West Indies news February 20, 2012

Jamaican prime minister backs Gayle

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Jamaica's prime minister Portia Simpson Miller has demanded that a resolution in the impasse between Chris Gayle and the West Indies Cricket Board be found quickly. Speaking at the Jamaica Cricket Association awards, Simpson Miller said that Gayle was being treated unjustly and deserved a place in the West Indies team. She also expressed concern that Sabina Park was not allocated a match for West Indies' upcoming home one-day and Test series against Australia.

"Justice delayed is justice denied and we demand that a resolution be found as quickly as possible," Simpson Miller said on the Gayle issue. "Cricket is too important to the people of Jamaica and the West Indies for this to be left down the wicket."

Gayle last played for West Indies in the 2011 World Cup, after which a conflict with the WICB has kept him out of the setup. In October 2011, the WICB released a statement saying it would consider Gayle for selection if he retracted statements he had made criticising the board and its officers. The release said the board would appoint a facilitator to assist Gayle in complying with their requirements. Gayle, though, said the WICB needed to be specific about what he was supposed to apologise for. He said the board was playing mind games with him, and that he would consider their request at the end of the Regional Super50 competition.

Jamaica won the Regional Super50 with Gayle finishing second on the run-charts. He has continued to collect big runs in Twenty20 competitions and scored his first first-class hundred in over a year, a remarkable innings of 165 off 155 balls out of a total of 298, against Windward Islands earlier this month. However, there have been no significant developments in his relations with the WICB.

Simpson Miller spoke about the progress of Jamaican cricket, and the success of its various teams, and emphasised that Sabina Park was a venue that should be hosting matches whenever teams toured the West Indies. "Sabina Park is one the finest stadiums anywhere and I am concerned that Jamaica is not a venue for a Test against Australia.

"I understand that the JCA is trying to get one of the games against New Zealand [who are scheduled to tour in July 2012] and you have my support in this. Sabina Park, Jamaica, is suitable for any tour of the West Indies."

Simpson Miller urged the Jamaican board to promote cricket in schools. She also said the WICB had done nothing with the recommendations made by a committee under the chairmanship of former Jamaican prime minister PJ Patterson on how the structure of West Indies cricket could be improved. "You can, however, depend on me as prime minister of Jamaica to follow up on this," she told members of the JCA. "All of us - players, administrators and fans - have a responsibility to restore this sport, in which we have done so well, to its former glory."

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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  • POSTED BY Metman on | February 23, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @ Kricketluva ! Well said ,I am in complete agreement with you.People are NOT looking at the facts...just telling themselves what themselves want to hear and convincing themselves in the long run too......completly ignoring the FACTS.Of course you will get some now asking themselves, like Gayle,what are the facts I am talking about ! I would just say to them ,they can be found in another forum( Metman),under the caption 'West Indies asks Gayle etc.or do your own research from the start of this saga.Sarwan does't not have the interest of Guyana's or the WI cricket at heart.When the capty.of the Guyana team was given to Chanders back then,his actions were those of a toddler,sulking and not wanting to support Chanders,until he was given back the capty.When Gayle was maintained as capt.after he returned from injury,he started to sulk again, and rightfully so as he was the incumbent at that time.Now all he was doing was just to score enough runs so as to maintain his place on the team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Ask any cricketer or fan of cricket in Australia, England or India 'Which cricket grounds always get test matches when your team comes on tour?' & they will tell you 'Sabina Park, Kensington Oval & Queens Park Oval'. The older ones will include Buorda & The ARG but we no longer have 5 match series because we are ranked too low + we no longer use these grounds for Test cricket. Check the list of Test matches played @ Sabina Park and it will be clearly seen that playing matches in February/March/April was never a problem before. In fact only since 2004 has there been a tendency to keep matches in the middle of the year when the hurricane season has begun & wet season is in full swing might I add. Maybe there has been a sudden change in the climate that the WICB is aware of but Kingstonians have not yet observed! One would think that the persons who manage our cricket should be able to produce a more solid excuse for their indiscretions.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    KDoc did you hear the actual interview? There is genuine criticism and then there's "hitting below the belt". Sangakara could never say anything that CG said and get away with it. CG's inclusion in the team rests with him. Judging by PM Miller's concern you would think that Jamaica was the only country not hosting an Australia match. Any other country not hosting an Australia match can make a similiar comment. The test matches are in Barbados, T&T and Guy(initially). Traditional cricket territories whereas the ODI's and T20's generally pull in the crowds.Are we to suggest the JA should get the test matches as opposed to T&T or Barbados or Dominica? These issues are overblown. Probably in the NZ series a couple of matches can go to Jamaica but following the JCA latest comments/press release who knows? Nothing seems rational/reasonable anymore. All we see is emotion and nationalistic pride

