one day cricketer,latter had many years of failure.another big picture of WICB,COACH&SELECTORS mentality is (look into it)no ipl players.

  • POSTED BY powerash5000 on | July 3, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    sportspeople just want to do their best and play sport. The suits are always the problem with vested interests, political maneuvering, getting what they can for themselves and their reputation- they offer nothing to the world. Gayle just has to get out there and hit a ball and gives us so much. The less officials there are, the better sport operates. Don't need a 10 or 15 man panel of cronnies to decide who is capable of hitting a ball, it is in the open for all to see. Come play in Aus Gayle, just avoid the stooges we have running the game here.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | July 3, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    looking forward to see chris gayle at the Sri Lankan T20. I think the guy can play around the world for Bangalore, sydney thunder along with some county team as well as in NZ SA domestic contests as well. really WI are at the losing end and not Gayle.

  • POSTED BY Principle on | July 4, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    If Chris Gayle had really wanted to represent the West Indies just as in the case of Pollard and Bravo he would have signed the central contract offered to him. We as a public are not fools anymore and we can see that these individuals don't really care about our cricket. A great legacy was passed down by the players of the past and these guys are doing everything to destroy it. Get rid of them all and let the rebuilding process begin. Finally all those from other countries who back Chris Gayle must ask themselves if that sort of behaviour would be tolerated by their boards. I think not. Because didn't India just band all their players from taking part in the Aussie Big Bash Tournament.

  • POSTED BY Tester on | July 4, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    Testing! Ignore There is constant talk that Gayle is an average opener. N E body who believes should go to stats guru and compare Gayle to Haynes and Greenidge and only then will people stop making allegations against Gayle been an average opener. The only difference is that Haynes and Greenidge played in a all powerful WI team. Gayle has a lot to offer. It's really sad to see these turn of events. But it only shows the inability of the WICB to resolve player issues without trying to degenerate the player. Do we remember how the WICB ended the careers of Haynes, Greenidge and Viv? There is no guarantee that adding Gayle to the squad will make us but at least it will improve our chances of winning. I have a new level of respect for Gayle now because he's the only that is standing up to the WICB stupidity.

  • POSTED BY balao on | July 4, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Please solve this issue WICB. Chris Gayle is an international cricketer and good sportsman, Cricket boards shouldn't be allowed to destroy cricket and players. All the cricketers and fans are with Gayle around the globe. Through out his career he played for the betterment of the WI cricket team. We believe , he is not a selfish.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    It is so sad to see what West indies Cricket has come to, yes every team goes through a crisis some time or another, to see now that Money, abusive language, and and most recently an attitude that spells violence has taken the place of Love for the Game, Love for your Country and West Indies and PRIDE; West Indies was once upon a time the Godzilla in the Cricket World. Everyone can see Sammy is trying his best, the body language and face expression on some of the players who still have the love and pride for the game. Yes, I do believe the Team wants badly to win, but there is too much wrong outside bad influence that is hampering the unity and team spirit. I love my West Indies team Win or Lose.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | July 3, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding! what is a 'SPECIAL' test average? anyhting in excess of 40 at test level is special even if you've only played 10 tests. Remember how averages are calculated. A better way to judge this might be to only classify a player's top 10 innings against the top 5 teams and discount everything else. That way all those players with big scores against WI since they fell out of the top 5 will not matter.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    why u guys keep this series it is very boring to see without gayle include gayle and exclude sarwan as well as sammy there are wate in the side.......

  • POSTED BY sal80 on | July 3, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    IPL has ruined the career of other world class performer...stop this Indian pathetic league,,other wise the real English flavour of cricket wil die

  • POSTED BY melrose on | July 3, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    where is the jamaican cricket board,the prime minister and the WI cricket loving people? the wicb,selectors &coach should be representing a cricket loving population.is'nt it obvious before the eyes of the world that there is a political fight against jamaican cricketers (regional champions in almost every phase of the game)CHRIS GAYLE,set-up & being used as a scapegoat by wicb,selectors & coach.check the caribbean countries they're all from? facts #1 chris was not fit for selection,neither was jermaine taylor(both coming frm ipl.) marlon samuels made fifty in his last test against PAK, was left out for the 1st test against india(rescued the team in the 2nd test).andre russell,one of our best allrounders,sidelined,why?sammy who is from the same country as our WICB CEO next, carlton baugh should be replsced as keeper by simmonds or rambdin former one day cricketer,latter had many years of failure.another big picture of WICB,COACH&SELECTORS mentality is (look into it)no ipl players.

  • POSTED BY powerash5000 on | July 3, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    sportspeople just want to do their best and play sport. The suits are always the problem with vested interests, political maneuvering, getting what they can for themselves and their reputation- they offer nothing to the world. Gayle just has to get out there and hit a ball and gives us so much. The less officials there are, the better sport operates. Don't need a 10 or 15 man panel of cronnies to decide who is capable of hitting a ball, it is in the open for all to see. Come play in Aus Gayle, just avoid the stooges we have running the game here.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | July 3, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    looking forward to see chris gayle at the Sri Lankan T20. I think the guy can play around the world for Bangalore, sydney thunder along with some county team as well as in NZ SA domestic contests as well. really WI are at the losing end and not Gayle.

  • POSTED BY yadavvijay007 on | July 3, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    This is shame to WICB they are very fuless peoples in WICB. Why they are use the World great batsman i can see gayle is latest Brian LARA in WIC. ICC can take this matter to resolve issue immidet. otherwise world will lost one anothoer great lara from wic due to some small personal igo from west indes cricket.

