West Indies v India 2011 May 30, 2011

Gayle left out of squad to face India

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Chris Gayle remains out of favour with the West Indies Cricket board (WICB) after his controversial radio interview last month and has not been included in the squad for the Twenty20 game and the first two ODIs against India. Despite Gayle finishing as the leading run-getter in the IPL, the board has said it will not consider him for selection until it meets with him.

Allrounder Kieron Pollard is back in the side for the first two ODIs, while the fast bowler Kemar Roach has been rested for the Trinidad leg of the series due to his heavy workload.

The uncapped left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie, of Jamaica, has been picked in the Twenty20 squad, which otherwise has no changes from the XI that beat Pakistan in St Lucia in April. Pollard and Dwayne Bravo could not be included in the Twenty20 outfit having not played in the most recent Caribbean Twenty20 tournament, which is part of the WICB selection criteria.

The selectors were also unwilling to choose Gayle, who slammed the West Indies board on radio after he was not picked in the squad to take on Pakistan last month. In a statement naming the squad to face India, the WICB explained the omission of Gayle, who was named as the Player of the Tournament in the IPL.

"Chris Gayle will not be considered for selection to the West Indies team before an intended meeting with himself, the selection committee, the WICB management and the West Indies team management," the statement said. "The selection committee views this meeting as necessary as a result of Gayle's comments in a widely publicised radio interview in Jamaica."

There was also no room for Jerome Taylor, who like Gayle claimed the WICB failed to contact him about how he was recovering from an injury until after he had departed for the IPL. The selection committee said in the statement that Taylor must play a full season of regional cricket to prove his fitness for international level.

The opening batsman Adrian Barath has returned to low-intensity cricket in Trinidad but is still undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a serious hamstring injury before the World Cup, and it is expected he will be fit for the Tests against India. Following Saturday's Twenty20 in Trinidad, West Indies and India play two ODIs there, before heading to Antigua to continue the series.

Twenty20 squad: Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher (wk), Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Danza Hyatt, Darren Sammy (capt), Christopher Barnwell, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul, Krishmar Santokie.

Squad for first two ODIs: Lendl Simmons, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy (capt), Carlton Baugh (wk), Andre Russell, Anthony Martin, Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul.

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  • on June 2, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    what carlton baugh doing on that team that boy is a total failer where is ramdin.

  • niksaims on June 2, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    India will have westindies for breakfast in the Absence of gAyle.

  • Gwad on June 2, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    dis is crap.. how can u leave out Gayle of of a 20/20... no wonder y westindies cricket is goin dwn..

  • Bermudez on June 2, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Members of the West Indies cricket board are behaving very childish, come on boys, end your stupidity. The team needs the best available players and to leave your best players out because you envy their achievement is retrograde. Christopher Gayle, Lendil Simmonds, Marlon Samuels, Ramnarish Sarwan, Shiv Shanderpaul, Kieron Pollard and the Bravo brothers are your best batters and you know that. The team selected should include these eight and you all know that fact. Stop your envy of the players who have become attractive to the IPL and have earned decent wages. Until you find better players, you cannot justify leaving them out.

  • pargat89 on June 2, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    without gayle its going to be tasteless, one sided affair....!!!

  • chunnie on June 2, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    After Sir Beckles made his comments against Gayle and Samuels, the WICB was quick to say that he did so in his private capacity and not as a Director of the WICB. So why then did they drop Gayle for his comments? He was not under contract. He was not chosen to play for the WICB even though he was available. Why must one man be held accountable for his private comments while another is allowed to carry on like nothing happened? Is it that the WICB consider themselves to have more rights than the players?

  • simonviller on June 1, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    West Indies have a lot of good prospective players and some fairly good young starting players ,but the problem lies in filling the specialist positions ,in the opening batting department --including wicket keeper batting and all-rounder department ...Remember these names [Greenidge & Haynes ] the y more often than not, batted for long periods ,scoring centries opening partnerships ,demoralising the oposition before the no; 3 batsman came to the crease ;at which time the rest of the middle order were under less pressure with the shine off the ball ..While I'm not asking for that from our[ Ipl- big- bat- opener] I do expect him to stay there and occupy the crease while he scores his runs instead of getting out in a few overs for whatever runs he scores ,and to be a mentor to his young partner . The likes of bravo would be much more successful with such a opening foundation .

  • gottalovetheraindance on June 1, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    .the fact is WICB does not have the interest of our cricket at heart. The pitches in the region are taking to spin bowling more than ever before yet they drop the most experienced spin bowler we have for a mediocre novice. since the start of the year Benn has taken more wickets at a better strike rate & average than the captain. this is despite not playing in the series vs Pakistan. Benn & Bishoo would be a good combination on turning pitches even the blind can see that. his attacking nature would help to ease the pressure on Bishoo who is still learning his trade. along with Chris these 3 could become a very decent spin attack with Bishoo getting big spin, Benn getting bounce And Gayle hurrying the batsmen and restricting the scoring rate.

  • Hendersun on June 1, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    I have some recollection of Garfield Sobers appearing to be inclined towards showing dissent at the umpire's decision to give him out in a minor match during that memorable 1959/60 tour of Australia by Windies and the skipper Frank Worrell is said to have formally reprimanded him to bring clarity to the high level of behaviour expected of players representing Windies at all times. I know that was 50 years ago. But why can the same principle not be applied to Windies in 2011?

  • on June 1, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Guess Myself and Gayle are out because we voice our opinions against west indies cricket board.Well all i see for the one day series is white wash with myself the big talent the West indies never signed when i use to live in Guyana.Guess they are too poor to offer me a proper contract that keeps up with inflation.Yours truly American Franchise Hardyal Singh.

  • on June 2, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    what carlton baugh doing on that team that boy is a total failer where is ramdin.

  • niksaims on June 2, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    India will have westindies for breakfast in the Absence of gAyle.

  • Gwad on June 2, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    dis is crap.. how can u leave out Gayle of of a 20/20... no wonder y westindies cricket is goin dwn..

  • Bermudez on June 2, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Members of the West Indies cricket board are behaving very childish, come on boys, end your stupidity. The team needs the best available players and to leave your best players out because you envy their achievement is retrograde. Christopher Gayle, Lendil Simmonds, Marlon Samuels, Ramnarish Sarwan, Shiv Shanderpaul, Kieron Pollard and the Bravo brothers are your best batters and you know that. The team selected should include these eight and you all know that fact. Stop your envy of the players who have become attractive to the IPL and have earned decent wages. Until you find better players, you cannot justify leaving them out.

  • pargat89 on June 2, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    without gayle its going to be tasteless, one sided affair....!!!

  • chunnie on June 2, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    After Sir Beckles made his comments against Gayle and Samuels, the WICB was quick to say that he did so in his private capacity and not as a Director of the WICB. So why then did they drop Gayle for his comments? He was not under contract. He was not chosen to play for the WICB even though he was available. Why must one man be held accountable for his private comments while another is allowed to carry on like nothing happened? Is it that the WICB consider themselves to have more rights than the players?

  • simonviller on June 1, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    West Indies have a lot of good prospective players and some fairly good young starting players ,but the problem lies in filling the specialist positions ,in the opening batting department --including wicket keeper batting and all-rounder department ...Remember these names [Greenidge & Haynes ] the y more often than not, batted for long periods ,scoring centries opening partnerships ,demoralising the oposition before the no; 3 batsman came to the crease ;at which time the rest of the middle order were under less pressure with the shine off the ball ..While I'm not asking for that from our[ Ipl- big- bat- opener] I do expect him to stay there and occupy the crease while he scores his runs instead of getting out in a few overs for whatever runs he scores ,and to be a mentor to his young partner . The likes of bravo would be much more successful with such a opening foundation .

  • gottalovetheraindance on June 1, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    .the fact is WICB does not have the interest of our cricket at heart. The pitches in the region are taking to spin bowling more than ever before yet they drop the most experienced spin bowler we have for a mediocre novice. since the start of the year Benn has taken more wickets at a better strike rate & average than the captain. this is despite not playing in the series vs Pakistan. Benn & Bishoo would be a good combination on turning pitches even the blind can see that. his attacking nature would help to ease the pressure on Bishoo who is still learning his trade. along with Chris these 3 could become a very decent spin attack with Bishoo getting big spin, Benn getting bounce And Gayle hurrying the batsmen and restricting the scoring rate.

  • Hendersun on June 1, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    I have some recollection of Garfield Sobers appearing to be inclined towards showing dissent at the umpire's decision to give him out in a minor match during that memorable 1959/60 tour of Australia by Windies and the skipper Frank Worrell is said to have formally reprimanded him to bring clarity to the high level of behaviour expected of players representing Windies at all times. I know that was 50 years ago. But why can the same principle not be applied to Windies in 2011?

  • on June 1, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Guess Myself and Gayle are out because we voice our opinions against west indies cricket board.Well all i see for the one day series is white wash with myself the big talent the West indies never signed when i use to live in Guyana.Guess they are too poor to offer me a proper contract that keeps up with inflation.Yours truly American Franchise Hardyal Singh.

  • Midonoff on June 1, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    No player is bigger than the team. If west indies selectors feels a player needs discipline well they have a right to do so. I am a big Gale fan having said that.

  • jadi501 on June 1, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    where is barath ? denorine ? why they playing with feeling of fans

  • Silva-Surfa on June 1, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    I'm no fan of the Board, their unreasonable and unprofessional behaviour towards players, over the years is no secret. But what can you do, they're in charge and they call the shots. All these back and forth, internal politics will continue, as long as they're allowed to be given the power to do so. But this is all not one way, Gayle might be playing the victim of circumstance here, but i think he's playing power-games with them as well. If he feels so strongly about this, then maybe he should do what Shahid Afridi did and boycott playing under this particular Board, until changes are made, instead of wanting the best of both worlds and playing the martyr. I love the way Chris Gayle bats, but i don't want him in the West Indies team, if he doesn't really want to be there. Whether it's money-motivated or issues with the WICB, the bottom line is that Gayle has lost his passion and motivation to represent the West Indies and that state of mind is not good for team morale.

  • on June 1, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    This is insane by West Indies cricket board....:/ shame on them....

  • on June 1, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    jamaica should brake away from this board cause i cant stand this team right now if this is wat cricket is about i should stop wat it

  • WindiesWillow on June 1, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Look at the dilema. Why pick Russell and Martin over Edwards and Taylor. The entire world knows India's strength is their batting and their weakness is batting against short fast bowling. Their batsmen are the best in the world at playing quality spin, yet our selectors have picked martin, a very mediocore spinner to lsay the least. I don't see Russell making an impact against India. Did they pick persons to warm the bench, or are they serious about winning a series. The fact that gayle was so brutal against their bowling in the IPL and being left out is another story. it seems pride comes before patriotism here in the West Indies.

  • mahabesh on June 1, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    Who aare the persons responsible for such poor decisions? In other sports like football, basketball etc, the best players always play. There is something wrong with the WICB. There are guys there who know nothing about playing international cricket such as Hilaire. There has to be a way for us ordinary cricket lovers to protest this. What a shame!!

  • aclarity on May 31, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    Some WI fans really do not understand the sport of cricket. They think it is all about sixes, fours and wickets. B C Lara was one of the best batsmen I have seen - that 277 in Sydney was remarkable. However, Lara's indiscipline and the then WICB which allowed it because of the fear of fans are the reason why WI are in the cellar position today. Lara was made captain on three different occasions and the results were progressively worse - check the last time at the WC 2007. Today the fans are saying Gayle can abuse the administrators in the worst fashion and be kept on the team. This attitude would send WI cricket into the grave. This time WICB must stand firm and instill discipline regardless of the origin. Keep Lara away from any WI cricket team and ensure Gayle understand he is and important element in the team but on his own he can not be part of this WI compound.

