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What should I apologise for? - Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 27, 2011

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Chris Gayle blitzed 26 off 15 balls, Royal Challengers Bangalore v South Australia, Champions League T20, October 5, 2011
The fight between Chris Gayle v the WICB has lasted innumerable rounds © Associated Press

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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Posted by Mayfield 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.

Posted by Windiestand 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!

Posted by DataQue 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.:-)

Posted by kriketluva on (October 29, 2011, 1:31 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by SuperSharky 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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by b4u8me2 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

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 22:49 GMT)

Well said Tigg, Yocasi, Karl Augustine, Monjur Elahi, Kriketluva, Devorn Alexander & Keith Williams. You guys definitely get it. Gayle has always been a self-centered cricketer. Though he is capable of building a Test innings, Gayle is far too impulsive to do so on a consistent basis. His game is ideally suited for the shorter version of the game. He's said repeatedly that he's not a big fan of Test cricket. No honest person would begrudge him making mucho mula from playing the form of the game which he likes. Coach & the Board don't want him back on the team. He's been reported to be a negative influence, especially on the younger, still impressionable ones. That rebellious streak of Gayle's could upset the chemistry of the current team. Let's forget about him and move on with the job of building a young, lean, hungry, enthusiastic, proud and committed team. Let's groom Barath & Brathwaite to be the Test opening pair of the future and allow the big man to ply his trade elsewhere.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 17:37 GMT)

There is fault on both sides here. They picked a team before he went to the IPL and left him out of it. Didn't even tell him he was out then were not happy he went to India. WI have a chance next year in the world T20. Gayle and the board should get together admit both made poor decisions and put it behind them. I'm sure every country in the next World T20 would prefer Gayle was not playing but he is entertaining when he bats so is good for TV ratings and revenue which in the end is what enables more Central Contracts and youth development.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 14:56 GMT)

I like how he refers to himself in the third person...ha! :)

Posted by dubeyshubhakar on (October 27, 2011, 14:43 GMT)

if gayle is ready to apoloigise, WI Board should take it sportingly and forget all happenings. Overall gayle is great player and everyone should know it that cricket board success is not with their officials , players are behind the success.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 14:42 GMT)

The game of Cricket has always been bigger than Chris Gayle and the WICB, what both parties need is closure to this foolish spectacle, so that the game can go on.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

@KeithWilliams - can't agree with you more, I doubt that Gayle's re-entry will make a significant difference as we tend depend on him too much, WI always get into the same mess that once he is out - then we lost the game mentality. Commentators, Pundit and specatators of nations agree on this. WI needs discipline and we might have to start from scratch - I was dead against this approach but they are starting to win me over. I think we should simply let Gayle to go on make his millions (quite rightly so). WICB are too stubborn to back down now, we just have to say goodbye to our prodigal son.

Posted by gangus on (October 27, 2011, 14:14 GMT)

Well said Keith Williams, you hit the nail on the head there is nothing more I can add or subtract to that very insightful perspective. I prefer to make slow progressive with 11 committed average player than reap quick success with a superstar whose negative outlook can possibly erode notions of striving for success through unified team effort

Posted by PACERONE on (October 27, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

Gayle played for WI with a heart condition that could of killed him.He payed to take care of himself to play for W.I.There was no IPL when this was done.Bangladesh would never have declared like they did in the first test if Gayle was in the team.Bravo and the other young batsmen have not shown any improvement.Look at how they treat Simmons...best against India,Pakistan and Bangladesh.Yet they did not give him a central contract.If he now gets an IPL offer,people will be against him.Barath gets a contract to not play..what a joke.WI have good young cricketers but they need to be brought along carefully and with less pressure.Bravo looked so good in Sri Lanka,now he gets out so easily.Our decline started when they gave the captaincy to Richardson instead of Haynes.Richardson is now the manager.No way to go but down.What is the story with Benn and Nash.They just dump players as they like.The older players,Samuel and Chanderpaul are the batsmen they are depending on.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

I admire the way Chris has been chanting the WICB because when everyone else is keeping their mouths shut he has the courage to stand up to them. This has nothing to do with being arrogant either. The WICB is acting as if they are gods and no one should criticize them! Do not apologize Chris!

