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The Chris Gayle statement

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July 1, 2011

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In a long and emotional public statement, Chris Gayle says communication with officials of the West Indies and Jamaica boards has broken down, and traces the evolution of the long-running and bitter dispute back to 2009, when Ernest Hilaire, now CEO of the WICB, cast doubts on his ability to captain the team. Here is the full statement:


Chris Gayle shows off his flamboyant new hairstyle, West Indies v India, 5th ODI, Kingston, Jamaica, June 16, 2011
Chris: Gayle: "They leave me out here to dangle in the wind" © Associated Press
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I, Christopher Henry Gayle, am making this statement so that all my friends, fans and followers who continue to wonder why I am not being picked for the West Indies team despite being fit, available and in form will know the truth considering the many rumours and statements that have been made as it relates to this issue. Until now, I have kept my silence, but I believe that the time has come for you to all know what I plan to do about this extremely frustrating and humiliating situation.

Ever since I was a little boy growing up in Rollington Town, and living in the shadow of Sabina Park I had two dreams. The first was to play for Jamaica and the second to play for the West Indies. Fortunately, and thanks to the Almighty, I have been able to achieve both of them. I have been Captain of both Jamaica and of the West Indies, and have worn both uniforms with pride and served with distinction.

I find it really painful now to hear that I did not give my best or that I lost my commitment to the cause of West Indies Cricket. This is not true. I have always given my all. I have always played with my heart and soul. I am not a boastful person. I normally don't speak until I have to. I try not to show in my face what is in my heart but now my heart is heavy. I have played with injuries. I have played with pain. But nothing in my life has been more painful and more injurious to my spirit than what has been done to me in the past few months. Nothing.

I want to take you back to September 2009 when Ernest Hilaire who was not yet the CEO of the West Indies Cricket Board cast doubts on my being retained as the West Indies Captain despite my performance in that role. I thought that what I was seeing was a statement made in error. I did not know at the time that what I was seeing was the writing on the wall and what was being written about me was not pleasant or true.

Ernest Hilaire acted quickly. At a meeting of the WICB held in October 2009, as soon as he took up office, the Board questioned the recommendation of the selectors that I should be Captain of the team to tour Australia. Eight members voted for me and five members of the Board voted against me. Clive Lloyd, who had praised me highly before was one of them who did not want me as Captain. He never said anything to me about why he was no longer on my side. Joel Garner who was the Manager of the West Indies team and who worked with me closely on the Stanford game which we won voted against my being Captain of the West Indies. Conde Riley from Barbados voted against me. Most surprising is the man who said publicly that he always supported me as Captain. Professor Sir Hilary Beckles voted against me so when he says that he pushed for me to be Captain you have to decide whether to believe Beckles or the Minutes of the Meeting. Gregory Shillingford of the Leeward Islands voted against me. The Board decided to appoint a Committee to meet with me and it should be no surprise that among the members of that Committee were Messrs. Lloyd, Garner and Beckles. Looking back, I now realise that I have been put in a no-win situation since 2009.

I found out how bad things were when the WICB held a meeting in St Lucia in July last year. I saw the Minutes of the Meeting later. In reporting on why he thought that the West Indies had not done well in the T20 World Cup, the Coach, Otis Gibson, said "the Captain was not a natural leader" and that "Senior players and some others lack a passion for the game." He also said that "there was no evidence of leadership qualities among the senior players" and that the "Captain is not a student of the game and lacks tactical awareness on the field."

The sad and horrible thing is that Gibson never said anything to me about how he felt about me before or after his report. He is a man who sought my advice when things were not going well. Before he became the West Indies Coach he used to call me often. I could never imagine that he would deliberately try to destroy my character, reputation and livelihood or question my commitment to West Indies cricket. I would not have believed, until I saw it in black and white, that he would devalue my leadership and try to destroy me without giving me a chance to respond. The WICB should have invited me to that meeting to face my accuser and, as Captain, to give my views about why we did not do well. What also hurts me is that there are three members of the Jamaica Cricket Association who are on the WICB and none of them told their colleagues on the Board, "Wait. We believe that Chris should be allowed to defend himself" or even "We need to hear from the Captain." None of them.

Coach Gibson recommended to the Board that they should "select the team on character" which means that by leaving me out the WICB, including the Jamaican Directors, feels that I have no character.

In October I was sacked as Captain and still have no idea why. I did not protest since the Captaincy is not a right. It is a duty. I went on the Sri Lanka tour having recommitted myself to West Indies Cricket and giving the new Captain the assurance that I would support him. I played the best test innings of my life in the first test and contributed 333 runs out of a team total of 580 in that match. Nobody questioned my commitment then.

It was after the World Cup when the Board was looking for people to blame for the poor performance of the team that they picked on me and the other senior players. This time it was not the Captaincy that was the issue but the senior players. Gibson said we lacked the hunger and the desire to succeed. Would I be where I am today as a cricketer if I lacked the desire and hunger to succeed? It was the easy way out. There are people who will constantly refuse to look deeply into themselves and question their own actions and motives while there are others to blame. I was an easy target and my 333 was forgotten, and all my years of blood, sweat and toil for the West Indies cause was abruptly cast aside.

I played with an injury during the World Cup and returned to Jamaica to get myself in shape for the Home Series against Pakistan. A camp was set up and nobody contacted me. I was ignored. The squad was picked for the first two ODIs. I was again ignored and saw in the newspapers that I was omitted. I read the comments of the WICB CEO Ernest Hilaire who said that we, the senior players, thought we were bigger than the team and all we wanted was money. I then got an offer to play in India and went when the WICB made is publicly clear in its release to the media that Sarwan, Chanderpaul and Gayle was not considered for selection. I did not turn my back on the West Indies because the West Indies had already turned its back on me. I was not in the squad and it was clear that there was no intention to pick me. I was being punished for the failure of an entire team and also of the administration.

What I did in India for the Bangalore Royal Challengers is history. The management and fans of the team treated me with respect and showered me with love and support. I did respond to the accusation made by the WICB CEO Ernest Hilaire that implied that I lacked commitment to West Indies Cricket. I reminded him that I had to pay my own medical bills, which I hoped to be reimbursed at some stage. The feeling by some people is that I started the whole thing. I did not. What I have shown you is that there is a pattern in the attempt to paint me into a corner and destroy my career and reputation. There was a pattern to marginalising me. Yes, there was a pattern and what came next was the proof.