  • Metman on May 31, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Gayle cannot criticize Sammy,the coach and management and expect to be included in the squad.What I cannot understand is why management wants to talk with him!Just ignore the man and move on!Why is Martin in the squad ? Carlos Brathwaite of the CCC would have been a better bet.K.Edwards I repeat,is not a one day player.Both Fletcher and Simmons are good choices for the T20s,either can keep.Simmons or Bravo though should be groomed for the ODIs.Sarwan will continue to embarrass the WI once more.,and the selectors continue to pick Pollard the name.Pollard the cricketer is a renown,confirmed and establish failure against quality bowling.Even the people at IPL are beginning to see through him now.I cannot imagine that people are still calling for Ganga to lead the WI !If as Gayle said,that the inclusion of Sammy created animosity in the team,Ganga's inclusion would cause the SAME EFFECT!

  • popahwheely on May 31, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    The selectors must go!!!! Forget about who want to play or who is committed just pick the best XI or just resign. We have capable players in the wings but they never get picked. Keep trying various XI's until you find a winning combination.

  • on May 31, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    I do not agree with the selection of Kirk Edwards. I am not quite sure what is the criteria for chosing players in the West Indies squad. Hope it is not putting names in a bag and pulling it out. If am going to war, I am going to pick the best trained soldiers to fight my battle. The West Indies cricket board needs to adopt the mentality. They are the ones responsible for the decline with the omission of Haynes & Greenidge when they were needed to groom the younger folks. Use the experience to guide the young folks.

  • on May 31, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Windies dont worry about gayle or selection flaws ,just bowl three bouncers in a over,series is yours.

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    if not picking gayle will instill some discipline in the team... then so be it.. whether he is the best batsman or not is not the question here.. whether he is good for the team in the long run or not is... tennis can afford to have colorful, self obsessed players.. and still be of high quality....cricket cannot.. it needs people who can work with teams...

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    what I need to understand is why is it that the west indies need to meet with Gayle and even more importantly when? our selectors need to realize that they make decisions with more implications that any other board as they make decisions for a region. India will come at us with a lot of spin any well thinking team will what have we done since the last series to ensure that the dismal batting display that was on show will not repeat itself? Bishoo has been a great find what is been done to ensure that more spinners within the caribbean are developed. how and where did he come about?

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    i cant bliv dat player lyk Gayle is not in da squad

  • satspeare on May 31, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    CAN SOMEONE TELL ME HOW THE WICB CAN BE DISCIPLINED? THESE FOLKS ARE TOO BIG FOR THEIR BOOTHS ! SELECTION HAS TO BE BASED ON PERFORMANCE AND THE LEAVE OUT THE # 1 PERFORMER IN THE WORLD IN A JUST CONCLUDED COMPITITION INVOLVING THE SOME OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD - NO SENSE AT ALL. THESE FOLKS ARE JUST SAYING TO ALL THE PLAYERS THAT WE CAN SAY ANYTHING ABOUT YOU AND YOUR PERFORMANCES BUT DON'T YOU DARE SAY ANYTHING REMOTELY DISRESPECTFUL ABOUT US. SO THE WAY FORWARD IS TO CONTINUE TO FRUSTRATE GAYLE , CHANDERPAUL, TAYLOR, RAMDIN AND GANGA. PERSIST WITH SAMMY ( GOOD LUCK TO HIM) BUT DON'T GIVE HIM OUR BEST PLAYERS TO LEAD. CAN WE ALL NOT SHOW UP TO THE MATCHES AND SEE IF WICB WILL PLAN TO PLAY ALL THE FUTURES MATCHES IN ANOTHER PART OF THE WORLD IN ORDER TO TEACH US A LESSON? TIME FOR THIS MIS-MAGANING TEAM TO GO AND PENALISE THEMSELVES. TEAM FAILS = MANAGEMENT FAILS ALSO ?? MAYBE THEM THEY WILL UNDERSTAND THE EMOTIONS OF THE WEST INDIES FANS !!

  • Knave on May 31, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Gayle may be a good batsman but his ability to fail in pressure conditions are remarkable. That said, any player who thinks that they are bigger than WI cricket should not be on the team. His mere presence is a detriment to the young players who wants to represent WI. It is the mental attitude that builds strong teams. And strong teams win.

  • NCassie on May 31, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Disappointed about Gayle being left out, hope Bharath recovers in time for test series, BAUGH will fail! and WI needs another good spinner.

  • Vilander on May 31, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Can we all please get along, please. Gayle for the love of God please stop giving these silly interviews, WICB please act like a international sport governing body of a group of countries ! please. BCCI please find a proper window for IPL and for gods sake make it shorter. ICC please stop these meaningless b team tours in the name of tour programs or call them b tours. Why is everybody so adament in killing cricket ? We all should agree that we wont mind waiting a few months for a true WI-India tour where gayle,sehwag,sachin and the other lot can takepart.

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on May 31, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Bring legends into admin to lift windies up!!!!!

    President: Viv Richards or Clive lyod or Gary Sobers Selectors: Ambrose,walsh,B.Lara and Phil Simmons Manager: R.Richardson Coach: Phil Simmons(Head coach) ,D.Haynes Or C.Hooper(Batting), Ambrose,walsh or Holding(Bowling), K.Atherton or J.Adams(Fielding coach) Captain: C. Gayle or DJ Bravo or DM Bravo

    Best Squad to become no 1 team:

    C.Gayle,A.Barath,L.Simmons,DM Bravo,DJ Bravo,S.chanderpaul,R.Sarwan,K.Pollard,M.Samuels,K.Roach,J.Taylor,F.Edwards,S.Benn,D.Bishoo,R.Rampaul,C.Braithwaite & A.Rusell

    Dont ever pick D.Ramdin or C.Baugh for wk position, Develop batting wk L.Simmons or Darren Bravo.....

  • lugujaga on May 31, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    THE WEST INDIES CRICKET BOARD DOES NOT HAVE ANY VALID POINT WHEN IT COMES TO THE PLAYERS LIKE GAYLE AND TAYLOR WHO WENT AND PLAY FOR THE IPL.THE WICB HAD TO GIVE THEM THE OK TO GO AND PLAY.SO FROM NOW ON I DONT WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING FROM THE WICB CONCERNING THE PLAYERS WHO WENT AND PLAYED FOR THE IPL.IF THE WICB THINK THEY ARE NOT FIT FOR THE WEST INDIES TEAM THEN THEY SHOULD NOT BE FIT FOR THE IPL EITHER.

  • on May 31, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    India can rest all their players, taking part in the world cup 2011 and should try an under 21 team. And still, that team will return with all the series white washing the present squad of WI. Then the selectors of the Indian team would have their replacements for all the position untill 2015. It's a good opportunity to try that now, if they haven't got any technical problem, doing so.

  • on May 31, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    the board needs to resign... No gayle means empty seats,all the fans need to come together and strike, we dont go any WI matches untill the board steps down....

  • Stos on May 31, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @Nampally: Wait, Bishoo isn't missing. Otherwise, the West Indies have a fair few promising leg spinners in their ranks, and I don't think that Benn adds enough to the side to be worth keeping them out in his favour if one is going to bring multiple spinners.

  • sanchit_sabharwal on May 31, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    CHRIS GAYLE SHOULD BE BROUGHT BACK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BOARD SHOULD NOT LEFT SENIOR PLAYERS LIKE GAYLE, CHANDERPAUL AND SARWAN AT ANY COST. WEST INDIES CRICKET NEEDS THESE EXPERIENCE PLAYERS VERY MUCH. GAYLE SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN SERIES WITH INDIA.

  • on May 31, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    is shiv injured or are they making him retire from ODI?

  • everfaithful77 on May 31, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    The West Indies SELECTORS continue to make their job of choosing the BEST players to represent West Indies look like ROCKET SCIENCE. How are you going to build/test your BENCH STRENGTH if you keep playing the same players. Eg Is it only Roach that needs a REST ? What about Rampaul and Bishoo? They both had a heavy WORKLOAD against Pakistan and will most likely be required for all tests agaist India. The break will rejuvenate and do wonders for them. Dw BRAVO and POLLARD should not have been included for same reasons in IPL. Also what has Pollard achieved since DISAPPOINTING fans at the World Cup to merit selection to ODI squad ?? Ditto RUSSEL who did not impress against Pakistan but still manages to get in ahead of EMRIT and BERNARD who are the BEST ALLROUNDERS in REGIONAL competitions. AUSTIN or KANTASINGH can replace Bishoo and DAWES or FIDEL EDWARDS re Rampaul. In that way several players get EXPOSURE in LIMITED OVERS format and STANDOUTS can then be considered for test team.

  • KathmanduNepalSandeshLamsal on May 31, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Please pick up the best players, i don't say see the experience to pick up the guys like chadrapoul who now must quit the game, he has done so much for west-indies cricket.Gayle should be used to boost the team.Just like indias Sehwag we should uplift the POLARD for the top order batting lineup. West-indies must have change wicket keeper bough is just only keeper, he has no batting. Batting/keeping should be counted and selected for any keeper.

    BUST of LUCK for INdias Tour (WEST-INDIES). selectors please do not make politics.

  • avmd on May 31, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    Man of the tournament in IPL but no performance of note in WC played in the same country and grounds. Wonder, what was the difference ? Had big incetive in IPL, money, but no incentive to perform in the world cup, for Gayle.

  • on May 31, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    To the West Indies Cricket Board, please do us the fans and proud people of the West Indies, RESIGN. You, as body, has disrespected the senior players including Chanderpaul (who served West Indies cricket quite admirably since his teenage years) and Gayle, but every West Indian in every island and corner of this earth. For years we watched the major teams hammer us home and away. Yet, we stood by our team. We cried the tears, we cursed the players, we pointed fingers but in the end we never stop loving our team. For our pain, for our loyalty, we deserve more. Chairman, other members of the board, you have managed to severely damage an already damaged game in the Caribbean and it is now in the best interest of West Indies Cricket that you step down. We need a board that is more tactful in its public utterances, more adept at managing but young and senior players, and than all, have the best interest of West Indies Cricket at heart.

  • cornplus on May 31, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    When will the West Indies Selectors learn that we do not pay money to watch them grapple and bicker of pointless issues. You need to choose your best 11, Look at Man United; they have three (3) so called old men in their team. Even though they lost the Champion League, these men played and they continue to do well. The only way you can build on a new batsman is to have him bat with an experienced player like GAYLE, SAWAN or CHIV. Let the boy play cricket and stop breaking down a nations/regions Favorite sport with your childish play. Hilare, Hunte, Desmond, Gibson and others. You don't need a Doctoral Degree to Play cricket. All you need is 90% skill 10% discipline.