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 13:26 GMT)

gayle is saying he does not know what he has to apologize for. he should seek counsel if the board request is not clear to him. he should also stop making this issue a cirus. speaking ill of your empoyer publicly is unacceptable and i agree with the board to put an end to this indiscpline. he should withdraw the statement he made about the board and the captain, if he refuses then he should not be allow to represent the w.i.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 13:24 GMT)

If 1 does'nt hev sumtin 2 say, s/he rather not comment. Chris has nothin 2 apologise 4. The only thin WICB want is 2 defend the OTTIS Gibson n the board.This guy wants 2 play but under no conditions for him only. He is no different from SHIV n other players. This is the same thing done by the WICB to Shiv n other players regerding their injury treatments. This needs sum1 to stand firm 4 his right. Or doesnt players have rights?

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

gayle should aks ernest hilary otis stupid and the three num skull selectors to get lost and then apologise after these fools are out .

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 13:13 GMT)

The problem with WI Cricket is that it isn't run as a business. If the team had to show a profit or at least break even, we'd see a totally different brand of cricket and all those suits who think that cricket can't function without them, would be out on the breadline. Lets be clear, the fans should dictate who they want to see, and how they want them to play, because the game is played for fans to enjoy (and hopefully pay some money to come see). But the model of cricket we have in the West Indies is entirely broken. The countries fund cricket, the WICB doesn't have to listen to the fans. They will listen only to those that pay them (the heads of states). Technically they could put a team of blind people to play for the West Indies, if they wanted.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 12:48 GMT)

An apology from Chris Gayle is not tremendously important. Yes it is necessary and he must do so. The real problem is the impact of Chris Gayle's re-entry into the team. Will it be corrosive? The team under Sammy has begun to show cohesion and grit, and that must in no way be compromised. If Gayle is truly interested in WI cricket and comes back in determined to fit into the team, to die for the team, to use his prodigious talents for the team, to bat unselfishly, to field with enthusiasm, then there would be an enormous lift to the team in talent and production. But as long as Gayle does not understand the need for an apology, not so much to the WICB but to all cricket lovers in the WI, it is clear that he will not be a positive influence on the team. We will know by Chris' actions.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

Life goes on and ppl should remember that players come and go. A team is made up of eleven players amd God forbid, but if a highly though of player gets injured and is out of the game for a lengthly period, won't they fing another to fill that void.

Posted by Naren on (October 27, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

If this is not published I will stop visiting CricInfo. Not sure why my comments doesn't make it through. This is not even about BCCI. Gayle is definitely at fault for putting IPL and CLT20 ahead of his WI commitments. I don't blame him for his decision. But that is the reality. WI board has reason to feel aggrieved with his behavior. They have suffered enough with characters like Gayle, Lara. Who are self-centered than team people (atleast when playing for the country). WI should keep Gayle out of the team until he puts country first. I really respect the Englishmen and Australians for this. But again they are better paid than the WI cricketers. It is hard when it comes to country vs money.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 12:29 GMT)

WI have NO chance, i repeat NO CHANCE at ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka without Gayle. He knows this, WICB knows this, the world knows this. He has all the cards in his hands. Question is, what WI want?

If they want to go some distance or even think about winning it all, they have to lick Gayle's toes and take him back. Or tell him bye bye and go in to the tournamant in re-building mode with new talent.

Either way, Gayle will win, because he will still get huge private contracts and he will be rememberd in the world and in WI as one of the gratest batsmen.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

If Chris Gayle was at the beginning of his career with less money he would apologise but his ego is now getting the better of him. He is stood cricketer not a great one. He should spend his time building his legacy assuming he want one.

Posted by AceB on (October 27, 2011, 12:27 GMT)

Come on Chris Gayle , you know what you said , or is your memory inversely proportional to the distance you hit a cricket ball . Stop playing games and apologise .