  • POSTED BY dane400 on | July 3, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    There is constant talk that Gayle is an average opener. N E body who believes should go to stats guru and compare Gayle to Haynes and Greenidge and only then will people stop making allegations against Gayle been an average opener. The only difference is that Haynes and Greenidge played in a all powerful WI team. Gayle has a lot to offer. It's really sad to see these turn of events. But it only shows the inability of the WICB to resolve player issues without trying to degenerate the player. Do we remember how the WICB ended the careers of Haynes, Greenidge and Viv? There is no guarantee that adding Gayle to the squad will make us but at least it will improve our chances of winning. I have a new level of respect for Gayle now because he's the only that is standing up to the WICB stupidity.

  • POSTED BY Thevr on | July 3, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    I want to post a famous quotation by a famous player before I sign off:

    "There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren't willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." - Michael Jordan.

    Mr. Gayle... Yes, you have abundant talent but... be a team player.

  • POSTED BY Thevr on | July 3, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Part 4 (Continued from my last post): My question is after this transcript has been published, why Chris didn't say anything on that? Now he keeps quite about that statement and makes us think that his earlier statement was false, indeed. What credibility Mr.Gayle has after this?

    Last but not least, the latest media statement was obviously not written by Christopher Henry Gayle. The way in which the importance was given to the Dinanath Ramnarine stand-off states it clearly...you can guess... no prize for guessing though :)

    WICB is not a saint... we all know their incompetence by at least now! However, Chris tries to portray himself as a pure victim and everyone on WICB worked 24/7 to get rid of himself was just an illusion. I think he thinks too much of himself and it's time to think about the team also.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    Seeing that it is obvious that the WICB don't value him, maybe the USA Cricket Association could consider poaching Gayle. You could build the team around him and he is an extremely marketable sporting figure through which to promote the game.

  • POSTED BY Thevr on | July 3, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Part 3 (continued from my earlier post): Now my question is who is CG trying to fool here? Does he have any credibility in his claims? A person who wants to represent his country demanding an unreasonable amount from a board that is not in a good state?

    3. Remember, he couldn't have been able to play in IPL had WICB refused to give him the NOC. If they wanted to curb him by all means, they could've done it. At least, by the way Chris is describing the WICB, one would expect the board wouldn't have given him the NOC. Anyways, in his earlier radio-interview he stated that no one has checked on his fitness/injury status and not even the physio. The transcript of the conversation between C.Clark and Chris has been published and the West Indies team physio has clearly been in contact with Chris and was checking on his progress.

    Part4 (I will post the question on part 4):

  • POSTED BY Thevr on | July 3, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    Part 2: 2. He claims in his "emotional" media release that his childhood dream was to play for Jamaica and West Indies, he is/was very committed but WICB is standing in his way... etc. While the regional T20 tournament was taking place, Jamaica needed him big time to give them the boost. Jamaicans wanted to see their 20/20 star! Guess where he was? He was playing in the Australia's Big-Bash making himself unavailable to play for Jamaica. Also, he reported to have demanded the WICB to pay him the same amount as IPL tag: US$800,000. Any reasonable person would know that the WICB is a money strapped board. Hence, Chris refused to sign the contract, forcing the selectors to select a different captain. While many would disagree Sammy may not be the right choice, however, Chris Gayle is clearly not the right person for that Job. If that statement by the WICB is untrue, he would've addressed that in his latest media release or in fact he could sue the WICB, because it's serious allegation!

  • POSTED BY Thevr on | July 3, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    Part 1: I have some questions and would be delighted if any of you could answer them to clear my ignorance. Though I have many, I am only asking 3 questions for the time being: 1. As most of us know, Chris Gayle has arrived on the eve of the Test Match (in 2009) in England while he was the captain of the team after playing in IPL. He requested some extended time from the WICB admin and without any Test Match practice and with Jet-lag. He scored 19 runs in the first innings and the match was lost and subsequently the series. After this series (or during), when he was interviewed by some media, he said, "I wouldn't be so sad if Test Cricket died out" - Remember he was still the captain for WI team playing test match in England. In the same interview he also said about the captaincy "I'm not that type of person. I can't take on too many things. So soon I will be handing over this captaincy. I will soon finish with it".

    Then why does he complain when he was dropped from the captaincy

  • POSTED BY bismoy on | July 3, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    What wrong with WI Cricket,they have most useless captain in Sammy and they drop a world class batman ---"Chrish Gayle".

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    Hey Chris. Please do not worry about the WI Cricket board. Come down to India and Play for Indian team and RCB. You will rock the entire world. All the best

  • POSTED BY 44johter on | July 2, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    Best wishes for Gayle and his family. I do not forsee a resolution this is a fight to the bitter end and no one will win. But at least I do not anticipate anymore crippling strikes from the players..........can never emagine Sammy and team will have the guts to get in the boards face. WI cricket needs to move on too much bitterness festering........killing the game.....my enjoyment

  • POSTED BY Reggaecricket on | July 2, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    This ego game by Hilaire, the coach and others, is costing West Indies Cricket dearly. There personal vedetta against Gayle should not get in the way of Cricket in the Wi's. Some of Gayle's critics here hav esaid that he is nothing special, but is there anybody else out there who can offer the team anything more thna Chris can? Ernest Hialire is West Indies answer to Ijaz Butt!