  • on May 31, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    Some of these posts are just downright hypocritical. I am a WI fan and I know that CG has the talent and deserves to be on the team. But since when is talent EVERYTHING to make it on a side. I will mention 3 names: Jesse Ryder, Andrew Symonds and KP. These guys are all talented yet at one point or another were either dropped from their nationa squads and told to get their act together. Are we(the one's willing to have CG on the side at any cost) going to apply these same standard in anything else in life other than when its suits our miopic thinking? Discipline has to count for something. The guy basically cursed the coach, selectors, administrators(basically everyone) and then expects the waltz back into the side as if nothing happened! Come on. Would Man U, Cric Aus o even England just forget about episodes like this?Settle outstanding issues b4 bringing spite and bitterness into a team. Taylor needs a season of 1st class cricket. He breaks down too often. Check records

  • 44johter on May 31, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    Gayle told the board to back off so the board did what gayle asked they backed off so now he is not selected. I do not care how right gayle may have been about the board you are never NEVER disrespectful to your employer. In some organisations he would have been fired or seriously disciplined. THis issue is just not about gayle he is NOT the team. WI problems are complex and political and the problems will not be solved overnight. We have to start somewhere. And the first place to start is to get rid of all those who may be dividing the team with their indiscipline. cricket is not about bang bang bang and scoring 37 runs off an over. It is serious business which some of us fans take seriously. gayle may cry that he needs respect. We the fans need respect too. ANd the rest of the team need to get their act together. What pollard and sarwan doing in the team beats me. Baugh?? Right now sarwan is a six wheel to a coach drop him i dont care how good his record is

  • on May 31, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    What needs happend now is for the west cricket board to resign, because there not spitting Chris Gayle there spitting the fans, we can win or compitive witthout our best players playing, Chris Gayle is one of them , he puts fear in the other teams, just his presence alone make the other teams think twice. So listen board stop dam foolisness SORT OUT THE PROBLEM FAST. We dont go cricket to watch the west indies board or the selectors, we go to watch chris gayle and company.

  • on May 31, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    LET'S GO. No Gayle,no surprise. DJ Bravo and Pollard r 2 tired cricketers and will not be very effective.Roach is a young man, what workload r u talking about? Ravi and Bishoo worked harder and more effectively. Why no Fidel and Benn? We have no specialist openers. Flethcher is no opener, don't put him there to fail him. He is a better batter than the other keepers, but not an opener. It would be nice to beat India inthe T20, but we cannot do it with that squad. The squad lacks genuine PACE.India will destroy yr medium pacers.

  • Jim1207 on May 30, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    If WICB wants to meet Gayle before including him in the squad, meet him IMMEDIATELY and include him in the squad. Is it so hard to understand? When are they thinking of meeting him, 2012?

  • on May 30, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    seriously thats the excuse???

  • on May 30, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    I feel like i am reading a high school incident report on a conflict between some kids; call me old fashioned but i thought you got picked for your country [in pretty much any sport] if you were the best in your position. The WICB should be looking for ways to get Gayle and Pollard and Taylor back in the side rather then finding reasons to keep them out. Its immature stuff.

  • on May 30, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    @Noks Nils: If u r happy with WICB keeping out Gayle, thats fine. Y do u complain about the Indian stars being rested for IPL? Or BCCI having guts to tell them they dropped? For heavens sake IPL is India's domestic tournament. People come out to the stadiums to see their stars perform. Dint u c how Sachin was cheered even in away games? Or even the support for other star players? If indian people were asked if they want to see All these stars play either IPL in indian grounds or tour WI, most people would have preferred IPL. It also would have been the opposite had it been the England seires. Moreover, How do u expect players to rise once Players like Sachin, Dravid and VVS retire in tests? It is definitely a good thing to c the seniors rested once in a while for an away series to improve bench strength. It is a depleted WI side. It would have been a mismatch if the Formidable indian team had shown up. No offence WI but thats how it looks on paper

  • aclarity on May 30, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    The T20 squad I agree with wholeheartedly. The ODI squad is an embarrassment. The selectors chose 4 batsmen plus Sarwan. When will they learn to stop listening to those persons who are living in the past. Sarwan has failed miserably for the past 18 months. His record is worse than Smith. He failed in the World Cup and failed against Pakistan.

    Chiv was also given the best advice by the WICB. They should proceed with plans to pick the younger players. WICB should stand firm in their resolve to get rid of all the experienced losers.

    I hope there is a place for the fast bowler Brathwaite from CCC very soon. Give Hyatt, Kurt Edwards and other young batsmen a run. Chiv, Sarwan and Hinds are all in the past.

  • Sunil_Canada on May 30, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    At lease someone is happy ... no more Gayle nightmare for Raina.

  • on May 30, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    While this man Gayle lasts, he can strike terror in much familiar ways of old time West Indian batters - he can be compared with Indian opener Sehawag in his role - yet despite his lesser average he has more strokes and a powerful persona that resonates through efforless stroke play combined by back lift and natural wrist arm action that adds power - his bat is straight.

  • Nampally on May 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    India must be pleased that Gayle is not in the side.Gayle is head and shoulders above any other WI batsman. He is the fiercest opener feared by all bowlers. Now India does not have a provlem as regards controlling Gayle's onslaught. West Indies without Gayle is like Guitar with broken strings.Secondly WI had a fine leg spinner in Bishoo & a fine off spinner in Big Benn. Both are missing.For an outsider it is very difficult to understand he WI politics in team selection. Here is a team that is struggling to get back to greatness that once it had. But politics seem to creep in to the team selection all the time.Sammy has contributed very little with bat and ball.He is like a non playing Captain. He needs to justify his selection first.The selectors need to go back to the great team they had during Worrell's tour of Australia in 1959. That was the greatest team well disciplined by Worrell. Bring in Sobers, Lloyd, Richards & Lara as team Selectors & pick a side devoid of politics..

  • bbpp on May 30, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Well at the least we know what is of utmost importance. Win or lose, the ego of the WICB's administrators must be protected at all cost and that has been the only thing consistent in West Indies cricket since Sir Clyde Walcott left.

    Why on earth would we want to go back to times like when Lloyd and his Packer players were re-instated and proceeded to dominate world cricket like no other team in any sport has done.

    Who needs that. We must continue to protect the status quo of the old boys club that run our national game so well and has been doing with excellent results for almost two decades.

  • Rezaul on May 30, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    I belive Gayle himself did not do justice to himself by being/creator of so many chaos surrounding him. He always wants to be at the focal point of media. I remember his twitter comment of comparing bullet with a piece of mud thrown from angry supporters (they were wrong though). But I see the attitude of Gayle when he turned down central contract from WICB, being captain of the WI test team he stated that he was not interested in test matches which was ridiculous, instead of playing for his own country he opted to play for domestic matches in Australia and IPL. None of these activities talks on behalf of him which can advocate him to be selected in the team again. Its a disciplinary issue rather than performance. By not selecting Gayle WICB set an example to be disciplined not money eater. I am strong supporter of player Gayle, but from my point of view, Gayle needs to ask himself how much he is dedicated to play for his own country.

  • the.person.without.a.cool.name on May 30, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    gayle is looking like the best hitter in the world at the moment, so why isnt he in the WI, who cares about disciplinary issues, he learnt his lesson from missing out on the pakistan series.

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Without gayle it will be hard for WI to beat csk sorry TN sorry Indian team

  • on May 30, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    What is wrong with WICB.....ok fine Chris Gayle's attitude toward international cricket isn't great nor is his relationship with WICB but he is a key player for there side!, its bin proven that when Gayle doesn't perform with the bat the Windies have lost he might have a bad attitude but West Indies need a match winner and Gayle is it they need to stop being idiotic and get him in the side.

  • drtrinileggie on May 30, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    I LEAST PEOPLE IN T&T WILL SEE REAL LEADERSHIP IN THE FORM OF D GANGA AGAINST SAGICOR IN THE DOUBLE HEADER.

  • Douggy on May 30, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Gayle will surely be missed i honestly cant say who was right or wrong in this dispute between him and the wicb. Both made some bad calls , but on with the game still a very capable team against a weakened indian team.As for the captaincy issue if sammy steps down i dont see anyone being capable to lead the team right now and hold their place in the team. Lets hope that all he can do is get better at the job!

  • srprev on May 30, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Mr.Yechu Idi great creativity.. Keep it up... Any problem happens in any cricket board then the simple and easy thing is Point the finger to INDIA.....

    India gave money for worldcup. India gave money to SA to draw the test series..

    Man O Man u have Mindblowing creativity....

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    where is gayle,he was in superb form................

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    From IPL only Indian players will be benefited and controversy won't touch Indian players since it is run by BCCI, however other country will have their series same time.

    I think WICB has done perfectly correct thing. Whoever and how big the player is but should not be bigger than country. If Mr Tendulkar, Mr.MSD, Mr.Zaheer Khan needs rest or wants to spend time with family they could have taken rest during 2 months IPL is it not? They can play IPL but not international cricket . Our BCCI does not have guts to say that they dropped Mr.Tendulkar, or Mr.MSD are they?? Since they are only root of all problems. A bunch of money eaters are sitting in BCCI govbody what you expect from them. If any club or organizer say that they will give $2b to BCCI but Indian team will have to play with a team of "Hizras", They will find time and set the series with all big players Mr.Tendulkar, Mr.MSD… So "bhailog" stop commenting money is controlling everything.

  • on May 30, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    GAYLE ,,WICB/ADMIN ,,COACH ,, WIPA ..cut out the war of words in the name of WI cricket.Mediator needed to settle all SORES yes SORES both known and festering.Bad treatment to some or maybe all WI cricketers seem to b par for the course.It is even worse now with the doctor around and the so called coach.What is their claim to fame apart from blaming everybody else and riding on other peoples backs ?? Being vindictive will not help the cricket and trust me there cant b a solid future for cricket without GAYLE ,SARWAN,RAMDHIN,TAYLOR,SAMUELS, AT THE FOUNDAATION.POLLARD , SAMMY,EDWARDS (KIRK),MARTIN ARE NOT A PART OF THE FUTUREl.Remember Carlyle Best ,Baichan, etc..good regional but not test material.A test player just jumps out at you ; BARATH ,SIMMONDS,BRAVO,ROACH,BISHOO AND SEE RAMPHAUL HAS WORKED HARD ON HIS GAME.

  • simonviller on May 30, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    So many people here are constantly bashing the captain ; they should listen to Jeff Boycott comments about the team . I said a similar thing before ,that given good players ,Sammy would look like a great captain with all that he has done so far with these sporidic performers . .... One other thing ; we once had discipline in West I ndies cricket ,where has all that gone .Sir Frank Worrell must be turning in his grave .

  • on May 30, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Well said, ranpath. Mr. Gayle is a disgrace to WI cricket and people in the way he carries himself. No dignity, no class, not gracious etc. Like many others, he feels that because he may think he's right about a matter, he has the right to open his mouth wide and say whatever comes to mind. Hasn't he heard about "think before you speak"? The Board is no better. They should do the honorable thing and resign. WI cricket needs a total and complete overhaul. The only entity that should remain intact is the High Performance Center in Barbados.

  • on May 30, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    so wait? they really don't have chanderpaul in the squad? they mean that they are going to force him into retirement when nothing was wrong with him? ;{

    these people r idiots

  • on May 30, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Brilliant stuff from WI cricket board. Appreciate you for taking such bold decisions. Discipline is what is required first for a player irrespective of talent.

  • shawnsundar on May 30, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    @VivGilchrist T&T will at least give a better fight than WI, Bravo still in the top 10 test all rounders for your info, the other two proved their worth at the first class level, plus I would't choose Polly for Tests lol. And no I don't remember any glory days, I grew up with WI only loosing, I fed up of you old people only talking about the past, you cannot bring back the past!!! Btw, if I do remember correctly, there was always fair amount of Trini's on the team, and like I said, I AM NOT AGAINST ANY OTHER ISLAND!!! I am all for unity in the WI, but not at the expense of slipping down the world rankings to be just above Bangladesh.

