West Indies news May 12, 2011

Gayle, Taylor resumed playing without medical clearance - WICB

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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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  • delboy 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??

  • delboy 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!!!

  • kemmisito 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.

  • jahbless 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.

  • PaddyRasta 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.

  • 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!!!!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • delboy 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??

  • delboy 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!!!

  • kemmisito 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.

  • jahbless 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.

  • PaddyRasta 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.

  • 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!!!!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • inot on May 12, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    The WICB continues to shoot themselves in the foot. Where is the communication with Gayle after April 8? Why didn't the Board contact him for an update before the ODI team was selected? Why wasn't "The Plan" to have him examined communicated to him? Why did the Board announce on April 13 that Gayle Chanderpaul and Sarwan were not selected because of the new policy to expose younger players? In that same press release they stated that Barath was not selected because of fitness. They made no such comment in relation to Gayle. It seems clear that the WICB were not diligent in following up with Gayle because they did not intend to select him for the ODIs in keeping with their new policy to expose "younger" players like Smith Samuels and Martin.They gambled on the fact that Gayle did not have an IPL contract and it blew up in their faces when Gayle took off for India. Gayle could have been selected subject to him passing a fitness test. What about Sarwan and Shiv? Were they injured too?

  • itsmepal on May 12, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    The WICB apparently is trying to make a case that Chris is a don, but its the WICB that behaves like a don. Its amazing that they have the audacity to have Chris seek their clearance from them when they did not do one single thing to cover the cost of his rehabilitation. Who is more donmanlike now? I think that they are embarrassed over this sordid affair and are weaselling their way out. Hillaire said what none of the WICB members have the guts to say - They want Gayle out - at whatever cost. Too bad WICB too bad.And too bad for West Indies Cricket!

  • on May 12, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    We all know that if the WICB had refused to issue NOC's, there would be an uproar and claims of discrimination. I agree with the Board issuing them, which shows that they recognize that cricketers must play where they can get decent earnings. I am not surprised by the conduct of Gayle and I am ashamed of his less than classy interview. Thankfully he is no longer captain and I wish him well in the IPL. Let him stay there and make money and leave WI cricket alone.

  • Ashique129 on May 12, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    I keep getting confused - both the parties cannot be right here. One of the parties has to be lying. I wish we knew who the liars are. But we'll never know, will we? Both the parties will sit in a closed-door discussion, come out smiling and never speak about the issue again. Hence, no place for truth, no punishment for public lying and every possibility for this joke to happen in the near future.

  • on May 12, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    I think everyone should remember that the IPL is not test cricket and Gayle rarely performs this well in Test Cricket, he also said he has no problems if test cricket goes, so if wants to play 20/20 let him go ahead. Simmons and Barath along with Barithwaite are the future now and they are good players so lets move on from Gayle, we may never see him again playing est cricket. Not withstanding all this the WICB needs to go. Leaders in this region are very unwilling to step aside for the greater good, its all about keeping power, politicians and all.

  • xylo on May 12, 2011, 14:31 GMT

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  • TellasisPatel on May 12, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Thank you WiCB, your competent medical and physiotherapy staff for not giving Gayle and Taylor medical clearance. Thank you, thank you and thank you once again. Gayle is making lot of cricket fans entertained and happy by playing cricket at a unbelievably high level. And all this without your so-called "medical clearance". Isn't this amazing?

  • on May 12, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    there are tons of gayle and taylor in west indies. and the way they are performing now why they can't perform for west indies . don't waste time for the guys who don't have time windies and abt chanderpaul he should make the runs and let the bat talking.

  • on May 12, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    There is no Problem if Gayle is not playing for WI, Wi cricket is better off trying a new player than gayle as he has time and again failed more often than he has succeeded,

  • on May 12, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    I dont know how much power can ICC have, but they should really push hard WICB to replace their management team, because the current management team is not a good future for WI cricket.

  • tnelson on May 12, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    WICB has lost what little shread of credibility it had. This is a smoke screen, which was removed by the remarks of Prof Beckles (WICB Director) who confirmed that they wanted to rid the team of Gayle, whom he chareterised as the "Don". His comments can only serve to be divisive and discriminatory to players, and should be ashamed of himself. What is interesting is that the WICB has not distance themself from the comments. How can anyone expect them to unify the players and people of WI behind making cricket in the region better. Shame on you WICB.

  • lyl67 on May 12, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Excuses! Excuses! Excuses! unfortunately many of us do not believe you . We heard reasons for the players exclusion . We are not all living in Cuckoo Land

  • TestIP on May 12, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    The only reason WICB is making negative comments towards these players is because the are actually performing well elsewhere. Sack the entire management as Joel Gardner suggested. It is time for a change and these guys in the management and selection panel for the WI cricket are fools. Why they made sammy captain and this guy cannot play cricket. Why the keep pushing marlon samuels and calton bough. With this selection panel WI cricket will soon be worst than the Canadian team. It should be: Gayle, Simmons, Sarwan, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Nash, Ramdin, Bishoo, Roach, Taylor and Edwards. Try this team and see the difference. Please someone fire the entire WI board fast before the run out of fans.