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    There is more money to be made elsewhere Gayle. Just let your bat do the talking in the 20/20 leagues and try to make as much money as possible. There is too much double standard in the decision making of the wicb. They allow Pollard and Bravo to do anything while they punish Gayle and Jerome Taylor. I guess if your own national cricket board wont stand up for you then who will ? I say to hell with Windies cricket ( I dont even support them anymore ) it's time to resign and be a contract player and make some dough. Ten years after this nobody will remember hilary beckles , and ernest hilaire but people will always remember a hard hitting juggernaut called Christopher Henry Gayle.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    This kind of problem created by the IPL...so pls stop IPL ....where we make some players like Gayle ...who are not interested no feeling for there country

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | July 2, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    If the icc wants to keep the game alive then, it should scold both the pcb and wicb!

    If they don't then, you will pretty much see the no. of full members cut down to 6 and that would be even worse for the game.

  • POSTED BY bbpp on | July 2, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Insularity, pettiness and egos seems to be the order of the day at all levels of WI cricket. If our politicians were any better then we could ask them to get involved. Where are the people of integrity and intelligence in WI cricket? People like Beckles, who can justify selecting 7 bajans in his all time WI eleven (guess where he is from) while referring to current WI players as "Dons" is not the type we are looking for. Where are those who can walk in Clyde Walcott's shoes? Clive Lloyd, Ian Bishop, Jeff Dujon maybe are a few. They may be able to stand up to people like Hilaire without being as opinionated as a Croft, Holding or Roberts whose personal feelings also may cloud their objective judgement on certain players. I detect sometimes a level of resentment from past players over the amount of money and perks that these new unproven players are getting but true greats have to rise above that. Butts, Robert Haynes and Browne never made as WI Players and don't have the confidence.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Are the Jamaicans asleep? Wake up and support your countryman! Christopher Gayle does not deserve to be treated the in this manner. He has been a good honest servant of West Indies cricket and he is a world class opening batsman - the most devastating of current players. The WI cricket team is much much poorer without him. ALL Jamaicans should call on their cricket board officials to step down for poor representation of Gayle. They should also call on the WICB CEO to step down for non-performance during his tenure. I suggest Jamaicans start a facebook page supporting Gayle's reinstatement and call for the heads of the Jamaican Cricket Board members. You must come out in support of your countryman. Why do you think Sarwan and Chanderpaul are back in the West Indies team - all Guyanese and the Guyana Government made it abundantly clear that they had to be reinstated. Don't underestimate the power of social media - look at the changes it is causing in the middle east.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | July 2, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    This is now beyond a sick joke. Gayle is still 32 and should be in the prime of his batting powers and has the record to porve it. Personal differences with the board or ego's simply cannot result in a player not playing the game. If it does, the administrators who are respnsibel to ensure this sort of absurd eventuality doesnt result should resign and let a new lot take over. A board cannot have differences to this level and continue to pretend to serve the game - it makes no sense. So either Gayles must play or the board must be replaced with a bunch who will ensure the like of Gayle continue to play.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    What is west indies public doing? They cannot support their best player for their country?Go and drown yourself in either Pacific or Atlantic. Players are always bigger than the managers who earn their livings on players only

    Come out on the streets stop the tests being played now untill Gayle is restored to his rightful place and throw the board out WAKE up WEST INDIES time has changed make once again world proud of you as cricket loving country

    Withy public force and power anything can be done

  • POSTED BY ChrisH on | July 2, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    continuing....

    So in May 2009 Gayle arrives in England a day before a test match after getting the permission of the WICB to have an extended stay in the IPL (oh what an evil, evil board! Imagine, allowing him more time because he asked for it!). Then he bluntly tells a newspaper reporter he "wouldn't be so sad" if test cricket died and does so poorly and was so uninspiring that WI couldn't even draw a couple of test matches and instead roll over to give England two easy victories.

    Now he claims he doesn't know why board members who previously supported his captaincy were now opposed to it. Please! He's going on as if people don't have the freedom to change their minds. And why would he expect CLIVE LLOYD and JOEL GARNER to support him after he basically said he didn't care if TEST CRICKET died?!?! He must be on drugs if he doesn't realize that those men loved test cricket and made it exciting and for them he may as well have been telling them a few choice bad words.

  • POSTED BY jamory on | July 2, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Instead of causing confusion with words why don't you make your bat do the talking. Everytime you guys get left out ( Shiv, Sarwan, Ramdin and Gayle) you want a reason for it and when you all are included we cannot win. We as fans are fed up of losing, you are the players that represent us act like it and win games and stop blame the board. The board and selectors choose who they see fit to be in the team and those of you who are selected perform at your best and do not worry about who you replaced or next in line because they don't care about you. They care about themselves and family members. Many of our senior players don't play there heart out for West Indies cricket, but look at them when they play in the IPL, sometimes I wonder if thats the same person who played for West Indies.

  • POSTED BY ChrisH on | July 2, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    The problem, Gayle said, goes back to 2009. Soon after Hilaire took office that October, he said, the Board questioned the selectors' recommendation that he should captain the team to tour Australia. While eight members voted for him, five voted against. "Clive Lloyd, who had praised me highly before was one of them [who voted against]. He never said anything to me about why he was no longer on my side. Joel Garner, who was the manager of the West Indies team and who worked with me closely on the Stanford game which we won, was another. Conde Riley... too. Most surprising is the man who said publicly that he always supported me as captain. Prof. Hilary Beckles voted against me so when he says that he pushed for me to be captain you have to decide whether to believe Beckles or the minutes of the meeting. Gregory Shillingford voted against me."

