West Indies news October 20, 2011

Gayle to be considered if he retracts statements

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Chris Gayle will only be considered for selection for West Indies if he retracts statements he has made about the West Indies board and its officers, the WICB has said in a statement. The board will appoint a facilitator to assist Gayle in complying with their requirements. The decision comes after the last meeting between Gayle and WICB chief Ernest Hilaire, on August 25, had more positive results then previous interactions between the parties.

Relations between Gayle and the board had broken down after he gave an interview in April to a radio station during which he was scathing about both the board and coach Ottis Gibson. After attempts at reconciliation failed, and Gayle was left out of the squad for the whole of the home series against India, he released a long and emotional public statement, in which he traced the evolution of the dispute back to 2009, when, he said, Hilaire had cast doubts on his ability to captain the team.

The board has now said it recognises that Gayle can "contribute meaningfully" to the West Indies team, but will only select him if he withdraws his criticisms. The WICB said they had told Gayle of their decision and were waiting for his response.

Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain and now WICB director, said it was important to get a senior player like Gayle back in the West Indies setup and that it would be wise for Gayle to comply with the board's requirements.

"First of all it is disappointing that the matter has gone on for as long as it has," Lloyd said in the board statement. "What we need now is closure and, to be fair, anyone of whom those comments were made would have a right to take umbrage.

'Withdrawing the comments would be the intelligent thing to do to get the issue resolved and have everyone move on. We need senior players to be in the setup to drive the progress forward and any team would love to entertain Gayle, but under the right circumstances."

Gayle has not played for West Indies since the 2011 World Cup. Since then, he has been an integral part of Royal Challengers Bangalore's squad in their IPL and Champions League Twenty20 campaigns, finishing as the leading run-getter in the IPL.

His saga with the board had escalated to a level where the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government had become involved. West Indies are currently touring Bangladesh, after which they will go to India to play three Tests and five ODIs.

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  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    The only reason that CG is not in the team right now is because of his ego. And the double standard nature of the support for CG which makes him believe that he is right. I have nothing against the guy but wrong will NEVER be right and cricket goes on! The Sarwan/ Chanderpaul comparison proves my point. These two have take more concilliatory poitions with the board and hence their reinclusion in the team. CG chose not the sign the retainer contract before the WC knowing the clashes with the WI schedule. Are the players slaves under Ottis G? Is he really a user? Have we forgotten the player strikes as captain? Interview in anger? Retract it and move on!If not for the current situation, in CG's history there is enough there to merit an apology to the fans. Would that make him less of a man?HE(CG) will not be selected if he doesn't retract the statements no matter how much we curse, quarrel and fight. Basically this issue could have been buried a long time ago, if CG wanted that is.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    I don't think Chris Gayle should retract his comment he wasn't the only one make comment on the what the coach say after the W.C Chanderpaul wrote a whole two page on his feeling of the board do they punish him i didn't hear anything about him ask to retract what he wrote the whole thing is jamaica cricket board fail chris look what the gcb did when Sars AND Chanderpaul wasn't selected they speak out and what happen they were in the team if gayle is the only one have the guts to talk what on his mind the coach had it in for Chis and its more than cricket the only one who suffer through this is the fan forget about the bad mind one who think like the coach people all over the world like to watch Cris bat if i were Chris don't retract nothing cricket is ur way of making a living u r now 32 maybe two or three more years if u play for wi how much can u make to keep u from going out to seek another job u play t20 two more year u set for life if u invest if properly

  • POSTED BY satspeare on | October 23, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    @Mr Ambrose & others who would like to rewind to WC, the facts would show that it was the coach who started this episode of stand-off by rightly criticizing the seniors for their rather poor performances but also questioned their loyalities. The prompt non-selection of the the three senior batsmen for the Pakistan tour followed. Gayle THEN joined the IPL AFTER not being selected. DURING the IPL Gayle voiced his understandable frustrations. We lost BCL after WC 2007 and since 2011 version and non selection of Gayle, Taylor, Sr Bravo, Benn and this has been so annoying that one of the quietest players, Chanderpaul, "blew" his top. It is time that this disciplinarian board practise what they preach and act in the best interest of WI cricket. This did not need to be this "tit-for-tat" childishness. A strong warning and a demand that this be not repeated is in order, but definitely NOT a retraction. This WICB demand says to me that Gayle's comments contains more truth than they can handle!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    I think it is high time for West Indian supporters to protest for the return of Chirs. Otis has never achieve nothing in cricket just look at his stats in relation to that of Chris. This board is only filled with men of pride Chris is not a child.

