West Indies news April 21, 2011

'I had no other choice' - Gayle

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Chris Gayle has said the way he had been treated by the West Indies board (WICB) had left him with little choice but to join the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad for the 2011 IPL and miss the home series against Pakistan. A day after the WICB said it was disappointed at how Gayle had handled the IPL issue, the batsman has hit back, claiming the board had not checked on his rehabilitation from injury after the World Cup, and that he had been "stunned" to learn from the media of his omission from the squads for the Twenty20 and the first two ODIs against Pakistan.

In a hard-hitting interview with KLAS Sports, a radio station in Jamaica, Gayle also poured scorn on the role of the West Indies coach, Ottis Gibson, dismissing him as a "user", and blaming him for wrecking the confidence of his fellow veteran batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan during the World Cup. "The coach messed up the man mentally," he said. "The players were not in the right frame of mind. Sarwan was batting without a free mind. Players told me they lost confidence. A player speaks his mind in team meetings openly… The player said his piece… After that, he never play another World Cup match. But me talk with my mouth and me talk with my bat."

"A group of players were selected for a training camp in Barbados, and I never got a call, nobody spoke to me, and I decided to leave it alone," Gayle said. "I continued my training programme, and I came to find out via the media that a Twenty20 squad was announced, and a one-day international squad was announced, and I was stunned when I saw a big headline in the newspapers, 'Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul dropped'."

Gayle said no one from the WICB had contacted him before the squads had been named. "The only communication I have had with anyone connected with the WICB was when I sent a text message to (team physio) CJ Clark, and gave him an update about how I was doing," he said. "I told him I was feeling good, the progress I was making; I was running, I was in the gym, and working. His only response was that he would send a fitness programme, which I did not receive until the IPL offer had presented itself."

"I wanted to get back on track as quickly as possible. I wanted to play and represent West Indies. This was my ultimate goal, since I did not have a contract, but I was forced into this decision because teams were picked, I was not informed about what was happening, and I did not know what the future would hold. The matches could be played, and other players do well, and I could still be sitting on the sidelines, so I had no other choice.

"I have served West Indies for many years, but I was disrespected a lot, and I have been playing under a lot of pressure. I can't sleep properly. I need to get this off my chest. I want everybody to print what I said, I want to clear the air and I want them to ease up. WICB… back up offa my back."

Gayle's explanation, however, was at odds with what the WICB said in a release soon after it granted him the no-objection certificate, clearing his participation in the IPL. The board claimed it had been in communication with Gayle.

"At the conclusion of the cricket World Cup, Gayle underwent a medical examination in the UK," the WICB said. "Following Gayle's consultation with a UK doctor it was determined that he would require at least two to three weeks of rest before returning to training.

"The WICB medical personnel had been communicating with Gayle on the status and management of his injury since his return to Jamaica following the Cricket World Cup, this included arrangements for his rehabilitative programme. Gayle was undergoing rehabilitative work with an appointed physiotherapist and had already attended ten sessions. The next phase was to include sport-specific training along with a running programme.

"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. It is clear that there was no way that Gayle could have been considered for selection for the first two ODIs given the facts outlined above."

The WICB said it was surprised to learn that Gayle had been making arrangements to play cricket in India when it was under the clear impression that he 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."

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  • malikabdulrehmanawan on April 24, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    I am quite sure that West Indies has that much talent which they had in 70s,80,s and 90,s.I am from Pakistan and i follow the game very much.All i can say is that the WICB needs cleaning.West Indies can never be short in talent.If someone doesn't believe then he should consult a psychiatrist.Contracts are not the motivators or are the proofs of loyalty to your Nation,if they were then what would you say about the Great Brian Lara...??We don't know on which grounds Gayle didn't sign the contract but all i know is that he deserves some respect after all he has done for his team.WICB should learn to give respect to its star players and crowd magnets.If India can cash the reputation of these players then why cant their own boards...??

  • PaddyRasta on April 24, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    WICB should have said Gayle was injured as the only reason he was left out - Not give rubbish reasons of young blood and no inherent right to play every match. If they do not communicate their commitment (if there is any) to Gayle then one can hardly blame this professional cricketer for wanting to play cricket elsewhere. There is more value for all parties him keeping himself in form (even at 20/20) rather than not playing any cricket at all.

  • dane400 on April 24, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Hey, signing a retainer contract doesn't mean that your loyal to WI cricket. The teams of the 70's, 80's and 90's didn't have retainer contracts. Did it mean that they were not loyal to WI cricket? Why did it take so long for the WICB to implement retainer contracts? Brian Lara did not sign a retainer contract! The retainer contract only ensures that the cricketers are available to the WICB whenever they wont to use them. The WICB needs a cleaning. We've been saying that years. I'm fed up with them!

  • on April 24, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    A man has to make choices, Gayle you made your choice and I am supporting you... wish you were representing the WI at the moment, but the politics is overbearing.... I cannot understand how Chanderpaul and Sars were left out of the team.... WI will receive a 5-0 trashing in the ODI series......

  • on April 24, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    im a chris gayle fan & i support every positive move that gayle makes & i think that was the right choice.clyde butts cant select a proper team.there is no other frontline bowler in WI team that has more ODI than gayle.

  • on April 23, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    For years and years the West Indies players and WIPA has been striving to get Central Retainer contracts but the WICB treated them like nothing because other avenues like the IPL wasn't around at that time. Now the WICB wants to "keep a hold" on their players because of the great opportunities presented to them by other franchises, mainly the IPL. Now Gayle has made a name on the international scene the WICB wants to hold him back by forcing him to sign a Central Retainer contract to play for the WI. Yes, it is loyal and honorable to play for the West Indies, but players should have the right to play wherever they want as long as it is legitimate and not be chastised for it.

  • lefalcon on April 23, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    What sanctimonious nonsense! Professional cricketers have so few avenues for earning a living. WI professionals are even more vulnerable. We could never support a professional league. It is in our interest to encourage players to earn their living outside of West Indian cricket, instead of using blackmail to prevent them from doing so. This policy would increase the pool of professional players; the number of players continuing to play after secondary school; general interest; the pool of young cricketers. This strategy may be the only option left in our attempts to revive our game. Instead the WICB have chosen to go down the opposite road with its scorch and burn, divide and conquer policies.

    As we cannot guarantee them a livelihood, Gayle, Bravo, Pollard and anyone good enough to catch the eye of other professional teams should be given our maximum support. When they do well they also add to the prestige of WI cricket.

  • on April 23, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Its money that matters in modern world....you have to make maximum money when u have the ability...one can simply say that people like Gayle & Malinga are forgetting their nation and playing club cricket...i dont feel they have done such a bad thing.

  • Sowndar.mage on April 23, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Common gayle india and your fans we with you ,prove u r self IPL is the best,now your the gainer WICB is the looser,I tell one advice to WICB don't make wrong decision ,in the final gayle quit in criket like malinga,please aware

  • jorock on April 23, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Comeon Guys Just don't blame Gayle alone. Just take the case of chaders,sarwan they are out of the side and it will be very difficult for them to return back to the side from now on and very quickly we will forget them. Even these guys have not performed well even to impress IPL teams so just see their stage were there are not financial stable nor coming back to the team. Now gayle is taking his chance to play 3-4 IPL seasons and make his life financially fit so he wont regeret in the future .Please think from the part of players also before blaming.

