West Indies news July 1, 2010

Gayle keen to continue as West Indies captain

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Chris Gayle has said he is keen on continuing as West Indies captain despite the team's dismal run of form over the past few years culminating in a 0-2 reversal in the home Tests against South Africa.

"Definitely I want to go on," Gayle said. "Before the series I was brought into a meeting and had a discussion about my future and gave them my everything so we will see what happens."

Under his leadership West Indies have won only three of 20 Tests while tasting defeat nine times. His record is not much better in the shorter formats, losing 30 in 53 ODIs and 10 out of 17 Twenty20s. But Gayle was not ready to give up just yet.

"I am still willing to go on. I am still pushing to go on. I still have a lot to offer in that particular area. There are a few issues I need to sort out before I progress," Gayle said. "When you are not getting the support there is going to be a problem. So we need to address that as quickly as possible and see how well be can come up with a better system."

Gayle had a poor series against South Africa with the bat, managing just 159 runs at an average of 31 against South Africa, but he was quick to point that his batting record has improved with captaincy. "Since I have been captain, I didn't even notice it but my average in Test cricket has been over 50 [1528 runs at 47.75, against a career average of 40.31] which is a tremendous achievement. It has helped me become a more mature person as well. I am willing to move forward and have better results for West Indies cricket."

Gayle's attitude came under the scanner last year when he turned up in England barely 48 hours before the start of the first Test, preferring to play in the IPL than prepare for the tour. "I wouldn't be so sad if Test cricket died out," he had said then, a remark that caused much consternation.

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  • on July 7, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    you deserve Chris.............................

  • Metman on July 7, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Changing Chris Gayle wouldnt solve the problems,the west indies will still lose,whether it be tests ,T20 orODI!I cannot understand why big people cant see that!The problem lies with the bias team selections over the years.Butts,Jumadeen and Haynes are the problem.Change them,not Gayle!They are more interested in how many of their countrymen they can get on West Indies teams!Replace them with foreign selectors,one each from Australia,England and South Africa.Fire Gibson,he doesnt have a clue!He should be at the High Performance Centre coaching the youngsters who need the advice, not big hard back men!The WI are due to tour Sri Lanka in November,and I hope I dont see the likes of Ganga,Rampaul,Ramdin,Pollard,Fletcher,Pascal,Dowlin,Bess and the like!Richards should be given another chance in the T20 and ODI,he is not test material ! Pollard with his averages should concentrate on his clubs.Butts said Baugh had his chances,so has Ramdin ,and Rampaul with a bwlg av.of 109 runs per wt.

  • on July 7, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    I always wanted to share my opinion on Chris Gayle appointment. He would have been one of the better captain if he knows exactly how to use his resources. I never understand the reason of having two specialist spinner in ODI why is it Chris bowl himself more often. I have only seen Chris bat profession once, was it against Zimbabwe (2010)? . The captain position depends if you are in the team, I wonder does Chris deserve to be in the test team. Personally Chris should forget about captaincy and focus on enjoying his little cricket that he has to offer. Best captain for WI IS CHANDERPAUL, the only player who has the experience. If he rejects (I know he will love to captain WI again) give it to the returning Sarwan. Bravo or Ramdin will never get the job done

  • williwop on July 6, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    Gayle got to be a crazyman, reaching England 48 hours before a test series, prefers the shorter versions of the game, cannot inspire team, laziest WI crickter over the years......cannot be keen to continue as CAPTAIN just say you are looking looking for an acolade....WORST INDIES WORST CAPTAIN .

  • everfaithful77 on July 5, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    GAYLE SHOULD BE ASHAMED to even state that he would like to continue as CAPTAIN after leading the team to a 9-0 whitewash in every format of the game. Gayle should RESIGN even before he is REPLACED but I doubt. His EGO IS SIMPLY TOO BIG to do what any honourable man would do after failing so badly. That's really unfortunate because several great men have stepped aside once they could not deliver: LARA, M. VAUGHN, TENDULKAR to name a few. Gayle must accept that WI cricket is bigger than him and not the opposite. Also the WI SELECTORS should RESIGN before being FIRED. These guys behave like they were on another PLANET before getting this job. Explain: Wavel Hinds, Dwayne Smith to Australia ?? Fletcher in ODI team after 8 or 9 cosecutive ducks ? Rampaul in St.Kitts after failing to take a wicket in Trindad? Young Brandon BESS with a bowling avg of 48 called up the morning of a test match ahead of Sammy, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder,Corey Edwards ? What were these guys thinking ??