The proof came in a speech made by a Director of the WICB, Hilary Beckles, who had opposed my captaincy in 2009 despite his claims that he supported me. Beckles compared me to a "Don" and my captaincy as "Donmanship". He likened me, Chris Gayle, to the notorious criminal and alleged drug dealer Christopher "Dudus" Coke. Beckles says his second home is Jamaica so he knows the implications of what he said but in an effort to avoid the consequences, he says he was talking in a private capacity and not as a Director of the WICB. The other Directors, especially the three from Jamaica who are on the WICB, did not say anything or do anything to clear my name or to get answers from the WICB. They could have requested an emergency meeting of the WICB to ask why I was omitted and targeted but they did not. They left me hanging out on a branch and were, at the same time, helping to cut that branch.

I want to tell you that I am not going to hide and say that this statement is in any other capacity. I am Christopher Henry Gayle and I stand by what I say. I am a professional cricketer and the former Captain of Jamaica and the West Indies. This is my capacity. This is my job. This is my livelihood and this is my life.

I was not surprised when the WICB CEO Ernest Hilaire sent me a letter on June 2, 2011 in which they accused me of a number of incidents including "making myself unavailable for the home series against Pakistan, my interview on KLAS radio in Jamaica and several "tweets‟ which have suggested a general disenchantment on your part with West Indies cricket and the West Indies Cricket Board." He said that the Board wanted to make my considerable talent available to the West Indies and international cricket.

I took the Board seriously and went to the meeting which was held in Jamaica a few weeks ago. The meeting ended without any commitment with regard to my future selection for the West Indies team again. I thought that was the purpose of the meeting and was foolish enough to believe that it would end with a decision about when I would be back on the team. Instead I have read about an incident between the President of WIPA Dinanath Ramnarine and the WICB CEO Ernest Hilaire that makes me question whether I was at the same meeting. Ramnarine was not the only person to lose his cool in that room and I can understand if someone falsely accuses you of attempting to siphon funds into some account that you will be understandably upset. The accusations made by the WICB are not true. I can say without fear of contradiction, and what I am saying has been supported by other people who were present at that meeting, that there was no picking up of any chair and Ramnarine never threatened Ernest Hilaire. It is unfortunate that Ramnarine is being accused of not representing my best interest at that meeting, a view I strongly disagree with. It was also reported that in some quarters that Ramnarine was responsible for the breakdown of the meeting, a view I strongly disagree with also since the meeting went on for more than one hour after certain accusations were made by the CEO WICB Ernest Hilaire at the meeting. But that was not why we were there and what we went there for was never accomplished. When I saw the misleading reports coming out I realised that I was being used to cast blame on someone else and the meeting had other motives than my reinstatement. In other words it was a diversion of the real issue and the outcome of the meeting was clearly predetermined.

I was again put on hold. My career was put on hold. My future was put on hold. My life was put on hold. Ernest Hilaire said he could not do anything until he had spoken to the Board, the selection committee, the management and, although he didn't say it out loud, the media.

I believe now it was deliberately staged to give the impression that the Board wanted me back and that the intention was always to string me along and to fool the people of the West Indies.

I made it clear that I was still willing to meet with the Board to resolve the issues. On June 22, I wrote to WICB CEO Ernest Hilaire who had sent me an email the day before saying that I would also like to resolve the issue, and while I am willing to meet I would like to ask what it is you would like me to do? I told him that I have not received any guidance, other than what has appeared in the media, as to what it is that needs to be done for me to be included in the West Indies team. I said that I am putting in writing the willingness to meet with you as soon as possible. I also said that time has been wasted and it would seem that the delays will ensure I am unable to play for the entire home series. I pointed out to him that a meeting was not requested until the India series had almost begun, and the meeting was then delayed until after the Test Team for the 1st match was chosen and it has taken over a week for this meeting request to be sent.

The WICB CEO Ernest Hilaire wrote me back on June 24th complaining about my antagonistic approach and the tone of my email. He said that the issue is more than my radio interview but is about a history of misunderstanding, miscommunication and mishandling of issues, on both sides. It cannot be easily swept under the carpet with the hope that it goes away. He said that I would have to meet with the team management and after that with the selectors and after that with the cricket operations department and only then he would meet with me before he could send a report to the Board. He said he would not be available to meet with me until August. This means that I will definitely not be playing against India and that I will be cooling my heels until after August- more than two months away and even then my matter would go to the Board if the WICB CEO Ernest Hilaire believes we have a final and agreed position.

I was glad that the Board admitted its own guilt in the situation and despite the fact that there seemed to be no end to this, I then met in yet another meeting with the Coach and the Team Manager on June 24th 2011 in Jamaica. I tried my best to compromise with the two representatives of the Board. Still, despite this meeting and the fact that both sides agreed that significant progress had been made, I am still on hold. My career is at a standstill. My hopes of representing my country at home in the West Indies have been destroyed. My contribution has been devalued and the fans of the West Indies who believe I can make a difference have had their hopes dashed. After the conclusion of this second meeting, my suspicions were confirmed and it was now beyond doubt that there was never any real intention of resolving any issues concerning me at the first meeting. The WICB CEO Ernest Hilaire's letter of June 24th 2011 also confirmed this as well.

I have now reached the stage where I have to say that enough is enough. I understand that the WICB and the Jamaica Board met and my matter was discussed but nobody has told me anything and I can only assume without any positive feedback there has been no resolution. I played cricket for Jamaica and served the Board well. I would have thought that from the beginning of this whole attempt to discredit me that the Board would have done or said something on my behalf. I don't want them to cover up for me but at least to ensure that I received natural justice and was able to respond to my accusers. They have all been silent. The three members on the WICB Board have not asked for an emergency meeting, as they have the right and power to do, so that we can get everything cleared up. Instead they leave me out here to dangle in the wind.

There is a disciplinary process in West Indies Cricket. Yet the Board is allowed to be the complainant as well as policeman, judge, jury and executioner in my case. When I tried to respond to the accusations made against me, I am deemed to be out of place and trying to destroy West Indies cricket.

I am now coming close to the end of my shelf-life as a cricketer. While other professionals can plan on a career from the time they graduate from University to when they retire in their sixties, most cricketers have an average of eight years - between 24 and 32 - to earn enough money for the rest of our lives. Some are lucky to be coaches or commentators. I have no such option at this stage and must concentrate on providing for my family now and in the future.