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

Lets Be clear...........Retracting your statement does include apologising especially with and issue as delicate as this. If Gayle were to come out tomorrow and say "I retract all statements said on that day". Do u think the WICB would accept that? Wake up. And secondly we dont know the contents of the email we are just speculating that the WICB used the exact phrases as they used when talking to cricinfo.

Posted by swarzi on (October 27, 2011, 12:25 GMT)

As far as cricket is concerned, Chris Gayle is not bigger than the game. However, I am pleased to report that he's bigger than the total WICB; their CEO, Mr St Hailaire and their coach, Otis Gibson. We should remember the genesis of this problem started after the WI was booted out of the World Cup and the coach, Mr Gibson scapegoated Chris Gayle, Chanderpaul and other senior WI players in an interview with the press, for his own (Mr Gibson's) poor strategies which caused their failure. Gibson's remarks in public were irresponsible. The WICB should have asked him then to refrain from crticising WI players in the public. They did not, and the problem festered to the point that Chanderpaul and Gayle had to clear their names as international sportsmen. Afterwards, the WICB made the whole thing to look as though Gayle is the problem, when it's Mr Gibson who can't keep his mouth shut. I still think that both Gayle and Gibson need to be reprimanded by the Board's to solve this problem fairly.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

hris 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

Posted by northumbriannomad on (October 27, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

Always a bad sign when players start talking about themselves in the third person. Like Narcissus, he's become hypnotised by his own image.

Posted by cricchic on (October 27, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

I am tired of this back and fort bickering..mean while W.I slide further down the ratings...It seems to me that both parties are more concerned about their ego, rather that the progress of W.I Cricket and the Ardent fans .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 chilled_avenger on (October 27, 2011, 11:52 GMT)

The way Gayle is referring to himself in third person,no wonder he reminds me of The Hulk! Well at least both are good at smashing and maybe in future we can see Chris roaring "Gayle Smash" after each six. I also hope Gayle gets stronger as he gets angrier akin to his Comic book counterpart!

Posted by Tomtree on (October 27, 2011, 11:49 GMT)

"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

Why do so-called celebrities need to speak such bizarre twaddle? Why not speak like most people would - vis.

"They need to come clear and say what I should apologise for, and what should I retract, what are the terms, really and truly," Gayle told the Caribbean Media Corporation

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 11:34 GMT)

I really dont see what Chris Gayle trying to say. The request is plain and simple except his stubbornness does not allow him. The apology is for the comments you made about officers and staff of the WICB. Don't tell me you do not understand that, if not get the bright Ramnarine to interpret it for you. As far as I am concern Gayle seeking more attention than he deserves. This is not a fashion industry and Gayle should be allowed to go where he wants to. Enough of his nonsense. Let us loose with a weak but discipline team that can only get better that a half strong ill-discipline team. I love to see Chris Gayle bat at times but i cannot stand one minute of his attitude towards west Indies cricket. We should have taken similar actions against Brian Lara and Carl Hooper when they created global shame on West Indies cricket en-route to South Africa some years ago. the floodgate was open then and we as fans forced out Pat Rouseau. We have ourselves to blame

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 11:34 GMT)

without Gayle WI is going to be in bottom of the table.

Posted by timmyw on (October 27, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

Hmm you know. I am siding with Gayle here. He should be in the West Indian team. I remember when he came to Australia last, he was awesome. They would have been complete rubbish without him. They still lost horribly, but it would have been utter abject humiliation if he hadn't been there. Now I believe this game is about the players. They after all play the game. Chris Gayle isn't playing why? Because a bunch of suits got mad because he criticised them, and let's be clear, not without some justification. True he is trying to make a buck with the IPL. You can't hold that against him, in fact I can't blame him for wanting to make some money at all. I think the officials are the ones that need to pull their heads in and get him back in the team.

