West Indies news April 20, 2011

WICB 'disappointed' at Gayle's IPL decision

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Chris Gayle's choice of the IPL over country has angered the West Indies Cricket Board, which said it granted Gayle a no-objection certificate only after he had made himself unavailable for national selection and flown to India. The IPL clashes directly with Pakistan's Test and ODI tour of the West Indies. Gayle will take no part in either series, having joined Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement for Dirk Nannes.

The WICB also confirmed that Gayle was in the midst of a rehabilitation program after a side strain that precluded his selection from the first two matches against Pakistan. Gayle's flight to India has effectively cut across the middle of his rehab.

"The WICB does not accept Gayle's reason for making himself unavailable but as he has already clearly made his choice and has travelled to India, the WICB does not wish to stand in his way," the board said. "The WICB is most disappointed in the manner in which Gayle has handled the entire situation, especially given the mature and cooperative manner in which two other players who refused contracts- Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard - made themselves available for selection and agreed to an understanding in the best interest of West Indies cricket."

Gayle had refused the WICB's central contract to leave him free for the IPL but ironically was not bought at the player auction in January because the franchises feared he would be unavailable because of international commitments.

The board said it was surprised to learn that Gayle had been making arrangements to play cricket in India when it was under the impression that he was recovering from injury following the World Cup and was undergoing rehabilitation work and about to resume training. "In discussing his application for an NOC, the WICB has repeatedly informed Gayle that he is expected to resume training after which he would be required to undergo a fitness test and once passed fit, he will be considered for selection for the remainder of the Pakistan series."

Gayle was not picked for the one-off Twenty20 and the first two ODIs against Pakistan but the WICB did not publicly disclose that he was undergoing rehabilitation and was not fit enough at the time. "After the resumption of training the WICB Team Management would have organised a fitness test to assess Gayle's fitness and decisions would have then been taken about his selection to the West Indies team to face Pakistan," the board said.

The WICB emphasised Gayle would have been considered for selection for the remainder of the Pakistan series had he passed the fitness test.

After the refusal to sign retainer contracts, the WICB said it sought to engage the players in discussions to avoid any conflict over the IPL and commitments to West Indies cricket. However, in a media release on April 4 regarding the participation of West Indian players in the IPL, chief executive Ernest Hilaire had this to say about Gayle: "With Chris Gayle it has not been a productive discussion and therefore it is a little more difficult for me to make any pronouncements as it relates to Chris. But we are open to discussing with players what their plans and objectives are and how best we can accommodate them within the commitment that they must also play for country and to represent West Indies cricket."

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  • on April 23, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    IPL will eventually be real cricket economics will make it so.If it becomes the entre and not a side dish it should expand to other countries and the players should be selected on merit rather then quotas. This scenario is the best for it will rid the people of jingoism. Imagine Indians cheering for Umar Gul and Pakistanis rooting for Virat Kohli.Go Chris Gayle, your batting is sublime

  • NBRADEE on April 23, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Ambrose Alexander, the toss won the match - ESPNCricinfo is noting that the pitch got slower and slower, much like it did when we struggled to beat Bangladesh on their first full tour of the region! I am not even bothering to follow the match tomorrow, as are many other who have already said enough is enough!

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    This wont work out for Gayle as well.. If WI decide not to take him anymore in international cricket..would he remain in good touch while playing for IPL? Remember IPL teams wouldn't think twice to not pick Gayle if he doesn't provide enough runs at the top.. Personally bad choice from Gayle.

  • vxttemp on April 22, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    I don't know why people are blaming gayle. So many tennis stars like federer, nadal skip davis cup for the sake of grandslams which are totally personal. why and how cricket is different? Don't know how many of these so called pundits will join the country army by leaving their current jobs :-) so don't blame cricketers.

  • Biso on April 22, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    WICB must not try selling the impression that they are the depot of all virtue in WI. CG has had tiff's with the board , at times bordering on indiscipline. But, WICB members are more to blame. WICB have embarrassed themselves by making statements earlier that they were looking for youth. That is fair enough. It is a matter of policy ( good or bad) if you want to have too many youngsters and few seniors.Now, when CG intends to play in IPL out comes the story that he was under rehab. What about Chanders and Sarwan? Are they under rehab too? For all those blaming IPL , let it not be forgotten that those legends of WI had joined a certain Kerry Packer circus keeping aside their commitments to the board. That did not make them less nationalistic. Professional players with short earning spans have to make good while they are young. Where is the harm or lack of integrity in that approach.Whereas, those old and clumsy board members can have a ball at others expense.What an irony?

  • on April 21, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    Why do WIndians write such garbage! The board, the board, the board! Talking about CG as if he is the WI saviour. He didnt' sign a contract to play IPL cricket and then when he wasn't sold made himself unavailable for WI cricket. The board since the disastrous tour of SA 99 under successive administrations have been blamed for everything under the sun. If CG want to score some meaningless, carefree runs so be it. He goes to RCB who cares? The WI just won a T20 match without him(4/21/2011), and whatever else happens it the Pak/WI series let it be known that WI cricket will survive without him. CG is not even half of the greatest cricketer the region has produced in recent time:BC Lara.Pollard and Bravo have IPL contracts and the board reached agreements with those two, so it is clear that the board does not want to stand in the way of these players. Partial fans may support him but TRUE WI fans will never forget this.

  • shooting on April 21, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Looks like the WICB are playing games. Looks like Gayle is playing cricket.

  • on April 21, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Ipl is taking players out of international cricket....really a shame ipl is ruining cricket

  • soumyas on April 21, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    initially WICB drops Gayyle,chandrapaul,sarvan saying there is a need to train youth, So he s joining IPL, now WICB is hit back saying they r not happy....

