West Indies news February 21, 2012

WICB asks Gayle to make his playing priorities clear

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The WICB has asked Chris Gayle to make up his mind about his future with the West Indies team. In an email to the batsman, the WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire wrote that Gayle could not ask for unconditional no-objection certificates (NOCs) to play domestic Twenty20 tournaments around the world and simultaneously make himself available for West Indies selection.

The email was dated January 30 but made public in the past 24 hours.

Hilaire said the WICB rules conformed to the ICC's operating manual and that a player would be granted an NOC to play a domestic tournament in another country on the condition that he be available for selection if an international series clashed with the tournament.

"So, Chris, it is your choice, whether you receive a conditional or unconditional NOC. But you cannot have an unconditional NOC and be considered for selection to play for the West Indies," Hilaire wrote in the email dated January 30. "Either you wish to make yourself available to play for the West Indies, in which case you must accept that NOCs will be granted to you on the same conditional terms as other international players, or you do not, in which case you can have your unconditional NOC. All that is required from you is a clear statement, one way or the other."

"If a player has no contractual obligation to WICB, and does not wish to make himself available to play in international matches for which he may be selected, then he has the option of ceasing to be a FTS (first team squad) Player, by retiring from international cricket, or otherwise declaring himself ineligible and/or unavailable for selection for the foreseeable future. In that event, WICB would not consider it necessary or appropriate to issue a player with anything but anunconditional NOC."

Gayle has not played for West Indies since the 2011 World Cup because of comments he made against the board and the coach Ottis Gibson during a radio interview. The WICB asked Gayle to retract his comments and the batsman has refused to do so. Gayle has just arrived in South Africa to be part of Dolphins' domestic Twenty20 campaign after playing for Barisal Burners in the Bangladesh Premier League.

In his email, Hilaire told Gayle he was "ineligible for selection pending resolution of certain matters."

"The Board requires you to provide a general public retraction of the comments made in the interview in question and the effect it has had on the team, Coach, Captain and Management and to express a commitment to team and management. If the terms of that retraction can be agreed, WICB will be happy to consider you eligible once again for selection."

Edited by George Binoy

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  • on February 24, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Now the Only decent allrounder left in the West Indies gone to play IPL when we have matches vs Australia to play. All these T/20 leauges are a curse to our cricket. no Russell, Bravo, Pollard, Gayle, Narine, Samuels, Taylor, all of whom are better choices than the 'acting allrounder captain' in the team because @ least they know how to catch a cricket ball. I give up on West Indies cricket!! when next Pakistan playing a test series? I think i will support them. enough is enough

  • on February 24, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Metman read your comment & see if it makes sense! Obviously if Chris did not want to play under Sammy he would have resigned immediately after he was sacked before the Sri Lankan tour or before the World cup & put himself up for auction in the IPL . how deluded can one get?

  • world.cricketer on February 24, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    I think WI should include Gayle for all 3 formats and should allow him to participate in other Tournaments like IPL, BPL, BBL while WI is playing matches

  • paddy145 on February 24, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    International Cricket misses Chris Gayle and needs Chris Gayle. The ICC also needs to look at all of these 20/20 tournaments - it is a joke having Chris Gayle playing for a team in India, Australia, Bangladesh, England, SA and Zimbabwe but not in the West Indies. There is no loyalty to the West Indies or any of the teams he plays for as it is just about money. I want Chris Gayle to play for the West Indies and I think he and the WICB need to do what whatever it takes to resolve the situation now! I also think the ICC should put a cap on the number of ICC tournaments a player can play in. They should only be able to play in say 3 a year and 1 of them has to the players home tournament. So for Gayle he could play for Jamaica and then IPL and then Big Bash as long it does not intefere with West Indies commitments.

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    There's enough blame to go around for the decline of WI cricket, so let's not place it on one or two Board members. The Board is bloated, incompetent at times and too backward in its thinking. WIPA is concerned exclusively with its own interests as well as its members. For the most part, the players of the last decade have been greedy, self-centered, ill-disciplined and played much brainless cricket. Neither entity: the Board, WIPA or the players have the best interests of WI cricket at heart. The old "Every man for himself and the Devil take the hindmost" adage seems to be in play. Meanwhile, WI cricket continues to head south and the fans suffer. In order to get ourselves out of the deep hole which we've dug for ourselves, there must be a collective, comprehensive effort. All hands on deck time. Cease the blame game and fingerpointing. Cut out the hostillity, antagonism, namecalling etc. and PUT OUR CRICKET FIRST! Unless we do this, we will continue to basically spin our tops in mud.

  • PaddyRasta on February 24, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    @simonviller I agree with you that Gayle has not presented himself in the most polished and honorable manner and has been antagonistic in his actions and words. This however has by no means, been one-sided. WICB officials, directors and, heck, the coach himself has been allowed to mis-communicate and yet the expectation is reconciliation from only one side. This has been bad man-management from WICB of one of the game's great players. If it was only Gayle, I'd accept your statements but there has been Shiv, almost put out to pasture (if Gibson had his way) and Sarwan. No other Test nations' board or coach has treated their senior players in this uncouth manner.

  • simonviller on February 24, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    To all those who can see nothing wrong with Gayle's comments and the manner in which he made them,just go on air,and speak as he did about your supervisers or bosses and let us know the results of you actions soon after that !! ... Where else in the professional world of sports, do we hear such tripe spoken by players about their management or coaching staff ? Until such supporters are willing to distinguish right from wrong ; and are willing to convey that to those whom they encourage in these wrong-doings ,the perpetrators ,will continue in their ways and we won't succeed in our quest for self determination ,or success ,but to look to outsiders to do it for us . Is that what e want for ourselves for this West Indies team ?

  • on February 23, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Gayle & Sarwan are among the top batsmen in West Indies. No way they should be out of a 13/15 man squad in Test & ODI format While Sammy's captaincy & catching almost on its own costing us entire series. Chanderpaul was kicked out of the One day team & now we can hardly bat 50 overs & the run rate is still slow. Fans rarely remember coaches & administrators unless they are doing a horrible job like Iajaz Butt did & Gibson, Hunt & co are doing now. very few care who managed & coached West Indies or Australia as champions but everybody loves the top players. True Fans care about good cricket & cricketers not coaches & administrators. If they want to be seen or worshipped they should be in the arts or on the field not in management!! A smart board like ECB got rid of Peter Moores over his row with KP. Why? because they would lose a good batsman + money when his fans didn't turn up at the matches. Gayle is even more essential to us than KP was to England back then . simple logic!!