  • POSTED BY kriketluva on | February 22, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Karen Fabien you are entitled to your opinion. I have my facts straight. You don't lecture me about blogging here. I will do so whether you like it or not. It is people like Sarwan and Gayle who have kept the WI team at the bottom of the best teams. The team did not do any better with them in it. They are mediocre cricketers. Sarwan has been playing for sixteen years and is still a school boy. I think he and Gayle should go and make plenty of money. That is their right. They should not expect to be automatically selected because they wish it. If they ever improve their attitudes and become consistent they can come back. When they have Chanderpaul's work ethic then they can come back. If its partying they want to do they can do that in the Twenty20 leagues. Let them stay there.

  • POSTED BY KDoc on | February 22, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Kumar Sangakara also criticized the Sri Lankan cricket board, but he is still playing cricket for his country. Since when voicing your opinion on a Radio Station, i.e Gayle criticizing the WICB, a Crime? Isn't this a democratic region? Frankly, WICB is supressing WI cricket, and as a fan and West Indian, I urge the Hon PM Miller to pull the JCA out of WI cricket, join the Guyana Govt; urge the Caricom leaders to dissolve the WICB, take a break from the ICC then rebuild with knowledgeable people to lead the WICB

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Obviusly there's some animosity towards Jamaican cricket, Jamaica only got 2 international matches last year, good weather everyday, and then we won't get a match augainst australia because of "weather concerns", and we might get 1 match against new zealand. thats a far cry from a crowd drawer than 1 match against australia. WICB has a credibility issue

  • POSTED BY P.A. on | February 22, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    The WICB must stop acting as dictatorial politicians and understand that their sole purpose is to ensure that the region is represented by the best prepared and the best talented cricketers. I think the most patriotic thing the board can do as this time is to disolve it self.

  • POSTED BY P.A. on | February 22, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    There has been a long standing conspiracy against Jamaican cricket. It may be time for us to go our separate ways. If we are not wanted by the regions cricket governing body, we will compete on our own. We have shook up the world in track and field, we will do like wise in cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    It seems that some ppl hear dont really understand what going on. Gayle wasnt selected for the 1st two games in the Pakistan series. The WICB didn't give a good reason for his non-inclusion. Statements were being made about moving on from senior players including Shiv and Sarwan, to which Shiv spoke publicly. Gayle, uncertain of where he stood with the WICB, took up an offer to play in the IPL. Up to this point Gayle didn't comment on the matter. After landing in India and scoring some runs, he was asked in an interview on KLAS about the situation. This was the interview where he lashed out at the WICB and coach. His comments came after being left out. Anyway up to now the case has not been taken to a disciplinary committee. Player might have been wrong but the administration has failed miserable, almost a year n the player has not been fined, punished. That is what both Gayle n the PM are speaking about y the delayed Justice? If you say Gayle is child/selfish wat about da CEO n Coach?