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Chris Gayle, My request is that you DO NOT APOLOGIZE dey dont need u an u dont need dem. Dammy an Ottis Gibson already doing a good job so y stressing about Gayle....its just like if im a boss an 1 of my staff talk alot of bad things about me which could be true i would want to fire him but if i no i fire him an our business is going down the drain most obviously i would want him to come back........WICB needs to get it right before its too late......

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    If Gayle and the WI cricket board sort their differences out what the West Indies need to do if give players such as Dwayne Bravo,Kieron Pollard and Gayle himself an ultimatum of making them decide if they want to play for their country (Taking a central contract if offered) or be free agents and play 20 20 but not play for their country as these players cant do both with the schedules being tight as they are nowadays and the fact that the WI need to be build a team for the future. I think also the WI need to forget about Kieron Pollard in their ODI team as he is inconsistant. He doesnt score enough with the bat and doesnt do much with the ball. If Pollard is to suceed in ODI's he needs to work on his temprament as everytime he bats in ODI he gets out to a daft shot as he attempts to hit the ball out of the park. Sammy needs to stand down as captain as Sammy in the team in ODI's and test ruins the balance of the team. The Windies need to bring in another young fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    I think CG and WICB should close ranks in an amicable way. With Bravo returning to the fold, WI will be a competitive team with Samuel already proving his worth as an allrounder. Pollard, Edwards, Rampaul, Roach, Bishoo..well certainly they are in the right direction.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    @ Ambrose Alexander: Well said, I couldn't have put it better. GREAT COMMENT.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Gayle should speak to his Pastor on this issue. And my advice to him is " Please don't go to Ramnaraine for advice"

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I think that the entire cricketing world knows that Chris Gayle is an asset to any team except that the WICB and bro. Otis have figuratively confined themselves in a dark room and wilfully refuse to flip the switch. Now, this thing about Chris making some statements about his coach seems to be very trivial. Who of us doesnt feel the same way and maybe worse about our employers/bosses and we do often discuss our feelings with co-workers? Please, bro. Otis and WICB for all our sakes be mature about this and you also in the spirit of reconciliation offer an apology just as you expect chris Should - both of you apologise to each other. Bro. Otis, if you really mean to do WI cricket good as i think you are trying to then consider that Chris has contributed and has much more to contribute to WI cricket than many of you on the board. We really need our strongest team on every front. "Bring back the maccabees version.." Gayle,Bravo,Sarwan, Chands.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    The only reason that CG is not in the team right now is because of his ego. And the double standard nature of the support for CG which makes him believe that he is right. I have nothing against the guy but wrong will NEVER be right and cricket goes on! The Sarwan/ Chanderpaul comparison proves my point. These two have take more concilliatory poitions with the board and hence their reinclusion in the team. CG chose not the sign the retainer contract before the WC knowing the clashes with the WI schedule. Are the players slaves under Ottis G? Is he really a user? Have we forgotten the player strikes as captain? Interview in anger? Retract it and move on!If not for the current situation, in CG's history there is enough there to merit an apology to the fans. Would that make him less of a man?HE(CG) will not be selected if he doesn't retract the statements no matter how much we curse, quarrel and fight. Basically this issue could have been buried a long time ago, if CG wanted that is.

  • POSTED BY on | October 23, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    I don't think Chris Gayle should retract his comment he wasn't the only one make comment on the what the coach say after the W.C Chanderpaul wrote a whole two page on his feeling of the board do they punish him i didn't hear anything about him ask to retract what he wrote the whole thing is jamaica cricket board fail chris look what the gcb did when Sars AND Chanderpaul wasn't selected they speak out and what happen they were in the team if gayle is the only one have the guts to talk what on his mind the coach had it in for Chis and its more than cricket the only one who suffer through this is the fan forget about the bad mind one who think like the coach people all over the world like to watch Cris bat if i were Chris don't retract nothing cricket is ur way of making a living u r now 32 maybe two or three more years if u play for wi how much can u make to keep u from going out to seek another job u play t20 two more year u set for life if u invest if properly