  • Metman on February 23, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    @ Clive Peddie ! No Sir ! THAT IS NOT HOW IT STARTED ! You have a short and may I say a convenient memory as well.After the WC,and just before the Pak,series,CG told he Board he was injured,and that he played with this injury ?? during the WC.Nobody knew about that' injury',therefore common sense would tell anybody but CG,that the obvious thing to do was to inform the Board the nature of this' injury',so that the Board could act.CG is of the opinion that the Board should have asked him about this 'injury'.See the toddler that the Board is dealing with.The Board didn't pick him for the Pak.series because he was 'injured',obviously !Soon after an 'injured ' CG,accepted an IPL contract...the Board says 'how come you say you are injured and can't play for the WI,but yet you are' injured ',and can go to the IPL' ? CG comes now with more absurdity 'how he had to look after the 'injury 'on his own,and a lot of crap !Every sensible person knows that was a plan not to play under Sammy.

  • on February 23, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Re; David Marshall. The difference is that Desmond Haynes played against much much better bowling. I fail to see what the problem is, players and go, and to put a morbid spin on the preceedings - what if Gayle was badly injured and couldn't play cricket again?

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Now the Only decent allrounder left in the West Indies gone to play IPL when we have matches vs Australia to play. All these T/20 leauges are a curse to our cricket. no Russell, Bravo, Pollard, Gayle, Narine, Samuels, Taylor, all of whom are better choices than the 'acting allrounder captain' in the team because @ least they know how to catch a cricket ball. I give up on West Indies cricket!! when next Pakistan playing a test series? I think i will support them. enough is enough

  • on February 24, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Metman read your comment & see if it makes sense! Obviously if Chris did not want to play under Sammy he would have resigned immediately after he was sacked before the Sri Lankan tour or before the World cup & put himself up for auction in the IPL . how deluded can one get?

  • world.cricketer on February 24, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    I think WI should include Gayle for all 3 formats and should allow him to participate in other Tournaments like IPL, BPL, BBL while WI is playing matches

  • paddy145 on February 24, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    International Cricket misses Chris Gayle and needs Chris Gayle. The ICC also needs to look at all of these 20/20 tournaments - it is a joke having Chris Gayle playing for a team in India, Australia, Bangladesh, England, SA and Zimbabwe but not in the West Indies. There is no loyalty to the West Indies or any of the teams he plays for as it is just about money. I want Chris Gayle to play for the West Indies and I think he and the WICB need to do what whatever it takes to resolve the situation now! I also think the ICC should put a cap on the number of ICC tournaments a player can play in. They should only be able to play in say 3 a year and 1 of them has to the players home tournament. So for Gayle he could play for Jamaica and then IPL and then Big Bash as long it does not intefere with West Indies commitments.

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    There's enough blame to go around for the decline of WI cricket, so let's not place it on one or two Board members. The Board is bloated, incompetent at times and too backward in its thinking. WIPA is concerned exclusively with its own interests as well as its members. For the most part, the players of the last decade have been greedy, self-centered, ill-disciplined and played much brainless cricket. Neither entity: the Board, WIPA or the players have the best interests of WI cricket at heart. The old "Every man for himself and the Devil take the hindmost" adage seems to be in play. Meanwhile, WI cricket continues to head south and the fans suffer. In order to get ourselves out of the deep hole which we've dug for ourselves, there must be a collective, comprehensive effort. All hands on deck time. Cease the blame game and fingerpointing. Cut out the hostillity, antagonism, namecalling etc. and PUT OUR CRICKET FIRST! Unless we do this, we will continue to basically spin our tops in mud.

  • PaddyRasta on February 24, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    @simonviller I agree with you that Gayle has not presented himself in the most polished and honorable manner and has been antagonistic in his actions and words. This however has by no means, been one-sided. WICB officials, directors and, heck, the coach himself has been allowed to mis-communicate and yet the expectation is reconciliation from only one side. This has been bad man-management from WICB of one of the game's great players. If it was only Gayle, I'd accept your statements but there has been Shiv, almost put out to pasture (if Gibson had his way) and Sarwan. No other Test nations' board or coach has treated their senior players in this uncouth manner.

  • simonviller on February 24, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    To all those who can see nothing wrong with Gayle's comments and the manner in which he made them,just go on air,and speak as he did about your supervisers or bosses and let us know the results of you actions soon after that !! ... Where else in the professional world of sports, do we hear such tripe spoken by players about their management or coaching staff ? Until such supporters are willing to distinguish right from wrong ; and are willing to convey that to those whom they encourage in these wrong-doings ,the perpetrators ,will continue in their ways and we won't succeed in our quest for self determination ,or success ,but to look to outsiders to do it for us . Is that what e want for ourselves for this West Indies team ?

  • on February 23, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Gayle & Sarwan are among the top batsmen in West Indies. No way they should be out of a 13/15 man squad in Test & ODI format While Sammy's captaincy & catching almost on its own costing us entire series. Chanderpaul was kicked out of the One day team & now we can hardly bat 50 overs & the run rate is still slow. Fans rarely remember coaches & administrators unless they are doing a horrible job like Iajaz Butt did & Gibson, Hunt & co are doing now. very few care who managed & coached West Indies or Australia as champions but everybody loves the top players. True Fans care about good cricket & cricketers not coaches & administrators. If they want to be seen or worshipped they should be in the arts or on the field not in management!! A smart board like ECB got rid of Peter Moores over his row with KP. Why? because they would lose a good batsman + money when his fans didn't turn up at the matches. Gayle is even more essential to us than KP was to England back then . simple logic!!

  • Metman on February 23, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    @ Clive Peddie ! No Sir ! THAT IS NOT HOW IT STARTED ! You have a short and may I say a convenient memory as well.After the WC,and just before the Pak,series,CG told he Board he was injured,and that he played with this injury ?? during the WC.Nobody knew about that' injury',therefore common sense would tell anybody but CG,that the obvious thing to do was to inform the Board the nature of this' injury',so that the Board could act.CG is of the opinion that the Board should have asked him about this 'injury'.See the toddler that the Board is dealing with.The Board didn't pick him for the Pak.series because he was 'injured',obviously !Soon after an 'injured ' CG,accepted an IPL contract...the Board says 'how come you say you are injured and can't play for the WI,but yet you are' injured ',and can go to the IPL' ? CG comes now with more absurdity 'how he had to look after the 'injury 'on his own,and a lot of crap !Every sensible person knows that was a plan not to play under Sammy.

  • on February 23, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Re; David Marshall. The difference is that Desmond Haynes played against much much better bowling. I fail to see what the problem is, players and go, and to put a morbid spin on the preceedings - what if Gayle was badly injured and couldn't play cricket again?

