West Indies news October 27, 2011

What should I apologise for? - Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle has asked the WICB to "state clearly" what it wants him to apologise for, after the board had said the batsman would be considered for West Indies selection only if he retracted his statements about the board and its officials.

"They need to come clear and say what Chris Gayle should apologise for, and what should Chris Gayle retract, what are the terms, really and truly," Gayle told the Caribbean Media Corporation. "So they need to make it clear, rather than stating just one particular thing and leaving the public to speculate again, and just make this one big issue which I'm tired of, so they need to just cut it out now."

Gayle also said he thought the WICB was "playing mind games" and that he would address their demands at the end of the Regional Super50 in Guyana, where he is leading Jamaica's campaign.

"I received a message about the apology at a team meeting the day before we [Jamaica] had to play the Leewards Islands here [last Thursday] in the middle of a regional tournament," Gayle said. "I think they [WICB] are playing mind games with Chris Gayle. I have told them that I want to focus on winning this tournament for Jamaica and I will deal with the apology issue at the end of this competition.

"I don't think the board wants to solve this issue. This needs to be closed as soon as possible and they need to be clear on what I should apologise for. State what in the interview I need to retract or apologise for."

On October 20, the WICB had issued a statement saying, "Having received reports and reviewed correspondence between Chris Gayle and the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Team Management and taking into consideration public statements made by Gayle with regard to the board and its officers, the board requires that Gayle withdraws his comments in order to be considered for selection to the West Indies team."

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 home series against India, he released a public statement, in which he traced the beginning of the dispute back to 2009, when, he said, Hilaire had cast doubts on his ability to captain the team.

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 impasse 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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  • H on October 30, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    WI fans seem to have very short memory. Gayle basically said that TEST CRICKET was not important to him. Why? Because Gayle knew that he could make more money playing in the various 20/20 leagues than representing the WI. That's basically why Gayle made the statement that he made. Secondly, none of the senior players put up their hand when it came to the captaincy. So, the WI was left with selecting a captain, whose skills were not up to par, but had the commitment. So who do you blame for this? The WICB or the ones who did not show the courage to take on the job and all that comes with it? Now we have fans calling for some of the same players who are basically looking out for their own self interest. I understand their position, but they are not being honest about it. The 2012 IPL will conflict with WI schedule. Who do you think Gayle, Bravo, and Pollard will choose? Will they choose the WI or their IPL team? Care to venture a guess. I guess its obvious.

  • Brian on October 30, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Both sides in this ridiculous dispute appear to be somewhat boneheaded. Chris Gayle needs to realise that as a professional cricketer his career will necessarily be short and he should seek to make the most of it. If he no longer wishes to play test cricket then he should say so unequivocally. His apparent attitude of seemingly not needing WI cricket may have stemmed from his ILP earnings, and all power to him in this regard; but what kind of legacy will he leave behind! Does he want to be remembered as a "fast food short form cricket slogger" or as a renowned highly rated WI cricketer? The former seems likely the way his dispute with the WICB is shaping up. The WICB have always been and remain an apparent neo-colonial bunch of boneheads working to the obvious detriment of WI cricket by frequently cutting off their noses to spite their faces - nuff said about them! Come on Chris don't be like them, you are bigger than that; a retraction is not necessarily an apology!

  • Sammy on October 30, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Chris Gayle needs to be reinstated in WI team! He truly is a great asset and and a match winner especially in ODI & T20 version. Plus, he will break the record of Sachin's 200 runs in ODI.:-)

  • David on October 29, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Goodbye Mr. Gayle and good luckl to you in all your future endeavours.

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    I just cant imagine some people in this chat room. How can someone say that Gibson should not have chastised Gayle et al for our performance in India. Its ok to praise him when he does well in a series but incorrect to blame for not pulling hie weight? Utter nonsense!!! In fact at post game ceremonies captains including gale have frequently accused team mates of not having lived up to expectation so how can you tell me that the coach is not equally entitled.

    If i can be of any help Chris Gayle here we go>

    I Christopher Gayle on ----- (date/s) made the following comments about afficials and staff member of the WICB 1.---------------------- 2---------------------------- 3.---------------------------- Upon careful reflections i have come to the conclusion that these statements were improper and made in the wrong forum. I recognise that my statements have cause much unease to WI cricket and i wish to retract all of those statements and say sorry to all offended by my statements ect

  • Sharky on October 28, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Well said swarzi!!! And cricchic. WICB needs to be more professional. And both Gayle and WICB have got a childish ego problem. Coaches and captains can never go and criticize each other in public after a loss. NEVER IN PUBLIC. That stuff you do in the dressing room. Now Gayle has made the same mistake as his employees, by criticizing them on radio. NEVER IN PUBLIC. Keep that stuff for the dressing room and address problems in whole as a team. Never points out just the captain or a few individuals as the cause of a problem, in public. First Otis Gibson made the mistake and then Gayle repeated the mistake. They should compromise and professionally get a long with each other. That can't be too hard. Nobody's ego is that BIG that it can't change.

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Looking at this whole saga I feel its the WICB which is on the wrong side.They can't expect to treat the players like slaves and enjoy all the money themselves.Why isn't a young talented guy like Simmons given a Central Contract?Why aren't Barath and Roach not being given fair chances in the test team?Why is Taylor not even considered for selection?What Moral Right the WICB President has to question Chanderpaul's commitment?All these issues kept aside I agree that Gayle himself is being a bit too stubborn.Why can't he compromise just for the sake of the fans,if not the useless WICB?Another point I would like to add here is the WIPA is another agent responsible for this mess.They are more interested in adding fuel to the fire than solve the real problem!

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Chris is the man, he has shown the world that you cant just push and shove unnecessarily. WICB should also appologise to him.

  • Carson on October 28, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    It is very sad that Gayle is being seen as a rebel and a self-centered individual. The truth is that Gayle is the only man on the team with the strength to stand up to the board. It is hypocritical of those who suggest that Gayle is causing mischief by speaking out against the oppressive leadership of the WICB. Are the Gayle critics suggesting that we should live in a world where our employers can fire us simply for speaking out against bad leadership? I would rather to hear from the critics the untruths that Gayle voiced in that interview. If what he said is true then what is the fuss all about? Why should he retract his statements simply because it caused the feelings of the Board to be hurt? The WICB needs to realise that their personal feelings cannot operate a professional Board. Presently the WI captain is a puppet who doesn't even pick his own team. What kind of nonsense is that? Gibson captains the team from the dressing room. He even wants to tell Chanders how to bat lol

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    The WICB is acting like a dictatorship... you should never have to apologize for being truthful Acting like this is just making themselves look bad.. i guess players are slaves go figure

    if i was gayle i would never apologize

    just this whole incident is basically showing the world how crazy the WICB is the actions of the board are worse than whatever gayle even said

    they don't see how stupid they look?

    well whatever, if they just continue this, he can make money elsewhere

    I'm still upset about what they did to Chanderpaul... but i guess he was a good slave, and did what the asked

    go figure

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