India in West Indies 2011 June 15, 2011

Barath, Rampaul return; still no room for Gayle

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Adrian Barath returns from injury and Ravi Rampaul is back after being rested, but there is still no place for Chris Gayle in the West Indies squad for the fifth and final one-dayer against India. Gayle, who missed out on the first four games because of his controversial radio interview, was supposed to meet with the WICB on Wednesday to discuss his comments. The board has maintained Gayle would not be selected until they met with him to clear the air, but there was no word on the meeting when the squad was announced.

Barath, the 21-year-old opener, has been undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the 2011 World Cup. Prior to the third ODI, he was asked to spend a week practicing at the Sagicor High Performance Centre in order to be considered for selection for the Test series starting on June 20 in Jamaica. He replaces Kirk Edwards, who struggled in the last two games, while Danza Hyatt makes way for Rampaul. Barath averages 32 from eight ODIs, with one hundred.

West Indies lost the first three games to lose the series but bounced back to win the fourth game by 103 runs. The final game will be played in Jamaica on Thursday.

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Adrian Barath, Ravi Rampaul, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons.

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  • bobagorof on June 16, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    @satspeare - that's all well and good but you can't pick players for the start of the series who are injured at the time. Barath was not available so that ruins your call for the WICB to pick your team. Fortunately the WICB has started grooming some other players so if there are injuries they will have someone to come in.

  • everfaithful77 on June 16, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    I suppose that Adrian BARATH has been brought into the WI team for the last ODI for match practice/proof of fitness just before the test series. However after such a long layoff from international cricket due to injury Barath should have been expected to play a FULL SEASON OF DOMESTIC CRICKET before being eligible for re-selection to the WI team. You see I have a problem with DOUBLE STANDARDS because this same condition was placed on Jerome TAYLOR returning to the WI team after injury and playing in the IPL. WICB and it's SELECTORS must be consistent in applying these CONDITIONS or they may seem to be SELECTIVE. Also RUSHING Barath back to competitive cricket can do more HARM THAN GOOD for his career and WI if he's not MATCH-FIT. Possible TEST Team: SIMMONS, BRAVO, SARWAN, SAMUELS, CHANDERPAUL, BAUGH, SAMMY, RUSSELL, RAMPAUL, ROACH, BISHOO. Ext:Fidel Edwards, Nash, K. Edwards, Ryan Austin.The team consists of our current BEST BATSMEN of spin and 5 GOOD BOWLING options of PACE & SPIN.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 16, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    WI has 4 world class batsmen. 5 world class bowlers. Couple of excellent all rounders. But half of them aren't playing for WI. Why ?

  • GPhil on June 16, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Team for tomorrow; Barath, 2. Simmons, 3. DBravo, 4. Sarwan, 5. Samuels, 6.Pollard, 7. Sammy, 8. Baugh, 9. Russell, 10. Rampaul, 11. Martin

    if Gayle was selected Dbravo drops out, gayle 1 and simmons3 then we would go blast india all over the park from ball 1. No Fear West Indian Style

  • rohanbala on June 16, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    To @Salim_123.. You are 100% right in your observation about Chris Gayle. It was baffling to see the way Chris Gayle played in the World Cup (without any commitment or care). No surprise the WICB treats him now in the manner they should for players who think too big.

  • JavagalSrinath on June 16, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Time for BCCI to play big brother's role and get Gayle selected in West Indies team for the test series. BCCI should show its might and side with those international players who prefer IPL. Easy series against windies will bring in casual attitude among Indian players and this will cost them against England.

  • on June 15, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    @jalover i totally agree with u about Gayle.... The damn team needs to win and to win we need gayle, simmons, barath, samuels, pollard, russell, baugh, bishoo, roach,Darren bravo, Sammy(chosen only because he's the "captain")....

  • JustIPL on June 15, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    Windies are taking bold steps towards developing their team. They have succeeded in producing good all rounders ahead of other international teams. Furthermore, winning against indian bench team as well as doing experiments is a really good idea. However, if Indian bench team wins when there is Gayle playing will be a great morale booster for India. I am sure that windies would not like to use bravo, chanderpaul and gayle against indian bench team.

  • cricket_for_all on June 15, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    Wait a minute!!!. I am not against Gayle but WI didn't win a test for a long time while he was in the team. They won a test without him. Is it too much hype or Am I missing something?!!

  • ChrisH on June 15, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Jalover,

    Gayle did well in the IPL for one rea$on and one rea$on only: MONEY. He got paid more in India (population: 1000 million) than the WI (population: 6 million) could afford to pay him. Remember when the $tanford tournament was around? Gayle did well then too. Unfortunately the WI (and the rest of the world) couldn't pay him that kind of money since it seems Stanford's money was obtained by fraudulent means. But now Gayle gets to play for 20 overs for the next best kind of money. Why wouldn't he be happy? Let's stop pretending. I well remember when Jamaica lost the Stanford final to T&T and Gayle embarrassed us here in Jamaica with his comment afterwards that at least they (the Jamaica team) came and got something, some money and that everyone should stop complaining. Gayle loves money and there is nothing wrong with that. But he should stop pretending he doesn't love it above all else.

