West Indies news July 5, 2011

Government to intervene in Gayle-WICB standoff

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government have decided to intervene in the West Indies Players Association's dispute with the WICB over the future of former captain Chris Gayle. The move comes on the heels of Gayle's latest public and emotional statement against the board that included a request for government intervention.

CARICOM chairman Denzil Douglas said the heads of government had agreed to resurrect the prime-ministerial sub-committee on cricket to try to work out a solution. "Today we had to take certain decisions with regards to the impasse that seems to be ongoing between the regional players association and the WICB," Douglas told the CMC Sports Wire. "We believe that West Indies cricket has not been one of the vehicles of which the Caribbean man today can be proud of moving himself upwards."

CARICOM's announcement follows Guyana president Bharrat Jagdeo's scathing criticism of the board. "It comes back to who owns West Indian cricket," Jagdeo said. "The board thinks it owns West Indian cricket, my belief is that it belongs to all of us, the people of this region.

"[In] many countries, when you have failures consistently, the board goes because sometimes it is the problem. Here it does not seem as if this is going to happen.

"Gayle is being treated unfairly by the WICB. You can't not tell him anything; he needs to earn too, and then you have a tour coming and when he goes off, he gets another contract then you're concerned that he has left the region."

Jagdeo also claimed the board was following its own agenda against some of the players, and was highly critical of coach Ottis Gibson's interference with senior cricketers.

"This can't be right. Something is wrong. It is all about pettiness and the culture of going with people who are compliant and I think we need to change a lot of these people. We need to have term limits there too. We need to have serious term limits on these boards."

The Gayle-WICB standoff was sparked off when Gibson criticised the senior batsmen following the team's quarter-final exit at the World Cup. Gayle was subsequently ignored for the Pakistan series, along with fellow seniors Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Gayle travelled to India to participate in the IPL - where he was the player of the tournament - leaving the WICB disappointed since they were under the impression he was undergoing rehabilitation.

Gayle reacted by slamming the board in a radio interview with KLAS Sports, saying he had been left with no option but to sign an IPL contract since the WICB had disrespected and mistreated him by not checking with him over his fitness before announcing the squad. He was consequently left out of the squad for the India games as well, and a heated meeting with the board - also attended by WIPA president Dinanath Ramnarine - did little to improve matters, prompting Gayle's impassioned release that stated he was going to seek options outside the West Indies to further his cricketing career.

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  • on July 8, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    Get rid of the WICB, all of them, get pass players 2 manage, they will do a good job instead of incompitent and beurocratic individuals, they are lots of people who can and will do a better job. Cricket is our number one game, we need it back.

  • johnbl3 on July 8, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    It about time the Government get involved in the matter we are fighting and our cricket is the only thing lossing it should be the first thing let just play the best time and try to win we have the player that are game winer let play to win let the young stars play for the A team. we the fans are fed up and we are the one who support cricket the board. cricket support the board.

  • on July 7, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    a couple comments earlier...a guy named Junior Honore' made the most backward and illiterate statement ever.....are you serious sir ?? how could you possibly want to compare the team's record under Gayle's dominant talent...Chris Gayle is not 11 players you idiot...making that last point you made null and void...and when did chris gayle ever fake an injury...are you listening you yourself ??? Look at the state of our cricket...Chris Gayle is the one of the most destructive batsman in world cricket today..only person probably better than chris is probably virender sehwag from india...i think ppl like yourself need to be reminded of chris gayle's talent...he has the 2nd most centuries in ODI cricket in ALL OF THE WEST INDIES BATSMEN.....IN HISTORY.......HE IS THE 4TH BATSMEN IN HISTORY TO HAVE 2 TRIPLE CENTURIES....do you knoiw how much cricketing territories would kill to have gayle in there TEAM...SIiGH...I AM GLAD THAT CARICOM HAS INTERVENED..AND I HOPE THE WICB IS REMOVED ....

  • likeintcricket on July 7, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    WI batting line up has become a piece of cake for all bowling attack. I bet Bangladesh can score 300+ score against any country but not the West Indies. Gayle is the only player who can score quick century and make WI score at least 300 to put up a fight in a Test.

  • on July 7, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    caricom had the rite to step in the matter. look every body in the the caribbean sits back an enjoy gayle batting performance an no way he should be left out of no cricket game he is talanted in his game so WICB take a big step an select him in the WI squad. BIG UP CHRIS HENRY GAYLE HOPE WE CAN C U SOON///

  • on July 7, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    I am fully in support of Chris Gayle in this issue and as a board member of a profitable organisation, I think some board members can infact be heavy handed and view themslves as demi-gods. What needs to happen in this mess is for an independent mediator/adjudicator to step in and review this stalemate and provide a solution. As a resposible board the WICB should have nipped this in the bud, fined individuals who in their view acted incorrectly. Then this would not have affected the team,especially not allowing players who are eligible to represent their team languishing on the sidelines. It seems from where I am sitting that the intention of the board is to teach Gayle a lesson and no matter what it takes even to the detriment of the team, they (WICB) are adamant that this is the way forward. I am sorry this is unacceptable and this makes West Indies cricket the laughing stock of cricketing nations. The board needs to rethink this through & sort out this mess.

  • on July 7, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    One problem that the WICB and the WI heirarchy have is that the EXPECT TOO MUCH TOO FAST. It is understandable that after our team dominated the sport for so long, that we expect to be about to replicate that feat with minimal effort, but it is unrealistic for the following reasons: 1. During the dominant years of the West Indies, international cricket was structured very differently. English County Cricket was the breeding ground of players, and WI players used that venue. 2. The sub continent was not the financial powerhouse it is today. How can a region with a population of maybe 6 million compete with a nation like India, with a billion and a half people? Can Bermuda or the Cayman Islands expect to seriously compete with big and well funded countries like India, England and Australia? 3. Cricket doesn't have the same special place in West Indian countries that it used to have. Basketball and soccer have come to compete.

    Let's set our sights on realistic goals: to win a few!

  • Ubeecool on July 7, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Great Presidents make difficult decisions. President Jagdeo you ought to be commended for putting your feet down on this menace called WICB. Its time that WICB be disbanded and be replaced by a group of great cricketers like Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Viv Richards, Michael Holding, Ian Bishop, Greenidge, Walsh, Croft, Lloyd, Lara, Kanhai etc to run West Indian Cricket. Players look up to these individuals and not to incompitent and beurocratic individuals with no cricketing experience leading WICB. The coach is even more pathetic. How can Senior Players be role models when the carpet is being pulled from under their feet.

