West Indies news March 19, 2012

Chris Gayle to discuss West Indies future

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Chris Gayle, the West Indies batsman, is scheduled to meet officials from the West Indies Cricket Board and CARICOM in St Vincent on Monday to discuss his future with the West Indies team. The Jamaica Gleaner has reported that Gayle is likely to either submit an apology or retract his comments made against the board and the coach Ottis Gibson during a radio interview.

"A meeting has been arranged for tomorrow morning (today) between Gayle, the WICB and a few heads of government in a bid to arrive at an amicable solution that could result in Gayle returning to the team," Fritz Harris, the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) secretary, was quoted as saying in the paper.

"As we are all aware, there have been efforts to have the matter resolved in recent weeks, including all the workings coming out of CARICOM etc, and I suspect that this meeting is a sort of culmination of the efforts."

In October last year, the WICB had said that Gayle could return to the West Indies team if he retracted his critical statements about the board. Gayle had initially said the board was playing mind games with him by not specifying exactly what he needed to apologise for. That meant the already longstanding impasse between Gayle and the board continued, with even the Jamaican prime minister becoming involved by coming out in support of Gayle.

In February this year, the WICB chief executive Ernest Hilaire said he wanted Gayle to make his priorities clear, saying 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.

Gayle last played for West Indies in the 2011 World Cup, and has since taken part in Twenty20 leagues around the world, including the IPL, the Big Bash League in Australia and the BPL in Bangladesh. He has turned out for Jamaica in the domestic one-day and four-day competitions. He was left out of the WICB's 30-man squad for a fitness and training camp ahead of the home series against Australia. However, he was spotted in the stands during the second one-dayer against Australia on Sunday, in St Vincent.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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  • simonviller on March 22, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Every one is down on the WI board about the Gyle issue ,but managements manage the way they see fit until such time as they are no more . Stop fretting about the Gayle thing ,because as I said before , Gayle doesn't want to play for W.I ,while there is more money to be made .

  • kriketluva on March 21, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    All you gayle lovers were born recently and know nothing of truly great WI players. gayle stands there and flings his bat his feet firmly rooted. Sometimes he comes of mainly he doesn't. When he played with us before we lost. It seems that we are doing better under the less talented but bigger hearted Sammy. All you who want him in India and elsewhere please take him. Take sarwan too, please. Just leave the WI without those two childish big heads. They should play elsewhere and may they live happily ever after far away from the WI.

  • on March 20, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    GOD BLESS U DEAR

    GOD HELPS U U MAST AVAILABLE IN TEAM

  • on March 20, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    With Gayle back in the team we will win the test series against Australia.

    The IPL and Somerset are meaningless. These are just silly exhibition tournaments. Fun to watch yes, but West Indies comes first. Bangalore can have no complaints if Gayle only makes limited appearances. They'll simply make a pro-rata arrangement in terms of his contact and games availability

  • ARJa on March 20, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    What are the chances of Gayle actually coming back giving priority to play for West Indies. If he really wanted to play for windies, the issue would not have gone this far. It almost seems as if he is now looking for every excuse not to play for windies and to run around the world playing T20 for foreign clubs. That is a joke regardless of his ability. If the problem is resolved, the next thing he may say is that he can't come into the team now due to IPL or English T20. Not exactly the role model for the region whose cricket is dying fast.

  • timtom on March 20, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Yeah Fall in line Gayle !!! Some one who wants best of both worlds and trying to attempt victimized... I `m a big fan of his big hits in IPL but brought disrepute to country and cric board what shud have been otherwise resolved in doors..

  • zenboomerang on March 20, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    It will be great if Gayle is re-established as a WI player in ODI & Tests... Truely one of the most enjoyable batsman to watch when "on song" with the bat... His bowling isn't shabby either as his record shows... Gayles pulling power would also help cricket across the WI's (media income) & lead to more youngsters getting interested in the game... A win/win situation once ego's have been soothed ;) ...

  • RandyOZ on March 20, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Should clearly be in the team. The modern day Gilly.

  • Bruisers on March 20, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Great news.. If he returns, WI team can beat any team with their already-strong-looking team..

  • on March 20, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    The possible return of Chris gayle will inspire the West Indies team and they now can firmly believet they can beat the australia in the present series. He should be picked only as a player so that he can concentrate only on his batting as Sammy is doing excellent job as a captain

  • simonviller on March 22, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Every one is down on the WI board about the Gyle issue ,but managements manage the way they see fit until such time as they are no more . Stop fretting about the Gayle thing ,because as I said before , Gayle doesn't want to play for W.I ,while there is more money to be made .