  • malikabdulrehmanawan on April 24, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    I am quite sure that West Indies has that much talent which they had in 70s,80,s and 90,s.I am from Pakistan and i follow the game very much.All i can say is that the WICB needs cleaning.West Indies can never be short in talent.If someone doesn't believe then he should consult a psychiatrist.Contracts are not the motivators or are the proofs of loyalty to your Nation,if they were then what would you say about the Great Brian Lara...??We don't know on which grounds Gayle didn't sign the contract but all i know is that he deserves some respect after all he has done for his team.WICB should learn to give respect to its star players and crowd magnets.If India can cash the reputation of these players then why cant their own boards...??

  • PaddyRasta on April 24, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    WICB should have said Gayle was injured as the only reason he was left out - Not give rubbish reasons of young blood and no inherent right to play every match. If they do not communicate their commitment (if there is any) to Gayle then one can hardly blame this professional cricketer for wanting to play cricket elsewhere. There is more value for all parties him keeping himself in form (even at 20/20) rather than not playing any cricket at all.

  • dane400 on April 24, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Hey, signing a retainer contract doesn't mean that your loyal to WI cricket. The teams of the 70's, 80's and 90's didn't have retainer contracts. Did it mean that they were not loyal to WI cricket? Why did it take so long for the WICB to implement retainer contracts? Brian Lara did not sign a retainer contract! The retainer contract only ensures that the cricketers are available to the WICB whenever they wont to use them. The WICB needs a cleaning. We've been saying that years. I'm fed up with them!

  • on April 24, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    A man has to make choices, Gayle you made your choice and I am supporting you... wish you were representing the WI at the moment, but the politics is overbearing.... I cannot understand how Chanderpaul and Sars were left out of the team.... WI will receive a 5-0 trashing in the ODI series......

  • on April 24, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    im a chris gayle fan & i support every positive move that gayle makes & i think that was the right choice.clyde butts cant select a proper team.there is no other frontline bowler in WI team that has more ODI than gayle.

  • on April 23, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    For years and years the West Indies players and WIPA has been striving to get Central Retainer contracts but the WICB treated them like nothing because other avenues like the IPL wasn't around at that time. Now the WICB wants to "keep a hold" on their players because of the great opportunities presented to them by other franchises, mainly the IPL. Now Gayle has made a name on the international scene the WICB wants to hold him back by forcing him to sign a Central Retainer contract to play for the WI. Yes, it is loyal and honorable to play for the West Indies, but players should have the right to play wherever they want as long as it is legitimate and not be chastised for it.

  • lefalcon on April 23, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    What sanctimonious nonsense! Professional cricketers have so few avenues for earning a living. WI professionals are even more vulnerable. We could never support a professional league. It is in our interest to encourage players to earn their living outside of West Indian cricket, instead of using blackmail to prevent them from doing so. This policy would increase the pool of professional players; the number of players continuing to play after secondary school; general interest; the pool of young cricketers. This strategy may be the only option left in our attempts to revive our game. Instead the WICB have chosen to go down the opposite road with its scorch and burn, divide and conquer policies.

    As we cannot guarantee them a livelihood, Gayle, Bravo, Pollard and anyone good enough to catch the eye of other professional teams should be given our maximum support. When they do well they also add to the prestige of WI cricket.

  • on April 23, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Its money that matters in modern world....you have to make maximum money when u have the ability...one can simply say that people like Gayle & Malinga are forgetting their nation and playing club cricket...i dont feel they have done such a bad thing.

  • Sowndar.mage on April 23, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Common gayle india and your fans we with you ,prove u r self IPL is the best,now your the gainer WICB is the looser,I tell one advice to WICB don't make wrong decision ,in the final gayle quit in criket like malinga,please aware

  • jorock on April 23, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Comeon Guys Just don't blame Gayle alone. Just take the case of chaders,sarwan they are out of the side and it will be very difficult for them to return back to the side from now on and very quickly we will forget them. Even these guys have not performed well even to impress IPL teams so just see their stage were there are not financial stable nor coming back to the team. Now gayle is taking his chance to play 3-4 IPL seasons and make his life financially fit so he wont regeret in the future .Please think from the part of players also before blaming.

  • everfaithful77 on April 23, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Johta44 I absolutely agree, if Gayle was serious about representing West Indies he would have signed the contract. He had a choice and chose to play and make BIG MONEY in IPL. If the WICB did not get the message first time around I certainly hope they got it now: The Board should move on. As for so called senior players they should only play based on up to date performance not on past records. Gayle should be dropped completely not only because of his preference for IPL etc., but also his inconsistency. Chanderpaul should not be considered for Limited overs cricket because his current strike rate is much too low and he lacks consistency. Sarwan can be given another chance at all forms but must compete for his place like any other player. The WICB does not have to apologize for it's decision to drop these guys because they were not performing satisfactorily. I applaud the selectors and WICB for their new boldness and willingness to take tough but sound tactical decisions. GO WINDIES !!

  • 44johter on April 23, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    If gayles ultimate goal was to represent the WI he would have signed the contract. He is doing what he wants to do play in the IPL. No player is bigger than the game. Despite whatever problems there are with the board captain, etc you should always conduct yourself in a respectful and professional manner. He is part of a team you get the impression that this is a one man show. I am no fan of the board but they did something that should have been done a long time ago, dropping the senior players. They were beginning to take us for granted. We should not be paying good money to see some of the nonsense they do on the field as so called "experienced" players.

  • on April 22, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    DISRESPECT, strong word. cricket is a team sport. PERSONAL records mean nothing if they don't translate to team success. FANS want to see WI among the top four,and maybe then we can talk about respect. YOU have to earn this thing- respect. AND it is much more than personal records.

  • espncric123 on April 22, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Being an important player of WI cricket side, Gayle should not run away from playing for his country. If he thinks that WICB is doing something wrong he should talk to the WICB and try to fix the problem. He is setting a wrong example to all the talented players out there. Playing in IPL can only get you money, but it wont be as satisfying as playing for your country. No one is going to remember what you did in IPL. If you play a leading role in building the WI team back to its glory, you can be the player everyone remembers for long...

  • on April 22, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    I watched GAYLE'S century for the BRC, and couldn't recall seeing a happier GAYLE, not even in his fine knocks for the WI. BUT why not, he is doing something he enjoys a lot and making MONEY at the same time. THE guy has made his choice,don't blame the WICB.

  • Principle on April 22, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Is everyone blind to the truth. If Mr. Gayle had wanted to represent the West Indies he would have signed the central contract. For players like him right now, playing for the West Indies is a side job. Disgraceful, really.

  • on April 22, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    i totally supports u gayle. WICB even treated Lara the way there treated you.. In no way i am going to support WI cricket again

  • on April 22, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    I dont thik west indies can do anythink taking him into the team there is no consistency in the performance of West indies team in last few years this is very bad for the team who had won 2 times world cup and was dominated all the teams in 70 and 80 .