  • POSTED BY norsyyde on | February 21, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Although I don't believe its in Gayle's best interest to play in almost every t20 league worldwide, I cannnot understand the mentality of some WI fans. He is unselected by WI and has every right to make a living playing cricket wherever he is wanted. It seems some would rather he sit home not earning a cent to prove some sort of commitment to WICB officials who themselves have not always behaved in the most professional of ways with issues involving players. HE HAD A RIGHT TO RESPOND TO COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE ABOUT HIM BY PEOPLE WHO WERE TRYING TO PORTRAY HIM IN A NEGATIVE IMAGE TO JUSTIFY WHAT THEY SEEMED TO PLANNING WELL BEFORE THE WORLD CUP. Also, to those who say WI were no better in the rankings with him I guess they would also throw a baby out with the bath water because the water is dirty! The key is surrounding core veteran talent with the best young players they can find. Look no further than the top 5 or 6 teams to see that.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | February 23, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @ Kricketluva ! Well said ,I am in complete agreement with you.People are NOT looking at the facts...just telling themselves what themselves want to hear and convincing themselves in the long run too......completly ignoring the FACTS.Of course you will get some now asking themselves, like Gayle,what are the facts I am talking about ! I would just say to them ,they can be found in another forum( Metman),under the caption 'West Indies asks Gayle etc.or do your own research from the start of this saga.Sarwan does't not have the interest of Guyana's or the WI cricket at heart.When the capty.of the Guyana team was given to Chanders back then,his actions were those of a toddler,sulking and not wanting to support Chanders,until he was given back the capty.When Gayle was maintained as capt.after he returned from injury,he started to sulk again, and rightfully so as he was the incumbent at that time.Now all he was doing was just to score enough runs so as to maintain his place on the team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Ask any cricketer or fan of cricket in Australia, England or India 'Which cricket grounds always get test matches when your team comes on tour?' & they will tell you 'Sabina Park, Kensington Oval & Queens Park Oval'. The older ones will include Buorda & The ARG but we no longer have 5 match series because we are ranked too low + we no longer use these grounds for Test cricket. Check the list of Test matches played @ Sabina Park and it will be clearly seen that playing matches in February/March/April was never a problem before. In fact only since 2004 has there been a tendency to keep matches in the middle of the year when the hurricane season has begun & wet season is in full swing might I add. Maybe there has been a sudden change in the climate that the WICB is aware of but Kingstonians have not yet observed! One would think that the persons who manage our cricket should be able to produce a more solid excuse for their indiscretions.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    KDoc did you hear the actual interview? There is genuine criticism and then there's "hitting below the belt". Sangakara could never say anything that CG said and get away with it. CG's inclusion in the team rests with him. Judging by PM Miller's concern you would think that Jamaica was the only country not hosting an Australia match. Any other country not hosting an Australia match can make a similiar comment. The test matches are in Barbados, T&T and Guy(initially). Traditional cricket territories whereas the ODI's and T20's generally pull in the crowds.Are we to suggest the JA should get the test matches as opposed to T&T or Barbados or Dominica? These issues are overblown. Probably in the NZ series a couple of matches can go to Jamaica but following the JCA latest comments/press release who knows? Nothing seems rational/reasonable anymore. All we see is emotion and nationalistic pride

  • POSTED BY kriketluva on | February 22, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Karen Fabien you are entitled to your opinion. I have my facts straight. You don't lecture me about blogging here. I will do so whether you like it or not. It is people like Sarwan and Gayle who have kept the WI team at the bottom of the best teams. The team did not do any better with them in it. They are mediocre cricketers. Sarwan has been playing for sixteen years and is still a school boy. I think he and Gayle should go and make plenty of money. That is their right. They should not expect to be automatically selected because they wish it. If they ever improve their attitudes and become consistent they can come back. When they have Chanderpaul's work ethic then they can come back. If its partying they want to do they can do that in the Twenty20 leagues. Let them stay there.

  • POSTED BY KDoc on | February 22, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Kumar Sangakara also criticized the Sri Lankan cricket board, but he is still playing cricket for his country. Since when voicing your opinion on a Radio Station, i.e Gayle criticizing the WICB, a Crime? Isn't this a democratic region? Frankly, WICB is supressing WI cricket, and as a fan and West Indian, I urge the Hon PM Miller to pull the JCA out of WI cricket, join the Guyana Govt; urge the Caricom leaders to dissolve the WICB, take a break from the ICC then rebuild with knowledgeable people to lead the WICB

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Obviusly there's some animosity towards Jamaican cricket, Jamaica only got 2 international matches last year, good weather everyday, and then we won't get a match augainst australia because of "weather concerns", and we might get 1 match against new zealand. thats a far cry from a crowd drawer than 1 match against australia. WICB has a credibility issue

  • POSTED BY P.A. on | February 22, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    The WICB must stop acting as dictatorial politicians and understand that their sole purpose is to ensure that the region is represented by the best prepared and the best talented cricketers. I think the most patriotic thing the board can do as this time is to disolve it self.

  • POSTED BY P.A. on | February 22, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    There has been a long standing conspiracy against Jamaican cricket. It may be time for us to go our separate ways. If we are not wanted by the regions cricket governing body, we will compete on our own. We have shook up the world in track and field, we will do like wise in cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    It seems that some ppl hear dont really understand what going on. Gayle wasnt selected for the 1st two games in the Pakistan series. The WICB didn't give a good reason for his non-inclusion. Statements were being made about moving on from senior players including Shiv and Sarwan, to which Shiv spoke publicly. Gayle, uncertain of where he stood with the WICB, took up an offer to play in the IPL. Up to this point Gayle didn't comment on the matter. After landing in India and scoring some runs, he was asked in an interview on KLAS about the situation. This was the interview where he lashed out at the WICB and coach. His comments came after being left out. Anyway up to now the case has not been taken to a disciplinary committee. Player might have been wrong but the administration has failed miserable, almost a year n the player has not been fined, punished. That is what both Gayle n the PM are speaking about y the delayed Justice? If you say Gayle is child/selfish wat about da CEO n Coach?