  • kriketluva on March 21, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    All you gayle lovers were born recently and know nothing of truly great WI players. gayle stands there and flings his bat his feet firmly rooted. Sometimes he comes of mainly he doesn't. When he played with us before we lost. It seems that we are doing better under the less talented but bigger hearted Sammy. All you who want him in India and elsewhere please take him. Take sarwan too, please. Just leave the WI without those two childish big heads. They should play elsewhere and may they live happily ever after far away from the WI.

  • on March 20, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    GOD BLESS U DEAR

    GOD HELPS U U MAST AVAILABLE IN TEAM

  • on March 20, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    With Gayle back in the team we will win the test series against Australia.

    The IPL and Somerset are meaningless. These are just silly exhibition tournaments. Fun to watch yes, but West Indies comes first. Bangalore can have no complaints if Gayle only makes limited appearances. They'll simply make a pro-rata arrangement in terms of his contact and games availability

  • ARJa on March 20, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    What are the chances of Gayle actually coming back giving priority to play for West Indies. If he really wanted to play for windies, the issue would not have gone this far. It almost seems as if he is now looking for every excuse not to play for windies and to run around the world playing T20 for foreign clubs. That is a joke regardless of his ability. If the problem is resolved, the next thing he may say is that he can't come into the team now due to IPL or English T20. Not exactly the role model for the region whose cricket is dying fast.

  • timtom on March 20, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Yeah Fall in line Gayle !!! Some one who wants best of both worlds and trying to attempt victimized... I `m a big fan of his big hits in IPL but brought disrepute to country and cric board what shud have been otherwise resolved in doors..

  • zenboomerang on March 20, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    It will be great if Gayle is re-established as a WI player in ODI & Tests... Truely one of the most enjoyable batsman to watch when "on song" with the bat... His bowling isn't shabby either as his record shows... Gayles pulling power would also help cricket across the WI's (media income) & lead to more youngsters getting interested in the game... A win/win situation once ego's have been soothed ;) ...

  • RandyOZ on March 20, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Should clearly be in the team. The modern day Gilly.

  • Bruisers on March 20, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Great news.. If he returns, WI team can beat any team with their already-strong-looking team..

  • on March 20, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    The possible return of Chris gayle will inspire the West Indies team and they now can firmly believet they can beat the australia in the present series. He should be picked only as a player so that he can concentrate only on his batting as Sammy is doing excellent job as a captain

  • on March 20, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    gayle must come back in the team

  • satish619chandar on March 20, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    @jmcilhinney : I do agree with what you say but sadly, WI needs him in their team and if he thinks he can offer something to his country, he also need to control his emotions a bit and offer some sort of compromise from his end. He is a too good guy to be left to the freelancer role..

  • anver777 on March 20, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Hope to see him again in international scene & dominate the WI batting....... he's a class act & can destroy any bowling in any format !!!!!!

  • satish619chandar on March 20, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Gayle will be a welcome addition to any squad in the world.. Only thing to be observed is, will his ego work with Sammy and stick together as a team? Surely WI needs Gayle as they haven't got even 25% of his capability in the openers tried after him..

  • Dashgar on March 20, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    In my opinion this is a scenario with two guilty parties. Just say the obligatory sorrys and get it over with. Gayle back in the team, not as captain, and let's move on with our lives.

  • LifeWithBoundaries on March 20, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, excellent statement toward the end of your post. Is it your own or your borrowed it from somewhere? I am going to use it elsewhere but with your permission. Thanks! - "willing to die for the cause" excellent stuff.

  • on March 20, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    Dont give in Gayle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • delboy on March 20, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    @Giovaughn, think your statement through. Gayle is a professional cricketer he owes West Indies cricket NOTHING. In the next two-three years just like Lara and all the others who proceeded Gayle 1970 - 2009 Politics will keep them away from any contribution to WI cricket. Fortunately for them just like Simmons with Ireland the Associates such as Afghanistan, USA, Netherland etc will need their services and provide them with an income.

  • delboy on March 20, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Why are so many commentors in this forum concerned about Gayle influence on the inexperience and not the coaches lack of it on the senior players? This is a guy who has reduced former world rank players to NOTHING in his tenure!!!