  • bobagorof on June 16, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    @satspeare - that's all well and good but you can't pick players for the start of the series who are injured at the time. Barath was not available so that ruins your call for the WICB to pick your team. Fortunately the WICB has started grooming some other players so if there are injuries they will have someone to come in.

  • everfaithful77 on June 16, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    I suppose that Adrian BARATH has been brought into the WI team for the last ODI for match practice/proof of fitness just before the test series. However after such a long layoff from international cricket due to injury Barath should have been expected to play a FULL SEASON OF DOMESTIC CRICKET before being eligible for re-selection to the WI team. You see I have a problem with DOUBLE STANDARDS because this same condition was placed on Jerome TAYLOR returning to the WI team after injury and playing in the IPL. WICB and it's SELECTORS must be consistent in applying these CONDITIONS or they may seem to be SELECTIVE. Also RUSHING Barath back to competitive cricket can do more HARM THAN GOOD for his career and WI if he's not MATCH-FIT. Possible TEST Team: SIMMONS, BRAVO, SARWAN, SAMUELS, CHANDERPAUL, BAUGH, SAMMY, RUSSELL, RAMPAUL, ROACH, BISHOO. Ext:Fidel Edwards, Nash, K. Edwards, Ryan Austin.The team consists of our current BEST BATSMEN of spin and 5 GOOD BOWLING options of PACE & SPIN.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 16, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    WI has 4 world class batsmen. 5 world class bowlers. Couple of excellent all rounders. But half of them aren't playing for WI. Why ?

  • GPhil on June 16, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Team for tomorrow; Barath, 2. Simmons, 3. DBravo, 4. Sarwan, 5. Samuels, 6.Pollard, 7. Sammy, 8. Baugh, 9. Russell, 10. Rampaul, 11. Martin

    if Gayle was selected Dbravo drops out, gayle 1 and simmons3 then we would go blast india all over the park from ball 1. No Fear West Indian Style

  • rohanbala on June 16, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    To @Salim_123.. You are 100% right in your observation about Chris Gayle. It was baffling to see the way Chris Gayle played in the World Cup (without any commitment or care). No surprise the WICB treats him now in the manner they should for players who think too big.

  • JavagalSrinath on June 16, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Time for BCCI to play big brother's role and get Gayle selected in West Indies team for the test series. BCCI should show its might and side with those international players who prefer IPL. Easy series against windies will bring in casual attitude among Indian players and this will cost them against England.

  • on June 15, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    @jalover i totally agree with u about Gayle.... The damn team needs to win and to win we need gayle, simmons, barath, samuels, pollard, russell, baugh, bishoo, roach,Darren bravo, Sammy(chosen only because he's the "captain")....

  • JustIPL on June 15, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    Windies are taking bold steps towards developing their team. They have succeeded in producing good all rounders ahead of other international teams. Furthermore, winning against indian bench team as well as doing experiments is a really good idea. However, if Indian bench team wins when there is Gayle playing will be a great morale booster for India. I am sure that windies would not like to use bravo, chanderpaul and gayle against indian bench team.

  • cricket_for_all on June 15, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    Wait a minute!!!. I am not against Gayle but WI didn't win a test for a long time while he was in the team. They won a test without him. Is it too much hype or Am I missing something?!!

  • ChrisH on June 15, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Jalover,

    Gayle did well in the IPL for one rea$on and one rea$on only: MONEY. He got paid more in India (population: 1000 million) than the WI (population: 6 million) could afford to pay him. Remember when the $tanford tournament was around? Gayle did well then too. Unfortunately the WI (and the rest of the world) couldn't pay him that kind of money since it seems Stanford's money was obtained by fraudulent means. But now Gayle gets to play for 20 overs for the next best kind of money. Why wouldn't he be happy? Let's stop pretending. I well remember when Jamaica lost the Stanford final to T&T and Gayle embarrassed us here in Jamaica with his comment afterwards that at least they (the Jamaica team) came and got something, some money and that everyone should stop complaining. Gayle loves money and there is nothing wrong with that. But he should stop pretending he doesn't love it above all else.

  • satspeare on June 15, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    ANOTHER THING - IF I WAS A SELECTOR, SAMMY WILL NOT BE CAPTAIN NOR BE IN THE TEAM !! GAYLE WILL BE BACK AND GANGA WILL BE CAPTAIN ! AND I AN NOT A TRINI EITHER ! CANNOT JUST DISCARD CHANDERPAUL TOO! IT IS TRUE - ONE MAN DON'T MAKE THE WHOLE TEAM BUT WHAT A FRAME OF MIND FOR THE YOUNGER PLAYERS TO GO OUT ON THE FIELD WITH! HOW CAN WE EXPECT THESE GUYS TO PERFORM WHEN THEY KNOW THAT THE BEST PLAYERS ARE NOT THERE BECAUSE OF THE EGOS OF THE BOARD - THEY DARE NOT SAY ANYTHING AGAINST THE BOARD EITHER! THE SELECTORS NEED TO GO AND ALSO THE COACH !