  • on July 7, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Can anyone give me a logical reason why the West Indies selectors continue to shuffle in a bunch of newbies as opening batsmen, then get upset when poor old Chanderpaul or Sarwan have to try and rescue the team from a bad situation by playing super cautiously to protect their wickets? Why not move these seasoned veterans into opening batsmen positions and then stick the newbies in the middle order and put the pressure on them? It seems like the WI bowlers are doing a good job lately - Bishoo and Rampaul are world class, so Coach Gibson (who was England's bowling coach) seems to have done a good job in that area. However, he seems to have COMPLETELY neglected WesT Indies batting! In fact, he seems to not like batsmen at all. I notice that Gayle, Chanderpaul, Sarwan and Nash (all senior batsmen with impressive past batting records) have been dropped under Gibson. WHY CAN'T WE JUST HAVE THE BEST ELEVEN PLAYERS play our internationals.

  • on July 7, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    The problem can be solved fairly easily: 1. THE WICB, the players and the coach need to leave their EGOS out of their actions and decisions. 2. The BEST players need to be selected for ALL international matches, whether tests or limited overs. 3. Players should not be dropped after one of two back performances. Coaches should work on their failings and help them to develop and improve. 4. A CORE group of senior players should be playing EVERY match, and the WICB need to commit to that group, thereby creating a TEAM with some comradery and team spirit. It should not be just about a captain.

    When we, as fans, watch the events surrounding the Windies, we get the feeling that there is an ever changing mindset. It is as if the powers that be react negatively to every small failure by changing players. Winning teams in any sport do not change their players because they lose a game. They need consistent playing time, and they need to play more games together as a team.

  • on July 8, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    Get rid of the WICB, all of them, get pass players 2 manage, they will do a good job instead of incompitent and beurocratic individuals, they are lots of people who can and will do a better job. Cricket is our number one game, we need it back.

  • johnbl3 on July 8, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    It about time the Government get involved in the matter we are fighting and our cricket is the only thing lossing it should be the first thing let just play the best time and try to win we have the player that are game winer let play to win let the young stars play for the A team. we the fans are fed up and we are the one who support cricket the board. cricket support the board.

  • on July 7, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    a couple comments earlier...a guy named Junior Honore' made the most backward and illiterate statement ever.....are you serious sir ?? how could you possibly want to compare the team's record under Gayle's dominant talent...Chris Gayle is not 11 players you idiot...making that last point you made null and void...and when did chris gayle ever fake an injury...are you listening you yourself ??? Look at the state of our cricket...Chris Gayle is the one of the most destructive batsman in world cricket today..only person probably better than chris is probably virender sehwag from india...i think ppl like yourself need to be reminded of chris gayle's talent...he has the 2nd most centuries in ODI cricket in ALL OF THE WEST INDIES BATSMEN.....IN HISTORY.......HE IS THE 4TH BATSMEN IN HISTORY TO HAVE 2 TRIPLE CENTURIES....do you knoiw how much cricketing territories would kill to have gayle in there TEAM...SIiGH...I AM GLAD THAT CARICOM HAS INTERVENED..AND I HOPE THE WICB IS REMOVED ....

  • likeintcricket on July 7, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    WI batting line up has become a piece of cake for all bowling attack. I bet Bangladesh can score 300+ score against any country but not the West Indies. Gayle is the only player who can score quick century and make WI score at least 300 to put up a fight in a Test.

  • on July 7, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    caricom had the rite to step in the matter. look every body in the the caribbean sits back an enjoy gayle batting performance an no way he should be left out of no cricket game he is talanted in his game so WICB take a big step an select him in the WI squad. BIG UP CHRIS HENRY GAYLE HOPE WE CAN C U SOON///

  • on July 7, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    I am fully in support of Chris Gayle in this issue and as a board member of a profitable organisation, I think some board members can infact be heavy handed and view themslves as demi-gods. What needs to happen in this mess is for an independent mediator/adjudicator to step in and review this stalemate and provide a solution. As a resposible board the WICB should have nipped this in the bud, fined individuals who in their view acted incorrectly. Then this would not have affected the team,especially not allowing players who are eligible to represent their team languishing on the sidelines. It seems from where I am sitting that the intention of the board is to teach Gayle a lesson and no matter what it takes even to the detriment of the team, they (WICB) are adamant that this is the way forward. I am sorry this is unacceptable and this makes West Indies cricket the laughing stock of cricketing nations. The board needs to rethink this through & sort out this mess.

  • on July 7, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    One problem that the WICB and the WI heirarchy have is that the EXPECT TOO MUCH TOO FAST. It is understandable that after our team dominated the sport for so long, that we expect to be about to replicate that feat with minimal effort, but it is unrealistic for the following reasons: 1. During the dominant years of the West Indies, international cricket was structured very differently. English County Cricket was the breeding ground of players, and WI players used that venue. 2. The sub continent was not the financial powerhouse it is today. How can a region with a population of maybe 6 million compete with a nation like India, with a billion and a half people? Can Bermuda or the Cayman Islands expect to seriously compete with big and well funded countries like India, England and Australia? 3. Cricket doesn't have the same special place in West Indian countries that it used to have. Basketball and soccer have come to compete.

    Let's set our sights on realistic goals: to win a few!

  • Ubeecool on July 7, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Great Presidents make difficult decisions. President Jagdeo you ought to be commended for putting your feet down on this menace called WICB. Its time that WICB be disbanded and be replaced by a group of great cricketers like Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Viv Richards, Michael Holding, Ian Bishop, Greenidge, Walsh, Croft, Lloyd, Lara, Kanhai etc to run West Indian Cricket. Players look up to these individuals and not to incompitent and beurocratic individuals with no cricketing experience leading WICB. The coach is even more pathetic. How can Senior Players be role models when the carpet is being pulled from under their feet.

  • on July 7, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Can anyone give me a logical reason why the West Indies selectors continue to shuffle in a bunch of newbies as opening batsmen, then get upset when poor old Chanderpaul or Sarwan have to try and rescue the team from a bad situation by playing super cautiously to protect their wickets? Why not move these seasoned veterans into opening batsmen positions and then stick the newbies in the middle order and put the pressure on them? It seems like the WI bowlers are doing a good job lately - Bishoo and Rampaul are world class, so Coach Gibson (who was England's bowling coach) seems to have done a good job in that area. However, he seems to have COMPLETELY neglected WesT Indies batting! In fact, he seems to not like batsmen at all. I notice that Gayle, Chanderpaul, Sarwan and Nash (all senior batsmen with impressive past batting records) have been dropped under Gibson. WHY CAN'T WE JUST HAVE THE BEST ELEVEN PLAYERS play our internationals.

  • on July 7, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    The problem can be solved fairly easily: 1. THE WICB, the players and the coach need to leave their EGOS out of their actions and decisions. 2. The BEST players need to be selected for ALL international matches, whether tests or limited overs. 3. Players should not be dropped after one of two back performances. Coaches should work on their failings and help them to develop and improve. 4. A CORE group of senior players should be playing EVERY match, and the WICB need to commit to that group, thereby creating a TEAM with some comradery and team spirit. It should not be just about a captain.