  • bryan1986 on May 12, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    WICB how you can leave Gayle and Taylor out of the team. look whats Gayle is doing in the IPL 5 games 398 runs and u telling me he can not make the team

  • on May 12, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Whats wrong in Gayle playing for the IPL and being happier with the money? He is such a great talent and if the WICB is going to keep him out of action, its just a waste of talent. How could gayle prefer IPL over WI when he wasnt even auctioned? Or did someone foretell gayle about the Nannes injury?

  • Burbon on May 12, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    I think if the medical staff of the WICB couldn't diagnose that these 2 players were fit ,then they should be fired.I wouldn't be surprised if Barath is fit as well .....

  • on May 12, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    WICB is a big joke. All its members MUST GO!!!

  • bobagorof on May 12, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    @Bernard A. Joseph: how can the WICB pick players when they choose to go to the IPL? The players cannot be in 2 places at once.

  • avidfan on May 12, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    ROFL..the WICB is beginning to sound like the PCB with their regular whining.. Players come first.. and gayle and chanderpaul should be equal to sachins status in terms of windies cricket for their contribution to that countries cricket.

    WICB= PCB ( Coming Soon)

  • PaddyRasta on May 12, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    If Gayle was not fit to play, why did Hilaire give us this rubbish about "no inherent right to play" or" blooding new players". If the reason he was not playing was due to injury, WICB should have said so. Gayle was one of the only batsmen to make runs at the WC, so how could dropping him be justified, unless he was injured? There is a culture of blame that started with the senior players being blamed by Gibson at the end of WC and Sammy being excused, saying he was "entrusted with the captaincy". Frankly, he did not have to take on the role and with the responsibility he should have accepted some blame. And I believe Chander's statements about their treatment of him. That style of management is not conducive to motivation or performance.

  • maddy20 on May 12, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    The WICB is only making things more pathetic for themselves with these dog fights with players. Its not gonna make things better for anyone. They need to address these issues with a cool head!

  • cgtboy87 on May 12, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    wicb you need to stop and act like an a responsible adult. The truth always hurt so fess up and move on...

  • on May 12, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    To the WICB it give a rest.Prior to these two players going to India there was no press release.And only after they(the players in question) made their claims you react.There is a bitter irony here.There is a perpetual dispute that continue to rip at D heart of our cricket.If not between D board and WIPA .Then its between D WICB and individual players.As the body (WICB)selected to oversee cricket in the region you need to rise about D petty stuff that plaques our cricket today.For once,resolves all outstanding issues and try and pick our best players to represent us.We have talented and world class players in our ranks but for one reason or another we can't have them on D same team at D same time.D IPL is lucrative and will attrack all player, WI is no exception.If its feasable 4 pollard & bravo to play with your approval.Why not Gayle and taylor and any other player contracted or not?Give them A CHANCE to earn extra and still give"US FANS THE DELIGHT OF SEEING THEM IN WI COLORS".GO WI

  • VEXXZ on May 12, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    This is all the WICB fault . If the board keep the public up to date on what going on with the players then we will have all reasons to stand FIRMLY behind the board . In such situation we just do not know for sure who is correct knowing the long history in the Caribbean between Board and Players and more so , now WIPA .

  • rimon88 on May 12, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Can you smell something rotten here, It's WICB. It's been three weeks those player left for IPL and much back and forth mud throwing 'medical clearance' is the best accusation WICB can come up with.

    The question is why WICB did not charge the players three weeks ago with this rather telling different things. One answer could be they had to articulate an accusation from their own mess.

    I think it is time for ICC to intervene and revamp the WICB management for the sake of the WI along with world cricket.

  • dre07 on May 12, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    I am a sick and tired of reading these stupid reports from the WICB. The fact of the matter is West Indies Cricket is at its worst and the board tend to have a different motive. Chris and Taylor are doing well in IPL, what is the plan or is there any attempt to get them back in West Indies Cricket? Since we know that they are fit and it was WICB that did not follow up on the premier players of West Indies. The board needs to be changed. If the board cares about West Indies Cricket do the best for the game, leave and get person capable. Over the years the board have not done enough to make the team better. Where is the batting coach, fielding coach? Yes Ottis is a capable bowling coach thats it. West Indies need a complete coaching staff. For the sake of West Indies Cricket WICB get it together. We dont want to hear the drama, other nations that are successful in cricket dont argue like West Indies.

  • bumsonseats on May 12, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    it was funny watching the ipl a fewdays ago. the comments by the tv pundits saying how chris gayle looked much happier now than he was playing for the west indies in the world cup. my answer would be, i bet he is it, the happiness u get when u look at ur bank balance. its the thin edge of the wedge it will happen more and more as the ipl eats into tests/50 overs cricket, it runs for 2 month the next thing it will more teamsl and 3 month. dpk

  • on May 12, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    WICB is joke. i think they are face washed by Gayle's performace in ipl. ROFL!