On this basis, and not hearing from the West Indies Cricket Board with any clear pathway forward, I have come to the bitter realisation that I am not wanted by the Board and all that has gone before in terms of reconciliation is a sham and a mockery. I see it as a scam to fool the people of the West Indies and the world into believing that they were serious about my returning to West Indies cricket.

My eyes are open, my heart is clean, my conscience is clear and the voice of reason is loud in my ears telling me that I should close this chapter in my life. I am not going to be the WICB's whipping boy. They have said they will root me out and they have succeeded in doing so by using the sort of underhanded tactics while attempting to ascribe blame to other people for what is clear is a well planned set of action.

We as West Indies players are admired throughout the world for our honesty and sportsmanship. Yet the custodians of West Indies cricket, the people who are responsible for the development of our heritage sport, have not dealt with us honestly.

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


Chris Gayle poses with one of his two trophies at the WIPA awards function , Jamaica, June 7, 2011
"There was no picking up of any chair and Dinanath Ramnarine never threatened Ernest Hilaire" © WIPA
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As for the Jamaica Cricket Association they have let me down badly even though I did meet with the new President of the JCA, Mr. Wright and Mr. Hinds but nothing has been done.

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

I want to say to my colleagues on the team, that I have opened the batting for the West Indies against some of the fiercest fast bowlers in the world bowling at almost 100 miles per hour. I have stood up to them as I am standing up for what I believe is right. I want to tell them that if you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.

I appeal to the Heads of Government of CARICOM to do something about this situation. West Indies Cricket is different from the West Indies Cricket Board. West Indies Cricket and West Indies Cricketers need help. Since you are the people who represent the fans and all the other stakeholders, it is time for you to act.

Finally, I want to thank you all for your support and look forward to your continuing that support in future as I follow the path that the Almighty has mapped out for me. I place my trust in God and believe that if your heart is pure and you have faith in Him, you will always triumph against oppression and adversity. When one path is closed, there is another path opened for the righteous and pure in spirit. I now set out on that path with confidence, safe in the assurance that I will succeed.

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Posted by   on (July 4, 2011, 20:38 GMT)

I love the way some people say Windies cricket will rise again, ask them "why?"...cricket in the West Indies is so disorganised... with no infrastructure, rubbish coaching and even worse selfish administrators... talent needs to be coached and nurtured. This new Pollard would not even play for Kent seconds... its abominable how they make selections !

Posted by generation-next on (July 4, 2011, 19:06 GMT)

Chris - you are being setup by those who encouraged and assisted you to write this statement. Please don't be used by them. They don't care about you or your career as we WI supporters do. The issues that need fixing at the WICB are bigger than you. Humble yourself and stop the public bashing. This is not your or WIPA's team. For better or worse this is a WI team and your greatest strength is batting, not organisational change. Leave that stuff for the politicians and us fans. It may be too late now for the damage of your public utterances to be reversed but you would be a truly big man if you backed off of that and resumed your rightful place as a team member of the squad (as opposed to Chris Gayle the individual). Too much to hope for? I hope not.

Posted by chicoguapo on (July 4, 2011, 15:58 GMT)

BE IT CHRIS THAT WROTE THIS OR NOT, ONE CAN SEE SOMETHING VERY OBVIOUS, THE WICB DOESNT HAVE WEST INDIES CRICKET AT HEART..IS THE THE FIRST SENIOR PLAYER TO COMPLAIN? NO...HIS REACTION MIGHT BE DIFFERENT BUT THE SITUATION IS THE SAME...THE WICB DOESNT HAVE AN ORGANISED WAY TO RESOLVE PLAYER ISSUES...THEY SAY THEY HAVE A DISCIPLINARY ISSUES WITH GAYLE BUT I HAVE NEVER HEARD THE DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE INVOLVED..JUST EARNEST HILAIRE....DOES IT SOUND RIGHT TO YOU THAT ONE MAN TAKES WEST INDIES CRICKET BY HIS HANDS AND DRAG IT IN THE DIRT LIKE THIS? I AS A CRICKET FAN DONT THINK SO.... QUESTION..FROM THE TIME EARNEST HILAIRE TOOK OFFICE, WHAT GOOD HAS BEEN DONE IN WEST INDIES CRICKET?..STRIKES OF SENIOR PLAYERS, PLAYER REJECTION, A PLAYER WHO HAS NEVER BEEN OUTSPOKEN( SHIV) HAD TO SPEAK UP BECAUSE THE COACH AND EARNEST WANTED TO CHASTISE HIM LIKE A SCHOOL BOY....SEEMS RIGHT?....BE IT CHRIS HAS AN ATTITUDE OR NOT, WICB NEEDS TO ORGANISE ITSELF BECAUSE EARNEST HILAIRE IS RUINING IT ALL ALONE.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2011, 12:08 GMT)

If this is your response it is now clear why you are not in a team. WI cricket has been struggling because of the disparity in the regiona as well as the immaturity and lack of strong mental capacity among the players being developed. We need TEAM PLAYERS not individual stars. WI will rise again without the likes of Gayle and WIPA as long as they players play for the team- as Lloyd and Garner knew very well.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2011, 12:08 GMT)

If this is your response it is now clear why you are not in a team. WI cricket has been struggling because of the disparity in the regiona as well as the immaturity and lack of strong mental capacity among the players being developed. We need TEAM PLAYERS not individual stars. WI will rise again without the likes of Gayle and WIPA as long as they players play for the team- as Lloyd and Garner knew very well.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

if it was only Gayle i would be sceptical but seeing how Chanders and Sarwan are also being deliberately marginalised i am not so sure. There seems to be blame on on both sides but whats sad is WI cricket is suffering. I fear SL wont be far behind.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2011, 1:42 GMT)

This is painful to read. It is time the Governments of the Caribbean, the media, the people, and all who sincerely have an interest in West Indies cricket, demand a full, unconditional, and truthful explanation on not just this issue but many others so that we can move on. When we have cricketers and the WICB washing their dirty linen in public, it have gone past the time to be pussy-footing about the issues. Too many politicians and would be politicians inhabit the halls of the WICB and are afraid too take the hard decisions needed to develop West Indies cricket. Too many persons behave as if West Indies cricket is their rightful domain and the cricketers are the field slaves. Frankly this latest issue leaves me with no choice but to support an unconditional resignation of all the WICB directors, and have the people, cricketers and media of the Caribbean appoint a seven-man Committee made up past West Indies cricketers to manage the game int he region for two years.