  • Kirk-at-Lords on April 21, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    As might have been expected, the situation with IPL and international cricket is evolving in some important and interesting ways. The international players in the IPL speak virtually in unison about how playing with a mixture of nationalities and mostly young local Indian talent has changed the social and political atmosphere of the game. This seems all to the good. Present-day nationalism is either evolving or in the case of the Windies (never an actual country except in the world of cricket) disappearing. More's the case with colonialism. For cricket, however, the way forward is not smooth. The IPL draws on internationals who make a reputation in their national sides. Not enough international T20s are being played to build reputation solely in that form. If national sides lose talent, IPL's player pool thins, presumably along with the global TV audience. So IPL and internat'l cricket are bound together. Something needs to be worked out. A proper ICC would be in the mix.

  • on April 23, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    IPL will eventually be real cricket economics will make it so.If it becomes the entre and not a side dish it should expand to other countries and the players should be selected on merit rather then quotas. This scenario is the best for it will rid the people of jingoism. Imagine Indians cheering for Umar Gul and Pakistanis rooting for Virat Kohli.Go Chris Gayle, your batting is sublime

  • NBRADEE on April 23, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Ambrose Alexander, the toss won the match - ESPNCricinfo is noting that the pitch got slower and slower, much like it did when we struggled to beat Bangladesh on their first full tour of the region! I am not even bothering to follow the match tomorrow, as are many other who have already said enough is enough!

  • on April 22, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    This wont work out for Gayle as well.. If WI decide not to take him anymore in international cricket..would he remain in good touch while playing for IPL? Remember IPL teams wouldn't think twice to not pick Gayle if he doesn't provide enough runs at the top.. Personally bad choice from Gayle.

  • vxttemp on April 22, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    I don't know why people are blaming gayle. So many tennis stars like federer, nadal skip davis cup for the sake of grandslams which are totally personal. why and how cricket is different? Don't know how many of these so called pundits will join the country army by leaving their current jobs :-) so don't blame cricketers.

  • Biso on April 22, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    WICB must not try selling the impression that they are the depot of all virtue in WI. CG has had tiff's with the board , at times bordering on indiscipline. But, WICB members are more to blame. WICB have embarrassed themselves by making statements earlier that they were looking for youth. That is fair enough. It is a matter of policy ( good or bad) if you want to have too many youngsters and few seniors.Now, when CG intends to play in IPL out comes the story that he was under rehab. What about Chanders and Sarwan? Are they under rehab too? For all those blaming IPL , let it not be forgotten that those legends of WI had joined a certain Kerry Packer circus keeping aside their commitments to the board. That did not make them less nationalistic. Professional players with short earning spans have to make good while they are young. Where is the harm or lack of integrity in that approach.Whereas, those old and clumsy board members can have a ball at others expense.What an irony?

  • on April 21, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    Why do WIndians write such garbage! The board, the board, the board! Talking about CG as if he is the WI saviour. He didnt' sign a contract to play IPL cricket and then when he wasn't sold made himself unavailable for WI cricket. The board since the disastrous tour of SA 99 under successive administrations have been blamed for everything under the sun. If CG want to score some meaningless, carefree runs so be it. He goes to RCB who cares? The WI just won a T20 match without him(4/21/2011), and whatever else happens it the Pak/WI series let it be known that WI cricket will survive without him. CG is not even half of the greatest cricketer the region has produced in recent time:BC Lara.Pollard and Bravo have IPL contracts and the board reached agreements with those two, so it is clear that the board does not want to stand in the way of these players. Partial fans may support him but TRUE WI fans will never forget this.

  • shooting on April 21, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Looks like the WICB are playing games. Looks like Gayle is playing cricket.

  • on April 21, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Ipl is taking players out of international cricket....really a shame ipl is ruining cricket

  • soumyas on April 21, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    initially WICB drops Gayyle,chandrapaul,sarvan saying there is a need to train youth, So he s joining IPL, now WICB is hit back saying they r not happy....

  • Kirk-at-Lords on April 21, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    As might have been expected, the situation with IPL and international cricket is evolving in some important and interesting ways. The international players in the IPL speak virtually in unison about how playing with a mixture of nationalities and mostly young local Indian talent has changed the social and political atmosphere of the game. This seems all to the good. Present-day nationalism is either evolving or in the case of the Windies (never an actual country except in the world of cricket) disappearing. More's the case with colonialism. For cricket, however, the way forward is not smooth. The IPL draws on internationals who make a reputation in their national sides. Not enough international T20s are being played to build reputation solely in that form. If national sides lose talent, IPL's player pool thins, presumably along with the global TV audience. So IPL and internat'l cricket are bound together. Something needs to be worked out. A proper ICC would be in the mix.

  • on April 21, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Gayle made the best choice; The WICB has some serious problems. This way Gayle can go to India and play cricket, which is what he should be doing. And, he'll get a handsome paycheck ;)

  • on April 21, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Well...if Gayle was dropped for fitness, then board should have discussed this with him. If he was dropped for cricketing reasons, then WICB cant be stopping Gayle from playing IPL...after all cricketers have a bank balance and even they need income prior to retirement

  • on April 21, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    haha..IPL is a great invention..makes every cricket board to be jealous lol

  • criclover143 on April 21, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    well i think this is a redicilous decison by chris gyle , just coz he drop from the team he showed anger & take revenge by joining IPL , but the big question is , what did he does in worldcup 2011, he manage to get just one 50 in 6 innings & that too aginst Netherland , if a senior player doesn't perform, than he deserve a'' DROP''.

  • on April 21, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    i rather watch the ipl than watch the pak vs wi seris, the borde dnt no that they r also treating us the fan bad too, i cant watch these match really cant

  • maddy20 on April 21, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    WICB deserved it. They dropped their 3 most serious players Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan and Gayle retaliated. You always need to have a blend of experience and youth in a team. If you see India there are Sehwag, Yuvi, Sachi, Zaheer who can guide the youngsters and when these guys retire Dhoni , Raina, Kohli etc., will be experienced enough to help the youngsters. By dumping all senior players WICB has fallen in the pit it had dug! Those blamin' IPL for this mess should visit a Psych!

  • on April 21, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    seems IPL is creating a lot of trouble in international cricket.. Malinga, Gayle, pollard.. in the lines of symonds..

  • on April 21, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    WICB is playing the worst politics.