  • POSTED BY satspeare on | October 23, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    @Mr Ambrose & others who would like to rewind to WC, the facts would show that it was the coach who started this episode of stand-off by rightly criticizing the seniors for their rather poor performances but also questioned their loyalities. The prompt non-selection of the the three senior batsmen for the Pakistan tour followed. Gayle THEN joined the IPL AFTER not being selected. DURING the IPL Gayle voiced his understandable frustrations. We lost BCL after WC 2007 and since 2011 version and non selection of Gayle, Taylor, Sr Bravo, Benn and this has been so annoying that one of the quietest players, Chanderpaul, "blew" his top. It is time that this disciplinarian board practise what they preach and act in the best interest of WI cricket. This did not need to be this "tit-for-tat" childishness. A strong warning and a demand that this be not repeated is in order, but definitely NOT a retraction. This WICB demand says to me that Gayle's comments contains more truth than they can handle!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    I think it is high time for West Indian supporters to protest for the return of Chirs. Otis has never achieve nothing in cricket just look at his stats in relation to that of Chris. This board is only filled with men of pride Chris is not a child.

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Chris Gayle, My request is that you DO NOT APOLOGIZE dey dont need u an u dont need dem. Dammy an Ottis Gibson already doing a good job so y stressing about Gayle....its just like if im a boss an 1 of my staff talk alot of bad things about me which could be true i would want to fire him but if i no i fire him an our business is going down the drain most obviously i would want him to come back........WICB needs to get it right before its too late......

  • POSTED BY on | October 22, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    If Gayle and the WI cricket board sort their differences out what the West Indies need to do if give players such as Dwayne Bravo,Kieron Pollard and Gayle himself an ultimatum of making them decide if they want to play for their country (Taking a central contract if offered) or be free agents and play 20 20 but not play for their country as these players cant do both with the schedules being tight as they are nowadays and the fact that the WI need to be build a team for the future. I think also the WI need to forget about Kieron Pollard in their ODI team as he is inconsistant. He doesnt score enough with the bat and doesnt do much with the ball. If Pollard is to suceed in ODI's he needs to work on his temprament as everytime he bats in ODI he gets out to a daft shot as he attempts to hit the ball out of the park. Sammy needs to stand down as captain as Sammy in the team in ODI's and test ruins the balance of the team. The Windies need to bring in another young fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    I think CG and WICB should close ranks in an amicable way. With Bravo returning to the fold, WI will be a competitive team with Samuel already proving his worth as an allrounder. Pollard, Edwards, Rampaul, Roach, Bishoo..well certainly they are in the right direction.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    @ Ambrose Alexander: Well said, I couldn't have put it better. GREAT COMMENT.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Gayle should speak to his Pastor on this issue. And my advice to him is " Please don't go to Ramnaraine for advice"

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I think that the entire cricketing world knows that Chris Gayle is an asset to any team except that the WICB and bro. Otis have figuratively confined themselves in a dark room and wilfully refuse to flip the switch. Now, this thing about Chris making some statements about his coach seems to be very trivial. Who of us doesnt feel the same way and maybe worse about our employers/bosses and we do often discuss our feelings with co-workers? Please, bro. Otis and WICB for all our sakes be mature about this and you also in the spirit of reconciliation offer an apology just as you expect chris Should - both of you apologise to each other. Bro. Otis, if you really mean to do WI cricket good as i think you are trying to then consider that Chris has contributed and has much more to contribute to WI cricket than many of you on the board. We really need our strongest team on every front. "Bring back the maccabees version.." Gayle,Bravo,Sarwan, Chands.

  • POSTED BY Butee on | October 21, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    The Gayle issue was an anthill becoming a molehill when the WICB used non selection as a means of embarrassment to Gayle. I honestly don't see the reason for Gayle to retract his statements publicly as this should be done at a table and new policies should be laid down outlining how the players should conduct themselves on talk shows. Come on WICB and Galye settle this quickly.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Chris Gayle,

    My request is that you do NOT withdraw your comments. I think you are going in the path of Muhammad ali who never withdrew his comments against USA. After 30 years US Govt 'forgave him' and asked him to light the flame for 1996 atlanta olympics. One fine day WICB hillare will kneel down.