    Well if Gayle is honest with himself all of this stems from May 2009 with his comments on test cricket.....to be continued in next post.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    when u come to sri lanka pls apply forsri lankan citz so we play u until u 50 years. u are the best player on and off feild.best player west indies ever ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Shut your stupid mouth...You are only making this statement now because you are going to play in th"Big Bash''...West Indies cricket will be fine without you, remembers we are rank virtually at the bottom for both test and ODI because of consistent underperformance from players like you, Sarwan etc.....Go make your money and shut up...

  • POSTED BY number-09 on | July 2, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    "getsetgopk" - Gayle instructed WICB to send the contract to WIPA, which is the procedure as approved in their MOU. WIPA is their agent. WICB does not want to deal with the players collectively. Be careful what you say

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    The claas act mr gayle should play for windies.the ongoing indian tour west indies really disapointed their batting.please gayle come & play...

  • POSTED BY cricdick on | July 2, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    @Hasan Ali, I loud suggestion to get him for Pakistan. But let us play our own cricket by our own people. It may be hard after what happened to Bob Woolmer, we still should manage to get him as our coach to tap rising telents of Pak.cricketers.Thanks anyways.

  • POSTED BY cricket_saint on | July 2, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Gayle should try for Indian Citizenship... Sehwag and Gayle can then open....

  • POSTED BY McArthur on | July 2, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    It is not about Mr. Gayle and Mr Hilaire, it's about West Indies cricket and the West Indies team. Those persons who are writing that Gayle needs to be re-instated so that the West Indies can start winning, do your homework. The West Indies were LOSING badly with Gayle, both as Captain and player. In cricket, no one player makes a team (Lara could not do it and Tendulkar couldn't either before Dravid, Ganguly etc arrived to form the nucleus of their world topping team). Gayle is NOT bigger than the very system that produced him (West Indies Cricket). By Chris' own admission, very respected past cricketers (as well as armchair administrators) have been critical of his methods. He CANNOT be allowed to constantly heaped scorn on persons around him (e.g. Gibson, Hilaire, Team Management etc.) and then waltz back into the same Team with the said persons. Absolutely NOT. And if you Indian fans want him that badly, please take him. All that Glitters is NOT Gold. West Indian to the Bone.

  • POSTED BY aclarity on | July 2, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    There are 3 sides to a story: yours, mine and the truth. Gayle and WICB have given their sides but the truth is yet to be told. Gayle has forgotten the 2007 WC when he arrived in Grenada with a model on his arm and refused to talk to the local press which labeled him the Bad Boy of WI cricket. That team, including Sarwan, found it was too tedious to practice. Was this love of WI cricket? The WICB is like an elephant with a long memory and they are now responding. However, Gayle is right about "Enough is Enough." The WICB should set an immediate date for a disciplinary hearing including Gayle's airing of voting and Hilaire's actions mete out punishment and stop the bleeding. It's the correct thing to do and I don't care whether Gayle is fined or suspended for 5 days or 5 years.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    I just am unable to understand how Clive Lloyd & Joel Garner among others can side with the the board when all the public knows that it's the board that is responsible for the position West Indies cricket is in.The world is on Gayle side just read the comments of most of the public. More power to you Gayle, your family is first in whatever you do God bless you have done a lot for West Indies cricket.

  • POSTED BY LLovewindiess on | July 2, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    The problem with Gayle is he always tends to chose social media or the press to discuss issues with the board, coach and the shareholders of WI cricket. He also expresses a waxing and waning interest in test cricket.

    There are many other avenues for discussion and worldwide no active players air dirty laundry to the world at large. Being used as a pawn by Ramnarine utilising his confrontational and aggressive style has backfired big time! Chanderpaul and Sarwan have ironed out the same issues quietly and are still integrated into the team.

    Gayle has painted himself into a corner now and without apologies to the captain, coach and WICB, he has become a loose cannon that cannot be tolerated. The ball has been in his court even long before Ramnarine raised his chair in anger during the meeting.

  • POSTED BY iamgroot on | July 2, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Chris Gayle.. Come and join Indian team ..WI selectors have lost their mind and even after seeing the recent IPL and his performance there only a fool can avoid such a great player into team. Their Ego is hurting the spineless WI team and WI team without Gayle is nothing but inspid. A. WI team has themselves to blame. They got dangerous players outside the team and still they don't select. IF Sammy thinks adrian barath or any of the top order can do better than Chris Gayle he is foolish and his attitude sucks big time when asked about Chris Gayle. Chris Gayle single handedly hammered many teams in IPL and took RCB to the business end of tournament and he is not new to test cricket either with 2 triple centuries who is similar to sehwag with such record. Gayle I am sure indian team will welcome you and love to have u , after all dhoni doesnt mind having two sehwags in team. :) lol

  • POSTED BY jadi501 on | July 2, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Gibson and WICB please its really enough . you have no rights to play with the feelings of fans.Please imm solve this issue

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 2, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Honestly, Chris Gayle is nothing special in test cricket as a test average of 41 shows, ODI's and T20 are a differnt kettle, I always got the impression that he considers himself bigger than the team and the game, otherwise he wouldnt be taking the stance he is. However the WICB and WIPA are not totally blameless, and Gayle has become stuck in the middle. With the WICB refusing to give into the demands of the WIPA and the WIPA refusing to see the bigger picture, like the WICB cant afford to pay contracts equivalent to the the larger nations as they dont have the funds.

  • POSTED BY S.Ramaprasad on | July 2, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    WICB should consider Gayle. he can change the course of match. WICB is full of politics and no spirit in the team

  • POSTED BY WTEH on | July 2, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Sorry Mr Gayle. Only if you were born in any other cricketing country, then you'll be legend bigger than Lara.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    he serves them well in all formats,now he's been discarded and this is suppose to be the stage in his carrier where he's most mature so to speak..(prime) i say to gayle,move on with ur life making a living elsewhere....