    Gayle 100% we support you and you are welcome to India

  • on April 21, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    we continuously blame gayle for making his decision but has anyone ask the WICB if the informed the player of their rationale behind not playin him sarwan and chanderpaul because i am a west indian and all i have been hearing is blooding new players for the next world cup but now the board comes out after a decision has been made by the player him self and gives their systematic rationale about their decision...and now calling foul and want everyone to jump on their bandwagon

  • on April 21, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    SEE THE ICC MUST THINK OF A WINDOW FOR IPL OTHERWISE THE STAR PLAYERS IF NOT ONLY WI BUT ALL THE COUNTRIES WOULD IGNORE THEIR COUNTRY CONTRACTS I REQUEST ICC TO PLZ ALLOW ATLEAST 40 DAYS FOR IPL IF NOT MORE.

  • on April 21, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    First, the WICB released a statement, stating that they are grooming a young team to win the 2015 WC.That's all that was given to us "dumb public".Now, one of your discard seek to earn a living elsewhere you Mr. Hilaire and WICB are releasing statement about your strong disappointment.what should the non-selected players do? sit & wait until u come 2 them individually and explain their role in the future of WI cricket?As I made the CLARION call b4 for Mr. Hilaire to resign as head of the WICB ASAP.The only reason West Indies players are not running off 2 the IPL is because few are chosen.Players are earning as much a million $US in one season of the IPL,such amount they will never earn in a lifetime playing for the West Indies.Yet u are wondering why they are not putting country first over IPL.Wasn't U Mr.Hilaire who claimed not too long ago that WICB was having difficulties attracting sponsorship?How can u restrain WI players from earning more,via a very restrictive contract.GO WI!!!

  • on April 21, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    The guy has already said that he wanted to play IPL all along. Why are we even talking about the board. He was supposedly recuperating and then jumped at the opportunity to play in the IPL.

  • on April 21, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    I have no damn respect for the WICB and what they say. It is interesting that they dropped the 3 players Gayle, Sars and Shiv looking a scape goats for our demised at the WC something WE ALL knew was going to happen, then they come out and blast Gayle for going IPL way, now am reading Gayle's side of the story, why am I not surprised, WICB as usual!!

  • on April 21, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    so be it if money talk good riddance to those who want to play ipl we will get a team that will rise again in the cricketing world we have been down this road before and this game is bigger than any individual so good riddance come on get ovet it why does the wipa with the same breath that always after the wicbc dont tell their members u also need to perform at the highest level of the game apart from chanderpaul neither gayle r sarwan have been performing at the highest level of the game there is no other top cricketing nation that they could played for the way the were playing and be in that team for so long go and check their stat and see for yourself get over it if he dont play again so be it lara have played more consistanly than any of them and i have never seen so much fuss when he was droped so we will survive

  • bobagorof on April 21, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    I have no problem with Gayle making himself unavailable for the WI so he can play IPL. But then he can't complain about being dropped!

  • bobagorof on April 21, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    So he isn't fit enough to play for West Indies, but he's fit enough to decide to play IPL. And people still praise Gayle and want him in the WI team! If he had not been selected because of form, or because other players were being given a chance then I can see a justification for him using his time to earn some money at the IPL. But if he's injured and supposed to be rehabilitating then that should be his focus, right? This article implies it was Gayle himself who did not make himself available for WI, so he can't claim to be victimised or dropped. And that's exactly the attitude that lost him the captaincy. As his priorities now seemed to have moved further towards being a freelance agent, I don't see how WI can build a team that has him involved - he can't be relied upon to make himself available. Best for WI to move on and find other players to build the team around - which is exactly what they're trying to do.

  • Mash3009 on April 21, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Chris Gayle may be talented, but his ego and arrogance are not needed for a team that is rebuilding for the future. I understand why players may pick IPL over national tours and don't blame them either. However, it can be done in an honest and forthcoming way. At the end of the day, there is a conflict of interests and both players and administrators need to realize that compromises are needed. Good luck for the WI team...I say not having Gayle and his overinflated ego is a blessing in disguise for them.

  • xenon555 on April 21, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    dont sack him next time...

  • on April 20, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    Thats hs way of telling the WICB to shove it!

  • 44johter on April 20, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    I guess it is the end for Gayle in West indies colours

  • on April 20, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    WICB rebuilding again?????? How can u rebuild a team with 11 youngsters....u need the Gale , Sarwan and Tigerpaul in the team and the youngsters around them....WICB can neva get it right so i am looking for a new team to support.

  • Aaaaaron on April 20, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    Wow Gayle again in IPL, its fun to watch him in 20-20's. How WICB expect to him wait if they have not picked him for current serires. Looks like they want to punish Gayle but it got reversed now lol...Thx IPL and Bangalore for taking Gayle.

  • PaddyRasta on April 20, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    Communication needs to be clearer from WICB. If they were leaving Gayle out because of injury, this should have been the only reason not this rubbish about no inherent right to play - WICB's ego showing its muscle. You cannot blame someone for making a living whilst able to do so; if he does not know where he stands with WICB. Sarwan was left out because he has not shown form, and surely Sammy's days are numbered unless he lifts his game. It's a shame about Chanders who showed some form at the end of WC. He should be mentoring younger players and has been the stalwart of WI - Younger players would do well to learn from his example of commitment. He should be opening or come in one down - WI will struggle to last 50 overs otherwise.

  • Silloh on April 20, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    WICB ...so you are now communicating to the public about Gayle's earlier omission. Have you communicated to Sarwan , Chanderpaul and Ramdhin ? Do you expect senior players with a short cricket life span and even though they may deserve to be dropped, to sit and wait idly by. It's the same darn thing that was done to young Simmons.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 20, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    Not creating a separate window for an 'international' league like the IPL goes to show just how incompetent the ICC truly is as a governing body. Many people don't see the IPL as just another domestic competition. In fact according to many players it's the next best thing that's happened to cricket and I agree with them. The IPL has broken across barriers that international cricket created over the years. Players love and respect each others' company now and that was truly evident during the world cup where even intense rivalries gave way to comradeship. After all isn't cricket the 'gentleman game'? I support Chris in this regard. He knew the WICB was not encouraging him by axing him. He felt his hard work would be better paid in the IPL.