  • on April 22, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    yea! i hope the WICB is looking GAYLE in the ipl, how are you going to drop a guy like GAYLE, he have about 5 more years in cricket,

  • vedanthy2 on April 22, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    In the interest of the game's development in West Indies, the players dropped now must remain dropped forever.Gayle talks more than he delivers.Put faith in the team that won the latest Twenty20 against Pakistan be continued,encouraged and trained and treated better.Tantrum throwes like Gayle are meant only for IPL type cricket. Will some one tell him he is no Champion cricketer.

  • bharath74 on April 22, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    Gayle is a gr8 player who can uplift the team with his charismatic leadership. WI cant afford to lose him.

  • naterizzal on April 22, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    the windies may have won without gayle etc. but remember that they are playing pakistan.... and we all know what pakistan can be like. still think gayle and co should be there, the best players should be in the team!

  • richyandrews on April 22, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    WICB has been on Gayle's back for a long time They picked Sammy as Captain to spite Gayle. It was so clear. Sammy has been a failure as a player and as Captiain during the World Cup. Yet he is retained and he can claim to be" looking forward" to the Pakistan tour. Pride alone should make him resign as Captain. After years of refusing to give "Retainer Contract" to players since the Lara days, the Board tried to "tie the foot" of those players like Gayle, Bravo, Pollard AFTER thier IPL success. Sour Grapes. The WICB Rule that players cannot be picked because they did not play in the Regional Competition is a stupid and non-sense rule. We do not do so in Football where foreign based players are lapped up to play in international games. Samuels run out Simmons. Samuels run out Lara llast time. Samuels is a four-day player by temperament. Do not waste him.

  • on April 22, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Gayle is asking WICB to "get offa his back" but the same WICB gives him a no-objection certificate to participate in th IPL. I would think that if the WICB was on his back they would refuse to give the go ahead. Something does not add up. According to "Sprang's" grandmother, this story does not have enough people.

  • on April 22, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    Sometimes I wonder if some people watch the same game as I Sarwan sells his wicket, bowl a short pitch ball a man backward of square OUT. I wondered how long would they put up with such indiscipline. Gayle is a matchwinner, if he meet up an down bowling. How many WI won lately? The only one I woold retain is Shiv

  • on April 22, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    Chanderpaul is 37 ..fit and average in the 40's y is he out of the team????....Gibson's big mouth and selfeshness is ripping WI fans away....people in USA don't even talk about WI anymore ...people in USA would not buy the WI games on TV and their goes Cricket's income. bye bye WI

  • on April 22, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    ipl should give otis gibson a contract.i think he needs some cash.

  • on April 22, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    He is not Vivian Richards or Clive Lyoid. West Indies is same whether he plays or not

  • Lindyann23 on April 22, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Everyone knows the WICB workings are not as transparent as it should be and frankly for a long time they have been making poor decisions!!! but i dont agree with your statement D, Singh. the turn out today was poor but i dont think it was solely based on the omission of Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul! after our disastrous exit from the World Cup, how many people still had the gumption to go to a W.I match on a work day! i certainly was not going. We need new blood--- a fresh start litereally, Gayle and company had their time and their consistent response was mediocrity! and once these youngsters, keep on playing with such promise, stadiums will be overflowing. i already booking my ticket for T'dad.

  • Randy_Wilson on April 22, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Happy To us win a match today. Tbh I think it gayle and his crew was here i doubt they would of a win this Match. All those Who follow Gayle and the Team who failed many time, Look at there performance and today West Indies Performance. was totally different. Today West Indies batsmen Run alot of Singles, and hitting 6's or 4's when they are there to hit. L Simmon and D Bravo played Really well with the Back up bowling from Rampal 1st spell and Great bowling by Debut Spinner Bishoo who i think is better than Benn.Samuel Failed today, but he is a capable of making alot of Run, seen in the WI domestic Cricket. Flecther i had alot of expectation in him with the Bat than Keeping, he surprise me with his Keeping ,which when he played for WI before he was sooo bad. Sammy needs to Do something, Only great fielding isnt everything he need to get wickets or make Runs. Russel is a good player it wasnt his day today. The Batting is still young and with alot more matches they play it can improve.

  • 44johter on April 21, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    well, well the WI won a game today without gayle, sarwan, pollard, bravo, benn and chanderpaul and with a captain who should not be in the team. I wonder why.......

  • Outswinging on April 21, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    Gayle's treatment is symbolic of the continued disrespect that is shown to many of the region's accomplished cricketers by the WICB. This crab in the barrel behavior must cease. The incident surrounding Sarwan should be investigated and if true then Gibson should be sent packing. I doubt he would have treated any of the English bowlers under his stewardship in the manner he is alleged to have treated Sarwan.

  • RonSingh on April 21, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    I am and have been a life-long West Indian fan. I have experienced the glory of the late 70s, 80s and early 90s as well as the despair since then. I have stuck by the team through it all and have bought the TV packages diligently for every single series since early 2000. It is beyond me to understand why the institution remains in such lousy state. I do not agree with the hardline stance and approach of the WIPA, neither do I agree with all decisions of the WICB, especially with the latest selection policy. It seems to me that they have made an about-face regarding their relatively strong stated stance regarding selection for different formats of the game by now allowing Bravo and Pollard to participate in the IPL while remaining eligible for selection. My point is I am not trying to lay blame on either the board or the WIPA. I have specifically left the players out of it because I view them as pawns in this "game" being played out. End result: spend my time/resources elsewhere

  • sunnymachoo on April 21, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    Is he the "Shoaib Akhtar" of West Indies? I guess he is! I am talking in terms of treatment he gets from the board despite being such a wonderful player...

  • on April 21, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    Every sport needs stars for its promotion. Stars bring audience to the stadium,and thus ensure the financial feasibility of the respective boards. Its tragic to see the treatment meted out to Chris Gayle ( and Shoaib akhthar) , for they are the reason why folks flock to the stands . More than west indian cricket..its the WICB which needs a huge over haul. Would be great if former west indian players constitute the body

  • on April 21, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Trust me...West Indian team is better off without Gayle...much much better!

  • on April 21, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Players and board (or any game organiser) have a symbiotic relationship. Yet we find often that there is a mutual trust deficit. Each wants to control the other rather than understand the interdependence involved. Both sides are eagre to talk to media but not with one another. This has happened with almost all countries at some point of time or another.

    A simple thing like calling up the player and saying 'you are not in the team' by the selectors before they go public with team selection is not being practiced by many countries. It takes hardly a minutes to do that after all. Same case with players. They dont want to talk to te board but happy to issue press statements or soundbites.

    This 'game' between the boards and their players is so childish! yet it goes on. Fans of the game hardly have the complete picture to make any valid comment as such.

  • lazytrini on April 21, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    And the ICC wants this dysfunctional family in the next World Cup over a team like Ireland?

  • on April 21, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    look at today game..this speaks volume of whats going on....no sarwan..no gayle..no shiv..and no one show up the the first 20/20...all of u guys on here who support the WICB go to the game and support this squad..because i surely will not...i did not buy this package and will not spend any money to suppor WI cricket..i guess the people who like the WICB is broke just like them...if there is no sarwan,gayle or shiv there will never have a full house..and people here who are WI fans will not buys any television packages..its that simple

  • calvin_n on April 21, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Gayle is definitely one of the best batsmen in the world single handedly capable of winning matches...Indian TV audiences will now be treated to his batting and am sure his windies fans will match the IPL too.