  • jmcilhinney on March 20, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    It's a bit ridiculous for Gayle to retract his statements and the WICB accept that because everyone knows he's only doing it to get back in the team. The only sensible compromise I can see is for the WICB to accept that that's the way Gayle feels and he has every right to feel that way, but for Gayle to apologise for having made the statements in public without having tried to tackle the issues with the board and the coach internally first. That should placate everyone. That said, if Gayle already had tried to tackle the issue internally and felt that the only way to make something happen was to make his feelings public then that's another matter. I guess if he wasn't prepared to "die for the cause" though, he probably shouldn't have taken up the cause in the first place.

  • Outswinging on March 20, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    If Gayle apologizes it would show that he is bigger than Gibson and the Board. WICB needs a management change. When is the Board going to start treating players in a professional manner? I am sure that Gibson would never have confronted the most lowly English player, as he has done with several WI players. This has to stop.

  • redneck on March 20, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    do you think the ecb has sent an email asking for gayle to be included on tour? i remember before the windies last toured aus they were playing that c grade side led by reifer. the aussie board wanted assurances that they would not send this side to aus and that gayle was going to lead them in australia. next thing you know the impass was resolved and a full strength XI arrived in aus. wonder if the english board gave them a polite reminder that if the windies dont draw a crowd in england they arent going to be asked back in a hurrey. i hope chris not only comes back but makes a statement by not playing ipl and instead playing the tests at home against the aussies and then the tour of england. he hit a tripple century his last time in whites if i remember correctly. he can change the whole outcome of a test in a session on his given day, i really hope they give him a chance to do just that!

  • ozwriter on March 19, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    the most exciting batsman in limited overs cricket. will be great to have him back on the international stage.

  • Dreama on March 19, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    It is no wonder the WICB can behave in the manner they do and continue to exist. When you have idiots like Godfrey Pieters what is the motivation to change your bad habits.

  • sxb4285 on March 19, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    how sad to such a talent like Gayle out off west indies team!!!can you imagin the likes off Gayle, pollard, dwayne bravo in W.I TEAM!!!W.I should be t20 champions!!!

  • mar2000 on March 19, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Its good to stay on the side-line when WICB and player(s) are going toe-to-toe.

  • on March 19, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    I keep thinking that most of these people that comment on these blogs..just watch international cricket....i use to have high expectations of the West Indies teams until i started watching the regional game......its like watching a horror film with no end...the best players are better than the rest but that does not really mean their good. Thats why a man like Gayle had to fall out with his coaches cause he knows nothing of working out. Hardly any of the west indies players are running ones and twos...which i see as fundamental. These are the things the leaders need to pay attention to! If each territory is better the West Indies team will be better....and not the other way around!!!

  • on March 19, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    I too as a West Indian wants to see Gayle back and playing for the West Indies. Reading most od these comments it would appear that Gayle is not BIGGER than the game of cricket, but apparently Coach Otis Gibson and the WICB are MUCH BIGGER than the game of cricket!!

  • on March 19, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    i will see CG to play in t20 from wi vs aus and test against eng WICB forgive him for his statement gayle in action international cricket all is well

  • Alvin_Houba_Holder on March 19, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    Remember what happened to the Gentlemanly, Desmond Leo Haynes. If the Rude Bwoys don't respect discipline, get rid of them. Windies need men of the 1980s, who sweated blood and toiled without whining. We need MEN who can apologise for their bad behaviour!! Discipline and hard work is the key; Ask Tendulkar!!

  • on March 19, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    It would be nice to have Gayle back. I'm not worried about Gayle the player, I'm worried about Gayle the person. What influence will he have on the younger & very inexperience players. And most importantly the relationship between Gayle & Gibson. The team is doing fine without Gayle. Anyway let's c how it goes. Welcome back 'BIG MAN'.

  • on March 19, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Regardless whom one sees which party is right/wrong, I applaud the WI board for sticking to their guns on the Gayle issue. This guy is a distraction for other players, has too much bling & can be thankful he wasn't born in 1959 because if he was, he would have had less of a career than Carlisle Best.