  • POSTED BY norsyyde on | February 21, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Although I don't believe its in Gayle's best interest to play in almost every t20 league worldwide, I cannnot understand the mentality of some WI fans. He is unselected by WI and has every right to make a living playing cricket wherever he is wanted. It seems some would rather he sit home not earning a cent to prove some sort of commitment to WICB officials who themselves have not always behaved in the most professional of ways with issues involving players. HE HAD A RIGHT TO RESPOND TO COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE ABOUT HIM BY PEOPLE WHO WERE TRYING TO PORTRAY HIM IN A NEGATIVE IMAGE TO JUSTIFY WHAT THEY SEEMED TO PLANNING WELL BEFORE THE WORLD CUP. Also, to those who say WI were no better in the rankings with him I guess they would also throw a baby out with the bath water because the water is dirty! The key is surrounding core veteran talent with the best young players they can find. Look no further than the top 5 or 6 teams to see that.

  • POSTED BY shawnsundar on | February 21, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Solution: Jamaica, T&T, CCC, Guyana and Barbados all form a new cricket board. Let the slave drivers Hilaire, Gibson, Hunte and puppet Sammy run Leewards and Winwards. With the exception of Shillingford,Mathurin and Martin, they can play for us :)

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | February 21, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    I think Gayle is enjoying this little game of cat -and -mouse ,pretending that he really want's to play test cricket for West Indies ,which is the perfect excuse to cash in on lucrative contracts .Surely he can't be so naive to think that all 's well with such behavior .

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | February 21, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    If Gayle thinks that what he has said is the thruth,then he has the right to speak it ;BUT ONE SHOULD SPEAK THE THRUTH AND SPEAK IT EVER ..COST IT WHAT IT WILL ...HE WHO DENIES THE WRONG HE DID ...DOES THE WRONG THING STILL..!! (continuation from prior posting )

  • POSTED BY aclarity on | February 21, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    The response of WICB to Prime Minister PSM on this matter is fascinating. The WICB on its website essentially said that the PM was ill advised since: (a) Gayle knows what he should do and (b) it's like a member of cabinet speaking ill and wants to return to Cabinet. On (a) the WICB proceeds to release email sent to Gayle but there is no disciplinary hearing. On (b) Gayle is not a part of WICB cabinet. Is he Hillaire, the plethora of other St. Lucians and the others who collect the crumbs at Hunte's behest? Gayle is akin to a taxpayer. The response of WICB has pushed Hunte closer to the precipice and jeopardizes the Australian tour. You have lost Guyana and Jamaican governments, the Leewards board is in a mess - Hunte must now watch his rear.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    @ kriketluva what has Sarwan done for him not to be selected for the Guyana team, much less the W.I team..Please get your facts right before you attempt to comment on this blog..Gayle in the other hand has a right to voice his opinion, if he has been treated unjustly, what is the crime in that..?

  • POSTED BY movers on | February 21, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    as ah proud west indian i mus say wit poor judgement by mr gayle is his down fall off been omitted from d west indies team ,lack off descipline,caractor ,he does nut blive dat d west indies team could win any games wit out him ,lets face d fact dat wit out gayle we have won more match ,let d statistic shows ,we have seen many promising young players,mr gayle is nut our best bats man ,tell me me who will prefer tu play for ah league instead off ur country ,an still wants tu play for ur national team dats represents d caribbean ,hell tu d no,dat could never happen ,u wants tu make ur money go make it ,an 4get bout play n for d west indies team.we want team players in our team ,gayle u nut 1 ,untill u realise dat u r wrong we would consider selectin u ,go windies go tell d aussies tu prepare we r kno push over

  • POSTED BY Metman on | February 21, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    We are now going in to the 3rd.month of the year 2012,and I am utterly flabbergasted that people ,including the ill advised PM, still continue to tell themselves,and convinced themselves too,lord have mercy !that the problem is with Gayle going to the IPL, and the Board full stop.Every other sensible person knows that Gayle was critical of his capt.,coach and the same Board,and STILL WANTS TO BE PART OF THE TEAM.Now pray, tell me ,HOW THE HELL IS THAT GOING TO WORK OUT ? Are we going to fire the captn.the coach and the Board ? and bring back Gayle ?The day that Gayle finds himself back in the WI lineup,will be the day that WI cricket breaks up,because not one of the individual Boards of the respective countries are backing Gayle on this issue.People fail to realised that Gayle can NEVER EVER play for the WI under this or ANY OTHER BOARD,as long as he maintains his childish stance.