  • satspeare on June 15, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    @ GASPER - RAMDIN IS THE BEST KEEPER WE HAVE AND HE HAS SHOWN IMPROVEMENT IN THE RECENT CONCLUDED REGIONAL TOURNAMENT- WHICH IS WHAT WAS REQUIRED OF HIM - HE ALSO IS BETTER AT BATTING THAN THE GUYS WE ARE TRYING NOW. ROACH HAS SHOWN POTENTIAL TO BE AN ALL-ROUNDER AND i WOULD CERTAINLY PLAY HIM AHEAD OF SAMMY IN THAT CAPACITY. SAMMY NEED TO PLAY AS A BOWLING CAPTAIN AND NOT AS THE ALL ROUNDER IN THE TEAM - NO MORE ADDITIONAL PRESSURE ON THE CAPTAIN. THIS IS RUINING HIS CAREER- HE IS A GOOD PLAYER WHO WILL CERTAINLY IMPROVEBUT NEEDS A LITTLE BREAK ON THE FIELD. TAYLOR WAS LISTED AT 8 ONLY BECAUSE IT BETWEEN HIM AND RUSSEL. IF TAYLOR PLAYS, HE BATS AT 11.SAMMY IS THE ONLY BOWLER ALONG WITH BISHOO/SHANE S. WHO WILL BE BOWLING LONGER SPELLS WITH ROACH, RAMPAUL AND RUSSEL/TAYLOR USED IN SHORT BURSTS. SAMMY IS NOT MY CHOIST AS CAPTAIN - WICB WILL NOT CHANGE THAT DECISION SOON SO WE BETTER GET ACCUSTOMED TO HAVING SAMMY AS CAPTAIN. SARWAN OR GANGA IS MUCH MORE PERFERRED. ALSO WI NEED 3 FASTMEN

  • Molu14 on June 15, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    The wing, comrades, is a tool of propulsion and not of manipulation, and therefore counts as a leg. The hand is the instrument through which man does all his mischief.

  • VEXXZ on June 15, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Gayle is NO MORE, let him and the IPL have fun. We are trying to get West Indies cricket back on good footing .

  • on June 15, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Good thing satspeare is not a West Indies selector. Many persons clamour for Ramdin to be brought back, but he needs to show that he is not the joker he was when he had his chances. Carlton Baugh is not much better, but he wasn't given as many chances as yet either. To go into a Test match with four bowlers and Darren Sammy as captain is ridiculous. Roach at Number 7? Possibly Taylor at number 8? Poor selection sats.

  • on June 15, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Gayle this..Gayle that. All these people calling for Gayle need to ask themselves if the West Indies were winning when he was in the team. The answer would be NO.

  • on June 15, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Gayle,Simmons,DM Bravo,Sarwan,Samuels,Pollard,DJ Bravo,Sammy,Kemor Roach,Bishoo,Jerome Taaylor... This would be the best West Indies Team possible...

  • SheikhZaman on June 15, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    All on a sudden, all Indians are Gayle supporter !!!

  • jalover on June 15, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    It seems to me that everyone is missing the point why Gayle performed so good in the ipl tournament. He was welocmed by the team he was treated with respect byn the team management and thier players as opposed to the west indies team management.WHen someone can besmirch one reputation and no action is taken by the board then thier is a problem If i were Chris Gayle i would sue pRof Beckles and the West Indies for defamation of character.Mr Beckles was speaking as a noard member when he made statesments about Gayle and Samuels but no one seem to debate that point. I hope gayle who is one of four players with two triple centuries can rise above West Indies board mebers and West Indies cricket who are against and carry on with his life.

  • vinodzz on June 15, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    @ reghu : ishanth sharma is a great bowler, bowls > 140 kph, why don't you step into the squad & replace him.

  • satspeare on June 15, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    We NEED the best to play on the same team - BEST OPENER - GAYLE BEST KEEPER - RAMDIN BEST CAPTAIN - GANGA / SARWAN BEST BATSMAN - CHANDERPAUL BEST PROMISE - DARREN BRAVO BEST CURRENT PERFORMING BATSMAN - SIMMONS BEST CURRENT PERFORMING BOWLER - RAMPAUL BEST FAST BOWLER - ROACH BEST SPIN BOWLER - BISHOO & SHANE S.(LOVE TO SEE BOTH IN SAME GAME) SAMUELS PLAYS IN PLACE OF GANGA OR SARWAN DEPENDING ON WHO IS CAPTAIN TO COMPLETE THIS TEAM BECAUSE HE IS THE BEST BATSMAN IN THE LAST REGIONAL TOURNAMENT. SAMMY SHOULD PLAY ONLY INSTEAD OF A SPINNER. BUT SINCE SAMMY "MUST" PLAY BECAUSE HE IS WICB CHOICE AS CAPTAIN AND GAYLE IS SEEMLING OUT OF REACH, MY BATTING LINE FOR THE TEST SERIES IS:- 1 BARATH 2 SIMMONS 3 SARWAN/SAMUEL 4 CHANDERPAUL 5 BRAVO(UNTIL HE FINDS FORM) 6 RAMDIN 7 ROACH 8 RUSSEL/TAYLOR 9 SAMMY (CAPTAIN) 10 RAMPAUL 11 BISHOO/ SHANE S. REALLY CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY GAYLE IS STILL OUT !!!