  • delboy on February 23, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @Hyo your sighted example is comparing apples with pears. Ponting is being dropped for one reason; poor performances. Tendulkar is due for a similar treatment when someone on their board can pluck up the courage to tell him. In contrast all international bowlers are longing to get the opportunity to add Gayle's wicket to their CV. Not directly related to you personally but to the uninitiated averages ae relative so in today's technology fuelled cricketing world where techniques are fully analysed an international batting average of mid to late 30 is highly respectable (ESPECIALLY for an opener, remember he faces the BEST bowlers more often than most) .

  • on February 23, 2012, 11:17 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 managers of our cricket should be able to produce more plausible & less laughable excuses for their indiscretions

  • delboy on February 23, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @class_shows How do hapless bowlers feel when the clean Gayle up first ball?

    If you've ever played any sports you will know, that fear of failure is greater when involved in a David v Goliath affair. On the contrary Gayle and Co taking part in various T20's around the world are not only giving pleasure to cricket viewers in the stadiums but in their place of work, barber shops and countless venus. They are also helping the likes of players from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, SA, AUS to all come together in various franchises to market their sports a create a BETTER future for themselves and their families. Gayle will not be another Herbert Chang or Richard Austin, not even Andy Roberts who looks so destitute following the lost of his boat. I say this to Gayle and any other player who unfortunately find themself under the remit of WI mismanagement MAKR HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.

  • delboy on February 23, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    @Lloyd. Read aloud what you wrote. The lesson from Lara's 'dumping' has put more astute and liberated players to take precautions against running full course at 'your service' to a board which has no vision and plans for its former LOYAL SERVANTS. At the heart of the matter; players such as Gayle, Pollard are BIG independent cash draws (MONEY THEY KEEP). Each time the board has to prepare a NOC, the covetuosness is so apparent.

    This is money which Hilaire and Co. would rather have in their bank accounts. I will say this SARWAN has gone from being the WORLD number three batsman to nothing under the watch of a coach who is incharge of the FUTURE of WI cricket. The future of WI cricket and they lots of young players WILL NOT return WI cricket to former glory under the DO AS I SAY regime. This is a new generation, RESPECT IS A TWO WAY STREET.

    IF A TEACHER IS ONLY INTERESTED IN TALKING, HE IS IN THE WRONG JOB, LISTENING IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT.

  • on February 23, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    @ David Marshall comparing Gayle to Haynes in the same light is almost sacrilege. Gayle is the best opening bat we have now no doubt about that but Desmond faced far better bowling attacks than Chris. Although maybe Haynes was not under as much pressure as Chris as he knew the batting coming after him was very solid. but still Haynes is about an 8/10 & Chris is about a 7/10

  • on February 23, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Kriketluva Chris Gayle does not have an average under 40 in test cricket. His average is 41.65. Desmond Haynes has a test average of 42.29, so what is the big difference. If Desmond Haynes is great, then what does that make Chris Gayle?

  • on February 23, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Here is the history. WI reached the quarters of the WC 2011 and were crushed by Pakistan(remember the CG shot). The coach then said that the seniors didn't pull their weight during the tournament(which was true- remember the SA match). Their notable performances were against the "minnows". Subsequently they were dropped/rested for the FIRST COUPLE of matches against pakistan. (Does CG or anyone else have a god given right to the team?) Does Tendulkar, Sehwag have a god given right to the Indian team? CG then flies to India to play IPL(obviously facilitated by WICB: NOC). He then curses out everybody in interview. We forget the Sarwan was reinstated in the ODI team against Pakistan. Chanderpaul also made comments but later mended things with the board. Ask yourselves why is CG the only man out. The WIB asks for retraction/apology and this is so difficult. Past indiscretions have been permitted. Striking on the Bang. tour and the no shows for the launch of T20 in the caribbean.

  • on February 23, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Enough about that. Read this article About one the greatest player of all times. Ricky Pointing

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/commonwealth-bank-series-2012/content/story/554464.html

    West Indies cricket board should take a cue out of Australian cricket.

    NO one is bigger than the game.

  • chicoguapo on February 22, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Lots of people seemed to have forgotten how this whole ordeal started. It was the same so called visioneers on the WICB who left out Chris Gayle, the same way they and the guyanese cricket board left out Sarwan because of fitness...it amuses me how the WICBC never knows about the fitness of its players....Gayle was home and leanrt through the media like we all did, that he wasnt part of the team..now, i humbly ask, does that sound like a board thats looking out for our best interest? why isnt there optimum, clear and solid comunication between them and their contracted players? Mr. Hunte you may have gone to school but these mind games do not work with us dedicated West Indian fans, give us real solutions, real interest or GET OUT OF WEST INDIES CRICKET!!@kriketluva you sure has followed little of West Indies Cricket..because Chris Gayle averages over 40, he has 19 one day hundrerds, and is one of the most respected and faired cricketers in the game today, just ask other team bowlers

  • chicoguapo on February 22, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    I ask, is the situation that direct and simple? if Chris Gayle must apologize, why hasnt Otis Gibson apoplogise for his comments about senior players? Even the ever calm Shivnarine Chanderpaul had to come out of his shell to respond to Mr.Gibson.,..could it be possible that Mr.Gibson oversteeped in his comments about senior players as welll? so shouldnt he apologise? This situation is a demonstration of a board willing to bully players around instead of looking for an amicable solution to the problem. I agree Chris Gayle is stubborn and has had his bad moments, but that doesnt take away from the fact that he is a top class cricketer and we have no opener of his class at the moment. there is a need to work with him to make our cricket better, not to play war of word games..thanks mr. hunte for bringing our cricket to where it is..in the dust. Mr. Gayle was suppose to respond at the end of the super50 and you send him an email at the end of january...pure interest mr.hunte..pure interest

  • on February 22, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    At some point we will have some adults in control in West Indies cricket. As far as cricketers are concerned, most other countries allow their cricketers to earn a living. Why cant we, this is a joke. The power play here in the WICB game here is to seek out those West Indian players who challenge the control of the WICB under the guise of discipline and punish them. Everyone is watching, some with empathy and some just laughing. Watching us go from sponsored Shell Shield/Red Stripe tournaments to a "Regional 50 Over" competition that has little or no international airplay. In the midst of our weakness and dis-array, our players, some sub-standard because of a lack of real and international exposure are getting beat up test after test, ODI after ODI. Gayle is better player because he has played against the best. Time to bring down the axe and get rid of these jokers, I will pay to see Chris Gayle, but I couldn't care less what Otis or Hillaire does with their life.

  • kriketluva on February 22, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Reading some of your comments I realize the WI is doomed. Most of you appear to be born yesterday. Some think gayle is a great batsman. Great? With a test average of under 40? The man is a slugger. He has an awful attitude. He wants test cricket to die as he is too lazy to play for five days. I say he is a millstone around the necks of the WI. No one is saying that the WICB is the best but they must pick people who have a fire in the belly to play for the WI. Gayle does not have that fire nor does Sarwan. For so long they promised so much but delivered so little. I say they should go play around the world in Twenty20. All you Indians who love him so can have him. Please take him and keep him right along with Sarwan.