    When we, as fans, watch the events surrounding the Windies, we get the feeling that there is an ever changing mindset. It is as if the powers that be react negatively to every small failure by changing players. Winning teams in any sport do not change their players because they lose a game. They need consistent playing time, and they need to play more games together as a team.

  • on July 7, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Well Said Junior Honore' People This is what been happening. Screw all the Superstar Who think they are bigger than th game. They will contaminate the Young player Guyana keep your nose out of cricket. Try to run Your country

  • on July 7, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Junior Honore is asking some of us fans to look up the team's winning record under Henry Christopher Gayle as captain, now I beseech him to do some real research and tell me what is the winning record during the tenure of the prince of Port Of Spain, who is seen by some recent cricket watchers as even more dominant than the Great Sir Garfield Sobers or even Sir Vivian Richards. We talk about insularity!! it is still alive.

  • inot on July 7, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    If the players fail to perform they should be replaced. If the coach and captain fail to produce they should be replaced.Similarly if the selectors fail to perform by selecting the right players they too should be replaced. The same applies to the Board. This is called ACCOUNTABILITY.

    Unfortunately the WICB is not accountable to anyone and is not HELD accountable for its poor performance,

  • on July 6, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    I am in full agreement with the governments getting involved. I hope one of the first things that they do is to seek the appointment of a completely new set of administrators, with proper checks and balances to make sure that they do their job solely for the improvement of WI cricket.

  • things on July 6, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    For too long now we West Indian fans have suffered at the hands of poor performances from our West Indies team. We continue to pay to get disappointed match after match while the plays demand more money for sub standard performances. I think it is time that the fans ask for an increase in performance.Why do you think our stadiums continue to be empty.WIPA needs to stop fooling the players. The players need to understand that yes it is a job but the fans are your employers.They owe it to us to perform.

  • on July 6, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    This is sad that Guyana goverment has to step in on this and the jamican govevent is doing nothing for Gayle. The WICB is and Gibson is not doing anything for WI cricket,all these changes they made and not one change has payed off. Gibson had his chance to prove other wise. Time for a new board.

  • GTCricketer on July 6, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Some people are clearly "nuts"... one saying Gayle deserves a fine; the other saying CARICOM shouldn't have stepped in; the other calling Gayle selfish.. (sad to hear from a fellow Guyanese) Now, in my opinion, Gayle deserves no disciplinary action what-so-ever nothing was done wrong, if these "slams" were slanderous then I would see your point.. but as far as I'm concerned, he spoke the truth!!! Secondly CARICOM has a right to step in.. cricket is literally the culture of the Caribbean, to sit back and watch the WICB destroy the cricket we come to love would be dumb! I'm glad the countries are holding one head in the mitigation of this matter before things get worse. Thirdly, Gayle in no way acted selfishly.. in case a few nutcases haven't noticed.. that man is coming to the end of his cricketing career.. do you think for a second that when his career is over he can just lay back and watch life roll? NO!! He's got a family to look after!!! A long life to live!!! Bing! Bing! Nuff said.

  • on July 6, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    i just realized something...players have been discarded, coaches have been discarded and West Indies still continue to lose...wait a second, only one thing has not been discarded all this time- the WEST INDIES CRICKET BOARD members. Let us drop them and see if the luck of the team cahnges (probably will, coz they are bunch of idiots). Chris Gayle u still are the best- strive on.....JAMAICA TO THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 6, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    In my opinion i believe that the governments of caricom should get involve. The WEST INDIES cricket board does not own any sporting facilities in the Caribbean, they are all government owned, funded and operated by tax payers. And in my opinion the board should meet with Gayle and work their differences out.

  • on July 6, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    to all the gayle fans who want the old legacy of one super star on his own, doing his own thing, then comes the rest of the team..i will support otis and the WICB in this phase of west indies cricket. step up and be part of the team, or step out. Gayle fans,seem to have very short memories. please look up the teams winning record under gayle's so called dominant talent....please!!!!!!!!!!! wake up pple.we need a team.. a team..not one super star who desides that certain teams are too weak to play against, fakes injuries, then signs up for IPL.. wake up pple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bigwonder on July 6, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Here's an excerpt from Page 2 article - Tuesday, 5th July Good news for those of you living in the Caribbean. Things must be going pretty well domestically, because apparently your prime ministers are able to take time away from managing the economy, public services, transport and crime in order to tackle some of the region's more trivial problems. And top of the agenda is the row between some incompetent suit wearers and Jamaica's millionaire sulking champion.

    After sorting out the Gayle squabble, I believe they will be tackling other important issues such as why do dogs eat grass, why can we never find our car keys and why are chocolate bars are a lot smaller than they used to be.

  • NBRADEE on July 6, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    After the debacle of Jack Warner in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, which has no idea on how to open and run the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium, Mr. Gayle should move quickly to separate himself from the pack of wolves at the CARICOM level - it also would not be good for the team or the game to have Caribbean governments involved in cricket, as we have seen in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  • on July 6, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    This is the BEST NEWS THAT I HAVE HEARD REGARDING WEST INDIA CRICKET FOR SOME TIME!!! BIG UP TO CHRIS GAYLE!! DOWN WITH THE WICB AND OTTIS GIBSON!!!!

  • on July 6, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Learn a lesson from US sports. Fine Gayle and get on with the game. You can't solve egos in sport because ego drives some people to perform at their peak.

  • on July 6, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    A politician is concern about the cries of approximately 3 cricketers amongst hundreds …he thinks there is the possibility of some sought of abuse of power by those in authority (WICB) and suggests that there should be an investigation into their operations and term limits should be set for them to Govern. Translate that to the Politician's world. It they would only apply this principle to them where a larger percentage of populations have a lot more concerns.' If they choose to lead by this example then this would benefit Cricket a lot more. This should be the limit of Governments involvement in the administration of the WI cricket. The Governments should stay out. This is a very bad precedent especially in the context if West Indies, TOO MANY HEADS

  • royramesh on July 6, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    GAYLE CANNOT BE SELECTED ON MERIT FOR THE ODI SIDE AFTER HIS SELFISH BUCCANEERING CAMEOS IN THE CWC11. NO OBJECTIVE SELECTOR WILL CONSIDER HIM FOR THE TEST OPENING POSN AS THE OPPO WILL PUT AN OFFSPINNER ON AGAINST HIM AND HE WILL SELF IMPLODE. SO PLEASE, GAYLE FANS, STOP THIS PERSONAL ABUSE AGAINST WIBC, DIRECTORS, COACH AND THE OLD W I PLAYERS WHO ARE VOLUNTEER W I ADMINISTRATORS/COACHES. PRES JAGDEO IS ON GAYLE'S SIDE ONLY COS OF GUYANESE CHANDERS AND SARWAN PREDICAMENT. I AM ALSO A GUYANESE BUT I SAY MERIT, RESPECT AND OBLIGATION ARE THE ONLY CRITERIA TO PLAY FOR W I.