  • riprock on June 15, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Gayle.Simmons.Chanderpaul.Bravo.Samuels.Fletcher.Sammy.Bishoo.Fidel Edwards.Jerome Taylor.Roach. Subs: Darren Bravo,Sarwan,Pollard,Barath,Benn,Rampaul,Andre Russell.

    These are the best West Indians alive for international cricket.

  • on June 15, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    WICB and Gayle are both destryoing whats left of once mighty WI. Even today if things are corrected and players get a good coach and actual talent is selected a team of WI would be like this..a force atleast in ODI and T20

    Gayle Simmons Srawan Bravo1 Samuels/ Sammy Bravo2 Pollard Bishoo Russel Roach Rampaul

    and this team can be really competitive especially on greentracks as well as spin and flat tracks.

  • on June 15, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    india should win the match 2mrw easily ,don't have to worry about previous match ,they must think positively

  • on June 15, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Gayle did what he thought was right. If an employer is not fair, does not respect you...you go looking for better options...in this case IPL. Well credit to Gayle at least he trying to patch up ...unlike Afridi who chose temporary retirement (PS. for people who are confused with meaning of retirement..... the dictionary in Pakistan defines retirement as a small break till demands are met)

  • shawnsundar on June 15, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Barath and Lendl bat well together for Trinidad, lets hope they can do the same Internationally. The people who are bashing Gayle obviously never played a game of cricket in their lives, i.e the WICB and their followers. Look at how we treat players, Edwards did so well at home batting in the middle order, we bring him into WI and forced him to open, he did't do well, now he's being bashed. Chanders been our most consistent in All formats, Gibson comes in and tries to tell him how and where to bat, mine you, Mr. Otis is Not even a batting coach. Players complain, we call them liars and drop them. WICB member(s) talk smack, nobody cares. I bet you anything, if other Nations could have Gayle, there would be a lot of $$$ on the table. Forget WI Trinidad All The Way!!! By the way, Graham Smith has been on a run drought, I don't see SA dropping him. Same goes for Andrew Strauss, and before that, Sehwag. Having said all that, Go Rampaul/Barath/Simmons, show them what Trini's can do!

  • on June 15, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    @salim_123 : I am totally agree with you......!

  • on June 15, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Kavum....I echo your team slection. Again, how can fans come up with a better team than the WICB? There are always going to be conflicts, its how they are dealt with, that counts. The WICB has problems with Sarwan, Taylor, Gayle, and Chanderpaul all at the same time, the best players to have represented W.I. cricket over the last 10 years, in terms of their records. How can good people become bad?

  • NP_NY on June 15, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    The WICB seems to have forgotten something very fundamendal - that cricket like any other sport is entertainment and Gayle is the biggest entertainer around (atleast from the West Indies). WICB thinks it is "punishing" Gayle but it is actually depriving cricket fans of some ultimate entertainment and hindering the growth of West Indies cricket. All this for what - to satisfy a few egos? Ridiculous!

  • yorkslanka on June 15, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    i am not a west indian so admit i dont know the ins and outs of their cricket but i find it amazing that gayle is not being selected in the current windies squad? I know there have been some disciplinary issues but he is TOO good a player to be left out of any team? this appears to be the board being stubborn and the sides cricket suffering as a result...well done to gayle for not retiring as many players have done when faced with this same situation..that shows his commitment to his national side...come on wicb stop being silly and pick gayle....

  • moko58 on June 15, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    The West Indies have regained their confidence and touch after comprehensive victory over India in 4th ODI. That game may be one of the small milestones in West Indian cricket. So the selectors may hold out against match winner Gayle.

  • on June 15, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    I do not think WICB is going to come to terms with Gayle. The differences must be very serious that they feel forced overlook the national interest. The autocratic stance puts even PCB into shade who do not always ignore public opinion.

  • satspeare on June 15, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    Gayle, Taylor, Chanderpaul, Barath, Fidel and Ramdin should have been in the series at the beginning and try to win one against the #1 ranked team. Then after winning, give the younger players a chance. We have this so backwards. We NEED to play our best possible team TODAY - not aim ONLY for 5 years from now! We should have be doing that when we were winning, to groom new players a few at a time. Now we want to groom an entire team all at once and leave out all the experience ones!! Wonder what was decided at the meeting to plan the next 3 years!! Sammy spoke about that during the Pakistan visit. Time to play our best in this test series from the start. 1Gayle, 2Barath, 3Simmons, 4Chanderpaul, 5Darren Bravo/Samuel/Nash, 6Sarwan 7Ramdin 8Roach 9Russel 10Rampaul 11Sammy/Taylor/Bishoo GAVE THE CAPTAINCY TO SARWAN, MUST PLAY RAMDIN AS KEEPER !COME ON WICB - STOP MESSING UP!! Gayle bowls, Sammy plays as a bowler, Roach as the all-rounder.