Posted by kriketluva on (October 27, 2011, 11:27 GMT)

Good bye Mr. Gayle you shall not play for the WI again. Go take your undisciplined self and sell your skills on the world market. I for one look forward to never seeing you play for the WI again. And I am West Indian. Keep Sarwan with you.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 11:21 GMT)

WICB needs a new management team and Chris Gayle

Posted by rmcric on (October 27, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

I hate to see the comment Gayle was playing and the West Indies were still losing it is totally foolish...Lara was playing the West Indies were losing,Chanderpaul was playing the WI were losing...Tendulkar was playing long b4 india became one of the top teams in the world(so he played while they were losing),Kallis was playing when south africa were an avg team...my point is it makes no sense to diminish the contribution of a player by saying the team is still losing

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

wicb didnt ask for apologize from gayle they just demand gayle just withdraw from his statement regarding coach and team management , i think gayle should b positive and for the sack of wi cricket he should come forward and withdraw from his statement

Posted by 200ondebut on (October 27, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

You tell them Chris! Cricket administrators think the game is all about them and it is about time they are brought into line.

Posted by satish619chandar on (October 27, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

The meeting which could have been done away within closed doors is now going uglier day by day.. The people who want to finish off the spat ll not do this..

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 10:47 GMT)

I think caricom should get involve with WICB because they and THE FAN sufer when there is a problem between player and the board .

Posted by praneeth1992 on (October 27, 2011, 10:09 GMT)

we r waiting for u chris vs india

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 10:09 GMT)

Chris Gayle needs to stop talking about himself in the 3rd person. But fair point he makes

Posted by hattima on (October 27, 2011, 10:06 GMT)

Well, some of our friends castigating Gayle for not playing for his 'country' must remember that the West Indies are not a country but a collection of many, so the players do not have the issue of national pride as far as playing for West Indies is concerned. He is a citizen of Jamaica whom he is continuing to represent at every opportunity.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 10:05 GMT)

Was West Indies on track when Gale was there? What was our ranking then and what is it now? Must he be on the team so as to remind the rest of the world that we have talent? they already know that . Why then should he not apolopise then play for the West Indies and take us to no.1 in the world in test cricket, ODI, and T20. Is he that sooo! good? You know what, I think with Gale in the WI it will be just the same or the fire flames of a suger cane field ( A big blaze that soon vanishes). If Gale has something to offer to this great place and people we call the WEST INDIES, he will do what is best to get there and to save us, if he thinks we need a saviour, that is what heros do. Common West Indians, if Gale was not available otherwise (example sickness or death , God forbid) would our cricket cease to exsist? The paths of those who have gone before Gale tells a different story. For that reason West Idies Cricket, West Indies people will not be measured by todays WICB nor by one player.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 10:03 GMT)

he ix a gr8 playr....he sh0uld c0me backkkkkkkkkkk...we l0ve u gayleeeeeeeeee

Posted by Monjur_Elahi on (October 27, 2011, 9:49 GMT)

The future can easily be told. WICB will invite more trouble if they invite Gayle into the team. Such arrogancy, such defyence! It can only bring more indicipline within the players.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

Come on guys stop this tug of war. As an indian fan i would love to see a strong WI team...

Posted by SuperSharky on (October 27, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

If Shahid Afridi isn't happy, he retires. Then the whole country gets so mad that the officials quit or get fired so that Afridi can come back. Chris Gayle and the West Indies Officials should all calm down and not spoke one more word about their little quarrel. Gayle should accept that WICB is not the wealthiest Board around, and WICB should aproach these kind of problems more professional and less emotional. Let Gayle makes his bread and butter overseas and the WICB should let him play when his available to play. And only pay him for the games he'll play and some medical advantages. They can both start a new fresh relationship where WICB keeps the power, but stops bullying West Indies fans.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 9:34 GMT)

for those here who say that Gayle should not apologize, i ask this, what then if a younger player who doesnt have the name recognition chooses to air team business and openly diss team management and members, what then? would we be having this conversation? if Gayle was on any other team besides West Indies, would we be having this conversation? i dont think so, he would have ridden into the sunset like the likes of Andrew Symonds or Ganguly!!! remember people just like we need good players for our team to do well we also need strong coaches and a team not just a group of individuals who do as they feel with no regard to rules. i am happy that Gibson didnt stand for his nonsense and i feel that if we had a stronger coach and a more decisive board 15 years ago Windies cricket would have never been in the bin for so long. players like Gayle(no discipline, arroagant, lazy, disrespectful ) should have no place on a Windies team.