  • on February 22, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    I sometimes wonder, what good will it do for Gayle to apologize? ....let's jsut find ways to move forward...However Mr. Gayle I do understand how you feel. Just do an apology, be the bigger Man and satisfy the request of the board. Come back to where you belong....WI Cricket can get better.....

  • on February 22, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    All you guys who is blaming C G have a short memory after the WC C G was at home didn't enter the ipl draft no team select him ready to play for his country what did wicb do let him learn through media he wasn't in the team they started playing without him a team from ipl learn about his availabillty and call him and the rest is history they try to ruin C G but god has plan for and if C G was in the wrong trust me things wouldn't turn out this way for him what the coach try to do back fire instead it make C G a rich and famous man and they have no choice that continue with there plan for stopping now would make them look more a looser so they do want C G to retract so they can use that a their reason i am sorry for the C G haters are blinded to the fact and what make it hurt more he wasn't good enough to be pick for wi and travel halfway around world step off the plane to make a hundred thats what kill wicb for he was to be home suffering but i say again who GOD BLESS NO MAN CURSE

  • on February 22, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Looks like a case of the WICB trying to save face. They are bowing under the pressure from the public and the Jamaican Government to let Gayle back into the WI team, but only very reluctantly. IF he really does get back in, it will be one of the most awkward situations ever in sports, and I think it will create such a wierd lack of chemistry and imbalance that the team will fail.

  • on February 22, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    with all due respect to the honarable prime minister how would the p.m like to know that a member of her cabinet after having a disagrement with her to go public with what went on between them would she just sweep it under the carpet no she wouldnt so tell me where is this situation different we have to remember that there is a reason why some one is in charge of an organisation not to say that the w.i.c.b is not at fault too but at the end of the day he is an employee and not the employer we must ask ourselves if mr gayle really want to play for the w.i or is he just using these things as an excuse so that he can still ply his trade all over the world he is the 1 who said as far as he is concern test cricket can die so what the big fuss there is a saying be careful of the things u wishes for so that is what he ask for so be it this game is bigger than anybody let us all remember and w.i cricket is going in the right direction we will rise again with the new crop i belive in that

  • KDoc on February 22, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Why doesn't THE WICB be the bigger person and slap Gayle with a fine AND PUT THE ISSUE BEHIND THEM? Because THAT'S WHAT THEY ASKED FOR, AND THEY WANT THE LAST SAY! The WICB is trying to prove a point using Gayle; but are actually suppressing WI Cricket by suppressing a World Class Player. Why should Gayle get an NOC when he was advised that he will not be eligible for selection? If the WICB is willing to select him, I am sure he will get the appropriate NOC and put WI cricket first.

  • on February 22, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    here we go again this gayle saga aint going to stop it is time we move on the w,ic.b is right u either is going to be committed to your country or u are not going u cannot have it your way lets remember that u r an employee and in every system they have policy guidelines to follow chris is happy to ply his service to the highest bidder nothing wrong with that dont give us the impression that u all that cares about w.i cricket we know better than that it is about the dollars which i have no problem with just dont want to play under your terms we have a whole lot of young players who can and will fill his place with gayle in the team we havent gone anywhere so why keep saying that he in the team we will improve lara was more an asset in this team than gayle and he was dumped by the selectors and not a word was said on his behalf so what is the big issue here we have a young team now lets focus on them time to move on just find us a captain who can command a place in the side and

  • on February 22, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Why should Gayle apologize for speaking the truth, This whole saga started with Otis Gibson, Publicly criticizing the players after the world cup, he should apologize first..

  • delboy on February 22, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    @shawnsundar 'solution', good idea but omit both Barbados and the CCC Gibson can then decide which of the two he wishes to run as his personal club team.

    I'm sick of seeing comments about country versus club. If the WI can show us the next two generations of players which it is grooming, how it supports their all round development and explain exactly how their benevolent system works for former players then there might be some element of mileage in such argument. Gayle is a professional cricketer whereby if he was not such a patriot he could have qualified to represent one of the top 5 international teams since the board started their fiasco.

  • on February 22, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Who is this Hilaire trying to fool, certainly not the people of the wider caribbean, Hilaire and Ottis clearly hate Chris Gayle, their mission is not to build or better West Indies cricket, both Hilaire and Ottis are here to ostracize and tear down Chris Gayle, but if they were educated enough they by now should realise that Chris Gayle is batting and both of them are in the slips fielding and slipping up. The West Indies can do without the likes of Hilaire who has little or no idea how to get West Indies cricket going, worst yet is the Ottis he has no clue to what he is doing, as blind as Stevie Wonder is and knows nothing about cricket I believe he would do a better job than those two fellers, for the betterment of the game and to show true gentleman like spirit I believe Mr Gayle should apologize for the hurt he as caused Hilaire and his bossom buddy Ottis and get on with the game, West Indies cricket must be treated with respect, it is our game, our legacy.

  • on February 22, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    All this wouldn't have happened if WICB had just selected Gayle for the Pakistan series, with the WICB, there's always somebody their fighting with, if it not one of the territorial boards, its a sponsor, or the player's association or Gayle, the only man brave enough to stand against them alone

  • Bambolarry on February 22, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    We the fans must stick with Chris Gayle comments on radio interview Gibson, Sammy, must go.Sammy was never a one day or test player now he is captain what a joke. Gibson selection of the WI team is rubbish this man's record shows he's a failure.

  • Rahul_78 on February 22, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Even if you are Gayle, asking for NOC to choose your club over country anytime you wish is plain Ridiculous. For ones WICB is making lot of sense.

  • ArtenKunwar on February 22, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Hahaha WICB board...what a joke?? a team of jokers letting West Indies down down and under...hope all the members of the board will e replaced by the new bunch of great west indian players...

  • on February 22, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    chris gayle come back in the team i support him

  • on February 22, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Well, everybody who is displeased with the way the WICB is destroying our cricket, why don't just start a facebook petition to get these ninconpoops out of office. The WICB has a facebook account, flood it with your rants and lets see what happens.

  • TontonZolaMoukoko on February 22, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Both sides in this argument are a joke. The WICB are so badly run it's untrue but they are right that if he asks for an unconditional NOC then he shouldn't be allowed to represent the WI. Gayle, for all his excellence as a batsman, is a total mercenary. How many other world class players at the top of their game do you see doing what he's doing? Sadly I can't see this situation being resolved and the world game will be the poorer for it.