  • on July 4, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Every one is entitle to his or her opinion taking a look at WI cricket it cannot get worse for one to say there is no one else to captain the team so we must continue with Gayle I consider that to be rubbish no one know what a man can do until he is given an opportunity did not Sammy led the team and won every match they played while Gayle and Bravo were playing in the IPL. As a matter of fact I ask the WICBC to sack Gayle and the selectors here are some of my reasons these men have insulted our cricket intellegence it was Gayle and the selectors when Miller got injured in the ODI decided to replace him with Bernard who when they sat to pick the team for the first test against one of the best bowling attack in the game they pick the team with one opening batsman their inability to make sound decision when it comes to team selection is partly responsible for the condition of WI cricket. It is clear cut Gayle does not have what it takes to motivate and inspire his men the result speaks.

  • Metman on July 3, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    This is for the ICC-----Please tell the WICB that they are being relegated to one of the non test playing nations !Ban them! let the individual Islands play amongst themselves together with Ireland,Scotland ,Bangaldesh and Zimbabwe.That way Ganga would be skipper of the TT side,and Gayle capt of the Jamaica side.The winner would then get to play a test series against one of the test playing nations.That is the ONLY WAY to avoid the bias selectors who seem to be interested only in how many of their countrymen they can get selected on Test and touring teams,and the rampant insularity,together with certain players not giving their support when certain captains are in place,as Chris Gayle recently said.But this has been going on for a LONG time now!It is funny that Gayle should mentioned that NOW!Whoever takes over from Gayle would experience the SAME THING!

  • Metman on July 3, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Gayle for captain!Ganga,Pollard,Ramdin and Rampaul are all RUBBISH,They should be employed at WASA,not by the WICB!

  • on July 3, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    It's this simple,if Gail has any pride in what he is doing he'll step down. He said he has the support of the guys,so is that why they're all getting sick? what eles does he want them to say,he is captain.

    There's NO team in the world of cricket would up with a loosing captain this long. his time is past,Westindies board has two (2) choices D, bravo or Sammy....Done!!!

  • PaddyRasta on July 2, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    I am sorry but Sarwan is more often than not on the sidelines injured so no go there for being captain. He needs to be fit for every match. Gayle has had his chance, he should realise that it is time to let someone else have a go. We still need his experience and batting but we need a fresh face to lead the team. That would be the test of his commitment to WI, if he continues playing test cricket when replaced. Can anyone explain why Sammy didn't play in the last test? I would say he is one of the better players and he is a fighter. The management is sending the wrong message to him.

  • on July 7, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    you deserve Chris.............................

  • Metman on July 7, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Changing Chris Gayle wouldnt solve the problems,the west indies will still lose,whether it be tests ,T20 orODI!I cannot understand why big people cant see that!The problem lies with the bias team selections over the years.Butts,Jumadeen and Haynes are the problem.Change them,not Gayle!They are more interested in how many of their countrymen they can get on West Indies teams!Replace them with foreign selectors,one each from Australia,England and South Africa.Fire Gibson,he doesnt have a clue!He should be at the High Performance Centre coaching the youngsters who need the advice, not big hard back men!The WI are due to tour Sri Lanka in November,and I hope I dont see the likes of Ganga,Rampaul,Ramdin,Pollard,Fletcher,Pascal,Dowlin,Bess and the like!Richards should be given another chance in the T20 and ODI,he is not test material ! Pollard with his averages should concentrate on his clubs.Butts said Baugh had his chances,so has Ramdin ,and Rampaul with a bwlg av.of 109 runs per wt.

  • on July 7, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    I always wanted to share my opinion on Chris Gayle appointment. He would have been one of the better captain if he knows exactly how to use his resources. I never understand the reason of having two specialist spinner in ODI why is it Chris bowl himself more often. I have only seen Chris bat profession once, was it against Zimbabwe (2010)? . The captain position depends if you are in the team, I wonder does Chris deserve to be in the test team. Personally Chris should forget about captaincy and focus on enjoying his little cricket that he has to offer. Best captain for WI IS CHANDERPAUL, the only player who has the experience. If he rejects (I know he will love to captain WI again) give it to the returning Sarwan. Bravo or Ramdin will never get the job done

  • williwop on July 6, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    Gayle got to be a crazyman, reaching England 48 hours before a test series, prefers the shorter versions of the game, cannot inspire team, laziest WI crickter over the years......cannot be keen to continue as CAPTAIN just say you are looking looking for an acolade....WORST INDIES WORST CAPTAIN .