  • on June 15, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    ODI Team............Gayle, Barath, Darren Bravo,Sarrwan/Samuels, Simmons(Keeper), Pollard,Sammy, Russel/Bravo,Spinner, Rampaul, Roach/Taylor.

  • on June 15, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Test team ( gayle,simmons,darren,sarwan,samuels,chanderpaul,ramdin,sammy-not my choice but because he is the captain...russel my choice,Edwards,rampaul and bishoo.

  • monayi on June 15, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    WCB has some problem with the senior players..If gayle is ignored, West Indies board should replace a batsman, as demonstrating like Gayle. Otherwise West Indies cricket fans all over world will loose its faith in the West Indies cricket board.This will only help to make the fans away from cricket..If there is any problem with Gayle, go and talk with him..But youngsters should take it as a wonderful opportunities. West Indies already got a demonstrating all rounder in the form of Andre Russel..Hope, more talents will rise from the carribbean islands in the coming series.

  • satspeare on June 15, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Gayle, Taylor, Chanderpaul, Barath, Fidel and Ramdin should have been in the series at the beginning and try to win one against the #1 ranked team. Then after winning, give the younger players a chance. We have this so backwards. We NEED to play our best possible team TODAY - not aim ONLY for 5 years from now! We should have be doing that when we were winning, to groom new players a few at a time. Now we want to groom an entire team all at once and leave out all the experience ones!! Wonder what was decided at the meeting to plan the next 3 years!! Sammy spoke about that during the Pakistan visit. Time to play our best in this test series from the start. 1Gayle, 2Barath, 3Simmons, 4Chanderpaul, 5Darren Bravo/Samuel/Nash, 6Sarwan 7Ramdin 8Roach 9Russel 10Rampaul 11Sammy/Taylor/Bishoo GAVE THE CAPTAINCY TO SARWAN, MUST PLAY RAMDIN AS KEEPER !COME ON WICB - STOP MESSING UP!!

  • cricinme on June 15, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Gayle or No gayle does not make a team. The main reason of the downfall of WI cricket is the dispute between the board and players. When the board and players are at logger heads there is no way the team can improve. The board does not heed to the players requests and the players do not care to bring out the best in them. The real sufferers are the poor West Indian supporters and cricket lovers who get to see their team go down without a fight. But now that it has been like a habit for them that they watch matches in a carefree attitute and I could see many of them cheering for India during the matches. LONG LIVE THE WEST INDIES CRICKET CROWD AT THE GROUNDS.

  • Alexk400 on June 15, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    West Indies problem is fast bowling. Roach is wayward. They have good spin bowlers now. Martin and bishoo has skills and fighting temparament. They need that in their fast bowlers. They can stich up their batting.

    At presnet both are below average. Sammy also sometimes non performing captain.They really need to groom someone as next captain...at present every slot is musical chair....

    BAD leadership from WICB.

  • Regulator on June 15, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    The exclusion of Chris from the WI team is a necessary step that the board must take from a mangemnt prespective. There is no way it can be business as usual after the the damning claims by Gayle in a public interview, and the subsequent publication of uncorroborated publication of text message by the WI hierachy. It is clear that there are issues to discuss between parties to come to some resolution of this matter and until that happens I agree with the he should not play. Somebody is been mendacious here and there should be consequences for that. In any structured human existence when there are differences a grieveance process is followed and if you are culpable you ougth to accept responsibility for your actions. In this case Gayle has bought the organization into disrepute. Until he can support his statements he has issues. With that been said cricket is a marketable product and Gayle is a big contributor to the value of that product, so it is good to have him playing cricket.

  • nafzak on June 15, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    I still cannot find one argument why Sammy should be in this team.

  • gudolerhum on June 15, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    There can be no room for Gayle or anyone with that attitude. If that is his nature then he is not suited to play a team game that requires discipline and commitment. Why did he wear a"Captain's" hat when he attended a match recently? Just to let everyone know he sees himself as "captain". If he could harness his ability for the good of the team he would be welcomed but not with the approach he has. He will bring disunity to the game. Let him stay with the IPL and whoever else will pay the big bucks he makes.

  • on June 15, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Gayle is not a team player.He lacks the discipline of a true sportsman.If you look closely at him at any gigen time he gives you the impression that he is unaware of what is happening around him.He seems to be very far away from reality.He cannot and will not give of his best unless he is reinstated as captain which is not in the interest of our cricket.The present WI Board and selectors also need to go.

  • on June 15, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Kavum, u selected 17 players in your "dream XI" u must be applying to be an aussie selector with a squad like that. And reghuh, dont diss Abhinav Makund, he hasn't played any games for india yet, wait till he's played the 3 tests then comment. My WI ODI team would be Gayle, Barath, Lendl Simmons(WK), Darren Bravo, Sarwan, chanderpaul, marlon samuels, sammy, Russel, bishoo, martin. For test id swap Samuels for brendan nash and martin for Roach or jerome taylor. Simmons should wicket keep. Kirk Edwards would also do alright in the test team i think, but there isnt room for him atm. Dwayne bravo doesnt seem to want to play for West indies so i didnt include him.