  • bigdhonifan on May 30, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    why dont Jamaica play as a country rather than playing for WI?

  • simonviller on May 30, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    All you people making desparaging remarks about WICB ,coach and captain should check out the facts of the situation instead of being so biased in favour of one individual super star . Do you think any other board in any other sport ,would tolerate Gayle's actions as a professional player ? Going on air and blasting those in charge would not gain favour with them or do him any other good . Concentrate on your own cricket teams and stop bothering our West Indies , we'll do it our way with or without Gayle . Where has our cricket gone since he was our opening batsman ? He should open only in the shorter form of the game and not test matches . Our opening starts have been our major problem over the past seveal years with swipers who connect intermittently for big scores then to fail at all other times ; we [the board] are trying to correct that now

  • Themba on May 30, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    cant believe what i am reading. he was the reason i bothered to watch some IPL matches

  • on May 30, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    FYI for TRAM

    In my opinion Gayle is one of the best ODI batsmen in the modern era:

    Gayle: avg 39 220 games Tendulkar: avg 45 450 games Ponting: avg 42.7 360 games Gilchrist: avg 35.9 280 games

  • bigdhonifan on May 30, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    No worries!! he will play domestic cricket and IPL... He will make enough money.., WICB is a joke!!

  • tauro_21 on May 30, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    the only chance of givin a tough fight to india was gayle and they missed it

  • squaddy on May 30, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    At the end of the day its all about money!!! I am if sober,viv,holding and all these people had a chance to play in the ipl during their time they would have wanted to do so. Now for all u nae sayers whhen Chris brother needed the heart surgery did the WICB give him a dime r the west indies cricket fans??? He got the money from his first ipl contract so i understand that i man wants to provide efficiently for his family. Its as simple as that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    west indies cricket board are doing mistake because they had not selected gayle and Fidel Edward

  • psychicsaint on May 30, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    let's give him indian citizenship and send him for the wi tour in place of sehwag :)

  • ranpath on May 30, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    So long farewell. gayle's history as a wi cricketer uusually reads as an average of one maybe two decent scores per test series andd the rest as dismal failures. He has shown himself to be an indisciplined, reckless character and personally i"m hoping that this is the end of him. Let's start building for the future and giving younger players a chance. This would also mean that some other players, namely Sarwan, nash, and ( dare i say it 0 even Chanderpaul need to go. Also it is time that we consider replacing the skipper or even consider the English example of a different skipper for each format.

  • Rabbul2 on May 30, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Am very cautious about IPL as i just informed that because of huge money from IPL no high profile coaches are willing to take over any international teams as a coach for long term even someone asking for release at the period of IPL. I think many countries will be suffer as we are. Its time to do something by ICC, otherwise India will play international cricket between theire domestic teams with players from all other 9 international countries :-)

  • cooljack_143 on May 30, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    @GILLY4EVER,ANKUR MIND YOUR LANGUAGE before you post any comments.This is a decent site which provides genuine sports news.DONT OVERREACT.I wonder how the posts have been published at all.

  • on May 30, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    This is vindictiveness and immaturity by selectors. They should grow up and put the interest of the team before their "aggreived" ego. The only ones who have been ill-served are the fans of cricket. No wonder the turn out has been dismal and the performance of the demoralised team is pathetic. Select the best eleven and deal with other issue in camera.....http://retiredprofp

  • on May 30, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    wat is WICB trying to do?????????

  • mainiac10 on May 30, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    thats still a file side !!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    WICB made a wise selection, Gayle should be dropped for his outfield comments. What is his average in odi's for past one yr. WI need to learn to play without him, that will automatically make him available for selection on his own. They got Bravo in the middle, just need a good openers, yes Bharath is good and the other has to fix a place. Good Luck WI.

  • on May 30, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    This is BCCI's plan to win in WI....power of money WICB succumbed to

  • deepaksam on May 30, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    great decision! sad that SL dint have this guts!

  • Principle on May 30, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    I hear everyone blaming the WICB, especially the Indians who weigh in their comments. Now I would like to ask all those Indians to state what would happen if an Indian player were to behave in the manner that Chris Gayle did. Would this be tolerated by the BCCI?

  • Silloh on May 30, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    West Indies B team vs India B team .... wish I felt so excited and thrilled that I couldn't wait to see the first ball !!!! And two games for the Oval in Trinidad ?? I thought more money was made in St. Lucia. I wish the WI players well though , especially the younger ones. Great pity the game cannot be played at the Brian Lara stadium , because of work in progress after eight years and over a TT billion spent. If, and only if, these funds were spent on a cricket academy and development of the talented West Indian players and in addition , coaching for the WICB (no disrespect meant ), I have no doubt we would have been much better off. But all that is historical - let's rally around the skipper Sammy and the team , notwithstanding our differences of opinion with respect to team composition.

  • exuma on May 30, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    No suprise here, the only surprise is if wicb change their vindictive ways and pick him. Gayle can stick ipl and big bash and do very well. his market value should be very high next year, now that he has no international commitments with wicb and can play the entire season of ipl. gayle need to retire from wicb and play for jamaica and ipl etc. he need to negociate a long term contract with RCB, good luck gayle.EXUMA

  • on May 30, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    blah, blah, blah not again. After the interview heard all around the world it would be foolhardy for any selection team in their right mind to instill CG in the team without a MEETING to clarify things. The guy basically took shots at everybody, and seemed very bitter. Any other selection committee would have done the same thing including Ban and Afghanistan. Come on. As far as I'm concerned that is a non issue. Even KP was stripped of the England captaincy I remember after some incident. The selectors actually have GONADS rather than actually caving to all the criticism and pressure. And if CG is a real man he will sit down and have a discussion with those concerned. WI cricket is much greater than PETTINESS

  • delastbastion on May 30, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    WICB should be applauded for taking a principled stand with regards to Gayle, I'm disapointed however that Bravo has been retained as vice captain, the loyalty of those who embraces WI cricket above all else should be rewarded. WI cricket will only get strong when the board gets strong and in so doing instill the virtues of a strong will and determination in it's charges......... I have no mercy for mercenaries.

  • on May 30, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    When is the West Indies management ready to admit their lack of objectivity in selecting players to win matches. Gayle is a professional entertainer who can attract a huge audience if he were playing for Windies. He is also the most accomplished player in the West Indies. I can only assume WICB are being short-sighted by leavin himg out of the test squad against a team (India) with which he is totally familiar.

  • on May 30, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    WICB wat r u doin ? without gayle westindies will be whitewashed!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    I see a lot of comments i dont like as a WI fan but this i find very weird the last ODI in jamaica is on a thursday! the test match is from Monday to Friday!!!!! please tell me that this is not correct. it is impossible for a test to be here and no match on a weekend, might as well they dont have any here in Jamaica, who will go to watch?

  • on May 30, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    blah, blah, blah not again. After the interview heard all around the world it would be foolhardy for any selection team in their right mind to instill CG in the team without a MEETING to clarify things. The guy basically took shots at everybody, and seemed very bitter. Any other selection committee would have done the same thing including Ban and Afghanistan. Come on. As far as I'm concerned that is a non issue. Even KP was stripped of the England captaincy I remember after some incident. The selectors actually have GONADS rather than actually caving to all the criticism and pressure. And if CG is a real man he will sit down and have a discussion with those concerned. WI cricket is much greater than PETTINESS

  • trini_indian on May 30, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    This is not the side West Indians want to see play at the Queen's Park Oval. We want Gayle,Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Ramdin etc. This absence of these exciting players kills the game and the passion West Indian fans have to offer.

  • on May 30, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    dis is soooooooooooo goona be hrd fr west indies nw..

  • TRAM on May 30, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Guys (who think Gayle should be in WI team), please check the stats. Gayle never performed for WI for very long time. May be he did that on purpose to get dropped from WI team and so that he can easily join IPL. So, if a player doesn't want to play for a team (=WI) just leave it man, he has the freedom to do so. Thats what WICB also have done. Let him go. Both are doing fine. Why bother.

  • on May 30, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Its good news for INDIAN cricket team.....?

  • on May 30, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Perhaps, WICB is trying to make a sort of balance between these two teams in the absences of Sachin, Gamvir and Dhoni????????

  • Mukesh143 on May 30, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Maybe its a good thing not to select him, for he doesn't have to answer playing for a crap management board. You have a great rest gayle and see you next year at IPL

  • on May 30, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Though Gayle can walk into any team in the world by his own ability, it is sad but true that he had to pay a heavy price for opting out to play Club Cricket over Test Cricket. I appreciate the WI Board for this decision to bring down his ego !!

  • on May 30, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    when people of your nation has turned their backs on you, no amount of money you have will make u happy. Thats exactly what is going to happen to gayle and all the others who go round the world chasing cash rather than representing your country. Look at lara, viv, amboose, walsh, loyld etc they dont have money but because of their loyalty to the nation to represent their own people they have become well respected servants round the west indies anywhere they go. If u look at the comments mostly asian fans are supporting gayle's indecipline to represent and serve his country because he make their league look good all because of splashing cash. The wicb has done what we caribbean people believe that no one player is bigger than a team and you as a worker, you might not always like how your boss runs the business but at the end of the day your job is to work and get paid not to try and run the business yourself and when u dont perform u get sacked. SOME ARE TO EASILY BRIBED BY MONEY.

  • cricfan77 on May 30, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    nice to see the wicb taking a stand, remember ppl this is the same guy that showed up a day before a test vs england whilst he was captain, regarding the makeup of the squad i would of liked to have seen santokie in the odi squad and badree in the t20. cricfan77

  • on May 30, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    who is dat selector who dare to not include a plr lik gayle ,westindies dont u want 2 win vs ind r wat

  • S.N.Singh on May 30, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    I THINK WEST INDIES CRICKET ASSOCIATION IS A BIG JOKE. ON WHAT MERIT THEY HAVE POLLARD IN THEIR TEAM. HOW LONG ARE GOING TO KEEP OUT BHARRAT,RAMDHIN, CHANDRAPAULAND NASH. UNLESS THES PLAYERS HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE WEST INDIES BOARD. ARE THEY ALLOWING A "BOWLER COACH" TO RUN THE SHOW". WEST INDIES WILL BE DOWN IN THE INTERNATIONAL "TABLE"AND REMAIN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TABLE FROM THE TOP SIX TEAMS FOR A LONG TIME. ASK CLYIVE LOYD, CHANDERPAUL, KALICHARRAN AND OTHER OLD PLAYERS FOR HELP. CHANDERPAUL COULD BE A PLAYER ADVISER BEFORE HAVING WHAT THEY HAVE. HOW MUCH WEST INDIES PAYING THESE PEOPLE THEY HAVE? TO RUN THE SHOW ?

  • on May 30, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Gayle needs to be rested after his brisk & breezy performance in IPL-20. Let us leave it at that instead of trying to sensationalise further his relations with his Board.

  • PremasiriS on May 30, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    If these selectors were in Sri Lanka, Gayle will be in & the selectors will have to go home. That is why promising youngsters of SL of last decade couldn't find their dew place in the National Side instead very average players representing the Country.

  • on May 30, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    What I don't get is why are the political authorities not stepping in to stop this farce. No Gayle, no Ramdin, no Chanderpaul, no Fidel Edwards. Taylor already proved his fitness in the IPL but the Windies selectors were asleep. And the continued persistence with a captain who does not merit a place in the team. When they won that first test against Pakistan they were going to whitewash. Then reality stepped in. Now this team will be whitewashed by Indian's second string team. The West Indies media should start a campaign urging fans to boycott all matches and fans should boycott all sponsors until this these jokers who run West Indies cricket are booted out.