  • POSTED BY kriketluva on | February 21, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    All of you who want Gayle back can have him. Please take him. When he played for the WI we languished at the bottom. Without him we are still at the bottom. I say allow the man to make some money while he can. He is not very bright and has a limited shelf life. The WI team is better off without him and Sarwan. Goodbye to them both.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Chris Gayle should stop stir up the fans and now the Governments of the West Indies. It is clear to everyone that when their is a tournament and Gayle knows that he is definitely not going to be available to play for WI, you see his comments and others pick it up and the WICB is blamed. We are a Caribbean people and a God fearing people. Gayle clearly need to apologize to the Board and the people of the WI for his comments against the Board and for signing all the international contracts all over the world and yet, still wants or gives the impression that he wants to play for the WI. Gayle does not want to play for WI.

    The WI should prevent Gayle from playing in its domestic competitions and not issue another certificate until Gayle apologizes. Period. Gayle should retire from playing for the WI and concentrate on making money all over the world. He cannot and to play for WI (Australia is here soon) and yet is over in South Africa playing 20/20 cricket. Gayle man up!

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | February 21, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    I dont really know what went wrong here but Gayle not playing for WI is definitely WRONG. It is the administrators responsibility to ensure the best 11 get on the park and if they cannot make this happen then THEY must go and Gayle MUST play - it cannot be the other way around. I dont know what Gayle said but surely he is entitled to an opionion and if it not acceptable to the baord he should be dealt with a discplinary hearing - you cant just not play the guy. And also where is Sarwan? Surely these two should be at their prime and leading the WI attack. I have seen bits and bobs about fallouts with administrators and Sarwan/Gayle but if your best and senior players arent playing then the administrators must go so the best play the game.

  • POSTED BY satspeare on | February 21, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Thank you Madam Prime Minister!! Long over-due to hear from someone of authority in Jamaica speaks out about Gayle. So proud as a Guyanese to hear this as last!! WICB has lost their "marbles" Gayle is our best opener. It seems as if we are really "blowing" the cricketing world away and winning, so we can afford to leave out the best players. Not many of the younger players them have really EARNED their chances while WICB continue to behave like Delinquent that are out of control and not accountable to anyone. Jamaica is being punished for their selection of Gayle in regional games, Guyana punished due to action taken clean up our game yet WICB thinks and acts as if they CANNOT and MUST not be challenged or question. Get rid of these characters in WICB, replace with individuals that care about the game, the players and the West Indian fans. The region's heads of state need to call on ICC to investigate WICB ineptitude and unwillingness to compromise and find solutions for OUR problem

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    No prime minister or anyone else can put an end to this saga except CGayle. And as one writer said I hope that the PM is familiar with all the details of the case. There is no need to reharsh the history. It's all there for anyone who genuinely wants to know the truth. I am sure there will be times in her administration where she will be required to show strength and not weakness in the face of indiscipline/controversy in her government.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | February 21, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    The world misses Chris Gayle!

  • POSTED BY everfaithful77 on | February 21, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    I AGREE WITH JAMAICAN PRIME MINISTER. This impasse has dragged on for too long and is HURTING WEST INDIES CRICKET. I previously supported the WICB position that Gayle should submit an apology if he made untrue or improper remarks about coach Gibson or the WICB. Gayle has expressed willingness to COMPLY with the Board's request but wanted them to state exactly what in his comments they wanted him to RETRACT. I see nothing wrong with Gayle's stance on the matter. I also think that the requirement of an apology or retraction is both ARCHAIC and LEGALISTIC. The WICB needs to revamp its DISCIPLINARY procedures to bring them more in line with models currently used for players eg by the ICC and CRICKET AUSTRALIA. In these cases a PENALTY is imposed on the player violating any clause in their Codes of Discipline. Simon Katich was resently reprimanded by CA for remarks made re his non selection/Michael Clarke. Case closed with no HUMILIATION to Katich. GAYLE HAS SUFFERED ENOUGH PUNISHMENT.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    It is about time someone in authority in the West Indies take on the WICB. To say that Windies cricket has been gravely mismanaged by this board is a major understatement. This current board has in fact dragged WI cricket to the ground. They are totally inept and should resign immediately. Especially the president (Hunte) and the ceo (Hillarie), these guys do not have a clue about cricket administration!! The very decision to name Sammy captain speaks for itself. How can a player who cannot command a place in the side be appointed captain? Chris was giving his honest opinion and was sacked and denied his rightful place in the team. Apparently the WICB does not encourage independent thought, you have to be a "yes" man to be in the mix. This issue with Chris should have been resolved a long time ago. Pakistan had an issue with Afridi and they were able to resolve it and move forward. I sincerely hope that the PM can be successful in getting Chris back in the team...