  • NCassie on June 15, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    5th ODI Eleven (11) & Batting Order - Simmons, Barath, Darren, Marlon, Pollard,Russell, Sammy, Baugh, Rampaul, Roach and Martin/Bishoo

    NB. BAUGH has to be dropped for the Test series if he doesn't score atleast 50 runs in the final ODI

  • exuma on June 15, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Alot of wicb supporters not necessary wi supporters think its ok to go 4-1 or 3-2 against india and win the last two dead rubber odi vs pak. looking back if you dident follow the series u will think wi just loss by one game. it's not ok to say we win without gayle, chanders, taylor, edwards etc, wi win comes only after the series is already loss. wi will not move from odi rank #8. i remember some years ago when wi chase down the highest test score to win ( sidebar: sars and chanders who the coach gibson says dosent contribute to wi cricket set that victory up), wi was happy but steve waugh words were" you can win a game so long as we win the series". wi need to start winning series and not just dead rubber games to be taken seroiusly. EXUMA PS digicel, carib and the island dancing girls are beautiful, i will continue watching wi games so i can see the dancing girls. EXUMA

  • ramps_wi on June 15, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    The selectors are starting to get it right, so the team is Simmons, barath, darren bravo, sarwan, samuels, pollard, baugh, sammy, russel, rampaul and martin. All they need to do to get it perfect is replace sammy and baugh with ganga and ramdin and then india will be knocked off the no 1 sot. But this is a dream, because you know in the windies is politics and team balance and therefore they go say too much trini onthe team.

  • on June 15, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    I cant believe Badri is always under pressure whereas everyone else gets lots of chances. Badri is a classic fit for someone like Rahul's position. Why can't we cut him some slack and not keep asking for his head?

  • VivGilchrist on June 15, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    @kavum, your dream WI XI has 17 players in it. Wow! You're such a decisive selector!

  • TestIP on June 15, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Good to see Adrian back in the WI team. He is a quality batsman. I still think the WI management should go because they are still playing the wrong side. WI team should be Gayle, Barat, Simmons, Sarwan, Samuels, Pollard, Ramdin, Sammy, Taylor, Edwards, A. Russel. with Bravo, Chanderpaul, Roach as 12th man. I dont see how we keep playing carlton bough when this guy cannot bat. Hope the selectors wake up and pick the right team before it is too late for WI cricket.

  • Silva-Surfa on June 15, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Still on the subject of Gayle, it is fair to say that he has the capability to win a game on his own, coming to think of it how many games has Gayle won representing the Windies, because i'm struggling to count on one hand how many, considering he's played International cricket for over a decade. I think Salim 123 is spot on, the team does still need him, but on the other hand we have to accept that with Gayle not contracted, there's always the possibility that he'll choose the independent route, instead of any scheduled matches for the Windies, much less regional cricket for Jamaica. Good to see Barath back, let's hope that the boyz can continue the good allround cricket that they showed in the last ODI. What a difference it makes to put a good batting, bowling and fielding performance altogether in one match. Let's hope the confidence and momentum continues.

  • on June 15, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    There should be so much hue & cry about the non inclusion of Gayle because he is a sort of player who thinks that he is above the game, and there is no guarantee that if Gayle plays ten games he will manage to win in 8-9 games, although he was very sucessfull in IPL but we all know that only ignoring him will make him perform better. So I wish that West Indian Cricket Board does not select him for the First Test, let him gets more boiled and see whether his attitude is changed, then only he may be given opportunity.

  • on June 15, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    The Chris Gayle situation is making cricket in the West Indies even more of a laughing stock. As far as I am aware, during that radio interview Chris Gayle was giving his own personal opinion about a situation. He is not a contracted employee of the WICB so they can really have no grouse about his criticism(s) of them. He has not violated a code of conduct or committed any sin. The WICB and Otis Gibson needs to realise that effective management means that people who you consider to be troublesome (in this instance Gayle) can still be motivated and used to conribute and achieve team success. Would the West Indies have more chance of winning games with Gayle in their side ? Yes they would. A solution needs to be found otherwise West Indies will continue to struggle. Remember, of the 6 ODI's that have meant something against Pakistan and India, West Indies has lost them all. They need Gayle back for cricketing reasons and, also, financial ones as his talent gets people through the gates.

  • CricketChat on June 15, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    WI should move on with the current team and not worry too much about missing Gayle. They showed their passion in the 4th ODI and won it handsomely. If Simmons and Pollard succeed with bat, they don't need the big stars. Even though I am not a big fan of Sammy yet, I admit he is succeeding in gelling the team together so far. Eventually, that will lead to more success on the field for his team.

  • kelly1 on June 15, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    1..............nice going WICB but you really need gayle and you need to bring back the 2...............old man taylor .... i just want to no why u did no give the Guy from 3.................Jamaica a chance the young fast bowl u no who i mean...... u see u put him in the 20/20 put u did not give him a game ,,,...

  • stormy16 on June 15, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Gayle not playing international cricket is totally and utterly unacceptabel. This is a guy who can win a game on his own (someone tell me how many of them WI have??). Yes there was a radio interview butthe WICB has to make sure the WI have the best players in the land on the park. If there are differences that's what they are paid to sort out. This meeting was the reason he wasnt picked for the 1st one dayer and now we are at the 5th and test team needs to be announced soon and they going to leave out the guy who made a test tripple hundred less than 6 months ago because of a radio interview and failure to hold a meeting??