  • CaribCaribe on March 19, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Nixon and the chairman of the board should go. They are not Gods, and as admistration and coaches they have proven to be worful. A big price has been paid by the cricketing oublic of the Caribbean already....substandard performances for years, bad selection choices, a laughing stock to the world as per the bad ground conditions in Antigua a few years back...it goes on and on. How much more? Cricket is a game of application, patience, agility and the ability to think ahead. Genuises came out of simple playing conditions from these humble shores for decades....the Sober's, Hunt's, Weeke's. Hall's. Lara's. Garner's, Rowe's, Richards, Kanhai's...etc. etc.......so we have shoulders to stand on. True fans of the game wish that sensibility will prevail and the players must apply themselves more diligently. I have travelled thousands of miles as a Windies fan, and will still do it, but enough is enough. One just has to reread C L R James's "Beyond the Boundary" ...and lets play!

  • on March 19, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    @Cricketdebator What progress are you talking about Is it the one win we got yesterday? we have been winning one one matches ever since we have fallen to the bottom of the ladder

  • on March 19, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Gayle should be encouraged to make a plea to be omitted from the IPL for West Indies duties for this year. They owe him that much. He took the Bangalore team & indeed the quality of the tournament to a whole 'nother' level. I would not be surprised if his performance in the IPL & Champions league has not had a significant impact on BCCI earnings from ticket sales at these tournaments. He stepped up to the plate when IPL needed him now they should allow him to play for West Indies as We need him even more. After all he can always come back & play from them after he retires from International cricket which is of a higher importance & quality. The amount of money he would lose is quite significant but i strongly doubt it could by the amount of respect he would gain from the True fans of Real Cricket around the world & he would prove a point to the egotists working for the WICB.

  • on March 19, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    ok, here is a list, all these batsmen have been ommitted from thier respective countries odis at one time or another...its called discipline! andrew symonds, sachin tendulker, rohit sharma, jawawardane, sangakarra, punter ponting, slater, waygh, mcullum...the list goes on, NO ONE is above the laws, yes chris gayle is an outstanding opening batsman/bowler...however you must adhere to the rules of the game, if pup clarke was to roast the selectors...im sure he would miss games. so all the one eyed windies who want to see cyclone gayle play...its his own fault!rules is rules !say sorry chris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cricketdebator on March 19, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    I don't mind seeing the return of Gayle to the WI team, provided he is willing to tow the line, and not be a distraction to the younger players. Also, and most importantly, let's hope that should he return, he would not undermind the progress the team has been making without him.

  • on March 19, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    How can any nation have a star of the caliber of Gayle and leave him out of the team if he is available? That's just stupid! I don't think Tendilchar would be left out of an India side, no matter what he says about the Indian cricket establishment. Pride is a heck of a deterrent to success. It's time for some UNITY!

  • on March 19, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    The more I hear about this case, it is the more confused I am. The latest news is that the Board wants Chris to avail himself for part of the Australia series; but Gayle wants to play the whole IPL!

    Is it that he is bound by contract to play or just not willing to pass on the big bucks. Considering also the English Tour clashes with the IPL, is it that he fears missing most of IPL 5 and therefore does not want to commit to either series?

    Just too much for me to decipher. In any case might not be a bad idea for him to sit out the ODIs and come back for the T20s against the aussies!!

  • on March 19, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Nice to see Chris back. Some of you guys should really research the meaning of mutual respect.An apology form either side does not make you any less a person. Chris nice to have you back, let your bat continue to do the talking brother.

  • on March 19, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Hope something good comes out of this

  • paddy145 on March 19, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    I really, really hope this is the end to this. Everyone wants Chris Gayle back - both sides need to think of the bigger picture and make sure West Indies Cricket and the people of the Caribbean are put first. I'm excited about the prospect of Gayle being back in the team because the WI have found a lot of players recently with such talent but not enough experience. A West Indies set up with Sammy, Gayle, Barath, Simmons, Samuels, Bravo brothers, Pollard, Ramdin, Russell, Narine, Bishoo, Edwards, Rampaul and Roach is pretty exciting in my opinion.

  • SirViv1973 on March 19, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    If the hatchet is finally buried between gayle and the board will he be available straight away to play for windies ? If he plays in the upcoming tests against Aus and is then selected to tour eng that pretty much rules him out of the IPL. Kolkota won't be happy about that and will gayle want to upset them ? I believe Windies also have a home series with NZL after the tour of Eng which would potentially rule him out of his contract with Somerset in the FPT20. My guess is that if gayle does make himeslf avaialble for Windies again there are still going to be issues with his avialibility given his T20 commitments even if he does ditch Somerset and BPL, I still think he will want to play IPL, BBL and CLT20. I wouldnt be surprised if he retires from tests and only makes himself available for limited overs games.