    You hav proved everthing in cricket to everyone. Now its time to do a BIG TIME SURGERY of WICB

    Regards Sreeni

  • POSTED BY Reggaecricket on | October 21, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    So, the WICB rethinks their strategy after being bowled out for 61 by Bangaldesh? Lets accept the fact that the West Indies need Gayle more than he needs the WI. Thee is enough $$ for him in the IPL. He is an automatic choice wherever that form of the game is played. Still, if he wants to represent his country, the WICB cannot ignore that he is an asset to WI Cricket which is larger than a few mebers of the board who are playing ego games. The sooner Ernest Hillaire goes down Ijaz Butt's path the better it is for WI Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    ego before country interest , amazing !

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Any country that thinks they need to see Chris Gayle play can send a petition to ICC and have him become a citizen of India , England, Aust, NZ etc etc. We don't need him in the WI. He cannot disrespect the coach and other teammates and then expect to play with them. Any takers?? Remember these words " I would not be sad if Test Cricket died a natural death."

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    Chris, If u told the truth in that sensational interview Hillary and his entourage are referring to, u should not retract the sentiments. Hillary has finally realised that without u and Chanderpal the West Indies test team is not going anywhere iin a hurry. The younger players need a heck of a lot more time to push the team forward. I do understand fans would be pleading with u to apologise and get back on the team. However, should u go down that path, then principle goes out the door and the very fans would scream for ur head should u fail initially on ur return. Like the fastest gun in the old American West, continue to play for the highest bidder for ur services and fortify ur bank account. Ur family comes first. Who does Hillary report to? Maybe I missed the Caricom governments recommendation(s) to resolve this matter. Did they offer any? Hey, maybe u may want to explore having dual citizenship with a test playing country. If I were u, I would read Lloyd's comments carefully.

  • POSTED BY WindiesWillow on | October 21, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    Yes Mr. Lloyd, we the fans also need closure as well as this saga. However Chris made statements of how he felt the board was treating him and cricket as a whole. If he retracts the statements will that make the facts go away? We need Gayle in our team...that is a given, but maybe the board should also issue an apology to Chris and the West Indian public to whom the crikcet belongs. As we say in the Caribbean," it takes two hands to clap". Hopefully we can see our best tem on the field soon.

  • POSTED BY on | October 21, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    Recently there seems to be the trend of thought that CG has nothing to apologize for. Rewind back to the end of the world cup 2011, CG doesnt sign a contract, opts to play IPL cricket and then blasts the board, the captain and then calls the coach a USER in the radio interview when what the coach said was that the seniors didn't pull their weight. Does one reasonably expect to insult the coach and then feature in the team as if nothing happened? In any other International team we know this sort of thing wouldn't be tolerated yet we close our eyes to the facts. Would Man. City accept this from Tevez(world class)? Certainly not! I want CG in the team but NOT at any cost. Look at the way Chanderpaul's and CG situation turned out. CG on several occasion has attempted to embarass the board. One case in point when they withdrew from the Bangl. series in the caribbean and the WI was forced to field a weakened team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Can CG get away with such behaviour at RCB. Critize the coach and the franchise as he did in the radio interview and get away with it?

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    The WICB needs to apologise to its Senior players ........like Chanderpaul etc........ IN PUBLIC!

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    wow! personally i think the WICB hav no idea what they are doing,they arent thinking about the best interest of WI cricket... i think they want/need gayle since i think world cup is next (t20) and since gayle is hotter than the sun right now they want him back in the side... Chris Gayle should stay where he is and continue playing t20 for his respective clubs around the world....his mind is clear,he's happy and thats y he has been playing so well. he wont be happy inder Ottis and the WICB

  • POSTED BY 44johter on | October 20, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    remember do not bite the hand that feeds you. also remember t20 can love you today and drop u just as fast tommorrow.

  • POSTED BY navin31 on | October 20, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    MR GAYLE , MAYBE YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT THE BOARD ,BUT PLEASE WE AS THE FANS NEED YOU TO PLAY AND HELP US BUILD A GOOD SIDE AGIAN , PLEASE TAKE YOUR STATMENT BACK AND COME ON BOARD LETS START CLIMBING UP THAT RANKING AND BEAT SIDES AGIAN. PLEASE DONT TURN YOUR BACK ON US

  • POSTED BY windiesyouth.12 on | October 20, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    as much as i want to Chris Gayle return to the WI side, i don;t feel he should retract his statements as long as they are.....let the WICB they cant control players and they need to get their act together in order to improve WI cricket