  • everfaithful77 on July 5, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    GAYLE SHOULD BE ASHAMED to even state that he would like to continue as CAPTAIN after leading the team to a 9-0 whitewash in every format of the game. Gayle should RESIGN even before he is REPLACED but I doubt. His EGO IS SIMPLY TOO BIG to do what any honourable man would do after failing so badly. That's really unfortunate because several great men have stepped aside once they could not deliver: LARA, M. VAUGHN, TENDULKAR to name a few. Gayle must accept that WI cricket is bigger than him and not the opposite. Also the WI SELECTORS should RESIGN before being FIRED. These guys behave like they were on another PLANET before getting this job. Explain: Wavel Hinds, Dwayne Smith to Australia ?? Fletcher in ODI team after 8 or 9 cosecutive ducks ? Rampaul in St.Kitts after failing to take a wicket in Trindad? Young Brandon BESS with a bowling avg of 48 called up the morning of a test match ahead of Sammy, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder,Corey Edwards ? What were these guys thinking ??

  • on July 4, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Every one is entitle to his or her opinion taking a look at WI cricket it cannot get worse for one to say there is no one else to captain the team so we must continue with Gayle I consider that to be rubbish no one know what a man can do until he is given an opportunity did not Sammy led the team and won every match they played while Gayle and Bravo were playing in the IPL. As a matter of fact I ask the WICBC to sack Gayle and the selectors here are some of my reasons these men have insulted our cricket intellegence it was Gayle and the selectors when Miller got injured in the ODI decided to replace him with Bernard who when they sat to pick the team for the first test against one of the best bowling attack in the game they pick the team with one opening batsman their inability to make sound decision when it comes to team selection is partly responsible for the condition of WI cricket. It is clear cut Gayle does not have what it takes to motivate and inspire his men the result speaks.

  • Metman on July 3, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    This is for the ICC-----Please tell the WICB that they are being relegated to one of the non test playing nations !Ban them! let the individual Islands play amongst themselves together with Ireland,Scotland ,Bangaldesh and Zimbabwe.That way Ganga would be skipper of the TT side,and Gayle capt of the Jamaica side.The winner would then get to play a test series against one of the test playing nations.That is the ONLY WAY to avoid the bias selectors who seem to be interested only in how many of their countrymen they can get selected on Test and touring teams,and the rampant insularity,together with certain players not giving their support when certain captains are in place,as Chris Gayle recently said.But this has been going on for a LONG time now!It is funny that Gayle should mentioned that NOW!Whoever takes over from Gayle would experience the SAME THING!

  • Metman on July 3, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Gayle for captain!Ganga,Pollard,Ramdin and Rampaul are all RUBBISH,They should be employed at WASA,not by the WICB!

  • on July 3, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    It's this simple,if Gail has any pride in what he is doing he'll step down. He said he has the support of the guys,so is that why they're all getting sick? what eles does he want them to say,he is captain.

    There's NO team in the world of cricket would up with a loosing captain this long. his time is past,Westindies board has two (2) choices D, bravo or Sammy....Done!!!

  • PaddyRasta on July 2, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    I am sorry but Sarwan is more often than not on the sidelines injured so no go there for being captain. He needs to be fit for every match. Gayle has had his chance, he should realise that it is time to let someone else have a go. We still need his experience and batting but we need a fresh face to lead the team. That would be the test of his commitment to WI, if he continues playing test cricket when replaced. Can anyone explain why Sammy didn't play in the last test? I would say he is one of the better players and he is a fighter. The management is sending the wrong message to him.

  • jermainewi on July 2, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    .....ihaq1....... u r right about gayle well gayle is the only apparent successful batsman in the team...even chanderpaul is starting to fail and sarwan has his ups and downs. who does the team can call on to do the job.It is a long enough struggle to be without key players such as Sarwan, Taylor, Edwards and the promising Barath through constant injuries.