  • on March 19, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    All the fuss is about keeping Sammy as captain. How can you install Sammy as captain for a two year period, presumability based on attitude. After not giving Ganga a chance and putting Lara on probation after the loss to south africa. Put Ramdin as captain and play our best team. The t20s world cup is comming up. The team should be Gayle Simmons DJ Brovo DM Brovo Barath Pollard Ramdin Narine Roach Edwards Rampaul with Russel Samuels as subs. I can see teams quaking now. Tis team can score 250 and bowl a side for under 100

  • cricPassion2009 on March 19, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    It will be a shame if a player of Chris Gayle stature is arm-twisted and if he's made to bow down to the likes of Otis Gibson and Sam and other WICB officials.

    Hope the WICB folks deal with him as respectfully as possible and not make him bend too much. There will be fan backlash and bad energy flowing in otherwise.

    Dear Chris, good luck.

  • U_Cricket on March 19, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    there are 10 talentant coaches available to serve WI better than ottis but not single batsman better than Gayle. period....

  • U_Cricket on March 19, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    WI need Gayle badly period... Is Ottis bigger than WI cricket? Gayle want to play for WI but not Ottis. make ottis apologies to WI fans and let him go. just cant not understand how hard to sort out this issue.

  • Coals on March 19, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    I, like most cricket loving West Indians want to see Gayle playing for W.I. But I don't know anywhere you can say such things about management and just show up to work next day. West Indies players are the only professional athletes that can't accept criticism. I hope everyone comes to their senses and solve the problem.

  • bajah on March 19, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    To all the people here who keep talking about the West Indies were still losing when Gayle and Sarwan were on the team, whilst this is true during these times most of the losses were competitive where the game went to the wire. The problem back then wasn't Gayle and Sarwan the problem was the rest of the team back then, failing to deliver when Gayle and Sarwan didn't but high scores which were on rare occasions. George Odlum has a communist mentality and that is why the WICB is in such a mess. I prefer to see my team losing fighting than to see the team lose without pride.

  • Sports4Youth on March 19, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Cris Gayle does not stand to loose anything in this stand-off. He has made more money by playing the various club matches (IPL, BPL, Big Bash etc) than the enitire West Indian team in the last one year. He has been a big hit in all the premier leagues. It is the loss of WI Cricket. It is the WI who has been missing him, not the other way round.

  • ocanna on March 19, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    I think from the moment Brain C Lara left us back in 2007, Gayle was the only star player left in the West Indies.....Gayle could easily fill a stand by just his appearance and bring lots of smiles to the faces of the thousands of fans that enjoy watching him. How could you want to left out someone out of a team who can single handily win a cricket match for u, especially when your team is not doing well. I personally can't wait to see the back off the present board members of this W.I cricket board...I personally believe that winning cricket matches is not important to them. We have being building our cricket with young prayers which is very important but we"re gonna need the experience prayers like Gayle and others to guide them..We need Gayle in the in the team as quick as possible.

  • Reuelsean on March 19, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    this is welcomed news. Happy to hear that this nonsense with the board and Gayle may be over soon.

  • on March 19, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Have Sent out Numerous emails to WICB on suggesting that Chris Gayle is the backbone which they are more aware than anyone for WI in any formats of the game and they should not restrict his comeback to the team with some petty differences.....It is high time things need to be resolved with positve outcome between the two!!!!

    WICB allow Gayle to redeem the pride of WI goin forward

    Best wishes

  • on March 19, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Who cares about the coach?Windies is not short of greats to hire as coach! The ignorance of some people this team was a horible mess until Otis Gibson took over, it would be great if Gayle's attitude has changed but he is not a team player and a winning TEAM doesnt have to include him we lost with him and all the aussie coaches. I think that the prima donna days of the windies cricketers were stopped with Gibson and thats why party people like gayle and sarwan didnt cut the mustard. let him be a hired bat. Nice victory on Sunday boys!!!