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | October 20, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    As an outsider some things about this issue are very clear to me. Firstly, Gayle should never have criticised the Board publicly. Regardless of whether he is right or wrong, the very fact that he did was the WICB's justification for their actions. Now, most people seem to agree with Gayle, so there does appear to be more than a grain of truth in what he has said. The problem is, the Board hold the whip hand and as long as they do, and as long as Gayle maintains his stance, there appears to be little room for manoeuvre on either side. You will note that the WICB want Gayle to retract his statement... in other words admit he was wrong and then "he will be considered for selection". There's no compromise there as far as I can see. It's a fact of life, Gayle does not need Windies cricket any more than Pollard does. So my opinion would be for him to continue to fight his corner against whatever has given rise to this situation, and continue to earn his living on the T20 world circuit

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | October 20, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    and to be honest I would Love everything to be sort out between the Board and Player, i would like us To Play for the Pride of our nation and then NO one can beat us, if we have our best team out there. Hopeing for the best of the future for West Indies Cricket

  • POSTED BY thegrownup on | October 20, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    A GOOD PLACE TO START IS TO HAVE COACH GIBSON FIRST RETRACT HIS STATEMENT MADE AFTER THE WORLD CUP.THIS WOULD BE A GOOD FAITH STEP ON HIS AND WICB PART. GAYLE COULD THEN FOLLOW. AFTER THIS SOME OF THE WICB MEMBERS WHO MADE DISPARAGING PERSONAL COMMENTS ABOUT GAYLE SHOULD ALSO NOT JUST RETRACT BUT PERSONALLY APOLOGIZE TO GAYLE. THIS IS THE WAY OUT OF THIS IMPASSE INITIATED NOT BY GAYLE BUT BY THE COACH AND WICB.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    We know it is in the best interest of west indies cricket for gale to humble himself and move on we need all the pieces in place to move on and upward. Gale is a servant of west indies cricket and the greatest principle of a servant is humility. In spite of what all may say negative of the retraction of your statement it will our cause better. Let us move on and see the redemption of the great west indies.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    PLEASE don,t be fooled. A retraction is not an apology. It is all about what u say or write. Anyhow to be strong headed on this issue is to be selfish. Gayle means nothing to WI if he is not playing for WI. Retract or not WI cricket will go on. We will win some & lose some, like all the other teams.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Think the board should also apologise to the senior members of the west indies team then i will support an opology from gayle.Both parties need to compromise,then i can forsee a closure in this matter.

  • POSTED BY wifan16 on | October 20, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Come on Gayle, Shiv will need your help if the west indies would be able to compete against better teams!

  • POSTED BY vannoj on | October 20, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    I did respect the concern by Clive Lloyd and I know it is in the interest of reviving WI cricket. But there in nothing in the statement by the BIG CAT to suggest that Gayle has done anything wrong. He, Lloyd only has WI cricket at heart. Gayle has served WI cricket well and those who have not faced the fire from the middle like most of the Board and the Coach(3 Test 2 wickets, 15 ODI 34 wickets) should not question his commitment to regional cricket. After all it is people like Gayle who pays them their salaries. So if they want to lose their means of livihood and continue to erode WI cricket its will only spell disaster for the younger players. In fact Gayle is a wealthy man and do not have to play for the WI to live. Please take a survey of the correct crop or players as to whether they want Gayle and you will see a resounding YES. Almost every time the current Captain speaks there is never a bad word on Gayle and always a hint the he wish Gayle was there.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Chris Gayle, stay strong my friend. I would love to see you play for WI again but I really do not think you should apologize. The GREAT CEO and the GREAT Otis Gibson are out to get you. If you were to retract your statement, then not do well for a few matches, that is all they would need to end your WI career. Stand firm my friend and don't let any GREAT Otis Gibson or any GREAT Ernest Hilaire knock you down. You are greatly supported by the masses.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    After searching & being unable to find a replacement for Gayle, the WICB have back peddled & Gayle should do likewise for the sake of WI cricket.