  • on May 30, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    You can't blame Gayle for playing in the IPL, the WICB has been doing nonsense for years, so y shouldn't Gayle look out for himself? WICB board should resign and leave managing to ppl who knows how to manage and leave out all the emotional stuff. Another dumb move was to bring in young K Brathwaite and put him to open, y not put him down the order hence reducing the pressure on the young man and where he can play his natural game. WICB has some of the best players in the world, and leave them out of the team becuz of emotions.

  • on May 30, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    to heck with the west indies cricket board of they should be tar & feathered

  • VivGilchrist on May 30, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Shawnsunder, cool Australia v T & T test series, bring it on. We could do with a good confidence boost over here. The international records of you "all-rounders" are laughable. Where you this cocky when the Glory days were dominated by the Bajans and Jamaicans?

  • on May 30, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Are you people reading the comments of the real West Indian people. WE DON'T WANT GAYLE'. He does not care to play for the team. Comment on your own team and leave our team alone.

  • dragline on May 30, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    i must in no uncertain terms agree with the board's decision concerning Chris Gayle. Chris is the best batsman we have for the short version of the game, but he must know that he is not bigger than the game. There is a lot of ill-discipline in West Indies cricket and it is good that the board is trying to correct it. i think though that the same thing should have happened with Chanderpaul. i will howevr like to see Adrian Barath and Deonarrine in the test team.

  • NickHere on May 30, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Now tell me. HOW WOULD WE BAN THE WICB? Instead of working through their differences with 1 of the most talented limited overs international player in the world, they resort to this nonsense? No wonder Gayle feels more at home in the West of India than the West Indies. My question is, who takes action against these lousy board members? Is their word the last? What they say goes? It really shouldn't be that way. Does the West Indies even have a political overhead who cares for it's Cricket? Some fools sitting in a room cannot have their say in this manner. All I can say for Gayle is, Thank Goodness for the IPL where he is treated as he should be. It is an ironical case of IPL keeping a player from retiring this time. I'm sure if there was not IPL, someone like Gayle would have hung up his boots a long time ago and we would all have missed out on seeing a true entertainer doing what he does best on the field, where he belongs!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    thank god he's not picked. Gayle will be furious, and we all have seen how he tends to channelize the fury these days. a few Indian bowlers will be thanking their star. as always, absolutely stupid from the WICB. if WI cricket have to rediscover some lost spark, the people should somehow throw out the incompetent set of losers.

  • TheLight on May 30, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    why no ramdin?

    he outscored and out-keeped Fletcher in all recent WICB regional tournaments, and Baugh has shown that he is not up to international standards with both bat and gloves!

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on May 30, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    WICB SLEEEEEEEEEPING!!!!!!! How long I can wait for WICB to wake up in terms of administration and selection.. Change your selection criteria!!Its rubbish!!! I luv windies cricket from the age of 8 till today than cricket India

    What you are able to get if ur players playing inside windies alone ???

    1. Do you know to tackle spinners? 2. Do you know to play according to the pitch conditions?? 3. If ur players are not upto the intl standards will top teams send a team with full strength?? 4.Do you know to handle the pressue?

    Your players will gain the following things apart from money if they are allowed to play...

    1. They can handle different bowling attacks 2. Read pitch conditions 3. Gain some new techniques,game plans advised by different coaches and they can share the same with the inexperienced players 4. New talents can be identified

    Bring in intl players to carribean t20 tournament.

    Stop the fight and bring in GAYLE,CHANDER,EDWARDS,TAYLOR,BENN BACK, DONT EVER PICK RAMDIN!!

  • anikbrad on May 30, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    My T20 SQUARD-GAYLE, SIMMONS, D. BRAVO, SARWAN, D.J BRAVO, POLLARD, RAMDIN, SAMMY, DEVON SMITH, BENN, RAMPAUL ODI- GAYLE/SIMMONS/D.BROVO/SARWAN/BRAVO/POLLARD/RAMDIN/SAMMY/TAYLOR/RAMPAUL/BISHO TEST-GAYLE/BARATH/BRAVO/SARWAN/CHANDRAPAUL/BRAVO/RAMDIN/TAYLOR/ ROACH/EDWARDS/BISOO/ BEST TEAMS BUT NOT POSSIBLE FOR WI TO COME OUT WITH

  • TestIP on May 30, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Would someone please fire all the fools in the WICB management and selection board. Are these guys jokers and bias? Sammy can play cricket? Calton bough can play cricket? This is another example of the pakistan selection panel. All fools! Eventually these will kill cricket and fans will completely stop watching them. WI team should be Gayle, bharat, simmons, sarwan, darren bravo, dwayne bravo, ramdin, bishoo, roach, taylor, edwards. Try this combo and see how well the team will do. But the selectors are all dumbos. Please fire them fast too save WI cricket.

  • lijihas on May 30, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    UPCOMING WI TOUR WILL BE SO BORING..WITH OUT MAIN PLAYERS... ITS LOOK LIKE LAST ZIMBAWER TOUR... !!!!! WHY SACHIN NEED REST FROM INTERNATIONAL MATCH..HE CAN PLAY IPL CONTINUOUSLY 2 MONTHS...BUT HE CANNOT PLAY FOR COUNTRY..THIS SHAME FOR INDIA AND SACHIN...BETTER SACHIN SHOULD RETIRE IF YOU U WANT REST...

  • HOTCHA on May 30, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    I wonder why people even comment, without updating themselves on Windies cricket or even reading the article subscribing to this discussion.

  • on May 30, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    idk but there is an issue goin on wit sum players.......... but how can u leave out sumone likeGAYLE...... THE MAN...by now has demolish most of the indian bowlers........ the all hav a fear for him after the IPL...... NO TAYLOR....... the selectors sayin that he needs to play a full season regional cricket hahaa the man played in the ipl an he looked good!!! an u telin me abt a full season cricket wat otter nonsense. any west indian team without gayle is very not much exciting wen it cums to the batting!!!!!!!!1

  • on May 30, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Ok now no gayle so this confirms the series is going to be a 5-0 whitewash what a waste of a series

  • Stark62 on May 30, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    On what basis has the minnow basher been selected?

    Pollard is good for T20's but ODI's, his not even worthy of a mention but yet they leave out Gayle.

    WICB is strange and only the pcb can top it's horrible decision making.

  • on May 30, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    @Javed Iqbal... lol... good one...Both boards are punishing themselves in the name by some bizarre team selections...

  • gopakumar85 on May 30, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    what a pitty that gale is not selected in the current WI side i must say yes ijay butt surely would have influenced the WI board.it cant get any worse than this. Given that in todays mumbai mirror there was an article where gale had made a comment that people in india has given him more love and respect but the WI board hasnt given the respect that he deserves,, lets put it this way in WI style " sorry mann,u r a good player but not good enough for WI as much forthe IPL." GOD SAVE WEST INDIES CRICKET..

  • on May 30, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Why is the WICB so foolish and ego driven like Chris Gayle? Why announce a team before meeting with Gayle and Taylor? Foolishness! They knew when the first game against India would start. If these two players had refused to meet then announce the team with a logical reason for their omission. But they want to prove to the world that they are Massa and Gayle is just a tool so the team suffers again! The pattern of controversy before every series continues. As usual in WICB - the cart before the horse again!! These folks need a class in basic management or fire them all and bring in some of the former greats who know about cricket. The WICB has been the constant sore since 1991!!!! Just sad.

  • stormy16 on May 30, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Unless Gayle is in hidding why couldnt the meeting take place before the squad was announced?

  • on May 30, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    if Gayle not play aganist India than india win esily.so plz WICB slect to Gayle.

  • khalekk on May 30, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    On what basis has Kieron Pollard been picked? He was in horrendous form in IPL with both bat and ball. On the other hand, Gayle has done so well. The excuse to keep him out of the team is ridiculous.

  • imirfan on May 30, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    PCB and WICB have a different agenda. I think ICC should notice the decline in cricket under these administration. When i was young my parents encouraged me to play cricket but i will not let my son play this game cause i dont see any future in my lovely country Pakistan. Ijaz But please leave PCB.

  • manish053 on May 30, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    omission of gyle in WI will be step forward to destruck WI islands in concerning to cricket which is recognizability of carabian islands group.WICB is ruining the cricket in these islands. After a long period WI have palyers who can restore golden era of WI and former players like richards and hooper banks on these new talented players. It is articulated in last series that WICB is not going with welfare of WI cricket when they defy theri prominent players gyle and pollard out of sqad which had been chosen to play against Pakistan. These steps can be compelled the players to rebel the board and can move to other countries where they really needed. We see in IPL where gyle got wide support throughout Indian whether he played for RCB or other team. WICB should think over their policies and go to the players with interlocutory.This step no doubt will bring new rising day.

  • shiiv on May 30, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    dinesh ramdin?????worst keeper batsman windies ever had.even geoffrey's mom could bat better than him.

  • mosbourne1 on May 30, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    The WICB..total Joke! Am seriously considering an on-line protest! Its not just the selection its the entire process! Cant wait for the day they get rid of the lot of them and start afresh maybe we can have a team to be proud of again!

    We live in hope!

  • on May 30, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    there are so many people saying here Gayl will make tons of money but it will not be equal to playing for ur country, this will be a good lesson for other players too, Bravely Done WICB

  • on May 30, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    ICC should penalize WICB for such egoistic and partial behavior with the players and particularly who are in great form like Gayle !

  • on May 30, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Brave decision by WICB, congratulations WICB SLCB must follow the same with Malinga

  • on May 30, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Does anyone remember this is the same Gayle who predicted and said he wanted test cricket to die? There is a need to move on from ego centred players who only do what is necessary to put them in the spotlight when they require sympathy . cricket has and will always be a team sport.

  • on May 30, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    The WICB is a rouge cricketing body which has no respect for it's cricketers. Many countries are dying to have a player like Chris Gayle and these idiots don't select him.

  • JustIPL on May 30, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    West Indies are taking advantage of under-strength Indian team after their gayle-less outfit faced Pakistan well. That is the target of the WI board. But they should ensure that best players are selected against the stronger teams.

  • mysay on May 30, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    I firmly believe the WICB did the correct thing by leaving out Gayle. As players have the backup plan in the IPL they shoot out their mouths at the countries Cricket Gourverning Body. This is not acceptable. If Gayle has a problem walk out and stay out, and give a young bloke who takes pride in wearing his nation's jersey and representing his country to replace such money hung up players. Players of such caliber do not deserve to play in the so called "Gentlemen's Game" let them hang on to the IPL and rake $$$ for their own benefit. Little do players such as Gayle, Bravo, Taylor & Malinga realize it was their own nation that made them noticeable cricketers. Gayle, Bravo, Taylor and Malinga, SHAME ON YOU.

  • cricketman123 on May 30, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    jerome taylor WICB jerome taylor. he's now fully recovered and your best bowler. What are you guys doing.

  • Imthiyaz_Haniffa on May 30, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Another blunder from thoughtless WI Cricket Management. Is there anyone in WI to whitewash these guys mindset before India whitewash all the series..........!

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Dropping Gayle is equally disappointing with Sammy as Captain.Gayle is most dangerous batsman of all time in cricketing history and Sammy is worst WI caption that I have ever seen. Because of the politics WI cricket is going downward. If they play together with Ganga as captain ,They are the best team in current scenario.