  • POSTED BY HogFish on | February 21, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    For those that believe Mr. CHGayle should be in the team, you should write to the Hon. PM of Jamaica, the Hon. P. S-M and advise that she request Mr. Gayle show the respect and comitment to team that she would expect of her Cabinet Colleagues towards their PM. CHG has a responsibility (as a 'Senior' player) to do the right thing and offer a manly apology for his poor judgement. What precedent should our 'senior' players set for those youngsters who probably look up to them?! That the PM should preach to 'the choir' and not suggest that CHG has any responsibility for a resolution is cheap poli-tricks. When parties refuse to move from an entrenched position, the one holding the handle controls the conversation. Focussing on Hilaire and Gibson is a sign of weakness and a refusal to accept that CHG is responsible for his fair share to resolve this. PM would be plumb LBW if this is the way she plays her back foot cricket! Time for Gayle to man up.

  • POSTED BY blackrecker on | February 21, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    i think it is about time that this dispute was settled. i am St Lucian and both Hunte and Hillaire are two vindictive men that cannot contribute anything to west indies cricket just like they did not contribute anything to the st. Lucia labor party and should step down from west indies cricket or be evicted. Gayle is not all right but they are no angels either that board is the prime reason west indies cricket is where it is today. we all have the right to speak out about working condition or strike. gone are the massa days where no matter what happened it was yes maam or yes master.

    so wake up WICB Chris Gayle's corner: Viv, croft, Simpson miller,WIPA and counting WIBC's corner: their egos

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    well if the jamaican pm steps in ,i hope she makes the difference within the wicb /gayle standoff...

  • POSTED BY coverdrive86 on | February 21, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    I think we need other Prime Ministers to take the same initiative and let the WICB know that they do not own WI cricket. They are there to properly manage cricket in the region on behalf of the greater West Indian public. People may argue that WI still lost with Gayle but may I remind you that we also lost with BC Lara, the greatest person to ever hold a cricket bat. The individual does not make the difference, although Lara almost re-defined that, but rather it is the team. And a team does not only consists of 11 players on the field, it goes way deeper. Lara once said it very nicely, "other countries take mediocre players and make them greats, while we take great talents and turn them into mediocre". The WICB has been incompetent at every level. Their whole system has to change, their infrastructural arrangements to encourage developments needs to change. Gayle is one of our better players and he should play. WICB, put away your foolish pride for the betterment of cricket

  • POSTED BY donda on | February 20, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Both parties need to let go their egos and Gayle should apologies and WI board should move on and select him for WI. One year ban is enough for him. It's sad that their best batsman is out of national team.

    Do not show Ego just be humble Gayle.

  • POSTED BY jupiterlaw on | February 20, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    The WINDIES weren't winning when Gayle was in the team. It could be argued that they are doing better with him out of the team. But certainly, they have done no worse without him than with him.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | February 20, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    @Mitchell Persaud ! Well said ! She and Gayle need to grow up ! What if one of her ministers were critical of her style and say that she is not worthy of being the PM ?

  • POSTED BY cricketdebator on | February 20, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    It is hoped that Madam Prime Minister has taken time out to familarise herself with the issues involved in this case, and has spoken to Gayle about his non - compliance with the simple action required of him. Rather than making her demands, the Prime Minister will do well to remember that no one is bigger than West Indies cricket. All cricket lovers would like to see Gayle on the team, but he needs to do what is required in demonstrating a greater commitment to West Indies cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    plz plz no gayle in west indiz... i m big fan of chris gayle and i love his batting.... so plz allow him to play selected odi and t20 matches all around world.... dont tie him in west indiz only..........free lancer gayle........love u

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    the hammer is coming down hard on the WICB, they should run for cover, Trinidad and Barbados is nest to lay it on them,,,,, ha ha ha