  • D.S.A on March 19, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    @WTEH: so the WICB have to make concessions for Gayle, just because of who he is? What if Gayle gets a criminal record for a serious incident...I guess you would say it wouldn't matter because he is Chris Gayle and he can be incredibly influential for the West Indies. I completely disagree with you. The WICB should follow the same course of action to everyone and make no exceptions whatsoever. It shouldn't matter whether it is Chris Gayle, a newer player like Darren Bravo, or the least known player in the West Indies. The WICB are right to ask Gayle to be available for their fixtures. Gayle knows now that nobody is talking about him as he's not scoring Test, ODI or International T20 runs, merely runs in other countries' domestic T20 competitions, which get little attention relative to Int'l cricket, and runs which are substantially less respected than runs scored for the West Indies. He is backing down to get his spot light back in the best place possible, International cricket.

  • pietrojackson on March 19, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Though i would love to see Gayle in action again I hope that he sticks to his guns and makes progress in forcing the admin to accept and address its own shortcomings. The game seems to be heading towards a situation where the various national 'Boards' are populated by ageing autocrats who show as little understanding of leadership as they do of the game itself.

    Maybe they should merge with FIFA since knowledge of the sport takes 2nd place to political/old boy connections ?

  • on March 19, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    I THINK WI SHOULD BRING BACK GAYLE . @ ANY COST. IF Ernest Hilaire HAVE PROBLEM WITH GAYLE WI CRICKET BOARD SHOULD FIRE HIM .

  • on March 19, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    This guy needs to play again for West Indies especially in T20 because with him, the West Indies can be on the rise again. I would love to have him in my team so I don't understand what the West Indies board is doing. The West Indies is the only International Team which is known for its strength and power and Chris Gayle is part of it.

  • on March 19, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    I can safely speak for the whole of the Caribbean population of cricket fans, that this issue can be resolved. Gayle is a talented, destructive, top level batsman, who seems to be at loggerheads with the Board. But i just want to take issue with WTEH's comments about the WI team being at the bottom of the rankings. That statement is partly true, but people on here seem to forget that we've been at the bottom half of the rankings for a long, long time. This has been going on even before the likes of Gayle and Sarwan debuted and this has continued whilst the both of them have represented the West Indies in all forms. So the point i'm trying to make is that this is a far bigger problem than whether or not our elite performers are in the team. Alot of you out there are looking for a scape goat or quick fix, but the reality is that just won't happen. So i just hope that egos can be put aside and a negotiation to please everybody allround can be made, so we can start from scratch.

  • arun_nva on March 19, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    @WTEH its not about the comment on coach, its about the behavior of Gayle. he thinks he is greater than the team/WICB. if they hire new coach then aslso Gayle behaves like this means they cant keep on fire and hire coaches. whats WICB doing is also wrong but what Gayle doing is also wrong. he just cant play in all domestic tournaments and made him available for WI team. if he needs to play for WI means then he have to sacrifice the domestic tournaments. he cant play for WI whenever he is liking to play and all.

    yes i accept that WI is @bottom and they dont have players of Gayle's caliber. so only they have came down to have talks with him. now Gayle have to come down and sacrifice his domestic tournaments and money for the welfare of WI cricket.

  • on March 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    I agree with WTEH Their is no way Gibson should be allowed to keep his job as full coach. Not after the way he has treated the senior & better players in the team i.e. Gayle, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Nash, Bravo, Benn & Taylor. At the very least he should be demoted to the post of bowling coach with a slight reduction in salary assuming the coach is better payed than the coach. He is not in a position to refuse as not many teams would accept him as coach after all he has put West Indies Cricket through. John Dyson was sacked after the player's strike in 09 because he was not supportive of WICB decision to play a 3rd string team instead of resolving the issues @ hand. If they can sack Dyson who did not cause 3/4 as much damage as Gibson has we should not have to tolerate an @ best mediocre coach with an inferiority complex just because he was born a West Indian.

  • on March 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Say it ain't so Chris! Under no circumstance should u apologise or retract any statement. That's if u told the truth. If the truth were to hit the West Indian officials in the face, I do not think they will recognise it.

  • Hrit24 on March 19, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    At last, we will see the great batsman playing for WI. It is a real treat to watch him.

  • on March 19, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Gayle is a property of international cricket than just a WI player and he must be in the team. Enough is enough, no more poli-tricks!!!.

  • on March 19, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    I cannot understand the likes of Gibson, Buttss, LLoyd, Carew, Dyson, Gomez, Grenidge, Hall, Haynes, Jumadeen, Robersts, Walcot are so arrogant and care less about the team. It almost looks as if these ex-players and admin staff only care about their ego's and could care less about who should be in the team and listen to the cricket loving people at large. May be Gayle was right so what if he was wrong. Are they so upset to hear the truth or do they have a different agenda. For WI sake sack the selectors and bring back Gayle.