  • on April 21, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Bottom line is that when you have a culture within any business that is unstable you will find that communication is inadequate. WICB is trying to operate as a business without the necessary capacity to do so. Egos and ignorance (perhaps arrogance as well) are the reasons that WICB are in trouble. From my understanding there is enough cash to go around but there are certain individuals that are trying to 'absorb' as much cash as possible, thereby sacrificing the bigger picture. WI Cricket will suffer on the international stage, a very sad situation but nothing we can really do about it. they need to sort it out one wy or the other.

  • on April 21, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    he surely wanted to play IPL, every player is now a days, giving priority to IPL for the sake of money and also after a poor performance in WC, he doesn't want to be a part of another losing team..

  • iLUMB on April 21, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Serve you Right Gayle...you comments in the past came back to haunt you

  • Metman on April 21, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Sammy a ST.Lucian,the CEO,A St.Lucian,the President,a St.Lucian.What do we have ?a recipe for disaster !WI cricket down in the dumps !For the first time in the history of WI cricket,we have a player,who said that his capt. was not worthy of a place on the team,and that his presence created animosity in the team ! Well ! well!and it is business as usual for them.Look !RESIGN NAH !go and run your banana plantations back home,make sure everything is in order before the Hurricane season starts,let people that know about cricket,RUN WI CRICKET !The CEO has gone on record as saying that some of the WI cricketers are some of the most uneducated cricketers in the world.I will go on record now as saying that between you,the selectors,the Board,the coach,you all have the biggest collection of cricket DUNCES the world has ever seen.Pollard can hone his skills by playing in the IPL.Explain !I am at a total loss !Man ! the IPL is 20 overs a side.We want sensible ppl to run our cricket !

  • on April 21, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    I think both the WICB and Gayle are jokers and making a mockery out of the great institution called West Indies cricket. Why is it that the WICB and Gayle are always a odds with one another. Somebody lying, somewhere. Solution: Start over with a new board and new players.

  • mahicric on April 21, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    All the players wanted to play for IPL, boards should understood the players intentions and plan their international cricket schedule accrodingly. Who will say no to the big bucks???

  • Metman on April 21, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    @ the CEO,Since when do ST.Lucians know about playing ,far less running WI cricket ?When Sammy was given the captcy,I said then that players like Gayle,Sarwan,Chanderpaul,Bravo,Benn should have been excluded.Sammy should have been given a team that he would have been comfortable with.I also said then,that if Gayle is playing,he should have been skipper.Now lo and behold,Gayle has said that there was much animosity,when Sammy was made skipper.The wicb is looking after its coffers,that is why the above mentioned were not replaced.,so they are to blame now for all the troubles.No foresight whatsoever !The Board and selectors now pick Fletcher and Simmons,one month after the WC,when both of them should have been pick one month before the WC,No foresight again !The CEO and the Board vexed with Gayle for going to the IPL,but name Bravo as v,capt,and allow him to go to the IPL and miss the test series.,and the biggest joke of all,Pollard is allowed to hone his skills,by slogging in the IPL !

  • on April 21, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    WICB is a sinking ship.. they really had a rich history but that reputation is being overshaded....

  • inot on April 21, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    IT IS DISINGENUOUS FOR HILARE TO NOW SUGGEST THAT GAYLE WAS NOT SELECTED BECAUSE OF FITNESS ISSUES. IN THE PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON APRIL 13 WHEN THE ODI TEAM WAS ANNOUNCED THE WICB STATED "Consistent with the policy to expose young players, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan were not selected.Adrian Barath has not yet attained a level of satisfactory fitness and was not considered for selection"

    See " MARTIN BREAKS INTO WINDIES ODI SQUAD." on WICB website. The comment is at the bottom of the release.

    To now suggest that Gayle was not selected because of fitness issues is just SPIN.

  • on April 21, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    This situation is sad. All that was needed was proper communication from the WICB's end. On another point people have said that Gayle doesn't care about windies cricket, however does anyone remember when Gayle's mum was sick before the tour Gayle left but still returned the day before the match. There is alot of suspicion on both the players side and the WICB, however for the youngsters looking on, they have to be concerned.

    I am bemused about this clause to play in the local series. Why? because the WICB has the fewest matches for a local board among the big-8 and the only way players can get cricket is through going overseas. The pitches are poor. Why play here?

  • D-Train on April 21, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    They drop their best player for no reason and then crack it when he decides to join the IPL? Ridiculously unfair.

  • Principle on April 21, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Finally the day has come. Cricket is being finally being destroyed by the scurge that is the IPL. However, there is a choice as always but some greedy West Indians has chosen the wrong one. Let them all go and be done with them as cricket would still be played if they were to retire tomorrow. My best regards to Gayle, Pollard and Bravo. It was the IPL who made them housewhole names and not the West Indies wasn't it. Money over loyalty and patriotism any day.

  • Faraz99 on April 21, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Gayle did wrong, Gayle is Gayle today b/c of WI not b/c of IPL.. When Gayle refuse WICB contract even than he was unsold in IPL auction, but Gayle didn't learned a lesson from that... PK v/s WI looks to me as Lion v/s Goat.. OR Elephant(PK) v/s Ant (WI) I dont know when WI will request ICC to cancel their Test/ODI/T20 International status. WI does not deserve to play any form of International Crkt.

  • nataraajds on April 21, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    WI board is not handling it's players in professional way. while their cricket pride is in crises and no quality players are available.. they should handle available players carefully. Also WI senior players like Gayle, Chandrapaul, Sarwan are not playing to their standard, they let down team in World cup badly. There is no co-ordination between their players and board and selectors also not taking players into confidence. nothing is going right for WI cricket.

  • Cricket-Buff on April 21, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    It is difficult to understand who (WICB or Gayle) to believe. @Lindt_Excellence might be right. All along Gayle wanted to play for IPL (that is why he rejected the WI contract). If the board was telling the truth, the reasoning (Gayle being unfit) should have come on the day the team was announced and not after he had got an IPL offer and asked for NOC.

  • on April 21, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    After their dismal performance in the World Cup (Gayle, Sarwan, Chanders), and since Pakistan has not brought their full squad to the Caribbean until the test matches, what better time to get a look at some of the youngsters than now? And the WICB did say that it was only for the first 2 matches of the 1 day series. How is this a problem? It me it says that after the first two one days, anyone is up to play. Including MR. GAYLE. How is that disrespect? Give me a break. The WICB may have its bad moments, but this certainly is not one of them. The man is such a prima donna.

  • Principle on April 21, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    For too long the WICB has been held ransom by the SENIOR PLAYERS who prioritize money at the expense of patriatism and loyalty.Go, Gayle, Pollard and Bravo with all my blessing taking into account that If you all were to retire from cricket tomorrow the game would still continue. I say if we are going to lose we might as well lose with young who will eventually improve over the long term, rather than yield to these mercenaries. Indian cricket is currently in a state of supremecy on the world stage, thanks in no small part to the IPL which exposes their young players to high level competition during the two month 20/20 competition. However no one has seen fit to mention that it only benefits them as it fits beautifully into cricketing calender which means all their players would be available for national duty if called upon. Other countries have no such luck. Thusly, The IPL is slowly destroying world cricket and elevating Cricket India.