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Gayle is a beast that Brian Lara Created.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    This is just so sad. This is just a case of little men in west indies cricket with big egos. So you want to have the man to meet with team management, then after that with the team selectors, then after that with team management, then finally you earn the right to meet with GOD ALMIGHTY- Ernest Hilare! What really is that? Are we just going to sit back and watch this egotist and his sidekicks destroy the already limited product called west indies cricket? Where are the politicians when we really need them? Caricom where art thou?

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    A man's primary role in life is to be the best he can be; maximise his potential and take care of his family. Therefore, I support whatever choices CG makes!

  • POSTED BY VEXXZ on | July 2, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    GOOD-BYE Chris Gayle . You cause us too much trouble and so we must move on .We are not winning with you so we must make a change . Its about time the WICB let the world know who run West Indies Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    PCB, please for heaven's sake, get him Pakistani nationality and a contract to play for the Pak team for the next 5 years in the opening position.

    none the less, i agree with inayat ali. its a two way street and both should act responsibly. Gayle makes a lot of different to the windies side in one days and t20 and the board should try harder to keep him in business on top of the order. Gayle himself should also show some responsibility and culture. There are ups and downs in any professional relationship with lots of people corrupted with jealousy but for a player of such caliber, it seems almost inept to not be able to deal with the politics in the board and that too of a complicated west indian set up.

    I wish the very best to West Indian Cricket and hope for their revival. I would love to see some Bishops, Walshes and Ambroses emerging along with the richards, hoopers and laras.

  • POSTED BY nlight on | July 2, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    It does seem farcical that the man who outshone all others in IPL4 isn't playing for his "country". WICB is failing supporters and lovers of the game worldwide.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    We want Gayle back in WestIndies team, he is great player in world. Dont spoil his career and WestIndies cricket. Through out the problems, play/select for nation. WICB should allow him to play in all formats. Then See...........................

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    If Indian team trash West Indies in this series 3-0 then I would like to see what Mr Gibson & WICB has to say..If quarrels keeps on going with players and WICB, how will West Indies cricket develop. Very silly and Chanderpaul criticized WICB earlier before the test series with India is now keeping quite. Why?? Is unity missing or no senior player is willing to take the blame of the poor performance. It is surprising that present coach blames Gayle commitment and WICB is looking of scapegoats instead of building a good team. What is this happening to West Indies cricket and hope ex-players like ViV Richards,Lara and Michael Holding come and resolve these issues.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | July 2, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Gayle you failed to mention when WICB sent you contract documents you 'INSTRUCTED' them to send it to WIPA. essentially meaning that you have no desire to play for WI you rather prefer to play for a side that pays more. besides you haven't won WI anything your just good for bashing indian bowlers in IPL. your done for good of WI cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    WICB - a laughing stock in world cricket. some jokers r sitting there. 1. Hilaery, 2.coach gibson, and the funny captain summy. why summy in test team i dont understand. i feel sorry for gayle.

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | July 2, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    @shafrazz..there's a valid reason that y a person need to read the whole article and to understand the facts before writing with his wild imagination..Chris Gayle was not selected for IPL in the initial phase coz of WI-Pak tour which wud have made him unavailable in IPL matches but WI selector did'nt selected him in the WI team due to disagreement over various issues after which Gayle out of frustration applied to IPL,we dont see any faults with IPL in this regard..any player will choose country over club and no player is exception to this...plz desist yourself from unnecessary critism and stop bringing india,bcci,ipl in every matter coz its getting quite boring now

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Power tripping officials, that's all it is. I'm still struggling to understand what Gayle did wrong. Yes i know about the radio interview but all he did was voice his opinion - is that a crime. West Indies cricket can't afford not to have him. His absense was instrumental in the first test. The game was that close that he would have made the difference. They should be begging for him to return. He is in awesome form (IPL man of series, and scored a triple ton a few months ago. The rest of his team struggle to make that many runs between them. Absolute disgrace. Sack the board, bring Gayle back. From an Australian point of view I'd love to see him back. International cricket needs its most exciting player

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    the problem is not one sided, Gayle should be given chance, and in return Gayle should show some responsibilty as a senior playe, his performance in the world cup was shame, not becasue he was dismissed by good balls, but his shot selection and since of irresponsibity. in the end the west indies cricket is suffering. the board should act sinsibly also

  • POSTED BY netgrouchy on | July 2, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    PLEASE follow Sri Lanka's lead and sack the entire WICB and all its sub committees. There is an urgent need for a decent administration devoid of prejudices; with common sense to ensure that ALL cricketers give their best to cricket and our region. Bad treatment of its players is a poor reflection of our West Indian doctrines. ONE LOVE!!!! I wept for Chris Gayle after I read his statement. Pride, decency and dignity embodied!!! Go Chris go!

    Give our players the respect they deserve and give each player the same rights and encouragement.... Stop singling them out!! Stop creating turmoil within!!!

    Where are the voices of the leaders of all our West Indian nations? Why does it take Chris Gayle to appeal to our leaders when the entire world acknowledges there is massive breakdown within WICB? Proud to be West Indian - make Christopher Henry Gayle proud of who he is and the pleasure we all derive from watching him do his thing!

  • POSTED BY saichander on | July 2, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    We do not know what has prompted the WICB to be very harsh towards Chris Gayle. Such an established player's career is in doldrums because of some stringent measures taken by WICB. I earnestly feel that WICB should at the earliest call Gayle and through discussions along with representatives from WIPA resolve the problem. The services of one of the greatest player should not be kept aside for a long period. LET ME PRAY FOR A AMICABLE SETTLEMENT.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    This is not right, this will not happen, but I cant help thinking what would happen if Sehwag and Gayle open for India!