  • Goldenduck74 on May 12, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    "The WICB stated, in a release, that both players "unilaterally decided to resume playing before being given final clearance from WICB appointed therapists." "

    ... so why issue an NOC - that's what it's there for. Ultimately, it looks like it's the WICB that have ignored the advice of their medical staff.

  • on May 12, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    who does the board think they are fooling? they are the ones who issued the no objection certificate. I hate it when they act as if they are so organized when the people of the West Indies like myself know they are a joke. They have been trying to paint a bad image of the senior players to have a scapegoat to blame for the team not performing over the past 16yrs, when poor management is to blame. So before them and their money hungry ways get discovered they rather point the blame in players direction. They are a bunch of posers and frauds. Look at the poor first class infrastructure in the west indies. Club cricket in England is more organized...... they need to get their act together.

  • Gupta.Ankur on May 12, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Well we all know that WI players are more interested in making money, than trying to win some respect back for their country and former legends....

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  • Gupta.Ankur on May 12, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Well we all know that WI players are more interested in making money, than trying to win some respect back for their country and former legends....

  • on May 12, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    who does the board think they are fooling? they are the ones who issued the no objection certificate. I hate it when they act as if they are so organized when the people of the West Indies like myself know they are a joke. They have been trying to paint a bad image of the senior players to have a scapegoat to blame for the team not performing over the past 16yrs, when poor management is to blame. So before them and their money hungry ways get discovered they rather point the blame in players direction. They are a bunch of posers and frauds. Look at the poor first class infrastructure in the west indies. Club cricket in England is more organized...... they need to get their act together.

  • Goldenduck74 on May 12, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    "The WICB stated, in a release, that both players "unilaterally decided to resume playing before being given final clearance from WICB appointed therapists." "

    ... so why issue an NOC - that's what it's there for. Ultimately, it looks like it's the WICB that have ignored the advice of their medical staff.

  • on May 12, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    WICB is joke. i think they are face washed by Gayle's performace in ipl. ROFL!

  • bumsonseats on May 12, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    it was funny watching the ipl a fewdays ago. the comments by the tv pundits saying how chris gayle looked much happier now than he was playing for the west indies in the world cup. my answer would be, i bet he is it, the happiness u get when u look at ur bank balance. its the thin edge of the wedge it will happen more and more as the ipl eats into tests/50 overs cricket, it runs for 2 month the next thing it will more teamsl and 3 month. dpk

  • dre07 on May 12, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    I am a sick and tired of reading these stupid reports from the WICB. The fact of the matter is West Indies Cricket is at its worst and the board tend to have a different motive. Chris and Taylor are doing well in IPL, what is the plan or is there any attempt to get them back in West Indies Cricket? Since we know that they are fit and it was WICB that did not follow up on the premier players of West Indies. The board needs to be changed. If the board cares about West Indies Cricket do the best for the game, leave and get person capable. Over the years the board have not done enough to make the team better. Where is the batting coach, fielding coach? Yes Ottis is a capable bowling coach thats it. West Indies need a complete coaching staff. For the sake of West Indies Cricket WICB get it together. We dont want to hear the drama, other nations that are successful in cricket dont argue like West Indies.

  • rimon88 on May 12, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Can you smell something rotten here, It's WICB. It's been three weeks those player left for IPL and much back and forth mud throwing 'medical clearance' is the best accusation WICB can come up with.

    The question is why WICB did not charge the players three weeks ago with this rather telling different things. One answer could be they had to articulate an accusation from their own mess.

    I think it is time for ICC to intervene and revamp the WICB management for the sake of the WI along with world cricket.

  • VEXXZ on May 12, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    This is all the WICB fault . If the board keep the public up to date on what going on with the players then we will have all reasons to stand FIRMLY behind the board . In such situation we just do not know for sure who is correct knowing the long history in the Caribbean between Board and Players and more so , now WIPA .

  • on May 12, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    To the WICB it give a rest.Prior to these two players going to India there was no press release.And only after they(the players in question) made their claims you react.There is a bitter irony here.There is a perpetual dispute that continue to rip at D heart of our cricket.If not between D board and WIPA .Then its between D WICB and individual players.As the body (WICB)selected to oversee cricket in the region you need to rise about D petty stuff that plaques our cricket today.For once,resolves all outstanding issues and try and pick our best players to represent us.We have talented and world class players in our ranks but for one reason or another we can't have them on D same team at D same time.D IPL is lucrative and will attrack all player, WI is no exception.If its feasable 4 pollard & bravo to play with your approval.Why not Gayle and taylor and any other player contracted or not?Give them A CHANCE to earn extra and still give"US FANS THE DELIGHT OF SEEING THEM IN WI COLORS".GO WI

  • cgtboy87 on May 12, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    wicb you need to stop and act like an a responsible adult. The truth always hurt so fess up and move on...