Posted by redmar on (July 4, 2011, 1:28 GMT)

Come and play for the Black Caps Chris.....

Posted by AceB on (July 3, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

It seems that most of you did not understant that Chris Galye is putting the blame on Lloyd and Garner in particular and everyone else in part , the two gentlemen can hardly be accused of knowing nothing about cricket . They are on the board precisely because of what they achieved . Who should be their replacements ? It's alright to stand up for yourself , but the board will be there long after Chris Gayle . Now he has nothing new to write in his autobiography , what a shame ..

Posted by AceB on (July 3, 2011, 22:32 GMT)

I'm wondering .. Why no support from the Jamaican directors on the board ? Why isn't Gayle not captain of Jamaica ?

Posted by   on (July 3, 2011, 16:15 GMT)

WICB has already done enough damage to Gayle's career. By the time they pick him he will be out of form. Every good player needs to keep playing cricket and so he should go play 20/20 or any other opportunity he gets to play to stay sharp. WICB will pick Gayle sooner or later but i don't think he should hang around and wait on them, cricketers are not magicians, they need practice. So move on Gayle let WICB implode with all of their mental tactics that they try to use to control players. Because right now it's clear to see their intentions. However, on another note, i think Otis Gibson and the current coaching staff have done a fine job in getting the players fit. They look to have more stamina and sharpness in the field, keep up the good work. Sammy is improving as a captain, initially i thought it was a terrible idea but now he's doing a good job. So if WICB can stick with a 1/4 decent player as captain and make him into something, why not pick a better player and stick by his side.

Posted by fuzziduck23 on (July 3, 2011, 15:12 GMT)

As a Trinbagonian and West Inian, I stand with you Chris Gayle. The WICB has been and continues to be a bunch of jokers. Get the hell out now. We are sick and tired of your nonsense, which doesn't start here with Chris Gayle, but has been going on for time immemorial. Bunch of hypocrites. Someone in authority (CARICOM or the Regional Boards) better set those jokers straight and set them straight fast, because they are not bigger than the West Indies Team and its supporters and not bigger than the game of cricket.

Posted by   on (July 3, 2011, 14:45 GMT)

ANY BLIND PERSON CAN SEE THAT THIS WASN'T GAYLE WRITING. ALL THAT INSIDE INFO SUGGEST THAT SOMEONE PREPARED THIS ON HIS BEHALF. COULD THAT BE WIPA PRES? DON'T KNOW! I THINK THE WICB SHOULD LOOK TO A NEW OPENER AS I DON'T THINK THAT CHRIS WILL EVER BE COMMITTED TO WI CRICKET.

Posted by   on (July 3, 2011, 13:47 GMT)

The organizations must understand one thing: They exist only because there is Cricket, there are players like Gayle who are in the game. Cricket is NOT for their ego-centric manipulations. This is unfortunately not the first occurrence. This is where the ICC should intervene and ensure WICB does not kill a cricketer of the highest calibre.

Posted by Pathiyal on (July 3, 2011, 12:55 GMT)

its usual that the differences like these exist between the players and their boards. but it is not in the best interests of any nation to leave players who can make a difference..... its time for them to jointly work towards a better and competitive situation leaving the blame games. gayle has to practice silence and let the bat and ball talk for him. darren sammy was an impressive captain so far in this series.

Posted by   on (July 3, 2011, 9:44 GMT)

Gayle's statement is emotional and self righteous but contains quite a bit of info on how the mess has been created and handled. We cannot take an objective unless WICB comes up with a reply and Gayle gets another chance to rebut what that reply claims.

This is one man v an organisation. Public sympathy tends to go with the player but the power still rests with the organisation - good or bad! Manifestly, WICB has not handled Gayle professionally. Perhaps they perceived him as a rallying point for player power.

Cricket fans shd not take Gayle's side swayed by the hope his playing will change WI fortunes. It has not done on past occasions when he was in the team and led it. But he is yet one of the best players and needs to be in the team as such.

What is missing is an earnest attempt at total, face to face communication between the two parties and instead slights and ego clashes are taking its place.

Statesmanship is needed to resolve the dispute.

ICC? Anyone else?

Posted by deepu1469 on (July 3, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

you wanted money by playing to rcb.. so u kept ur mouth shut during the pak selection.. now u facing d consequence...

Posted by   on (July 3, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

It is amazing that we don't see this level of scandal in the other jurisdictions over the world where cricket is played. What is wrong with us in the West Indies, particularly those of us of African descent? We seem to have a problem celebrating each other's successes and triumphs, particularly when the individual does not fit our traditional picture of whatever we would expect them to be or look like in a particular role. I wonder exactly what would have made Sir Hilary refer to Chris's style of leadership as "Donmanship"? Is it because he has a mind of his own and is not easily intimated? Is it because he simply does not "suck up" and tremble in his boots at "the great" WICB board which has the "power" to shape his destiny? I think it is time that our CARICOM leaders get on board and initiate an independent investigation of not only the allegations leveled by Chris but also of the present board's stewardship of the constantly failing West Indies cricket. To whom are they accountable?

Posted by darkknight1072 on (July 2, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

Blame for this situation should be rested on BCCI. Period.

Posted by Fanatic_cricko on (July 2, 2011, 16:21 GMT)

West Indies Cricket, for the past 20 years were run by a gang of hoodlums

Posted by asim82 on (July 2, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

Forget WICB, and Gayle, forget the way you got treated. Inida is going to tour vs ENG. Squad for India. Gayle(C), Sehwag, Gambhir, SRT,Dravid, Dhoni, Yuvi, Laxman, Bhajii, Zaheer, You pick the 11th Gayle.

Posted by Bajan13 on (July 2, 2011, 14:27 GMT)

This disrespect for our senior players must end now. How much longer will the cricket fans and supporters in the West Indies allow this travesty to continue? I believe that we the fans and supporters should go on strike, do not attend any future Test matches or ODI games played anywhere in the West Indies until this nonsense ends. Let us vote with our dollars. We should force the administrators to treat our players with some respect and dignity. Is it any wonder that so few young talented people are playing the game today? Who wants to endure this kind of disrespect. They treat our cricketers like they are "hired help". This is not right. The players are talented, gifted stars and should be treated fairly. These are people that the young players look up to. Today it is Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul, who will the administrators be disrespecting tomorrow? No, this has to stop.