Posted by sharidas on (October 27, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

At the end of it all, it is plain sad that a talent is being wasted on the sidelines. It is obvious that Gayle wants to play for the West Indies. It is the responsibility of the WICB to choose the best players and make sure that they follow a standard set of rules. It is as simple as that !

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 9:13 GMT)

I think the first thing Chris Gayle should apologise for is talking about himself in the third person...constantly.

Posted by yocasi on (October 27, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

To all those who keep saying how indispensable Gayle is to the Windies, how many games have we won/drawn with that gentleman? The only thing I can see from Gayle's return to the team under the current administration is a disruption of the chemistry and a negative influence on Marlon Samuels. Gayle's 2 top-edged sixes and 4 scorching fours in 13 balls won't make an iota of difference in a 5 day test match. Let him truly rehab before he can earn his way back.

Posted by SuperSharky on (October 27, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

I feel for Gayle. Gayle is a legend master a can single-handedly give your team a win. In the past I've seen so many brilliant talents (in their prime), not allowed to play international cricket because of some stupid reason or dispute. Andrew Symonds, Lance Klusener, Jacques Rudolph, Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards, just to name a few. And the list goes on ....It's sad, very sad. That's also why I will support leagues like The Kerry Packer Show or the IPL. I can't wait to see Gayle bat again. For now I have to watch all my old video-stuff.

Posted by prozak on (October 27, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

@bill - he does play for his country. West Indies is not a country.

Posted by getsetgopk on (October 27, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

this is getting funnier than i initially thought hhahahahah. so now Chris doesn't know what WICB wants him to appologize for? seriously??? how about apologizing for sidling your country for IPL, this should be a good start.

Posted by Tigg on (October 27, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

Gayle is not nearly a good enough player to warrant talking about himself in the third person. He's a limited overs slugger and flat track bully who places his IPL club far ahead of the country that made him a valuable commodity.

WI cricket seems to have moved on, and is forming into a nice unit. The old guard should be left on the sidelines while the youth are blooded. He's 32 so would probably only play tests for another year or two.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

Chris Gayle doesn't have to apologise, just "withdraw his statements", which seems like a good compromise.

I am sure he will do this shortly - but will just make the WI Board sweat a little more, and make them have 1 more meeting to discuss this clarification issue.

It will be good to have Chris Gayle back, not with the pressure of captaincy, and with a point to prove.

Posted by kantipur on (October 27, 2011, 7:55 GMT)

Chris Gayle has already missed several matches. That should be enough punishment. Now bring him back to the WI team. And I can't believe WICB is still after apology. Even if Gayle apologies world knows he don't really mean it from the heart.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

A lot of things he said was true. So why apologize for it?

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (October 27, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

Why would he want to apologize and end up playing for WI instead of RCB? The difference is a few million dollars and I am not saying it is wrong. After all money is very important, you may hay while the sun is shining and the sixes are flowing.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

I think Gayle should play for England..they always have a requirement for a non-English player :)

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

I think Gayle should play for England..they always have a requirement for a non-English player :)

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 7:05 GMT)

chris gayle aplolgise is current time. WICB consider the gayle apologise and included the india tour squad.

India is very strong team . WICB are already strong team but gayle in included very strong team .

Posted by srivatsacertain on (October 27, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

Ohhh what the hell! The WICB is acting too egoistic! Had Gayle not been clicked in the IPL, they would have finished his career once for all! They now want him in the team and also don't want to concede their defeat against him! The board must apologize first if they want him back! Now that he's signed with dolphins and also Sydney thunders, he has no need to play for WI! Its WI that need him more! I hope Gayle will be back in the WI squad for the India tour! That will be some competition to watch then!

Posted by Overdrive on (October 27, 2011, 7:02 GMT)

The other day i was watching a documentary about King Viv.. and the legendary WI team.. then there was Marshall... later Brian Lara.. and was wondering who now? Its Gayle, its he who has the talent and power to energize WI cricket again! Go gayle go.. cricket needs you.