  • POSTED BY NBRADEE on | October 20, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Retract the statements mean that the WICB won this battle, the equivalent of everyone in this part of the world renouncing God! This is the kinda crap that Gayle does not need! If I were he, I would retire from international cricket, and focus on domestic cricket of the one-day variety. No way they could then block him from becoming the best EVER t20 player.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    As a cricket lover no mater who is playing , I would love to see my name sake Mr Gayle make that step above the EGO Centered Colonial WICB Personel. Gayle just do what ever you have to do not forthe sake of WICB but for the people and your fans of the Caribbean and the world of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    This is touchy.. Gayle should have never air is grievances publicly...There are channels and methods of dealing with such issues...It does not matter what the circumstances were you have to follow protocol or you will get the bitter end of the stick.. like in this case...Although the statements that Gayle made may have been the truth..I don't think he should be apologising about the Statement made but really for the method used in discriminating the information..Added to that the Board need to apologise to Gayle for they way they have been treating him..this is not a one sided deal..both parties need to acknowledge their effort and follow suit... W.I Cricket need Gayle...and yes Gayle do need W.I Cricket..not for the money but for his future as a legend..

  • POSTED BY fuzziduck23 on | October 20, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Chris, I have never been your biggest fan, but I commend you for your fearlessness and principled stand, and while I would like to see you back in West Indies colours, hell should freeze over before you retract your statements or apologise. Continue to fly the flag in the other forms of cricket that you play brethren. The board need to know that we the West Indies supporters are fed up of them and their stupidness.

  • POSTED BY mohamedamin on | October 20, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    If the board can prove Chris Gayle wrong in his statements he made about them, only then he should retract them, if not chris play ur t20 around the world and show the WICB who is the bigger man..

  • POSTED BY KDoc on | October 20, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Because the WICB has the final saying in the matter, it is forcing Gayle to "apologize". They operate like a typical dictatorship regime. Why don't the WICB be the bigger org and sweep the matter under the rug, maybe write Gayle a warning letter not to "criticize" them in public again?? But instead, they make him to be the bad guy, and in the meantime, waste Gayle, D Bravo talent, thus digging WI cricket further into shameful lows. I hope the CARICOM Heads start holding the WICB Management accountable with performance reviews; and put term limits on their tenure. The WICB Management is certainly not above the law; same as the players.

  • POSTED BY Bluntman on | October 20, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Rubbish. Again, the board lets their own personal agenda get in the way of picking the best team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Egos on display here. Both parties have erred. However WI cricket is in the balance. Whatever Gayle decides to do, WI cricket should be placed in front. BIG CAT has said the correct things. The word is PATRIOTISM.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Gayle does not need WI, he can sign with so many other county teams playing T20 and actually win games. He'll make more money and have more fun.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    If I was a West Indian, I'd be mighty angry with the board for letting matters come to this. Sure, country has to be placed on priority but its only fair that players get the right treatment as well. For a board like the WICB, they will do wiser than to hang on to their egos. A Player like Gayle brings the money in- not because he's about the dreadlocks and the calypso- but because he's a Top Notch International Player, which the WI team is rather short on. In Gayle's case I remember the WIPA backing him, so he can't be entirely in the wrong. Grow up a bit Mr. Lloyd and co. - your ego's are not greater than WI cricket's interest.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Gayle use your conscience and do the correct thing,don,t let anyone force you to come to a decision

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    Why should he retract his statments ? Just so he can play for West Indies? Why should he be the only one to admit he was wrong. Because clearly the WICB needs and wants him back after what he did in the IPL n Champions League. I see nothing wrong with him going overseas and making money. I highly doubt there's a lot of people out there that would give that up to play for the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Don't back down, Chris Gayle! Consider coming to Australia, where we desperately need an opener of your quality. Or just play in the various T20 competitions. WICB needs you more than you need them and they need to see it that way.

  • POSTED BY MariusRoodt on | October 20, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Don't back down to the thought police Chris!

  • POSTED BY firewaterwindearth on | October 20, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    LOL!! Very true...WI needs Gayle more than Gayle needing WI :D

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    are there any facts to what gayle said?if what he said is true,then why shoild he apologise?what happen to free speech?WICB AND ITS OFFICEWRS stll has this MASSA attitude in them.they first of all need to liberate their thinking and treat the players with respect. i think coach is a good fitness instructor but has an ego problem,and think he is BOSS and he is not.should gayle apologise then it shows he is the bigger man. more power to gayle