  • HogFish on February 22, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Just imagine if all of us who are not self-employed or unemployed, our everyday job and you are sitting in a meeting, any type of meeting. A meeting with your employer and your fellow employees....or you might think of them as teammates...... imagine that. Imagine if a senior team member went on a nation-wide radio broadcast and intentionally stateds what Mr. C.H.G. stated. Imagine that! And the next day comes,......And What? We pretend like the day-before didn't happen? No matter where you sit in the mix...you Should know or Be Made to know and come to accept that an apology.....of some form is in order from the senior team member What do you think your Mother would say?.....if you asked her.

    Time to Act right. Mr. Shawnsundar talking about the Slave Master's style being at play now inna the WICB and then in the same sentence he call for the ICC to solve a team disciplinary problem??!!. Kiss and suck teeth! Act right!

    Called and signalled wide!!

  • Al11 on February 22, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Otis Gibson was the first to publicly criticized the senior players after the World Cup...should he not apologized before Gayle?...shouldn't Chanderpaul and Jermone Taylor also apologized?...can come one please answered these questions....why Sammy did not play for Windward again Jamaica in Jamaica?....also why Jamaica not hosting any games again the Aussies?..

  • smudgeon on February 22, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Seems like this email is an olive branch. I think the board have made a fair offer here - if Chris wants to play for the Windies, he puts them first. If not, he's welcome to play as many domestic T20 tournaments as he likes. What's the big deal here? I actually have the sneaking suspicion that Gayle is happy with the current circumstances - he gets paid a lot of money as a gun-for-hire T20 player, and the crowds adore him - and I wouldn't be surprised if we never see him play for West Indies again. Gayle would be a boost to the current Windies team, but they seem to have moved on and are developing into quite a nice little unit...

  • PaddyRasta on February 22, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    @shawnsundar Yes it does seem a simple solution - 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 :) The reality is that WICB are a bunch of cronies that mirror ICC and will always have ICC backing. Any breakaway new board (even the suggested T&T on their own) will never be given recognition from ICC. ICC will employ the same bullying tactics that WICB have recently displayed in getting rid of their last bit of respectability in the man that is Clive Lloyd.

  • norsyyde on February 22, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    its clear some west indies fans don't believe in any workers rights! if people are treating you in a matter you see as being unfair you should speak up. who are hilaire, gibson and the wicb that they cannot be criticized for their actions. its clear they wanted to remove all seniors from the side post world cup following anything short of a world cup win which they know was unlikely. gayle doesn't need to play all of these t20s but has a right to. a winning side needs a veteran core mixed with youth to win. see the top teams now to see proof. surely they can make a deal where he can play both for wi and in the t20 leagues. other boards do this all the time. gayle must also put wi above other domestic leagues and make himself available. that being said cricketers years of top earning potential are few so people need to understand that. it almost seems there is a lot of hating because of his wealth from t20 from others who would most likely do the same.

  • on February 22, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    International cricket was so much simpler before IPL & all these T20 leagues popped up. But it seems they are here to stay. To an extent what Hillaire is saying is true. But more than likely If they did not sack him as captain & then suddenly drop him from the team we would not have been in our current position. However Gayle needs to make it clear where his loyalties lie. If West Indies needs him then there is no way he should run to these circuses that specialize in hit & giggle cricket. Gayle is a legend of the T20 format however he still has much to achieve at the international level. This is where his focus should lie for the next 2-3 years after which he can play T20 leagues to his hearts content. This year he has an opportunity to bring home the 2 most prestigious trophies which we play for. The Wisden & The Sir Frank Worrell Trophy along with the T20 World Cup Trophy. WICB should have made greater effort retain his services

  • on February 22, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    I kept asking who started this whole thing? and if memory serve me correct its the coach that started it he publicly criticize the like of C Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sars after the world cup I ask what the difference between what C Gayle said and Chanderpaul wrote in his 4 page letter about the board and coach both person spoke their mind but its only one is the bad guy and should apologize when the coach made his statement after the world cup Tony Cozier wrote and said it seem the coach had already wrote his resignation letter to made such of a comment if C Gayle should apologize the coach should be the first to do so along with Chanderpaul the whole thing the coach don't want C Gayle on the team and i wouldn't be surprise if C Gayle came back he is gone my whole take on this is C Gayle be a man and don't apologize to no one you play cricket to earn a living and you are doing so and as far as i am concern the team ain't going nowhere with these jokers they have running it

  • PACERONE on February 22, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    I notice that for test cricket the grounds all over the world are packed!!!.Tickets are hard to get!!!. For T20.. fans are sitting on their hands and falling asleep. Really we have had some good Test matches recently,but only in Australia and England that there are large crowds for Test matches.

  • on February 21, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    Do not apologize Chris. hilarie, gibson,& the rest of the so call board members be kicked out of the West Indies cricket & let sane people run our cricket. Enough is enough these jokers.

  • on February 21, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    I am sick and tired of this gale affair.Firstly I suggest his prime minister should have asked him to represent his country in the recent concluded 2020 caribbean competition before suggesting that he should be re-instated in the west indies team.Gale is not interested in Jamaica further more west indies cricket.All due respect to him and his accomplishments we all wish him well with his big bash all over the world but if he wants to play for W.I.. he needs to respect W.I. cricket board authorities.

  • Randy_Wilson on February 21, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    The Senior Members of WEst indies who need to be on the Team are Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, J Taylor and F Edward, they Should build a Team around them, Sammy for the Pride of Honor of West Indies Cricket, step down as captain. and SARWAN to be Captain. We need to Mix it up, Senior Bravo, Pollard they should work they way back into the Team, and all the rest, to show that if you dont perform you will be Drop. But you cant drop everyone one time, Look at Aussie how they are making they way back, WICB need to learn from them, WICB need to be serious, if Gayle is out of form then ya can try something, But HE shouldnt Be drop COMPLETELY from, Plus i also BLAME Chris Gayle, IF HE had sign the Contract today we wouldnt be here sitting and and wanted him back into the game, IT's BOTH side fault, so they should Drop everything and Plan out for the best of Cricket. end of story.

  • bobagorof on February 21, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    This has been dragging on for so long I've forgotten what it's all about. There's a very simple solution to it all, though. If Chris Gayle wants to play for the West Indies, he can apologise for making his comments public (though he's of course entitled to his own opinion, just don't do it in a public forum). If he doesn't, fine. That is the offer the WICB has made in this email. On the WICB side, they need to stop chasing Chris Gayle and letting the issue drag on and distract everybody. Focus on running the game as best they can, developing the vast talent in the area, and restoring pride in West Indies cricket.

  • CricketFan1980 on February 21, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Even with Gayle in the side this WI team is not a world beater. Get over yourselves. WICB should not give Gayle any NOC whatsoever and let us see what will happen. No one is backing up WICB as is; so what is the point anyways.