  • jadi501 on June 15, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Barath come back is good sign.Gayle Matter must be resolve soon.but there is no news of Taylor.I love to see him in action again fro windies

  • yocasi on June 15, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Abishek,could you plz tell me who won the 4th ODI? Seems to me that WI did, even though Barath & Rampaul were not in the team. It appears that the only thing that matters to some of us is that our homeboys play, regardless of the outcome. I am not saying that your boys shouldn't be in the team, just that you need to be objective in your comments if you want to be taken seriously. Go, CAPTAIN SAMMY & d boys!

  • on June 15, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Gayle told the WI Board in the media to "Get off my back". They are just fulfilling his request. Mr Gayle-You got your wish now get off our back when you are not selected.

  • Kavum on June 15, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    My dream WI eleven: 1. Gayle 2. Barath/ Simmons 3. Pollard 4. Dwayne Bravo 5. Chanderpaul/ Samuels 6. Darren Bravo/Sarwan 7. Keeper (preferably one who bats) 8. Spinner - Martin, Benn, Bishoo or?? 9. Edwards 10. Taylor/ Rampaul 11. Roach This team can beat anyone else on its day. Win a few lose a few, who cares? Just play the game, man, and play it with your best men! Cricket is joyous and WI have represented that spirit the best over the years. Sammy is only a utility player who can be brought in when/if needed.

  • reghuh on June 15, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan- Club standard player who does not deserve a place in Indian team-His 50 was the ugliest ive seen from any opener. Manoj Tiwari- should be asked to bat at middle order (though Uthappa,Saurabh tiwari,Valthatty,Rayudu were better options) Wridhiman Saha- Does not deserve to be in Indian Team (Dinesh Kartik,Parthiv ,Rayudu are lots better ) Ishant Sharma- should be taken to school of basics or sacked from the team- Mad bowler with no direction,consistancy or focus.Just runs in and throws the ball. Windies is a club like team and loosing to them is a disgrace to the world champions..even local school teams in India have capability to beat windies every game and this loss is such a disgrace to the 5 million fans out here in India INclusion of people like Shikhar Dhawan,Ishant Sharma,Wridhiman Saha, Mukund etc is a shame to the fans of cricket and the cricket players back in India , World champions......... WI - first team won the 4th ODI against india's 3rd team

  • jahman on June 15, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    So tones765 tell us which opened should be left out for the malcontent? Simmons who is performing well, or Barath a opener for teh future of the West Indies?

  • on June 15, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    carlton baugh should be dropped from the test series an bring ramdin WI selectors are very stupid and chris gayle as well should be in squard 2 wi selectors sucks

  • Hendersun on June 15, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    GAYLE IS A SUPER HITTER WHEN BATTING AND THEY MISS HIM FOR BOWLING THOSE NON-TURNING OFF--BREAKS THAT FOOL BATSMEN AND GET A WICKET OR 2 FROM TIME TO TIME. THE BOARD HAS TO WORK WITH HIM TO GET HIM PLAYING FOR WINDIES AGAIN.

  • Salim_123 on June 15, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    I am not favouring anybody neither Gayle or the Board. But i am really surprised at the attitude of Gayle. Look at his attitude when he was playing for West Indies. Is he the same Gayle who played so poorly in the World Cup. You do not expect a player like Gayle calibre to play so badly in the world cup as if he was not interested at all. Look at how he played in the IPL, he was connecting each and every ball. If he had played like the way he playedin IPL i can gurantee you WI would have been in the final even if they had not won the cup. West Indies keep it up, in the seriies against India unfortunately you were nearly on the winning side but could not keep the momentum. I think you are better off without Gayle. Winning or losng is part of the game, just keep up the effort and stop going after players who do not have any feelings for their country that made him famous.

  • Hendersun on June 15, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    The rotation policy stated by Windies is truly reflected in recent selections. Dividends were seen in the Antigua win where home-boy Martin played ahead of in-form Bishsoo and claimed man of the match for his stellar performance . The final X1 from the 13 named for the Jamaica ODI should omit Barath, allowing him to prepare for the more meaningful Test match series and should also omit Darren Bravo so that he will have more time available for some fielding and catching exercises with a view to improving these areas of his game.

  • on June 15, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    At last a squad for Windies with guys that had shown some intent...Final ODI is definitely winnable...

  • AA17 on June 15, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    i seriously think WICB are missing a trick over here , GAYLE should be playing for the west indies .. they can sort out their personal grudge later , country comes first ! gayle is a class player and needs to be given his due

  • tones765 on June 15, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    I dont understand why the WI Board and players cant sit and work things out, this is affecting their cricket when the talent and skills is so evident. They need a better coach and a overhaul in the WI Board and need to settle whatever disputes that are going on.

    From my limited cricket knowledge, I would put these guys into a team and give them a couple of series to prove themselves and not chopping and changing and rotating every match! That's ridiculous...!!