  • on April 20, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    mistake wicb!!!FIRST YOU IGNORE GAYLE FOR SELECTION AND NOW YOU COMPLAIN THAT HE IS GOING!!!DON MAKE PLAYERS SIT LET THEM DO WHAT THEY DO BEST!!! IF COUNTRY IS IMPORTANT THEY WOULD HAVE SELECTED GAYLE BEFORE ITSELF!!!

  • ravinkalu on April 20, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Gayle...i support you 100%...WICB...is the problem.....now they are saying he was injured...thats why he was not selected....so this leave us to believe that only Sars and Chander were dropped....strange.

  • squaddy on April 20, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    I am luving it...... U go Gayle n beside u will retire in a few years with nothing more than some records that cant provide for ur family. I think the boards should give their selected players the opportunity to earn a little extra cash cuz in the end its not what u did that will provide for ur family its what u earned. Lets be honest with ourselves life is about taking every opportunity by the neck and making the best possible use of it and thats what gayle is doing. If the respective boards wants to give younger players a chance, the IPL provides the time for that. During each IPL season th e boards can select their younger players to represent and selected players could go earn some extra cash that comes with some experience and training... NOTHING IS WRONG WITH THAT....... We all are just so caught up in international cricket and not even worried about what the players will get at the end of the day whether we are entertained or not

  • on April 20, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    Gayle's gesture was excellent. He just said, "If you drop me, I know how to make you weep." I don't find any problem with Gayle's decision to play IPL. He is a top-class cricketer and WICB were treating him like a spare. If WICB thinks what they did was the right decision, then Gayle's decision was fair too...

  • b4u8me2 on April 20, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    The WICB needs to stop lying and making excuses and trying to paint Gayle as the bad person in all this mess. They did not intend to select neither Gayle, Sarwan or Chanders for any of the one day matches and if any of the "young" guys did well those senior players more than likely would also not feature in any of the test matches. If the WICB were resting the senior players so as to give others exposure as they claim then that would have been made public on the announcement of the team. Now they are saying that Gaye was not picked because of injury - something that is the norm to have been made public if a player is being left out due to injury. The WICB is simply fishing for every and any excuse they can find to cast the blame on Chris Gayle and paint him to be a player who has no interest in WI cricket while glorifying Bravo and Pollard who have done EXACTLY the same as Gayle did. As a matter of fact Bravo did more - Bravo was selected and he's also vice captain, Gayle was not!!!

  • on April 20, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    Gayle wasn't bid on in the IPL because WICB said they wouldn't release him during Pakistan series. Now WICB choose not to pick him to play for Pakistan series. Can you blame Gayle? All of a sudden you hearing all these discussions and WICB trying to come out as the beaten party. Meanwhile, THEIR fat salaries are assured, whether they get gate sales or not. Good luck Gayle.

  • on April 20, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Well this really shows where the Heart Gayle really lies. Remember when he was the CAPTAIN and decided to wait until the day before the test match to join the team. Not surprised he did this. This is sad. I am truly disappointed.

  • on April 20, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    what is wrong with WICB? why they did not say anything about the injury to Gayle when they announced the squad? why the Drama? why was it not disclosed at that time? i think this injury is just a lie. The WICB should be sued by the WI supporters for its disastrous management over the past 3 years.

  • cooljack_143 on April 20, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    DC should go for Sourav Ganguly in place of Sanga.DC will win the cup in IPL 2011.

  • cooljack_143 on April 20, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Chris has taken a fairly good decision.Man leave WI as a country and go to India they will happily accept you.Happily make you as Indian citizen, You don't have to take all this.Who know you might also play for the country some day.India rules in future.

  • cablemannpete on April 20, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    I dont blame Gayle ,The managers feel that they are bigger than the players and If I was Gayle I would refuse to return until there is change in management. I am sorrry I left the WI in 1983 and I am still a diehard WIs fan but today I wish they would lose so that management will see that you cannot play games with players.I love gayle I watch WI cricket now because of him he s mr excitement. DO you think India could do this to their number one player tendulka and get away with it,or south africa with Jacques Kallis come one. I applaud gayle for doing what he did.They management said they are moving to youth. HIllare has been at odds with gayle fr the time he took over home he and Gibson lose their jobs.Then and only then I would say to Gayle come back and play.They always say last laugh is the best laugh.Now Who in the west indies team is going to take over the popularity contest. Gibson or Hillaire

  • on April 20, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    no discpline on the part of some individual player who deem themself above the game let him go and he has to prove himself before he could be selected make sure of this and the wipa i hope will not have anything to say when he left of the team mark my word if he is aloud cricket will continue as is . new start new begining wi has to make a stand

  • on April 20, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Now that Grist realize that the WICB don't rate him, he make is move!, WICB do that to a lot of cricketers. when I was a boy, I remember the selectors, selected thirteen to sexteen men. at the morning of the first day the select twelve men. that make a cricketer feel more justified. I am a diehearted cricket fan WI 100%, but fair is fair. Good Luck Gayle, as a jamaicain and WI fan and good luck for the west indies

  • cgtboy87 on April 20, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    WICB IS ACTING LIKE WE HAVE A DEEP POOL OF TALENT IN THE CARIBBEAN TO CHOOOSE FROM.WHY ARE THEY CRYING FOOL NOW? WHY SHOULD CHRIS GAYLE SIT ON THE SIDELINE UNTIL THEY FIGURE WHAT TO DO WITH HIS CAREER? WAKE UP WICB SELECTOR...THERE ARE OTHER THRIVING FORMAT IN THE GAME WITH LUCRATIVE CONTRACT AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR TALENT SO IF YOU TAKE YOURS FOR GRANTED THEY WILL SCOOP THEM UP NICELY.GREAT JOB WICB.. WHATS NEXT SHIV AND SARWAN OFF TO ENGLAND...