  • Metman on February 21, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Some of you Gayle supporters are really living in a fools paradise !Can't you all see that the problem is not Hilaire,Sammy or Gibson !Individual Board members from the other countries DON'T WANT GAYLE EITHER !unless he apologises.,so if they think that getting rid of Hiliare and co., would automatically signal the return of Gayle,NO WAY!Some of his own JCB members don't want him back either.Get real people,HE WILL NEVER EVER play for the WI AGAIN !There has to be a unanimous vote among the members to reinstate the man.I too, am not a fan of the Board either,but I know that the majority of them have common sense,and are able to see through Gayle and co.....Big Suliman Benn could't see eye to eye with Gayle,and Gayle sends him off.Gayle cusses capt,coach and management,and it is no big thing !..and wants to know why he can't get a pick ! This man for real ?????

  • 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 :)

  • shawnsundar on February 21, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Why retract statements that were true? WICB and all of their supporters are full of it. Come on ICC, please step in and end this madness!!!

  • noplay on February 21, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Ernest Hilaire is threatening Chris Gayle. Gayle was available for selection, the WICB had other ideas and told the story to suit themselves. Gayle put things in perspective, and in so doing showed up the members of the WICB for what they are. Pay close attention to Hilaire's language. It tells Gayle clearly, we know you are available for selection, but we will only put you on the teram once you tell the world the WICB is the best thing since sliced bread, or garlic naan or whatever. Hilaire is putting management worst practices in writing. So bad managers are preventing one of the best West Indian batsmen from taking his place on the team.

  • on February 21, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    Gayle cannot forego earning opportunities to make himself available unless he's guaranteed selection. And if an from him is necessary before he can be selected then he would not be selected because he would not (and most people agree with him) apologize. The board does not have the authority to restrict players' freedom of expression. If all the heads of gov't follow the Jamaican PM lead then the board can be made to realize that it is not a law unto itself but rather a servant of the Caribbean people and more especially cricket. Shri Lanka's gov't steps in at will, Zimbabwe's has done so, as has Palistan's. Why don't the Caribbean gov't do so. The ICC has never taken any sanctions against Shri Lanka, Zimbabwe or Paksitan.

  • on February 21, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    Chris: You are an international professional cricketer, you don't need to haggle with the WICB. Do like most professionals do in other sports, employ and agent to represent your best interest. You make enough money to employ a good professional agent.

  • cricketdebator on February 21, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Folks who keep knocking the WICB, conveniently ommit the fact that Gayle is equally guilty of prolonging this issue. He knows what is required of him, and has repeatedly refused to meet those requirements. Rather than blaming the WICB for the matter being long drawn-out, people should be honest and comment about the non-compliance of Gayle. No one is more important than the WI team as a whole, and I strongly support the stand taken by the WICB in dealing with this matter. I am also impressed with the board's recent response to the comments of the Jamaican Prime Minister.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 21, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    what WI really need is a good team culture and support staff to help their emerging talents.. and gayle's dedication and love to the game can be understood from his statement once when he said he would like to see 'TEST CRICKET die out' ! enough said.. what a loser..

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on February 21, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    agree with jupiterlaw , i dont know the inner workings of WICB , but this gayle is obviously not interested to play for his country , he is happy playing and hitting hapless domestic bowlers in t20 leagues for sixes. i have never seen a player with such attitude, just think what would have happened if someone acted like this with BCCI, ECB, OR CA.. ? he is selfish, egoistic, and create divisions in team and coach.. his talent alone is not worth these things he brings.. KICK HIM OUT FOR GOOD

  • on February 21, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Gayle is in the right. Simple as that. He might not always look as if he cares, but I've seen more than enough to suggest he does. He cares very much for his country, but I think he's just decided to take a stand on some penny pinching politicians. Ottis Gibson needs to be left out of this. Simple as that. Please WICB just turn your attention to focus on the cricket. It ought to be all about the cricket. We don't expect you to play the players in the millions its simply not doable. But please make it worthwhile. West Indies, I feel for you. An outstanding group of players who for the most part play the game fairly. But you're being forgotten. As are your fans. I hope you'll all get what you deserve in the end

  • on February 21, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Chris Gayle should stop stir up the fans and now, the Governments of the West Indies. It is clear to everyone that when there is a Home Series and CG knows that he is definitely not going to be available to play for WI (Signed contract), you see his comments and others start blaming WICB. We are one people and a God fearing people. CG clearly need to apologize to the Board and the people of the WI for his disruptions. Clearly CG is an world money player, yet he plays to the emotions of our people. The WICB with the approval of ICC should prevent CG from playing in its domestic competitions and not issue another certificate until Gayle apologizes. Period. If he plays in the tourny, he should make himself available to play for WI. He should only be cleared to play oversees if not chosen. He should be here to play for WI vs Aussie and not in S Africa. WI invested in CG over the yrs and ought to be here to represent. CG stop the division and unit the WI by making your intentions clear.

  • on February 21, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    WICB HAVE YOU MADE YOURSELVES CLEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Post colonial banana republic way of running things. Laughing stock of world cricket.

  • on February 21, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    The WICB are right in my opinion to hold steady, yes they have been unruly and inconsistent but they need to start with authority somewhere. That time is now. We all want Chris to get back in the team but like all of us here - if we speak against our Employer will be most likely sacked - at least Chris has opportunity to apologise. Lets not try break this into some prehistoric insular issue. This is simply a man stubborness against a Board (in its infancy) trying to set a new standard.

  • on February 21, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Ernest Hilaire is an Idiot, u vex because Gayle had a comment to make when he had no contract? and if and only if he say sorry for something he thinks u will let him play well Ernest Hilaire ur days are numbered and Chris Gayle should not say sorry what he said he was not wrong or at fault as WICB did not see it fit to give Gayle any contract so stop being stupid u need to get out of cricket

  • chadee on February 21, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Hilarie is the single biggest disaster to plague WI cricket. Portia, Kamla and the other heads of Govt in the WI must get the rid of him to save WI cricket.

  • on February 21, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Gayle: In the interest of West Indies cricket and the fans who love you could you please do what is needed to get back on the team. it is not about you or the board any more it is about cricket. Does the board or you not consider the fans who love West Indies cricket. This situation has gone on far too long. Can both parties please do what is needed for the fans? Thank you.

  • on February 21, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Gail does not need the WICB, the WICB needs Gail

  • aclarity on February 21, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    I am not a Gayle supporter; however, WICB can not put wool over my eyes anymore. It is simple. If Gayle did something wrong then haul him in front a disciplinary committee and dispense justice. To date this has not happened. Jump high, jump low - the ball is still in WICB's court. That's the point of PM PSM. Gayle and the other players are not members of the WICB cabinet. They are the taxpayers who help provide the revenues for WICB. Consequently, the WIC B response to PM PSM was reflective of the small-minded, vindictive men who cling at straws to justify their position. The WICB is on the edge, the real Guyana, Jamaica, T&T and possibly Barbados are not happy and WIPA continues to whip them in court. Something will give. Is it Hunte or the Australian tour or players like Bravo, Narine, Chanderpaul and the others following Gayle's route?