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Congratulations to the Honorable Prime Minister Portia Miller for urging the WICB to resolve their differences with Chris Gayle. It is absolutely clear that the WICB is penalizing the Jamaica Cricket Board for its support of Chris Gayle. What else could be the reason for their not scheduling a test or ODI match in Jamaica. Unlike the Guyana Cricket Board, which is definitely a puppet of the WICB, the JCB has shown its desire to promote the best possible criket in the region. I am positive that the Hon. Prime Minister will do everything to reslove the Gayle issue, even if it means contacting the other heads of Government in the West Indies. Cricket is part of everyone's life in the West Indies and we should all put aside petty jealousies to ensure that the best players are selected to represent us.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi still i want to see gayle in WI color...plsssss try to find a resolution..he was rocking in BPL as well.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    I hope she sparks the change needed in West Indies Cricket, I for one can't stand the current situation.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    It is so good that the PM of Jamaica, Her Excellency Portia Simpson Miller, has intervened on the issue of Chris Gale and the WICB. If I am not wrong, Guyana had earlier spoken on his behalf. The Jamaican PM has also made reference to the Patterson report which the WICB has ignored up until now. It seems that she will put WI cricket and its mismanagement on the front burner for resolutions at the highest levels in the Caribbean. More political leaders should speak up despite the ICC's call to leave politics out of cricket and its (and the WICB's) penalizing of Guyana. How can the ICC and national and regional Boards be ultimately accountable to no one? In the meantime, they have political figures running them. Miller should do something also about the two St. Lucian politicians ruthlessly ruling Caribbean cricket.

  • POSTED BY kentjones on | February 20, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    I am in full agreement with Jamaica's PM here on two points. 1. Why isnt Gayle in the WI squad? I am really fedup with WICB and there absolute nonsense. 2. Why has there been no action on the Patterson committee recommendations for improvement in the game in the WI? Changes are important to ensure that WI remains a competitive force in all formats of the game. These WICB administrators have shown their inability to manage the game properly. These very good ideas from the Patterson Committee will help to get things going in the right direction. What will it take to do this? Is this just another good idea destined for the rubbish bin?

  • POSTED BY king_kenie on | February 20, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    was wondering when the seemingly spineless Jamaica would have rallied behind their own. Its ridicules that this is only now coming from the government given that Guyana's President even public protested on behalf of Chanderpaul. It seems the Barbadian Duo of Hilary and Otis are the gods of our game and we are soooo lucky to have them as coach and administrators. Well at least you know where Guyana stands.

    Jamaica waited far too long to protect their Icon and it is unforgivable given that others such as Colin Croft and Viv Richards and even the Guyana Government have taken a stand on behalf of Gail while they suffer their own in silence. Better late than never we always say in the Caribbean, so Jamtown toughen up man, and get Gail in by the next test... or expect worst to be meted out to your citizens such as travel harassment ect!!!

  • POSTED BY CaptainKool on | February 20, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    He should be in WI team as soon as possible. Love to see West Indies in one of the top teams.

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    As much I dislike the WICB, what a pompous woman... Gayle puts himself first and West Indies cricket must take whatever he offers...

  • POSTED BY Isaac_7 on | February 20, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    author needs to show more respect, it's Prime Minister. Capital 'P' and 'M'

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    THANK U MY PRIME MINISTER FOR SPEAKING OUT. WE LOVE U. WE NEED MORE LEADERS LIKE U. THE JCB IS BEING DISREGARDED BY THE WICB AND THAT NEEDS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY. WE ALSO NEED A QUALITY JCB PRESIDENT TO SPEAK OUT AND ACT ON OUR BEHALF. CHRIS GAYLE MUST BE IN ALL WI TEAMS AND THIS NEED TO HAPPEN IMMEDIATELY. WE THE FANS ARE BEING DENIED OF SEEING THIS MAN IN HIS GREATEST DAYS, JUST BECAUSE OF A COACH THAT HAS FAILED MISERABLY AS A PLAYER, AND AN ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS NO LOVE FOR CHRIS GAYLE AND JAMAICANS. JAMAICA IS QUITE CAPABLE AND WELL QUALIFIED TO PLAY INTERNATIONAL CRICKET ON ITS OWN.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | February 20, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    yeah, about time someone with real power put these WICB in their place

  • POSTED BY Juiceoftheapple on | February 20, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Here here!..................................................