  • fletchmoonman on April 21, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    I have been thinkig of the implications of Trinidad/Jamaica breaking away from the WICB and forming their own Associate teams. I am almost positive that either team would be better than the current West Indies team in ODIs and T20s because: 1) Current WI selection appears to be representational instead of merit based. 2) Difficult logistics of getting players to train together often. 3) WICB failures in succession planning. 4) WICB failures in implementing a fair and formal selection process. 5) WICB failures in settling contractual issues with players.

    Thoughts?

  • Silva-Surfa on April 21, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    I find it amazing that some people on here feel sorry for Gayle. I'm sure he'll be an emotional wreck with all the money he'll make from the IPL. I don't begrudge Gayle earning a healthy living, but the moment he decided not to commit himself to International Cricket, the Board probably felt that his place is expendable and life has to go on. It's situations like this where not signing a retainer contract works nicely for him.

  • on April 21, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    WICB, please, leave this guy alone. Surely, this guy has been disrespected and ignored by you. Still, Gayle is one of the first two batsmen in the world. Therefore, deserved a lot better treatment than showed by his board.

  • iluvtest on April 21, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    @Ambrose Alexander Dear sir, At the time WI board announced its team GAYLE is not with any team. He was not taken by any team at all. It is the injury of some other player forced RCB to opt for GAYLE. So it is incorrect to say Gayle preferred IPL over country. How ever any player shall be allowed to play for his country without any problem from his club. Country always comes first. All players are doing that. Now Sl players are leaving for England tour and will not be available for IPL after 5 May. So it is totally wrong in saying that GAYLE preferred IPL over country. It is the way WICB treating their players.

  • RohanRulzz001 on April 21, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    gayle had no optioin and i think both SLC and WICB are similar..... 1) both want their players to get out of ipl.... 2) the result will be retiring of many players from national cricket and weaken the team forcing the boards to beg in front of players.. 3) both dont pay enough to players....

    so both will suffer as well....SO SADDD!!!!

  • cablemannpete on April 21, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    I agee with you RAJBIR428 who the helll would want to play under Sammy,He has not done anything. Eeryone know that the WI problem has been bowling to look @ the current team how the hell to you actually pic a team with 4 specilist batsmen for 20/20 .sammy is no batsman you have young bravo, hyatt,samuels and simmons after that you have russell who I think is so much better than sammy where is the brains. I sure hope they get fifty.MR GAYLE you still have my respect No never lost it.Sammy and GIBson will drag WI cricket into the dirt get rid of SAMMY,GIBSON and hHILLAIRE.

  • on April 21, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    who is gibson to be a coach at best he was a horrible player the selectors are worst they have no clue what they are doing they were all division three players trying to select an international team go figure

  • Naren on April 21, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    If BCCI does what they claim, they should send Gayle back and not let him participate in IPL. The issue with Sri Lanka might be different as SL suddenly changed the plans for their players and this is a commercial league. Having selected them knowing their availability, if they turn away it affects the franchises. But with Gayle, he is saying he chooses IPL over WI. That should not be entertained. Same goes with Malinga. He should not be allowed to continue in IPL, if he is not going to be ready for the Test series. If Malinga really wanted to play only ODIs and T20s he should have retired from Test prior to the world cup. If he picks IPL over SL, he should not be entertained.

  • on April 21, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Interesting build up going on here, the hype of Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul dropped, then WICB showing disappointment then Gayle hitting back. I have always knew that there were gonna be problems, even while the hype was going on why did WICB not make a statement about Gayle's program going on? Why did they wait until he made his decision then they try to make Gayle the bad person? People who are speaking about the retainer contracts should also remember that the largest contracts valued at USD 120,000 and the guys were already making more from the IPL, now i want them playing for the WI but i could forgive them for not signing. Pollard should continue making all he can as he is considered as a big hitter and i fear that whenever his form gets bad we might have another Ricardo Powell situation. The real problem with WI cricket is administration, and i know with all the talent you have there will be no success till they have guidance. WICB should resign allowing good management

  • ricardowill on April 21, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    What we are witnessing is the death of cricket in countries that can't afford to compete with dollars. No matter how many good players emerge from the West Indies it is just a matter of time before competing groups like IPL take them away. There must be a look at scheduling that will allow players to maximize their financial earnings while having the ability to represent their countries. Then again with easy dollars players don't even need to have discipline. It is not a good day for cricket in the West Indies. I remember when West Indies cricket grew because of County cricket, but there was never an issue with clash of schedules.

  • on April 21, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    The WICB, u r totally at fault for this sorry mess the windies r going through. i don't believe for one bit that u extended an olive branch to CG ,WHAT ABOUT Benn,bravo,sarwanand chanderpaul why only CG. Mr.WICB u did the same thing to Desmond Haynes,Carl hooper,Anderson cummins Gordon Greenidge the list goes on ,u have a funny way of thanking the players for the hard work and dedication that they give to the good people of our little nation. it is only encouraging for our youngsters to see our west indians players playing professionally in the IPL,Australia and England it gives them something to strive for ,as we know only 11 can play.so stop blaming the players and take a good look in the mirror.

  • Feri on April 21, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Why dont people understand IPL is lucretive and it is like the EPL where there is always a debate about country or club. For most people money comes first before country, why blame those guys who choose IPL over country? There is a lack of team spirit in the WI team the team is divided to the core. This was the same problem when richie richardson became captain and again the same issues are bein highlighted when he is the manager. He seems to be a guy who when you see from outside seems like a distructive force.

  • on April 21, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    I have no alternative but to believe Gayle.The WICB is a disgrace.Get rid of Hilaire,Otis,and the selectors too and get people who want to help WI cricket.What they are calling a re-building process is so dumb!!!Gibson has failed as a coach and is looking a scapegoat.If he loves WI cricket I dare him to resign NOW .

  • soumyas on April 21, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Gayle did exactly right thing....it is a lesson to all Cricket selection comities around the world, always communicate to player instead letting them know thru Media, it hurts... good luck Mr. Gayle

  • Me_A_Gemini on April 21, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    I think it is just the IPL and nothing else....

  • NBRADEE on April 21, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Regardless of these shenanigans, it is imperative that the ICC consider what is happening in the evolution of the game; players have begun to retire and lose interest in Test matches at earlier ages, and this is so because T20 cricket has found methods to remunerate cricketers well! To keep Test cricket interest, they must not schedule too many series that reduce player longevity, or create fan apathy, as has happened in India recently (Sachin scoring centuries in front of less-than-sold-out arenas!). But of course, I am one fan of the game and have very little leverage in ensuring these types of scenarios no longer play themselves out. Last but not least - I am still waiting for the reasons as to why Sarwan and Chanderpaul were dropped...

  • on April 21, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    Hey, i don't know who is to blame here,but lets not forget Mr.Gayle statement after the Sri Lanka test series,"i will be taking a 5 months break from test cricket" everyone ask why now? the answer was in the stars then,but now everyone is seeing the stars shining.good luck Mr.Gayle.players come and players go,but the show will go on.

  • on April 21, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    I think Gayle is correct on this issue. Serving country and serving bureaucrats are two different things. When a player does not serve or respect bureaucrats they try to show it as that player is not serving country.