  • getsetgopk on July 6, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    @SeriouslyFedUp my dear friend a players views on certain issues and his comittment to the cause is more important than the talent he has. because that talent is worth nothing if your not comitted to the cause. Gayle saying he "wouldn't be sad if test cricket dies." well aparently he's more interested in IPL than playing for WI and "I didn't want to be the captain. Because I knew it would take up the majority of my time and I always want my time" again he needs more time playing IPL and less time for WI. all of you make up your minds now

  • viktorvish on July 6, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Gibson is for West Indies, what Greg Chappel was for India. Treat the disease and not the symptoms. Change the coach and you can see wonders!

  • RespectTruth on July 6, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    All aspects of human endeavours are subject to challenges and difficulties. When WI was winning back in the 80's and mid 90's the political conflicts were less out in the open and we won't writing blogs. Remember it was captain Lloyd and the Packer rebels who broke with the WICB and played World Series Cricket which injected a new era in cricket and how players were rewarded.

    My main point is that discipline has for too long been neglected. I truly enjoy watching Lara bat and though Viv Richards was more fearsome to bowl to, to me Lara is pure class. However Lara's runs did not bring many victories and the board gave Lara and others too much leverage and made them bigger than DISCIPLINE and there is where the decline started. It was not from lack of talent but lack of unity and purpose. No matter who leads, WICB, WIPA, coach, captain, players, without the necessary discipline this long night of failure will keep away the dawn of victory. All must consult with respect. Peace!

  • on July 6, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    The WICB does not support WI Cricket. A 25 years of failure. The WI Team needs experience in their squad as the foundation. Australia is making the same mistake.

  • on July 5, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    FINALLY!!! Hilaire and Gibson MUST GO!!! How can you expect to change the fortunes of West indies cricket by not fielding your best starting 11 because of petty squabbles with players. Gayle said he would apologize for his comments yet they set an August date to hear him just to frustrate and eventually get rid of him. This is not their business they are running, this is a regional team that belongs to the people. how do they expect us to feel if Gayle is oversees piling on the runs against world class bowling attacks for foreign clubs while we have kids playing for us who can't even keep their wickets for half a day. Gayle is our best and most exciting batsman who is feared the world all over, find a compromise and move forward.

  • on July 5, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    good..windies team is run by idiots.. been there, so disorganized... the world has stopped watching them since Gayle has left.. has anyone seen the stadiums ??....empty!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Hopefully this moves to a viable long term solution - not a quick fix band-aid.

    At least the politicians are accountable to someone. The WICB are not.

    The solution should look beyond the Gayle issue. It is merely one of a long list of issues with the WICB. This should also not be a signal for Ramnarine to continue to mimic WICB's lack of accountability and responsiveness to Windies cricket fans.

  • on July 5, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    I am astonish that CARICOM would get involved in a dispute between the WICB and Chris Gayle. Surely there must be more pressing matter for politicians in the West Indies to be dealing with than fighting battles for one WI players who believes that he is above the game.

  • mnemoniny on July 5, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Honestly, i'm disappointed not to see Gayle bat in this test series. After his Monstronomics at the top of the RC Bangalore order in the IPL, I feel like the guy needs to be reminded what a bowler's pitch looks like. It could be funny to watch.

    It's hard to know who to believe in WI cricket, but someone calling for term limits seems more trustworthy than most at the moment. My best wishes to CARICOM, however politicising the issue even more has its own dangers, and I still don't think bringing Gayle back will do anyone any good.

    -His respect for WI? Debatable. -His respect for his Captain? None given -His respect for Money? My specialist subject, the completely obvious.

  • chicoguapo on July 5, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    One must analize..some typical west indians here are saying that chris gayle and other seniors think they are more than cricket...really? what action of his said that? because he reacts different to other players doesnt mean he thinks he is bigger than the game...and then again if he wasnt performing..one could understand....but in terms of the west indian batsmen, he is over performing.....yes we have young talent...to oust chris gayle these young talents must do it with consistent run getting innings..so we can correctly say...simmons, barath, bravo..whoever it is, is definitely outperforming gayle...but just with and outburst from a new coach and the dictatorship of a chairman who doesnt even use his diciplanry committee to resolve supposingly disciplanary problems, we oust a player and just having a word war with him...WE WEST INDIAN CRICKET FANS SAY NO, NO TO THIS TYPE OF DICTATORSHIP AND HORRIBLE LEADERSHIP...

  • on July 5, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    I am really happy to see the governments get involved. It comes down to who owns our cricket. For far too long, these morons in the WICB have used their egos to run West Indies cricket into the ground. Look at the talent we had in the 70s, 80s, and early 90s. You think that talent pool just dried up? Nope. The board has mismanaged the money and not used it prudently to develop our players. The talent is there. Develop it WICB.

    As for this specifically, good for Gayle. I'm glad he took his case to the people. At this point, he is West Indies cricket. We need him opening. With one good knock, out of four innings, this series with India would be 1-1 or 1-0 in favour of us. If he had played against Pakistan, we would have had a better result too.

    Get involved presidents and prime ministers! Get involved people of the West Indies! Rise up and get rid of the entire WICB!

  • on July 5, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    BRAVO!! The whole WICB NEEDS to be FIRED , Just like any other government WHO FAILED ITS CITIZENS.,,No ONE pays to go watch a bunch of INCOMPETENT people on a board ,,,The WICB wants to be the story and think that they are BIGGER than the GAME.

  • VEXXZ on July 5, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    The ICC just made a judgement that POLITICS must stay out of cricket . Now what Caricom head going to do for Chris Gayle .Another move by WIPA. VEXXZ

  • JustIPL on July 5, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    It is little bit too late as fans wanted Gayle in the current series. It would have been of great satisfaction facing windies in the presence of gayle and bravo. Had there been full strength Indian team then west indian board would have badly felt gayle's absence. Even in the second test with world champions gayle would have been the lone difference despite the fact that parveen and ishant were on song. Anyway, under strength indian team has given west indian board time to patch up with gayle whom we want to see playing.

