West Indies news May 12, 2011

Gayle, Taylor resumed playing without medical clearance - WICB

ESPNcricinfo staff

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has reacted strongly to comments made by Chris Gayle and Jerome Taylor about the lack of communication from the board about their injury and rehabilitation prior to their departure to India to play in the IPL. The WICB stated, in a release, that both players "unilaterally decided to resume playing before being given final clearance from WICB appointed therapists."

Gayle, in an interview with KLAS Sports, a radio station in Jamaica, said the board hadn't checked on his rehabilitation after the World Cup - where he sustained an abdominal muscle strain - and that he was "stunned" when he found out he hadn't been picked for the limited-overs series against Pakistan. Taylor, in an interview with ESPNcricinfo, had said the WICB did not contact him about his back injury before he left to play in the IPL, and it only did so on April 7, once he'd arrived in India.

In response, the WICB has released detailed timelines of the two players' rehabilitation and correspondence with the board. In the case of Gayle, the board's timeline notes that between April 17 and 18 this year: "Chris departs for India. Has not had required medical review, nor did he complete rehabilitation program and physiotherapy review as required, neither did he complete fitness testing prior to competition resumption." It also published an exchange of messages between Gayle and West Indies team physio CJ Clark about his fitness during the period March 24-April 8.

With regard to Taylor, the board claimed "he had not kept physiotherapy appointments for weeks prior to his deciding to resume playing." Its timeline notes that as per early April this year, "Jerome departs to India without completion of rehabilitation, medical assessment or approval" after missing a scheduled review with Dr. Akshai Mansingh, part of the WICB medical panel, who had been tracking his progress.

The board also reacted to criticism from Shivnarine Chanderpaul, saying "as a centrally contracted player the Board will address this matter through contractual provisions at the appropriate time."

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  • Derek on May 14, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    @kemmisito : Apology slight bit of fingeritist. Perhaps an approach of (R)esearch (E)xecute (A)nalyse (R)eview might help. Coaching and instruction should not be sent out during a game. If you do not go out to the crease with a plan which YOU are capable of adapting to suit the situation with which you are faced it's too late and any information being sent out to YOU simply muddles what you are being faced with. The research above includes knowledge of the oppo, the pitch and other conditions. Execution - dealing with the challenge, Analyse the best approach to deal with it... how to play each ball, how to achieve the target, avoid defeat, Analysis after the inning feeds into the review loop.. What could/can be done better in future??

  • Derek on May 14, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    @kemmisito all other cricket boards are able to arrive at a compromise which suits them and their players. Your remarks regarding Shiv's selfishness is nonsensical. BATSMEN are meant to preserve their wicket AT ALL COST. His 'selfishness' if handled correctly should help others. If Roach starts saying to himself I'm going to take 5 wickets for under 50 and Bravo and Simmons each say I'm not getting out on 49 or 51 but making sure I get 100. The next mental stage becomes WE can do this i.e. the team can achieve, until YOU (the individual) starts to value their contribution they CANNOT function effectively as part of a TEAM! EVERY successful team performance has at least one outstanding (determine) individual. SELFISHNESS (like Greed) IS GOOD!!!

  • Kemmy on May 14, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    People we need to stop jumping to conclusions by blindly believing everything the players say. I believe that both parties are at fault here as they have their own agendas. Gayle had a problem with the terms of the contract he was asked to sign so will say whatever it takes to make the WICB look bad. Shiv really should retire from limited overs cricket. He is by far our best test batsman but has time and time again killed the progress of an ODI inning because he is really a selfish batsman who will do whatever it takes not to get out. I have seen Shiv come in to bat with WI in a reasonable position but his lack of intent puts so much pressure on the guy at the other end resulting in him getting out when trying to get a move on. In the end Shiv comes out looking good but the team crashes to defeat. If I were the coach and one of my players consistently had a low strike rate and was not making any visible effort to get a move on I would also send msgs out telling him how to bat.

  • Niles on May 14, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    I whol;eheartedly agree with John Lockhart. we were told by gayle at wc he had an abdominal tear, bravo was injured, taylor was injured now they all in ipl i say keep them there west indies cricket has no place for selfish players I do think the board needs to hire a pr person cause whats coming out of Dr. Hill mouth is close to slander in regards to chanders Tomorrow we'll see if Sars and Chanders can justifgied their place in the team.

  • PATRICK on May 13, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    I don't know how these decisions are made but why have this series WI vs Pak at all during IPL? All the best players from other nations are there, so why begrudge Gayle, Taylor, Bravo and Pollard from wanting to take part and make money? Simmons if he keeps his form will no doubt be a 2012 pick, so please WICB; think of this when you schedule a series. Curiously the India series starts a week after IPL finishes - They would not have agreed to an earlier start given their stars' IPL commitments.

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Chris Gayle gave his heart and soul for the Windies in Australia. He missed a tour game for his sick mother, and then returned and played a test almost the day he arrived. And then was the standout windies player of the summer with two magnificent hundreds in a side very much outclassed.

    If he is injured that makes his performances in IPL even more amazing. How good would he be fit!!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Kiss teeth!!! I've been saying that the WICB policy cannot be vindictive in nature towards players who they don't like because of one reason or the other. Deciding not to pick someone soley on the basis of age is wrong. In professional sport, it is understood that exposing young talent means the administration puts younger player with experienced ones, not get rid of all the senior players. It is becoming more and more clear that the board directors have a sinister agenda. People tend to forget that it has always been a struggle for WI cricketers to be properly paid based on all the money their skill/time/effort generates. The reality is that it is a huge risk to choose to be a pro cricketer in the region if you're not in the Senior team you'll need to a second/third job. So it is immoral to deny a man his living on some murky secret agreement. Like Chris Gayle or not he his one of our best players, if he offers himself to play there needs to be a clear explanation if he is not picke

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    I think Gayle and Taylor did the right thing, what does WICB has to offer them after their retirement , they will join the group as Kally,khanai, croft and a bunch of others .People, these guys have to think for their future,just like you do. WICB suck ,because of the politics thats going on. They dropped all the senior players. Why Dwayne Bravo went to the IPL when the test is at home to be played ??????? thank you

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    yah right Gayle was injured. why did not the WICB see he was injured or not by a proper check up? what they want to prove with the messages between two parties? it does not mean that they physically verified Gayle. How can they judge him not fit to play by not checking properly? and why did the WICB say " they want to start new". this two coments does not match. They dropped the three guys with he reason that these three have been a waste of time for the last decade and it is better to play without them by giving chance to new players.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    The WI fans who think they can produce better players need to think properly. Its not everyday that players like Lara, Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul are born. When you have such players, respect them and get the most out of them. Gayle would not have left to Ind had he been selected in the WI squad. When i started watchin cricket, I remember a formidable team with great players. Now its pathetic. I wont be surprised if WI are to play the qualifiers by 2019 WC.

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