  • SehwAAGfan on April 20, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    I love you GAYLE... I m big fan of yours.. Ur sixes- boundaries ah... I love them but the most I like is the way u ball,ur overs in a short format games, love to see ur dance ,when u get a wicket.. Pollard is doing wonders in fielding for MI still dint get a chance to bat n blow sixes. U r the need of R.C.B at the moment as dilshan will be unavailable,WICB is confused over there statement which they earlier gave regarding team selection against pak. It's time to shine dude, ask RCB to pay WICB for ur absence, come fast dude blow some sixes n give malya a chance to party..

  • Anneeq on April 20, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    If gayle wasnt going to play a part in the Pk series why is it wrong for him to go play in the IPL? Did the windies expect him to twiddle his thumbs for a month or so until one their youngsters messes up and they decide to call Gayle?

  • milanrobby on April 20, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    In recently past there has been lots of problems between senior players and the WICB. The rift is between WICB and Chris Gayle. Its not about the country. Given an opportunity Gayle would happily play for the country first rather than IPL. The WICB had said that Gayle was not physically fit for playing where as he was fit and fine ...so there is certainly a communication or whatever gap between WICB and Gayle.... so he went ahead and chose IPL I am sure Gayle knew he would not get an opportunity to play in this series for WI.

  • on April 20, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    WICB Please go through your last few interview statement. If you can see then please apologizes to your country because this way you are not making WICB week but putting WIC feature in black. I am not protracting Gayle but sir please you decision more clear. But any how if your decision got changed in favor of WIC then this is not way to behave to any player. I know i am small to tell you but please rethink of your decisions.

  • on April 20, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    For all of u out ther criticizing the IPL WICB is to blame here they are the ones who dropped him in the first place and the given reason was and i quote "wants to groom young blood" now that he has a choice he has decided to play IPL there is nothing wrong with that so stop dissing IPL it has done tons for the development of t 20 cricket LONG LIVE IPL

  • meisteroso on April 20, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    If Gayle declared himself unavailable for the Pakistan tour under the premise of being injured, and is then granted an NOC without accountability, that tells me the board is weak and ineffective. He should not have been granted a NOC until he can explain how he is unavailable and available at the same time, depending on who comes calling.

    If the board sets a clear policy for participation in the IPL/Big Bash and all extraneous tournaments, it ill be far easier for them to manage the business of running WI cricket. It does not need to be in the business of taking away opportunity from players ... just to set a positive agenda for running itself effectively.

    They should also have a zero-tolerance policy for players under contract when it comes to following expectations. This will only be enforceable at the team management level if there is no daylight between any of the coordinating entities ... WIPA, WIBC and team management. That's critical if the coach is to be effective.

  • Goldenduck74 on April 20, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Tough luck on the incompetent WICB. They failed to convince Gayle to sign a retainer/central contract, and then didn't pick him in their squad. So why shouldn't he go play in the IPL? They then compound matters by giving their consent for him to play in the IPL - let's not forget they hold the ultimate veto over any of their players taking part. If the WICB spent as much time trying to develop better cricketers and trying to administer cricket in the caribbean with just the slightest bit of professionalism as they do complaining about events that arise through their own incompetence, perhaps they wouldn't be languishing in the bottom half of the rankings. A glance at their website shows continual press releases clarifying media reports and defending their mistakes - barely a mention of their High Performance Centre, that is doing a great job of trying to develop the next generation of cricketers. Hilaire and company are a total embaressment

  • Zahidsaltin on April 20, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    @Xen Ophon what are you talking about?? should countries make room for IPL? Should they also make room for county season and all other domestic programs. Would India make room for English and Australian domestics. OR may be you want too say, make room where money can buy sports spirit. WI board should have denied a NOC to Gayle.

  • on April 20, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Well I am not surprised. West communicated to the world "" that the three senior players were dropped for the Pakistan series because they want to try young players"". If Chris was hurt sthey should have communicated clearly that he was being left off because injury. Whose fault is that? All of you Gayle haters need to back off. When one stands up and fight you cringe and shake in the boots because you are all yes men. Chris can think for himself unkike most of you who think big Uncle West Indies Cricket Board does it better. One just have to look at how the bungle everythinh else up. Well done Chris , I wish Chanders and Sarwan had the guts to stand up too.

  • el_davio on April 20, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    The WICB is just too, too weak... if Gayle is on a rehabilitation programme from injury and you want to monitor his progress with a view to selecting him later in the series, then why did you issue him an NOC? He "made his choice and has travelled to India, the WICB does not wish to stand in his way"? How silly does it look to now come out in "disappointment"? No cricketer can play in the IPL without the NOC which you granted to Gayle.

  • on April 20, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    To all who are bashing WICB, remember one thing - Gayle is not bigger than WI cricket. If he was dropped for one series, that was probably with an intention to tell him that he has to perform to be a part of the team. It didnt mean Gayle can play in IPL without even obtaining NOC from board. I dont see how WICB has messed it all.. They did exactly the right.. that laggard Sarwan has hardly played an innings of any substance in last 3-4 years. Chanderpaul dosnt look even half as good as he was some years ago. And Gayle had probably been the worst, not just with the form but the attitude as well. And the way they handled the issue of allowing Bravo and Pollard is actually commendable.

  • on April 20, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Never liked Gayle and never liked IPL. Another way why players are playing for money. Now WI without Gayle would not be a good contest with Pakistan, but then Gayle hasn't played anything worth while in last few years. He has always been greedy and IPL is getting more powerful. Why can't they just make no tours while IPL is on, or make the IPL shorter. I hope Gayle flunks in his assignment and never gets picked by IPL teams again, and has to cry his way back in WI team, and I hope WI cricket board rejects him.

  • on April 20, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Whatever wrong with WICB this is so sad as players refuse their national duties..bad consequences of IPL.The bitter truth

  • on April 20, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    I think there is just too much international cricket and that club cricket should be stronger.Perhaps not as strong as soccer,but more along the lines of rugby.Gayle is a free man and can do what the hell he likes with his career.You don't have to play for your "national" side.Maybe there should be less international cricket scheduled;hell we already have too much of it already and Gayle's move should accelerate that.It was only back in the 1960's that most Australian summers had no international cricket-crowds of 30,000 plus use to watch Sheffield Shield games.I just don't feel angry at all about what Gayle has done;and yet I count myself as a cricket purist.Why is that?