  • on July 2, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Barely changing the captain would not do much to the Caribbean Cricket. The need of the time is to improve the grass-root level of cricket in the West Indies. How many test players have the WI produced in the last 10 years or so. The next couple of years could see the potential decline of the Caribbean cricket with the retirement of Shivnarine Chanderpaul. And the advent of t20 will probably see more and more players going for money over playing for the WI. Just see what has Pollard done this time around... when the WI team management asked him to play for the WI A tour, he declined and instead opted for his more lucrative county contract.

    The only solution that I feel the ICC has is to make a 2-tier system for the test cricket. Please the top 4 teams (India, Australia, South Africa and England in the top tier) and the other 4 (Pakistan, WI, Srilanka and NZ in the bottom tier).

  • on July 2, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    WHO SAYS CHANDERPAUAL IS FALLING AS BATSMAN ?

    IN LAST 3 YEARS HE IS THE MOST CONSISTENTLY PERODRMING BATSMAN OF WINDIES.

    HE MADE 163 IN SECOND TEST AND IN FINAL TEST AGAINST Proteas HE WAS NOT OUT ON 73 .

    CURRENTLY SHIVNARAIN CHANDERPAUL IS THE BEST BATSMAN OF WINDIES TEAM

  • ihaq1 on July 2, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    well gayle is the only apparent successful batsman in the team...even chanderpaul is starting to fail and sarwan has his ups and downs....bringing in ganga as a captain could be tried but u have to have a consistent set of bowlers and batsmen who can be depended upon...against south africa one saw strange bowlers being selected with suggestions that the best upcoming batsmen were playing somewhere else...gayle is obviously a very bad captain and should be replaced in any case...a team cant depend on alrounders..unless the situation changes the west indies should be broken up into the various island states which i am sure could thrash the west indies side...even the smaller islands have better teams than the WI...

  • on July 2, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Windies needs a new leader in the nature of Sarwan...Sammy and Bravo are too immature , however Bravo can captain the 1 day squad, and Gayle for 20/20...Windies should understand the core competency of the players and let them lead what they can and not to appoint leaders who are not competent....chris needs to relive the post with dignity as chanders to concentrate more on the batting and he should switch to 20/20 and 1 day formats, opening a postion for a new comer, I khan is a good player and needs to be included.....chanders is the cornerstone he need to be in all formats of cricket until a better replacement is found for 20/20....look at the history the matches he is in he is in score and at least we lost with dignity....

  • everfaithful77 on July 2, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    GAYLE MUST BE FIRED. I agree with you Trini42 and mostly all contributors. By wanting to stay on as captain Gayle clearly shows that he does not understand his main role as captain, which is to gel the team and have them play as a unit with one goal and that is to WIN. He has not come close do doing that. His record as leader is woeful and getting worse. Even when he captained Jamaica the situation was not different. He often lost matches where Jamaica was clearly on top. He does not know how to build or keep pressure on the opp team. If the selection panel which should also resign en masse endorses Gayle to continue they would only confirm their ineptitude. The WICB must take DRASTIC action to change the course of WI cricket. Bravo or Ganga should be selected as captain of TEST and ODI teams (Ganga is an excellent leader and can't do any worse than Gayle as opener). Sammy should be appointed captain of 20/20 team to gain experience. Gayle must be dropped from test team( Vaughn-Eng)

  • Professor_king44 on July 2, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    Earkier in the year, I commented on an article in which Darren Sammy stated his desire to be a regular fixyure in WI team. I acknowledged that the quest will be a difficult one since he is froma small island. So far, I have been proven correct. Not only has Sammy's performance improved since then, but the fact that he is kept as a reserve with no stable footing. Why in heavens play a Rampaul? Trinidadian. Sammy can bat, bowl, field,... and can also wicketskeep. No need for Ramdin and Rampaul (Trinidadians- two boys who are complete consistent failures!!!). I will repeat my question: " What more does Darren Sammy has to do? What more?" Maybe is because he is not willing to bend over and offer up like some others....Ever why Fletcher stayed so long in the side with scores like 0, 0, 1, 0, 5, 9, 0, 4? Check on the bowling strike rates and averages for both Rampaul and Sammy, then do a comparison.... and before you criticise my response choose the better bowler/player.