    My playing XI for ODI's and T20's would be,

    Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons(wk) , Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russel, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy(C), Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Devendra Bishoo

    I love the WI and I believe this team has talent, it would take a while for them to gell together, so what..give them the backing, the time and the results will come.

  • dftrtl on June 15, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    India vs Westindies series most attention is on whether big players of both teams are playing or not,which is blessing in disguise, which had let pressure off from many players.Advantage for Westindies as they are buidling the New Era of Westindies Cricket

  • G.Vinoth on June 15, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    I am just wondering, why do they do all these now. I mean, bringing barath & rampaul. All Over for WI this series.

  • G.Vinoth on June 15, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    @sachinkhairnar5983: I don think they will go with roach when they have rampaul. So, Martin or bishoo will be in.

  • on June 15, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Gayle will not bow to the board to be hones he is bigger than they think. A man is just a man but when Gayle steps onto the filed of play he is more than a man. If the owner of RCB says he will keep Gayle in his team then getting Him to play for another country so he can be eligable to IPL is a simple thing. wanna bet :) ..... i hope they sort it out for cricket sake

  • cablemannpete on June 15, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    i am happy to see barath back in the side but no one can take the place of Gayle. I think that the WIs upper management thinks that they are bigger than the players but the players are the ones that gets the fans to watch the game.I still say that Sammy does not belong in the side. he is just a lap dog to the coach who I think does not like Gayle. There is a saying cannot keep a good man down. I am wondering what the board is going to ask Gayle to do retire, No such luck. he is by far the most entertaining limited over player out there and believe me India knows him well and is laughing at the WI board. Dont anyone thing that Gayle would have at least won one of those three lost games single handedly. If you look at the sqad that is there right now sammy does not have a place he takes up a space for a quick and with Gayle back the wI is a better team. Gayle,simmons,barath,sarwan,bravo,samuels,pollard,russell,roach,rampaul,bishoo now we would have 3 quicks leg spinner off spin gayle .

  • T.SB on June 15, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    WI board should sort things with gayle as soon as possible.This tour is laking big players glamour...badly needs some big players....get GAYLE in and hope for the big 'GALYE STORM'!!

  • on June 15, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    At last a squad for Windies with guys that had shown some intent...Final ODI is definitely winnable...

  • QingdaoXI on June 15, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    West Indies Starting XI for Last ODI: Simmons, Barath, Bravo, Sarwan, Samuels, Pollard, Baugh, Russell, Sammy, Rampaul, Roach. Bishoo nd Martin Warming Benches.

  • indianzen on June 15, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    looks like the board is looking for Gayle to fall at their feet, which definitely is not going to happen...

  • on June 15, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    good to see barath back!! he should go well

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  • on June 15, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    good to see barath back!! he should go well

  • indianzen on June 15, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    looks like the board is looking for Gayle to fall at their feet, which definitely is not going to happen...

  • QingdaoXI on June 15, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    West Indies Starting XI for Last ODI: Simmons, Barath, Bravo, Sarwan, Samuels, Pollard, Baugh, Russell, Sammy, Rampaul, Roach. Bishoo nd Martin Warming Benches.

  • on June 15, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    At last a squad for Windies with guys that had shown some intent...Final ODI is definitely winnable...

  • T.SB on June 15, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    WI board should sort things with gayle as soon as possible.This tour is laking big players glamour...badly needs some big players....get GAYLE in and hope for the big 'GALYE STORM'!!

  • cablemannpete on June 15, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    i am happy to see barath back in the side but no one can take the place of Gayle. I think that the WIs upper management thinks that they are bigger than the players but the players are the ones that gets the fans to watch the game.I still say that Sammy does not belong in the side. he is just a lap dog to the coach who I think does not like Gayle. There is a saying cannot keep a good man down. I am wondering what the board is going to ask Gayle to do retire, No such luck. he is by far the most entertaining limited over player out there and believe me India knows him well and is laughing at the WI board. Dont anyone thing that Gayle would have at least won one of those three lost games single handedly. If you look at the sqad that is there right now sammy does not have a place he takes up a space for a quick and with Gayle back the wI is a better team. Gayle,simmons,barath,sarwan,bravo,samuels,pollard,russell,roach,rampaul,bishoo now we would have 3 quicks leg spinner off spin gayle .

  • on June 15, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Gayle will not bow to the board to be hones he is bigger than they think. A man is just a man but when Gayle steps onto the filed of play he is more than a man. If the owner of RCB says he will keep Gayle in his team then getting Him to play for another country so he can be eligable to IPL is a simple thing. wanna bet :) ..... i hope they sort it out for cricket sake

  • G.Vinoth on June 15, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    @sachinkhairnar5983: I don think they will go with roach when they have rampaul. So, Martin or bishoo will be in.

  • G.Vinoth on June 15, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    I am just wondering, why do they do all these now. I mean, bringing barath & rampaul. All Over for WI this series.

  • dftrtl on June 15, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    India vs Westindies series most attention is on whether big players of both teams are playing or not,which is blessing in disguise, which had let pressure off from many players.Advantage for Westindies as they are buidling the New Era of Westindies Cricket