  • on February 21, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Are we serious here. WICB wants Gayle to make up his mind . They would love to hear Chris Gayle say he is retirinng. then figure Gibson and Hillaire would be off the hot seat hmm. get a life.!!! the one thing I will say is great playes attract fans and if the fan base is big enough then the game brings in sponsors. I sure will not pay my money to go to any game as long as Gibson and hilaire are involved in WIs cricket.Do you think that fans around the world are not watching. Me as a fan would rather see Chris Gayle play twenty 20 in other countries than apologize for speaking his mind> Would say to WICB look at the NY Knicks and what one player did for the MSG network. Stock jumped 15 % in one day because more people wanted to watch as well as more tV stations wanting to broadcast the game. Get a life Hilaire.!!!!! You are wrecking WI cricket. YOU are not wrecking Chris gayle You are making him a richer man

  • on February 21, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    So the WICB is asking Mr. Gayle to retract his statement, what did the West Indies board did to warrant the retraction of Mr. Gayle's statement, did they provide any proof to substantiate or prove that Chris Gayle's statement was false, the world and West Indian fans has been looking at the jokers on the board and they still don't get it. "leave west indian cricket to be run by competent people".

  • on February 21, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    I know so far Gayle is one of the most decent figures in the cricket. He is the player who never mocks at anyone without having proper reason. Gayle is the player who can be compared with Vivian Richards and Brian Lara. But why the most valuable players like Sir Richard , Clive, Brian Lara, Wals do not interfere in both Ernest Hilaire Ottis Gibson affairs. Both try to destroy WI Cricketing tradition and images keeping bar upon Chris Gayle. Please try to do something to protect WI cricket images to withdraw both Ernest Hilaire Ottis Gibson. Some players like Chris Gayle is badly needed for WI. He is a player who can alone change the WI team. He is a player who can alone change the game anytime. I request Sir Viv and other formers to come forward to save WI cricket and immediately retract both Ernest Hilaire Ottis Gibson. We see WI team can not do anything during their tenure. Pls, at once withdraw both of them.

  • on February 21, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    The West Indies Cricket Board and its management has demonstrated arrogance and incompetence and should do the honourable thing and resign.

  • on February 21, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    I think finally someone has offered a straightforward choice to Gayle. There are faults across both sides and this decision will make Gayle's priorities clear. As much as the world would like to see Gayle play international matches if he chooses unconditional NOC's over international tour commitments he should not be considered for official WI team selection in any formats including 20-20. Contractual issues abolutely cannot be an excuse since most 20-20 tournaments have provisions for international commitments.

    Not sure whether the older issues will add up to this but the ball is clearly in gayle's court now. Should he choose to have conditional NOC's honoring international commitments WICB has swallow its pride and pick him.

  • Ncnotorious on February 21, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    I keep saying it...the WICB and WI coach needs to leave asap. Only then can WI cricket move forward. Everyone should boycott WI cricket and dont show up for matches then they will realise who is more favored in this dispute. This board has be turned on WI cricket that I've been rooting for my entire life.

  • on February 21, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Gayle world class player loving it yar...........!!!

  • on February 21, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Bow down before the might of Chris Gayle WICB scumbs :P ... I wanna c sm Gayle madness in T20 worldcup

  • satspeare on February 21, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    "The WICB, however, said it would not select Gayle until he RETRACT the comments he made criticizing the board and the coach Ottis Gibson, and responded to their previous letter about NOCs." REALLY?? WHO DOES THEM FOLKS THINK THEY ARE? THEY ARE GOVERNING IN OUR DARKEST TIMES AND STILL WILL NOT STOP BEING CHILDLISH ! THEY SHOULD TRY A TASTE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE AND HAVE SOME DECIPLINE AND ACT LIKE ADULTS. YES, IT IS TIME FOR THIS GROUP TO GO, IF FOR NOTHING ELSE, FOR ALLOWING THIS ISSUE WITH ONE PLAYERS TO BE DRAGGED ON IN THIS SADLY COMMICAL MANNER. Are they really beyond criticism and correction?? how could they be allowed and defended for their bullying behavior? So far as WI being "better off" without Gayle & Sarwan, are we really?? A team is made up of individuals that need to play as a unit but unity is not everything. I am sure that I can find 20 of my friends who "gel" better than any team in the world but capable and talented as these guys who are being ignored - we are not!!

  • on February 21, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    World cricket needs Gayle..cmon i cant imagine a 20-20 WC without Gayle, Bravo..WI is a very strong 20-20 team..Power players like gayle,Smith,Samuels, Russel,Polard,Dwayne Bravo, Sammy can take them to 20-20 World Champion for sure..they need to sort things out nciely first..And plz GAYLE, u shud really consider playing for ur own country..

  • sportzkid on February 21, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    @jupiterlaw - WICB are not speaking with authority they are being egotistical and dictatorial. Regarding CA and ECB - what about the comments made by Simon Katich? or comments made by Ponting or when Kevin Pietersen had something controversial to say. They were fined (sometimes) and simply told to zip it up. These players and many others were never "ordered" to retract their statements "or else" and that is what WICB should have done - have a hearing, fine Chris Gayle if found guilty and MOVE ON. And if Chris repeated this "offence" have another hearing increase the fine if found guilty and MOVE ON. The person handling the hearing is NOT the "offended" party so the hearing should be unbiased. It happens in sport all the time - why must the WICB be so different and so arrogant.

  • movers on February 21, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    it is so sad that the jamaican prime minister could get her self involve in dat isue at hand ,i tink she is out off other tu ,much respect in my opinion.we as west indians mus learn tu b fear .wat s correct s always correct wen its wrong its always wrong ,in dat case mr gayle is wrong ,we are tired wit players taking d board for granted ,no one player is bigger dan d game ,lessons must b taught ,ah lesson tu young players cum n tu d future ,never choose ah nex man country over urs ,it will come bac tu hurt u in d long run ,mr gayle time tu own up tu ur mistake an move on ,u are hurt n d focus off our young time ,aussies cum n soon as ah tru west indian i will rally round my team win or loose ,lets go west indies ,keep d focus on d field an kno team could beat us i c much progress ,d winning ways will start from dassies tour n us ,we will win al three series win win win win

  • 777aditya on February 21, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    DRAGGING MY HOBBY HORSE TILL DEATH!

  • Butee on February 21, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Mr. Hilaire and Gibbson should step down. These two have no regards for WI fans nor players. I agree with Madame PM why suddenly we no longer see games at Sabina and Queens Park oval where the crowds are large. i think they are afraid that theses two countries will boycott all games.