  • kentjones on July 5, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Certainly the intervention of the Caribbean Heads of Governments in this issue should bring some order and inevitable end to this issue that has served no one any good. However, the fabric of the region's cricket must be treated in a prudent and cautious manner to ensure that cricket as the powerful institution it has been for many years, remains a potent force in the Caribbean. The following must be preserved: (1) A strong and organised WICB with humble and dedicated leaders, independent but accountable to the people of the Caribbean (2) A vibrant WIPA with tolerant leaders willing to compromise for the benefit of the game (3) The weary but distant eye of the CARICOM leaders, willing to participate but slow to muscle into the business of the WICB (4) The enthusiasm and passion of the players and playing staff willing to sacrifice inflated egos in favour of cricket's advance (5) The unflinching support and following of the cricketing public of the Caribbean. We all must unite!!

  • tappee74 on July 5, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    I think president Jagdeo has said it all.The board has become a dictator much to the disappointment of the caribbean people.Cricket is a culture that runs in our veins and i am happy that the heads of government have decided to direct their attention in this highly unresolved matter. The depth of this issue seems to be one of egos. Following cricinfo,it is clear the board may not have acted professional and this is augering a chasm of indefinite depth.Mr Gibson needs to find another employer,he seems to be the division .Again i am happy to see the head of states getting involved. I do not know the role or input of our senior retired players,but to put things back on tract i think Clive LLoyd needs to be involved deeply with WI cricket.

  • PACERONE on July 5, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Gayle is not bigger than W.I.Cricket. Benn is not bigger than W.I cricket. WICB is bigger than W.I cricket. Look at how they treat our cricketers.Ganga would of been a better seclection than young Brathwaite.They say that a player has to perform in the WI tournament to be selected...Ganga produced and no mention of his name. With Benn and Gayle bowling on the best spinning wickets in the world,India and Pakistan would of been in serious trouble.Benn was our best spinner...toiling on the most docile pitches and then one bad series and is dumped. Get rid of the present grounds men and coach...he makes$250,000,00 per year..no complaints from Gayle and players bashers. get rid of the present WIPA and WIBC.Wonder how much those guys make.They most likely always get paid on time. The governments should charge WICB for use of the stadiums..using 75% full as the price. Let some fresh faces take over. Guyana years ago had to step in LLOyd's case

  • on July 5, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    The board always seems to forget that the players are the product and no one pays to see them (the board) act petty and vindictive. It goes back to that "Board of Control" era. Some of the folks in charge still believe it's all about control. The board and management need to be held accountable for their behaviour, missteps, and mismanagement just as they want to hold the players accountable. When are we going to have professional sports management instead of a bunch of hacks...

  • on July 5, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    @getsetgopk ;

    For your information Gayle id announce that he was ready to give apologizes to the board for what ever misconduct they accuse him of. He is right to take a stand and the people of the West Indies should stand alongside him, because this will continue to happen to all players if nothing is done to rectify the situation.

  • on July 5, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    The WICB has a long history of questionable decisions. Clive Lloyd was left out for one tournament at home in the 70s, but thanks to the intervention of Forbes Burnham, he was flown back home from Australia and eventually included in the side, performing quite creditably. Then Chandrapaul was inexplicably left out of a few matches in the latest World Cup, only to prove his mettle when he was called back. Seems the Board has always had a few square pegs in round holes. President Jagdeo has taken another bold step by a Guyanese head of state, and I hope that this will extend the dialogue and help put a stop to what seems a long history of arbitrary decision making by the WICB.

  • on July 5, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    I wonder if some people remember that Gayle opted not to sign the WICB contract? which mans he wants to play test cricket when it suits him. That's not fair to the WICB who have players ready and willing. Gayle never got a IPL contract initially and seemed upset that the WICB went ahead without him. Now that he was picked and did well he thinks he can come back and just walk in the side. Me being the coach i would not want that kind of player in my ranks. The team was loosing with Gayle anyway so what is the fuss all about. Not saying the board is blameless but i kinda see what they have to deal with here. Now Gayle wants everyone to get involved. Did he ask for that intervention when he decided not to sign a contract. If he wants to earn big bucks nobody is stopping him. Let the younger players who want to become stars too get a chance to show their stuff. As far as i'm concerned Gayle can do what Shane Bond, Malinga and others players have done and just retire and go IPL.

  • squaddy on July 5, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Well its about time that someone put an end to this.... I dont care what Gibson has to say all i care about is to see West Indies perform and Gayle needs to be in the side for it to perform with the current crop of players we have. If one can imagine if gayle was in this India series i am sure the test matches would have had different endings. I dont see gayle making low scores with this indian bowling attack. I just hope to see him for the next series and every other series until he retires!!!!! lets get rid of gibson!!!! Get a true professional coach to do the job

  • on July 5, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    please for the sake of the game find a long term solution to the problems in our beloved sport of cricket and bring in some people who really care for cricket not business men seeking their own selfish agendas, gibbson was never a brilliant cricketer but average at best just like sammy we need a next coach n a captain

  • RichieRich1979 on July 5, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    It is fairly clear that the restructure in West Indies cricket has to start with the board. What is the vision and policy: i.e. We will select our best players. Out of the best players we will select a captain. Transparency!!! meetings between the WIPA and WICB should be made public. The people of the West Indies own the cricket and my father who is Jamaican, friends born in other islands, want to see the best team selected. Also allow these players to earn a crust for their families abroad. Allow your stars to have exposure oversea's! IPL, the big bash, county cricket! these are the things that will make the playing side stronger along with the grass roots development! It can be done

  • SeriouslyFedUp on July 5, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    I'm well aware that we're all entitled to our views. But, even with that being said, I find some of the views expressed a bit troubling. @getsetgopk & r_chakra, with respect, I think your positions are one sided and extreme. Authority is derived from somewhere, and is always in some measure accountable to some other entity.Let me say from the outset that Gayle is not a saint. But he need not be. That's not the point. The point is that authority has limits. But this Board has long behaved as if it answers to noone. Jagdeo is absolutely correct. They run the cricket as if it's a private company where they do whatever they like. The intervention of the Heads of Govt. is long overdue, as it is they who the Board needs to answer to, and apparently it is only them who can reign the Board in. Remember that they WICB lost 6 consecutive arbitrations against the WIPA, yet they just ignored the arbitral findings/recommendations. Rules apply to WICB too!

  • Dtaz on July 5, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    CARICOM Heads have no right intervening in this matter... the people of the Caribbean region have more significant problems for them to address that seeking to satisfy the ego of Chris Gale and his cohorts. The President of Guyana has absolutely no right critising the management of the team in the manner in which he has so done... shame on you Mr. President ... you must know better, but you are once again demonstrating the insularity in WI Cricket is speaking for Mr. Chanderpaul...a Guyanese. I have always been a supporter of WI Cricket, but not always been a supported of numerous decisions of the WICB. This time I am with the Board and the Management of the WI Cricket team 0ne hundred percent. Gayle may make more runs than any of the current openers that the Board is experimenting with, but his attitude will be destructive to the team, and his influence of the younger players will promote they type of selfishness demonstrrated by him.... down with egoism - Gale style.