Posted by P.A. on (July 2, 2011, 14:19 GMT)

The WIBC has long exausted it's capacity to be relevant in the interest of high quality cricket in the caribean. The four major cricketing Island in the Caribean Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Guyana must, in the interest of the game and it's fans take independent control if the game is to survive in the Caribean. Anyone of the four major caribean teams is capable of competing independently at the highest level in all forms of the game.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

This is highly emotional & informative stuff. In its simplest form the wd Intelligence means being able to correctly analyze a situation, arrive at the best possible decision and implement same. Regarding cricket, Gayle's objective should have been to play cricket, enjoy doing so, & make money in so doing. Leave politics to the politicians & admin wk to the administrators. 20yrs down the rd,when Chris is fully matured, he will realized that he handled things badly or that he was ill advised. YES,CHRIS should have been part of WI rebuilding process, but has only himself to blame. HILAIRE is a tough cookie.

Posted by vinnyg on (July 2, 2011, 12:55 GMT)

do you think that chris gayle put pen to paper for this article ? i think not...well put together by WIPA, i really like gayle as a batsman although he is nothing really special..check his stats( a model of inconsistency) but he is still 1 of our best players. b4 IPL every1 wanted retainer contract. gayle, bravo.pollard are wipa big money ticket so i can understand wipa great interest in them. for so long wi has been loosing with same team so i really dont have no problem with leaving out senior players no and then to expose more players. how can one say he is TOTALLY committed to wi cricket when he ask the board to buy out his IPL contract or a player choose to play league cricket while his country is playing, i dont mind players making money but they should stop pretending they are committed to wi .

i bleive wicb is not so great but do you think wicb is to be blame for us loosing matches when we were poised to win and pretty often too

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

You are still a match winner and a great entertainer. I will follow your entertainment anywhere.

Posted by nosfreak on (July 2, 2011, 12:40 GMT)

As much as I am a fan of WI cricket, this statement sounds a little more like an emotional tirade [I mean his feelings are hurt, nuff said] than a composed statement as to why he has not been selected. On the OTHER hand, the WICB has shown a very colourful history of unclear motives as to who gets picked & why they get picked and although they don't get proper justification for their decision as some players despite their clear talents [that are more than evry team on the planet combined] THEIR MENTAL CAPACITIES FOR NEARLY ALL FORMATS OF THE GAME ARE CLEARLY LACKING, AND QUITE FRANKLY I wonder why MORE HAS NOT been done to remedy this! I, A WI FAN TO THE END AM TIRED OF THE SILENCE AND THE EXCUSES THE BLAME GAMES, THE' POLITRICKS' AND THE SINCERE LACK OF PASSION THAT SOME PLAYERS AND BOARD MEMBERS SEEM TO LACK. For now back to the present situation, the board's decision stands. If CG can do anything about it, good luck to you. Otherwise, sit down, shut up and GIVE D PLAYERS SUPPORT.

Posted by Bajan13 on (July 2, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

Some cricketers in the West Indies play the game as a hobby, on a part-time basis. However, there are some players like Chris Gayle, who earn their income from playing cricket. This is how they pay their bills and support their lifestyle. I believe that the administrators in the West Indies are not yet aware of this fact or just do not give a damn about players like Chris. They do not care if these players can support themselves or not. They just do not give a damn about these players. My suggestion to Chris and the other "professional" cricketers in the West Indies is quite simple "sell your talents to the highest bidders". To hell with loyalty and love of country! You cannot pay your bills with that bull.

Posted by Bajan13 on (July 2, 2011, 12:14 GMT)

The blame for the current sad state of cricket in the West Indies must be laid squarely on the shoulders of the idiots who have been administering the game for the past 20 years. Where are the leaders in this area of the game. We need leaders both on the field of play and in the boardroom. The administrators have failed miserably over the past 20 years and have tried to place all of the blame on the players. What a circus!! It's a disgrace what the administrators have done to the game in the West Indies. We are now the doormat of the cricket world because of these idiots, most of whom do not even know how to hold a bat correctly. Who are these people, who elected them, who put them in charge of our beloved game? I say, get these incompetent idiots out of there before it is too late.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

Well said, Chris Gayle...gave us an inside look into what was the actual drama. The WICB really needs to let go of its ego, and if they think that they are the real custodians of WI cricket, they should select Gayle for the team as soon as possible, in the best interest of the sport. It would be a shame to see such a talented cricketer not playing for his country ever again. Gayle, we are all with you!

Posted by RANAROYALS on (July 2, 2011, 11:47 GMT)

gayle along with bravo brothers,sarwan,chanders.pollard go to U.S. as all of them also unhappy with the board form a new team with all of you that will become a master team than wi

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

So saad Dont worry Gayle come in England and play the county here...

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

FULL SUPPORT TO GAYLE.....WICB is doing unfair with the player

Posted by Finn92 on (July 2, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

I really don't understand why they would treat a player of his calibre like this, if they are to move forward with a young team and if they want to succeed they need their best senior players to help them along. He may not have the best stats but I would want Gayle in any team in any form at this moment as he has the talent to take a game away from you in a session! The WICB should be ashamed but I hope he stays in the game and he doesn't withdraw himself from cricket altogether as that would be a great shame and his service to the West Indies doesn't deserve that. Yeah sometimes he has seemed more interested in IPL but he always performed even when his mind wasn't really on it so you can't doubt his talent. Any domestic league would be more than happy to have him and he'll have stacks of offers from teams all across the world waiting so he'll be fine.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

I chris gayle -welcome to play for Zimbabwe. We can fast track you into the zim team , you can open with taylor... Just give the word mh man. Methinks some people are jealous!

Posted by Kenconway on (July 2, 2011, 10:43 GMT)

Based on the nature of the allegations I find it interesting that the present team has remained silent. Chris has appealed to CARICOM leaders but this might be a waste of time as they have never made any meaningful intervention. The only people who can solve this are the sponsors and the fans. The problem is despite cricket still being popular the fan base has been eroded and most are not very interested in WI cricket. There is also the matter of insularity among the islands. Alot of us decide who to support based on who from our island we want to see in the team. The sponsors may also be slow to act as they are still getting some value for their money, especially in markets outside the WI. Whoever is wrong lets hope good sense prevails - ye right!