  • gouthamkotera on April 20, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    When the "country" is no more competitive in the current world, there is no point in wasting a talent like Gayle for a series with no menaingful outcome for the team. The better players of Windies, like Pollard and Gayle have understood that their talent will be put to better use in IPL rather than a damp squib of a team called West Indies. After all they need to earn to give their family a better life.

  • on April 20, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Before you guys make comments about WI players commitments you must also take a look at our board's history and their lack of objectivity. They chose to groom new blood. There was no mention of Gayle being injured. Hillaire made scathing comments against Gayle even before being part of the board.

  • meisteroso on April 20, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    If Gayle declared himself unavailable for the Pakistan tour under the premise of being injured, and is then granted an NOC without accountability, that tells me the board is weak and ineffective. He should not have been granted a NOC until he can explain how he is unavailable and available at the same time, depending on who comes calling.

    If the board sets a clear policy for participation in the IPL/Big Bash and all extraneous tournaments, it ill be far easier for them to manage the business of running WI cricket. It does not need to be in the business of taking away opportunity from players ... just to set a positive agenda for running itself effectively.

    They should also have a zero-tolerance policy for players under contract when it comes to following expectations. This will only be enforceable at the team management level if there is no daylight between any of the coordinating entities ... WIPA, WIBC and team management. That's critical if the coach is to be effective.

  • calcric on April 20, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    I cant disagree with Gayle, it is passing strange that the WI selectors did not see it fit to inform the public that Gayle had not been selected becuase of injury. In fact the impression i got through reading the news releases from the selectors was that they were moving forward to a younger group of players.This having been said in relation to the comments of messrs Otis Gibson the coach in the aftermath of the pakistan defeat in the world cup, that the senior players had let the team down. Suddenly when Gayle has gone to ply his trade we know that he was not selected due to injuries and that he would have been in line for selection when the injury was healed. My question is was this information known to Gayle? Becuase in circumstances whereby he believed he was dropped how unreasonable was it for him to seek to earn his keep plying his trade.

  • Aussie-07 on April 20, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    The statement that the " IPL should be closed" is ridiculous. The IPL can not be closed so that players may develop the natural character for pride of playing for there countries. The IPL does not force players into its' 20/20 formate and besides this sort of indiscipline is seen only with West Indies players .

  • Rahic on April 20, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Now, that will teach the WICB a lesson that they just can't treat first class players like dirt and at the same time, expect them to be loyal to the team. Hats off to you Gayle.. you must look after your own interest because the WICB don't give a rat's behind about your career. I think Chanderpaul and Sarwan should consider the same. The WICB cannot continue to damage these great players career. If they wanted Gayle to play in the Pakistan series, then why not say it upfront rather than keeping him in limbo and now using rehab as an excuse. They were so emphatic in the beginning about axing the three players but had to soften their position because of public outcry. All of a sudden they said that Gayle would have been considered for selection in the Pakistan series....how strange. The WICB have lost all credibility, it's time for a change. By the way, I think that Guyana should severe all ties with the WICB and consider forming its own team.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on April 20, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Be happy Pakistani's that your players are barred from the IPL. It has been a blessing in disguise. No need for such distractions about loyalty. The IPL is such that if this trend continues (and why not) the snake will have not only bitten its own tail off, it will completely devoured itself. It is top International level cricket which sustains the IPL and its audience, not the other way around. The IPL and the players themselves would be do to remember this.

  • bluhunter on April 20, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    The WICB really need to lisen to themself,they dropped him and then expects him to be like a spare tire just in case he is needed.Sorry but the WICB is cause of this mess and all that follows.

  • bbpp on April 20, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    I don't get it really....Mr.Butts, Gibson & Co have done nothing for WI cricket during their playing days. They were mediocre and struggled to make any impact when they got their chances yet now get to make statements that no place is guaranteed for any player no matter their PROVEN track record!

    Agreed Shiv has been slow over the past few years and should not play ODI's but the records of Gayle & Sarwan in ODI's at least is as good as the legends Greenidge, Haynes, Richie etc.

    Now when one of those players choose to take their skills where it is recognized and valued it is a problem???????

    For 20 years WI has been "turning the corner" so it is not the fault of these players...they have at least being doing a lot better than Mr.Butts, Gibson & Co did in their days!!!!

  • on April 20, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    its really shameful, WICB didnt choose him because he is not a team-player anymore, he was playing for himself only. he is in rehabilitation then how come he plays for ipl can he answer that? no because he has no respect for his country and no respect for himself. thats why even kolkatta nightriders didnt bid for him in the first place. if there was no WI Team, no one would have ever known chris gayle

  • on April 20, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    If the IPL really is endorsed by the ICC then they should consider getting an open window for it...neither one's country nor teams in an ICC endorsed tournament should have to be disadvantaged like this...

  • vatsap on April 20, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    The West Indies board should use this opportunity to dump Gayle for good. Talent alone is not enough and his attitude has been awful always. Considered Mr. Cool, he should be sent the Andrew Symonds way. This will not make one inch of a difference to the struggling Windies cricket. Atleast a distraction is out of the way.

  • adam_clone on April 20, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    What a disappointing piece of news! I was a long term fan of Gayle. But not any more! This clearly proves that he is just after the money and does not give a wasp sting length of care about the Windies legacy. Now the usual skullduggery would follow from the WIPA giving lame reasons. I think both the WICB and WIPA should be scrapped and Windies cricket should be re-booted with a single organization who is capable of running the game in the Carribean!

  • Dreama on April 20, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    The WICB Played Poker with the senior players and lost, the pressure they thought was exerted on the players are now right back on them as the already dwindling fans are planning not to attend the games in droves. All other Boards are working in a manor mutually accepting to management and team while the WICB is using their retro-mentality on the modern day player. They are the single most destructive force in West Indies Cricket, and has been for years. Strangely enough there is no end in sight.