  • jupiterlaw on April 21, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    I can understand the decision to accept the IPL offer although I do not necessarily agree with it. The sun has begun to set on his career and certain decisions taken recently WICB have put his incumbency incumbency into question, besides he has no contract, so he has decided that "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush". The new attitude of the WICB is that you have to perform in order to merit selection, not so at the IPL; once you put pen to paper you get paid even for sitting on the bench.

  • on April 21, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Finally, we all see why West Indies Cricket has been is such a poor state...poor management skills on the part of WICB. I believe that Mr. Hilarie and the WICB are try to do some damage control. I find it ironic that Otis Gibson came to the media and express that he wasn't happy with the "senior player" and the following series those guys weren't selected. Mr. Hilarie and the WICB said that CG wasn't selected because he was injured and now he will be playing for the IPL. On the other hand, nothing was said about Shiv and Sarwan...if those two guys have a contract with the IPL, I'll like to see what Mr. Hilarie will say then. I and many other West Indian will support you guys no matter what decision you all make moving forward...GUYS GOOD LOOK ON YOU FUTURE ENDEAVORS!!!!

  • awent on April 21, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    This is another example of a shoddy WICB They have been treating senior players this way since the 90's and have shown no inclination to change its time they wake or be left further behind if thats possible.This is akin to having people under your employ for ten to twelve years and when a new bunch of young workers come ignore the experience ones, it will happen again take note.WICB wake up you build on a foundation not by demolishing it to start over again you go nowhere.

  • CricketChat on April 21, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Whatever happened with Gayle is best for both the parties. WI cricket needs to move on in a new direction focused on youth and Gayle should look after his financial security given that his playing days getting over sooner than later.

  • on April 21, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    WICB is a joke, they didn't pay their players enough, they drop them too fast and they treat the players like rubbish. No wonder WI cricket is going downhill and we can expect to see it slide further without their best player. I feel for Mr. Gayle.

  • AKmAK on April 21, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Who knows what exactly happend in either end??? I reckon Gayles' decision was too early or blame communication or lucrative IPL ???????

  • on April 21, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Excuses, excuses from CG. Wasn't he offered a contract and then refused to sign, knowing that the IPL clashed with the Pakistan tour and prefered to be playing for big bucks?Then he talks about not having a contract. From the inception he wanted to play IPL cricket at any cost. So he did have a choice. He just chose the IPL over WI. End of story.

  • bheekuchatri on April 21, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Interesting cases coming up, Gayle apparently undergoing rehabilitation program for an injury, but has no problems playing IPL... Malinga is apparently nursing an injury - again no problem playing IPL... injuries or not, people want to play IPL !

  • Silva-Surfa on April 21, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Seems to me that both parties are accountable here. Gayle has made it clear that his top priority is not representing the West Indies anymore. Over the years, the Board's treatment of players could've been more productive and considerate, but their unreasonable and dismissive attitude has created a rift, hence the boycotts and strikes that followed. So now we have a new look Squad with the blooding of the youngsters. Is this a more positive step for the future structure of cricket in the Caribbean or a hidden agenda to have control over the younger generation and political yes-men, time will tell i guess.

  • Lindt_Excellence on April 21, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    This is how it all looks to me (being politically correct ;)): The windies board didnt want him be part of the squad against Pak in the first place, but a the same time also wanted no fingers pointed at them for dropping an experienced intl cricketor and attacking stroke-maker like Gayle - so these actions. Gayle on the other hand wanting to play in the highly lucrative IPL, was waiting for the tiniest of reason by the WICB. He would then make a mountain of a molehill to justify his actions. However, I feel its the WICB to blame, for Gayle is just a professional cricketer whose job is to play the game while the board is an group of "prganisational professionals" including Managers, directors, consultants, ex-cricketers and who-not. They should not have let him have that molehill of a reason in the first place.

  • on April 21, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    bobagorof Gayle is a fantastic player and a very big name in international cricket..... Player's ego is some thing which gayle has also ........ Gayle is not a sorta name, some cricket board will forget??? WICB could have contacted him even they knew that he was not fit .... he is afterall a very senior member of WIC Team..........

  • jadi501 on April 21, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    What is all that ????????? Why wicb doing this kind of treatment with senior players.So unfortunate and disappointing.Some one must take necessary action in this regard.Wi Board clashes with players are not new for any one.But its limit now................

  • on April 21, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    The IPL is slowly and steadily destroying world cricket. Another nail in the coffin for real cricket lovers foitered on us by those with short attention spans and no respect for the game. Another sad day.

  • Silloh on April 21, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    So if WICB is at fault and may be they are not . Skipper Darren Sammy appeared also not to be in touch with his good friend, Gayle whom he rated so highly recently in Sri Lanka. I will think if three of my former team members, Sarwan , Chanderpaul and Gayle are not in my side, as a captain, I will know the reason and enquire of their injury progress. But who cares ?? What is the status of Bharath and wasn't Rampaul and Bravo left on his own to rehabilitate ? But ....lets rally with the WI new look team and wish them well today against Pakistan . Too many distractions always at the wrong time.

  • on April 21, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    You got no objection certificate as per your desire Gayle, except IPL you have no choice...........nice dude. uh so sad WI your players are crazy.............for something other than WI

  • Dheepak.cs on April 21, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    What A lovely news for RCB... its CHRIS GAYLE.. 1st player to hit international T20 hundred in the 1st match of Inaugural T20 WC in SAF against SAF...

    When he starts hitting, its just not hitting, its literally murdering the bowlers brutally, something like cutting d throat into blood. Such a devastating player.

    ALL THE BEST GAYLE.. I WISH U PLAY WELL n STOP THE LOOSING STREAK OF RCB...

  • Tijara on April 21, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    IPL provides alternatives to players. Government officials can no more thrive on bureaucracy. Welcome to Gayle to IPL and India. Gayle is a good player, he should be respected more.

  • on April 21, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    TheWindies board figured that because he was not selected by the IPL, they would allow Chris Gayle to stew in his own arrogance...good for u Chris!!! ope U R saving ur money...B good and hang in there...I can C the future WI teams without Jamaicans...seem only Jamaican players, and whomever is associated with them, who ever is willing to do what their mind tell them, are targeted by the Board...SO SAD....

  • cablemannpete on April 21, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    I have been following WI cricket and I agree with Gayle that he has not been treated fairly. He has taken a lot of slackand if anyone who has regular job know if your bosses are stressing you you cannot function properly, Hillare has not been a good boss.If you have problems with employee you speak to the employee privately >he has had it out for ayle from day one. Listen He is saying that pollard need work so its gd for him to play IPL. That has not been WIs policy when does fairness come in.AS I said I agee with Gayle 100 percent and I would not go back untill Hillaire and the coach has been replaced let them stew in their own juices that they have created. I tell you this having sammy as captain is also a slap in gayles face.WI is looking for a lap dog and IF they know jamaicans they willl not anyones lap dog.

  • Shafi79 on April 21, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Gayle vs WICB, Malinga vs SLC. Well i guess with the kind of money the IPL gravy train brings more of this is to be expected i guess ... Though in the case of Malinga i think SLC is being stupid, anybody with half a brain knows that it is unlikely he will ever be fit enough for test cricket again. He needs to look after his own interests as well and it wont do him any good to end his career permanently by playing a series or two of test cricket. Very likely Malinga will go the Shaun Tait route and retire from the longer version of the game.