Posted by PatrickM on (July 2, 2011, 10:36 GMT)

There is no doubt that Gayle is one of the best openers in the game today. But he was and will never be a good captain for WI, this he must accept as well as the fact that he must be a team player if the WI will ever win a series. Yes he is right that WICB have shown incompetence in the pass, like making the great batsman Lara and Gayle both captains for WI, both mavericks but not persons that put the team first, which is essential when building a new team.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 10:10 GMT)

Hard hitting stuff! WICB and Team Management looking to become heroes with their high risk policy of marginalising certain players but this is policy is a recipe for disaster and is bound to backfire with the WICB and their "cohorts" righly soon to be regarded as the villans. Down with the WICB I say!

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 10:10 GMT)

Well, Gayle has only himself to blame for the current situation. What will he say about not signing the WI contract even though he was the captain, the role model, the most popular figure of WI cricket? This is no surprise from administrators as they are egoistic people and try to take the bulls by their horns.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 9:24 GMT)

We are not watching this India WI series in protest against the high headed behaviour of WICB. Its a shame that they are killing the west indies cricket by ignoring Gayle.

Posted by Vilander on (July 2, 2011, 9:15 GMT)

Gayle can go to the US and become their captain :).

Posted by AbominableYeti on (July 2, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

Come play for Australia, we just sacked simon katich and need another opener, would be great to see you and watto opening the batting :P

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 8:34 GMT)

its really ridiculous whats happening. The sadder thing is as many people have said, that since he wasnt picked for the india series, why would they pick him for any other series... kinda obvious they dont want him ever playing again which is quite sad

Posted by Sobat on (July 2, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

wish u all the best buddy we all have enjoyed watching you batting and the greatness of a player cannot been put in trail by administrators...... becouse the player is great then them as long as they can play and get runs.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 6:28 GMT)

ok-there are issues to solve-i too think that chris is not a good captain-but who in the west indies can fulfill that role? gale is the sweatest timer and hardest hitter in cricket. his bowling seems effortless but it is very effective! he adds personality to his team-he adds maturity... chris gale is on the same level as sachin, kallis, vettori, ponting, pietersen, sangakkara...senior players who win games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! don't throw away talent

Posted by technicallycrazy on (July 2, 2011, 6:23 GMT)

Though india have some highly talented players but they don't mind to have Gayle in their squad if possible. If in india same four year domestic rule as england applies then BCCI wouldn't mind to rope in gayle as he has played in all 4 IPLs. It highly fascinates me of the idea of watching Sehwag at one end and Gayle at another end in a test match openning the batting, then it will be nightmare for the bowlers as if sehwag doesn't get you out of the park then surely gayle will get you at the other end and they won't have respite until atleast one of them is back in the hut.

Seriously if WI do not need gayle then i m sure each nation would try to have him if possible. It will be better for Ireland,NewZealand or bangladesh even Australia would be benefitted from his presence in their squad and this will be better for game as well as Gayle then WICB will learn how to treat champion players like him.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 6:15 GMT)

chris well said you are a darling and besides viru, gilcrist you the one who can make the bowler forget his line and length wish you all the best i hope that you get a great break and keep entertaining cricket fans for long long time

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 5:34 GMT)

wow....!!! wat a men u r...???!!!! love you gayle...!!!! its a wicked net pinned around you...!!!! hope u will get out of it with ur talents...!!!! dont leave heart..!!! keep going....!!! u have miles to reach...!!! records waiting for u to break..!!!! with pur support...!!!!

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 5:34 GMT)

well,a special talent like gayle needs special handling......the last time WI played a test series,this man returned with a top score of 333.....WTH is the WICB upto??? Reminds me of Greg Chappel trying to sideline Ganguly!!!!

Posted by Genogp on (July 2, 2011, 5:10 GMT)

Sad to here that things have come to this. I hope the WI team take a stand as there voices and actions will be the loudest. I hope the WICB responds to ur statement Chris ur deserve much better

Posted by Sp1ro on (July 2, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

Tragic to see the West Indies slide like this, and to see such a great player be discarded when their need is at it's greatest. It boggles the mind.

Posted by Ubeecool on (July 2, 2011, 4:53 GMT)

Gayle you are best fit to play for Australia. Cricket Australia need a boost at the moment and you are just perfect for the role. Let the fire burning in your stomach reflect on the contribution you can make for cricket fans in Australia. Bob Marley ..dont give up the fight...

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 4:47 GMT)

chris is my best player in the team an i would love to see him back @ the top , your fan.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 4:45 GMT)

well said Gayle..i strongly believe there are many other options available throughout the world..just show your board members what they are missing by your performances elsewhere....god bless you

Posted by 64W..HotShot on (July 2, 2011, 4:44 GMT)

@bluestar555 : GOD BLESS YOU, You got the idea. YOU TOO CHRIS! The windies public will make sure this board will go. Offcourse! We as WI fans, we have the power! Let us retaliate against this board, stop going to games, stop all support until this present board is dissolved and Hillaire and Gibson have no part to play in WI cricket.. these men are dangerous, undoing years of slow but steady improvement improvement in quick time! We were winning under John Dyson, And showing improvment. Gayle, laid back and cool, was an ok captain with an average team, with the respect that he commands he united the team, demanded 190% from the players. He didnt get ruffled by a partnership, nor discouraged by a huge total, he had a reasuring effect on the team, so much that just like in the Lara era, the started to depend wholly on him.

Chris you legend! Let us root out the poison! M Holding, we need your help to rebuild

Posted by Vuhb on (July 2, 2011, 4:43 GMT)

And forgot a point...he wants his colleagues to stand up for something...interesting that he wants to pursue other options to earn money to secure his future...he has an ipl contract, an Aussie T20 contract et al , what do his other teammates have - Sarwan or Chanderpaul or Samuels or Sammy? How do they secure their future? If he fights WICB after turning down all the above lucrative deals, we are then talking parity, isn't it?

Posted by Ubeecool on (July 2, 2011, 4:39 GMT)

India had Mahatma Gandhi, South Africa had Mandela now West Indian Cricket have CHRIS GAYLE...WICB and Gibson`s Colonial Mentality is for the past. WIPA should call a general strike...the time is now for West Indian Cricketers to take matters in their own hands....Rally the troops Gayle the world is behind you.