Posted by hassan13 on (October 27, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

Looks like Gayle is happy being a IPL rockstar instead of country. Whicih is okay considering how the WICB has been so petty.

Posted by bill-iqbal on (October 27, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

Gayle should apologize, not just to the board but also to his team mates. Remember that it was Gayle that has started the tradition of preferring the club over the country. He asked the board to buy him out from his contract to play for the team. He has no love for the country, nor his team mates.

Posted by Reggaecricket on (October 27, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

The speaking in the third person thing is very Jamaican btw, so cut him some slack there, lads! The ICC and the Cricket world was happy to see the back of Ijaz Butt, now it has to be the turn of Ernest Hillaire to go, in order to make sure WI cricket gets back on track. There availability of talent is undeniable, they need good leadership. Love hm or hate him, the West Indies need Chris Gayle. He won't back down, he makes more $ than the est of the board put together, if the man still wishes to play for his country, he should be commended for it. What he makes as a WI contracted layer must be peanuts compared t what he makes laying the IPL!

Posted by ian_ghose on (October 27, 2011, 6:48 GMT)

Is the article written in a strange manner or did Chris Gayle actually refer to himself in the Third Person?? This guy is a gem!!

Posted by JamIndian876 on (October 27, 2011, 6:33 GMT)

Mr. Christopher Henry Gayle.... They are talking about your comments made on Radio RJR regarding WICB!!

Posted by anver777 on (October 27, 2011, 6:32 GMT)

Both must compromise & sort this issue fast, atleast for the sake of WI cricket ...... Come on Gayle & WICB this is an gentleman's game.... be gentlemen, have big heart, in life there's always "give & take" use that & close the matter forever !!!!

Posted by Baundele on (October 27, 2011, 6:22 GMT)

In this case an apology from Gayle for telling the truth is a crime. WICB should change themselves for the sake of cricket.

Posted by Hendersun on (October 27, 2011, 6:15 GMT)

If after all the time elapsed in this saga Chris Gayle does not know what he has done wrong and does not know what he should apologise for, even I from my armchair position can now realize that he is making a mockery of the situation and in all candour I cannot condone acceptance of of this irrational posture that supports the current stand-off realm by the authorities. Having regard to the recent Lawrence Rowe clemency against all likely odds and the recalcitrant behaviour that ensued, I can empathise with the authorities for maintaining firm defiance until Gayle comes up with a rational and humble apology updated to include this recent outburst. Until such time, I see no reason for further comment by the authorities.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 6:11 GMT)

So this is punishment then for Gayle speaking his mind? Arrogant he is but he does have a point. If you're useless you're useless period!!!

Posted by drsuso on (October 27, 2011, 5:52 GMT)

Gayle should apologise for hitting toooo many sixes!!!!

Posted by jonesy2 on (October 27, 2011, 5:49 GMT)

haha talking in the 3rd person? why always me? him and mario balotelli would get on well

Posted by smudgeon on (October 27, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

I think Chris Gayle should apologise for continually referring to himself in the third person. You ARE Chris Gayle, we get it. To be honest, the whole affair looks like a case of trying to make the other side back down first. Too many egos at play.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2011, 5:33 GMT)

Well, Gayle must be there in WI side touring India along with chanderpal. Then we could get some competition. Otherwise it could be a one sided affair.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 27, 2011, 5:24 GMT)

OKay . I didnt read the last line. WI touring INDIA next. Gayle should apologize them after india series is over :)

Posted by Ben1989 on (October 27, 2011, 5:24 GMT)

good on him... I hate the fact that players play for their franchise over state or country at times, but in this case, it's completely different & respect Gayle for standing up to the below par board operating WI cricket, they need to take a look at themselves & stop being so stubborn & just get over it...

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 27, 2011, 5:22 GMT)

Common Gayle!!. Just an apology right?I wouldn't say the board is not at fault but if the player has the passion about this game he shouldn't drag things these long.

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