  • ammanna7 on April 21, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    West indies cric board is awful

  • Stark62 on April 21, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Well........

    Maybe, he should have thought of respect before turning down a contract!

  • adesh007 on April 21, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    The WICB is trying to push their selection for captain despite being unable to make the team only because he is a "yes man". The more senior player see this as a travesty to WI cricket and when speaking out are dropped, with eloquent excuses coming from the WICB. This has resulted in those who can, to look for other avenues to continue their career. So well done Gayle for speaking out, the WICB has lost numerous (ALL) court proceedings against them for their treatment to the players but refuse to abide by the rulings...what else can one do...

  • on April 21, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Chris Gayle's got to be respected by WI board, he is their best aggressive batsman!

  • on April 21, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Something is wrong here. Gayle and Pollard would be picked for player potential in every single side in the world. So not being picked for WI who aren't exactly the team of old winning ways don't make any sense.

  • buckleysboyz on April 21, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    I personal believe the WICB should tell Gail thanks for his service and let him do as he like because he is doing that already. He said he is playing the hardest for the team but his words are not backed up with his action. The Board have their fault also with how they do business but at the end of the day who suffered, the Caribbean people who make the sacrifice to go to the games or stayed up all night to follow the team and see or hear the team have no fighting spirit...we have been hurting for years and all we hearing is fighting between the players and their association and the board.

  • on April 21, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    A lot of people fail to realize that there is a human side in every one and Chris Gayle is no exception. I listened to the interview and i could hear the pain in his voice. this is a man who is introverted and calm but you could see he wanted to vent. and vent he did! Look, just after the west indies last match Otis Gibson didnt hold back. he was scathing in his criticism of the senior players and even hinted at them being omitted down the road. In another interview he was asked about Sammy and the captaincy and he basically said Sammy will remain as such. I never knew the coach had so much power to pick a team..so when all three was dropped why the surprise? I dont blame Chris. Otis Gibson seems to be vindictive and small minded. What was he supposed to do? Sit down and twiddle his thumb and wait for a call fr WI? what if the selected players shine? are they going to be dropped for Gayle? How fair would that be?

  • DMC137 on April 21, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Absolute nonsense. And those who are bashing Gayle I say shame on you. Are we the people of the Caribbean really going to sit back and let this Wicked Incompetent Collection of Bullies (WICB) continue to drag our legacy down the drain and embarrass us us daily with their politricks? When in their many public utterances did officials explain that Gayle was not dropped but was injured? No, they said they were building for the future and now had players who were eager to represent the West Indies and play with heart; directly implying that the notable omissions were over the edge and lacked commitment and passion for the cause. I really hope Chanderpaul, the man who has been the wall in front of many landslides over the years was treated better than to be made aware of his dropping in the papers. He an Gayle especially have done too much for West Indies to be treated like this. What has Hillarie done? People of the Caribbean, stand up. Don't take this nonsense sitting down.

  • b4u8me2 on April 21, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    It is not hard to see who is lying here. The WICB has come out with several reasons for omitting Gayle from the squad ... all those reasons coming belatedly. First, the WICB said they omitted Gayle, Sarwan and Chanders in order to expose some "younger players". Now they are saying Gayle was omitted because he was injured. Are we now to assume then that Sarwan and Chanders were dropped or are they injured too? Whenever a player is being omitted because of injury that matter is always made known to the media. In this case it is obvious the WICB deliberately left Gayle out and is now trying to make him look like the culprit. While they shower praises on Bravo and Pollard who will also be playing in the IPL, they are bashing Gayle for doing the same. Bravo was selected and he is vice captain and yet he has opted to play the IPL. The WICB praises Bravo for that but is disappointed with Gayle, a player who was not selected and disposed of as captain, for wanting to play in the IPL.

  • on April 21, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    i think ICC should take some strict actions against IPL. For me IPL is disturbing the game of cricket.

  • IMObserver on April 21, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    WICB, when they dropped Gayle from T20 and ODI, should have also aanounced the reason and their intention to Gayle selcted for test if he recovers from the injuries. In addition they should have informed Gayle before making a public announcement. The manner in which it was announced was akin to your boss calling you in his office and telling you that you are fired. Actually it was worse thatn that. It was like calling a press confernce and telling that Gayle doesn't work here. Perception can become a self fullfillig reality.

  • chunnie on April 21, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    http://wicricnews.com/forums/topic/3285

    Read this, if you can decipher his words. It says far more than what this article does.

  • on April 21, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    WICB never told in their earlier press release. they said that they are infusing fresh blood.....

  • rumcork69 on April 21, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Chris if you reading this message, you made the right call, and I am die hard West Indies fan, the board again has been caught trying to do their business under handed. As a person you should look after yourself first. We need WICB to be accountable to West Indies public, until this happens their will never be any progress in WI cricket. Please people don't believe WICB, they are cronic liars.

  • on April 21, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Tit for tat WICB.................. :)

  • on April 21, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    For all those Gayle-haters, why did the WICB announce that he was dropped and that they were concentrating on youth. If the media reports were wrong, then why not correct them?

    Why are these boards scheduling series when they know that the players will have a conflict of interest? This is their livelihood.

  • PHANTOM-X on April 21, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    West Indies cricket is going down down and down....This is bad...Cricketers play cricket NOT cricket board officials, talent is very rare...so the officials must save the players ( I am not saying they must do everything the players demand ) players have to know their limits...

  • bharath74 on April 21, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    WI,SL,ZIM, and PAK cricket boards are killing cricket in their respective countries. Time for ICC to do something before players like Gayle lose interest in cricket.

  • on April 21, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Come on Gayle......Chill out, mate......U deserve better treatment..! We, RCB, would give you all the support to make you comfortable and perform the way Chris Gayle should be.....Unleash your talent for RCB........The world is your stage......Throw caution to the winds......Just apply a pinch of thought in choosing the right balls to hit and pace your innings......Bangalore is your stage......Love you, mate!

  • RAJBIR428 on April 21, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    player like gayle, sarwan, chandarpaul are playing under Samay. Samay can not be included in Village club side in India. You all have seen playing him. He is just a very low profile cricketer and no where deserve in WI team. Very Shameful playing under such player.

  • on April 21, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    That much miscommunication doesn't come from nowhere. Chris Gayle just decided enough is enough with the WICB, and the rest is meaningless words.

  • baskar_guha on April 21, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    What a mess. WICB needs to treat its star players a little better than they have. Yes, no one is bigger than the team but players are not ego-less robots. Get smart, WICB.

  • on April 21, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Please report the entire interview by Mr. Gayle!!!!!!!!!

  • Krutik_P on April 21, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    WICB is greedy, doesn't select Gayle and expect Gayle won't play IPL. This is stupid.

  • anupq1 on April 21, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    gayle told he will not be available continuously for the ipl...thats why he was not picked by any of the franchise....now its a chance for us to see the pure west indian cricket....