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | October 20, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    Choose your advice (from others) and words carefully Chris. This is your last chance and it would be such a waste to not have you in the team.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | October 20, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    i dont think they are gona let Gayle play anymore, they want to make an example of him and want to show other players that if you go against your own country in favour of some IPL you wont play for west indies again. Im with the WI board on this one. No player should be allowed to freelance on his own terms. One's priorities must be clear and should first consider his own country.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    West Indies without Gayle are a no show @ India. I just hope they reach a consensus and we get to see a competitive series.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Good to see, West Indies board and Gayle slowly coming to a compromise. From another perspective, West Indies badly need Chris Gayle when they tour India, and the clues are out in the open - he was as eveyone knows " an integral part of Royal Challengers Bangalore's squad in their IPL and Champions League Twenty20 campaigns" and leading run-getter in the IPL. The last match between WI & Bangladesh reinforces the fact, they need him back, to spice up the batting and extract some useful spin bowling. Let's see how things turn out.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    I don't think he would withdraw his words so easily as board hoping. But we fans want he should, he don't deserves to be sit out.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    I'm sure WI would not have capitulated for 61, nor lost the T20 if Gayle was in the team. Better get him in the test matches. He gives his full commitment to WI then their top order would tear up any attack.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | October 20, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    WI & Gayle should sort this issue asap.....i believe currently without Gayle & some other senior players, there no fire power in WI lineup !!!! we cricket lovers like to see some good WI games with interest, so please end this chapter for ever.....

  • POSTED BY Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on | October 20, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    WICB wont accept the statement Gayle... So Plz withdraw your statement.. We want to see you in India tour...

  • POSTED BY b4u8me2 on | October 20, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Can somebody tell me the difference between retracting one's statement and actually apologizing? Why should Gayle be forced to retract his statements unless the WICB can prove that what Gayle said was a lie? This sounds like the same condition they imposed on Gayle before in trying to force him to take back what he said. This is not a life line being given to Gayle...this is the WICB trying to have their way. Retracting one's statement is effectively saying that one regrets what was said and is in essence an apology. Why not force Sir Hilary Beckles to retract his statements about Gayle being a Don!! WICB is still trying to be a bully and ego is more at play here than fairness.

  • POSTED BY alexbraae on | October 20, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    I think at this stage the West Indies needs Gayle more than Gayle needs the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    who so ever is he, but he has to follow rules of his board.......... he is a wonderful players and we all want him in his national side....................

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  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    who so ever is he, but he has to follow rules of his board.......... he is a wonderful players and we all want him in his national side....................

  • POSTED BY alexbraae on | October 20, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    I think at this stage the West Indies needs Gayle more than Gayle needs the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY b4u8me2 on | October 20, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Can somebody tell me the difference between retracting one's statement and actually apologizing? Why should Gayle be forced to retract his statements unless the WICB can prove that what Gayle said was a lie? This sounds like the same condition they imposed on Gayle before in trying to force him to take back what he said. This is not a life line being given to Gayle...this is the WICB trying to have their way. Retracting one's statement is effectively saying that one regrets what was said and is in essence an apology. Why not force Sir Hilary Beckles to retract his statements about Gayle being a Don!! WICB is still trying to be a bully and ego is more at play here than fairness.

  • POSTED BY Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on | October 20, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    WICB wont accept the statement Gayle... So Plz withdraw your statement.. We want to see you in India tour...

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | October 20, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    WI & Gayle should sort this issue asap.....i believe currently without Gayle & some other senior players, there no fire power in WI lineup !!!! we cricket lovers like to see some good WI games with interest, so please end this chapter for ever.....

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    I'm sure WI would not have capitulated for 61, nor lost the T20 if Gayle was in the team. Better get him in the test matches. He gives his full commitment to WI then their top order would tear up any attack.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    I don't think he would withdraw his words so easily as board hoping. But we fans want he should, he don't deserves to be sit out.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Good to see, West Indies board and Gayle slowly coming to a compromise. From another perspective, West Indies badly need Chris Gayle when they tour India, and the clues are out in the open - he was as eveyone knows " an integral part of Royal Challengers Bangalore's squad in their IPL and Champions League Twenty20 campaigns" and leading run-getter in the IPL. The last match between WI & Bangladesh reinforces the fact, they need him back, to spice up the batting and extract some useful spin bowling. Let's see how things turn out.

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    West Indies without Gayle are a no show @ India. I just hope they reach a consensus and we get to see a competitive series.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | October 20, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    i dont think they are gona let Gayle play anymore, they want to make an example of him and want to show other players that if you go against your own country in favour of some IPL you wont play for west indies again. Im with the WI board on this one. No player should be allowed to freelance on his own terms. One's priorities must be clear and should first consider his own country.