  • Silloh on February 21, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    I want to see Gayle in the West Indies line up. Who wouldn't ? But man he is just one player and cannot bat at both ends of the wicket at the same time. Once he appreciates that then the issues may be resolved and the public will benefit. Other than that let's move on and focus on the other players and the inadequate cricket practice facilities in the Caribbean, for example. Gayle may have said so, bur certainly Lara did, in stating exactly just that. With all the Gayle distractions though, he continues to do better in the 20 overs and with his finances and the rest of the world are getting an opportunity to witness this 20 overs great But can the WICB performance with respect to results indicate the same and is Gayle therefore the real prime issue ? Not at all . Australia will be here soon from down under. Will we continue to remain down under and focus on Gayle for slow progress ,but still at the bottom of the international ranking ? Of course politicians have a job to do.

  • jupiterlaw on February 21, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    WICB are really beginning to speak and act as a Board that has real authority. Gayle could not persist in this nonsense if he were under the authority of boards such as CA and ECB. He would not even get the necessary permission to play in these T20 leagues because he would not be granted the required NOC certificates. If CA and ECB could discipline Andrew Simonds and Kevin Petersen respectively, why is it so difficult for WICB to discipline Gayle?

  • on February 21, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Get rid of Hilaire and Gibson like they should have done and Gayle will be back.

  • dane400 on February 21, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    I don't understand, the WICB is saying that Gayle will not be eligible to play until he retracts his 'statements' now they're saying if he doesn't asking for an unconditional NOC he would be eligible for selection? It's not making any sense. If they wanted him to play that would have been sorted already. How can the WICB also that the Honorable Prime Minister wasn't privy to the information before making her comments? People in such Honorable office don't make statements about issues until they get the information. So obviously from the information she received she came to the same conclusion that 90% of readers have been saying. This situation has been dragged out for far too and resolution should must sorted out. JUST DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED!

  • Bruisers on February 21, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    WICB is planning its squad for T20 WC.. They know if Gayle is around, WI will be one of the favorites to win the title...

  • mohamedamin on February 21, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Hilarie feels he is above anyone of the region...The WICB has not until this day even come forward and say the facts....they have not been able to say Gayle comments are wrong....So how can Gayle retract his comments and they are true...Simpson Miller took the right step...WICB officers needs to pack up & leave...Caricom needs to get those jokers out of there....the fans are suffering.... About NOC's, you have not selected gayle....What u want him do...sit back and wait for a recalll....while not being selected he is free to go play cricket anywhere..Gayle has made his comments clear he is available for WI selection, but Hilarie says until he retracts, then no selection...bad for business and bad for WI cricket...Caribbean fans are suffering....Hilaire is making a mess of WI cricket and the Caricom Heads sit back and watch how WI cricket is sliding down the gutters....

  • loocd on February 21, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Everyone who loves cricket would prefer Hilaire and company to leave WI cricket and have Gayle playing for us. Hilaire and the WI board do us a favour, please pack your bags and go You surely wont be missed.

  • on February 21, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Country Over Clubs? No way, Thats The way to Go Gayle, Keep it Up, LOL

  • Burbon on February 21, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    The effect Gayle's comments have had on the team? What are we dealing with here, children. I thought this was a professional sport , please tell Gibson , the captain and Management team to grow up and get on with it. Gayle already asked what do they want him to apologize for ,better yet, he should ask the board what size of pacifier he should get them.

  • on February 21, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    west indies cricket board members need to pack up and go leave the game to people who need to see good management we need to get a coach who know the game and not looking to fight against other region

  • Hrit24 on February 21, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    The dispute between Gayle and WICB will never reconcile. The day until the world remains intact, their dispute will remain intact. Really, I want to see him to play for the Windies against our Team India. But will that aspiration come true?

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  • Hrit24 on February 21, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    The dispute between Gayle and WICB will never reconcile. The day until the world remains intact, their dispute will remain intact. Really, I want to see him to play for the Windies against our Team India. But will that aspiration come true?

  • on February 21, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    west indies cricket board members need to pack up and go leave the game to people who need to see good management we need to get a coach who know the game and not looking to fight against other region

  • Burbon on February 21, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    The effect Gayle's comments have had on the team? What are we dealing with here, children. I thought this was a professional sport , please tell Gibson , the captain and Management team to grow up and get on with it. Gayle already asked what do they want him to apologize for ,better yet, he should ask the board what size of pacifier he should get them.

  • on February 21, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Country Over Clubs? No way, Thats The way to Go Gayle, Keep it Up, LOL

  • loocd on February 21, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Everyone who loves cricket would prefer Hilaire and company to leave WI cricket and have Gayle playing for us. Hilaire and the WI board do us a favour, please pack your bags and go You surely wont be missed.

  • mohamedamin on February 21, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Hilarie feels he is above anyone of the region...The WICB has not until this day even come forward and say the facts....they have not been able to say Gayle comments are wrong....So how can Gayle retract his comments and they are true...Simpson Miller took the right step...WICB officers needs to pack up & leave...Caricom needs to get those jokers out of there....the fans are suffering.... About NOC's, you have not selected gayle....What u want him do...sit back and wait for a recalll....while not being selected he is free to go play cricket anywhere..Gayle has made his comments clear he is available for WI selection, but Hilarie says until he retracts, then no selection...bad for business and bad for WI cricket...Caribbean fans are suffering....Hilaire is making a mess of WI cricket and the Caricom Heads sit back and watch how WI cricket is sliding down the gutters....

  • Bruisers on February 21, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    WICB is planning its squad for T20 WC.. They know if Gayle is around, WI will be one of the favorites to win the title...

  • dane400 on February 21, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    I don't understand, the WICB is saying that Gayle will not be eligible to play until he retracts his 'statements' now they're saying if he doesn't asking for an unconditional NOC he would be eligible for selection? It's not making any sense. If they wanted him to play that would have been sorted already. How can the WICB also that the Honorable Prime Minister wasn't privy to the information before making her comments? People in such Honorable office don't make statements about issues until they get the information. So obviously from the information she received she came to the same conclusion that 90% of readers have been saying. This situation has been dragged out for far too and resolution should must sorted out. JUST DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED!

  • on February 21, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Get rid of Hilaire and Gibson like they should have done and Gayle will be back.

  • jupiterlaw on February 21, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    WICB are really beginning to speak and act as a Board that has real authority. Gayle could not persist in this nonsense if he were under the authority of boards such as CA and ECB. He would not even get the necessary permission to play in these T20 leagues because he would not be granted the required NOC certificates. If CA and ECB could discipline Andrew Simonds and Kevin Petersen respectively, why is it so difficult for WICB to discipline Gayle?