  • lugujaga on July 5, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    CARICOM IS LATE ON TRYING TO FIX THIS ISSUE BUT ITS BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.THERE SHOULD BE A POLITICAL ASPECT TO THE WICB,SO IT CAN BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE OF THE REGION. THE SPORTS MINISTERS IN THE WEST INDIES ESPECIALLY THOSE FROM THE CRICKET PLAYING COUNTRIES SHUOLD GET INVOLVE AND HAVE REPS THAT MAKE UP THE WICB.AS IT STANDS NOW ITS AN OLD BOY CLUB NETWORK .THEY HAVE NO ACCOUNTABILITY TO ANYONE,YET THEIR ACTIONS GREATLY AFFECT THE PSYCHE AND ECONOMICS OF THE REGION.AS WE HAVE SEEN FOR THE LAST 10 TO 15 YEARS OR SO WEST INDIES CRICKET HAS BEEN GOING NOWHERE FAST.GET THE GOVERNMENTS INVOLVE SO THAT THE WICB WILL ANSWER TO THE PEOLPE.THERE MUST BE CONSEQUENCIES FOR THE WICB ACTIONS WHETER GOOD OR BAD DEPENDING ON HOW EFFECTIVE THE BOARD IS.THE WORST SIGHTS WEE SEE AT THE GROUNDS ARE EMPTY SEATS IN THE STADIUMS ALL OVER THE WEST INDIES.THE REGION GOVERNMENTS HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE THE WICB TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE OF THE CRICKET PLAYING WEST INDIES.

  • slipfielder on July 5, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    What is ICC's position on this? Didn't they want boards to be independent of government influence? I am waiting for the ICC to issue a statement to CARICOM to keep out of Cricket or does it apply only in some situations for some countries?

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 5, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    There is nothing to discuss. Bring Gayle back in. Have someone else as captain by all means but Gayle is easily the best opener in West Indies by an absolute mile. Way better than Lendl Simmonds averaging 16 in test cricket and 33 in first class. Far superior to Adrian Barath. Nobody else comes close, especially in the shorter formats. So, WICB, you really have no choice. Either bring Gayle back or expect fan outrage and Gayle to join ANY OTHER COUNTRY. Australia would certainly take him. He plays in the Big Bash League already for the past 3 years so it wouldn't be that big a move. That is what WICB is looking at if they continue this immaturity.

  • rynbro on July 5, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    This Chris Gayle thing is now beyond ridiculous. If West Indies team was actually winning series and matches consistently with him in the team I would actually be one of the first people to go out there and pledge my support for him but that's not the case. Despite Gayle's individual successes the team is no better for it. Gayle needs to remember that if not for West Indies cricket nobody would know anything about him. West Indies cricket made him - he didn't make West Indies cricket - it owes him nothing. Imagine this is the third highest paid team in the world and now into more than a decade of being at the bottom of the standings in both forms of the game and all of a sudden Chris Gayle is a big topic? He needs to grow up. I hope the WICB leaves him where he is and moves on. West Indies cricket has survived the losses of cricketers far greater than he will ever be,

  • jay-rosy on July 5, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    I really believed we as a Caribbean people need to get rid of WICB and start fresh, those people have been there too long and feel that they are mighter than thou. I feel they know that Chris Gayle should be on the team, yes the bowling is holding up but the batting is failing us. Nothing against our captain, but he should not be on the side, we need to get back Dwayne, Russell, Nash and for sure Chris back in this team. Wake up people.

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    @ Ravi Shankar - have u visited a team meeting or a team talk, personally i think your misguided in you judgement. I have never heard a player stated that Chris Gayle talked them down or ill treated them. Its always the Coach or board. Some players have swagger and charisma which brings fans and make the game entertaining - Caribbean cricket is all for that ask Viv rich.

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    at least when we loose back in the day, we had lara and gayle 100s..200s..300s to boost the moral...n improve my day..now we cant find a batsman to score 100..i think this must be the longest dry patch in WI cricket. bring the man back.

  • Mayfield on July 5, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Now that Caricom has stepped into the fray, what exactly is going to happen? In my opinion, this will not end well for Gayle. WICB has not yet made any public disclosure on Gayle and his infractions. Everyone is seem to be forgetting the myriad of issues Gayle has been involved in over the years. I believe that the WICB has a laundry list on Gayle's conduct and infractions going back from when he started playing for WI, and they will present these facts to the Caricom committee. After this, I don't think Gayle will have many supporters. IF YOU SAY YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL, CONDUCT YOURSELF AS A PROFESSIONAL. A lot of people say one thing and do another. REMEMBER ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS.

  • Silloh on July 5, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Caricom to get involved ? Okay ,maybe it can only be beneficial, but I thought their plate was really filled , moreso in the absence of a General Secretary after one year and a dormant cricket sub comm. It seems though , even without an official meeting with the WICB, some conclusions are apparently being drawn that Gayle is right. What a pity . Now if this is so, it can only promote more indiscipline, at a time when it appears that steps are being taken by the WICB to eradicate such. Appropriate protocol suggests that the matter should be dealt with based on facts as evidenced by WICB and Gayle / his representative/ behind closed doors and may be Caricom can first call such a meeting. Hopefully, the matter will be amicably resolved, all in the interest of West Indian Cricket and new ground rules established or reset.

  • rayinto on July 5, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Thank God. My prayers have been answered. Its about time the board is held accountable for its actions. Cricket has always been the game of the people. Hilaire & Gibson act as if they own West Indies cricket.I applaud President Jagdeo for standing up. Would the other leaders please join?

  • CricketChat on July 5, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Even if the govt. can bring compromise between Gayle and WI establishment, it is hard to imagine WI team welcoming Gayle with open arms. It will be hard to forge team bonding and unity when so much has been said and done openly including team coach.

  • on July 5, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    I am delighted to hear of the decision of the CARICUM Heads to intervene in the Gayle/WICB impasse. President Jagdeo comments are right on point. Senior players might have failed, but clearly it was not failure of talent; it was failure of STRATEGY which is the domain of the Coach and other members of the management team. The Captain is normally the one who gets most of the praise when a team does well, but since Sammy is captain, all the praise seem to be going to the Coach, even though it is clear that Sammy is the one who makes the right moves on the field, who treats every player fairly and is constantly motivating, comforting and complimenting them. Ottis, if you welcome the praises, you should take the responsibility for failure. Cricketers and cricket lovers in the West Indies need to take control of WI cricket and put people in management who genuinely have the interest of WI cricket at heart and not simply an obsession over feeding their respective egos.