  • redneck on July 2, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    he has to keep the job surly as theres nobody else! and to the ganga fan club gangas test avg is 25 and thats after 40 odd tests, he can not be picked in a side that is already underpreforming just to be the leader on default! chris gayle displayed all the fine qualities of any renouned test captain while in australia earlier this year, and no other west indian can win the match of his own bat! however it would be good if he could start to groom one of the next gen to step in when he does retire!

  • PaddyRasta on July 1, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    I think there's a lot of talent in the team. What WI needs most is a captain that can motivate and harness that talent. Ganga has managed that with T&T and although he has a low test average, the likes of Dowlin have been given a chance as a batsman and he is no better. With due respect to Bravo who has the makings of a great player, he does not have the captain experience. Either way Gayle has to go.

  • Peligrosisimo3 on July 1, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    CG has nothing more to offer the WI as a captain. In the T20's(world cup-Stlucia) the slow bowlers came on an immediately had an impact. Even he himself took a wicket bowling one over I think. Even the commentators both radio and tv sometimes just lament how common sense decisions just do not seem apparent to the WI captain and its painful when you basically watch the captain give matches away from winning positions. We just lost 9-0 to SA, didnt win a match and CG has the audacity to say that he still wants to be the WI captain.Give someone else a chance. We can't do worse. CG can stay in the team but definitely has to work on his batting. He seems to lack match awareness and gives his wicket away too many times.Any lesser batsman would be out of the team. Look at how the other captains from other teams inspire their teams to perform. Can we say the same for CG?Can CG be placed in the category of Ponting, Collingwood, Strauss, Smith, Afridi, Dhoni etc? Let the average WI fan judge

  • on July 1, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    Gayle is da best suited captain at dis point putin sumone else to lead da team will cause more issues in West indies cricket, we cant blame him his record as captain aint great ..... but his batting has improve since gainin da captaincy......... if Gayle is strip of da captaincy who else will take up dat role......... atleast not ganga........ or Bravo.......

  • Peligrosisimo3 on July 1, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    You must be absolutely joking! Let CG stay on as captain? I think that as soon as the SA tour ended CG should have resigned. A true WI fan who follows cricket closely sees that CG has basically handed the oppostion matches that the WI should have won on many occasions. The last blunder including the appeals against AB de Villiers in the last test where the batmen went on to pile on the runs. We all know a big decision can change a match and CG doesnt recognize when there is an opportunity to go for the kill. The field placings lack inspiration, the bowling changing just seems to be at random and as a batsman he gives his wicket away too many times.Where's the leadership in that?In one of the ODI's he gave Bravo the ball after Bravo had gone for plenty in the previous over basically handing the match to SA while he stubbornly refused to bowl the other bowlers. In the T20 in Stlucia he handed Taylor the ball to be smashed when the consensus was tie down the Aussies with slow bowling

  • NabeelUsmani on July 1, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    A guy like Chris Gayle doesn't deserve to be a national captain!!!! Firstly because of his comments about Test Cricket which he made before the England tour( A person who has no love for the oldest form of the game can never be a good cricketer or a good team player) and secondly because all he wants is to have power of captaincy, he doesn't even care if the team wins or looses, he only wants to generate money & fame from tournaments like IPL...And at the same time W.I can never win with the likes of Pollard in their team, he is not a match winner or even a cricketer for me!!!!

  • on July 1, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    GANGA FOR CAPTAIN! PEOPLE WAKE UP! HE CAN RESCUE US FROM THIS NIGHTMARE! HE HAS THE BRAINS TO DO IT! GIVE HIM A SHOT AT IT! WE ARE ALREADY LOSING EVERYTHING ANYWAY SO WHATS THERE TO LOOSE?! GANGA FRO CAPTAIN!!