  • vipinchaudhary2325 on April 20, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    whats the problem if Gayle is playiing in IPL.. he is not in the WI team.. so he have all the right in the world to play cricket and earn some money... If WI board really dont want him to play in IPL... den select him in the team.. as simple as dat

  • PACERONE on April 20, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    WICB do not like Gayle.The coach does not like Gayle.Gayle knows this and will do what he wants instead of having them push him around.No batsman since Lara has the opposition scared of them except Gayle.Why did they not pick him subject to fitness.I think W.I was headed in the right direction,baring a few hick-ups with the Australian coach.But this new coach has done nothing to improve the team.Smith is lost against spinners,Sammy's batting has gone backwards along with his bowling...don't mention his catching.The coach thinks he is a good tactician.That has not been seen.He lost his wicket hitting catches straight to men when he should be rotating the strike.They will miss Gayle.Get rid of the coach.We need a blend of old and new players.Young Bravo will be under more pressure now.

  • animesh.varshyl on April 20, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    What a non-sense WICB, First they axed Gayle, Chandrapaul and Sarwan from national team. Now they have also problem with Gayle to join IPL. What to say ...

  • ChrisH on April 20, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    I'm sure a lot of short-sighted fans will be backing Gayle blindly on this (and probably claim he was not on any real rehabilitation programme), but I recall when another West Indian player abandoned a rehabilitation programme (which some people doubted as being real) to play in IPL.....his name is Fidel Edwards. And I also recall that he did play in IPL only to end up making a bad injury into something very serious and requiring surgery and that he not play cricket for 1 year. Given how often Gayle seems to have problems it really wouldn't surprise me if something similar happened here - he goes to IPL, plays a few innings and then is out for the rest of year.

  • Rushikey on April 20, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    WICB will get to know the fact, Money Talks :)

  • on April 20, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    GOD give CHRIS the talent, WI provided the showcase stage, further I say not.

  • on April 20, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    gayle decision is bad for wi.wi cricket going back and back now

  • on April 20, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    First u drop players like Gayle, Sarwan and Chanders ignominiously and then say such thing...the WICB should be ashamed of themselves.... U expect him to sit idle until you consider selecting him again huh Julian Hunte??

  • on April 20, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    After not being bought in the IPL,the Wi board thought they would punish Chris but thanks to IPL Chris can do what he does best and better than any of those guys on the west indies board including coach and selectors and thats playing cricket.

  • shaileshacharya123 on April 20, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    hahahhahahha,wat a joke in wicb

  • on April 20, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    I think this is a poor display by Gayle For the younger cricketers. Every single cricketer should give the first preference to their mother land. ICC has to take some urgent decision about this issue

  • on April 20, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    I don't blame Chris Gayle...the WICB want to play politics. So, Gayle did what he had to do to feed his family...GOOD LUCK CHRIS!!!

  • Quazar on April 20, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Very poorly handled by Gayle and the WICB! But if the WICB were serious about selecting Gayle eventually, they should have given him a limited NOC; i.e. for only those IPL games which didn't clash with the WI matches for which they wanted to select him. What's the point of having a whip if you don't have the intelligence to crack it!

  • on April 20, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    hummmmm... Gayle i hope you play Well. you will be missed in the WI lineup; remember that your fans love to watch you bat but loyalty must be shown as well.

  • on April 20, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    gayle you did the correct thing. i support you 100%

  • Tyrone_Persaud on April 20, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Disappointed????? The WICB is disappointed????? I wonder how Chanderpaul, Sarwan & Gayle feels.

  • on April 20, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    west indies cricket gone to the dogs

  • bumsonseats on April 20, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    its the thin edge of the wedge in time more and more will decide to do this, injury or not. funny how the english players selected for the ipl who decided that their injuries were more important then playing 20/20 and playing for their country as the higher honour. dpkl

  • cricketclubber on April 20, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Its been more than 2 decades since we have seen the degeneration of west indies cricket. Nothing seems to be improving, i hate to say it but then thats the only option left. Disband the WICB and let them become individual countries and play like other associates. Atleast there will be accountability as to which country gets how much and how they utilize it. The good times are long over and the memories are becoming stale. ICC you need to take the decisive step. It is for cricket's good.

  • Allan716 on April 20, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    What 'country or pride' is the WICB chairman talking about. The West Indies is a region of several countries and does not have an anthem. Gayle's pride and honour is with Jamaica. Given the state of WICB, cricket in WI should be disbanded and allowed to flourish in T20 format. This will bring back the pride and make the region a force to reckon with. Imagine a T20 World where the Test and ODI Playing nations now have to combat with Jamaica, T & T, Barbados, Guyana, Antigua and the likes. We have to move on and make this game viable. We cannot live in the colonial era and romanticize about the glory days. Each format of cricket is viable, however, it is region based and therefore Test Cricket is a waste of time in WI. Let their players earn lucrative contracts around the world and let them be free lance specialists in India, England, Aus, NZ and SA if required

  • analyseabhishek on April 20, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Only a few days ago there was news that Gayle hasnt been selected to 20-20 and ODIs against Pakistan because the selectors "...wanted to groom new blood". Now that he has flown away, they are crying foul. It all looks a case of a clasical mis-communication- in fact a whole series of it.

  • on April 20, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Why can't they just make room for the IPL and avoid forcing players to choose? The WICB has also not treated Gayle fairly considering that they never mentioned in their team announcement that he was being left out because of injury. Besides, which "country" is Hilaire talking about?

  • freakygs on April 20, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Boards should expel players who are not prioritizing national duty, that is the reason Gayle is never counted as one of the WI greats..!!

  • on April 20, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Sri Lankan Cricket made the right decision calling back players and giving them a strong message , otherwise SLC also might have faced the same consequences in the future as WICB ...!!!!

  • CricketChat on April 20, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    This could mean curtains for Gayle appearing in WI colors again. A real loss for WI, but best option for him.

  • Caligula on April 20, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    A young professional chooses money and excitement over being part of a wayward, losing international team.

    Shock! Horror!