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | July 2, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    WICB are a joke - a laughing stock in world cricket. No wonder the ECB don't want to play them at Lords - they don't desereve the honour and the home of cricket should not be sullied by their presence. Shame really because the players DO deserve the honour. Chris you'll always be welcome in England. Why don't you come over and start launching the ball out of our grounds.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    what exactly has Gayle won with WI? what is there record with him in the team? they won a champions troph way back when in which he did nothing. how has the team developed with him.....yawn

  • POSTED BY steppenwolf on | July 2, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    WICB members need to put a leash on their ego and Gayle needs to do the put one on his tongue. Voila! Problem solved.

  • POSTED BY ganga07 on | July 2, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    Really its not fare what is happening with Gayile. If things will continue in west Indies it may ruin like Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY MrWicket on | July 2, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    srry mate, i love your big hitting, your explosive hitting but as an aussie - you should stay out of the west indies team come and open with warner in sydney big bash

  • POSTED BY jinesshh on | July 2, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    I am waiting for WICB comments ostracizing Gayle again and not accepting their faults.. I guess discipline is important but arrogance from board over players is not acceptable...

  • POSTED BY shafrazz on | July 2, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    another talented crickters cricket life is comming to an end due to so called IPL. in this case i am with WI board. why bug to play for your country now? there is IPL.

  • POSTED BY len501 on | July 2, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    If as alleged by Chris Gayle, the sequence of events unfolded the way he has stated, then the entire WICB needs to be fired and replaced with people who know what it takes to work with and treat men as men. We are only privy to one side of the story, so it's rather difficult to draw conclusions, but if the board's recent history re Lara, Haynes and other players is an indicator, then Gayle's comments probably have quite a bit of merit. I couldn't help but wonder what would have happened to some of the great talents of other sports such as Dennis Rodman, Charles Barkley, Wayne Rooney, Ian Botham, Shane Warne if they had to deal with the people responsible for West Indies cricket. It seems as though they would prefer to have a team of Stepford Wives, with no personality, bowing the knee to their every whim and fancy without a whimper. Chris Gayle does not fit that mold, but his difference is what makes him who he is. He may be different, but that doesn't make him wrong.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    OK BCCI..get your act together and start the process to make Gayle "Indian" national. After that he can play for India..

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | July 2, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    You have to treat professional players professionally, not autocratically. I thought the days of Ude Hussain are long gone. But the PCB and the WICB and the BCCI and some other cricket boards in a lesser extent are proving me wrong. The WI cricket has been suffering over the past few decades because of the mismanagement of the WICB. Players earn money for the region/country and these officials enjoy the power of spending that money. Gayle should be back immediately. If some apology is needed, it should be from the WICB side.

  • POSTED BY sfo_novato on | July 2, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    I cannot begin to understand the frustration Chris must be going through. As fans we have been robbed of the greatest West Indian batsman of this generation in the current Test series by behind the screen squabbles. It would be nice if the fans can have a say in these matters. WICB, if you are listening and reading these comments, please reconsider. Please give him another go.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    We, West Indian cricket fans demand that Chris Gayle be picked to play for the West Indies team. We are fed up with loosing. Chris can win for us. The current board ensures our loses every time. Get back Gayle or dismantle the board.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    I feel for Gayle, I personally havent seen anyone Glamourous and entertaining Striker more than the great Chris Gayle himself, WICB should have given Gayle the opportunity anytime becz reality is that Gayle is the ''G-Force'' of WI Cricket,its now or never 4 WICB becz there are million of opportunities 4 gayle lots of Cricket boards will be keeping a close eye on things to happen and will want to grab hold of GAYLE.Act now WICB or lose Gayle forever.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    I feel for Gayle, I personally havent seen anyone Glamourous and entertaining Striker more than the great Chris Gayle himself, WICB should have given Gayle the opportunity anytime becz reality is that Gayle is the ''G-Force'' of WI Cricket,its now or never 4 WICB becz there are million of opportunities 4 gayle lots of Cricket boards will be keeping a close eye on things to happen and will want to grab hold of GAYLE.Act now WICB or lose Gayle forever.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    It is now time for the people of the West Indies to take a stand them self, even if it means protesting at every single match that is played across the Caribbean countries against the board and for the return of Chirs Gayle. Abosolutely no international cricket in the West Indies unless Gayle is re-selected !

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    Gayle, you are an asset, no doubt. WICB will realize and positively call you back. Nobody can hide your talent. If you ready to play for any other countries, yes, everyone will come forward to avail the great opportunity. Once in a blue moon such a unique, class and excellent cricketer get for a team. I think WICB will not miss this golden chance. If they miss, they are great losers. World is wide and opportunities are plenty. but playing for the home country is always gives you the mental satisfaction. WCIB think and step forward and not miss your best all-rounder. (one of best in the world) Really we pray for your better future.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    I am a big fan of Gayle and I feel he needs to quit playing for the Windies now. Gayle needs to consider immigrating to CANADA, IRELAND or NEW ZEALAND quickly to further his cricketing career from one of these countries! I am serious here!

  • POSTED BY Kalan9211 on | July 2, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    this is all due to IPL that players dont want to play for their country. many people are loosing interest in cricket, it is visible from crowd attendance in WI vs India and England vs Srilanka matches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    WI grow up and pick Gayle he is the best WI batsman in T20 and ODI and 2nd only to chanderpaul in ODI's. Also why is chanderpaul being avoided in ODI's?