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    oh ;( so sad wud b Wicb .but dont want to show..! players like gayle are already a star they dont wana prove.! u keep him out ..u r digging hole for wicb and urself! huh

  • Ozcricketwriter on May 30, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Stupid WICB, digging their own graves.

  • Stos on May 30, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Seems reasonable. They're probably most concerned with the test matches, and it would be reasonable to keep Gayle out of the team if one is preparing for serious cricket matches.

  • Silent_Flute on May 30, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Question...do you keep the sales man who brings in the money, "hits" his targets and makes the company look good financially but has a bad attitude and not a team player or the guy who is poor or sometimes average with the numbers (money) but has an excellent attitude, tops as a team player and can be counted on to do what it takes to improve...

    The Gayle vs. Sammy Dilemma....the WICB dilemma.....

    To me the answer is quite simple!

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Waiting to see more of DARREN BRAVO who looks and plays like BRIAN LARA...

  • Darnakka on May 30, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    For all who support Gayle. Please remember that he chose IPL over country and its payback time from WICB. You cannot have country cricket as a side dish...

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Forget it.. India will whitewash them.. And if you don't select Gayle for tests, there is no chance to play against MSD's captaincy..

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    i think if WICB is saying that gayle have to meet wid us before we consider him for selection ..... then y not Gayle for the sack of his country meeting with WICB just like wat Yunus Khan did with Ijiazz Butt ...... although the fault is not of players but the players shud go on their knees just for their countries .... bcz Gayle must know widout him this WI side can't challenge even this seconf team of india .....

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    BIG maaan gayle missin? chandaahs missin? tayla and fiddy missin? this board maashin up w'indies cricket na bai. wah more gayle got to do to be selected? how much more he gonn talk wid he bat? guyana XI could maash up dis team. meh wann see change in de team! bring baak the match winnas!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    The viewer-ship/spectators for the matches where WI is playing is on the decline because of these type of selections. What a shame for WI cricket. All involved needs to forget the past and should get together to build the WI cricket.

  • on May 30, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    I think there is something really wrong with WICB.Why the hell they have left the big Gayle out,the man who is in terrific form or form of his life.He is smashing every bowler and Indians bowlers would be a joke infront of him but still they have left him out.just foolish.

  • on May 30, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    There is definitely some connection between WICB and Ijaz Butt; both boards are sinking their cricket by keeping the start player out of teams.

  • gyana-n.bbsr on May 30, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    t20 is going to boring without gayle,pollard,ramdin,bravo.&odi is also without gayle & sehwag.tour is going 2 so boring.

  • on May 30, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    wer is gayle,chanderpaul,ramdin,edwardsn taylor its a bit surprse selection

  • on May 30, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    oh no! without gayle westindies waill whitewash

  • on May 30, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Think it serves right for someone who is so self centred as Gayle....... People like him are getting blinded with the amount raked in from IPL ; pride of playing for country has taken a back seat for these guys. Would the board omitted him for Pakistan series had he performed for WI in recent times ???

  • shawnsundar on May 30, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    Forget West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago for International! We already have Dwayne Smith, Morton, Benn, and Santokie playing for us in club cricket, Taylor and Gayle should move to Trinidad. We already have the best keeper (Ramdin) best fast bowlers (Rampaul, Gabriel) best all rounders (Emrit, Bravo, Polllard) best captain (Ganga) Plenty of explosive openers (Simmons, Barath, Perkins...) best #3 (DM Bravo) Best spinners (Badree, Mohhamed, Kantasingh, Austin, Narine, Khan). I'm not against any other Island, but won't it be better to win? Many of you will disagree, but we will see after CLT20 how T&T could do better than the current WI setup! Btw before you argue with me, please check stats!!!

  • MeowCat on May 30, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    what the heck! Gayle is the SOLE reason why RCB where Top of the table..

  • Saim93 on May 30, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    And it continues, the WICB continues to make mistakes and WI cricket continues its decline!

  • avidfan on May 30, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    the new PCB = WICB.............................

  • samarr on May 30, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Another player might retire from International cricket bcoz of useless board. Player like Gayle can keep cricket alive in WI. On a diff. note, can he switch country to continue his cricket?

  • on May 30, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Maybe BCCI has asked WICB to left Gayle . otherwise they will lose the serise and no one position. BCCI can do anything .

  • on May 30, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    What this shows is the WICB is a disgrace at the entire board should resign. They are playing petty games laving out the two players that highlighted to the media the incompetency of the selectors and board, much to the detriment of their side.

  • on May 30, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Well i completely support WI Cricket Board decision for not picking Gayle for India's Tour. Gayle and some other seniors player are playing for Windies for last decade but the result are huge defeats, so its good see some new blood is playing like Junior LARA, Simmons, Pollard and some others. And am sure this combination will bring some cheer for Windies.

  • on May 30, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    stop guys, a player must give much interest to play for country ! while gayle doesn't contact WICB then why WICB should select him? even though he is great player he is an employee for WICB , he should not tell anything wrong about the WICB ! I don't say WICB do correct things ! gayle & WICB both doing wrong things ! but gayle should adjust with wrong doing WICB. because we can do anything for representing country! there are several young talent guns waiting ! discipline is first thing ! if the great player has ego why not WICB....! the WICB also give a chance to gayle that they can select him after he made contact with WICB !

  • on May 30, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    No gayle, no chanderpaul, thats an easy series whitewash for India lol.

  • bonaku on May 30, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    I am ok with gayles not in the team.

  • on May 30, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    ego of people at high position getting the best of them again. and us poor people who are real fan of cricket have 2 wtch a match without 1 of its best hitters chrissie boye . beauracrats

  • mrwaka on May 30, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Chris Gayle is the most in-form batsman in world cricket at the moment and it is pretty obvious to anybody that is following cricket at the that he performs better while he has something to prove. the WICB is not managing their talent very well by looks of things. Time to hire someone that has no ties to the old guard to re-jig the system, and get some cohesions between players and the governing body. the sooner they do this, the better for world cricket because I think I speak for around 95% of cricket fans when I say that I would rather see Gayle play than not.

  • straight_drive4 on May 30, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    im an aussie fan but im on the WICB side with this one - no player is bigger than the game. of course there is no proof of who is right or who is wrong but if i am going to pick sides, i would take the WICB as i still havent gotten over Gayles comments a few years back regarding test cricket - its blatantly obvious that he cares about himself and himself only - no matter how good of a talent he is, the game of cricket does not need selfish people like that who only see dollar signs. play for your country and then milk the cash from T20 WHEN YOU ARENT PLAYING FOR YOUR COUNTRY. WI national team must come first above everything else.

  • on May 30, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    not selecting Gayle might be the turning point, WI is definitely not strong without him because he's an amazing batsman.

  • on May 30, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Irrespective who is right and who is wrong, the ulitmate loser is WI cricket. Right now the only player who can instill some fear in the opposition is Gayle. Without him WI is toothless. WICB is handling this whole issue very badly. They are fast becoming another PCB.

  • Faraz99 on May 30, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Since WC Semi Final defeat in 1996 & later on Wwash defeat in PK on Flat Bating wckts I always say WI team as WI (Blind)..as they deserved to be said Blind as on pefect bating wckts WI team can be easily bowled out on any score the oponants want regardless quality of the bowlers. Now selection policy of selecting players OUT OF FORM (Dwayne Bravo/Baugh/Fletcher/Sarwan etc) senses WICB is also Blind & deaf. very sad to see such decline of team once it has Greart Richards/Lara/Walsh & many.

  • JUSTFORKIX on May 30, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    hehe, can India use them then ? our regularopeners are missing in action anyways for the whole series ;)

  • attrisumeet on May 30, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Why not consider the option of including both Gayle and Taylor into the Indian squad.. I wish BCCI is in a position to hire services of foreign players for international commitments and pay them accordingly. At least they can try this as an experiment as there are lot of experiments done by ICC as well... why not try this as well? Any Thoughts???

  • on May 30, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    No Gayle... who are they kidding... This tells you tale of WICB and the quality of Caribbean cricket now...

  • on May 30, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Is the W.I cricket board really trying to get the best possible team out the field or are they just bring a bunch of people together to form a "team" to play international sides

  • Shezy on May 30, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Hahah....WIndies competing against India without gayle is a joke. I am a Pakistani and my favourite teams after pakistan are SL and WI, but WIndies dont stand a fair chance of beating India in either of the one days or the tests (not to mention if they get a fluke in the t20 i guess). India without Tendulkar,Gambhir and Yuvraj will still be more strong than West Indies without Gayle. Come on WICB, plz put aside your personal grudges for once and think about your country. Playing without Gayle is just like WIndies playing with just one arm if not worse.

  • on May 30, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    So here we go ... B Team from India playing a B Team from West Indies in a B Category Series ...... After 4 months of non-stop cricketing action, Indian Viewers should have been given a break from cricket to re-charge interest levels .... instead they are subject to what Sanjay Manjrekar correctly described as a MEANINGLESS Series ....... YAWN !!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    This is a Lesson for Gayle too...i think He won't give that type of interview any where..

  • on May 30, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    WICB should throw their ego out of the window and select whoever will win them matches

  • Willowarriers on May 30, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    take that for playing in the IPL! Go WICB!!!

    Sarcasm meter reading: 10/10

  • on May 30, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    o we were worried that our 2nd string squad wont be able to win there but with such poor squads they can

  • on May 30, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    as usual windies cricket board making it quite clear that it needs players who are loyal to country than ipl... but doesnt make any sense dropping gayle...

  • cambrose on May 30, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    WICB - cutting the nose to spite the face

  • on May 30, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    WI Cricket board has done the right thing by not picking up Gayle. Gayle has not shown that much of commitment for WI cricket board as he showed it to IPL. This is a lesson to all those players who are playing for money not for national pride.

  • on May 30, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Anumanth, you're exactly right. Our WICB has over the years continually mistreated our players. I'm begging the ICC and FICA to help the Caribbean.

  • Farce-Follower on May 30, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Ridiculous show of ego from the WICB. Gayle can singlehandedly destroy the Indian attack and he can also bowl his 10 overs with craftiness.

  • JosCardozo on May 30, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Considering the case of West Indies Players. I feel, India is quite benefiting from the situation of WICB. When WICB needed their players for national team, they opted to participate in Indian cricket (IPL) and Gayle gave Bangalore their first Final participation with MONSTERS knock in most of the innings. Now when India is taking over WI on a national level, the MONStER is kept out, which is a much much benefit for India in rapping up the series(lone T20)......WOW....GO INDIA GO

  • ram5160 on May 30, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    No hope for WI cricket as long as the present officials remain in charge. Its really tragic to read the leaked material in wicbexpose.com, if only the officials perform at the same level they expect of the players.

  • on May 30, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    By excluding Gayle WI have missed out on a great opportunity to topple a depleted Indian side...

  • on May 30, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    Seems as if Gayle cannot provide the fans with the same type of entertainment as the WICB members - HE IS NOT A JOKER.

    The Indian fans were lucky to watch him play live unlike the West Indians but thanks to the IPL, the Bangalore Board members, the electronic media and Cricinfo, we were able to see and follow his SUPER WONDERFUL BATTING SKILLS currently unmatched by any other player in the world.

  • on May 30, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Looks like West Indies may loose its spot in the worldcup if there would be a qualifier round to Ireland. No way this team is so close to beat india. WICB wake up. Sport is Sport. Forget the politics. You cannot keep your best players out side the team.

  • Cam_PT on May 30, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    A disappointing scenario. But even more disturbing are the choices made to fill the gaps. Are those the best players playing in the West Indies?

