West Indies news June 22, 2011

Gayle ready to apologise if claims were excessive


Chris Gayle is prepared to apologise if he can't substantiate some of the charges he made in his controversial radio interview in April, according to Wavell Hinds, the vice-president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).

"He is prepared to answer the charges as honestly as he can and if there is a need to say sorry, I think he will say sorry," Hinds told ESPNcricinfo. "Where he [Gayle] feels firm and has strong substance to back up his claims he will stand by them. If there are claims he has made where he has been a little excessive he is prepared to put his hand up and say sorry. In no shape or form does Chris think he is above West Indies cricket and he has stated that quite clearly to me ... Where there are claims that he can substantiate totally, he can put to the board that he has been unfairly done or been disrespected, he will stand by them."

"I have known Chris for many years, I know him like a brother and as a friend. He is a very humble guy and he is prepared to do what is necessary to play."

The WICB has expressed their displeasure with Gayle's statements on that radio show in which he alleged the board had mismanaged his injury, West Indies coach Gibson had damaged Ramnaresh Sarwan's confidence, and the board mishandled his contract talks in October 2010. It is feared that if the stalemate continues West Indies cricket might lose Gayle.

Hinds, however, believes the issue will be resolved. "In my capacity as a director of the Jamaican board I had the opportunity to meet the executive of the West Indies board and we are trying to get some more answers from them on how they plan to tackle the Gayle issue. I am pretty confident we will have further discussions between the boards and also between the board and WIPA.

"I am confident that Gayle will get justice. I support WIPA's position to help players' causes. Having said that I have to make sure I am fair and balanced. I will ensure that whatever decisions we make as WIPA impacts West Indies cricket in a positive way."

Hinds said the WICB needed to be calm while resolving the issue. "They are the parent body and Chris is one of their charges. They have to have the father figure kind of approach. If Chris has stepped out of line in their eyes they can ask him to answer their charges but they should also be prepared to accept his side of the story. Once Gayle is prepared to accept his responsibilities as a player, they should have some form of rehabilitation that will bring Chris to where he should be given his status as a cricketing icon in West Indies cricket. We are prepared to have discussions which are pretty cordial and thrash through the issues in an open and fair platform."

The WICB and WIPA had a heated meeting on June 14, with Gayle present, which ended inconclusively, and reportedly featured an argument between WIPA president Dinanath Ramnarine and WICB chief-executive Ernest Hilaire. The board have since said they will not deal with Ramnarine, which has drawn a strong response from WIPA, who said in a release, "WICB cannot tell us who should represent the players at meetings with the WICB." WIPA also said Ramnarine may sue Hilaire for defamation after Hilaire said Ramnarine had threatened him during the June 14 meeting.

Hinds too backed Ramnarine but added that both parties should be prepared to alter their positions so that they serve cricket in the best way. "I respect Ramnarine for his position and what he has done. He is pretty knowledgeable about the issues at hand and has the skills to carry his office in the most efficient manner. He has had a few difficulties with the officers of the board; we will try to quell those differences and we can co-exist.

"Of course none of us are bigger than the game of cricket. If there are any alterations to be made by any individual, be it Ramnarine or from the board, that individual should be prepared to make the necessary steps to make sure they are serving cricket in the best way."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Albert on June 24, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Sarwan, Nash and Baugh should be replaced for the 2nd Test with Gayle, Samuels and Ramdin

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    @ McArthur's comments you are trying to making the argument that Chris is not an icon in West Indies Cricket because there are other players who are icons in their own countries??? Did Clive Lloyd have the best average or most centuries..... no is he an icon....absolutely!!!! Chris Gayle is an icon of West Indies cricket!! He is one of only 4 triple centurions in the West Indies. 8th on the Test runs list, 4th on ODI obviously top of T20 list. Chris has also played on poor team all his career so he has had to curb his natural strokeplay in Test and even ODI so West Indies can compete, his strike rate reflects that. Lara only played a few years with a poor team. All your other examples are irrelevant because they are not West Indian. Besides Chris is a an entertainer, a free spirit someone people would pay to see even when he's not holding a bat. Ask any player in the region now if they think Chris is an icon of West Indies cricket...... you really waiting for me to tell you the answer