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Now Chris Gayle just keep the faith man dont give you will play for west indies again, many people in caribbean have your back i know its looks bleak now but i know the west cricket cricket board will come to there senses soon and realize that we need you you in west indies team and it will hard to win with out you.

  • POSTED BY BarnabyN on | July 2, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    The WICB need a serious examination. It is one drama after another. Gayle is a great cricketer. He needs to be in the team.

  • POSTED BY Bikrant_Shrestha_Nepal on | July 2, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    i have been a calm and patience follower of WI cricket for past 1 decade.. There has been up's and down and that's the way it will be.. I have always been an optimistic that someday i can see the glory and dominance of West Indies Cricket again n m still hopeful. But every time when i feel that something good is about to happen a disaster occurs.. this issue of Gayle has been stretched a lot and i am irritated by this like many other fans.. we are sports lover and we just want to see a good cricket in the scene.. Let's end this childish act and lets proceed with a view to see the days of glory.. WICB please take this matter seriously otherwise you will soon have to face the bitter music of downfall and criticism.... Lastly, Gayle don't loose the hope... I know you will back soon.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Gayle shud go play for IRELAND

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Most cricket boards are selfish enjoying free money. Chris Gayle as good as Vivian Richards. Definitely one of the top ten present cricketeers. He should move to Monaco like tennis players do and play wherever he wants.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    during pakistan tour of west indies we really missed Gayle .. we really want to see him in the team .. west indian board shud understand they want respect from people then they should first respect players ..Gayle has proved him self a best t20 and odi player .. its disappointing that west indian board ignoring him ..i dont know where the problem lies but player like gayle and pollard gives life to game .. plz bring him back to team let us see a great player in action :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    So sad. If Gayle represented any other country (except maybe zimbabwe) I'd be dirty on him for preferring the easy money in IPL rather than representing his country... but how many times was the WICB been unable to get along with its players: Lara, Chanderpaul, Sarwan and Gayle. Their best batsman since Richards (arguably even better) and their only 3 current, proven batsmen. Who is this Hilaire? Does he know more about cricket than Chanderpaul? Gayle? No. Appoint some men who love cricket to run the game in the west indies.

    Although it is concerning that it seems that Lloyd and Garner have concerns about Gayle. I would respect their opinions.

  • POSTED BY ramps_wi on | July 2, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    well it seems that the WICB has acheived what it wanted to ....... play Sammy over and over, until people start to believe in their mind that he is good, even the commentators are second guessing and actually thinking that he is good, but we are accepting mediocrity. GAYLE needs to be re instated and given the captaincy. Cant wait for Trini team in the champions league with Simmons, barath, bravo, pollard, bravo snr, ganga, ramdin so we can have something to cheer about>>>

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    I have always loved and supported the West Indies cricket team, especially players like Gayle, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, and Lara. My new heroes are Bishoo, Rampaul, and Bravo. Without Gail, our Team is incomplete. We need him in the team.

  • POSTED BY drtrinileggie on | July 2, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    RESIGN WICB RESIGN WICB RESIGN WICB RESIGN WICB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Bill.W on | July 2, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    it is not just a case of Hilaire resigning - which i suggest he do so with immediate effect along with a numbers of the others as well - Beckles, Hunte etc..but the same can be said for the WIPA president as well...it is also time for Ramnarine to vacate the premises as well in order for West Indies cricket to develop .... clean out both the cupboards and start with two sides that can communicate with each other and stop having the players in the middle ...how can we expect them to perform when 80% of the time they cannot dedicate themselves to the cricket ... becausse subconsciously hey will be having thse other matters on their minds as well!!! enough is enough... I AGREE!!!

  • POSTED BY jaypekrish on | July 2, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Gayle, You are world class and One in a million unique talent. WICB is not the final word for a world class player like you. when tom dick and harry leaves WICB You will dominate WI cricket again.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    Play for Ireland Gayle,you are the best.forget WICB

  • POSTED BY jermainewi on | July 1, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    im big fan of wi and gayle personally but what about the grate players that we had they cant step up and stop this crazy ness form going more down hill ....yo gayle you right bro FAMILY FIRST ...... INDIA, AUS AND ENGLAND WOULD LOVE FOR COME PLAY 20T CRICKET FOR THEM AND THEY WILL PAY YOU BIG MONEY.GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING....

  • POSTED BY Nealhemraj on | July 1, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Good for you gayle,IPL will pay you more than bla bla bla.make money while you can

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    It's a shame on WICB that they cannot handle a talent like Gayle. Chris Gayle...West Indies and Internationla cricket needs you...Don't give up..

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    What I dont understsand is, why would WICB want to remove Gayle from the team? He is the best batsman in WI at the moment. Captaincy I can understand to an extent.

  • POSTED BY Burbon on | July 1, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    The West Indian Public will wake up when Gibson and Hillarie give us a team resembling Afganistan or Burmuda to look at.If this Is the future of our cricket then to say it looks bleak, is an understatement.This WICB has ended too many Careers starting with Desmond Haynes and until we say like Chris Gayle "enough is enough" they will continue to abuse players and to a larger extent , us fans.