  • wicked.wizard on May 30, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    WICB is messed up!! Time for ICC to step in...

  • VivGilchrist on May 30, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    All things considered, the team that should be picked for the first two ODIs in batting order should be 1 Gayle 2 Pollard 3 Dr Bravo 4 Samuels 5 Simmons wk 6 Barrath 7 Dw Bravo 8 Sammy 9 Taylor 10 Rampaul 11 Bishoo 12 Khan 13 F Edwards. Roach rested. Pollard opening to bat while field is up and as much as I like Barrath opening in Tests I think he would be better coming in at no6 in ODIs.

  • on May 30, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    @Maulik Shah, @Anumanth Kumar. You are both being fooled by Gayle. He is not interested in playing for the West Indies. We are selecting players who want to play. You can keep Gayle.

  • wensern on May 30, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    wow.....Chanderpaul been left out. What a circumstances..?? How come when Chanderpaul did well with Sarwan....and only expert around after the departure of Brian Lara.

  • on May 30, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    bad selection poor wi board

  • Masud_BITK on May 30, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Guys, I am quite supportive of such decision. You have to be deciplined member while you are working under any group. If Gayle thinks he is the boss of WI, it is the right decision by the WICB. However, WICB board should consult appropriatly with Gayle to keep him playing for WI. Don't think his performance in IPL, but consider what he did in the last world cup..No body is bigger than the team.

  • on May 30, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    These people who are running West Indies cricket are out of their minds. They need to stop the nonsense and include the best player in the entire West Indies. I wonder if they have a beef with Jamaican cricketers. If the WICB continues with this, Jamaica should brake away from that body and apply to the ICC for international status. Jamaica has the talent and quality players to be a formidable opponent on the international scene. Gayle, Samuels, Baugh, Nash, Taylor, Russel, Santokie, Powell, Hyatt, Miller, Bernard, Marshall, Parchment.Hinds. These guys are all Jamaicans on the West Indies team. I am totally persuaded that the Jamaica team would annihilate this current West Indies team. Gayle must be included.

  • KRHUSSAINI on May 30, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    I think WI Board has taken the right decision. There should be no compromise on discipline. Gayle gave a lame excuse to go and play in IPL (Just for the money). Those who refer to play for money and not for their country should be treated like this.

  • on May 30, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    But how can WI think to face the in-form India without Chris Gayle. Gayle has been playing outstanding cricket nowadays and can singlehandedly win matches against any team. The board should patch up with him anyway.

  • on May 30, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    wat a load of utter bollocs..... no gayle, no chanders, no win and even no fidel edwards!!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    This is a time when we will see some harsh decision being made by the Cricket Boards all over the world to create some esteem for the international cricket that you can play by representing your country. I mean I don't rate WICB decision any poor. If you don't perform on the international event like WC being a superstar Player that you are then you'ld definitely be criticised for your selection in the team. But if you then lash out on the selectors for not selecting you and opt to play big money domestic leagues instead then you shouldn't be complaining about why are you not selected for the international cricket. Playing domestic cricket for every player should be the prime responsibility if they want to play international cricket. I mean how many Indian domestic playing stars play overseas??? All the australians, south Africans, english and indians players play their domestic tournament and this is how they get selected for the international cricket.

  • on May 30, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    We are WICB, and we cut our own nose to spite our face, so there.

  • on May 30, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    What a silly dicission of droppinh BIG MAN CHRIS GAYLE of the squad. He is in his sublime form and can demolish any great bowler of the world.

  • Rotya on May 30, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    If WI need success in coming years........the despute between players and WICB must be resolved...........

  • on May 30, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    West Indies Cricket Board has got the guts to drop players who dont respect them. But BCCI keeps mum and in fact accomodative of players (Sachin included) who play IPL with injury or otherwise but prefer to take a break from cricket when it comes to playing to India. Would like to know from BCCI which comes first - playing for India or playing in IPL? It's a different matter that players like Badri and Mukund have got a break because of this. I wont be surprised if some of the fringe players establish themselves at the cost of the established players because of the wrong priorities of the established players. There is no norms in BCCI where established players fully ignore domestic competitions. The players will pay for it in the long run. Saurav couldnt play in IPL because he ignored playing for his state. Hats off to West Indies board.

  • eomer17 on May 30, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    gayle says he's nvr been respected in WI as he has been in IPL! well he's nvr performed for WI as he has in the ipl in his 5-10 yr intl career,what did he expect? just 'cause he's hit 37 in an ovr,dont mean he becomes a WI great!

  • on May 30, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Not to worry about Gayle, Young Indian team will shine once again

  • on May 30, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH WEST IDIES? WHY DO THEY NOT PICK THEIR BEST PLAYERS!!!!!! ITS DRIVING ME NUTS

  • dibbu on May 30, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Is WICB competing with PCB for craziest-of-them-all crown?

  • satspeare on May 30, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Twenty20 Team and ODIs Squad Gayle, Ganga(captain), Simmons, Darren Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin (keeper) Sammy, Russel, Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Taylor and Bishoo. For the ODIs, add Sarwan, Dwayne and Roach to list. Test Squad Gayle, Ganga(captain), Simmons, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Ramdin (keeper) Russel, Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Taylor, Roach and Bishoo. Please don't ask Simmons to be the keeper - it will prolong his knee problems and affect his batting. Have to let Sammy go from the test team. we need to give ourselves the best chance to compete against India. Come on WI authorities - grow up and act in the best interest of West Indies cricket- today also - not just four years from now! And please try to bring back Lara for this tour before time runs out!!

  • FudgeMud on May 30, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    this is completely ridiculous!!! Gayle is in the form of his life and the WICB choose not to play him becuz of small immature reasons......i say they wrk it out and get West Indies cricket back on track!!.....also Carlton Baugh has fail too much times.....Time for Ramdin to return!

  • idmjothi on May 30, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    They are taking revenge from Mr. Gayle.

  • spike22 on May 30, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Now west indies board will make run ..........bunch of jokers

  • nzcricket174 on May 30, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Poor WICB, they think they are right but they are wrong

  • ranjitpp on May 30, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Well done WICB! It was evident that gayle was lying when he said he was not contacted by WICB and he opted to play in IPL. Performance in IPL should not be the criteria and no individual is above the game. Will BCCI have the same guts???

  • on May 30, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Is there a joint deliberate plan by indian and WI cricket boards to force gayle to retire from international cricket and play only IPL?

  • on May 30, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    get rid of the WICBC.........................................

  • on May 30, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    Let me ask u IPL cricket fans a question, if tendulkar or sewag didnt want to play in the IPL or indias domestic leagues by preferring to play for other countries leagues an make lots of runs for them but when selected to play for india dont make runs and when not selected has the most noise to make... did i forget anything else... oh yeah - dont take a contract from the board because you want to be a "Free Agent" an can play for other ppl if you want instead of playing for your country. Tell me what would be your reaction to that!!! I support the windies board for doing this cause no man is bigger than ANY team, the only thing am upset that they did do was pick pollard cuz he is another one who ain accept a contract and to add insult to injury, he ain even do nothing in the ipl except take a couple good cetches. He ain merit a place in the side in my view, continue look for other new talent an let gayle and pollard them go their way!!!

  • deegowd on May 30, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    This will be music to the ears of Indian bowlers.

  • Outswinging on May 30, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    The WIBC continues to be vindictive and insular. Look no further than the Board for WI's continued slide. Ramdin does not belong on the team.

  • satspeare on May 30, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    very poor leadership and management, no GAYLE (best opener/ batsman) , no Ramdin ( best Keeper), no Ganga ( best regional captain)- but Sammy and the narrow-minded manager, board members still abound. These folks are ruining WI cricket even more. Why Pollard and no Gayle? this is how we treat our most explosive batsman?? This is sick - what are the selectors thinking- are they thinking. Samuels in the T20 line up?? These folks were below average cricketers and now they are really showing their lack of integrity to West Indies cricket by punishing our best player. Gayle indeed is intimidating- to more than the opposition! Didn't our best receive a warm welcome back from kerry Paker? Did Lloyd get re-instated after and Kalli punished and discarded? Such gross double standards!! It is unbelievable to have to play against the #1 team in the world and not pick the best players. Is this the 3 year plan coming out of a meeting prior to SL tour Sammy spoke about recently? no fore-sight!!

  • chandau on May 30, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    big egos of administrators ruining WI cricket. sad part is most of these powers that be, have never played with a leather ball. jelousy can rob a country some of its best performers in the international stage. in the past cricketers were the losers as it robbed them of their livelihood. now with IPL and the clones popping up all over the world, country will lose. CG had a mammoth season i believe for 2 reasons: 1. he had no responsibilities - only to go out and get runs and even if he failed in one or two or three innings it was ok , others could also bat :) 2. he did not carry a team - there were other world class performers around him to share the weight unlike in WI team , it was not a one man team

  • BULTY on May 30, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    The omission of Chris Gayle from the WI is both surprising & intriguing at the same. But the reasons WICB put forth is the most commendable. He is neither dropped nor being rested; but he is being disciplined. Now Gavaskar has stated that players who skip national duty for flimsy reasons should not be picked up in future. Whether this comment came from his heart or not (this list of players skipping national duty included SDachin also), will the BCCI resort to harsh disciplining of established players? If yes, I will be first person to salute them. Kudos to WICB for setting an example for cricket boards of other countries.

  • on May 30, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    look the west indies cricket board is a joke, Sammy captaincy just says it all, not having your best open bowler jerome and you best open bat chris in your team when you are struggling to put up runs is just ludicris, i just want them all gone we need a neew coach and management.....

  • on May 30, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Its a gr8 pity that egos r hurting WI cricket big time!With meager talent pool it wld hv been ideal to draft Gayle into the team so that the new breed of cricketers in WI cld gain from his experiences & thrive to emulate his exploits on the international arena......Hope the personnel managing WI cricket see sense & help rebuild WI cricket to the lofty heights it had achieved two decades ago..Hope better sense prevails....

  • on May 30, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    Where is Edwards and Taylor? The bowling looks pretty weak.

  • kamleshbalani on May 30, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    This is what I call a big joke! you have a couple of quality players left and you decide to drop them!

  • on May 30, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    WI cricket will miss Gayle more than he will. Cos now he will join another t20 league. Its good for his pocket than getting any silly arguments with WICB and also no guarantee of playing even in consideration.

  • on May 30, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    seems that wi board is resting gayle as they find him too much for the second string indian team............

  • humanity1 on May 30, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    No word of Chanderpaul. What's the scoop on that????????????

  • on May 30, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    why on earth have they left out chris gayle.Gosh!!!!!!!! A guy who is scored 500+ runs in ipl not even playing all the matches he has been left out.Wat is WICB up 2. Really disappointed

  • R_Joseph on May 30, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    For all of those who want Gayle to play for WI, name one player of any repute who has put IPL above playing for his country, then perhaps we can have a conversation. We the people of the West Indies have had enough of Gayle and his nonsense. It's time to move on without him, no player is bigger than the team or the game.

    Cheers,

  • harshacc on May 30, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    No Gayle, No watch match maan.Roach is rested ? Ramdin not selected.If ever there was a worse run board than BCCI then its WICB.Why should Taylor plays a full season.Is it not enough if he play a few 5 dayers and a few ODIs domestically to see how he performs with long spells? Why do you need a full season to test for someone's fitness? This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard after a lung "Infection" needing four - five weeks rest.