  • TestIP on March 19, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    WI is a joke, the current batting line up is garbage. Someone needs to change the WI management as these are just planning to push the team to a disaster. Who made Darren Sammy captain? This guy cannot bat or has pace to trouble any good batsman. WI team should be: Gayle, Bharat, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Narsingh deonarine, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin, SP Narine, Roach, F.Edwards and back up Jerome Taylor, Lindi Simmons. Try this line up and see the difference. Fire OTTIS Gibson as coach and begin a new team! Save the WI team before it is too late.

  • on March 19, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    The fans are asking you to be humble, say you are sorry and let us play some cricket. We want the strongest team out there and we want your anger channel in the right direction. At this time -the Australian bowlers.

  • Thesonofg on March 19, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    I have been very disappointed at the ease with which those who do not make positive contributions to cricket can casually interrupt its progress. Otis Gibson et al are a disgrace to the sport and ought to be immediately removed.

  • on March 19, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Well as a fan it would be great to see Chris bat again and for his own personal sake I wish him able to fulfill his career.

    But WI results have been the same or better without him as with him. He is not going to turn them into worldbeaters alone. That said, if he gets more fans in the gate then WI cricket is the winner.

    PS> Can a WI fan tell me why Kevin McClean is not in the WI squad? They desperately need a TALL FAST bowler for variation (Sammy is medium), this guy takes plenty wickets, where is he?

  • Naren on March 19, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Gayle can retract the comments, enjoy a good career, and when he retires can write a book about the whole episode and ridicule them again :). But not sure if he seriously wants to play for WI. If they are involved in a series during IPL or CL he would want a NOC. It is important he has to pick his priorities.

  • on March 19, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    i agree with you WTEH,,,Gibson neither Hunte or Hilaire can fill a stadium as can Chris Gayle can single-handedly......the WICB and their arrogance is costing and robbing us the WI fans of our cricket...

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on March 19, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    well nice to see that some efforts are being made to bring C Gayle back... well if it did not work it be will WICB's loss not of CG coz he is making and will make lots of money by being a freelance crickter.... and who know these days there are so many countries giving nationalities for sports person.. he may tooo end up with some minnow cricket country... from crickets fans' point of view, we lost so many good cricketers this year... to name few, ponting, sewag, gibbs, and now gayle who know may be many more to come... all these crickters we good for fan and were really entertainers.... goodluck gayle and come back soon... we all miss u ...

  • K.A.K on March 19, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    It will be a great thing to happen if Gayle-WICB differences are resolved and Gayles plays again for WI. He is a great player and desrves to be in the team. Come West Indians - PLEASE UNITE. We would love to see a very strong WI team!

  • riz8663 on March 19, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    What does Gayle care for WI? IPL is starting soon I am sure that will be his main priority, so screw national side. He's making enough money playing around the world T20 tournaments. Yeah there's no pride in these T20 matches, but isn't it about money these days.

  • LifeWithBoundaries on March 19, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @WTEH, it is not about who is the top performer on any given day. Rather it is the issue of commitment and arrogance. Why would Gayle and others not sign central contracts? Why would Gayle ask for an "unconditional NOC"? Can you run a business with a bunch of employes who are arrogant and would not commit to the company? Same here! I LOVE to watch Gayle play for WI but he too has some issues to deal with just as the WI board and selectors has. I am no way saying that the selectors are from heaven. Hopefully things will be resolved between the board and Gayle. Boy, wouldn't it be wonderful to have him back in the team! Again, please dont get me wrong, I love to see Gayle in the team and giving his very best. But as I said, both sides have issues to resolve and lets hope they will be resolved and Gayle will play in the last 2 ODI's...

  • Meyer_Lanski on March 19, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Well once he is back, he has to return as captain. Sammy can't stay as captain and a regular first team player across all formats - that much is certain.

  • chriswilliams on March 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Gayle deserves to be sack permanently from the West Indies team, he's not bigger than the game or the authority responsible for the administration of that game in the Caribbean, i.e. the West Indies cricket Board. He should be made an example to all players who are in it for just the MONEY and not for the spirit of the game...