  • POSTED BY Mayfield on | July 1, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    I still maintain that WI cricket is in the doldrums primarily because of the players. The players are not committed to thier physical and mental conditioning, to cricket or to the WI team. Just take a look at the article on Dennis Waight and the comment he made about the post LLoy d and Richards teams and you will know why the WI are in the position they are in. He mad comments about Lara, that basically sums it up. If you don't have leadership from the front, what happens to the tail? In battle, the opposition knows that once the head goes, the battle becomes much easier. The players who were supposed to lead were not leading and that help in the decline of WI cricket. In the NBA, Michael Jordan was a General on the Chicago Bulls. He did not have immense talent around him, and yet they won many championships. The WI team was and is full of talented players, but they continue to lose. Why? The players who are the seniors, who should be leading by example, leading from the front are not

  • POSTED BY ArmChairUmpire on | July 1, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    I admire Chris Gayle and his cricket. What can one say about the West Indies Board and the Boards running cricket in the various islands? If one cannot say something good about another, best to say nothing.

    As far as Chris Gayle is concerned, he has already made his mark on the game. He can compete with the best in the world and be handsomely rewarded for his talent. ALL the BEST to him and to players like him.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    Its sad. When chris gayle was captain. the team played as a unit with a purpose, at least hope existed. But seems like to board had other ideas than to develop cricket in the WI. I actually respected Clive lloyd, but he was deifinitely wrong on that one.

  • POSTED BY tearawayquick on | July 1, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    Sad to see that none of the current or ex-players have come out in support of him..World Cricket cannot afford to miss out on such a talent.. He has been and hope will continue to be a great entertainer...

  • POSTED BY MeowCat on | July 1, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    The backbone of WIndies cricket is thrown away..

  • POSTED BY philibert on | July 1, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    WICB need to Resign. Well need to see Chris Gayle and not the board.

  • POSTED BY eatpraycricket on | July 1, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    ..Only in the West Indies it seems.. Real disappointment because Chris Gayle is world class when at his destructive best. Even one standout performance a series would place him ahead of the current crop. Also with a little more faith shown in him perhaps we would have seen him mature into a more consistent batsmen as he has been showing in recent IPL performances.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    Yeah .. Enough is enough ... Dont lengthen this ...

  • POSTED BY pankajkumarsingh on | July 1, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    With all due respect to Gayle's talent, what baffles me is why legends like Joel Garner and Clive Lloyd turned their back on him? While Gayle is vocal and speaks his mind out, we never got to listen to the Board's story. No doubt, WI board has played a role in WI's demise as a leading team. I, however, question player's intent... from Ramnarine... to Gayle. Bad news either way for cricket fans like us, who always loved WI cricket.

  • POSTED BY satishbabuk on | July 1, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    I would say GODS MUST BE CRAZY!!!.....Surely West Indies and the World Cricket is missing a pure ENTERTAINER. Thoroughly enjoyed watching you play. No matter what happened in WICB with you, but you will surely be one of the great, aggressive, stylish player and a wonderful human being. Looking forward to see you blazing in Next years IPL!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    What is WICB thinking ? Ignoring one of your top players and one of the best in the world is not common sense!

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Find a county Chris! I know it's cold, but we'd love to see you!

  • POSTED BY MrPud on | July 1, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Australia need an opener, Gayle would walk straight in

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Never in the field of human conflict (cricket) have so many needed so much from so few (actually just one in this case). Come on WI board; for the good of your team PLEASE bury the hatchet and get Carribean cricket back on track. Windies are good for the game.......

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | July 1, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Right approach by Gayle. With so much water gone under the bridge, the chances of an amicable settlement to this issue is not possible soon. Hopefully, time will heal some of the bruised egos and make them see the best course. Gayle is doing the right thing by playing freelance cricket to make a living. This will also be the future direction of many cricketers in all countries.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Gayle will prevail. The WICB will one day wake up

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Gayle....may the (gale) force be with you. You are welcome in India

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    I am a grat fan of Ghris Gayle................. why doesn't Brian Lara say anything about him ? where is Lara ? Walsh? Ambrose ? who is hillarie ?

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    It is sad to see that player like Chris Gayle is not playing such a great series against India. Without him West Indies are struggling in batting and hope someone from the WICB come address his issue. I wonder where will Chris Gayle play his cricket if his local team and WICB is ignoring. After a great IPL Chris Gayle is facing such bad phase. I wish him all the best and soon play for the team he like most..

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Never quit international cricket, it needs characters like you

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    I wish you much success at this stage. Talk with you bat whereever you go.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    I wish you much success at this stage. Talk with you bat whereever you go.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Never quit international cricket, it needs characters like you

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    It is sad to see that player like Chris Gayle is not playing such a great series against India. Without him West Indies are struggling in batting and hope someone from the WICB come address his issue. I wonder where will Chris Gayle play his cricket if his local team and WICB is ignoring. After a great IPL Chris Gayle is facing such bad phase. I wish him all the best and soon play for the team he like most..

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    I am a grat fan of Ghris Gayle................. why doesn't Brian Lara say anything about him ? where is Lara ? Walsh? Ambrose ? who is hillarie ?

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Gayle....may the (gale) force be with you. You are welcome in India

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Gayle will prevail. The WICB will one day wake up

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | July 1, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Right approach by Gayle. With so much water gone under the bridge, the chances of an amicable settlement to this issue is not possible soon. Hopefully, time will heal some of the bruised egos and make them see the best course. Gayle is doing the right thing by playing freelance cricket to make a living. This will also be the future direction of many cricketers in all countries.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Never in the field of human conflict (cricket) have so many needed so much from so few (actually just one in this case). Come on WI board; for the good of your team PLEASE bury the hatchet and get Carribean cricket back on track. Windies are good for the game.......

  • POSTED BY MrPud on | July 1, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Australia need an opener, Gayle would walk straight in

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Find a county Chris! I know it's cold, but we'd love to see you!