  • on April 20, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    SAD but not surprising, I saw right thru CHRIS. GAYLE has proven everything I had said about him correct. GAYLE HAS lost interest in WI cricket a long time ago. GOD give GAYLE a talent; WI give him a chance to showcase that talent. FURTHER i say not.

  • rayinto on April 20, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Well! Well! WICB gets a taste of their own medicine. You drop Gayle, now Gayle drops you. How does it feel? And talk about double standard - Pollard & Bravo who are in the team are allowed to play in the IPL, but Gayle who is not selected is not allowed? Give me a break! Can't wait to see Chanderpaul & Sarwan playing county cricket in England and making a ton of runs. WICB are the ruin of Windies cricket.

  • mandi on April 20, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    WICB is right,gayle took a wrong decision.country should be first always,

  • crikbuff on April 20, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Just goes to show how IPL is creating rifts in World Cricket. Soon, many top players will skip international duties to play the IPL tamasha. As a consequence, the quality of international cricket will fall. All in all, IPL will destroy cricket.

  • Tanuj_Roy on April 20, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Thats because there is more money in IPL and these cricketers don'e care about coubtry's pride only money, IPL should be closed

  • on April 20, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    IPL and BCCI is creating gaps between players and board, 1st SL Now WI.

  • satanswish on April 20, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    First they dump him n now say they are not happy with him. WICB is a bunch of jokers really.

  • rj79 on April 20, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    One doesn't quite know what to make of this. You can't argue with the fact that playing for your country should take precedence of whatever you can do and make in the IPL. Looking at it from the point of view of a player who is 32 however, you can't deny the fact that he would not have much lead left in the pencil. Can't really blame Gayle for wanting to earn a little bit more money (which of course will not be possible playing for the country). A highly dichotomous situation which can easily be avoided by all Boards agreeing to an IPL window. Why do some boards not want their players to earn a bit more money? More than I can understand.

  • mohamedamin on April 20, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    What else the WICB expect.....He is fit to play so that means he will be playing cricket but not for W I but for IPL....its the WICB board that drop him so he made his decision

  • on April 20, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    WTH. Hold on WICB on one hand you don't pick the man because you want to develope "young players". Now you vex he gone. What you espect the man to do? It looks like the West Indies Cricket board wants their cake and to eat it too at the expense of the players. When will they understand that only together can WI cricket move forward.

    Sigh!!!!

  • chunnie on April 20, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    The WICB started the ball rolling by disrespecting the players and doing far more than just dangling them out for the vultures. I'd support any player who did the same in his position.

  • Allblkevrythng on April 20, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    at the end of the day, its all business...........IPL is a great business decision, the WICB needs to accept that...

  • boris6491 on April 20, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    This shows what a joke the WICB is. Ask yourself the question captain obvious: Why didn't Gayle sign a central contract? Here's the fairly obvious answer if it needs to be spelled out. He wanted to ensure that in this situation, he could play in the IPL regardless of international commitments. It's a joke for them to say that we are 'disappointed', if they didn't figure out that Gayle, like Bravo and Pollard who are being branded as the good guys here, prefer the riches to international glory, they are totally delusional. My view is that these players should be allowed to become like Andrew Symonds, play in T20 leagues around the world as they would much rather that than play for their country, it is entirely up to them. The WICB needs to get over it, move on and look for better players that would be dedicated to playing for the West Indies rather than selecting these players on their terms. Their board is weak and it really is no secret why WI cricket has been a sham in the last decad

  • on April 20, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Now Kochi should go for Kevin Obrian ..to replace steve smith/john hastings..!

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  • on April 20, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Now Kochi should go for Kevin Obrian ..to replace steve smith/john hastings..!

  • boris6491 on April 20, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    This shows what a joke the WICB is. Ask yourself the question captain obvious: Why didn't Gayle sign a central contract? Here's the fairly obvious answer if it needs to be spelled out. He wanted to ensure that in this situation, he could play in the IPL regardless of international commitments. It's a joke for them to say that we are 'disappointed', if they didn't figure out that Gayle, like Bravo and Pollard who are being branded as the good guys here, prefer the riches to international glory, they are totally delusional. My view is that these players should be allowed to become like Andrew Symonds, play in T20 leagues around the world as they would much rather that than play for their country, it is entirely up to them. The WICB needs to get over it, move on and look for better players that would be dedicated to playing for the West Indies rather than selecting these players on their terms. Their board is weak and it really is no secret why WI cricket has been a sham in the last decad

  • Allblkevrythng on April 20, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    at the end of the day, its all business...........IPL is a great business decision, the WICB needs to accept that...

  • chunnie on April 20, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    The WICB started the ball rolling by disrespecting the players and doing far more than just dangling them out for the vultures. I'd support any player who did the same in his position.

  • on April 20, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    WTH. Hold on WICB on one hand you don't pick the man because you want to develope "young players". Now you vex he gone. What you espect the man to do? It looks like the West Indies Cricket board wants their cake and to eat it too at the expense of the players. When will they understand that only together can WI cricket move forward.

    Sigh!!!!

  • mohamedamin on April 20, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    What else the WICB expect.....He is fit to play so that means he will be playing cricket but not for W I but for IPL....its the WICB board that drop him so he made his decision

  • rj79 on April 20, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    One doesn't quite know what to make of this. You can't argue with the fact that playing for your country should take precedence of whatever you can do and make in the IPL. Looking at it from the point of view of a player who is 32 however, you can't deny the fact that he would not have much lead left in the pencil. Can't really blame Gayle for wanting to earn a little bit more money (which of course will not be possible playing for the country). A highly dichotomous situation which can easily be avoided by all Boards agreeing to an IPL window. Why do some boards not want their players to earn a bit more money? More than I can understand.

  • satanswish on April 20, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    First they dump him n now say they are not happy with him. WICB is a bunch of jokers really.

  • on April 20, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    IPL and BCCI is creating gaps between players and board, 1st SL Now WI.

  • Tanuj_Roy on April 20, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Thats because there is more money in IPL and these cricketers don'e care about coubtry's pride only money, IPL should be closed