  • on July 1, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Selection Committee must fix Gayle as the captain..., Gayle is doing his best..., but the batting is in absolutely miserable shape..., BArath,Sarwan are not there..., and it is adding more burden...., this will definetely demotivate gayle..., who else he can look upto when he fails..., dowlin and dale richards....,

    West Indies ODI side Gayle[captain],Barath,Sarwan,Shiv,Bravo,Bravo,Pollard/Sammy,Fletcher,Taylor,Edwards/Roach,Benn

    It is insane to think about darren ganga now..., he forgot how to bat...., there is no use bringing him in the team..., is there any first class performance of him in the recent years which is prompting you guys to not only bring him into the side but also make him captain of westindies...,

  • on July 1, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Gayle[captain],Barath,Sarwan,Shiv,Nash,Bravo,Bravo,Taylor,Edwards,Roach,Benn,Baugh -- This must be the test team..., 4 Reserves must be [ ShillingFord,Shamar Brooks,Jason Holder,BraithWaite] .., Now stick with this side for some time

    Ramdin,Rampaul,Dowlin are worthless cricketers and need not be considered at all for all future matches...,

  • on July 1, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    Chris Gayle is the best person to lead the west indies at the moment and there is no one else..., How can people say they want ganga,ramdin,sammy,bravo as captains.., they are not even fit to be in an international team and they have a lot to prove...,

    So that leaves us with only one option Chris Gayle. A captain can be only as good as his team..., and thats y chris gayle being a champion batsmen is looking so ordinary at times as he is unable to win matches..., remember the pakistan series..., in 3 odis chris gayle slammed 2 big centuries and windies lost 3-0..., what else he can do? Dont just make him the scapegoat...,

    Main problem with windies is they loose wickets in pairs..., they dont know how to build partnership..., when a wicket falls you need to look at how to build a partnership ..., but they just loose another wicket in few more balls...,

    And they have to drop Ramdin,Dowlin etc . Bring in Darren Bravo,Jason holder,Braithwaite,Barath,Taylor,Edwards as soon as possible

  • on July 1, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Gayle has to go...he had his chances....

  • on July 1, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    ramdin needs to be dropped and we need to stop depending on gayle and chanderpaul to make runs all the time

  • on July 1, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    gayle isn't very strategic or analytic & he has a laid back attitude, it's not really good 4 captaincy. The best person 4 the job right now is bravo

  • Mayfield on July 1, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Everyone is beating up on Chris Gayle, but no one is looking at the overall picture. Yes, Gayle has some deficiencies. Yes, he needs to work on his footwork and batting. Yes, as a captain he should be leading from the front. Yes, he needs to look at himself first and take the responsibility for the loss and stop focusing on others, that's what a leader does. But at the same time, look at who he has to work with. Ramdin has been failing miserably. Bravo, given all the hype, is mediocre at best. He also has been without the service of Taylor and Edwards. So stop laying all the blame on Chris Gayle. The WI, with a fit Barath, Sarwan, Taylor and Edwards along with Roach, Shillinford, Benn, Chanderpaul and a wicketkeeper batsman will be competitive. The WI cupboard is not all bare. Give Gayle a break.

  • emmwill on July 1, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    I would give Gayle a final chance and indicate to him that he also needs to work on his batting footwork and technique. The WICB needs to sit him down again and hammer out some workable goals that he must achieve within a reasonable time frame. Then measure his performance overtime against those goals. The WICB also needs to work hard on player fitness so that Gayle could have the full team available to play in the future. This would give us a better idea of the quality of his leadership.

  • kingstonsfinest on July 1, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    I am a big fan of Chris Gayle, his power hitting at the top of the order, his cool demeanor, however this series has shown him up. His constant bemoaning of lack of support from team members, while his draconian stance against Dwayne Smith during the previous series as well as his own brain freeze dismisals during this series shows that he has peaked as captain. Gibson was constantly talking about shot selection and not getting out at crucial times, while Gayle got out 3 times trying to play shots that were not on and ending up bowled, showing that he himself had no discipline. Gayle since he has become captain has also seriously underbowled himiself, in 3 matches he only bowled 1 over and it was a wicket taking over and so many times he has set negative fields and allowed the game to drift along. I am sorry but I think the selectors need to look in a diferent direction for captain. I also think the batting department of the team has worsened since Dyson was fired as coach.

  • WICF on July 1, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Gayle must go as captain, he's a lousy leader no skills at all, $$$ is what these players are about not the game. In addiition to Gayle the selection committee has to be dissolve, a new selection committee and captain asap.

  • ragamuffintuffy on July 1, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Fine, let him continue as captain; but r we going to do anything to enhance his leadership capabilities, eh, WICB? Can we have some "classroom" professional development seminars? Granny N naany always say "it is the little n simple tings" that makes the difference. Oh, i forgot if they can work on his footwork when he's at the crease, i think Chris is unstoppable; forget about Sachin n Ponting!