  • on May 30, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    There are going 2 miss gayle storm

  • on May 30, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    why dont we give gayle indian citizenship and let him play for us lol

  • PaddyRasta on May 30, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Maybe I am missing something, but why is Anthony Martin in the ODI squad? What has he done that is more special than other spinners?

  • McArthur on May 30, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    I have read the fans' comments with a wry smile (most have derided the WICB for omitting Gayle in recent times). This is the same Gayle who called the current team coach a "user" and who said the the WICB (in effect his employers) quote WICB… back up offa my back unquote. Of course a meeting is necessary. No one player can continue to treat his Board and its appointed officials with such disdain and then waltz into the West Indies team as if nothing happened. Frankly, we were being beaten badly with Mr Gayle both as Captain and player. We can continue without him as well if necessary. Can you imagine if Peterson were to address the ECB in such a manner? We in the West Indies have had the honour of a long line of great players (many finer batsmen then Gayle). We will wait for another.

  • Randy_Wilson on May 30, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    Why is West Indies Picking K Edward for the ODI, seriously. He is a Test Player not a OD player. btw I agree leaving out chanderpaul of ODI, but i hope they pick him for TEST.

    Btw i will say it Gayle will only perform if he is getting money he Don't have WI Cricket to heart at all. he would perform one match good scoring big to boost his avg and the rest he wouldn't even make a good score that how Gayle is. so i agree they left him out, I just Wish Gayle would step up for West Indies then i would disagree with all WI selector for now picking him. everyone who say Gayle should be in the team, if WI do put Gayle in it, He wouldn't make runs. HE dont care bout West Indies Cricket.

    this Squad though i really dont like. Where is F Edwards? why they choose Russel over him. I also dont care much about Taylor he is just like the Rest turning down W.I.

    Why they pick Pollard he is another player who dont play good for West Indies.

  • VivGilchrist on May 30, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Very very odd. I understand the disciplining of Gayle as no player should cause that much disharmony. Resting Roach is a good idea but they still look a fast bowler short. If they refuse to pick Taylor, then surely Edwards should come in and get some game time before the Tests start. I would have also thought that a spin bowling-bowling allrounder such as Imran Khan would have balanced out the squad nicely as well

  • superwarriors11 on May 30, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    no gayle...goodfor us...we are going there with a bunch of new comers....

  • on May 30, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    And that confirms it India is going to whitewash WI..............

  • himanshu.team on May 30, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    WICB, has only thing in mind it seems: The high Ego of its bosses. Ruling out their best batsman and the thier bowler, is as baffling as it gets. Stating that Roach needs to play a "full season" of domestic cricket is one of the most ridiculus statements I have heard in cricketing administration. Not selecting Gayle in a t20 or 50 over format, is again as stupid as it gets. Only if they are putting their money on India, in this series, can they justify these selections.

  • MKLNarayan on May 30, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    May be WI board feels Gayle is not required to beat a team that has 7 players missing from the world cup winning final Indian XI....

  • sircarl on May 30, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    The WICB is finally showing they are thinking in the long term interests of West Indies cricket. I am no fan of the WICB but after that interview I don't see how Gayle could just walk back on to the team without (at the very least) some serious discussions with his coach and the Board. If he iwas allowed to do so they might as well call it Gayle and the Windies and let him run the whole show because the coach would have absolutely no authority. The problem is Gayle's personality is too big for the team. He is stuck in the past pattern of constant war between players and board and I don't see him changing. If the failed cycle is to change the best solution is to thank Gayle for his service and let him let him go and have a prosperous IPL/Big Bash career. It would be a win-win for all. He would have fame and lots of money and the team can groom the Baraths' and Simmonds' and Edwards' to be the consistent openers that Gayle could never "mentor" them to be.

  • on May 30, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    how can you stop the world champions without gayle......west indies cricket are totally sick....without gayle, chandarpaul this team remains below kenya.......west indies must try not to be pakistan unless and untill they are mad.

  • vinayreddyg on May 30, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    Not a Surprise though. But wonder why neither Gayle nor WICB try to resolve the issues. Sad to See WI team with out Gayle..,

  • on May 30, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    WICB, i kw the real all these comments, then i wonder what they does think? same thing HOLDING SAID ABOUT THEM

  • kingsXI7 on May 30, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    Its good for team india that Gayle has not been selected.They dont have get to bowl to him....and we can win the series easily!!!

  • on May 30, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    Make sure Gayle has not earned more than WI cricket board. :lol:

  • on May 30, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    This looks like selectors tring to prove their point.....Like in any management they would want to show that the have the last say...how many organisations around the world has jeopardized due to such ego lashes

    Let us send one of our District cricket team to WI tour...I guess we will still win the tournament hands down if there is no Gayle.....WI cricket has been one man army ever since Viv Richards famous team retired. Then we had Richie Richardson carring the whole team, then Brain Lara and now its Gayle......Even as a opponent team ( I am and India and CSK fan so i called him Opponent) he is so good to watch....

  • ramps_wi on May 30, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    no ramdin, no gayle, no pollard , no bravo >> how about no fans at the Oval .... we have the power, its time to stop taking this nonsense, and show WICB and the selectors who has the power. This will only happen in WI. A good example is Morgan chosen over Bopara in England test team. Why is WICB and selectors suffering us so much.

  • Robster1 on May 30, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    What on earth is going on - Gayle is perhaps the current best ODI & 20/20 batsman in the world.

  • on May 30, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    !!!!!BOOM BANG BANG ..........WELL WELL JUNE DE 4 ...WEST INDIES GONA GET LICKS LIKE PEAS ZZZ.......BECAUSE INDIA IS GONA COME HARD WITH SPIN ...NO CHANDERS NO GAYLE ..NO RAMDIN .......BUT Fletcher WHO CAN PLAY SPIN NO MD PACE .......CHANDERPAUL ....GAYLE IS MY TRUE HERO ..BOOM BANG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • xylo on May 30, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    maybe WICB is thinking of assembling a second string side after BCCI decided to rest the likes of Dhoni, Sachin and Zaheer.

  • on May 30, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    W.I.C.B(WEST INDIES COMEDY BOARD)....this a next series of jokes....so when is this meeting going to be?Nothing cant beat talent....after all is said and done MR.GAYLE will be making tuns of money.....so he's got nothing to worry about....W.I.C.B CANT TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY AND RELATIVES....

  • west_indiesBoss on May 30, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    ok i understand the gayle issue is a discipline issue..so as much as i wud love to see him.. we have to respect their rules.. u cant be bashing the board and expect to play.. its just not a good eg.. i hope they sort it out tho.. i hope barath is ready for the tests. however..why at all is andre fletcher in any form of the team??? pleasee nooo

  • on May 30, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    No sehwag...No gayle this tour will be boring

  • J4Winners on May 30, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Without Gayle WI look body without flesh...Pollard has not made any impact in the international matches gets a nod...that is eye raiser! On the other hand Gayle doesnt care for playing for WI anymore...He will be preparing for the Sri Lanka Premier League now and then back to Champions Leagues and then to Australia and no what IPL 2012 arrives...He is happy man from within and it looks like he will be paid heavy next year IPL, for the show he has put up this year! Go Christopher Henry Gayle...I am your big fan mann! Gayle FTW....

  • FortyRon on May 30, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    The WI selectors continue to pick teams that which makes it difficult to win. Imagine w 20/20 team and there is no Gayle or Pollard.....lol.....do they want to win. Caribbean administartors continue not to be able to manage talen or to bulid and mantain relationships with people.............when will this end?

  • on May 30, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    WI board is acting as if they are ODI and T20 champions. If you were to make a WI XI from the last 30 years, Gayle would have walked in the limited over formats.

  • on May 30, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    This is not only a move to silence Gail. It is also a move to silence all others cricketers and an indirect attack on WIPA. West Indian cricket fans must not accept this asinine behavior of the WICB and it's selectors. West Indian cricket fans want to see one of the biggest super stars of cricket perform on the field in the Caribbean. The incompetent current cricket masters must not be allowed to get away with this unwarranted vengeance against Chris who only spoke the truth.

  • Burbon on May 30, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    I want to know when the WICB would stop playing petty politics with our cricket.The longer they continue with this nonsense, we the fans will suffer ....as for me I would not waste time looking atone min of this series as WICB are not serious about windies cricket. Its only time before ICC find a way to relegate us, thanks to the clowns we have posing as selectors.

  • on May 30, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    Foolish West Indian board. Get your act together and start paying more and show respect to your kids.

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on May 30, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    WINDIES SELECTORS WILL NEVER GET IT RIGHT, The whole conspriracy theries have started to look even more real now, they will be at the top again like this. I mean they could pick a solid team: Gayle, Simmons, Bravo, Samuels, Sarwan, DJ Bravo, Suleiman Benn, Denish Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Jerome Taylor, Devendra Bishoo, only becauseother players are rested and injured...

  • PaddyRasta on May 30, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    I hope the management are not going to cut off their nose to spite their face here. Forget the Twenty20, but Gayle is needed to get the ODI series off to a good start. Presumably he has been contacted and the meeting will be held soon after he is off the plane. Tread carefully Chris.

  • sajjodaalman on May 30, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    where is chanderpaul and ramdin????

  • Allblkevrythng on May 30, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    im thinking chris gayle is being rested too after heavy ipl workload. WI is not exciting to watch with no Gayle

  • on May 30, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    ha ha ha West Indian board is totally out of their mind. I think they are not watching much cricket rite now and doesn't have any idea about who is performing and who is not.

  • dane400 on May 30, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    Eager to hear the outcome of this meeting. Don't think it make any sense though.

  • devagupta on May 30, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    who cares.. when there is talent he gets money.... doesnt matter if he plays for WI or not./

  • on May 30, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    poor WI cricket board.....i really feel pity for them.........no gayle..........hahahah

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  • on May 30, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    poor WI cricket board.....i really feel pity for them.........no gayle..........hahahah

  • devagupta on May 30, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    who cares.. when there is talent he gets money.... doesnt matter if he plays for WI or not./

  • dane400 on May 30, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    Eager to hear the outcome of this meeting. Don't think it make any sense though.

  • on May 30, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    ha ha ha West Indian board is totally out of their mind. I think they are not watching much cricket rite now and doesn't have any idea about who is performing and who is not.

  • Allblkevrythng on May 30, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    im thinking chris gayle is being rested too after heavy ipl workload. WI is not exciting to watch with no Gayle

  • sajjodaalman on May 30, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    where is chanderpaul and ramdin????

  • PaddyRasta on May 30, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    I hope the management are not going to cut off their nose to spite their face here. Forget the Twenty20, but Gayle is needed to get the ODI series off to a good start. Presumably he has been contacted and the meeting will be held soon after he is off the plane. Tread carefully Chris.

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on May 30, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    WINDIES SELECTORS WILL NEVER GET IT RIGHT, The whole conspriracy theries have started to look even more real now, they will be at the top again like this. I mean they could pick a solid team: Gayle, Simmons, Bravo, Samuels, Sarwan, DJ Bravo, Suleiman Benn, Denish Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Jerome Taylor, Devendra Bishoo, only becauseother players are rested and injured...

  • on May 30, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    Foolish West Indian board. Get your act together and start paying more and show respect to your kids.

  • Burbon on May 30, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    I want to know when the WICB would stop playing petty politics with our cricket.The longer they continue with this nonsense, we the fans will suffer ....as for me I would not waste time looking atone min of this series as WICB are not serious about windies cricket. Its only time before ICC find a way to relegate us, thanks to the clowns we have posing as selectors.