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    i totally agree with the jamaican primeminister on this issue.Chris deserves to be on the west indies team. Chris is what west indies cricket need at the moment to accompany the current players in accomplishing the restoration of west indies cricket dominance.Wicb need to understand that west indies cricket Is not about them but is about the people of the caribbean and we should not be deprived of being entertained by the best cricketer in the caribbean. Imagine the whole world enjoy a product of the caribbean and we in the caribbean are not able to because the WICB feel that Christhoper Gayle has done then wrong.. note .. done them (WICB ) wrong Not Us (The people of the caribbean). GET IT RESOLVED. WE LOVE CRICKET.

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  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    i totally agree with the jamaican primeminister on this issue.Chris deserves to be on the west indies team. Chris is what west indies cricket need at the moment to accompany the current players in accomplishing the restoration of west indies cricket dominance.Wicb need to understand that west indies cricket Is not about them but is about the people of the caribbean and we should not be deprived of being entertained by the best cricketer in the caribbean. Imagine the whole world enjoy a product of the caribbean and we in the caribbean are not able to because the WICB feel that Christhoper Gayle has done then wrong.. note .. done them (WICB ) wrong Not Us (The people of the caribbean). GET IT RESOLVED. WE LOVE CRICKET.

  • POSTED BY Juiceoftheapple on | February 20, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Here here!..................................................

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | February 20, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    yeah, about time someone with real power put these WICB in their place

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    THANK U MY PRIME MINISTER FOR SPEAKING OUT. WE LOVE U. WE NEED MORE LEADERS LIKE U. THE JCB IS BEING DISREGARDED BY THE WICB AND THAT NEEDS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY. WE ALSO NEED A QUALITY JCB PRESIDENT TO SPEAK OUT AND ACT ON OUR BEHALF. CHRIS GAYLE MUST BE IN ALL WI TEAMS AND THIS NEED TO HAPPEN IMMEDIATELY. WE THE FANS ARE BEING DENIED OF SEEING THIS MAN IN HIS GREATEST DAYS, JUST BECAUSE OF A COACH THAT HAS FAILED MISERABLY AS A PLAYER, AND AN ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS NO LOVE FOR CHRIS GAYLE AND JAMAICANS. JAMAICA IS QUITE CAPABLE AND WELL QUALIFIED TO PLAY INTERNATIONAL CRICKET ON ITS OWN.

  • POSTED BY Isaac_7 on | February 20, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    author needs to show more respect, it's Prime Minister. Capital 'P' and 'M'

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    As much I dislike the WICB, what a pompous woman... Gayle puts himself first and West Indies cricket must take whatever he offers...

  • POSTED BY CaptainKool on | February 20, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    He should be in WI team as soon as possible. Love to see West Indies in one of the top teams.

  • POSTED BY king_kenie on | February 20, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    was wondering when the seemingly spineless Jamaica would have rallied behind their own. Its ridicules that this is only now coming from the government given that Guyana's President even public protested on behalf of Chanderpaul. It seems the Barbadian Duo of Hilary and Otis are the gods of our game and we are soooo lucky to have them as coach and administrators. Well at least you know where Guyana stands.

    Jamaica waited far too long to protect their Icon and it is unforgivable given that others such as Colin Croft and Viv Richards and even the Guyana Government have taken a stand on behalf of Gail while they suffer their own in silence. Better late than never we always say in the Caribbean, so Jamtown toughen up man, and get Gail in by the next test... or expect worst to be meted out to your citizens such as travel harassment ect!!!

  • POSTED BY kentjones on | February 20, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    I am in full agreement with Jamaica's PM here on two points. 1. Why isnt Gayle in the WI squad? I am really fedup with WICB and there absolute nonsense. 2. Why has there been no action on the Patterson committee recommendations for improvement in the game in the WI? Changes are important to ensure that WI remains a competitive force in all formats of the game. These WICB administrators have shown their inability to manage the game properly. These very good ideas from the Patterson Committee will help to get things going in the right direction. What will it take to do this? Is this just another good idea destined for the rubbish bin?

  • POSTED BY on | February 20, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    It is so good that the PM of Jamaica, Her Excellency Portia Simpson Miller, has intervened on the issue of Chris Gale and the WICB. If I am not wrong, Guyana had earlier spoken on his behalf. The Jamaican PM has also made reference to the Patterson report which the WICB has ignored up until now. It seems that she will put WI cricket and its mismanagement on the front burner for resolutions at the highest levels in the Caribbean. More political leaders should speak up despite the ICC's call to leave politics out of cricket and its (and the WICB's) penalizing of Guyana. How can the ICC and national and regional Boards be ultimately accountable to no one? In the meantime, they have political figures running them. Miller should do something also about the two St. Lucian politicians ruthlessly ruling Caribbean cricket.