  • on July 5, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    i am not talking for gayle but the WICB IS TO STEP DOWN PLEASE THEN KILL THE CRICKET THEY ARE SO DUM DUM TRUST ME

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    The last thing we need is for Caribbean politicians to meddle in our premier sport, that is, Cricket. Jagdeo's position, as president of Guyana, is also influenced by Gayle's claim that Gibson had 'messed with the confidence' of Chanderpaul and Sarwan, both also from Guyana! It should therefore be considered that Jagdeo is pandering to his electorate at home, and does not really hold the interest of west Indies Cricket to heart. I love watching Gayle play, but that is not reason enough to continually undermine the the authority of the WICB and the team management. If it is Gayle's view that a coach should not talk to senior players who are under-performing about issues with their game, then maybe we should just put the players out their without any guidance, and see what happens next. Concerning who owns West Indies Cricket: Why Jagdeo and other politicians doesn't speak in the same terms about ownership of the countries that they run?

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    What bothers me here is the fact that because of our island allegance we are prepared to accept the disrespect for authority and the unwillingness by players to listen to coach and management. Caribbean people wake up. It our indiscipline which took us to the bottom and its our support of such which wil continue to have us there. The success of other teams is based on discipline, obedience and hard work, only WI is departing from this realm.

  • jonfox6020 on July 5, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Finally...This is good news for WI cricket. A full investigation should be made and after fire the whole WICB and put some limitations on the WIPA. We all know that the present WICB is killing WI cricket. Let us the people of the Caribbean elect a board. I say that the board should be elected where a member from each country is selected for a term. In this way the board would not be governed by individuals from from country alone. Ottis Gibson also needs to go, but the first step is to eradicate the WICB board. This should be done after the India series and put new things in place for the next tournament/series which WI are to take part in. We have the talent but these players don't have the right motivation, after all how can a batsman concentrate when in the back of his mind, he knows how the WICB treated Gayle, Sarwan & Chanderpaul. Imagine if the seniors players got bad treatment, then think about the junior players... Caricom good move!!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    This is ridiculous. No one man is bigger than WI cricket! Look at the bigger picture. How can Mr. Gayle come back to a WI side after blasting the management, coach and captain and expect to fit in to the scheme of things. The level of disrespect shown has to be taken into account. The team cannot be rebuilt with a negative influence in the dressing room. And how can these government ministers make a decision regarding the team? Are any of them playing? Money should never be the driving factor behind cricket. Winning, team pride, representing your region, those are the basis of WI cricket.

  • TestIP on July 5, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Finally!!!! WI team management needs to go...Since ottis Gibson took over as coach WI can bowl but cannot bat. Why is calton bough playing ahead of Dinesh ramdin? Why is Darren Sammy captain? The current WI management is chasing fans away from even following WI cricket. Instead of developing players they just pocket the money and does nothing for regoinal cricket. Gayle is on top form the sack him. When Nash was on top form the didnt give him a chance in ODI instead the sack him too. When Sarwan was on form the left him out on tours. Clearly these guys are killing WI cricket. Let them GOOO. WI Team should be Gayle, Barat, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Bravo, Samuels, Ramdin, Bishoo, Rampaul, Taylor and Edwards.

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    This Board Members also players once upon a time, they should take Gayle back in team. Be Open to Learn from anyone.

  • anver777 on July 5, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    This was coming !!!!!! nowadays the politicians intervene with the cricket board issues regularly .... now it has become a normal practice all over !!!!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    As I see it the issue is not about Gayle or the WICB ! it is about rewarding performance. In the case of the Board if their selections prove to be inadequate and could not meet the objectives then they should all offer their resignation as a result of their failure. On the other hand, the basis of selection once established should be adhered to for all prospective players. If a player is guilty of an unacceptable offence he should be penalized in accordance with predetermined rules. These ego trips are hurting us.

  • blackie on July 5, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    I think this is a great move by caribbean governments. we obviously aren't getting anywhere as wibc, wipa and gayle are adamant that they are right. As said earlier, we clearly need an independent respected body to broker this situation. Unfortunately Pres.Jagdeo has already taken up his position. Not saying that government leaders wont have opinions, but if the others are as opinionated as he is, we may have this situation dragging on for a lot longer. Whatever leaders committee is set up, should be made up of ministers from countries who don't currently have players on the team otherwise the need to represent their 'constituents' will lead to leaders making biased decisions.

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    I feel its fair enough to support the players rather than the BOARDS. cos of the players, all the boards are earning. Without them the board is nothing. So whts the prb here? The administrators shld understand, its the players who are going to get blamed if they loose a match. They have to be fully backed by the board. Not to treat them like slaves!!! Administrators are getting their wages cos of these players!!!

  • jadi501 on July 5, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Thx GOD

    Good to listen these boards always play with feeling of Fans especially PCB and WICB

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    i think if Wi had played their best team india would be 2 down in the series which means WI would have already won. as for the best team it involves Gayle,Sangakara just criticize his cricket board and was he kicked off the team,NO. get rid of the WICB get new Guys in there.. ONE MAN DOESN'T MAKE A TEAM,BUT HE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE..........

  • on July 5, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Folks! There is no need for a debate .The Game of Cricket is for the viewers. They bring in the revenue. If a champion player like Gayle can bring in more viewers (& hence more revenue), the Board members have to keep their ego in check for the larger interest of Cricket.

  • on July 5, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    @Syd_F: You are right in saying that one man doesn't make the team. However, there are also such situations when one man with courage makes the majority. Gayle is not stupid, he knows what monster he's been fighting with. One must admire his courage to take on this board which has not been performing. Remember, what team they chose to play against Bangladesh, just to show the world that they were the ultimate in the West Indian cricket. They didn't care if WI lost. I am hopeful now that goods things will come out. May be Gayle would be a loser, as all whistle blowers usually are. God bless you Gayle.

  • moko58 on July 5, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    It is sad that some individuals ruin their own careers, by their inability to get along with authority.

  • getsetgopk on July 5, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    this is like putting some more mud into already muddy waters. tell me something isn't it true that WICB has representitives from all the carribbean nations? and now the heads of goverments from these nations jumping in to do what? make WICB pack and leave? whose gona run cricket in westindies? is Gayle bigger than the likes of clive loyd and joel garner? why isn't gayle acting like a proper gentlman by admitting his fault and say sorry rather than to look for opertunities elsewhere? this gayle issue is destroying carribbean cricket for sure. what a mess

  • chandau on July 5, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    @ RAVI SHANKAR: lol mae that wa some piece :) tell me how a coach who has no passable record as a player or a coach motivate super players like Gayle / Chanders / Taylor? I think u r an Indian so do u remember what happened with Chapple and Sachin / Ganguly ? and Chapple was a good player at least ! The problem is 2fold; WICB has useless beraucrats who know next to nothing about the leather ball and willow. They have appointed a coach who is neither a coach nor a great player (he was bowling coach of england for a short time). Such a coach will bring in a captain like Sammy who will not find a plce in any test playing nation at present (maybe Zim / Kenya). Also the coach will try to sideline the men who have the talent like Gayle and Chanders so that a new lot of rookies will listen to his tall tales. Gayle is not mr. consistant but neither are Shewag or Dilshan. u dont see them dropped after a few failed innings because they have the X factor most people dream of :)

  • Evilpengwinz on July 5, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    WI are going to Bangladesh first this winter - If Gayle returns in the first test against them, we might see another triple century. Definitely going to be watching that if he comes back :D

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Plan A, fire the WICB..all of them, Plan B Break up the cricket, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad are capable of having their own world team. Plan C, term limits for any committee that governs cricket.