  • Satesh on June 24, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    This is really good news to all cricket fans. Just cannot allow Gayle's form to go to waste. Now can we have our best team play the next test. 1Gayle 2Barath 3Simmons 4Chanderpaul (Should bat here for the rest of his stay in the team) 5Sarwan (Captain) 6Samuels/Darren Bravo (this low in the order for a few matches) 7Ramdin 8Russel 9Rampaul 10Edwards 11Bishoo. Gives us 3 fastmen, one spinner and a part-time. Time for Baugh to sit out a game or two, no place for Nash, Sammy, Roach or Taylor. Love to see at least one game with bowlers Roach, Russel, Rampaul & Edwards or Russel, Rampaul Shane S and Bishoo. Would love to see Bishoo & Shane bowl together. How cool would it be if we could have a dynamic triple S (Simmons,Samuels & Sarwan) or triple R (Rampaul, Russel & Roach)?? with consistant good performances.

  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    Gayle should look at Cricket not at WICB. At the end of the day, nothing is bigger than the sport. I'm a great fan of Chris but its so frustrating to miss him in the circle. Hope he comes back soon and shuts WICB's mouth with the bat !

  • Richard on June 23, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    I think what WICB and WIPA is doing at the moment is destroying the legacy our great players achieve over the past years. they need to resolve this issue between gayle and them selves as quickly as possible in the best interest of West Indies cricket and put there egos behind them.We need to get the rights people who really loves cricket to run it for us, because am not sure the present board members we have at hand really do. I hate to play a game and loose and these present members seems to enjoy watching west indies go down games after games.You can't have your best players sitting down watching a game that they should be playing, we all understand that we need a discipline team to represent us....but we all have to understand that no mater what the SUN WON"T LEAVE THIS SKY NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS.

  • Albert on June 23, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    The WI Board has changed leadership many times over the past few years, yet the antagonistic relations with WIPA remains. I think that it's now time for a change in WIPA's leadership. I believe that Ramnarine has a personal vendetta with the WI Board and looks for every opportunity to get even at the expense of the players. I'm glad to see that VP Hinds is more level headed and hopefully, this votes well for a workable relationship with the WI board.

  • bevan on June 23, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Both Mr Gayle & WICB should try to work out their issues like two mature adullts.Mr Gayle is a good cricketer but not a great cricketer as yet.He cannot walk out on West Indies cricket (like Hooper) and not expect a response from the WICB.He is currently in form and would strength the weak West Indies team but he is not greater than the game.The team will continue with or without him and Mr Gayle should understand that playing for money is not always the best option.The career of a cricketer is short and the WICB should give him a second chance seeing that he is at the peak of his career and Mr Gayle should show more commitment to West Indies cricket and less useless talk. Be humble talented " man" for we all love to see again on the cricket field and not in the stand.Money will come & go but your cricketing record will be with us forever.

  • Owen on June 23, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    I posted last week that it seem that the position been taken by Gayle did not acknowledge that he has culpability in this matter. Now it looks like good sense is prevailing. Wavel is a bright guy and should have been the Captain of WI cricket. The board looks to be ontrack with this one and Hinds is saying the correct thing very articlate as well.

    Good-bye Rammy you are a destructive force in WI cricket.

  • Max on June 23, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    It's clear that the WICB & the WIPA cannot bridge the gap unless the principals resign. I've said it before & will say it again: there is no rationale behind fielding a team made up of different Countries any longer. I believe that if Countries like Guyana, T & T, even Jamaica go it alone without regional conflicts & issues, they would do better in 3 to 5 years time (or less) than the present WI team. Think about it chaps.

  • Ahsan on June 23, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    @McArthur: For the first time i see an article of comparison on the basis of strike rate in test cricket.....Hayden can't play for WI man, neither Dilshan will opt for it so is the case of Sehwag. You have to compare him with Chanders, Sarwan, Barath, Simmons, Bravo, Nash, Samuels, Smith with emphasis on Barath & Simmons as they playing at his position. Otherwise you can say Tendulkar should be dropped because Bradman had a better career average than him. Except Chanders no one has a better test average than him in WI present team & if we assume all the players with a better average than him in WI cricket team then where will go the services which Great Chris Gayle provided to WI cricket for the past decade??

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