Posted by Vuhb on (July 2, 2011, 4:36 GMT)

Windies has been my favourite team since 1982 (believe me was difficult sitting in India in those days) and of all the leading players in the team since then, I don't really have any hope that Gayle can be the transformation factor. So what if he did well for RCB? The shot he played against Pak in World cup QF still rackles me and, in general, despite his runs and average and ability and image, he does seem shaky. In the current situation, it is difficult to figure out what really happened, and the WI board is definitely not saintly. But I earnest believe the outcome is good - WI would do better to focus on the new talent and move on. Under Sammy, though not the greatest of talent nor the best of captains, WI has managed to bowl out both Pakistan and India in tests and there still is hope.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 4:34 GMT)

I can speak on behalf of the country when i say, We the people in India have absolutely no doubt in your love for the game and sincerely like you to consider playing for India if those idiots are so stupid to question something so well embedded in you !

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

Its not fair what has happened to Chris! He is a lively and great character which cricket badly needs. More than cricket its WI who badly needs this man...No doubt WI cricket is in shambles, if they treat people and legends like this they are doomed..>Chris I support you and we all pray you continue playing, if not fr WI may be some other welcoming nation!

Posted by bigdhonifan on (July 2, 2011, 3:46 GMT)

if Viru is not fit for England Series.... Get Gayle to open for India!!1 I love both!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 3:25 GMT)

am sure out there is a country that would love to welcome chris gayle .... he is a legend .... and where ever u go i will always support , gods blessings to u chris gayle

Posted by BarnabyN on (July 2, 2011, 3:02 GMT)

Well said Chris. Enough is enough. I still hope to see you back in the Windies team - hopefully this can be achieved somehow.

Posted by Mahesh4811 on (July 2, 2011, 2:30 GMT)

We, your supporters, we all love you, no matter what.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 2:24 GMT)

disappointing, but hopefully things will clear out soon and we get to see a dynamic West Indies back in action

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 2:18 GMT)

Chris well written and clearly you are hurting from this unjust treatment. Hang in there because "time longer than twine. I think it is time now for this charade to end. We need to have the best players on the field representing the West Indies. When last I checked non playing captains were for the Davis Cup.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 2:02 GMT)

Yawn. The real question going forward is, is Ireland going to make a good replacement test nation for the Windies? Because those islands are sinking fast. Even when they had their "good" players the last few years, they never played well.

Posted by bluestar555 on (July 2, 2011, 2:01 GMT)

Chris be what may you will not retire until 40. The windies public will make sure this board will go.All the best.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (July 2, 2011, 1:43 GMT)

The WICB lost their mind some time ago. Thankfully in this day and age there are alternatives. Gayle can almost qualify to play for Australia with all of his KFC Big Bash success. We need a good opener.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 1:41 GMT)

Wherever you play, whenever you, I am a fan. I love the West Indies,however, you have to support your family. I would say play for Windies pride but that is dead, so play for money. Hope to see you return but if 20/20 is all I'll get it will be appreciated. Long live Chris Gayle!!! God bless you my brother.

Posted by electbos on (July 2, 2011, 1:41 GMT)

Chris my prayers are with you. You are not the first player not the first opener for the West Indies that the board has done this to, remember Desmond Haynes, Jeffery Dujon, Robert Samuels, Jimmy Adams and Patrick Patterson to name a few It is there style it is in thier DNA GOD be with you and continue to play the game you know how.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 0:59 GMT)

If you're looking for somewhere to play I hope that Auckland will have you. I'd love to see you hitting the ball out of Colin Maiden Park. :)

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 0:40 GMT)

join indian team gayle!!!! we will treat u better!!!

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 0:39 GMT)

I'm sure you will succeed! If not for WI, play for some other country....You are a legend and will be remembered as one.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2011, 0:21 GMT)

Chris only time will tell..what is for you... is for you! I look forward to seeing you showcase your talent across world, while we wait for someone to REALLY stand up and fix what we, the West Indies supporters know to be wrong with the WICB! Good Luck!!

Posted by Exfactor44 on (July 2, 2011, 0:07 GMT)

What an incredible piece of writing from the big guy, well spoken mate, you will always be a legend.

Posted by cablemannpete on (July 2, 2011, 0:06 GMT)

DR zues I thaught the same I think CHris Gayle should play for another country that supports him.I sure will be a follower of Chis and I do believe he is yes the most dangerous batsman around.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 23:50 GMT)

well said..wish you all the best in all you do..ur still are my favourite cricketer!..

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 23:30 GMT)

I hope other players see this as an opportunity to stand up for the good of West Indies cricket and will not let this courageous stance that you have taken go in vein......the world is yours!

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 23:24 GMT)

The late great Bob Marley's tune "get up, stand up,stand up for yuh rights" springs to mind.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 23:19 GMT)

Go and play your cricket elsewhere if they don't want you. IPL , WHATEVER - ONCE YOU PLAYING. all teams fear you and yet they leave out one of he deadliest batsmen around. Crazy. But you have supporters still. Play your cricket and take care of your family. The ball is really in their court now.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 23:09 GMT)

dont worry gayle they wll retier

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 22:24 GMT)

Chris, my prayers are with you on your sojourn... Thanks for your forthrightness,,, many will try to belittle you, but we are with you... Stay cool!

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 22:00 GMT)

WICB is gonna lose a LEGEND! like PCB did with Afridi! Really a Shame...

Posted by CrazyCricketer2011 on (July 1, 2011, 21:51 GMT)

WICB should call him, he is the strongest/best hitter in the World of Criciet.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 21:49 GMT)

The West Indian fans are tired of the WICB. i believe Gayle will get a tsunami of support. I can no longer support West Indies cricket until the board resigns. This board would be remembered for those who sucked the last little remaining life from West Indies cricket.

Posted by lonmar06 on (July 1, 2011, 21:38 GMT)

Well said Chris Gayle, all the best in your future and I hope to see you back in the West Indies team (although I fear this will not happen) I am very disappointed in the way the WICB has seemed to handle this situation, however I do not think that Gayle is entirely blameless in this and if this is the end of his international career then we have lost the finest batsmen to play for the West Indies since Brian Lara good luck to you Gayle

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 21:37 GMT)

Chris you are one of my heros in cricket all the best in your future and may God Bless You,

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 21:36 GMT)

go for it chris you're clearly the best batsman in the windies!