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on July 5, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Its really pleasure to hear it. Hope to see Gayle's batting,dance, aggression,fire,rocket,thunder bomb & bowling in nxt series.. Gayle your inclusion must make a difference... You should prove to the WICB administrators especially Former Legendary All-rounder Ottis Gibson...Bring in Phil Simmons as head coach..

  • on July 5, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    I think WI in this series is playing as a cohesive unit and should let be. Larger than life Superstars (including Gayle) are detrimental to a team which is rebuilding. For example when the coach /captain gives a motivational talk to the team, these superstars feel that it is only meant for others and do not take it seriously. Same with suggestions. This does negate any positive team effort which is expected by team spirit, motivational speech, special training /nets... No player should be allowed to be part of the team who thinks he is better than the other 10 in playing 11. Unfortunately, this may or may not be because of their fault, but it is their responsibility to go an extra mile to hide the chip on their shoulder!

  • simonviller on July 5, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    I think their intervention might reveal some truths ,to the detriment of the plaintiff because we are only hearing one side of the story . His colleagues oF THE JCB AND WICB ,ARE SILENT ON THE ISSUE ,THAT SHOULD TELL US SOMETHING . There is always more to the smoke !!!! MR Gayle every one does not have to agree with you and until you admit when and where you are wrong ,lie you want the board to ,this situatin will never be solved . You can't have it your way anymore ,there is a new director in town ,with whom you have worked to expel D.R Smith from the said team . Did you speak up for him ? He also has people to take care of . What goes around comes around !!!

  • Syd_F on July 5, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    Gayle might have all the talent in the world, but one man doesn't make a team. He had similar problems with WICB before quite a few times. WICB also has to take fair share of critism. But lets move on. Let Gayle bash & splash in IPL, BigBash or anywhere else. With or without Gayle WI win/loss ratio is almost same. So let the youngsters grab the chances and look for better future.

  • on July 5, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Finally a larger authority is intervening. It is the WICB who is not giving the WI team the best chance of winning against Pak and India by excluding Chris Gayle and senior players. Now what, lose both ODI series and now they are tipped to lose the test series against India. Gayle would've made the difference between the two sides with his swashbuckling batting and flamboyant hitting tearing the bowlers apart. Shame on you WICB. Aus and Pak are heading off on a similar path with Politics with players. Bring your best players and bring success to the team. Otherwise the board is tearing down the team.

  • on July 5, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Good move. Things should be corrected as soon as possible. Gayle should be allowed to make his bat do the talking in the WI Uniform.

  • akhtar1974 on July 5, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    the right move by the Govt.

  • chunnie on July 5, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Best news I've heard for the year!

  • donda on July 5, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Here you go, ICC don't want politicians in Cricket but here the prime minister is trying to negotiate. I think ICC should take their stance back on democracy in cricket boards , because due to some of the cultures of cricket playing nations you cannot take away politics from cricket.

    I am in support for politicians to participate in negotiations in cricket. This is very good move in case of gayle vs WICB. It will bring better results.

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  • donda on July 5, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Here you go, ICC don't want politicians in Cricket but here the prime minister is trying to negotiate. I think ICC should take their stance back on democracy in cricket boards , because due to some of the cultures of cricket playing nations you cannot take away politics from cricket.

    I am in support for politicians to participate in negotiations in cricket. This is very good move in case of gayle vs WICB. It will bring better results.

  • chunnie on July 5, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Best news I've heard for the year!

  • akhtar1974 on July 5, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    the right move by the Govt.

  • on July 5, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Good move. Things should be corrected as soon as possible. Gayle should be allowed to make his bat do the talking in the WI Uniform.

  • on July 5, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Finally a larger authority is intervening. It is the WICB who is not giving the WI team the best chance of winning against Pak and India by excluding Chris Gayle and senior players. Now what, lose both ODI series and now they are tipped to lose the test series against India. Gayle would've made the difference between the two sides with his swashbuckling batting and flamboyant hitting tearing the bowlers apart. Shame on you WICB. Aus and Pak are heading off on a similar path with Politics with players. Bring your best players and bring success to the team. Otherwise the board is tearing down the team.

  • Syd_F on July 5, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    Gayle might have all the talent in the world, but one man doesn't make a team. He had similar problems with WICB before quite a few times. WICB also has to take fair share of critism. But lets move on. Let Gayle bash & splash in IPL, BigBash or anywhere else. With or without Gayle WI win/loss ratio is almost same. So let the youngsters grab the chances and look for better future.

  • simonviller on July 5, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    I think their intervention might reveal some truths ,to the detriment of the plaintiff because we are only hearing one side of the story . His colleagues oF THE JCB AND WICB ,ARE SILENT ON THE ISSUE ,THAT SHOULD TELL US SOMETHING . There is always more to the smoke !!!! MR Gayle every one does not have to agree with you and until you admit when and where you are wrong ,lie you want the board to ,this situatin will never be solved . You can't have it your way anymore ,there is a new director in town ,with whom you have worked to expel D.R Smith from the said team . Did you speak up for him ? He also has people to take care of . What goes around comes around !!!

  • on July 5, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    I think WI in this series is playing as a cohesive unit and should let be. Larger than life Superstars (including Gayle) are detrimental to a team which is rebuilding. For example when the coach /captain gives a motivational talk to the team, these superstars feel that it is only meant for others and do not take it seriously. Same with suggestions. This does negate any positive team effort which is expected by team spirit, motivational speech, special training /nets... No player should be allowed to be part of the team who thinks he is better than the other 10 in playing 11. Unfortunately, this may or may not be because of their fault, but it is their responsibility to go an extra mile to hide the chip on their shoulder!

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on July 5, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Its really pleasure to hear it. Hope to see Gayle's batting,dance, aggression,fire,rocket,thunder bomb & bowling in nxt series.. Gayle your inclusion must make a difference... You should prove to the WICB administrators especially Former Legendary All-rounder Ottis Gibson...Bring in Phil Simmons as head coach..

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Plan A, fire the WICB..all of them, Plan B Break up the cricket, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad are capable of having their own world team. Plan C, term limits for any committee that governs cricket.