  • Sankara on April 21, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Me thinks Gayle protests too much. Even if he is signed byb RCB, if he has a call from his country, he should respond to the country, if we can call WI that. SL players who signed for IPL franchisees are now going to go back. Contracts in IPL are very clear that they will be paid only for the matches played, and the payers are free to go back if they forego the money for the unplayed matches. So the posposition i simple.-we dont know what happened exacly in the past, but Mr Gayle if WI needs you, you should have no two thoughts as to the course of action. With or Without you, the daaruwaalla team is sunk this year :-) It will merely reap the wages of sins of past- to good men Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Kallis, Charu Sharma

  • CricSamraat on April 21, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Gayle needs respect as well as money. If he has no contract signed with WICB, he is perfectly correct in taking up Mallya's offer. Any player with commonsense would have jumped on the God-sent offer.

  • Latha2620 on April 21, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Isn't the WICB showing too much of disrespect to players of the stature of Gayle, Sarwan & chanderpaul? these guys hav served WI cricket for so long, the least they can expect is the board showing them some respect & keeping the communication channels open. this is very disappointing from WICB.

  • harshalb on April 21, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    (1) Gayle becomes unfit. (2) Doctor says rest for 2-3 weeks and then start training. (3) Gayle applies for NOC to play IPL (4) WICB tells him during the NOC discussion that he is supposed to train and be ready for remaining Pakistan matches if he passes fitness test. (5) WICB drops him for first 2 matches because he is not fit. (6) Gayle seizes the opportunity presented by RCB. Same issue with Malinga. He is reportedly unfit to play test matches. SL board is asking him to undergo rehab and prove fitness. Instead he is playing in IPL. So the question is how come players who are unfit to play for their national teams are getting NOCs from respective boards to play IPL. They should put in a clause that he will not play IPL till he becomes fit and makes himself available for national selection.

  • on April 21, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    how when cg get the contract i here the wicb talkn about him if you drop sarwan and c,paul that mean they drop gail common wicb tell the true, some is going on

  • on April 21, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    come on WICB......let gayle earn for his future. when he ll b old , u wont look after him.......so its his right to select ipl or WI......and ya as WI provided him a platform .. so WI has first right on gayle... but WI board didnt select him ......then only he selected to play in ipl......so dont b selfish.....

  • Challie on April 21, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    This is just crazy. I do not have a side here. No one knows the real truth. But I have always believe that a new WICBC is needed. I suspect that the communications are not where they should be. I do not remember the WICBC giving any reason (and they do not have too) why Gayle was not selected. Oh boy...

  • sramesh_74 on April 21, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    West Indies' loss is RCB's gain...Go RCB. Finally Mr. Mallya has shown he has some grey matter. Some of the signings have been ridiculous. Saurabh Tiwari is so very ordinary..his only claim to fame is he from Dhoni's state and sports long hair like Dhoni used to. For the amount that was spent on Tiwari, Ross Taylor and Kallis could have been retained.

  • maddy20 on April 21, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    One can only feel sorry for the way a champion like Gayled had been tread or rather mis-treated. This is a slap on the faces of cricketboards as to what happens when you take players for granted!

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on April 21, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Sorry Chris, stop trying to make yourself look like the victim here, not many outside the IPL are buying it. You've been given ample chances by WI, and have always shown a distinct lack of passion and pleasure playing for the WI, the team which made your name. I will fully agree that the WICB hasn't always treated the players right, but then neither have some of you guys deserved to be treated with the respect that you think you engender by right. Respect is a two way street. So may I ask Chris, where's the pride?

  • Cricket_theBestGame on April 21, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    obviously, there are two WICBs and two gayles!!! how else could one explain the communications or lack of between the two!!

  • on April 21, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    wicb not giving respect to players

  • on April 21, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    I had no other choice' - Gayle--------------------- come 2 INDIA my dude....IPL 4u.......com on...com on.....we wan 6 6 6 6 6 6.........!!!

  • nzcricket174 on April 21, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    No wonder West Indies are playing a terrible brand of cricket, there's no communication between the board and the players.

  • abhi_cricinfo on April 21, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Chris Gayle was not selected for first two ODI's , maybe WICB wanted CG for rest of the ODI matches . If he will be selected for last 3 ODI matches , he is supposed to leave IPL before 28th April . This is not a mature decision by Gayle.

  • bobagorof on April 21, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    So Gayle had a training programme - a rehabilitation programme - and was not selected for the training camp. This should have indicated to him that he was being considered as injured by the WICB. If that wasn't the case, why not contact them instead of "[deciding] to leave it alone"? And then he decides to go on media reports rather than speaking with selectors as to why he was ommitted, and based on those media reports decides to interrupt his rehabilitation programme (remember he was waiting on the WI team physio) to take up the IPL offer. Sounds like there has been poor communication on both sides, but I find it odd that Gayle had 'no other choice' but to stop his rehabilitation and start playing in the IPL. He *could* have chosen to speak to the WICB about the situation first.

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  • bobagorof on April 21, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    So Gayle had a training programme - a rehabilitation programme - and was not selected for the training camp. This should have indicated to him that he was being considered as injured by the WICB. If that wasn't the case, why not contact them instead of "[deciding] to leave it alone"? And then he decides to go on media reports rather than speaking with selectors as to why he was ommitted, and based on those media reports decides to interrupt his rehabilitation programme (remember he was waiting on the WI team physio) to take up the IPL offer. Sounds like there has been poor communication on both sides, but I find it odd that Gayle had 'no other choice' but to stop his rehabilitation and start playing in the IPL. He *could* have chosen to speak to the WICB about the situation first.

  • abhi_cricinfo on April 21, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Chris Gayle was not selected for first two ODI's , maybe WICB wanted CG for rest of the ODI matches . If he will be selected for last 3 ODI matches , he is supposed to leave IPL before 28th April . This is not a mature decision by Gayle.

  • nzcricket174 on April 21, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    No wonder West Indies are playing a terrible brand of cricket, there's no communication between the board and the players.

  • on April 21, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    I had no other choice' - Gayle--------------------- come 2 INDIA my dude....IPL 4u.......com on...com on.....we wan 6 6 6 6 6 6.........!!!

  • on April 21, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    wicb not giving respect to players

  • Cricket_theBestGame on April 21, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    obviously, there are two WICBs and two gayles!!! how else could one explain the communications or lack of between the two!!

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on April 21, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Sorry Chris, stop trying to make yourself look like the victim here, not many outside the IPL are buying it. You've been given ample chances by WI, and have always shown a distinct lack of passion and pleasure playing for the WI, the team which made your name. I will fully agree that the WICB hasn't always treated the players right, but then neither have some of you guys deserved to be treated with the respect that you think you engender by right. Respect is a two way street. So may I ask Chris, where's the pride?

  • maddy20 on April 21, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    One can only feel sorry for the way a champion like Gayled had been tread or rather mis-treated. This is a slap on the faces of cricketboards as to what happens when you take players for granted!

  • sramesh_74 on April 21, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    West Indies' loss is RCB's gain...Go RCB. Finally Mr. Mallya has shown he has some grey matter. Some of the signings have been ridiculous. Saurabh Tiwari is so very ordinary..his only claim to fame is he from Dhoni's state and sports long hair like Dhoni used to. For the amount that was spent on Tiwari, Ross Taylor and Kallis could have been retained.

  • Challie on April 21, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    This is just crazy. I do not have a side here. No one knows the real truth. But I have always believe that a new WICBC is needed. I suspect that the communications are not where they should be. I do not remember the WICBC giving any reason (and they do not have too) why Gayle was not selected. Oh boy...