Posted by euphony69 on (July 1, 2011, 21:26 GMT)

Good luck Gayle. Dont back off. Speak with your bat

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 21:26 GMT)

What a man.... The WICB is trying to keep a leash on this beast who needs to be unleashed on the opponents and make the beautiful game interesting and competitive. Finally, for WI to regain some lost pride.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 21:23 GMT)

Play 2 more IPLs and 2 Big Bash in Australia.. After that even your great grand children can live like kings.. Go for Money.. You served enough for West Indies....

Posted by umpatel on (July 1, 2011, 21:13 GMT)

Why don't you create facebook fan page and show your popularity, at least they realize.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

Hope this sorts out soon.. Would love to see him back in action! World cricket is poorer without the 'Gayle Force'..!

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 20:51 GMT)

May God bless you, Gayle. You have quoted the beatitudes and you have won my heart. Will you be able to play for another country like a few have done moving from SA to England or Australia to England? People remember you as gale in terms of batting in a hurry. It is my prayer that you will find the employment to sustain your family in the immediate and for the future. Thanks for sharing your heart!

Posted by SagirParkar on (July 1, 2011, 20:32 GMT)

good on Chris Gayle for coming out will all this info.. more often than not the players are portrayed as the greedy villains when in fact it is the boards that are at fault.. it takes a man with a lot of courage and guts to bring out facts into the open and hats off to Gayle for being that MAN !

on a different take, if he can prove some English connection, i am sure the ECB will be willing to have him in their squad ;)

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

Good luck mate!!! I wish you are back in windes team.. current team is pathetic to be frank!!! You inclusion will an added value... I'm a Bangalore supporter and wish you play and perform the way you did this year for years to come

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

what ever has happened is really disappointing.... I hope west indies cricket board after reading his statement will able to understand chris gayle and not try to be more against him chris gayle surely wants to play for his country more than any other team.. and it also has to be said w.i. cricket needs gayle

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 20:21 GMT)

I am very sorry for Chris Gayle and feel very sad for him.. Such a talented player is been dragged into politics of WICB. It is pathetic that Jamaica Cricket Association is not standing by his side. So, sad, I wish that Gayle, soon play cricket and these issues end soon.

Posted by vj3478 on (July 1, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

GL wit what ever you do. still hope to see you play for WI.

Posted by Danksl on (July 1, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

If there is a way my country can recruit Chris definitely the fans would love it. We always think Gayle is an awesome player. WICB will regret one day.

Dank from SL

Posted by jrjegon on (July 1, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

To Mr. Ernest Hilarie Please for "WI Cricket Team Sake", for the "Betterment of Cricket Sake" , and for "GOD SAKE", let Gayle play...

Posted by AfterLife on (July 1, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

He had so much things in his heart and still played so well in IPL ..... he certainly played his heart out..Its definitely a bad feeling when great players like ganguly, gayle arent given any amount of respect...... wish people learned some manners:-[

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

V will always love u Chris :)

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 19:58 GMT)

Boy! I have respect for this maan now.. go Gayle, i wish you come back in the team.. I wish you were never gone and were playing against India in the series.. :(

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 19:57 GMT)

You de Man, Chris. Keep on trucking

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 19:52 GMT)

Really, its time we address the WICB, for too long they have worked against the wishes and dreams of WI cricket fans, they still have not realized the empty stands and uninterested discourse we have is because of them. It is time CARICOM look hard at this structure and create a wholesome nonsecular administration that is willing to work towards positive results for all.

Posted by sudhir98 on (July 1, 2011, 19:51 GMT)

This is unbelievable. Gayle will probably play county and 20/20 leagues. He will make his money but his country will suffer miserably for this loss.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

Oh, well said! While I am sure that Gayle is not a completely blameless party in all this, it's good to see him take a stand on this.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 19:46 GMT)

Captain legend leader , so true for Gayle not so true for terry... If u ever read this Chris , we always enjoy ur cricket in India and I would pay to watch u bat . :)

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 19:46 GMT)

I guess the statement was necessary because as we have heard in the media, CG has received several offers to play in Aus. and also in Sri Lanka. We fans want a resolution to the issue and has been quite disappointing to learn that the proposed latest meeting would not have occured until August. I have generally sided with the board but I feel that there is some truth to the fact that WE were led to believe that CG would have at least played some part in the India series when it now seems that he will not. Anyway I guess after the India series the next WI series seems some time away so I guess at least there will be some time to try to resolve this assuming that the parties can find some time amidst all the schedules.

Posted by Isaac_7 on (July 1, 2011, 19:45 GMT)

From a westindian, a real shame to see a bunch of running the show. This could possibly b our best crop for the last decade, with Gayle,Barath,Simmo,Sars,Chanders,Bravo Jnr,Marlo,Chanders, Russell, Sammy,Pollard,Taylor,Edwards, Rampaul,Benn,Bishoo,Roach. Good players, ,poor man management.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

This is sad to read. The problem is that we the public are the ones that suffer. It looks like I will have to travel to SA or Ind to see Chris play.

Chris I wish you all the best, will continue to enjoy watching you on TV.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

For the betterment of the WI cricket, I wish the WICB/WI do something or anything to bring their star batsman back into action and lift WI cricket which in almost at the lowermost level :(

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 19:36 GMT)

All the Best Gaye..Do hope that the WICB will learn their lesson.Go for the big bucks..

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 19:35 GMT)

True legend!! all the best.. more doors will open mate!!!

Posted by cranzycranz on (July 1, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

Good for you Chris. Stay strong. I hope to see you represent the Windies as soon as possible.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

"shabash" gayle, go ahead, these type of boards cant do anything positive.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2011, 19:24 GMT)

All the best and go for the big bucks Gayle...

Posted by WI-NZ-SA-ENG on (July 1, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

This is disappointing to read, i really thought Gayle might have had been back for the third test, i hate the Windies cricket board now, this is true honesty by Gayle and i respect it, i just wish the best for Gayle and Windies cricket but right now the best for both sides is to have Gayle in the team. This was a pretty serious read

Posted by gandabhai on (July 1, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

'Chrisopher Henry Gayle ', LOVE the hair , glasses & shirt . You look like a model in a DIESEL advertisement . COOL.

Posted by Dr_Zeus on (July 1, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

Amen brother....it is clear to me at least, that Gaye may never again play for the WEst Indies...at least not while the present board is there...lwhat if another country asks him to play for them...can he defect...I, as a West Indian, would certainly support him...sad as it would be...:(

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