  • garf1158 on July 1, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    All you folks trying to blame Chris Gayle for the problems with the West Indies team are crazy. As I have said before Clive Lloyd will not win with these players. At the end of the day, you need the talent to win. We do not win unless Chris Gayle make runs in both innings most of the time . With all due respect to Chanderpaul , he is a nice player but he spends way too much time at the crease for the scores he generally makes. We can go ahead and give the captaincy to Bravo but until we get bowlers who can consistently take 20 wickets in a match and a few batsmen other than Gayle and the aforementioned Chanderpaul to score a bit more consistently we are not going to win anything.

  • jamol on July 1, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    (*SIGH*)As long as he remains captain this westindies team will never improve,he has gotten a taste of power and cant let go,he does not want to go back to being the quiet guy nobody has to listen too.......look at captains like andrew struass and ricky ponting,greame smith,MS doni.......STUEPS CHRIS GAYLE IS A WASTE OF TIME AS A CAPTAIN

  • jermainewi on July 1, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    time up gayle ,u need to work on your batting more ,besides i dont anyone could a better job but they need a chans too

  • jermainewi on July 1, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    i have been a wi since way back the wicb is no good because form gayle need help to win he cant do it by his self . look at ramdin that guy is a fool y is still in the team they cant find anyone else to be a keeper. everything the wi cricket and wicb do is poor...

  • lugujaga on July 1, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    chris gayle talks too much and do too little.he keeps saying he is not getting support ;but from whom? stop talking between the lines and come out and say specifically what and who your not getting the support from. gayle needs to leed from the front more often like some of the more successfull captains of other nations. gayle should drop himself out of the opening position to say the #5 spot becaus his lack of footwork is his downfall upfront ,and there is no sign that he is learning to change that. also gayle's lack tactical manuvers as a captain,too often we have seen tailenders stuck arround and got ontop of west indies under his watch . he should even give up the captaincy to maybe bravo and concentrate on batting and bowling for the good of west indies cricket

  • Silva-Surfa on July 1, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Both Wazir and hazeltine bring some valid points across. Are the WICB using Gayle to be in the firing line to cover their shortcomings and the possibility of a dedicated athlete like Sammy to lead the next generation into a new era?..time will tell. In some ways it's good that Gayle still wants to try and contribute as a Player and Captain. I'm not a big fan of his leadership skills, he's too laidback and not proactive enough with the other players on the field and given some of our recent performances, we need someone to lead by example. It is a long enough struggle to be without key players such as Sarwan, Taylor, Edwards and the promising Barath through constant injuries, but our efforts collectively as a team to do the basic disciplines and ability to play to the situation, is what i find the most disappointing aspect to the current team. Hopefully with the Academy in Grenada and the Performance Centre in Barbados, our need for success will gradually change, with time.

  • westindies4life on July 1, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Yes he could stay .....as d opening bats man, his captaincy record is worst than Lara's own, time to move on, give Bravo, sammy, sarran, or ganga d job. Gayle iss no captain material when it comes to serious cricket, an he needs to work on his batting.....

  • Trini42 on July 1, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Sorry Gayle, but your time for captaincy is up. Gayle does not know how to get players to pefomance as a team. West Indies needs some else to be captain who can get the players to play together and bring out the best in themselves with positive attitudes.

  • hazeltine on July 1, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    It has not surprised me in the least that WIndies are going to continue on with Gayle as the captain. The WIndies Cricket Board (WICB) has reasoned that if WIndies supporters complain about his leadership skills, then that would take the pressure off them being criticised, in other words, the WICB are quite happy to endorse utter and complete failure of Gayle as a captain, as long as they keep their power to play their pathetic, small time politics. Even though he has bee a complete failure as captain and batsmen, Gayle knows he can do or say whatever he wants without any recrimination because of a weak and totally insipid West Indies Cricket Board.

  • on July 1, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    i had been a fan of wi cricket ever since and for the past few years its a team with nuthin but talk and no work.i cant see the board is spending everything in wi cricket and has nuthin out somethings wrong.i thing they need to change around people in positions and see what will happens,give gayle a rest try someone else.and why not play sammy in all the play ?he is one of the best allrounder in wi cricket and he fit.hes has a set of 5 wicket s in games.more alllrounder more chances to win ,can u not see that in the best teams in the world.