  • on March 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    @Earnest Hilaire. Had been reading your periodical comments, ever since the Gayle controversy erupted. Just two words typify the manner you had handled the issue from the point of view of the greaterr West Indies' interests. EARNESTLY HILARIOUS!

  • WTEH on March 19, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    I'm not sure why WI board so arrogant about. If they were in a position like Australia, they can afford to let go people like Gayle. But as we all know WI is down in the bottom, mostly a losing side, and even they win media reports it as a miracle. So it should be their top priority to get people like Gayle involved rebuilding the team. Who cares about what the coach thinks, fire him and get a new one!!! Windies is not short of old greats to hire as coaches. But what WI doesn't seem to have are big strong batsmen. Therefore, try to protect what you have. After all it is a treat to watch when Gayle is in top form. Remember, Ottis Gibson cannot fill the stadium with crowd, but Gayle can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • WTEH on March 19, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    I'm not sure why WI board so arrogant about. If they were in a position like Australia, they can afford to let go people like Gayle. But as we all know WI is down in the bottom, mostly a losing side, and even they win media reports it as a miracle. So it should be their top priority to get people like Gayle involved rebuilding the team. Who cares about what the coach thinks, fire him and get a new one!!! Windies is not short of old greats to hire as coaches. But what WI doesn't seem to have are big strong batsmen. Therefore, try to protect what you have. After all it is a treat to watch when Gayle is in top form. Remember, Ottis Gibson cannot fill the stadium with crowd, but Gayle can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    @Earnest Hilaire. Had been reading your periodical comments, ever since the Gayle controversy erupted. Just two words typify the manner you had handled the issue from the point of view of the greaterr West Indies' interests. EARNESTLY HILARIOUS!

  • chriswilliams on March 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Gayle deserves to be sack permanently from the West Indies team, he's not bigger than the game or the authority responsible for the administration of that game in the Caribbean, i.e. the West Indies cricket Board. He should be made an example to all players who are in it for just the MONEY and not for the spirit of the game...

  • Meyer_Lanski on March 19, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Well once he is back, he has to return as captain. Sammy can't stay as captain and a regular first team player across all formats - that much is certain.

  • LifeWithBoundaries on March 19, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @WTEH, it is not about who is the top performer on any given day. Rather it is the issue of commitment and arrogance. Why would Gayle and others not sign central contracts? Why would Gayle ask for an "unconditional NOC"? Can you run a business with a bunch of employes who are arrogant and would not commit to the company? Same here! I LOVE to watch Gayle play for WI but he too has some issues to deal with just as the WI board and selectors has. I am no way saying that the selectors are from heaven. Hopefully things will be resolved between the board and Gayle. Boy, wouldn't it be wonderful to have him back in the team! Again, please dont get me wrong, I love to see Gayle in the team and giving his very best. But as I said, both sides have issues to resolve and lets hope they will be resolved and Gayle will play in the last 2 ODI's...

  • riz8663 on March 19, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    What does Gayle care for WI? IPL is starting soon I am sure that will be his main priority, so screw national side. He's making enough money playing around the world T20 tournaments. Yeah there's no pride in these T20 matches, but isn't it about money these days.

  • K.A.K on March 19, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    It will be a great thing to happen if Gayle-WICB differences are resolved and Gayles plays again for WI. He is a great player and desrves to be in the team. Come West Indians - PLEASE UNITE. We would love to see a very strong WI team!

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on March 19, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    well nice to see that some efforts are being made to bring C Gayle back... well if it did not work it be will WICB's loss not of CG coz he is making and will make lots of money by being a freelance crickter.... and who know these days there are so many countries giving nationalities for sports person.. he may tooo end up with some minnow cricket country... from crickets fans' point of view, we lost so many good cricketers this year... to name few, ponting, sewag, gibbs, and now gayle who know may be many more to come... all these crickters we good for fan and were really entertainers.... goodluck gayle and come back soon... we all miss u ...

  • on March 19, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    i agree with you WTEH,,,Gibson neither Hunte or Hilaire can fill a stadium as can Chris Gayle can single-handedly......the WICB and their arrogance is costing and robbing us the WI fans of our cricket...

  • Naren on March 19, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Gayle can retract the comments, enjoy a good career, and when he retires can write a book about the whole episode and ridicule them again :). But not sure if he seriously wants to play for WI. If they are involved in a series during IPL or CL he would want a NOC. It is important he has to pick his priorities.