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  • on July 1, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    i had been a fan of wi cricket ever since and for the past few years its a team with nuthin but talk and no work.i cant see the board is spending everything in wi cricket and has nuthin out somethings wrong.i thing they need to change around people in positions and see what will happens,give gayle a rest try someone else.and why not play sammy in all the play ?he is one of the best allrounder in wi cricket and he fit.hes has a set of 5 wicket s in games.more alllrounder more chances to win ,can u not see that in the best teams in the world.

  • hazeltine on July 1, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    It has not surprised me in the least that WIndies are going to continue on with Gayle as the captain. The WIndies Cricket Board (WICB) has reasoned that if WIndies supporters complain about his leadership skills, then that would take the pressure off them being criticised, in other words, the WICB are quite happy to endorse utter and complete failure of Gayle as a captain, as long as they keep their power to play their pathetic, small time politics. Even though he has bee a complete failure as captain and batsmen, Gayle knows he can do or say whatever he wants without any recrimination because of a weak and totally insipid West Indies Cricket Board.

  • Trini42 on July 1, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Sorry Gayle, but your time for captaincy is up. Gayle does not know how to get players to pefomance as a team. West Indies needs some else to be captain who can get the players to play together and bring out the best in themselves with positive attitudes.

  • westindies4life on July 1, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Yes he could stay .....as d opening bats man, his captaincy record is worst than Lara's own, time to move on, give Bravo, sammy, sarran, or ganga d job. Gayle iss no captain material when it comes to serious cricket, an he needs to work on his batting.....

  • Silva-Surfa on July 1, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Both Wazir and hazeltine bring some valid points across. Are the WICB using Gayle to be in the firing line to cover their shortcomings and the possibility of a dedicated athlete like Sammy to lead the next generation into a new era?..time will tell. In some ways it's good that Gayle still wants to try and contribute as a Player and Captain. I'm not a big fan of his leadership skills, he's too laidback and not proactive enough with the other players on the field and given some of our recent performances, we need someone to lead by example. It is a long enough struggle to be without key players such as Sarwan, Taylor, Edwards and the promising Barath through constant injuries, but our efforts collectively as a team to do the basic disciplines and ability to play to the situation, is what i find the most disappointing aspect to the current team. Hopefully with the Academy in Grenada and the Performance Centre in Barbados, our need for success will gradually change, with time.

  • lugujaga on July 1, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    chris gayle talks too much and do too little.he keeps saying he is not getting support ;but from whom? stop talking between the lines and come out and say specifically what and who your not getting the support from. gayle needs to leed from the front more often like some of the more successfull captains of other nations. gayle should drop himself out of the opening position to say the #5 spot becaus his lack of footwork is his downfall upfront ,and there is no sign that he is learning to change that. also gayle's lack tactical manuvers as a captain,too often we have seen tailenders stuck arround and got ontop of west indies under his watch . he should even give up the captaincy to maybe bravo and concentrate on batting and bowling for the good of west indies cricket

  • jermainewi on July 1, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    i have been a wi since way back the wicb is no good because form gayle need help to win he cant do it by his self . look at ramdin that guy is a fool y is still in the team they cant find anyone else to be a keeper. everything the wi cricket and wicb do is poor...

  • jermainewi on July 1, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    time up gayle ,u need to work on your batting more ,besides i dont anyone could a better job but they need a chans too

  • jamol on July 1, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    (*SIGH*)As long as he remains captain this westindies team will never improve,he has gotten a taste of power and cant let go,he does not want to go back to being the quiet guy nobody has to listen too.......look at captains like andrew struass and ricky ponting,greame smith,MS doni.......STUEPS CHRIS GAYLE IS A WASTE OF TIME AS A CAPTAIN

  • garf1158 on July 1, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    All you folks trying to blame Chris Gayle for the problems with the West Indies team are crazy. As I have said before Clive Lloyd will not win with these players. At the end of the day, you need the talent to win. We do not win unless Chris Gayle make runs in both innings most of the time . With all due respect to Chanderpaul , he is a nice player but he spends way too much time at the crease for the scores he generally makes. We can go ahead and give the captaincy to Bravo but until we get bowlers who can consistently take 20 wickets in a match and a few batsmen other than Gayle and the aforementioned Chanderpaul to score a bit more consistently we are not going to win anything.